Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 4:34pm 8/09/14 4:34pm

7 Graphics of Earth's Coolest Phenomena, From Rainbows to Earth Wobble

What's the oldest tree on Earth? What's a rainbow? Is the Earth wobbling? It's fun to ask these questions but trickier to answer them—in simple terms, at least. Luckily, Viennese designer Michæl Paukner has done us all a huge favor by creating these lovely visual explanations. » 7/18/13 9:00am 7/18/13 9:00am

This lost continent off the coast of Scotland disappeared beneath the…

This week, a group of geologists report that they've found a lost continent off the coast of Scotland. 55 million years ago, about 10 million years after dinosaurs died out, a chunk of the seafloor erupted from beneath the water. It created a small continent that existed for at least a million years, covered in… » 7/12/11 2:40pm 7/12/11 2:40pm