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Radiocarbon dating

Radiocarbon dating (also referred to as carbon dating or carbon-14 dating) is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon (C-14), a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed by Willard Libby in the late 1940s and soon became a standard tool for archaeologists. Libby received the Nobel Prize for …

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Deep-Earth carbon offers clues on origin of life

New organic carbon species linked to formation of diamonds — and life itself   Date: November 20, 2014 Source: Johns Hopkins University Summary: Scientists reveal details about carbon deep beneath Earth’s surface and suggest ways it might have influenced the history of life on the planet. New findings by a Johns Hopkins University-led team reveal long unknown details about carbon …

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