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Surprises in the Chicxulub Tale of Dino Extinction

Did an asteroid hit in the Yucatan explain the demise of the dinosaurs? New drilling in the crater has brought some surprises.
False-color image of Pluto from New Horizons, July 24, 2015

What’s Pluto Been Dune? Making Young Sand Dunes

Sand dunes were surprising enough on Titan, but et tu, Pluto? and young, recent dunes? Scientists couldn't believe their eyes.

Dark Matter Hunt Comes Up Empty Again

Physicists face a philosophical quandary. Something they deeply wish to believe in does not appear to exist.

Radiocarbon Dating Is Not Globally Uniform

Adjustment required for dates in the Levant could undermine published results by decades and impact debates about Biblical chronology.

Cellular Wonders Coming Into Focus

At higher magnifications, the cell's nano machines become even more spectacular.

More Reasons to Imitate Biology

Recent articles about Biomimetics show that the field is still going strong.

Origin of Life: A Field of Ignorance

The origin of life field is characterized by speculation about dumb molecules that could not possibly have organized themselves into living beings.

Earth Is a Safe Haven

Recent news articles show how mechanisms protect earth's inhabitants from a hail of bullets overhead.

This Plant Beats the Venus Flytrap for Speed

The waterwheel plant, an aquatic species with a snap-trap faster than the Venus flytrap, is different enough to challenge evolutionary speculations.

“Y” Your Inner Ear Hears So Well

A new paper about the inner ear shows an additional level of organization and architecture that increases sensitivity and frequency discrimination.

Europa May Be Another Geyser Moon

A re-assessment of data from the Galileo spacecraft appears to confirm suspected eruptions from the surface of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon.

NASA Resurrects SETI

SETI has had no success since the 1950s. It lost government funding in 1993. It still has had no success. Why is the government throwing tax dollars at it again?

Star Formation Theories Fail to Shine

Big things are wrong in astrophysics, say several news articles.

Amber Fossils Do Not Accurately Record Animal Diversity

A survey of arthropods trapped in tree sap shows that the unlucky ones do not represent an accurate cross section of the community.

Concretions Can Form Rapidly

The spherical inclusions inside geological layers do not take millions of years to form, Japanese scientists say. Concretions are eye-catching. Varying in size from peas to cannonballs, the almost perfectly spherical balls that erode out of geological layers seem almost too perfect to be natural. Science Daily indicates that scientists, not only laypersons, are mystified […]
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