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Dinosaurs May Have Been Neither Warm-blooded Nor Cold-Blooded

Slashdot - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:38
An anonymous reader writes An article published in Science (abstract) points to the possibility that dinosaurs were mesotherms more akin to modern Tuna. Their internal temperature would have been warmer than their surrounding environment, conferring on them the ability to move more quickly than any ectotherm ("cold blooded" animal), but wouldn't have been constant or as warm as any endoderm ("warm blooded" animal). Their energy use and thus their necessary food intake would have been greater than an ectotherm, but much less than an endotherm. In order to arrive at this possibility, bone growth rings in fossilized bone were used to establish growth rates and then compared to modern ectotherms and endotherms.

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Dinosaurs May Have Been Neither Warm-blooded Nor Cold-Blooded

Slashdot - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:38
An anonymous reader writes An article published in Science (abstract) points to the possibility that dinosaurs were mesotherms more akin to modern Tuna. Their internal temperature would have been warmer than their surrounding environment, conferring on them the ability to move more quickly than any ectotherm ("cold blooded" animal), but wouldn't have been constant or as warm as any endoderm ("warm blooded" animal). Their energy use and thus their necessary food intake would have been greater than an ectotherm, but much less than an endotherm. In order to arrive at this possibility, bone growth rings in fossilized bone were used to establish growth rates and then compared to modern ectotherms and endotherms.

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Dinosaurs May Have Been Neither Warm-blooded Nor Cold-Blooded

Slashdot - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:38
An anonymous reader writes An article published in Science (abstract) points to the possibility that dinosaurs were mesotherms more akin to modern Tuna. Their internal temperature would have been warmer than their surrounding environment, conferring on them the ability to move more quickly than any ectotherm ("cold blooded" animal), but wouldn't have been constant or as warm as any endoderm ("warm blooded" animal). Their energy use and thus their necessary food intake would have been greater than an ectotherm, but much less than an endotherm. In order to arrive at this possibility, bone growth rings in fossilized bone were used to establish growth rates and then compared to modern ectotherms and endotherms.

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Dinosaurs May Have Been Neither Warm-blooded Nor Cold-Blooded

Slashdot - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:38
An anonymous reader writes An article published in Science (abstract) points to the possibility that dinosaurs were mesotherms more akin to modern Tuna. Their internal temperature would have been warmer than their surrounding environment, conferring on them the ability to move more quickly than any ectotherm ("cold blooded" animal), but wouldn't have been constant or as warm as any endoderm ("warm blooded" animal). Their energy use and thus their necessary food intake would have been greater than an ectotherm, but much less than an endotherm. In order to arrive at this possibility, bone growth rings in fossilized bone were used to establish growth rates and then compared to modern ectotherms and endotherms.

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Dinosaurs May Have Been Neither Warm-blooded Nor Cold-Blooded

Slashdot - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:38
An anonymous reader writes An article published in Science (abstract) points to the possibility that dinosaurs were mesotherms more akin to modern Tuna. Their internal temperature would have been warmer than their surrounding environment, conferring on them the ability to move more quickly than any ectotherm ("cold blooded" animal), but wouldn't have been constant or as warm as any endoderm ("warm blooded" animal). Their energy use and thus their necessary food intake would have been greater than an ectotherm, but much less than an endotherm. In order to arrive at this possibility, bone growth rings in fossilized bone were used to establish growth rates and then compared to modern ectotherms and endotherms.

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Martin Kaymer turning U.S. Open into a rout

MSNBC - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:38
Martin Kaymer has posted the best 36-hole score in the history of the U.S. Open with his second straight 5-under 65.
Categories: Television News

Songwriter Spotlight: Luke Laird

RollingStone - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:37
All it took was one visit to the Bluebird Café for Pennsylvania native Luke Laird to know he was destined for Nashville The then-teenager was a huge country music fan but didn't listen to music like your typical fan; he relished dissecting lyrics and studying the writing and producer credits on...

