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Cosmic Ruler Flawed

Type 1a supernovae, vital to estimates of the size and expansion of the universe, are not uniform. This has cosmic implications.

Human Epoch or Epic Hubris?

Evolutionary geologists are toying with an idea for a new time period, the "Anthropocene Epoch." What for?

Solving Moon Origin Unsolves the Last Solution

The moon's origin has been "demystified," scientists are claiming. That's what they said last time.

How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are

Researchers find that the most common dating method can produce "spuriously old" dates.

Of Brontosaurus, Cartoons, and Revisionism

With the resurrection of Brontosaurus as a valid dinosaur name after a century of repudiation, what's a kid to think? Thoughts on science's arbitrary and tentative nature.

Messages from Mercury

With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.

Animal Excellence Exceeds Mere Survival

A tiny bird could live like other birds do without having to fly non-stop for 1,700 miles. Other examples abound of over-design in the animal world.

Plants Borrow Their Transportation

Seed dispersal in plants is a fascinating study about diverse mechanisms for survival. Here are two methods of hitchhiking on animal transportation.

Biomimetics Still Trending Up

The imitation of nature's designs (biomimetics) is all the rage, and shows no sign of slowing down.

Evidence-Based Cosmology

From what we observe, we can draw inferences without the need to posit occult phenomena.

Stone Tools Still Have Animal Residue

Claimed to be half a million years old, stone tools found in Israel still contain traces of animal fat and vegetable matter.

Animals Wonderful and Bizarre

The variety of living organisms on our planet is astonishing and often surprising. Here are a few examples that have come to light in news reports.

Orbital Ice Age Theory Melts

Orbital cycles do not cause ice ages, a new study suggests. Instead, the whole world experienced an ice age at the same time.

Geology Upset: Wind Carves Canyons Fast

According to a new study, wind carves canyons ten times faster than water. This has implications for theories on Mars and Earth.

Why Birds Don't Crash

A bird flying through a forest or city needs the reactions of a champion video gamer. It's got the software to do it.
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