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Water Theories Evaporate

March 20, 2017 in Bible and TheologyDumb IdeasEducationGeologyMediaOrigin of LifePhilosophy of ScienceSolar System

After decades of telling the public comets brought Earth’s water, scientists are giving up on the idea. It was volcanoes, now they say.

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Why Astronomers Hammer Planets

September 6, 2016 in Dating MethodsDumb IdeasGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Secular planetary scientists have a skeleton key that unlocks any planetary mystery: the BFH.

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Faint Young Sun Paradox Solved?

July 1, 2016 in AstronomyDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDumb IdeasGeologyOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

A major mystery for materialistic planetary science is solved—if you can swallow the miracles required.

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Titan Ethane Still Missing, and Other Planetary Puzzles

May 7, 2016 in Amazing FactsDating MethodsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

We update the problem of Titan’s missing ethane and other challenges to billions of years.

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Solar System Is Weird Only if It Is Old

March 14, 2016 in Dating MethodsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

To someone who believes the solar system is billions of years old, no wonder its contents look weird.

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New Earth Ocean Theory Is All Wet

November 16, 2015 in AstronomyDumb IdeasGeologyPhysicsSolar System

Time to rewrite the textbooks again. Earth started out wet, scientists now claim, overturning decades of dogma.

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Messages from Mercury

April 6, 2015 in Dating MethodsGeologyPhysicsSolar System

With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.

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Astrobiology Hopes Diminish

December 6, 2014 in AstronomyBible and TheologyDating MethodsGeologyIntelligent DesignOrigin of LifePhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSETISolar System

Recent findings both near and far create challenges for beliefs that life is common in the universe.

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Saturn Rescues Earth: Outer Planet Wonders

November 22, 2014 in Amazing FactsDating MethodsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

How Saturn saved the Earth, and other news from the ringed planet, its family, and other bodies in the outer solar system.

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Fish News and Fish Stories: Water You Know?

November 1, 2014 in Amazing FactsDarwin and EvolutionDating MethodsDumb IdeasFossilsGeologyIntelligent DesignMarine BiologyMind and BrainSolar System

Some marine biology news is amazing; some just plain dumb.

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Mercury, Moon May Still Be Erupting

October 17, 2014 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyPhysicsSolar System

Two objects that should be old and dead show surprising activity. Other indications of youthfulness in the solar system are noted.

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Rosetta and the Stone

August 6, 2014 in Amazing FactsAstronomyIntelligent DesignPhysicsSolar System

A historic comet rendezvous mission begins today after ten years in space.

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Every Planet Surprises Secular Astronomers, I: Inner Planets

May 3, 2014 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyPhilosophy of SciencePhysicsSolar System

Surprise” or “puzzling” are the most common words in news reports about bodies in the solar system. Here are recent examples that discuss the inner planets.

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Lunar Upsets Challenge Paradigms

January 27, 2012 in AstronomyDating MethodsGeologyIssuesPhilosophy of SciencePhysical SciencePhysicsSolar SystemSpace

Forty years after the last moonwalkers came home, new discoveries about the moon are calling into question what scientists know about our celestial partner. But is it legitimate for scientists to invoke mystery forces when a favored theory faces falsifying evidence?

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Comety Show: Oceans from Space

October 11, 2011 in GeologyIssuesMediaPhilosophy of SciencePhysical ScienceSolar SystemSpace

Finally, a comet has been found with a deuterium-to-hydrogen ratio that is close to that found in Earth’s oceans. That had not been true of many other comets. Astrobiologists claim this ration in Comet Hartley 2 as “proof” that our water came special delivery from water-balloon comets. But why do they believe that, what constitutes proof, and what new problems does the “proof” lead to?

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