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Dark Matter Still Missing After Many Decades

...indicates our lack of ability to determine the amount of “missing matter.” For matter in outer space to be observed, it must emit radiation that can be picked up by...

Did Evolving Fish Cry “Land Ho!” and Walk onto Land?

...missing evidence.” Specifically, the new fossil announced in Nature by Beznosov et al. contains the “lower jaw, pectoral girdle, external dermal bone pattern of the snout region,” they say, adding...

Saturn-Day and Moon-Day Arrive

...two of the most noteworthy moons of Saturn: Titan and Enceladus. Titan’s theoretical interior (NASA). Titan News Lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are explosion craters, new models suggest (Science Daily)....

News for Saturn-Day

...will revisit Titan and Enceladus in a future entry, reporting on the latest science about those two fascinating moons. Is Titan really “widely regarded as ancient”? Regarded by whom? Evidence...

Fossils Do Not Say “We Evolved” – People Do

...monkey into their timeline, held up its skull, and made its mouth move like it was saying, “I’m a missing link!” In a paper published online July 23 in the...

More Excuses for Missing Dark Matter

...a problem of missing, transparent matter – what has historically been called the “dark matter problem“. Axions still might not exist. But their demise would raise so many questions that...

Debate Is Over: Saturn Is Young

...weirdness,” she quotes planetary scientist Eric Asphaug: “I see a lot of impossible geologic things. I see a planet that should look like Callisto, but instead looks like Titan. I...

Saturn’s Rings Not Just Young, but “Very Young”

...to 100 million years, so why does any of it still exist today? And while there are river channels on Titan, they appear fairly shallow. Having methane rain on Titan...

Pluto Rivals Earth in Geological Complexity

...his colleague Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University. He thinks calling Titan and Ganymede “planets” is “functionally useful,” and has historical precedent, too. This academic debate means little in the...

Breaking News! Enceladus Is Dead!

...the Cassini Mission: Evidence for Extensive Subsurface Methane Reservoirs (Geophysical Research Letters). These Cassini scientists did not really find “extensive subsurface methane reservoirs” at Titan, but inferred their presence by...

Europa May Be Another Geyser Moon

...it remains a puzzle that a body this size would have a magnetic field. The comparably-sized moon Titan does not. Planetary scientists need to kick the hydrobioscopy habit and explain...

After Cassini, Titan Still a Problem for Long Ages

are dominated by methane (CH4), not ethane (C2H6), by about 71% to 21%. “The fact that Titan’s seas are methane dominated further exacerbates the long-standing mystery of Titan’s missing ethane.”...

Astrobiology Still Has No Biology

...as common as methane. It’s not carbon alone that makes life, but the information content that organizes materials into complex, specific structures. Even then, nobody knows what animates the molecules...

Origin-of-Life Speculation Is Out of ContrOOL

...large moon Titan has no oxygen. Titan is cold, like very, very cold (-290° F at the surface). Titan has no liquid water, no plate tectonics, no magnetic field, nor...

Another RNA World ‘Missing Link’ Experiment Misses the Point

...Orgel’s 1998 paper]). According to this hypothesis, RNA stored genetic information and catalyzed chemical reactions in primitive cells (2, 3). However, a major missing link has been how to construct...
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