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"Turtle shells didn’t get their start as natural armor, it seems. The reptiles’ ancestors might have evolved partial shells to help them burrow instead, new research suggests. Only later did the hard body covering become useful for protection.
The findings might also help explain how turtles’ ancestors survived a mass extinction 250 million years ago that wiped out most plants and animals on earth, scientists report online July 14 in Current Biology.
Most shelled animals, like armadillos, get their shells by adding bony scales all over their bodies. Turtles, though, form shells by gradually broadening their ribs until the bones fuse together. Fossils from ancient reptiles with partial shells made from thickened ribs suggest that turtles’ ancestors began to suit up in the same way.
It’s an unusual mechanism, says Tyler Lyson, a paleontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science who led the study. Thicker ribs don’t offer much in the way of protection until they’re fully fused, as they are in modern turtles. And the modification makes critical functions like moving and breathing much harder — a steep price for an animal to pay. So Lyson suspected there was some advantage other than protection to the partial shells".
Fossil evidence suggests that turtles’ ancestors started to form precursors to today’s shells to help them dig, not to protect themselves.
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"The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, in which nearly three million barrels of crude oil got released in 2010 into the northern Gulf of Mexico, is the worst oil disaster in US history, contaminating the spawning habitats for many fishes. A research team led by an environmental scientist at the University of California, Riverside has now found that ultraviolet light is changing the structure of the DWH oil components into something more toxic, further threatening numerous commercially and ecologically important fishes".
The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, in which nearly three million barrels of crude oil got released in 2010 into the northern Gulf of Mexico, is the worst oil disaster in US history, contaminating the spawning habitats ...
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Very important given how linked root canals are to later life diseases.
 
Celiz and his fellow researchers have developed a new kind of filling made from synthetic biomaterial that can stimulate the growth of stem cells in the pulp of the tooth. Just like regular fillings, the biomaterial is injected into the tooth and hardened with UV light.
Stem cell-stimulating fillings could change dentistry and save your teeth
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Am I the only one who finds this just a mite worrying?
Air combat veterans proved to be no match for an artificial intelligence developed by Psibernetix. ALPHA has proven to be “the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI seen to date.”
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Baron Nopcsa was a notorious figure in his day. A wild genius with a flair for the dandyish and the dramatic, he was an explorer, spy, polyglot and master of disguise. He crossed the Albanian Alps on foot and befriended local mountain men, sometimes involving himself in their tribal feuds. Once, he was nearly crowned King of Albania. It was said that he would disappear for months at a time only to arrive for polite tea at posh European hotels dressed as a peasant. Along with a younger man whom he called his secretary, he traversed swaths of the Balkans on motorcycle. He kept up years-long correspondences with famous and learned men all across Europe. Later in his life, he was known for chasing villagers from his estate with a pistol.
Now fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopsca was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be king
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Unfortunate lack of commitment. The business model of alternative energy is really compelling if they'd just buy in.
 
The G20 failed to set a deadline for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, reports BusinessGreen, "despite best efforts of China and [the] US". #FossilFuelSubsidies
World’s richest nations failed to set a deadline for subsidy phase-out at meeting in Beijing last week, despite best efforts of China and US,Policy ,Fossil Fuels,Subsidies,G20
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Four genes act for only a few hours in life as '1st gear' of human development,

These genes act to switch on or off dozens of other genes, including a set that may prepare the embryo for the cell decisions it is about to make. They are found on chromosome 19, known to be an unstable part of our genome.

Oxford University, http://bit.ly/297N07B
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WIRED investigates the mystery of Baidu Total View and its bizarre photo editing that creates an entirely new version of reality
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Creepy.
The glow worms’ victims are flying insects that get caught in the worms' threadlike snares, thin filaments of silk dotted with balls of mucous.
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Swanky little rooms were nicely done. Wi-fi claim seemed to be false? Couldn't connect on multiple devices. Had to use my own hotspot for access.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Wonderful place for brunch with crepes that leave you walking away pleasantly fulfilled. Small little restaurant that can get loud when packed tight, but otherwise it's well worth a visit if you are in the mood for some nice grub.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Best burgers currently made.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago