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Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - Highlights • Nuclear fission—atom splitting—is used to date ancient rocks. • The various fission dating methods show results that are not only highly inconsistent with...

/article/nuclear-fission-dating-methods-are-unreliable
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - Have you ever pulled apart a large mass of taffy and watched it break into two approximately equal masses? This is an illustration of what happens in the subatomic world when a 238U or 235U atom undergoes splitting, or fission. Nuclear fission is...

/article/strontium-ratio-variation-in-marine-carbonates
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - In 1948, geologist F. E. Wickman predicted that the decay of 87Rb (a rubidium isotope) in the earth’s crust and mantle would be reflected in a related increase in the 87Sr/86Sr (two strontium isotopes) in seawater as well as in...

/article/helium-retention-zircons-demonstrates-young-earth
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - Zircons are tiny crystals of zirconium silicate (ZrSiO4) that originate in igneous rock, which forms when volcanic magma cools. It’s a very stable mineral that melts at 2550°C. Zircon is harder than quartz and almost as hard as diamond....

/article/baryon-conservation-and-the-antimatter-mystery
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - Everything is made of matter. Matter is made of atoms, and atoms are made of smaller particles. Baryons are one of these subatomic particles, and the most common are protons and neutrons. They’re important because they make up most of the...

/article/new-findings-challenge-secular-dating-models
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - Two recent news stories, one from the Carnegie Institute for Science1 and another from an issue of Nuclear Technology,2 shed light on an icon of “deep time” radioisotope dating—the Isochron model. The former reported evidence...

/article/radiohalos-natures-tiny-mysteries
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - Figure 1. Some typical examples of different radiohalos found in granitic rocks, from volume 2 of the Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) study.1   Radiohalos are minute darkened circular zones around tiny...

/article/lithium-milky-way-halo-stars
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - A recent news article1 reported that certain types of stars2 in our Milky Way Galaxy have more lithium (Li) in their stellar atmosphere than the current models predict. Before 1982, it was generally believed that Li abundances in...

/article/genesis-question-entropy
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), and His creation was “very good” (v. 31). This raises the question of why our current world is in such irreversible decay. Or, as scoffers put it, why...

/article/measuring-protons-radius
Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. - When we want to measure something in our everyday lives, we set a ruler against the object in question and read its dimensions from the markings. Things are not so simple when we attempt to measure objects as small as a proton or neutron (1...

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