Posts filed under “Science”

Titanosaur: Not an Ideal Housepet

New Species of Dinosaur Weighed as Much as a Dozen Elephants:

A new species of dinosaur found in Argentina was a 65-ton behemoth the length of a high-school basketball court, making it one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth, researchers said Thursday.

Weighing as much as a dozen elephants, the dinosaur stood two stories tall at the shoulder, the researchers said Thursday in Scientific Reports. As it ate, each swallow traversed a 37-foot-long neck. Its whiplike tail measured 29 feet—the length of the current world-record long jump.

When it died, the 85-foot-long creature apparently was still growing, they reported. Its well-preserved remains make up the most complete skeleton known of any species from the Titanosaur family of gigantic long-necked dinosaurs.

Not a good housepet . . .
 


Source: WSJ

Category: Science

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

Click for an interactive, and slightly alarming, drought map. Source: The Upshot

Category: Digital Media, Science

Rare Midsize Black Hole

NASA: Astronomers from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare breed of black hole in archival data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. The signals provide compelling evidence that the object, known as M82 X-1, is one of only a few midsize black holes known.

Dying stars form modest black holes measuring up to around 25 times the mass of our sun. At the opposite extreme, most large galaxies contain a supermassive black hole with a mass tens of thousands of times greater. Just as drivers traveling a highway packed with compact cars and monster trucks might start looking for sedans, astronomers are searching for a middle range of the black hole population and wondering why they see so few.’

 

 

 

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Category: Science, Video

Current Reservoir Conditions in California

Source: Municipal Securities Research, Wells Fargo

Category: Science

Space Without the Space

This cracks me up: Source: XKCD

Category: Data Analysis, Science

The Savant Syndrome

Extraordinary People: The Savant Syndrome – Darold A. Treffert, M.D. Source: SciAm Part of the 10th Annual International Bioethics Forum, “Manifesting the Mind” which was was designed to explore the Mind-Brain phenomenon and how this relates to human consciousness.”, held by the BTC Institute in Madison, WI on April 28-29, 2011. For detailed information about…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Searching for water on Ganymede

Source: Know More

Category: Digital Media, Science

97% Consensus (File Under Stuff You Should Know By Now)

Source: Skeptical Science

Category: Science

Significant Climate Anomalies June 2014

Click for the ginormous version. Source: NOAA

Category: Science

Apollo 11 Retrospective: ‘One We Intend To Win’

Source: Space

Category: Science, Technology, Travel