News About Your Favorite Dinosaurs

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 T. Rex, Triceratops and other stars of the age of dinosaurs have made news lately.  Here are some recent dinosaur findings.Predator or scavenger?  Debates about T. Rex’s eating habits have raged for years.  Was it a hunter, like the terror in Jurassic Park, or scavenger, picking the meat off dead prey?  Evidence of a bite in a hadrosaur backbone seems to indicate the prey was alive when the king’s tooth bit into it, says a video clip on Live Science.  But that’s just one data point, “the least you can have,” one skeptic cautions.Tooth conveyor belt:  Some huge sauropods may have replaced their teeth every month.  Science Now said that analysis of “well-preserved fossils” of Camarasaurus and Diplodocus led scientists at Stony Brook University to estimate the beasts replaced their teeth every 62 days and 35 days, respectively.  The fossilized dentin shows rows of material ready to replace teeth worn down by their heavy diet of plant material.  Science Daily added some Darwin from a researcher: “At least twice during their evolution, sauropods evolved small, peg-like teeth that formed and replaced quickly,” said Dr. Michael D’Emic. “This characteristic may have led to the evolutionary success of sauropods.”  The BBC News refrained from the e-word, merely stating that analysis of teeth can reveal feeding habits.Big new ceratopsian:  The name Nasutoceratops probably doesn’t roll out of a kid’s memory bank, but a large new horned dinosaur with that label has been found in Utah.  “It belonged to the family of herbivore ceratops dinos, of which the famous triple-horned triceratops was a member,” PhysOrg reported, claiming the location of the fossil “sheds light” on moving continents.  One mystery remains, however: how did two dozen large animals coexist on a landmass?  Africa, with four times the area of the assumed continent of Laramidia, has only five large mammals.  Also unknown is the purpose of the four-meter-long dinosaur’s oversize snout.Battle of the boneheads:  More evidence that bone-headed dinosaurs like pachycephalosaur butted heads like rams was reported by Live Science.  Analysis of wounds in 100 skulls by researchers at the University of Wisconsin makes head-butting the most likely explanation.  It’s possible they used them for display, though, or perhaps for both functions.Tale of a tall tail:  A huge well-preserved dinosaur tail of unknown species, probably a kind of hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur, is being excavated in Mexico, Live Science and PhysOrg reported.  Found by locals, it’s about 16 feet (5 meters) long.  The BBC News has a video report.  Excavators have also found part of the animal’s hip, and hope to find more as the work continues.  The tail would have been nearly half the length of the animal.Warm or cold blooded?  The belief that dinosaurs were cold-blooded has been “put on ice” according to Live Science.  Researchers at University of Adelaide came to the conclusion that dinosaurs must have been warm-blooded.  They did this not directly, but by inferring the energy requirements for thrashing in living crocodiles and large mammals.  As usual, not every expert agrees.  Given the number of decades this aspect of dinosaurs has been debated, it’s hard to predict if a new finding will overturn the latest claim.Big fish:  The largest bony fish that ever lived, some 16 meters long, was a contemporary of dinosaurs, PhysOrg says.  Surprisingly, Leedsichthys (Leeds fish) was most likely a plankton eater.  The gills, though “Extremely delicate and rarely-preserved,” were preserved well enough to show the mesh structure, resembling the honeycomb pattern in a beehive.  The article claims that the same meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs wiped the big fish out, too.  Maybe that reporter didn’t see the Live Science article that claims an “absence of any sign of a fish extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, when a mass extinction wiped out the dinosaurs.”  But when the same article puts seahorses in the same phylogeny with tuna but not with swordfish, who you gonna believe?Someone had to ask:  PhysOrg posed the question, “How did dinosaurs have sex?” (and no, the big bang theory does not apply here).  Someone needs to answer, “Very carefully.”  Alongside the headline is an artist’s rendition of a huge, bulky triceratops.  Comparing dinosaurs with tiny birds and giraffes does not seem to shed light on the question.  Speculator of the day John Long concluded, “I truly believe the day will surely come, probably when we least expect it, when a remarkable new dinosaur fossil pops up solving the age old mystery of how dinosaurs really did do the deed.”Some day, when you least expect it, John, someone may pop up to you and say, “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!”Does anybody remember the claims about dinosaurs from ten years ago, or even five?  Science news is often like short-term thrills that wear off until the next fix.  Debates about warm-bloodedness, extinction and feeding habits have raged on for decades – decades, and no resolution is ever forthcoming by scientific “experts” (people who used to be spurts, but are now ex-spurts).  The latest claim by Dr. Science gets good press, till another claim comes along later and dislodges it.And where, anywhere, does anyone see the need for evolutionary theory?  Dinosaurs once lived and are now gone, but that’s not evolution.  Fossils of huge animals that flourished in a rich world of life show evidence of design with subsequent decline.  Our world, rich and diverse as it is, is impoverished compared to the world filled with large, healthy animals and plants that once lived on it.  It seems as if some catastrophe* happened.*Implausible?  Science Now just reported that a megaflood appears to have carried house-sized boulders hundreds of miles, from China to India, as easily as modern rivers carry sand.last_img read more

