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."
Titan and Mercury: Challenges to Billions of Years
January 18, 2013
News from Titan and Mercury continue to challenge current theories that they formed billions of years ago.
Cosmology's Lumpiness Problem "Defies Theory"
January 12, 2013
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
January 11, 2013
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
January 8, 2013
Behind the confidence of uranium-lead dates hides worry about numbers that don't match up.
Astronomy Grab Bag
December 29, 2012
For year's end, here's a clean-out of astronomy articles—from planetary science to cosmology—to motivate further inquiry.