Australia’s largest dinosaur and more science and space stories
They say the wait is the hard part, and Cooper certainly paid those dues. The titanosaur, which lived 90 million years ago, was first discovered in southwest Queensland in 2007, but the skeleton has remained a mystery as its huge bones resided in buildings hundreds of kilometers from each other – until now.
The plant-eating dino was about as long as a basketball court and as tall as a two-story building, sporting a long neck and long Brachiosaurus-like tail.
The discovery has led researchers to believe that there is a “whole new frontier of dinosaurs” to be discovered in Australia.
The tiny, multicellular animals live in watery environments and have an incredible ability to survive. Russian scientists have found the creatures in a core of frozen soil mined from Siberian permafrost.
Once thawed, the rotifer was able to reproduce and even feed. Talk about a well-deserved meal.
Force of nature
In order to make this discovery, the scientists actually simulated the interaction in a lab.
If you are a Barbie girl living in the Barbie world, life in plastic is fantastic, especially if it keeps that plastic from ending up in our oceans.
This is the company’s latest move to meet its sustainability goals, something other toy companies are also pursuing after decades of using environmentally destructive plastic in their products and packaging. Globally, 11 million metric tonnes (24 billion pounds) of plastic waste enters the oceans each year.
Across the universe
These brilliant millisecond bursts of light are often attributed to distant galaxies, but their underlying cause remains unknown.
A stationary radio telescope, called the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment or CHIME, detected 535 new rapid radio bursts over the course of a year.
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