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We Might Be Totally Wrong About Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

We Might Be Totally Wrong About Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct How the dinosaurs went extinct is a contentious topic of endless scientific debate.It wasn’t just cataclysmic events that did in the dinosaurs—these were the final nail in the coffin.

New helium discovery could boost the world’s dwindling supply

New helium discovery could boost the world’s dwindling supply A new discovery in the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley could loosen up supplies considerably, though.Scientists there have uncovered huge deposits of the gas in ancient volcanic rocks, and this could lead to more discoveries in the future.

Billion-year-old air has five times more oxygen than expected

Billion-year-old air has five times more oxygen than expected Scientists have, for the first time, been able to directly analyze the atmosphere of Earth from nearly a billion years ago.A team of Canadian researchers developed a technique to recover microscopic pockets of air from ancient salt crystals, and they reveal Earth had a lot more oxygen than we thought in those days.

Proposed Anthropocene epoch rustles jimmies of dissenting geologists

Proposed Anthropocene epoch rustles jimmies of dissenting geologists Enter the Anthropocene Epoch: the “new age of man.Other commenters confuse the Anthropocene epoch with the idea of anthropogenic climate change.

The supervolcano that may have killed off Europe's Neanderthals is stirring again

The supervolcano that may have killed off Europe's Neanderthals is stirring again The Phlegraean Fields (Italian: Campi Flegrei) are a series of craters and volcanic areas located near Naples, Italy.Like the Yellowstone caldera in the United States, the Phlegraean Fields have previously demonstrated a capacity for titanic eruptions.

Scientists identify missing mass in Earth's core

Scientists identify missing mass in Earth's core Contrary to what the money-losing 2003 film “The Core” would have you believe, we have no way to access the Earth’s core directly.Now, a new study from researchers at Tohoku University in Japan may have identified the core’s missing mass as silicon.