Experts are little help in the constant struggle in this conversation to separate myth from reality, because they have the same difficulty, and routinely demonstrate it by talking past each other. Respected scientists warn of imminent energy shortages as geologic fuel supplies run out. Wall Street executives dismiss their predictions as myths and call for more drilling. Environmentalists describe the destruction to the earth from burning coal, oil, and natural gas. Economists ignore them and describe the danger to the earth of failing to burn coal, oil, and natural gas. Geology researchers report fresh findings about what the earth was like millions of years ago. Creationist researchers report fresh findings that the earth didn’t exist millions of years ago. The only way not to get lost in this awful swamp is to review the basics and decide for yourself what you believe and what you don’t.
posted by infinite intimation
on Jun 27, 2010 -
Vintage dinosaur books
. Those of a certain age likely discovered dinosaurs in the pages of one of these books in their grade-school library. I'm almost sure that this one
was my first (but I remember the cover being black instead of red), and that this
was my second. Does anybody remember this one
? Or this
posted by e-man
on Feb 9, 2010 -
Dinosaur coloration has always been a source of wild speculation. Artistic renders have ranged from the conservative (battleship grey, lizard green) to the flamboyant
, but all guesses appeared equally valid
. While there are some wonderfully preserved examples of dinosaur skin
texture, fossils have remained stubbornly monochromatic… until now. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Aug 11, 2009 -
) and Eric Boardman
on dinosaurs: "More Dinosaurs," 1
. "Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs," 1
. "Son of Dinosaurs," (featuring Jimmy Stewart
. Not dinosaurs, but still cool: "Prehistoric World," 1
. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly
on Sep 13, 2008 -
Superstar Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison
is about to tear the DC Universe apart again with Final Crisis
, the latest in a series of apocalypses and world ending events he's inflicted on various comics worlds
over the years. But there was a time before fame when he wrote the tie-in comic for ZOIDS
, the robot dinosaur children's toy. So what did he do? Ushered in the apocalypse, in the form of THE BLACK ZOID
posted by Artw
on Apr 17, 2008 -
John Updike writes about bizarre dinosaurs
for National Geographic. "How weird might a human body look to them? That thin and featherless skin, that dish-flat face, that flaccid erectitude, those feeble, clawless five digits at the end of each limb, that ghastly utter lack of a tail—ugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn its place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask. " Besides the Updike essay there's a image gallery
, an interview
with John Updike [audio starts automatically]
, a dino IQ test
, an audio critique
of the way dinosaurs have been depicted in the latter half of the 20th Century [audio starts automatically]
, a closer look at the odder features of some of the stranger dinosaurs
, an examination of the nigersaurus
) as well as dinosaur wallpapers
and jigsaw puzzles
. [via MeFi's Own ed]
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 30, 2007 -
"Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit."
John Scalzi with everything you need to know about the $27 million Creation Museum.
"In the first room of the Creation Museum tour there’s a display of two paleontologists unearthing a raptor skeleton. One of them, a rather avuncular fellow, explains that he and the other paleontologist are both doing the same work, but that they start off from different premises: He starts off from the Bible and the other fellow (who does not get to comment, naturally) starts off from “man’s reason,” and really, that’s the only difference between them: “different starting points, same facts,” is the mantra for the first portion of the museum."
Don't forget the photo tour.
posted by Mikey-San
on Nov 13, 2007 -
Jonson takes pictures of The Salton Sea,
which is a strange place
, like some kind of huge, perpetual, Burning Man
, but by a huge, salty, polluted, manmade lake
with distant shores
, dying fish
, has-been resort towns
, Salvation Mountain
, fundie dinos
, fountains of youth
, and nice churches
. [via mefi projects] [previously] [howdy]
posted by brownpau
on Jan 30, 2007 -
Tracks of Swimming Dinosaur found in Wyoming
The tracks of a previously unknown, two-legged swimming dinosaur have been identified along the shoreline of an ancient inland sea that covered Wyoming 165 million years ago, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate student.
posted by hostile7
on Oct 19, 2005 -
T. rex soft tissue!
No, not dino-kleenex -- scientists have extracted organic compounds from a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex bone. Can Jurassic Park
be far behind?
posted by jimray
on Mar 24, 2005 -
Coming soon, the Creation Museum.
Tired of those pesky evolutionists getting all the natural history museums? Want to see dinosaurs threatening Adam
or entering the ark
? Then hie yourself to Petersburg, Kentucky, where what is billing itself as "the world's most unusual museum" will soon be opening its doors.
"Uneasy answering questions about radiocarbon dating? Rock layers? Natural selection? Do you want to believe in six literal days, but you’re still confused about the big bang or Grand Canyon? You’ll find answers here!"
on founder Ken Ham and his theory that dinosaurs are "missionary lizards" who draw young minds to evolution and must be reclaimed.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Dec 6, 2004 -
First Birds with teeth in 70 million years
. Vicious toothed, flying microraptors once darkened the Jurassic skies. Now, scientists
have learned to activate the dormant, vestigal avian "tooth gene" and so coaxed chicken embryos into growing teeth. From the grave, Alfred Hitchcock enviously quips - "a messy thing indeed when toothed birds kill a man". Meanwhile the French are appalled: “quand les poules auront des dents”, which translates to “when hens have teeth”, is analogous to the English “pigs might fly”. Coming soon: flying pigs.
But there might be a baldness cure in this new research. I'll remember that as the flocks of mutant raptor-fowl move in for the kill.
posted by troutfishing
on Jun 4, 2003 -