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Xenopermian Biota of the Ural Sea: Brontopator chapsia, a hippodont dicynodont

The Xenopermian is a collaborative effort between Scott, Raven, Zach and myself to outline a very different, speculative world. In some ways this is not all that different than the exercises of Dougal Dixon, After Man and The New Dinosaurs. Show More Summary

Lessons from the Mediterranean about ocean acidification

Today’s guest blog comes from Jason Hall-Spencer — a Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. His research spans seamount ecology, fisheries, ocean acidification, aquaculture and conservation. He’s also working on marine protected area design using satellite vessel monitoring for fisheries management. Show More Summary

Darwin’s fast-evolving finches use a natural insect repellent

Four species of the iconic birds on the Galapagos Islands rub themselves with leaves that deter mosquitoes and parasitic flies

Environmental stability affects phenotypic evolution in a globally distributed marine picoplankton

Marine phytoplankton can evolve rapidly when confronted with aspects of climate change because of their large population sizes and fast generation times. Despite this, the importance of environment fluctuations, a key feature of climate...Show More Summary

“Lucky Find” Puts Welsh Theropod Discovery on a Firm Footing

Fossilised Dinosaur Foot Bones Found on Welsh Beach Serendipity and palaeontology are often strange bedfellows, but luck does play a part especially when you consider the difficulties in finding very rare and exceptional items such as Early Jurassic dinosaur bones.  Take the example of palaeontology student Sam Davis who has been lucky enough to have […]

Ukraine War Update: ?????? ???? ??????, ?????????

There are claims of Minsk III and a new ceasefire on September 1st. I am sure there war in Ukraine will stop completely. The only will be exception will be for the Donbas like there was for Debaltseve. All the rest of Ukraine will be under the rules of the ceasefire. Show More Summary

D Wave Claims to Have Built 1000 Quibit Quantum Annealing Processor

Benchmarking a quantum annealing processor with the time-to-target metric.Authors:King et alAbstract:In the evaluation of quantum annealers, metrics based on ground state success rates have two major drawbacks. First, evaluation requires computation time for both quantum and classical processors that grows exponentially with problem size. Show More Summary

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs! The 1987 Childcraft Annual - Part 2

May the 1980s bonanza continue (please do check out part 1 for background, amusing spinosaurs etc.) Having exclusively featured theropods in the first post, let's turn now to their fellow saurischian dinosaurs - you know, the often staggeringly...Show More Summary

The community of nature

“Gaze into a tide pool and you’ll see all of life’s complexity, shrunken down to size. From the soft anemones waving sticky tentacles, to spiny sea urchins, to hard-shelled mussels, with crabs and gobies wedged in between, every square...Show More Summary

Mini Crazy Thought: US Navy Ought to Rejigger its Hangar Deck With Robot Plane Parking Structures

After looking at pictures like the above, I immediately thought of these: You could double stack the aircraft easily. You could add another 40 aircraft that way easily. However, you still need the maintainers and pilots. Probably a better idea for the coming drones.

Gueragama sulamericana, New Lizard from the Cretaceous of Brazil

A stem acrodontan lizard in the Cretaceous of Brazil revises early lizard evolution in Gondwana. 2015. Nature Communications University of Alberta paleontologists have discovered a new species of lizard, named Gueragama sulamericana,...Show More Summary

Chew on this: Learn about how we feed the hammerhead sharks in our Open Sea exhibit.

Chew on this: Learn about how we feed the hammerhead sharks in our Open Sea exhibit.: Got sharks coming to dinner? Not to worry, our aquarists share how they make tasty, nutritious treats for our scalloped hammerheads in our latest podcast.

Robopocalypse Report #16: Drones, Cars, and the Hype-opocalypse!

The Chinese Predator equivalent(), the Wing Loong, tests different weapon systems. Two men were arrested for the attempt to smuggle contraband into a prison via drone. Australians are using drones to track wild life. The joint Sony-ZMP company Aerosense's drones have taken flight. Show More Summary

Stinking corpse flower is poised to unfurl live on video today

A plant that releases the smell of death during rare blooms is scheduled to open today – and you can watch it live

Is Tropical Storm Erika the Ghost of Katrina? South Florida Beware.

On this ominous anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we have the North Atlantic Hurricane Gods playing with our heads a little. Here’s the thing. One of the effects of global warming is the attenuation of hurricane activity in the Atlantic Hurricane basin. Generally, tropical storm activity has been rather impressive world wide over the last several…

Stealth Saga #2: A Grab bag...if you could see it!

Jane's gives its take on the Long Range Strike Bomber award. Rumor has it Northrop won. Other sources are openly disagreeing in no small part because NG has moved a lot of its R&D engineers out of the program and, historically, this means a loss. Show More Summary

A plea to ocean acidification scientists

It is unfortunate that the terminology used in some papers, presentations and media interviews is misleading. The definition of “acidic” in the Oxford English dictionary is “having the properties of an acid; having a pH of less than 7”. Despite the process of ocean acidification (the acidity of seawater, or hydrogen ion concentration, has increased […]

Launching the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2015

What did you do when you turned 10? Throw a party? Have a sleepover? Eat chocolate cake? We would love to do all these things with our readers, authors and editors (especially the chocolate cake), but after much deliberation, we … Continue reading »

Cave in the Urals Reveals Haul of Cave Lion Bones

Imanai Cave – Strange Significance to Stone Age People A team of Russian archaeologists have been putting on display some of the huge collection of prehistoric cave lion bones and other artefacts recovered from a cave in the Russian republic of Bashkiria close to the Ural mountains.  The small cave has yielded some five hundred […]

Dainty step gives mosquito legs strength to walk on water

A mosquito can bear up to 23 times its total body weight on each leg, which is crucial for landing on water – the insect's secret is way it stands

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