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I Could Never Remember Apatosaurus

So, it's fantastic that they brought the Brontosaurus back.

It turns out the original Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus fossils appear different enough to belong to separate groups after all. "Generally, Brontosaurus can be distinguished from Apatosaurus most easily by its neck, which is higher and less wide," says lead study author Emanuel Tschopp, a vertebrate paleontologist at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal. "So although both are very massive and robust animals, Apatosaurus is even more extreme than Brontosaurus."

Whatever, apatosaurus. Brontosaurus 4EVR!!!!


By min | April 30, 2015, 8:50 AM | Science | Comments (2)| Link



At Least We'll Have Beans

Fnord will be happy.

Link

Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans and pink beans--varieties of what is called the common bean--provide essential protein and vitamins the world over, especially in Latin America and Africa. But according to a recent climate model, increasing temperatures could take those beans off the table for up to 50 percent of their growing areas by 2050, making temperature rise a greater threat to this staple food than even drought or disease.

In response, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) dug into its seed repository and struck gold. After testing more than 1,000 bean varieties they had developed during other projects, investigators identified around 30 that revealed some ability to produce seeds in spite of toasty night temperatures. Those beans have the potential not only to survive increasing temperatures, but to thrive. In fact, they might even expand the area where beans can be grown.


By min | April 30, 2015, 8:05 AM | Science | Comments (0)| Link



Nuts!

Diet by the Most Emailed list is probably not wise, but Krugman's post is still funny.

Here's the fish oil article. Except for the nuts, it's all irrelevant to us vegans but it's nice to hear we might not be killing ourselves even though we can't take fish oil supplements.


By fnord12 | April 1, 2015, 2:32 PM | Science | Comments (0)| Link



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