Origin of Life Faces Four Paradoxes
December 31, 2013
One show-stopper is enough, but a veteran origin-of-life researcher acknowledges four paradoxes in origin-of-life research that have never been solved.
Terrible Mistake about Diamond Dates
December 26, 2013
Geologists fess up to wrong conclusion about the "world's oldest diamonds."
Relive the Apollo 8 Earthrise
December 24, 2013
45 years after Apollo 8's historic first, everyone can experience what it was like to see the "blue marble" rise above the limb of the moon.
Changing Stories at Saturn and Titan
December 21, 2013
News from the ringed planet and its largest moon shows scientists can't keep their stories straight when trying to keep Saturn billions of years old.
Crude Oil in One Hour, Not Millions of Years
December 20, 2013
A slurry of algae with the right heat and pressure can produce crude oil in one hour.
Geologists Warming Up to Catastrophic Floods
December 19, 2013
Megafloods larger than anything seen today are better concepts for explaining certain features on Earth and Mars.
Engineering Designs Found Throughout the Biosphere
December 16, 2013
News from biomimetics is coming in so fast, there's only time for brief mentions in a growing list of living designs worth copying.
Europa Joins the Geyser Club
December 12, 2013
Hints of watery plumes have been detected on Europa – like Enceladus, at its south pole, too.
New Record Structure Defies Fundamental Tenet of Modern Cosmology
December 3, 2013
A structure over twice as large as the previous record holder puts immense strain on theories of the universe.
Cosmic Lottery: How Many Habitable Planets?
November 23, 2013
News media ran with a suggestion that one in five stars has a habitable planet, but they didn't read the fine print.
Lunar Dust Problem Re-opened
November 21, 2013
Long-lost Apollo data on lunar dust accumulation has been found, showing a tenfold increase over previous estimates. What does that imply about the age of the moon?
Surprising Things Science Didn't Know
November 17, 2013
Scientists presume to speak with confidence about the origin of the universe and billions of years, but have been clueless about some everyday things close to home in the present.
What Do Geologists Know About the Early Earth?
November 14, 2013
There's not much data, and there's a lot of doubt and debate. That's what a geologist admits about theories of early earth history.
Buck Up; We're Stuck on Earth
November 10, 2013
Star Trek is out, scientists have found. Our bodies can't take extended space travel.
Evolutionary Origin-of-Life Speculations Contradict Each Other
November 9, 2013
Good scientific approaches should converge on the truth. In secular origin-of-life studies, theories run off in all directions, often crashing into one another.