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The House of the Future and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Time - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:36

1. There’s No Place Like Home MoreGeneration Text and Other Fascinating News on the WebHow Faces Have Evolved and Other Fascinating News on the WebSgt. Bowe Bergdahl Has Not Been Reunited With His Parents NBC News3 Signs You Could Be Eating Too Much Protein Huffington PostBoston, LA, San Francisco, Washington Vie For 2024 Olympic Games NBC News

Since we are encountering the inauspicious combination of a full moon and a Friday the 13th, it seems fitting that we lead today’s edition with Mat Honan’s ominous look at the house of the future in Wired’s: The Nightmare on Connected Home Street. “I know this sounds weird, but I actually brew coffee with a real kettle. The automatic coffee machine is offline. I had to pull its plug because it was DDOSing a gaming server in Singapore.” Comedian Steven Wright foreshadowed the connected home more than a decade ago with this joke: “In my house there’s this light switch that doesn’t do anything. Every so often I would flick it on and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Germany. She said, ‘Cut it out.’”

Popular Among Subscribers Ending the War on Fat Russia, We Have a ProblemThe (Slow) Greening of America

+ Comcast is planning to turn the router in your house into a publicly available hotspot. (And although they can’t yet tell you why, you can get a monthly discount on your broadband bill if you wrap your largest child in foil.)

+ “On a bright April morning in Menlo Park, California, I became an Internet spy.” Ars Technica tests Internet surveillance by spying on an NPR reporter.

+ Sidenote: This particular Friday the 13th should only be of real concern to those who suffer from both paraskevidekatriaphobia and selenophobia.

2. The Lid is Off

According to the NYT, “Iraq’s top Shiite cleric exhorted all able-bodied Iraqis to take up arms Friday to combat the marauding Sunni extremist militants who have seized broad stretches of the country.” Meanwhile, President Obama wants a political plan from Iraqis before he commits to helping: “We’re not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back into a situation in which, while we’re there, we’re keeping a lid on things.”

+ Obama has already indicated there will be no American ground troops, but he has told the military to prepare a range of other options.

+ Vox: 11 facts that explain the escalating crisis.

+ NPR: Four things to know about the Islamist surge in Iraq.

+ Buzzfeed: Everything you need to know about the deadly extremist group ravaging Iraq and Syria.

3. Weekend Reads

“But here are two things you need to know about life after an arm amputation: First, your center of gravity changes dramatically when you are suddenly eight pounds lighter on one side of your body. Second, while my arm may be missing physically, it is there, just as it always has been, in my mind’s eye. I can feel every digit. I can even feel the watch that was always strapped to my left wrist.” Miles O’Brien on life after losing his left arm.

+ Mike Hessman has hit more than 400 home runs in his career. But you haven’t heard of him. Why? He’s hit them all in the minor leagues. Howard Megdal on a life of baseball.

+ Unsettled by the reality that the cops can’t help them, Oakland residents are hiring private patrols. Crime is down. But is the cure worse than the disease?

+ The Longform Guide to the World Cup. This is an excellent collection of reads, and you don’t have to be into soccer/football to get a kick out of them.

4. It Gets Way Better

If you’re in junior high and you’re sick of seeing all the fun that’s being had by the cool kids (from romance to minor shoplifting charges), all you have to do is wait. According to researchers, by the time these kids hit their twenties, they will be viewed as less socially competent by their peers. So while you may never actually be cool yourself, you can at least look forward to reveling in the Schadenfreude.

5. Waxing Brazilian

You want to ignore The World Cup? It’s no use. Just give in. The event is already bigger than the Oscars on Facebook and Twitter, and we’re only a day in.

+ Why do Americans call it soccer when the rest of the world calls it Football? Don’t blame the NFL. Blame England.

+ Want to know what can go wrong at the World Cup? Then ask the insurance underwriter.

+ Twelve things that the US does worse than soccer.

+ 10 demands made by World Cup teams.

