Since there is increasing interest in harnessing the currents and tides for energy, scientists need to know as much about the environment as they can, but the noise of gravel on the seafloor is so loud it's getting in the way of studies.
A new government report details 87 shipwrecks that could pollute U.S. waters with oil. Most were sunk during World War II.
This image shows the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, shining above Bear Lake, Alaska.
A new way of valuing ecosystem services— incorporating the local perspective— is the driving force behind a project assessing aquatic ecosystems in highland areas of Asia.
Professors and students will intercept storms as part of a major field project to improve predictions of severe weather and offer earlier warnings to those in its path.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20,000 feet above sea level.
Volunteers joined community scientists this week to learn how to monitor trees for pests and diseases.
Mineral physicists have determined that the iron in Earth's inner core is about 40 percent as strong as previously believed.
A decades-old effort to nurse the battered Great Lakes to health has made progress toward reducing toxic pollution and slamming the door on invasive species, but the freshwater seas continue to face serious threats.
Researchers have designed a new tool to intelligently combine nuclear radioactivity data in Japan. The technology harnesses the power of crowd-sourced radiation data.
Scientists are reporting that unprocessed, raw cotton may be an ideal, ecologically friendly way to clean up oil spills as it has an amazing ability to sop up oil.
African frogs once imported to laboratories and hospitals around the world may have carried with them a devastating fungal infection thought to be responsible for a rapid, global, decline in amphibians.
Indonesia has approved a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary rainforests and peatlands.
A new study found no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas.
Researchers have developed guidelines that are being used by the timber industry and government foresters to get a jump on climate change when planting trees.
Scientists have discovered ancient pockets of water, which have been isolated deep underground for billions of years and contain abundant chemicals known to support life.
Scientists monitoring Alaska's volcanoes have been forced to shut down stations and forgo repairs of seismic equipment amid ongoing federal budget cuts— moves that could mean delays in getting vital information to airline pilots and emergency planners.
The government has prosecuted oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines but has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company when birds hit their fans.
New study helps resolve a dispute over the origins of coral-reef formations.
A study of carnivorous plants shows that the large majority of noncoding DNA— which is abundant in many living things— may not actually be needed for complex life.
Explore a global time lapse of our planet, constructed by Google from Landsat satellite imagery.
The London Zoo is urgently seeking a female mate for the last-known males of a critically endangered fish species.
Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action.
Tomatoes can contain more vitamin C if they are exposed to extra light from LED lamps while growing on the plant.