Silicon-based life on Earth? Only artificially, so far — but maybe natural on other planets

A team of researchers forced bacteria to create carbon-silicon bonds, and their experiment showcases why life on our planet chose carbon.

The moon may have formed from a giant spinning donut of vaporized rock

Homer Simpson is drooling over this story.

The Search for Alien Life: We Have Been Looking in the Wrong Places

If there are any, aliens should be less conspicuous and charismatic-looking than most people think.

Ever wanted to see how far apart the Earth and the Moon are? Well, now you can

It’s not exactly accurate, but it’s a dazzling display.

The Earth whispers in a low hum that’s now been recorded for the 1st time underwater

This planet is restless to its core.

NASA records 20 years of changing seasons in new global map

The ebb of 20 years worth of seasons condensed in 2.5 minutes.

The Ever-changing and Skepticized Van Allen Belts

Each of the two belts surrounds the Earth in a sort of doughnut-shaped formation.

Ancient cosmic collissions between small bodies could explain quirk of early solar system formation

Early Earth could have lost as much as 40% of its mass during collisional growth.

Follow the last 30 years of humanity shaping the planet through the eyes of Google’s Timelapse

Bird’s eye view.

Power lines over Lake Pontchartrain elegantly demonstrate the curvature of Earth

Set, Game, and Match, flat-earthers!

Uranus has a magnetosphere that turns on and off every day

Not all planets are as lucky as Earth.

Why 7.5 billion people on Earth is bad news

We are legion!

Silica rains helped form Earth’s crust four and a half billion years ago

Talk about hailstone, right?

What’s the tallest mountain in the world? Hint: it’s not Mt. Everest

Earth is not a perfect sphere, so the answer to what’s the tallest mountain in the world will surprise you.

Earth’s oxygen has been emigrating to the Moon for billions of years, study finds

Who wouldn’t?

Microorganisms can survive in space and on other planets, safe behind dried-up biofilms

Worry and excitement, all in one paper.

A whole new branch of life could have evolved and died off on Earth 2,4 billion years ago

There’s no proof. But the conditions were right for it to happen.

Earth might have had 20 moonlets before they coalesced to form *the* Moon

Our humble satellite just got a heck of a lot more interesting.

The Earth is spinning slower, making the days longer and longer

Tick tock.

Scientists coax bacteria towards silicon-based life

Silly bacteria, carbon-based life is best life!