World's Oldest Blue Bird Found via Fossil Feathers
World's Oldest Blue Bird Found via Fossil Feathers

Eocoracias brachyptera fossil sample. (Sven Traenkner/Senckenberg Research Institute and Nature Museum) For the first time, scientists...

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Researchers Discover Giant Freshwater Aquifer off U.S. East Coast
Researchers Discover Giant Freshwater Aquifer off U.S. East Coast

Scientists have mapped a huge aquifer off the US Northeast (hatched area). Solid yellow or white lines with triangles show ship tracks. D...

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Earthquake: 5.6 Quake Rattles Northern California
Earthquake: 5.6 Quake Rattles Northern California

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck several kilometres from the small community of Petrolia, located over 40...

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What is Hopper Crystal?
What is Hopper Crystal?

Hopper Halite crystal from Searles Lake, Trona, California. Photo: crystalminer A hopper crystal is a form of crystal, defined by its...

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Plate Tectonics May Have Driven 'Cambrian Explosion'
Plate Tectonics May Have Driven 'Cambrian Explosion'

The Cambrian Explosion –“Supernova of Biology Detonated by Plate Tectonics” The quest to discover what drove one of the most important...

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Fossil of a 15 Ton Sea Creature Found in Antarctica
Fossil of a 15 Ton Sea Creature Found in Antarctica

A hungry Aristonectes plesiosaur eyes a squid in this illustration. The prehistoric plesiosaur — a four-flippered marine reptile that ...

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Giant Trilobite Fossil Found on Australia
Giant Trilobite Fossil Found on Australia

A specimen of Redlichia rex from the Emu Bay Shale, Kangaroo Island, Australia. Image credit: Holmes et al, An artist’s impression of Red...

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What is Fire Agate?
What is Fire Agate?

Photo Credit: Glenn Dizon Agate is a semi-precious gemstone formed by relatively recent volcanic activity. It is outwardly similar in...

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1.2 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Crater Discovered in Scotland
1.2 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Crater Discovered in Scotland

Reddish-colored rocks of the Stac Fada deposit. Image: University of Oxford The biggest ever recorded meteorite collision locati...

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What Jumpstarted Earth's Plate Tectonics?
What Jumpstarted Earth's Plate Tectonics?

World Tectonic Plates and Their Movement - Earth's outer layer is composed of giant plates that grind together, sliding past or d...

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Study Confirms Banded Iron Formations Originated From Oxidized Iron
Study Confirms Banded Iron Formations Originated From Oxidized Iron

2.1 billion year old rock showing banded iron formation. Photo: André Karwath A new study by University of Alberta scientists shows th...

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Iridescent Bones of a Lost Dinosaur Herd Discovered in an Opal Mine
Iridescent Bones of a Lost Dinosaur Herd Discovered in an Opal Mine

A fossil vertebrae of the newly discovered dinosaur species Fostoria dhimbangunmal discovered in opal. Credit: Robert A. Smith/Australia...

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Magnetism Discovered in the Earth's Mantle
Magnetism Discovered in the Earth's Mantle

The interior of the Earth and the experiment graphically illustrated. The blue dotted lines show the magnetic field surrounding the Earth...

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New Mineral Classification System Captures Earth's Complex Past
New Mineral Classification System Captures Earth's Complex Past

Liddicoatite. Photo: Platonic Gems. The first minerals to form in the universe were nanocrystalline diamonds, which condensed from gas...

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