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120 Million Year Old Dinosaur Skeleton Discovered

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A well-preserved dinosaur’s skeleton, presumably between 100 and 120 million years old, has been dug up in Russia’s Kemerovo Region in Western Siberia. Paleontologists believe they have found Psittacosaurus sibiricus.

Discovered at a depth of some 2.5 meters below the surface, the fossil has been brought to the surface with a huge chunk of soil as a monolith piece weighting about 500kg. The work to extract the skeleton may take months.

The finding is a huge success for a group of Russian paleontologists, who started the expedition in the extensively-excavated area around the village of Shestakovo on May 24.

While the area is known for paleontological discoveries, it is the first time such a well-preserved fossil has been found.

Dinosaur skeletons can be found quite often in particular parts of the world – for example in China, or Mongolia. But for Siberia this is a unique discovery,” Aleksey Lopatin from the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the Vechernyaya Moskva newspaper. “Only a few Psittacosaurus skeletons have been found before. It is quite possible that for this place this is not a new species of this dinosaur. Back in those times Siberia had its own kind of Psittacosaurus, different than in China or Mongolia.”

Dinosaurs of the Psittacosaurus family lived in Asia about 100-130 million years ago. They were bipedal herbivores about the size of a gazelle with a powerful ‘beak’ on their upper jaw.

The rare finds will go on display in the regional museum, local authorities said in a statement.

Source: RT News

The World Has Just Become That Much Lazier…




There may be hope for people with desk jobs: A new kind of clothing aims to tone muscles and burn calories, and you don’t even have to break a sweat.


The clothing, currently called “Skinesiology,” was invented by a team of medical students who’d had trouble finding time to exercise. The clothes work by resisting muscles, and are designed to burn calories during everyday activities.


The team entered an entrepreneurship competition at New York University’s Stern School of Business and won $75,000 to develop a prototype of the clothing. [7 Common Exercise Errors — And How to Fix Them]



“We’re not creating [the clothing] as a replacement for exercise,” said Franklin Yao, a first-year medical student at NYU School of Medicine, who is leading the startup project. Rather, it’s a way to supplement exercise, said Yao.


Couch potato cure


More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fact that many people either can’t or don’t want to exercise is a contributing factor, researchers say.


Although humans have led active lifestyles for hundreds of thousands of years throughout evolution, people have become more sedentary, said Dr. JR Rizzo, a rehabilitation doctor at NYU Langone Medical Center and the team’s chief medical adviser.


It’s a challenge to change people’s habits, Rizzo said. “What if we could increase our caloric expenditure during daily activities by making clothing more resistant?” Rizzo asked.


The NYU medical students came up with the concept of workout clothes that make muscles work harder by resisting their motion and, as a result, burn extra calories.


The team realized that, living in Manhattan, they did so much walking to the subway, walking to the office or going up stairs. “If we got just a little bit more caloric burn — not an overwhelming amount — we might get more exercise,” said team member Ryan Grattan, a first-year medical student.

The team built a prototype pair of pants that restricts hip movement. They tested it by having someone walk on a treadmill, and then measured the walker’s heart rate to calculate how many calories were burned. In preliminary tests, people burned 20 percent more calories when wearing the pants than when doing the same amount of exercise when wearing normal clothing, the team said.




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‘Godzilla of Earths’

It’s like Earth — only 17 times more massive.

On Monday, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said they had identified a new type of planet previously unknown to science. The “mega-Earth,” as it has been dubbed, shares several similarities with our planet, possibly including the potential to support life.

This is the Godzilla of Earths!” Dimitar Sasselov, an astronomer at the center and director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, said in a written statement. “But unlike the movie monster, Kepler-10c has positive implications for life.”

Located about 560 light-years from Earth, Kepler-10c is a rocky planet with a diameter of 18,000 miles (as compared to Earth’s 8,000-mile diameter). But what makes the planet so special is its mass.

An artist’s illustration of the newly discovered mega-Earth, Kepler-10c, with its sister planet, Kepler-10b, in the background. (Image credit: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/David Aguilar)

Read the entire story at The Huffington Post