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Following Bill Nye creationism vs. evolution debate, use the oldest piece of Earth dated as a research topic idea

Zircon crystal dated 4.4 billion years old. (Credit: John Valley)

Zircon crystal dated 4.4 billion years old. (Credit: John Valley)

It was hard to miss the news at the beginning of February 2014: Bill Nye faced off in a debate on creationism vs. evolution against Ken Ham, who founded the biblically literalist Creation Museum in Kentucky. But while no one seems to have been convinced from their previous opinions by either debater (and some scientists feel that Nye’s willingness to engage Ham lends unfortunate credence to Ham’s position), the pursuit of dating materials from Earth’s earliest days continues. Scientists published a study February 23, 2014, finding that the oldest dated zircon crystal, originally found in Western Australia, to be 4.4 billion years old. If you are looking for a good research paper topic in geology or cosmology, consider looking at Earth’s oldest fragment. Read more