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  • Comets contributed to Earth’s atmosphere, says study of 3 billion-year-old minerals

    Scientists have revealed that some of Earth’s atmosphere may have been brought to the planet by comets billions of years ago.

    The mystery of how the Earth’s atmosphere was formed has long baffled scientists.

  • Ordovician Mass Extinction May Have Been Triggered by Volcanic Eruptions

    Geologists from Tohoku University, Japan, Amherst College and Washington University in Saint Louis, the United States, say they may have found the cause of the end-Ordovician mass extinction, the first of the world’s five known mass extinctions.

  • What Really Felled the Hindenburg?

    On the 80th anniversary of the conflagration, mysteries still remain

    “In the 20th century, there are events that cut across all our private lives,” says Tom Crouch, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “If you were alive on May 6, the day of the Hindenburg disaster, you remember where you were.”