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Today's xkcd is about how dinosaurs are still portrayed in such an old-fashioned way in movies.

The rollover text (tip: always read this on xkcd)… "At this point, if we're going to keep insisting on portraying dinosaurs as featherless because it's "cooler", it's time to apply that same logic to art involving bald eagles." Yep, would we want this logic applied to any extant animals?

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Yes, these are real. This is what science looks like.
 
Top Ten Best Scientific Figures

This a really fun rundown. Seen below is #1 in the list, entitled Pressures produced when penguins poo – Calculations on avian defecation.

#illustrationart #graphicdesign  
I recently saw a tweet by @carinadslr that linked to a blog post about the “Top Ten worst graphs”. This post provided an excellent opportunity for me to share a series of funny scientific figures I have been collecting. I sen...
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Agreed!...};-)

For more 'real' science, Marc Abrahams (of Improbable Research fame) has two books worth checking out: "This Is Improbable" and "This is Improbable Too".
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This is HUGE news.
 
Paper at [ http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140904/srep06196/full/srep06196.html ]. "A newly identified species of supermassive dinosaur might have been one of the largest creatures ever to walk on land, suggests a study published on 4 September in Scientific Reports.

Well-preserved bones of the species, Dreadnoughtus schrani, were excavated in southern Argentina between 2005–09. The animal is a titanosaur, one in a typically hefty subgroup of the long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs known as sauropods.

The genus name Dreadnoughtus, from the Old English meaning 'fearing nothing', is a nod to the idea that this dinosaur was so gigantic that healthy adult Dreadnoughtus were probably impervious to attack by predators, says Kenneth Lacovara, a vertebrate palaeontologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who led the study. The bones of two individuals from the newly described species were found in rocks originally laid down as sediments on a floodplain some time between 66 million years and 84 million years ago.

Roughly 45% of the post-cranial bones of the larger specimen were recovered, Lacovara says. And if researchers use mirror images of bones present on one side of the creature, for example, to stand in for bones missing from the other side, they can produce a fossil reconstruction that includes about 70% of bones in the species' neck, body and tail."
59-tonne behemoth was probably one of the largest land animals ever.
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You might have seen the news that Studio Ghibli is closing. It isn't really, and I wouldn't be sad, even if it was.

The news is that the studio is going back to how it used to be in the 80s, back when it made movies like Laputa: Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro. There won't be a full-time staff of animators; instead, there'll be freelancers brought in when opportunities arise. (thanks to ca-tsuka.tumblr.com for explaining this!)

Even if Studio Ghibli does close, it won't really be gone. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata made great movies over their careers, which will continue to inspire and entertain children and adults alike.

Studio Ghibli's "fresh breeze" will still be felt many years from now. Did you know that Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion was inspired by his work on Nausicaä? Or that some of the people behind today's rich TV anime art got their start as artists and animators for Ghibli's early movies? Or that when staff Pixar feel stuck they watch a Ghibli movie for inspiration? Whatever sort of animation from today you like (or maybe even video games or live-action movies), there's likely some influence from Ghibli.

And here's what Hayao Miyazaki himself had to say, in the new documentary about Studio Ghibli: "The future is clear. It's going to fall apart. I can already see it. What's the use worrying? It's inevitable…" (animationtidbits.tumblr.com/post/93138984801)

_Copied from a post I wrote on the Studio Ghibli Facebook fanpage fb.com/fansofstudioghibli _
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"It's only a name."
*Sigh
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This is an outrage! How dare Steven Spielberg bring down this majestic beast!
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This was a sick individual, culling it was necessary.

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Dinosaurs taking the scenic route
1964: Dinosaurs on the Hudson being transported to the New York World’s Fair. I love the brontosaurus dinosaur logo for The Sinclair Oil Company, at the front of the barge.

At the New York World's Fair of 1964–1965, Sinclair sponsored a dinosaur exhibit, "Dinoland", featuring life-size replicas of nine different dinosaurs, including their signature brontosaurus. Souvenirs from the exhibit included a brochure ("Sinclair and the Exciting World of Dinosaurs") and molded plastic figurines of the dinosaurs featured. After the Fair closed, Dinoland spent a period of time as a traveling exhibit.  

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Ah yes, biology the "soft" science, mere trivia compared to physics…
 
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I'M SORRY, FROM YOUR YEARS OF CONDESCENDING TOWARD THE 'SQUISHY SCIENCES', I ASSUMED YOU'D BE A LITTLE HARDER.
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That was excellent!  I've heard from various people that the many years later some of the physicists who worked on the Manhattan project were appalled at what they had done.  Oh well.  Genie is out of the bottle...
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A happy Yule to you, one and all!
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🎄🐧Christmas greetings & Best wishes for 2015🎆🎇😎🐧
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You might have seen the news that Studio Ghibli is closing. It isn't really, and I wouldn't be sad, even if it was.

The news is that the studio is going back to how it used to be in the 80s, back when it made movies like Laputa: Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro. There won't be a full-time staff of animators; instead, there'll be freelancers brought in when opportunities arise. (thanks to ca-tsuka.tumblr.com for explaining this!)

Even if Studio Ghibli does close, it won't really be gone. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata made great movies over their careers, which will continue to inspire and entertain children and adults alike.

Studio Ghibli's "fresh breeze" will still be felt many years from now. Did you know that Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion was inspired by his work on Nausicaä? Or that some of the people behind today's rich TV anime art got their start as artists and animators for Ghibli's early movies? Or that when staff Pixar feel stuck they watch a Ghibli movie for inspiration? Whatever sort of animation from today you like (or maybe even video games or live-action movies), there's likely some influence from Ghibli.

And here's what Hayao Miyazaki himself had to say, in the new documentary about Studio Ghibli: "The future is clear. It's going to fall apart. I can already see it. What's the use worrying? It's inevitable…" (animationtidbits.tumblr.com/post/93138984801)

_Copied from a post I wrote on the Studio Ghibli Facebook fanpage fb.com/fansofstudioghibli _
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Studio Ghibli pause. But the blood of Ghibli has continued without fail, the creators of other Anno, Goro, and Maro, is brought to Nishimura and Suzuki planning. The planning should at present from God, when is solves all. Suzuki also says Ghibli was time to rest now.
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The black swallower feeds on bony fishes, which are swallowed whole. With its greatly distensible stomach, it is capable of swallowing prey over twice its length and 10 times its mass.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swallower
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    Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 2010 - present
    After taking courses part time 2010–2011, I enrolled full time in Fall 2012. My plan is to to graduate in 2015, with a Geography minor.
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    2005 - 2012
    I mostly taught myself for over seven years, including high school. During 2010 and 2011 I took courses part time at the University of Minnesota (through Minnesota's PSEO program).
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I must have picked up the bird bug as a toddler watching ducks. Because of my fascination with animals I plan to work in biological research, and I'm studying biology (minoring in geography) at the University of Minnesota. My main interests are evolution and behavior as fields of study, and birds and other vertebrates as subjects.

In my spare time, I'm a birder, I edit Wikipedia articles, and I read a lot. I'm a huge fan of Studio Ghibli (so I moderate one of the Ghibli fan communities here) and other anime/manga and sci fi/fantasy.
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