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How salt crystals destroy stone buildings
How salt crystals destroy stone buildings

Salt crystals Salt crystals are often responsible when buildings start to show signs of ageing. Researchers from the Institute f...

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Fossilized tree and ice cores help date huge volcanic eruption
Fossilized tree and ice cores help date huge volcanic eruption

An international team of researchers has managed to pinpoint, to within three months, a medieval volcanic eruption in east Asia the precis...

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Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals
Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

Hoarfrost is a kind of ice crystal made of water. Researchers discovered time crystals, which are repetitive patterns that can move w...

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Answering the mystery of turquoise provenance
Answering the mystery of turquoise provenance

Turquoise has had cultural significance for Native American peoples in the southwestern United States and Mexico for more than a millen...

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Scientists Have Finally Created Metallic Hydrogen
Scientists Have Finally Created Metallic Hydrogen

Diamond anvils being used to put pressure on hydrogen sample Lab-Made 'Metallic Hydrogen' Could Revolutionize Rocket Fuel Nea...

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Scientists discover 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago
Scientists discover 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago

Introducing Aethiocarenus burmanicus. (image: George Poinar, Jr.) Around 100 million years ago, an alien-looking insect with a bizarre...

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Alaska volcano erupts for 2nd day in a row; planes warned
Alaska volcano erupts for 2nd day in a row; planes warned

Pavlof Volcano in Alaska sends a plume of volcanic ash into the air on Sunday. It has had 40 known eruptions. Photo: AP The Alaska Vol...

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Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site
Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site

A fossilized mantle of a vampyropod, a relative to the modern vampire squid (pictured on bottom right). The ink sack is the raised structu...

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187.7ct Foxfire diamond discovered in sub-Arctic ice
187.7ct Foxfire diamond discovered in sub-Arctic ice

The Foxfire diamond is the largest known uncut, gem-quality diamond mined in North America.  (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History/Amaden...

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Did an earthquake shrink Mount Everest?
Did an earthquake shrink Mount Everest?

Mount Everest from an aerial view taken over Nepal on Oct. 21, 2005. According to India's surveyor-general, a school of thought has...

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Bogoslof sends ash over Unalaska; Takawangha rumbles
Bogoslof sends ash over Unalaska; Takawangha rumbles

Bogoslof Volcano could send ash cloud to Unalaska following eruption The latest eruption of Bogoslof volcano Tuesday morning sent a rela...

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The Largest Rough Ruby Crystal in the World
The Largest Rough Ruby Crystal in the World

This unique specimen is one of the world’s largest known rough ruby gemstones. This unique single natural ruby crystal weighs 8.2 lbs. ...

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Are we ready for another massive volcanic eruption?
Are we ready for another massive volcanic eruption?

Are we ready for another massive volcanic eruption? An enormous volcanic eruption would not necessarily plunge the world into a new s...

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Understanding new evidence of the impact of climate change in the Early Jurassic Period
Understanding new evidence of the impact of climate change in the Early Jurassic Period

This shows Early Jurassic ammonite. Credit: Plymouth University Geochemical and biological research offers academics a window into eart...

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Meteorite Identification: How to Identify Meteorites in 7 Steps
Meteorite Identification: How to Identify Meteorites in 7 Steps

The pallasites are a class of stony–iron meteorite. Have an interesting rock in your possession and want to see if it’s out of this w...

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Aventurescence: Light-reflecting inclusions that produce a Bright Flash
Aventurescence: Light-reflecting inclusions that produce a Bright Flash

Sunstone from Oregon Aventurescence is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gems. The effect amounts to a metallic glitter, ar...

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Conditions Right for Complex Life Come and Go?
Conditions Right for Complex Life Come and Go?

This is a 1.9-billion-year-old stromatolite -- or mound made by microbes that lived in shallow water -- called the Gunflint Formation in ...

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Pink Diamond Mystery Solved: What Makes Pink Diamonds Pink?
Pink Diamond Mystery Solved: What Makes Pink Diamonds Pink?

Image: Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County They're one of the world's rarest jewels - but nobody knows for certain why ...

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Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free
Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free A chunk of ice half the size of Jamaica which is breaking away fr...

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