Bimbo Eruptions in the Solar System
April 6, 2013
Planetary origin theories come across as popular and charismatic, till some little moon pops off and says, "Yoo-hoo! Remember me?"
North American Geology All Wrong
April 3, 2013
Researchers are stating that beliefs about the origin of western mountains in North America are all wrong.
Freckled Trilobites Had Great Eyes
March 29, 2013
Darlings of the Cambrian Explosion, trilobites had spotted markings and sophisticated eyes. Some have been exceptionally well preserved as fossils, down to the level of individual cells.
Scientific Findings Can Be Counterintuitive
March 28, 2013
Here are examples of recent claims in science that seem to contradict what some would consider intuitively obvious. They should be kept in mind when evaluating other scientific truisms, like evolution.
The Ediacaran Era May Be a Flawed Concept
March 26, 2013
Before humans arrived, no strata came with "Ediacaran" stamped on them. Does this human-invented name have any real meaning? Does it tell time?
The Trouble with Zircons
March 25, 2013
Geologists' favorite tool for dating rocks at millions and billions of years old has revealed problems with interpretation.
Gold, Earthquakes, and Time
March 17, 2013
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
February 22, 2013
The oldest recovered biomolecules have been found in crinoid fossils – but are they really that old?
Lunar Impact Theory Is All Wet
February 21, 2013
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?
February 18, 2013
Several fossil whale parts found in a southern California canyon are being called transitional forms in whale evolution.
Meet Your Evolutionary Propagandists
February 11, 2013
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
February 10, 2013
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
February 3, 2013
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
February 2, 2013
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
January 22, 2013
Tree ring data from the 8th century hint that a cosmic catastrophe was averted on the "privileged planet."