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US geologist jailed for eight years in China for oil research

An american geologist held and tortured by China's state-security agents was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday for gathering data on the Chinese oil industry in a case that highlights the government's use of vague secrets laws to restrict business information.

'Rotten-egg smell delayed the evolution of animals'

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The geologist's view: It could be a gold mine, but not for a long time

Afghanistan has some of the most complex and varied geology in the world. Mining companies have always known about its potential because geologically it lies in a very interesting region. And it has an undeveloped mining industry in comparison with its neighbours. It has incredibly old rocks, some of which are Archean in age (more than 2,500 million years old), and then those are overlain by rocks that are from eras right up to the present day.

Professor John Callomon: Scientist who made major contributions in geology and spectroscopy

John Callomon was a professor at University College, London who was distinguished in two quite different fields: in high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, and geological dating through the study of Jurassic ammonites within stratigraphical palaeontology.

Life in other solar systems 'unpredictable'

Life on Earth-like planets in other solar systems could be unpredictable to say the least, according to a new study.

A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Lyric Hammersmith, London

A case where three heads are better than one

Helicopter sows moss on moors

A rare moss was scattered across remote moorlands from a helicopter yesterday in an effort to help regenerate the moors.

At the Loch of the Green Corrie, By Andrew Greig

Since he was a young writer, Andrew Greig had known the poet Norman MacCaig. Though born in Edinburgh, MacCaig was closely associated with Assynt in Sutherland, an area he often celebrated in his spare, evocative poems.

The men and women in woolly hats who risk their lives to study volcanoes

The riskiest thing most of us do each day is drive to work. But life for a volcanologist is a little more exciting – especially when their object of study starts to grumble angrily in the hot bowels of the earth.

'Tiny' climate changes may trigger quakes

Climate change could spark more "hazardous" geological events such as volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides, scientists warned today.

The natural world: The impact of a dramatic setting in Arizona

In front of me is one of the best preserved impact craters in the world, a giant hole in the sedimentary rocks of the Colorado Plateau, near Flagstaff in Northern Arizona. About 50,000 years ago you would have been in serious trouble if you were standing where I am today; a large iron meteorite, weighing in at perhaps 500,000 tonnes slammed into the Earth's surface at speeds in excess of 11km/s. The most recent studies indicate that this colossal impact released 10-11 megatonnes of energy – over 500 times more than the atomic bomb that exploded over Nagasaki in 1945.

British geologist shot dead during bandit attack in Ethiopia

A British geologist has been shot dead while working for an oil company in Ethiopia, the Foreign Office said. The 39-year-old, named as Jason Read, was killed on Monday near Danot town.

Mankind leaves mark on the planet with the end of the 12,000-year Holocene age

Landmark in the Earth's 4.7bn-year history as geologists hail dawn of the 'human epoch'
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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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