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Horny dinosaur found in ‘lost continent’ of Laramidia (aka Utah)

Two remarkable new species of horned dinosaurs have been found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah. The giant plant-eaters were inhabitants of the “lost continent” of Laramidia, formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period. The newly discovered dinosaurs, close relatives of the famous Triceratops, were announced today in PLoS ONE.
The study, funded in large part by the Bureau of Land Management and the National …

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Medical »

Brooke Greenberg is an 18-year-old girl who still has the body and behavior of a baby.
Greenberg is almost in her 20s but weighs just 16 lbs and is only 30 inches tall. She is the size and has the mind of a one-year-old.
A preliminary study of her DNA has suggested her failure to grow could be linked to defects in the genes that make the rest of humanity grow old but that also means sequencing her genome could help us understanding aging – like how to stop it.

Microbial »

We each walk around with a unique collection of friendly microbes, trillions of them, in our intestines that helps break down food our bodies otherwise couldn’t digest. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis like to grow personalized collections of human intestinal microbes in the laboratory.
Their research sets the stage for identifying new probiotics and evaluating in preclinical trials whether microbe transplants can restore the natural balance of intestinal bacteria in “sick” microbial communities.
The research, by Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished …

Brains »

A woman can better identify a man’s sexual orientation when she is closest to peak ovulation, and she can do it just by looking at his face and not even seeing his fabulous interior decorating skills, according to a new study.
Evolutionary psychology is chock full of science oddities and ovulation changing a woman’s ability to discriminate between straight and gay men is right up there with evo psych studies like how we evolved to like certain car grills and that black women are ugly.
Proof – ovulating women gaydar doesn’t work …

Dinosaurs, Headline »

Horny dinosaur found in ‘lost continent’ of Laramidia (aka Utah)

Two remarkable new species of horned dinosaurs have been found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah. The giant plant-eaters were inhabitants of the “lost continent” of Laramidia, formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period. The newly discovered dinosaurs, close relatives of the famous Triceratops, were announced today in PLoS ONE.
The study, funded in large part by the Bureau of Land Management and the National …

Strange Behavior »

The unicycling clown phenomenon

Everyone tends to float off into space once in a while and fail to see what is sitting there right in front of them. Recently researchers decided to put the theory of “inattentional blindness” to the test: the unicycling clown test. They documented real-world examples of people who were so distracted by their cell phone use that they failed to see the bizarre occurrence of a unicycling clown passing them on the street. The study is published in an upcoming issue of Applied Cognitive Psychology.
Compared with individuals walking alone, in …