Mario Branger Fernandez

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Giant Haast's eagle attacking New Zealand moa (Art: John Megahan)

You are so glad these animals are dead

Dinosaurs

Germany’s About to Switch on a Revolutionary Nuclear Fusion Machine

This thing is a monster.<p>For more than 60 years, scientists have dreamed of a clean, inexhaustible energy source in the form of nuclear fusion. And …

skunkbear: The past is packed with monsters! Behemoths by the dozen! Let’s meet these fossils! (and their less colossal modern cousins) Earth’s ancient history is full of giant versions of modern animals. Evolutionary forces (competition for resources, changes in climate) pushed these species to become incredibly large. And I’m not just talking about giant dinosaurs - there were huge mammals and marsupials too. A lot of these giants lived in the Pleistocene, an epoch stretching from around 2.5 million to 11,000 years ago. Mysteriously, the extinction of many of these animals coincides with humanity’s arrival as a dominant predator. Watch a video / listen to a poem about these prehistoric monsters. Illustrations by Mary McLain I love me some prehistoric megafauna… We can thank some of these extinct giants for the evolution of the avocado. Don’t believe me? Watch this

The past is packed with monsters! Behemoths by the dozen!<br>Let’s meet these fossils! (and their less colossal modern cousins)<p>Earth’s ancient history is …

Stephen Hawking Says 'God Particle' Could Wipe Out the Universe

Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle …

Speed Of Light Slowed Down For The First Time Will Shake Up Astronomy As We Know It

For the very first time, the speed of light was slowed down by Scottish physicists at the University of Glasgow. Using a mask, the physicists sent …

Physics

Why Stephen Hawking's $100 million project to find alien life may be a huge waste of time

But there is no evidence - and few convincing theories - to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens actually exist. So are listening projects really the best way to search for extraterrestrial life?<p>The possibility of life outside our own planet has been the subject of debate for centuries, …

Extinction

A Mysterious Plume Over Mars Confounds Scientists

A strange cloud or haze rising extremely high above the surface of Mars has astronomers struggling to come up with an explanation for the phenomena that fits with the existing scientific understanding of the Martian atmosphere.<p>A paper examining a pair of 2012 observations of the large, bright plume …

Astronomy