World’s First Nuclear Bomb Test Created Rare, Otherworldly Crystal
World’s First Nuclear Bomb Test Created Rare, Otherworldly Crystal

This sample of red trinitite, forged during the world's first nuclear bomb test, contains a crystal never seen before on Earth. (Image c...

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Rare Purple-pink Diamond Breaks Auction Record
Rare Purple-pink Diamond Breaks Auction Record

“The Sakura,” a 15.8-carat purple-pink diamond set on a platinum and gold ring, sold for $29.3 million.   A purple-pink diamond has set a ne...

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Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Stops Erupting After Months of Lava
Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Stops Erupting After Months of Lava

(Credit: A. Lerner, USGS. Public domain.) Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Finally Stops Erupting After 157 Days and 11 Billion Gallons of Lava Hawa...

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Alaska Volcano Eruption at Great Sitkin Island Sparks Red Warning
Alaska Volcano Eruption at Great Sitkin Island Sparks Red Warning

  Alaska Volcano Erupts: 'Explosive' 15,000ft Ash Cloud Sent Into Sky - Alert Level at Red Avolcanic eruption from the Alaskan volca...

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Clues From Soured Milk Reveal How Gold Veins Form
Clues From Soured Milk Reveal How Gold Veins Form

  For decades scientists have been puzzled by the formation of rare hyper-enriched gold deposits in places like Ballarat in Australia, Serra...

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Plate Tectonics Are 3.6 Billion Years Old, Oldest Minerals on Earth Reveal
Plate Tectonics Are 3.6 Billion Years Old, Oldest Minerals on Earth Reveal

Earth's oldest minerals   Scientists led by Michael Ackerson, a research geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural Histo...

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Researchers Discover Geologic Process 'Tearing Apart' Plates of the Earth's Crust
Researchers Discover Geologic Process 'Tearing Apart' Plates of the Earth's Crust

Geoscientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and Istanbul Technical University have discovered a new process in plate tectonics which...

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Scientists Find A New Way To Tell Ages And Origins Of Diamonds
Scientists Find A New Way To Tell Ages And Origins Of Diamonds

A Diamond Used in the Study. Credit: Yaakov Weiss   Diamonds are sometimes described as messengers from the deep earth; scientists study the...

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Vivid Violet Sugilite: A Rare Precious Stone
Vivid Violet Sugilite: A Rare Precious Stone

16kg Manganoan Sugilite from Wessels Mine in Northern Cape Province, South Africa Photo: RDCnet CC Gem sugilite is a polycrystalline aggrega...

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