Towering Dinosaur With Radioactive Skull Identified in Utah
Towering Dinosaur With Radioactive Skull Identified in Utah

(Credits: Xinhua/Bao Dandan/IANS) The 155-million-year-old specimen was headless until a radiation detector located the skeleton's...

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'Dancing Dragon' Feathered Dinosaur Fossil Discovered in China
'Dancing Dragon' Feathered Dinosaur Fossil Discovered in China

(Poust et al., The Anatomical Record) A 120 million-year-old fossil is helping paleontologists bridge the 'phantom' evolution...

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Meteor Crater Discovered in Australia is World’s Oldest
Meteor Crater Discovered in Australia is World’s Oldest

Meteor craters, such as this one in Arizona are difficult to age precisely because the sites tend to be poorly preserved because erosion ...

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Geologists Find Rare Earth Element-Bearing Rocks in Mojave Desert
Geologists Find Rare Earth Element-Bearing Rocks in Mojave Desert

The periodic table lists 17 rare-earth minerals. Clockwise from top left is allanite, containing cerium; agardite containing yttrium. Pho...

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Oldest Scorpion Fossil Discovered
Oldest Scorpion Fossil Discovered

Scientists have revealed the oldest known scorpion—and arachnid—on Earth: a mysterious species more than 430 million years old uncovere...

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World's Oldest Slime Mold Found in Amber
World's Oldest Slime Mold Found in Amber

100 million-year-old amber piece with lizard leg and mycomycete (arrow). Credit: Alexander Schmidt, University of Göttingen and Scientifi...

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Dinosaurs Were Killed by Asteroid and Not Volcanoes, Scientists Confirm
Dinosaurs Were Killed by Asteroid and Not Volcanoes, Scientists Confirm

Mass Extinction That Killed the Dinosaurs Was All About the Asteroid – Not Volcanoes Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in ...

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How Nodules Stay on Top at the Bottom of the Sea
How Nodules Stay on Top at the Bottom of the Sea

Photo credit: Utah Geological Survey Rare metallic elements found in clumps on the deep-ocean floor mysteriously remain uncovered de...

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7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth

Scientists recently identified the oldest material on Earth: stardust that's 7 billion years old, tucked away in a massive, rocky ...

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Scientists Catch a Volcano Mid-formation in the Indian Ocean
Scientists Catch a Volcano Mid-formation in the Indian Ocean

This illustration shows how magma in a reservoir deep underground ascended to form a submarine volcano in the Indian Ocean.  (Image credi...

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Crater From Asteroid Impact That Covered 10% of Earth's Surface in Debris
Crater From Asteroid Impact That Covered 10% of Earth's Surface in Debris

A flash of light would have come first, followed by a shockwave and massive earthquake. Only later would the hailstorm of black, glassy...

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What is Fire Opal?
What is Fire Opal?

Stunning Mexican Fire Opal. Photo: Jeff Schultz Fire opal is a transparent to translucent opal, with warm body colors of yellow to o...

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What is the Lifespan of Volcanic Islands Like Hawaii?
What is the Lifespan of Volcanic Islands Like Hawaii?

Nishinoshima island When a hot plume of rock rises through the Earth's mantle to puncture the overlying crust, it can create not ...

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