Tiny, Mineral Grains Could Explain a Fundamental Tectonic Force
Tiny, Mineral Grains Could Explain a Fundamental Tectonic Force

Mylonite from near Røragen, Norway. Photo: Mikenorton   Subduction happens when one tectonic plate slides under another plate and then sinks...

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50 Million-Year-Old Fossil Assassin Bug Has Unusually Well-preserved Anatomy
50 Million-Year-Old Fossil Assassin Bug Has Unusually Well-preserved Anatomy

Recovered from the Green River Formation in present-day Colorado, this fossil represents a new genus and species of predatory insects known ...

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57,000-Year-Old Frozen Remains of Wolf Pup Found in Canada
57,000-Year-Old Frozen Remains of Wolf Pup Found in Canada

Credit: Government of Yukon   A wolf cub that was found mummified in northern Canada lived at least 56,000 years ago, scientists say. Hidden...

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Geyser Activity Does Not Foretell Yellowstone Volcanic Eruptions
Geyser Activity Does Not Foretell Yellowstone Volcanic Eruptions

  When Yellowstone National Park's Steamboat Geyser—which shoots water higher than any active geyser in the world—reawakened in 2018 aft...

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Extinct Woolly Rhinoceros Found Frozen in Siberian Permafrost
Extinct Woolly Rhinoceros Found Frozen in Siberian Permafrost

Sasha the baby woolly rhino found in 2014 in Yakutia lived 34,000 years ago. Picture: Albert Protopopov  AN EXTINCT woolly rhinoceros has be...

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Kernowite: New Green Mineral Discovered in 220-year-old Rock
Kernowite: New Green Mineral Discovered in 220-year-old Rock

Kernowite (green color). Image credit: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London. Known from just a single location, a new species ...

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99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Flower Found Encased in Burmese Amber
99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Flower Found Encased in Burmese Amber

Valviloculus pleristaminis, flower in lateral view. Image credit: Poinar, Jr. et al., doi: 10.17348/jbrit.v14.i2.1014.   A rare flower is fi...

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Slow Start of Plate Tectonics Despite a Hot Early Earth
Slow Start of Plate Tectonics Despite a Hot Early Earth

The extrusion of fresh ocean crust at midocean ridges began to slacken 15 million years ago, perhaps cooling the planet. GEOGPHOTOS/ALAMY ST...

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Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii's Big Island
Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii's Big Island

An eruption started at Kīlauea summit on Dec. 20 Photo: USGS   In Hawaii, this cursed year is going out with even more horror. The volcano K...

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