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  • Greenhouse gas can find a home underground

    New MIT analysis shows there’s enough room to safely store at least a century’s worth of U.S. fossil fuel emissions.

    March 20, 2012
  • An eruption-fueled extinction?

    Enormous volcanic eruptions may have triggered the worst extinction in Earth’s history.

    January 11, 2012
  • Timeline of a mass extinction

    New evidence points to rapid collapse of Earth’s species 252 million years ago.

    November 18, 2011
  • The first hairy microbes

    New fossils reveal oldest known ciliates.

    November 16, 2011
  • The tallest tree in the land

    New model predicts maximum tree height across the United States; gives information about forest density, carbon storage.

    July 18, 2011
  • Ancient armor

    Fossils from the Yukon reveal protective plates for microscopic organisms.

    June 7, 2011
  • Explained: Measuring earthquakes

    How do scientists measure jolts such as the recent disaster in Japan? Hint: They don’t use the Richter scale.

    May 10, 2011
  • Cold asteroids may have a soft heart

    Partially molten small bodies may be abundant in space, and may have given the Earth its oceans.

    April 8, 2011
  • Seeing through the cracks

    In the wake of Japan’s largest earthquake, MIT scientists look for geological clues to explain its devastating magnitude

    March 23, 2011
  • Reading Earth’s magnetic history

    New tool allows unprecedented accuracy in dating of some seafloor rocks, with potential to help climate analysis.

    March 4, 2011
  • Earth’s final growth spurt

    NASA team suggests that massive projectiles added mass to Earth, Mars and the Moon during final phase of planet formation

    December 17, 2010
  • Growing Earth’s oceans

    Study suggests that trace amounts of water created oceans on Earth and other terrestrial planets, including those outside the solar system.

    December 8, 2010
  • Tracing Earth’s history

    Geologists aim to improve the accuracy of their process for dating ancient rocks.

    November 3, 2010
  • Telling time on the moon

    New map of lunar craters sheds light on early solar-system activity and points to oldest parts of the moon’s surface.

    September 20, 2010
  • Bursting a bubble?

    A generally accepted theory explaining the frequent eruptions at Italy’s Stromboli volcano is called into question by new research.

    July 21, 2010
  • A look back in time

    By linking the odd geometry of bacterial growths to photosynthesis, researchers may have a new way to study Earth’s oldest fossils.

    May 18, 2010
  • Genes as fossils

    MIT researchers discover the DNA responsible for creating fossil-like molecules found in ancient rocks.

    May 6, 2010
  • Volcanic Venus

    New research highlights recent volcanic activity on Venus, indicating that Earth’s sister planet is alive — geologically speaking

    April 9, 2010
  • Figuring out where to put the carbon

    If we plan to keep using fossil fuels, we need to figure out how to sequester the resulting carbon dioxide. New tools from MIT could help evaluate where to do it — and how to keep it contained.

    January 11, 2010
  • A new day dawned fast

    Recovery from marine mass extinction happened much faster than thought, high-resolution research finds

    October 2, 2009

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