Monthly Archives: January 2017

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

Hoarfrost is a kind of ice crystal made of water. Researchers discovered time crystals, which are repetitive patterns that can move without a source of energy Physicists repeatedly tweaked a group of ions to create first example of a non-equilibrium … Continue reading

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Bag-like sea creature was humans’ oldest known ancestor

Researchers have identified traces of what they believe is the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans — a microscopic, bag-like sea creature, which lived about 540 million years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Discovery of new fossil from half billion years ago sheds light on life on Earth

A new species of fossil has been discovered that will shed light on early animal ecosystems. Investigators discovered the new species while conducting a survey of microfossils in mudstones from western Canada. To their surprise, the samples yielded miniscule loriciferans: … Continue reading

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Fossilized tree and ice cores help date huge volcanic eruption

An international team of researchers has managed to pinpoint, to within three months, a medieval volcanic eruption in east Asia the precise date of which has puzzled historians for decades. They have also shown that the so-called “Millennium eruption” of … Continue reading

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Scientists discover ‘alien’ insect in amber from 100 million years ago

Introducing Aethiocarenus burmanicus. (image: George Poinar, Jr.) Around 100 million years ago, an alien-looking insect with a bizarre head and long thin legs likely crawled around on trees in what is now Burma. The insect is so strange that researchers … Continue reading

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Answering the mystery of turquoise provenance

Turquoise has had cultural significance for Native American peoples in the southwestern United States and Mexico for more than a millennium, and turquoise artifacts have been recovered from archaeological sites hundreds of kilometers distant from known sources of the mineral. … Continue reading

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mineraliety: Tourmaline has some of the coolest gradients. Love…

mineraliety: Tourmaline has some of the coolest gradients. Love this one via @underground_gems /////// instagram.com/underground_gems mineraliety.com mineralia

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mineraliety: Lazulite with Siderite via @sacredspaceminerals…

mineraliety: Lazulite with Siderite via @sacredspaceminerals looking like a rocky ocean scene ////// instagram.com/sacredspaceminerals mineraliety.com mineralia

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Prized fossil find: Oldest, most complete iguanian in the Americas

Paleontologists, picking through a bounty of fossils from Montana, have discovered something unexpected — a new species of lizard from the late dinosaur era, whose closest relatives roamed in faraway Asia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Scientists Have Finally Created Metallic Hydrogen

Diamond anvils being used to put pressure on hydrogen sample Lab-Made ‘Metallic Hydrogen’ Could Revolutionize Rocket Fuel Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating the rarest – and potentially one of the most valuable … Continue reading

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