Detrital Zircons Can Give False Geological Ages
November 21, 2018
Zircons are a gold standard for dating. They can yield ages that are statistically significant, but geologically meaningless.
Geology and Anomaly Are Practically Synonyms
June 25, 2018
When formations don't fit established consensus paradigms, can secular geologists, indoctrinated into long ages and gradual change, think outside the box?
Beware of Overconfident Dating Methods
October 27, 2017
Simplistic presentations about how scientists date rocks overlook the worldview assumptions involved.
"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.
Geology Theories Are Not Set in Stone
January 7, 2016
To be a geologist, you have to have a big imagination and always be ready to have your favorite theory overturned.
Major Scientific Revolutions Are Still Possible
November 24, 2015
Beware the myth of progress. There's more scientists don't know than what they know.
Pounding Headaches for Solar System Dates
October 19, 2015
It's hard to tell when things crashed into each other.
How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are
April 8, 2015
Researchers find that the most common dating method can produce "spuriously old" dates.
Earth as a Habitable Planet
September 29, 2014
When viewed as a planet among planets, Earth is surprisingly surprising, considering how close it is to scientists' investigating eyes.
What Do Geologists Know About the Early Earth?
November 14, 2013
There's not much data, and there's a lot of doubt and debate. That's what a geologist admits about theories of early earth history.
The Trouble with Zircons
March 25, 2013
Geologists' favorite tool for dating rocks at millions and billions of years old has revealed problems with interpretation.
Lunar Upsets Challenge Paradigms
January 27, 2012
Forty years after the last moonwalkers came home, new discoveries about the moon are calling into question what scientists know about our celestial partner. But is it legitimate for scientists to invoke mystery forces when a favored theory faces falsifying evidence?
Discovery Upsets Geological Dating
November 17, 2011
For a long time, geologists have used microscopic crystals called zircons as “time capsules” for dating rock strata. The tiny crystals are so durable it was believed they were virtually impermeable. Now, however, inclusions inside the zircons appear to be vastly different in age. This could have drastic effects on how certain formations are dated.