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  • Scientists Find 1.2-Billion-Year-Old Impact Crater Off Coast of Scotland
    A 3,300-foot- (1 km) wide asteroid struck our planet 1.2 billion years ago, according to new research published in the Journal of the Geological Society. In 2008, a team of researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Aberdeen found evidence for the ancient meteorite strike near Ullapool, Scotland. The thickness… Read more »
  • New Mineral Classification System Proposed
    The modern mineral classification system, developed by the American geologist and mineralogist James Dwight Dana in the 1850s, categorizes more than 5,400 mineral species based on their dominant chemical compositions and crystalline structures. Professor Robert Hazen from the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory and George Mason University suggests an additional classification… Read more »
  • Study: Salts Trapped inside Fibrous Diamonds Came from Ancient Seabeds
    So-called fibrous diamonds, which are cloudy and less appealing to jewelers — and less often, gem-quality diamonds — trap and preserve fluids that are present during their formation. In a series of high-pressure, high-temperature experiments, an international team of geoscientists has demonstrated that seawater in sediments from the bottom of… Read more »
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  • Prepare river ecosystems for an uncertain future
    Nature, Published online: 18 June 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01877-1As the climate warms, we can’t restore waterways to pristine condition, but models can predict potential changes, argue Jonathan D. Tonkin, N. LeRoy Poff and colleagues. Read more »
  • Psychiatry crisis is a chance to change tack
    Nature, Published online: 18 June 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01911-2Psychiatry crisis is a chance to change tack Read more »
  • University racism report: Cape Town replies
    Nature, Published online: 18 June 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01872-6University racism report: Cape Town replies Read more »
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  • Giant Cambrian Trilobite Species Unearthed in Australia
    Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of a giant trilobite species that inhabited Australian waters approximately 500 million years ago (Cambrian period). Trilobites are a group of extinct marine arthropods that resemble modern-day horseshoe crabs and are related to modern crustaceans and insects. These creatures appeared in ancient oceans in the Early… Read more »
  • 30,000-Year-Old Head of Pleistocene Wolf Found in Siberian Permafrost
    A perfectly preserved head of a large wolf has been unearthed from the melting permafrost in eastern Siberia. The head of an adult wolf was found near the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in the Yakutia region in 2018. The specimen was dug out of the permafrost by local man… Read more »
  • Study: Pterosaurs Had Remarkable Ability to Fly from Birth
    Pterosaurs were winged flying reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs, between 210 million and 65 million years ago. Previously, they were thought to only be able to take to the air once they had grown to almost full size, just like birds or bats. This assumption was… Read more »
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  • Neolithic Çatalhöyük Experienced Modern Urban Problems
    An international team of researchers has found that the inhabitants of the Neolithic settlement Çatalhöyük (7100-5950 BCE) experienced overcrowding, infectious diseases, violence and environmental problems. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Çatalhöyük began as a small settlement about 7100 BCE, likely consisting of… Read more »
  • Researchers Find 2.6-Million-Year-Old Oldowan Tools in Ethiopia
    An international team of scientists has unearthed a collection of 2.6-million-year-old systematically flaked stone tools at the site of Bokol Dora 1 (BD1) in the Ledi-Geraru area, Ethiopia. Previously, the oldest evidence for systematic stone tool production and use was 2.58 million to 2.55 million years ago. The team’s work,… Read more »
  • New Video Illustrates How ‘Oldest Known Pictish Fort’ Could Have Looked
    In 2015, a team of archaeologists from the University of Aberdeen investigated an eroded sea stack near the site of the ruined Dunnottar Castle in Scotland and uncovered evidence of a 3rd or 4th century Pictish fort. The new video, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, shows how the fortifications may… Read more »
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