Barry Montgomery

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Jurassic squirrel's secret is out after 165m years

The discovery of a small furry beast from the Jurassic era has given scientists fresh insights into the evolution of the first mammals on Earth. The fossilised remains of the squirrel-sized animal that plodded rather than scampered, came from rock dated to 165m years ago, when feathered dinosaurs …

Satellite Photos Map The Destruction In Syria

A new report on the city of Aleppo shows where the damage has hit--and it's anything but evenly distributed.<p>How do you document a war zone without putting even more lives at risk? One way is to observe from a distance, which is what a team of researchers has been doing to catalog the ongoing civil …

Grinding 20-Ton Mirrors For The Giant Magellan Telescope

One of the largest telescopes ever made will reveal previously unobservable facets of our universe's past.<p>The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be one of the largest telescopes ever made, and will allow scientists to observe distant realms in unprecedented detail. It will display the far reaches …

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

Spacewatch: Where and when to find the ISS in the next few weeks

The ISS (International Space Station) has been crossing our northern latitudes in daylight for the past few weeks, but it is now becoming visible …

Private Company To Put A Telescope On The Moon

Lunar citizen science by 2016!<p>Private space exploration is coming to the Moon, and soon. The world's first mission to the Moon's sunny South Pole will put a private telescope on a the lunar peak Malapert Mountain as early as 2015.<p>Moon Express, a private 'lunar commerce' startup, and the …