| Mar 11, 2014
| 3:58 PM
If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano.
A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes....
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:36 AM
SeaWorld Orlando is kicking off its Just for Kids program, which will run Saturdays through April 12. The event has a range of family-oriented activities, from dance parties to educational activities.
New this year is the Rockin' Rockhopper Party in the...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 6:07 AM
As part of our 250th celebration, I'll be posting selected historical cartoons from The Courant's files every Thursday. Today's is a cartoon by John Cassel of the New York Evening World. Henry McNulty, who is our informal historic authority on all...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 12:20 PM
A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate.
Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:24 AM
Researchers have discovered a massive trench buried beneath the Antarctic ice -- a valley deeper than the Grand Canyon. It's so deep that, in spite of several miles of ice, it can be seen from space.
The news comes from British scientists, including...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:21 PM
If you’re in stop-and-go traffic in Los Angeles, you’re probably pretty unhappy about it. If you’re a male penguin balancing an egg on your feet in the freezing Antarctic, that traffic jam is probably keeping you alive.
| Aug 22, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Lunch will be served anytime now — fresh fish — and no one has to cook it.
The adults are busy catching up while the kids swim and play, but this isn't any waterfront playground on a late summer day. This is a unique playground for penguins...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:30 AM
An unmanned submarine set to dive more than 1,000 feet to scour the bottom of Lake Tahoe didn't quite make it all the way.
During shallower test dives earlier this month, the submarine encountered complications with a few of its motors, said Gordon...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Brother Guy Consolmagno -- a staff astronomer and the curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory -- travels about 100,000 miles each year, splitting his time between Tucson, Ariz., and Rome. The planetary scientist also gives 40 to 50 talks annually...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 12:58 PM
While climate scientists fret over the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet, a geographer using NASA data made it disappear, revealing a canyon as long as Arizona’s Grand Canyon, buried a mile below the ice.
At 460 miles long, the chasm bests...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"Earthflight," which premieres Wednesday on PBS, is a six-part documentary about birds. As often happens with big nature films, it is a rebranded BBC production (nearly 2 years old), presented domestically under the flag of the series "Nature," with...