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The Meek Control the Earth

How can such a small thing affect the geology and climate of the whole planet? Don't underestimate the power of small creatures.

Cambrian Explosion Included Vertebrate Fish

At the first appearance of complex animals, vertebrate fish were already there, a new analysis confirms.

Is Global Warming Theory Chilling Out?

The scientific community has been adamant that humans are at fault for warming the globe, requiring drastic action. New findings could shake that confidence.
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Active Moon Triton Revisited

25 years ago today, Voyager 2 flew by Triton, a moon of Neptune, astonishing scientists with its active geology.

Surprises in Evolutionary Tales

From spiders to crocodiles, animals rarely evolved the way they should have.

Moon Still Has Hot Core

Japanese scientists have determined that a soft, hot core remains in the center of the moon, contrary to expectations.

Living Stalactites and Other Geological Surprises

Dripstones in caves can be made by microbes, some speleologists find. That's among several recent geological surprises.

Fluffballs in Space Shouldn't Exist

A rubble-pile asteroid has such low density it should have disintegrated, but it's doing just fine.

Extinct Reptiles Quickly Spread Over the Globe

On every continent, dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles thrived. Here are some recent amazing finds.
Delicate Arch, Utah

Sandstone Arches Get New Explanation

The national park signs may need updating.

Io Volcanoes Go Hyperactive

The volcanoes on Jupiter's moon are bursting out at record rates, and nobody knows why. Is it the new normal?

Amber Alert: New Discoveries in Old Sap

Even old pieces of amber in a museum drawer can reveal unexpected surprises.

Rest of the Story: Hobbit Evolution Debunked

That little skull from a cave in Indonesia was not a pre-human, but a regular human with Down Syndrome.

Saturn's F-Ring Has Quieted Down

Comparing measurements over 25 years, planetary scientists have noted a drop in bright clumps in Saturn's tenuous F-ring.

Can You Shrink a Dinosaur to Make a Bird?

A new research paper claims that birds emerged from a long process of dinosaur miniaturization. The news media loved it.
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