“Coal-Age Monsters”: Journey 50 Million Years Before the Dinosaurs

T. rex and velociraptors get all the glory. But millions of years before those awesome theropods ruled the earth, a stranger clan of reptiles and amphibians dominated the planet. Weirdly wonderful creatures like Diploceraspis, the boomerang-headed salamander from the Permian period. Diploceraspis, like it's evolutionary cousin, Diplocaulus, was a lepospondyl amphibian. They grew to half … Continue reading “Coal-Age Monsters”: Journey 50 Million Years Before the Dinosaurs

How “Explosive Intensification” Created the Deadliest US Hurricane in Over 100 Years

On September 16, 2017 a growing tropical storm strengthened into a category 1 hurricane. Then something starling happened. Within 24 hours, the winds grew from 85 miles per hour to over 160 mph catapulting the category 1 into a terrible category 5. Weather scientists call this kind of change a "rapid intensification." The definition applies … Continue reading How “Explosive Intensification” Created the Deadliest US Hurricane in Over 100 Years

Explore a World of Science and Discovery

Science Planet takes people to the places where science happens. We build virtual expeditions to far-away planets and microscopic worlds. We journey to real destinations where passionate and dedicated people are doing the work of science. And we uncover fascinating locations where objects of science are collected, archived, and exhibited, revealing the often surprising artifacts … Continue reading Explore a World of Science and Discovery