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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.

Darwinians See Creative Power in Natural Terror

In the Darwinian mindset, natural disasters are the seedbeds of creativity and progress.

Juno How Old the Solar System Is?

Everyone knows the solar system is 4.5 billion years old. Everyone, that is, except Nature herself.

Balanced Rocks Challenge Dating Methods

A person could almost push over some balanced rocks. Have they really been standing for 10,000 years through earthquakes and all?

Solar System Reversals

The planets keep going around, but theories about them often stop and go backward or sideways. When nothing else works, send in the impactors!

Moon Still Has Hot Core

Japanese scientists have determined that a soft, hot core remains in the center of the moon, contrary to expectations.

Io Volcanoes Go Hyperactive

The volcanoes on Jupiter's moon are bursting out at record rates, and nobody knows why. Is it the new normal?

Chinese Dinosaurs May Have Been Buried in Volcanic Ash

A new analysis of Chinese fossils claims a Pompeii-style eruption buried them suddenly. What does this imply about dating the fossils?

Venus: 80% of Its History Is Missing

In spite of being called Earth's twin, Venus is vastly different. Scientists are struggling to fit its young surface to 4.5 billion years.

Hopes for Wet Mars Diminished

The clays on Mars that were thought to be indicative of a wet past could, instead, be formed by volcanoes.

Mercury Orbital Science Begins

Now that the MESSENGER spacecraft has settled into its orbit, systematic detailed observations are coming in. The Carnegie Institution has posted preliminary findings from the orbital science tour, rejoicing that “Tens of thousands of images reveal major features on the planet in high resolution for the first time,” and confessing that the data are confirming some predictions and revealing surprises.
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