Prehistoric snakes had limbs for 70M years, new study shows

An ancient snake’s cheekbone sheds light on evolution of modern snake skulls. (Credit: RAÚL ORENCIO GÓMEZ) FOSSIL HUNTER FINDS 1185M-YEAR-OLD ‘GOLDEN SNITCH’ WITH ANCIENT SEA CREATURE INSIDE Michael Caldwell, one of the study’s co-authors, added that researchers have not been able to gather any significant information about the early evolution of snakes, due to a lack of fossils. “This research revolutionizes our understanding of the jugal bone in snake and non-snake lizards,” Caldwell, a professor at the University of Alberta, added. “After 160 years of getting it wrong, this paper corrects this very important feature based not on guesswork, but on empirical evidence.” The researchers performed CT scans to visualize the skull structures inside the specimen, looking at pathways for …

Scientists develop slippery toilet coating to stop poo sticking

Spray-on surface could prevent bacteria building up and reduce household water use The toilet brush need never leave its holder again. Scientists have created a super-slippery coating that helps usher excrement on its way without leaving traces behind. The spray-on coating, which is slipperier than Teflon, reduces adhesion of even tenacious faeces by up to 90%, tests suggest, so far less water is needed to flush them away and leave the toilet clean. Researchers at Penn State University believe the coating could slash Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, Wong, who has co-founded a company to sell the coating, describes how all of the comparison surfaces displayed extreme stickiness to the faeces, while the Less coating appeared to shed its …

Team Of Scientists Discovered 140 Huge Mysterious Drawings In Peru

Humanity has come a long way with its numerous discoveries throughout history. Everything from new locations to new species to new technologies, history is chock-full of notable findings and breakthroughs. However, the universe is infinitely vast, so the journey never stops and there’s always something new to find. In fact, you’d be surprised how tremendously little we know about our own planet. The fact that we’ve only explored around 5% of our oceans is proof of how much is still left to be discovered. Scientists discovered over 140 new Nazca Lines, including this one—a bird Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Killer Whale Yamagata University Humanoid Yamagata University Professor Sakai and his team at Yamagata University …

Mom Didnt Let Her Kid Buy A T-Rex Because Its Too Violent, They Buy One When They Grow Up And The Pics Are Hilarious

One person who has that very same longing for a toy they badly wanted when they were a kid is Tumblr user Bunjywunjy. When the first ‘Jurassic Park’ movie came out, they wanted a T-Rex action figure very much, but their mom thought it was ‘too violent.’ bunjywunjy Unsurprisingly, the internet went bonkers for Wexter who, in her spare time, enjoys playing fetch like a dog, as well as eating flowers. To date, Bunjywunjy’s thread on Tumblr has nearly 250,000 people who showed their support for their little pet project. The film has several things working for it. First, the stunning visuals. Special effects artist Dennis Muren told the media that he thought what they did was going to be …

Oceanographer Creates Algorithm to Remove Water From Underwater Images

Coral reefs are among nature’s most complex and colourful living formations. But as any underwater photographer knows, pictures of them taken without artificial lights often come out bland and blue. Even shallow water selectively absorbs and scatters light at different wavelengths, making certain features hard to see and washing out colours—especially reds and yellows. This effect makes it difficult for coral scientists to use computer vision and machine-learning algorithms to identify, count and classify species in underwater images; they have to rely on time-consuming human evaluation instead. But a new algorithm called Sea-thru, developed by engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak, removes the visual distortion caused by water from an image. The effects could be far-reaching for biologists who need to …

Cigarette use among US adults hits record low while vaping rates rise: CDC

Cigarette smoking rates among US adults have dropped to an all-time low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (iStock) NEW YORK RAISES AGE TO PURCHASE TOBACCO AND E-CIGARETTE PRODUCTS TO 21 The health agency has named vitamin E acetate, which is found in THC-containing vape products, as the possible culprit in the outbreak. The CDC said earlier this week the chemical compound, which is typically used as a nutritional supplement, was found in lung fluid from 29 patients tested in a government lab. CDC Director Robert R. Redfield called the “marked decline” in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults an “achievement of a consistent and coordinated effort by the public health community and our many partners.” “Yet, …

NASA renames mysterious Ultima Thule after Nazi controversy arises

Composite image of primordial contact binary Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 from New Horizons Spacecraft Data. (Credit: NASA) NASA EYES PLUTO MISSION  “The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies, and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, in a statement. “That desire to learn is at the heart of the New Horizons mission, and we’re honored to join with the Powhatan community and people of Maryland in this celebration of discovery.” Stern did not reference the link to the Thule Society as a reason for the new name, but did mention it during a press conference. “Just because some bad guys once liked that …

