A gigantic fish-eater (Bigger than a T. rex!
) with a crocodile snout and a large sail on its back, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus has always been
a strange and enigmatic creature. It may have just become something stranger: a semiaquatic, quadrupedal theropod dinosaur. [more inside]
"Novels are no use at all in days like these,
for they deal with people and their relationships, with fathers and mothers and daughters or sons and lovers, etc., with souls, usually unhappy ones, and with society etc., as if the place for all these things were assured, the earth for all time earth, the sea level fixed for all time." [more inside]
Robot vs. Shark
(not a made for SyFy movie)
An insider’s guide by a former young-Earth creationist [more inside]
Dinosaurs were lumbering, stupid, scientifically boring beasts—until John Ostrom rewrote the book on them.
is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realize." [via
This morning the U.S. government released
the newest National Climate Assessment, which "concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country." You can explore the assessment here. Previously.
"Peter and Rosemary Grant
are members of a very small scientific tribe: people who have seen evolution happen right before their eyes."
time-lapse, macro video of corals and sponges by Daniel Stoupin
"The greatest challenge to 21st century paleontology:
When commercialization of fossils threatens the science," a commentary by four paleontologists. [more inside]
"An open broadcast of paleontological information, a place where the beauty, diversity and complexity of the field can be conveyed and discussed in a digital format." Every interview-centric episode is associated with a blog post, organized by era and period. [more inside]
Setting the record straight:
Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths [via
The iconic monarch of the North Woods is dying at an alarming rate.
Is it climate change, a brain-piercing parasite, or is something else to blame?
"University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford did something very clever:
He took surface air temperature data and converted them into musical notes, one for each year from 1880 to 2012, and played them on his cello." Direct Vimeo link.
"In a long-awaited leap forward for open access, the US government said today that publications from taxpayer-funded research should be made free to read after a year’s delay
– expanding a policy which until now has only applied to biomedical science." [more inside]
"Historians have long debated what could have been done differently to prevent that tragedy, and what still could be done to keep such a tragedy from repeating on future expeditions. In 1913, a Swiss inventor proposed a solution to the problem. Naturally, it involved giant mechanical mosquitoes.
" [more inside]
is an open database of life form silhouettes. All images are available for reuse under a Public Domain or Creative Commons license. [more inside]
is a Tumblr blog devoted to... well... scientific illustration.
lets users comb through data from the Kepler mission
in search of exoplanets
. [via Bad Astronomy
"After witnessing the image of a mosquito in a laser beam outside, I decided to investigate the phenomenon further. I started by locating scuzzy water. Ponds lacking, I decided to take water out of the bowl of my 6 year old spider plant. I then filled a syringe and hung it above a laser so that a drop of water, almost ready to fall, was in the beam path."
Asteroid Discovery From 1980 - 2010:
an animation of the solar system that highlights asteroids as they are discovered. I would suggest watching it in a high resolution.
The Ice Fracture Explorer
is Joseph Shoer's
concept for an unmanned expedition into the oceans of Europa.
an educational film about Graboids
"Like many paleontologists, I believe that T. rex was a hunter: a forest hunter. More specifically, I believe that T. rex used the very same hunting strategy that millions of forest hunters practice today: stand hunting from a tree."
"One of the most significant papers ever published in the annals of science appeared recently;
it deals, for the first time ever, with one of the biggest scientific questions ever faced by the scientific community, and uses cutting-edge technology and awesome powers of deductive reasoning and logic to reach shocking, paradigm-shifting conclusions."
the Shimizu Corporation presents a set of "proposals for the benefit of up-coming generations." [via Pink Tentacle
In 1916, Bone War
veteran (and poet
) Charles H. Sternberg
loaded 22 crates of fossils from the Alberta Badlands onto the SS Mount Temple
, intending to ship them to the British Museum of Natural History. They never made it.
[via Dinosaur Tracking
A Pencil that Lets You Draw Music
Scrambling the Molecules of Science and Pop Culture [via PALAEOBLOG
Brian Switek, David Williams
and Michael Welland
have started a series of blog posts about writing popular science books. (Switek's overview.
) [more inside]