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Gold, Earthquakes, and Time

How long does it take to form veins of gold in the rock? (a) millions of years; (b) less than a second.

Intact Biomolecules Claimed to Be 350 Million Years Old

The oldest recovered biomolecules have been found in crinoid fossils – but are they really that old?

Lunar Impact Theory Is All Wet

Significant amounts of water in lunar rocks cast into doubt the popular impact theory for the origin of the moon.

California Whale Fossils: Transitional Forms?

Several fossil whale parts found in a southern California canyon are being called transitional forms in whale evolution.

Meet Your Evolutionary Propagandists

The science media are calling us to "meet our earliest mammal ancestor" but is this based on evidence or hype?

Evaluating the Chicxulub Impact Dinosaur Extinction Hypothesis

Science Magazine claimed the Mexican crater named Chicxulub is the smoking gun of the dinosaurs' demise, and the media fell in line. Are there reasons to doubt the story?

Desert Varnish Growth Can Be Rapid

New research shows that the black coating on sandstone known as rock varnish or desert varnish can form much more rapidly than previously thought.

Rare Moments of Glory: Planetary Scientists Admit Seeing "Lucky" Circumstances

Why are we seeing young phenomena in the planets if they are billions of years old? Some scientists are abandoning uniformitarian assumptions and admitting we are lucky to be witnessing them in "rare moments of glory."

Was Charlemagne Protected from a Cosmic Disaster? A Carbon-14 Mystery

Tree ring data from the 8th century hint that a cosmic catastrophe was averted on the "privileged planet."

Titan and Mercury: Challenges to Billions of Years

News from Titan and Mercury continue to challenge current theories that they formed billions of years ago.

Cosmology's Lumpiness Problem "Defies Theory"

A record-breaking structure in the universe "defies theory," the news said, ignoring that theory has been defied for decades since smaller large structures were found (the lumpiness problem).

Human Genome in Meltdown

Most of the deleterious mutations in the human population arose in the last 5,000 to 10,000 years, a survey claims.

Uranium-Lead Dating Fraught With Discordance

Behind the confidence of uranium-lead dates hides worry about numbers that don't match up.

Astronomy Grab Bag

For year's end, here's a clean-out of astronomy articles—from planetary science to cosmology—to motivate further inquiry.

Titan Is as Titan Does

Saturn's giant moon Titan keeps revealing mysterious dynamics in the here and now, leaving interpretation to fallible scientists who sometimes predicted otherwise.
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