Keyshawn Johnson Offers Advice To Santonio Holmes

Sixteen years ago, Keyshawn Johnson was the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft, landing in New York with the Jets. He was young and brash and before he was done he penned a book called, “Just Throw Me The Damn Ball.”To say Johnson was mouthy would be an understatement. So it was ironic – and pretty cool, too – that a much more mature Johnson spent some of the Jets’ first  day of training camp to lend advice to the Jets’ current mouthy receive, Santonio Holmes.“It was a big brother-to-little brother talk,” Holmes said. “He was just teaching me to be cordial to everybody and to understand what gift I have to this football team and learning how to utilize it.”Johnson, at Jets camp working for ESPN, figured he catch Holme’s ear because the receiver lately has been spewing nothing but venom. Since the last game of disappointing last season, when he did not catch a pass and was benched, Holmes has blasted quarterback Mark Sanchez, questioned the two-quarterback system of Sanchez and Tim Tebow and generally been Mr. Grinch.Immaturity is what Johnson attributed to Holmes’ penchant to taking on anyone in his path.“All eyes are you,” said Johnson, relating what he told Holmes. “If you can do it — and you’ve done it before — you can write your ticket.”Holmes was a lightening rod and disruption last year, criticizing Sanchez and the offensive line, making a bad season worse. Johnson was not acting as if he were Dr. Phil, but he did seem to believe Holmes will comport himself differently this year.“He’ll grow up,” Johnson said. “He’ll get there. I’m not worried.”Already, Holmes contends and Sanchez have become close and are looking forward to a big season.“That was last year, man,” Holmes said. “Let’s move on.” read more

Vybzing Youth Forum Participants Gain Business Knowlegde

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 26, 2017 – Grand Turk – Project failure is high in the region because many companies and concepts lack a defining scope… the 30 participants in the Turks and Caicos Vybzing Youth Forum are gaining understanding on the value of defining the scope of business.Following lunch, the participants will be exposed to ‘Opportunities for Creative Entrepreneurship in Turks and Caicos Islands’.The presenter is home grown business owner, Chandra Craigg of Out of the Box Advertising.The Youth Forum sponsored by the TCI Ministry of Education and Youth is a project of the Caribbean Development Bank.#magneticmedianews#youthvybzingtci#CDB#tciyouthdepartment#youthforum2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #youthforum2017last_img read more

Google employees petition SF Pride to oust company from parade

first_imgOriginally published June 26. Update, June 27: Adds response from Google employees.  Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: We are honored, and humbled, by the support of all of these great activists, who have inspired us and done more for our community than we could ever hope to.And a special shout out to @CleveJones1, we are thrilled!Though @SFPride rejected our request, well keep fighting!— Ban Google From Pride (@NoPrideForGoog) June 27, 2019 6 Tags 12 Photos Google, we have some questionscenter_img Companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google have come under fire for the way they police — or don’t police– their platforms. Earlier in June, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized for hurting the LGBTQ community with the decision not to take down the channel of a prominent user who had made homophobic remarks about a gay journalist. “If we took down that content, there would be so [much] other content we’d need to take down,” Wojcicki said. “We don’t want to be knee-jerk.”   In a statement, SF Pride said it wouldn’t remove Google from the parade.  “Google and YouTube can and must do more to elevate and protect the voices of LGBTQ+ creators on their platforms, and we’ve found that Google has been willing to listen to this criticism and is working to develop appropriate policies,” the statement said. The group also said Google has given benefits to same-sex partners and transgender employees, as well as participated in public advocacy for the LGBTQ community.  In response, the employees took to Twitter (via @NoPrideForGoog) to say although SF Pride rejected the request, they will keep fighting. They also said they’d racked up 129 signatures within 48 hours.  Comments Google employees have signed a petition about the company’s sponsorship of San Francisco Pride festivities.  Future Publishing/Getty Google employees don’t want Google sponsoring San Fransisco Pride festivities. In a letter and petition to the board of directors of San Fransisco Pride, posted to Medium on Wednesday, a group of Google employees said the company hasn’t improved its policies when it comes to the treatment of “LGBTQ+ persons, the depiction of LGBTQ+ persons, and harassment and hate speech directed at LGBTQ+ persons, on YouTube and other Google products.” As such, letting Google sponsor Pride would be painting the company in “a rainbow veneer of support,” the employees said in the letter. They asked the Pride board to revoke Google’s sponsorship of Pride 2019 and exclude it from the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30. “Google has marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade for more than a decade and we are excited to continue the tradition this weekend. We are grateful for SF Pride’s partnership and leadership,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display 3:19 Tech Industrylast_img read more