back to article Come off it, Moon, Earth. We know you're 60 million years older than we thought

Geoboffins have cracked open some ancient crystals to discover that the Earth and the Moon are actually 60 million years older than previously thought. Giant impact, common at the end of planet formation You’d imagine that figuring out the age of the hunk of rock right under our feet would be something that scientists had …

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  1. John Smith 23

    that'll be ignored by the creationist then

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      1. BongoJoe Silver badge
        Headmaster

        I thought that, by definion, there would be only one Creationist.

  2. Malc
    Trollface

    Years or revoltions around the Sun?

    Wasn't the Earth's orbit a little shorter back then?

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: Years or revoltions around the Sun?

      Earth never wanted to be a Stormtrooper!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Years or revoltions around the Sun?

      "In astronomy, the Julian year is a unit of time, defined as 365.25 days of 86400 SI seconds each (no leap seconds). [...] The Julian year, as used in astronomy and other sciences, is a time unit defined as exactly 365.25 days. This is the normal meaning of the unit "year" (symbol "a" from the Latin annus) used in various scientific contexts."

    3. Lars Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: Years or revoltions around the Sun?

      Are you perhaps thinking about the moon.

  3. Andy Roid McUser
    Joke

    But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

    So how can this be.....

    Clearly the astro-boffins have got it all wrong using their "science" , "facts" and "empirical evidence".

    What is needed now is for the above to be taught in schools , what could possibly go wrong ??

    <coat>

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
      Angel

      Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

      gb2 Jesus Camp!

    2. Lamont Cranston

      Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

      A wizard did it.

    3. Gray
      Joke

      Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

      Ayup ... 6,000 years, give or take a few days ... as more than a few of the US 'Tea Party' pols (including the one that heads up the House of Reps Science Committee) will affirm ... and as for that round object in the image accompanying this article? All them 'round' pix from NASA are falsified photoshop propaganda pieces. The world is, and always has been, flat ... the oceans don't run off the sides cuz the Good Lord said they mustn't. Now, about that stupid 'big bang' thing ...

  4. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Nah, must be wrong...

    A quick search on the internets shows me that

    "The problem is that the Bible plainly says that the world was created by God in six days. That is clear to anyone who reads it for the first time. Furthermore, from the detailed chronologies given, we know that creation happened about 4,000 years before Christ."

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

      Further perusal of Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store™ revelas that...

      Gnosticism presents a distinction between the highest, unknowable God and the demiurgic “creator” of the material. Several systems of Gnostic thought present the Demiurge as antagonistic to the will of the Supreme Being: his act of creation occurs in unconscious semblance of the divine model, and thus is fundamentally flawed, or else is formed with the malevolent intention of entrapping aspects of the divine in materiality. Thus, in such systems, the Demiurge acts as a solution to (or, at least possibly, the problem or cause that gives rise to) the problem of evil. In the most radical form of Christian Gnosticism, the Demiurge is the "jealous God" of the Old Testament.

      So I think there is some leeway in those texts from the sandy lands.

      1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

        Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

        You are not trying to tell me that we were created by a mad underGod???

        1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

          Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

          I have a real problem understanding any kind of 'position' held by Gnosticism. I thought it was supposed to be about self knowledge, or rather learning from personal experience, rather than having any kind of doctrine. Am I wrong?

          1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
            Paris Hilton

            Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

            Am I wrong?

            Yes. You seem to be mix this up with more oriental approaches like Zen Buddhism and things like that.

            (I still hope to see Frank Herbert's Zensunni religion before I log off; it would be weird, but the human mind is malleable and can pull practically anything out of the hat as long as verification of it can be left as an exercise...)

      2. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

        I often get a demiurge - must be my age.

      3. Colin Brett
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        Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

        "Further perusal of Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store™ revelas that..."

        Excellent! Have an upvote.

      4. BongoJoe Silver badge

        Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

        I had an image just then of a goggle-eyed flautist standing on one leg singing "Aqualung".

    2. Andy E

      Re: Nah, must be wrong...

      Six days? Must have had a slow 3D printer...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nah, must be wrong...

      If you did a quick search of Genesis 1, you'd see that the earth was already there, but it looked like Waterworld. Presumably there was some rock underneath.

      Which isn't really relevant to much here.

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    1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

      Re: "Earth and its smallish satellite."

      Yes, but only if one subscribes to that revisionist claim that there are only 8 planets in the Solar System!

      1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

        Re: "Earth and its smallish satellite."

        Pluto and Charon really should be considered a double dwarf planet with 3 minor satellites.

  6. phil dude
    Coat

    obligatory....

    "...little blue dot"

    P.

    1. ravenviz Silver badge
      Headmaster

      Re: obligatory....

      ...and quite pale too!

  7. Magani
    Mushroom

    By the looks of the graphic...

    ...that's Marvin the Martian's original "eath-shattering KA-BOOM".

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: By the looks of the graphic...

      The illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator?

  8. Graham Dawson

    For the love of...

