“This designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1 percent of all AGU members in any given year,” says the organization’s website.

UC Irvine researchers sort out the sticky situation at the La Brea Tar Pits by refining methods for measuring the age of fossils

Down to the bones

Scientists use radiocarbon dating to analyze everything from the world’s oldest shoe to sediment samples that shed light on global climate change.

Time travelers