MNN : earth-matters (18)

Should homeowners give in to climate change?

When deciding whether to rebuild homes destroyed by fire or floods, some homeowners are giving up — and giving in to climate change.

Blazing fireball over Finland turns night into day

A meteorite from space blazed over Finland and lit up the night sky so bright it seemed like it was the middle of the day.

Urban trees are growing — and dying — faster than their rural counterparts

A new study finds that the urban heat island effect is pushing trees in many cities into turbocharge mode.

Bizarre cigar-shaped asteroid is from another star and unlike anything seen before

Object's shape harkens back to the whale-speaking oddity portrayed in the movie 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.'

NASA reinvents the wheel using chain mail

NASA's Shape Memory Alloy Tire is made of chain mail and can remember its original shape.

Days after oil spill, Nebraska approves Keystone XL pipeline project

Part of the Keystone oil pipeline was shut down after a 5,000-barrel leak in South Dakota, the pipeline's operator TransCanada said.

22 things you may not know about squirrels

From urban jungles to sprawling prairies, here are 21 noteworthy facts about these resourceful rodents.

Drilling threat looms large for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is linked to the GOP's tax overhaul plan.

This is the best claw game prize ever

A sleepy cat surprises claw crane machine players with a yawn.

Trump hits pause on decision about import of elephant trophies

Trump administration had planned to roll back rules regarding the import of trophies of legally hunted elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia, but now it's paused.

Rescued baby pig feels the sun for the first time

Bella the pig lost his siblings and even a eye on a factory farm in Queensland, Australia, before he found a safe home.

The world's first 'space nation,' Asgardia, has officially launched into orbit

The Space Kingdom of Asgardia is a real thing, and you can apply to become a citizen.

World's first 'space nation,' Asgardia, has officially launched into orbit

The Space Kingdom of Asgardia is a real thing, and you can apply to become a citizen.

Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

The Keystone pipeline spill in South Dakota comes days before Nebraska weighs in on the sister Keystone XL pipeline project.

Listen to the creepy space sounds that surround Earth

NASA's Van Allen probes caught the spooky sounds of electrons that surround Earth, and NASA recently figured out where the noises come from.

How to watch the Leonid meteor shower

Darkened skies from a new moon will present ideal conditions to catch a few of the Leonid's dazzling fireballs.

Trump administration to allow import of elephant trophies

The Trump administration is planning to roll back rules regarding the import of trophies of legally hunted elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Catch a glimpse of polar bear drama in Smithsonian's 'Polar Bear Town'

The new season of Smithsonian Channel's 'Polar Bear Town' will explore the intersection of humans and the 'Lords of the Arctic' in Manitoba.