Neanderthals Were Just Another Ethnic Group of Real People
April 29, 2019
It's taken more than a century, but scientists are now promoting Neanderthals to their rightful place in the modern human family.
Lightning Can Produce Carbon-14
November 29, 2017
In a surprise announcement, Japanese researchers found that lightning bolts can be powerful enough to cause nuclear fission, leading to new isotopes— including carbon-14.
Fossils Defy Slow, Gradual Deposition Over Long Ages
September 18, 2015
What do a virus and a whale have in common? They didn't fossilize slowly a long time ago.
Upper Limit Set on DNA Age
October 12, 2012
Forget Jurassic Park; DNA cannot last anywhere near 65 million years, researchers say.
Planetary Radiometric Dates 1/3 Younger
May 1, 2012
The half-lives of radioactive isotopes may not be as well-known as thought. One decay rate frequently used to date solar system objects had to be adjusted down to 66% of its former assumed value, impacting theories of planet formation.