6. The Juice

If you’re too young to have experienced it, it would be impossible to explain the massiveness of the O.J. Simpson trial. It was streaming video, social media, and realty television all rolled into one never-ending loop. The LA Times looks back at the case with a series of articles, twenty years later.

+ Need more proof that a twenty year-old case in many ways led to everything we now experience in terms of media and pop culture? Consider this: Following the “alleged” murders, O.J. fled to the Kardashian home.

+ Five facts about O.J. Simpson’s slow-speed chase.

7. Down to the Waterline

After decades of searching, scientists say they’ve found evidence of an underground vast reservoir that holds enough water to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over. I can’t believe the scientists found it before the surfers.

8. Unconscious Coupling

“Having a conversation sitting next to their spouse was, to their bodies, like facing off with a saber-toothed tiger.” The Atlantic’s Emily Esfahani Smith goes in search of what makes a lasting relationship and finds that it largely comes down to kindness and generosity (which in today’s nomenclature translates into Likes and Retweets.)

+ Please take a fraction of a second and show your everlasting love (or at least like) by Liking NextDraft on Facebook.

+ Advice from 617 years of marriage.

9. Wearing the Pants

A new ad campaign from Dockers takes aim at the scourge of Dad Pants. But as WaPo’s Robin Givhan argues, “the company is suggesting that it can save men from the very blight it was instrumental in creating.”

+ MentalFloss: Why did we invent pants? (In college, that was one of my favorite pick-up lines.)

10. The Bottom of the News

“But I’ll tell you the most believable thing about this whole series is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money … Because she’s white, rich, and blonde.” An ex-con reviews Orange Is the New Black.

+ “With a case of Busch beer by her side, a menthol cigarette in her hand, and a disco ball flashing overhead Miriam Burbank attended her last party.” Everyone wonders what it would be like to attend your own funeral. Miriam Burbank sort of did.

+ Is Tom Cruise still a movie star?

+ What’s the point of even having a mayor if he can’t keep Trump’s name out of the skyline?

+ Let’s go back in time and watch Louis C.K. doing some standup in 1987.

Categories: Magazines

Former Dodgers Owner Testifies in Fan Beating Case

ABC News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:35
Former Dodgers owner testifies at trial that he wasn't personally involved in stadium security
Categories: Television News

Earnhardt Leaves Newman Momentarily Stranded

ABC News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:34
Newman momentarily stranded at NC airport after forgetful Earnhardt leaves without him
Categories: Television News

Army: Bergdahl in Stable Condition

ABC News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:34
Army: Bergdahl in stable condition, working daily with mental, physical health professionals
Categories: Television News

Chelsea Clinton got $600K for NBC gig

NY Daily News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:34
Chelsea Clinton earned a cool $600,000 annual salary for her NBC News reporting gig, despite her infrequent stories for the network.
Categories: Newspapers

Colts place Lynch on injured reserve

MSNBC - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:33
The Colts put safety Corey Lynch on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury.
Categories: Television News

Lafayette man sentenced for attack on pregnant wife

MSNBC - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:31
A Lafayette man is heading to jail for allegedly beating and choking his pregnant wife three weeks after marrying her.
Categories: Television News

After defeating Cantor, Dave Brat avoids spotlight

Associated Press Top Stories - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:30
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The giant slayer isn't quite ready for his close up....
Categories: Newspapers

Jason Biggs criticizes former costar Tara Reid's body

NY Daily News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:30
Jason Biggs doesn't have many nice things to say about his "American Pie" co-star Tara Reid.
Categories: Newspapers

Army: Bergdahl's Family Not Currently in Texas

ABC News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:30
Army: Bergdahl's family not currently in Texas, soldier typically determines when to reunite
Categories: Television News

Study: Needle biopsies may be underused

NY Daily News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:30
Most women should undergo a needle biopsy for breast cancer diagnosis, but some surgeons opt for a more invasive procedure instead, according to a new study.
Categories: Newspapers
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