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Buffon or Buffoon? Evaluating a Dead Expert

He was highly regarded in his day, but the beliefs of Comte de Buffon seem comical now.

Pluto Rivals Earth in Geological Complexity

Call it what you will, Pluto is a planet of surprises. Its active geology is second only to Earth's, say two planetary scientists.

How Did Earth Get Its Phosphorus?

The element phosphorus is hard to get to a planet's surface where it is needed.

The Design Packed Into a Fruit Fly

The most amazing animals of all may be the tiniest. Consider how much bio-technology has to fit into the head of a fruit fly.

Astrobiology Survives on Passionate Hope

Without the words 'might' and 'could,' astrobiologists would have nothing to say.

Stalactite Indicates Ultrafast Magnetic Reversals

Contrary to what geophysicists have claimed for decades, magnetic reversals may occur 'ridiculously quickly.' Or is confidence in experts ridiculous?

Creation Research Advances

Look at how much detailed scientific work was presented at the recent International Conference on Creationism.

Spacecraft Launches to Sun, Still a Mystery

A spacecraft just took off on a mission to the sun, but not to worry; it went at night.

Dark Matter Fails Another Test

The Chinese didn't find dark matter with their super-detector, but they still believe it has to be there.

Richter Scaling: Is Funding for Astrobiology and SETI Justified?

Should the government fleece taxpayers again for a project with almost zero chance for success? Consider two "Richter scales" that should inform hopes.

Poison Water Detected on Mars

Mars mania has struck again, with the latest announcement that a "lake" of water may exist under the red planet's polar ice cap.

Mars Is Losing Its Atmosphere Fast

Measurements of Martian atmospheric loss rates imply incredible changes over the assumed billions of years of Mars' history.

Time to Revisit the Lunar Dust Problem?

How deep should lunar dust get over billions of years? Opinions have vacillated between extremes, but a new study might open up the debate again.

Young Pluto Stuns Scientists with Astonishing Maps

New color maps score high on the Wow Factor. How can this lonely dwarf planet still be active? Its moon Charon looks young, too.

Carbon Dioxide Is Not Toxic, but The Moon Is

Too much of something can be bad, but too little can also be bad. We examine the influence of carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere. Scientists seem conflicted about CO2 (carbon dioxide). It gets blamed for all kinds of bad things, but with few exceptions, every living thing either takes it in or gives it off. […]
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