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  • Oaxaca temple complex hints at archaic Mexican state

    April 23, 2013 11:34 AM 129

    Much of what we know about past civilizations in Mexico comes from the writings of colonial Europeans -- Spanish conquerors and priests -- who arrived in the Americas in the 1500s. But archaeological evidence from recent excavations at a site called El Palenque in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, shows that temple precincts similar to the ones the Europeans

  • Microraptor: A 4-Winged, Fish-Eating Dinosaur

    April 23, 2013 5:50 AM 166

    Fossilized guts reveal that Microraptor — a four-winged, flying dinosaur — had an unusual taste for fish. Located near the fossil’s ribs, a mass of fish bones bearing the mark of strong digestive acids suggests the crow-sized reptile’s prey veered from the arboreal to the aquatic. “There are only two other good examples of dinosaurs with a taste for sushi

  • Corbett Reminds Individuals of No Jogging at Refuges

    April 22, 2013 10:01 PM 153

    If you’re in the area of a Willamette Valley refuge and planning to take a jog, you may want to be careful where your tracks take you, as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy assistant regional director has issued a reminder that jogging/running is prohibited within these areas. Miel Corbett of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service felt the need to remind

  • Study: Earth Warmed More at End of 20th Century Than in Past 1,400 Years

    April 22, 2013 7:21 PM 143

    Recent temperature increases reversed a 1,400 year pattern of cooling Earth warmed more in the last three decades of the 20th century than it has during any 30 year period in the last 1,400 years, according to a study published Sunday. Over the past 1,400 years, the Earth experienced a gradual cooling, according to the study, published in the journal

  • Lyrid Meteor Shower 2013 Peak: Where and When to Watch Weather Forecast

    April 22, 2013 6:46 PM 157

    The Lyrids can be unpredictable – often in great ways. Can you find a spot to watch in Marion? The Lyrid meteor shower made its 2013 debut last week in the skies above Ames — and of all the year’s many shows in the heavens, this is one to catch. The skies have been largely empty of visible meteor showers since the Quadrantids of early January, but the shooting

  • A science fair

    April 22, 2013 2:27 PM 188

    President Obama seeks to promote education on Monday, specifically science and math education. The president hosts the annual White House Science Fair, honoring students who won "STEM competitions" -- in science, technology, engineering, and math -- from across the country. Obama first hosted the science fair in 2010, the idea being that winners of education

  • Earth as Art: Incredible Satellite Images

    April 22, 2013 1:00 PM 162

    Seen through the eyes of a satellite sensor, ribbons of Saharan sand dunes seem to glow in sunset colors. (Photo and Caption Courtesy of NASA/USGS/Flickr) Earth Day reminds us to appreciate the beauty of our planet. And though you may not think of the Earth as a work of art, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA’s "Earth as Art" collection illustrates

  • ROM-produced dinosaur exhibit to make its U.S. debut

    April 22, 2013 12:18 PM 165

    CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A Canadian exhibit of bones and fossils from dinosaurs that roamed the southern hemisphere from 250 million to 65 million years ago will make its U.S. premiere at a southwest Ohio museum. The Cincinnati Museum Center will present the "Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana" exhibit beginning June 13. The exhibit, produced and circulated

  • 'Rare Earth' Revisited: Anomalously Large Moon Remains Key To Our Existence

    April 22, 2013 11:23 AM 142

    Science fiction has continually given us the notion that once our starships start surfing the Milky Way’s grand spiral arms, we’ll soon find ourselves on some sort of galactic A-list. But what if no one’s there to host an interstellar meet and greet? What if we’re very rare, if not truly alone as far our telescopes can see? That’s the question put forth

  • After 2 decades of tracking down world’s oldest trees, group ready to begin planting clones

    April 22, 2013 9:20 AM 129

    Ceremonial plantings of two dozen clones from California’s mighty coastal redwoods will take place Monday in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the U.S. Although measuring just 18-inches tall, the laboratory-produced trees are genetic duplicates of three giants that were cut down in northern California