Scientists have a new idea for how Earth got its oxygen: It’s because the planet slowed down and days got longer.
Virgin Galactic almost reached the edge of space but did not leave Earth's orbit.
What is on Starbuck Island? We learned about the history of the remote location after a TikTok video from a Google Earth user went viral.
Feeling like you are being watched? It could be from a lot farther away than you think.
The congresswoman has a track record of making eyebrow-raising comments.
On June 15 2021, an Imgur account shared a purported screenshot of a Change.org petition that bore the blunt and to-the-point title, “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth”: The context of the petition and its focus on Amazon
Construction of the dam was rumored to also alter the length of days.
New Zealand, Australia and some other places in the Pacific and East Asia will see the show before midnight, while night owls in Hawaii and the western part of North America will be able to see it in the early morning hours.
Social media posts in Thailand have shared a claim that US space agency NASA warned an asteroid is on path to hit Earth and cannot be stopped by nuclear weapons. The claim is false: the posts misrepresented as real a NASA simulation exercise involving
An astrophysicist said the landing could "be the equivalent of a small plane crash scattered over 100 miles."
Always read past the headline.
SUMMARY The video was published by John Stossel on YouTube in November 2019 and reposted on Facebook in April 2021. The video comments on statements made about climate change by environmental activists and politicians that can be misleading. However
As the Japanese government announced it would release treated water from a nuclear plant into the ocean, multiple social media posts shared a purported satellite image of the resulting pollution. But the posts shared the image in a false context. In r
The three space objects were set to pass Earth in mid-April 2021.
One Tyrannosaurus rex seems scary enough. Now picture 2.5 billion of them.
Whew, now here's some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that a large earthquake — which is expected to occur again in the Pacific Northwest sooner or later — could cause the spillway gates of a dam in Oregon to buckle, resulting “in a potentially catastr
If true, 2001 FO32 could be the largest and fastest asteroid to pass by the planet in 2021.
A warning has been shared repeatedly in Facebook, Twitter and Line posts that urge people to turn off their mobile phones because “dangerous cosmic rays will pass by earth.” The claim is false; a Thai expert told AFP that the warning is “fake new
A powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck in the ocean off New Zealand, prompting thousands of people to evacuate and triggering tsunami warnings across the South Pacific.
A Facebook post claiming to show an image of Earth taken from the surface of Mars has been shared hundreds of times online. The claim is misleading: the image is of Phobos, one of the Red Planet’s two moons, and was captured by a camera onboard N
An image that supposedly depicts Earth, Jupiter and Venus in alignment as seen from the surface of Mars is once again circulating via social media. The post Computer Generated ‘Earth, Venus and Jupiter as Seen From Mars’ Image Again Circula
There are some amazing and authentic images taken by the Martian rovers, but this isn't one of them.
Two photos have been shared in multiple Facebook and Instagram posts that claim they show destruction in Afghanistan following an earthquake in February 2021. The claim is false: both photos were taken from Associated Press reports about an earthqua
Multiple posts on Facebook and Instagram have shared six photos alongside a claim they show the destruction caused by an earthquake in Tajikistan in February 2021. The claim is misleading: four of the photos have appeared in reports about earthquakes
There are two ways to get the answer to this question: Scrolling through an unreasonable number of photos in a clickbait article, or reading our quick answer here.
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim there has been no decline in the number of glaciers on Earth since former US vice president Al Gore was born in 1948. The claim, however, is false: experts told AFP that the posts use incorrect
Archaeologists have unearthed what could be the oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient Egypt.
Videos viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter purport to show the aftermath of a major earthquake in the Chinese city of Shanghai on January 31, 2021. The claim is false: the images in the clips show var
Three photos have been shared thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim they show Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspecting the construction project of “70,000 elite houses” for survivors of a 2020 earthquake. The claim is misleading
Photos of gold bars have been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts along with a claim that a Japanese treasure site was found in Myanmar with enough gold to load 100 trucks. The claim is false; the gold was found during “illegal exc
Contrary to TikTok shenanigans, the boat is neither the RMS Titanic nor the Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul that is sometimes referred to as "the Titanic of Turkey."
Four photos have been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim they show the aftermath of an earthquake that hit Taiwan in December 2020. The claim is false: the images actually show damage caused by three different earth
It would be the world’s first sample of a gaseous material from deep space.
Did NASA confirm that the Earth "will go dark" for six days, starting on December 16, 2020? No, that's not true: A NASA spokeswoman described the claim as a common hoax. Lead Stories staff in the Pacific and Eastern time zones looked out
"Spending the night in the barn is free!" was an unexpected yet lovely find during our research.
Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii.
Turkish media showed wreckage of a multiple-story building in central Izmir, the country's third-largest city, with people climbing it to start rescue efforts.
A post on Facebook claims that while there’s only a 0.26% chance of catching Covid-19, there’s a 0.42% chance of an asteroid hitting Earth on 2 November. It continues: “I don’t know about you lot but I’m trading my mask in
On October 18 2020, the New York Post published an article with the anxiety-inducing headline, “Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election,” which revived interest in a previously viral rumor of the same descri