Could these giant dinosaurs have lifted up their pictured prey?

  How much weight could one of the biggest-ever dinosaur predators have lifted in its jaws? And could two of them have carried the 1.9-tonne sauropod shown in the picture above?These were questions that palaeontologist Donald Henderson of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, sought to answer after seeing this artistic rendition. The picture shows two members of the species Carcharodontosaurus saharicus – theropod relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex – carrying each end of a young plant-eating sauropod. Called "Double Death", the illustration appeared in Dinosaur Art: The World's Greatest Paleoart. It...

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Mercury Mission Set to End with Dramatic Crash

On April 30, after more than four years in orbit around Mercury, NASA's MESSENGER probe will plunge to its doom. Out of fuel and long past its intended one-year mission, the spacecraft will crash into the planet's surface at a speed of 3.9 kilometres a second.Mission head Sean Solomon, a planetary scientist and director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, sat down with Nature to talk about what MESSENGER has accomplished since it launched in 2004. The following interview has been edited and condensed. Why did you want to send a mission to Mercury? Mercury was the last frontier of our knowledge about...

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Galactic Signal Boosts LHC’s Dark Matter Search

It is one of the most disputed observations in physics. But an explanation may be in sight for a mysterious excess of high-energy photons at the centre of the Milky Way. The latest analysis suggests that the signal could come from a dark-matter particle that has just the right mass to show up at the world’s largest particle accelerator.The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), housed at the CERN particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is due to restart colliding protons this summer after a two-year hiatus (see 'LHC 2.0: A new view of the Universe'). Physicists there have told Nature that they now plan to make the search for s...

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Chinese paper on embryo engineering splits scientific community

The announcement that a Chinese team had altered the genetics of a human embryo for the first time has ignited a fire storm of controversy around the world and renewed recent calls for a moratorium on any attempt to establish a pregnancy with such an engineered embryo. But it has also underscored that although scientists are united in their opposition to any clinical application of such embryo manipulation, they are split on the value of basic research that involves genetically modifying human embryos.In China itself, where the precedent-setting research is big news and some in the public have expressed concern on the Internet about...

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Is Communication From the Future Already Here?

Did you know that there was a study conducted to see if someone from the future was here present in our time? Yes, it’s true! Astrophysicists – Robert Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson at Michigan Tech University did just that as reported in 2014. They figured that if someone from the future traveled back to our time, there may be trace evidence. Someone may have done internet searches of future events. The search dates would have been prior to the events and would stand out that way. Enough of them traced to one user would reveal a pattern of advanced knowledge.After exhausting their funds, the results of that study remained inconcl...

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The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

 More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera. It astonished the whole international community of experts on the ancient world. Was it an astrolabe? Was it an orrery or an astronomical clock? Or something else?For decades, scientific investigation failed to yield much light and relied more on imagination than the facts. However research over the last half century has begun to reveal its secrets. The machine dates from around the end of the 2nd century B.C. and is the most sophisticated mechanism known from the ancient world. Nothi...

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Scientists Observe Brain Cells While Healing Intention Is Directed Towards Them – Here’s What Happened

In 2004,  a 3-day experiment was conducted by a team of scientists (led by Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at The Institute of Noetic Sciences) to explore the suggestion that directing human healing intention (one variable of human consciousness) towards living and non living systems could actually have scientifically measurable results. The results were published in the peer reviewed Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (all of the studies mentioned in this article are peer reviewed).To do this, they recruited four experienced Johrei practitioners to take part in the study. Johrei practitioners believe that healing...

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It’s Clear That They’re Here – But Who & Why? From Where & How?

If one chooses to dive into the topic of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and the extraterrestrial hypothesis, they would no doubt be overwhelmed by all of the credible evidence that’s now available in the public domain pointing to the fact that; not only are we not alone, but planet Earth has been visited and is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft.“Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time.” - Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchel Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) Reports of strange and unexplained ob...

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The Order of the Golden Ratio in Space-Time

  In the famous Fibonacci sequence, each number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two. It begins with 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and continues so on. When you take two successive numbers in this sequence, their ratio is very close to 1.618, which is calledthe golden ratio. The Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio are present in many parts of the natural world including the shape of plants, human and animal bodies, weather patterns, and even galaxies. It is said that they govern order in the natural world.Now, researchers from South Africa claim that the golden ratio can be seen in the topology of space-time, gi...

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5 Reasons We May Live in a Multiverse

The universe we live in may not be the only one out there. In fact, our universe could be just one of an infinite number of universes making up a "multiverse." Though the concept may stretch credulity, there's good physics behind it. And there's not just one way to get to a multiverse — numerous physics theories independently point to such a conclusion. In fact, some experts think the existence of hidden universes is more likely than not.Here are the five most plausible scientific theories suggesting we live in a multiverse: 1. Infinite Universes Scientists can't be sure what the shape of space-time is, but most likely, it'...

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