This 1 Word Kamala Harris Uses Is A Huge Deal For Women In Politics

Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images Here’s Why Kamala Harris Using Female Pronouns About The President Is A Huge Deal By Lilli Petersen Nov 19, 2019 As of 2019, there’s one clear and definitive thing you can say about American politics: 45 out of 45 U.S. presidents have been men. And unfortunately, what you see is what you believe — or at the very least, what you get used to. Internal biases are insidious and difficult to spot, which may be why it can feel startling when Sen. Kamala Harris uses female pronouns to talk about the presidency But why does one small difference — the change from a to a — hit so hard? Harris has made a point of …

Venice Council Is Flooded Moments After Rejecting Climate Change Measures

Just moments after Venice’s Veneto council rejected measures to combat climate change, their palace was swamped with an unprecedented wave of flooding linked to – you guessed it – climate change. Andrea Zanoni, a Democratic Party councilor, shared the moment of bittersweet irony in a Facebook post on Wednesday. He explained that the Veneto Regional Council was in the process of discussing the regional budget for 2020 at the Palazzo Ferro Fini, a palace of Venice where the local council sits. According to Zanoni, the alliance of populist right-wing parties – including Lega Nord, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia – reported rejected amendments to the budget that would put more money towards counteracting climate change. “[The] budget does not contain any concrete action …

PM quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson on Russian donations and alleged interference in UK politics. Boris Johnson has been quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children by members of the public during a BBC Radio 5 Live and News Channel phone-in. During the programme, the PM said there was “no evidence” of Russian interference in UK politics, amid calls for the government to release a report on the subject before the election. He also said there were “big plans” for investing in flood defences. And he said claims none of his children went to state school were “wrong”. He also denied reports that Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had been offered a peerage in return for …

Astronomers Puzzled By Large Numbers Of Synchronized Galaxies

A Korean team of astronomers has investigated the rotational properties of galactic neighbors and discovered something peculiar: Galaxies that are near each other all seem to rotate in the same direction. The role of galaxy interactions is crucial to understand how they evolve. While very close neighbors might dramatically disrupt each other, galaxies further afield might only tug on each other a bit and collide after billions of years. After a certain distance though, the interactions become much more subtle – or so we thought.  Two papers have recently been written on this topic. In a first published earlier this year in The Astrophysical Journal, the researchers saw this coherent rotation in relatively close groups of galaxies up to 2.6 million light-years away. …

PM vows to close ‘opportunity gap’ after Brexit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “Our ambition is unlock the whole nation’s potential” Delivering Brexit would help the UK close the “opportunity gap between rich and poor”, Boris Johnson has said. In his first big speech of the election campaign, he promised to boost regional industry and drive a “clean energy revolution” after the UK leaves the EU. He said a future Tory government would double investment in high-tech research and development to £18bn. But earlier former Tory David Gauke said Mr Johnson’s plan will lead to a “bad outcome for the country”. And Labour said Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal was flawed and another referendum was needed. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Johnson …

Most People Can’t Tell The Difference Between Trump And Trump AI, Can You?

Sometimes, even when you hear the words coming out of Trump’s mouth with your own ears, it’s difficult to believe that they’re real things a sitting President has said. Remember, for instance, when he claimed that the noises of windmills cause cancer or repeatedly suggested we should nuke hurricanes?  Well, to muddy the waters even further, an artificial intelligence (AI) text generator has been used to replicate Trump’s particular – shall we say “distinctive” – speech pattern, and it turns out people can barely tell the difference. Try for yourself to work out which one of these speeches is written by AI and which one is 100 percent real. First sample: “So, that’s why I’ve been saying all along that, yes, I’d love …

Meet Arrokoth, The Official New Name Of The Furthest World Ever Explored

On January 1 of this year, NASA’s New Horizons reached a remote small Kuiper Belt object then known as 2014 MU69. It’s the furthest world ever explored, and now has a brand-new (via a slight detour) name: Arrokoth. Arrokoth is a Native American term that means sky in the Powhatan/Algonquian language. The name was submitted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and Minor Planet Center by the New Horizon team with consent from Powhatan Tribal elders and representatives, and was announced at a ceremony at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We graciously accept this gift from the Powhatan people,” Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said in a statement. “Bestowing the name Arrokoth signifies the strength and endurance of …

‘The Report’ presents a heavy-handed look at the CIA torture program

(CNN)“The Report” tackles a serious topic — the CIA’s use of torture after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the heroic attempt to make those practices public — and turns it into a rather heavy-handed movie, one that nearly buckles under the weight of its own self-importance. Adam Driver leads the cast, in an Amazon release most notable for the flashbacks to what happened under the mandate to protect America. That included waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other methods shown not to work, despite the masterminds’ insistence that they were based on science, and their argument that the subjects’ continued lying meant the tactics were actually effective. “We don’t do this,” FBI agent Ali Soufan (Faher Kaisi) says, a rare voice of …