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may 2009

Where on Earth? - May 2009

Clues for May 2009:
1. This house is the last standing on this island, which used to support an entire election district of fishermen until it was abandoned around 1920 due to beach erosion.
2. The island is named after a European country, which ironically also struggles against encroachment from the sea (albeit much more successfully).
3. Other islands in this region are also losing ground. A more famous island neighbor has lost 1,300 hectares of wetlands in the last 150 years, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Soft tissue preserved in 80-million-year-old dino fossil

A two-year-old debate is back in the flesh — literally.

Molecular paleontologist Mary Schweitzer of North Carolina State University in Raleigh and colleagues presented evidence this week in Science that they had successfully recovered and identified collagen, a type of protein, from the femur of an 80-million-year-old hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur.

30 Apr 2009

Using Citizens in Science Research

Stars, just like people, have finite life spans. Some die quietly. Others go out in a blaze of glory, as supernovae. These brilliant explosions are sometimes visible from Earth, but most appear as only a faint twinkle.

30 Apr 2009

Homo erectus footprints show modern way of walking

In the Great Rift Valley in northern Kenya, researchers have discovered a cluster of footprints that look almost exactly like those you or I might leave on a sandy beach. These prints, however, were left by early hominins more than 1.5 million years ago, making them the oldest known evidence of fully modern bipedalism.

26 Feb 2009