    Every time an article like this comes up all the comments go right for the same tired old clichés about creationists. I get it. You don't like them. Well done. Now go and have an original thought for once instead of just rehashing the same boring rubbish and crap "jokes". Or better yet, talk about the thing in the article. You know, the science? The actual interesting stuff?

    All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old.

    1. Major Ebaneezer Wanktrollop

      Yep, it's old but it beats reading articles about storage arrays which el Reg is awash with nowadays....

    2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      It gets really, really old

      It might be you...

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        It gets really, really old

        And no 60myr older than we originally thought !

      2. jerrywickey

        No, its not him. Its you.

        1. asdf Silver badge

          >No, its not him. Its you.

          You?

        2. Scroticus Canis Silver badge
          Headmaster

          No, its not him. Its you.

          No, it's not him. It's you. - FTFY.

    3. Kane Silver badge
      FAIL

      @Graham Dawson

      "Now go and have an original thought for once instead of just rehashing the same boring rubbish and crap "jokes". Or better yet, talk about the thing in the article. You know, the science? The actual interesting stuff?"

      And yet, you completely fail to contribute to the conversation topic in any meaningful way yourself.

    4. Daz555

      "All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old."

      Steady on. You don't want to upset the creationists.....

    5. Lars Silver badge
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      "It gets really, really old.". Yes, but the problem is it's still there, mostly only in the USA though. It's a scam and like home schooling an awful form of child abuse.

      1. Euripides Pants Silver badge
        Childcatcher

        @ Lars

        Please explain why homeschooling is an awful form of child abuse and also, please, give us your definition of a good form of child abuse.

        1. BongoJoe Silver badge

          Re: @ Lars

          give us your definition of a good form of child abuse.

          Sending the child to bagpipe lessons?

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: @ Lars

          "your definition of a good form of child abuse"

          I would point you in the direction of the film Kick-Ass, and Mindy's training to become Hit Girl, as an example...

          Being shot in the chest (while wearing a bullet proof vest, of course) by your father has to come high on the list of child abuse, but the outcome of turning a young girl into a leathal assassin clearly makes it a good form of child abuse!

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        4. Lars Silver badge
          WTF?

          Re: @ Lars

          @Euripides Pants, lots of parents teach their children at home, they bring up, raise their kids, all should.

          But that is after school, an addition to what kids learn at school, and I would point out among other children. Homeschooling is about preventing kids from going to school and I doubt those parents have shit to give. Behind this wish to prevent kids from going to school lies some quasi religious nonsense. How this is allowed in the USA is beyond me.

          As for a definition of a good form of child abuse define for me a good form of a headache.

          1. Euripides Pants Silver badge

            Re: Re: @ Lars

            Lars,

            The folks who tout public education because kids learn to deal with bullies make a better argument than you. Homeschooling is about keeping kids out of public school because public school does a crap job of *educating*, it mostly manages to condition children to conform and obey. Pink Floyd's "The Wall" illustrated this sentiment quite well. Studies show that homeschooled children generally score better on standardized achievement tests than public schooled kids and are better adjusted socially, see this: http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

            Colleges (at least in the US) are waking up to these facts and are actively trying to recruit homeschooled high school graduates.

            My wife and I have been homeschooling our daughter for nearly 10 years. We had to start using college level history textbooks a few years ago and had to start using college level physics textbooks this year. Standardized test put her on average 1 grade higher than her age and she is better adjusted socially than teens her age. I'd also wager that she's better adjusted socially than many of the Reg commentards too. An added bonus is that she doesn't get taught creationism, she gets taught real science.

            As for the question about what constitutes a good headache, we all know that the only good headache is a dead headache.

      2. Jugernautilus

        "Yes, but the problem is it's still there, mostly only in the USA though. It's a scam and like home schooling an awful form of child abuse."

        I think you'll find that the problem exists in most of the world. Middle East, Africa etc. The idea that the world is really, really old and wasn't made by some form of magic guy is the minority opinion. It's really only in the developed world where there is better understanding (except in the US of course).

        1. Lars Silver badge
          Flame

          @ Jugernautilus

          Yes, but I doubt creationism is on the curriculum in Middle East, Africa etc, or tried to be forced into the curriculum of any schools or universities nor do I think you will find any creationism amusement parks either. Creationism is a scam and I bet Mr Ham and his ilk know it too. But money is money as always.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old."

      Really? How old? Teach the CONTROVERSY! <snort>

    7. Gray
      Facepalm

      Here we have this loverly sandbox, and you don't want us old farts playin' innit?

    8. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      I don't just dislike creationists, sirrah. I believe they are dangerous, and that teaching that shit to youth is child abuse.

      Believe what you want, but don't teach lies to children and call it the truth.

      1. Euripides Pants Silver badge

        @Trevor_Pott

        You seem to be tilting at windmills, Trevor. No one here has actually defended creationism, just homeschooling. And only because it works so much better than the twatpuddle that is public schooling in the US.

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