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Category Archive: nature

Jun 29 2012

Amazing MRI clip captures human birth

There should be a Youtube version of the Oscars, and if there was, this short clip by Bamberg C, Rademacher G, Güttler F, et al “Human birth observed in real-time open magnetic resonance imaging,” would be in contention for the science and education categrory.

Jun 25 2012

Galapagos Island icon Lonesome George passes away

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No one knows his exact age, but the giant tortoise Lonesome George passed away quietly in his enclosure at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands:

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May 13 2012

Mystery blob revealed?

Remember the mystery blobs that had been found washed up on beaches or caught in nets here and there? Well, this may solve the mystery and it’s a pretty cool answer:

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Apr 29 2012

Hot salty climate action

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Didn’t think of this, but it makes sense. The warmer it gets, the more salt gets concentrated or removed depending on which way the water to vapor cycle has been trending:

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Mar 31 2012

Giant prehistoric snake coming soon to a town near you

Titanoboa

PZ may have his colorful mollusca, aka cephalopods, but here at the Zingularity we’re talking giant prehistoric snake evolution like something right out of a b-movie! Meet Titanoboa, 50 feet long and weighing over a ton. It could have gulped down an adult with room left over for the rest of the family and its close cousins …

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Mar 17 2012

The icy finger of death!

In the video below the fold from the new nature special Frozen Planet, time lasped photography captures a deadly growing brinacle. What is a brinacle you ask?

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Feb 21 2012

Permian forest brought to scientific life

An artist's impression of a 300-million-year-old peat forest in northern China, based on plant fossils preserved in a huge volcanic ash-fall. PNAS

Paleobiologists of all kinds are used to dealing with frustrating scraps. Occasionally they get entire bones and once in a blue moon a nearly complete skeleton or fossil of an extinct plant or animal. But scientists working with remains below a Mongolian coal mine have done one better, they found a 300 million year old forest …

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Feb 10 2012

Mystery of the severely purple squirrel

Purple

Yes, that’s really a squirrel and its really, severely, purple. No one seems to know why, could be a hoax, or something else. Put on your skeptic hats and offer some ideas.

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Feb 09 2012

Godless scientists announce Pangea Mark II to form … soon

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The earth’s north pole won’t always be an iced over ocean and I don’t mean (just) because of climate change. We’re talking Pangea II here and in geological time, it’s not even that far off. At least that’s what some secular scientists at an elite east coast university claim:

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Jan 17 2012

Lost fossils from Darwin discovered

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It seems a Dr Howard Lang was in the archives of the British Geological Survey when he found some drawers marked Unregistered Fossil Plants. Inside were hundreds of fossils that have not seen the light of day for a smuch as 165 years. Museum curators soon realized that some of the material was actually collected or analyzed by …

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