Guesswork in Carbon Dating Exposed
May 25, 2020
It's the best-known radiometric dating technique for recent events, but it relies on numerous shaky input measures.
Radiocarbon Assumptions Questioned
March 21, 2020
Every dating method involves assumptions, because historical sciences are not repeatable like laboratory experiments.
Geology: Bold Steps in Self-Deception
March 19, 2020
It's possible to collect clues that suggest your model is working, all while heading off in the wrong direction.
What the Apollo Rock Samples Revealed About the Moon
July 19, 2019
The lunar rocks changed what scientists thought they knew about our satellite, but raised many more questions.
Oldest Animal Cave Painting Baffles Evolutionary Anthropologists
November 7, 2018
How did cave art of animals appear on opposite sides of the world at the same time? What’s being called the oldest cave painting of an animal has been dated by evolutionary anthropologists at a minimum of 40,000 years old. The baffling thing is that similar cave art in Europe dates to roughly the same […]
Late Heavy Bombardment Myth Is Dying
January 24, 2018
A favorite tale from the Apollo era, the so-called Late Heavy Bombardment, is being bombarded itself.
Beware of Overconfident Dating Methods
October 27, 2017
Simplistic presentations about how scientists date rocks overlook the worldview assumptions involved.
Doubts About Dates and Climate
February 4, 2017
New findings cast doubt on scientists' ability to be certain about their consensus views.
Radiation, Mistakes, and Assumptions
August 19, 2016
Three news items about atomic radiation should cause us to beware of academic overstatement.
"Fundamental Assumption" in Zircon Dating Called into Question
February 15, 2016
A commonly-used dating method has been threatened by new findings that undermine assumptions.
Radiocarbon Dating Becoming Unreliable
August 6, 2015
Your T-shirt could soon contain the same carbon-14 as William the Conqueror's robe from 1066 AD, scientists warn.
Blow to Supernova Nucleogenesis Theory
January 20, 2015
There's 100 times less of a radioactive element on the ocean floor than expected.
November 19, 2014
We need to clear the deck of geology news. Here's a garage sale of interesting headlines, provided "as is" for researchers to pursue further.
Indonesian Cave Paintings Shake Up Art History
October 14, 2014
Asians were not supposed to be so culturally talented 40,000 years ago, but their cave art shows the same finesse seen in contemporary European caves.
Of Molecules and Men
September 27, 2014
Atoms and molecules are tiny but can have a big influence on the habitability of planets and astrobiologists' theories about them.