Brazil's Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution
August 9, 2012
Isolated table mountains with sheer cliffs in South America should be natural laboratories for evolution. Why aren't they?
Mt. St. Helens Renewal Slow, Steady
August 6, 2012
This is an eyewitness report of ecological renewal at the volcano that erupted 32 years ago.
Palm Trees Thrived in Antarctica
August 2, 2012
Evidence for tropical trees has been found 5 km deep off the coast of Antarctica.
The Sociology of Climate Science
July 22, 2012
What has become known as "climate science" offers an opportunity to investigate the sociology of science and ask how political biases influence individual scientists. Since the lukewarm political response to the Rio conference, news articles indicate that climate science has a climate of its own – one that's heating up over the inability to convince the public.
Our Poisonous Moon: Better from a Distance
July 13, 2012
The moon stabilizes Earth's axis and regulates the tides, but enjoy it from a distance. Now there are more reasons you wouldn't want to live there.
Volcano Tour Planned
July 10, 2012
A key researcher of the catastrophic geology at Mt. St. Helens is leading hikes on the volcano next month.
Are Two Cambrian Explosions Better than One?
July 9, 2012
Something seems wrong with this picture: deep sea creatures living in the dark were preserved in ash from a land volcano.
Explanatory Filter in Action: Fairy Circles in Africa
June 30, 2012
The old "crop circle" craze fanned the curiosity of many, till humans were filmed making them. Now, scientists have a different circle mystery, and they're stumped.
Scientific Markers Can Mislead
June 26, 2012
In historical sciences, observable phenomena are often used as indicators of past phenomena. Some recent examples show how these can mislead researchers.
Evolution as Lottery Manipulator
June 22, 2012
Lady Luck is often clearly the stated referee of evolutionary events, but the vast number of times evolution wins suggests design afoot.
Mating Turtles Fossilized Instantly
June 19, 2012
Evolutionary paleontologists have a mystery on their hands: how did turtles in the act of mating become fossilized?
Scientific Method Evolves
June 17, 2012
The so-called "scientific method" (if there is such a thing) has undergone dramatic changes throughout history, but there is one constant that can be relied upon: the myth of scientism.
Titan Lake News: Throwing Caution to the Wind
June 15, 2012
Planetary scientists cautiously suggested the possible presence of an equatorial lake on Saturn's moon Titan. You wouldn't know that from the headlines.
Too Hot to Handle: Io and Enceladus
June 12, 2012
Two moons in the solar system are turning up the heat on beliefs that they could be billions of years old.
Geology of the Gaps: Dolomite
June 9, 2012
Dolomite, a common rock minerals of the world, suffers from an "explanation gap."