Big Errors Common in Big Science
September 8, 2020
It’s in the nature of theories to be overturned by new data. So how much trust should be put in current theories? Even the positivists like the reporters in New Scientist recognize that “There is no such thing as scientific truth, just a set of provisional truths that are subject to revision or rejection when […]
Asteroid Ceres Is Young
September 1, 2020
The bright spots on Ceres formed recently, say scientists, and activity could be going on today.
Earth Water Was Always Here
August 31, 2020
A new theory for the origin of Earth's oceans tries to make a splash again. This one says the Earth has always been wet.
Imagination Running Rampant in Science
August 25, 2020
Science reporters and scientists have lost all respect for evidence. They spin imaginative tales with reckless abandon.
Did Mars Experience Planetwide Storms?
August 21, 2020
Impossible as it seems now, scientists believe that dry red planet had massive, flooding storms in the past.
Origin-of-Life Research Abandons Chemistry, Turns to Miracles
August 6, 2020
If a chance explosion created the universe out of nothing, maybe another 'big bang' created life, too.
Star Warts: Planets Rebel Against Theory
August 5, 2020
Things in space don't always cooperate with theoretical expectations.
Forcing Planets into Line
July 30, 2020
You can't make a planet do what your model says it must do to exist, unless it cooperates in your imagination.
Venus Is Erupting
July 20, 2020
If new indirect observations are correct, Venus is an active planet today with huge volcanoes.
Our Moon Refuses to Obey Scientists
July 14, 2020
The neat theories for the origin of the moon and its subsequent evolution unravel when you try to stuff long ages into a young body.
Titan Is Running Away from Saturn
July 1, 2020
When a scientist up-ends what was long believed, how confident can they be about what they believe now? Don't outrun observations.
Saturn Scientists Dodge Age Issues
June 19, 2020
Several papers have appeared this month about Saturn and its moons, but they all gloss over the implications for long ages.
Origin of Geomagnetism: Bumbling in the Dark Past
June 10, 2020
When did the Earth get its magnetic field? It's important because life depends on it. Watch MIT fumble and stumble over the question.
Landslides on Pluto Happened Quickly
May 7, 2020
If Pluto is really 4.6 billion years old, something happened almost instantaneously out there some time ago. In planetary science, where experts are accustomed to thinking everything is billions of years old, sudden unique events present problems. Almost everything should have settled down by now into a routine. One can certainly argue for exceptions, where […]
Is Climate Change An Existential Threat?
March 26, 2020
There's an uncanny parallel between climate change and evolution: which is, how skeptics of the consensus are treated.