Scientists Discover Two ‘Alien’ Minerals In Meteorite
Scientists Discover Two ‘Alien’ Minerals In Meteorite

A slice of the El Ali meteorite, now housed in the University of Alberta’s Meteorite Collection, contains two minerals never before seen on ...

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Tiny Bubbles of an Ancient Ocean Found Trapped Inside Rocks in New York
Tiny Bubbles of an Ancient Ocean Found Trapped Inside Rocks in New York

Ancient seawater pockets trapped in an iron pyrite framboid. (Daniel Gregory, University of Toronto/Cortland Johnson, Pacific Northwest Nati...

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Ancient Swamp Was Sex Death Trap for Hundreds of Frogs
Ancient Swamp Was Sex Death Trap for Hundreds of Frogs

The skeleton of a frog that likely died after mating, and broke in half in water currents. (Photo: D. Falk) If you want to lure a bunch of p...

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Oldest Army Ant Found in 35-Million-Year-Old Baltic Amber
Oldest Army Ant Found in 35-Million-Year-Old Baltic Amber

Oldest army ant on record. Image Credit: Sosiak et al., Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University; © President and Fellows of Harvar...

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Workers Dug Into A Nest Of Dinosaur Eggs 80 Million Years Old
Workers Dug Into A Nest Of Dinosaur Eggs 80 Million Years Old

Fossilized dinosaur eggs found in Wuning county, East China's Jiangxi Province Photo: Courtesy of Wuning County Museum Many fossils of d...

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Mass Extinctions May Have Been Driven by the Evolution of Tree Roots
Mass Extinctions May Have Been Driven by the Evolution of Tree Roots

Mass Extinctions May Have Been Driven by the Evolution of Tree Roots. Fossilized tree roots in limestone blocks A series of mass extinctions...

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Crystals That Generate Electricity From Heat
Crystals That Generate Electricity From Heat

  A synthetic sulfide mineral with thermoelectric properties. In the effort to efficiently convert heat into electricity, easily accessible ...

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Kummakivi, Balancing Rock, Seems to Defy the Laws of Physics
Kummakivi, Balancing Rock, Seems to Defy the Laws of Physics

Kummakivi, Balancing Rock, Seems to Defy the Laws of Physics. A large precarious boulder called Kummakivi (”Strange stone”), located in Ruok...

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3.5 Billion-year-old Rock Structures Are One of the Oldest Signs of Life on Earth
3.5 Billion-year-old Rock Structures Are One of the Oldest Signs of Life on Earth

A sample of Dresser Formation stromatolite, showing a complex layered structure formed of hematite, barite, and quartz, and a domed upper su...

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Richat Structure: Geological Wonder in the Sahara Desert
Richat Structure: Geological Wonder in the Sahara Desert

Richat structure, Mauritania. Photo: European Space Agency   A geologic dome, the Richat Structure has concentric bands of resistant quartzi...

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Snail From 99 Million Years Ago Discovered With Hairs Growing on Shell
Snail From 99 Million Years Ago Discovered With Hairs Growing on Shell

The 99-million-year-old amber containing the tiny snail. (Photo: Senckenberg)   A snail preserved in amber with an intact fringe of tiny del...

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