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Soft Tissue in Biggest Ever Cambrian Fossil Bonanza
March 23, 2019
Chinese scientists are uncovering shale with the best-preserved Cambrian animals ever found.
Los Angeles Ice Age Fossils Are Changing Tar Pit Story
March 20, 2019
More Ice Age fossils have turned up in a Los Angeles subway tunnel, and there are surprises.
How Well Do Astrophysicists Understand the Origin of Heavy Elements?
March 15, 2019
Elements heavier than iron form in supernova explosions. End of story. We can all rest now. But wait...
New Waterfall Theory Affects Interpretations of Climate, Tectonics
March 14, 2019
How do waterfalls form? Geologists tested them in the lab, and found that some of them can make themselves. It has been long assumed that you need some external event to form a waterfall: a change in rock, a change in flow, a landslide, or some other “allogenic” source. Three scientists, publishing in Nature this […]
Counting Craters: Bad Assumptions Undermine Reliability
January 29, 2019
A new chronology of Earth/moon history reaches conclusions that are so assumption-ridden as to be worthless.
Exoplanets Are Young, Too
December 22, 2018
Observations cause a major upset in planet formation theory, and the time needed for evolution. Two days ago, we reported the evidence for youth in Saturn’s rings and moons (19 Dec 2018). A new report from Science Magazine extends this youth out to the planets around other stars. Daniel Clery, in his article “Hints of […]
Surprising Water Found on Inner Solar System Objects
December 13, 2018
Recently-visited objects in the inner solar system show evidence of water ice or volatile materials.