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The Latest News About Our Ancient Past

News Roundup, December 2015

As readers of this site know, I’m convinced that the asteroids cluttering up our solar system are shrapnel left over from the accidental obliteration of a planet between Mars and Jupiter— 2,505 more words

Physicist's radical theory on why humans exist

Where do we come from? There are many right answers to this question, and the one you get often depends on who you ask.

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars. 75 more words

06. Scientia

Lionel Shriver reads TC Boyle

Lionel Shriver, asked to read a favourite story from the New Yorker for the New Yorker fiction podcast, chose TC Boyle’s “Chicxulub,” from 2004 and joins fiction editor Deborah Triesman in a discussion. 42 more words

Short Fiction

GSST: Impacts on Hydrocarbon and Ore Exploration

After spending several years in the petroleum and mining industry it becomes obvious to anybody that structural geology is the α and Ω of exploration, because structural geology gives the platform where all the results of various analyses can be integrated. 973 more words

Global Strike-slip Tectonics

K/T Boundary Session

This morning’s extinction session at GSA 2014 brings together geologists, including Gerta Keller and Walter Alvarez, trying to decipher the timing and cause of mass extinction events, including the demise of non-avian dinosaurs. 37 more words

Vertebrate Paleontology

The Bad Luck of Extinction

Bad genes or bad luck? That’s the subtitle of ExtinctionDavid Raup’s romp through Earth history from his viewpoint as a preeminent palaeontologist. Raup (along with colleague Jack Sepkoski) became somewhat well known for their theory that… 899 more words

History

Mass Extinction, Pt 1 of 3: What Killed the Dinosaurs?

For drama, you can’t beat that one explanation of the K/T extinction: A giant asteroid smacks into the Gulf of Mexico, causing the equivalent of our greatest fear (global nuclear war, minus radiation) and knocking over the dinosaurs like so many bowling pins. 2,217 more words

Hazards