Scientists have found a 67 million-year-old fossil of a snake coiled around dinosaur eggs and a hatchling. This is the first evidence of snakes eating dinosaurs.
“It’s a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime find,” said paleontologist Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago, who was not involved in the study. “We’ve caught one of the rarest moments in the fossil record, which is prey and predator, together.”
Geologist Dhanajay Mohabey of the Indian Geological Survey first unearthed the fossil 26 years ago in a rocky, limestone outcropping in the northwestern Indian village of Dholi Dungri. He thought all the bones at the site were those of dinosaur hatchlings.
The newly discovered species of snake, Sanajeh indicus, measures about 11.5 feet long. The hatchlings, part of a group called titanosaurs, measured about a foot and a half long. Titanosaurs were the largest animal to ever walk on land, with adults that could reach up to 100 feet long.
Unlike modern snakes, S. indicus lacked jaw joints that allowed it to open its mouth incredibly wide, so it relied on its large overall body size to prey on the fledgling dinosaurs. Luckily for the snake, the titanosaur hatchlings had soft skeletons that “may have been somewhat collapsible, so you can fold their ribs up a bit and get them in your mouth,” Wilson said.
It’s not easy making an image from a real-life scene to look ‘miniature’, and what more a whole short film? Here comes the deal-breaker, called The Sandpit from Sam O’Hare.
The story’s very simple: A day in the life of New York City, in miniature. This short is inspired by films like Koyaanisqatsi (really, that’s not in spell check??), and time-lapse tilt shift photography.
Original Music: composed by Human (www.humanworldwide.com), co-written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong.
The creator has a special note: “Please view in HD and full screen for best effect.”
Curious as to how he did? Visit this blog called Aero Film.
The Audi A8 has been making waves since it’s launch, although we’ve yet to see any official announcement on its first delivery. If you’re interested in getting one, this video from Inside Line might be helpful.
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Well not exactly by Maybach, but through a partnership project between Daimler and German based enginering specialist Xenatec.
This limited edition £560,000 good looking Maybach Coupe (yes, it definitely looks better than the 57!) is based on the Maybach 57 platform supplied by Daimler directly to Xenatec for production.
No real images are out, except for the sketches shown herein.
Depicted here in a series of official sketches issued by Xenatec, the Maybach coupe is set to receive a bespoke body that, while retaining its sedan sibling’s 5730mm length, has been widened considerably to 2180mm and lowered to around 1480mm.
Secrecy surrounds the originator of the new car’s design, although Daimler does not deny its in-house styling department, headed by Gorden Wagener, has had a hand in its contemporary appearance. The recently reworked grille and front end styling of the facelifted Maybach 57S revealed at the recent Beijing motor show remains but the rakish new coupe boasts more heavily angled windscreen and a B-pillar that has been moved back by 200mm to accommodate longer doors. The C-pillar also extends further back to provide the coupe with a more sporting air.
Powered by the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine as the Maybach 57S, the new coupe will pack a sturdy 612bhp and 737lb ft of torque. No performance claims have been made for the new car, though Xenatec hints the Maybach coupe won’t give anything away to its more formal saloon sibling, which is claimed to hit 62mph from standstill in 5.0sec and reach a top speed of 171mph.
Many of you may not know this great icon, but for an audiophile like me, he’s indeed one of the greatest persons known.
It is sad to know that Dr. Sennheiser has passed away earlier today, at the age of 98.
Despite his firm’s humble origins building voltmeters from spare parts, his continued innovation led to products like the shotgun microphone and supra-aural headphones, and soon propelled Sennheiser to become a respected audio brand. As a cryptographer, he founded a professional electronics company in an abandoned WWII German laboratory, which now stands as one of the best audio product companies, along the lines of Bang-Olufsen, Bose, and many others alike.
I grew up admiring Sennheiser headphones for their long-lasting durability and outstanding sound quality, and will always do.
Head over here for Dr. Sennheiser’s official biography and the Press Release.
Here we go! ONE SUCCESSFUL YEAR of running Rags ‘n Ram. I’m on top of the world right now as I type this, seeing the amount of good response I’m getting from my readers. For a medium sized variety blog, with only the help Twitter and Facebook (at times), this is indeed very encouraging and joyful.
As at 12am on 18 May 2010 – 16,100 legitimate views and almost 8500 visitors (83% returning)! How do you think I would be reacting seeing these numbers? Woah!
I take this opportunity to thank everyone who had made this possible!
Some important specs:
- - Highest legitimate views for a post: 1550 for Michael Bay Boasts About ILM and Transformers 2
- - Fastest traffic inflow for a post: Nokia N900 Review
- - Highest traffic from: Surprise! Malaysia with 3100 visitors followed by the US with 1790 visitors!
- - Major traffic sources: Google with 1900 visitors followed by direct access with 1800 visitors.
Thanks a million (again) for your continuous support!
New 9MP Photo Samples and Symbian^3 Screenshots from Nokia N8! (With Review & Benchmark tests) [Updated!]
It’s been 2 weeks since I posted anything on the Nokia N8, so it’s time again to rekindle some good stuffs on this upcoming great Nokia device.
ifanr, a Chinese site, has extensively posted on their hands-on experience with the Nokia N8, including some great screenshots of the new Symbian^3, as well as 2 comparative sample images at 9MP (16:9).
Some highlights from the article:
- - Symbian^3 is not old wine in new bottle. It’s not just an upgrade from S60.
- – Symbian^3 seems to have been designed from scratch for touch usability, with no roots to S60v5
- – No more using the “Options” button like on Symbian^1. Pop-up menus and follow-up menus are accessible from any point
- – Mail client is greatly improved, in terms of UI also
- – New homescreen combines the features of iPhone’s homescreen (is there any?), effect of Android’s UI, and usability of Symbian^1. Users can also place icons on their homescreen (like on iPhone OS) – up to 72 for all the pages
- – Homescreen not as effective as on N900, but productive enough
- – Switching between tasks is fluid. Unfortunately, webOS task manager looks better.
- – screen switching system is very smooth in terms of animation and its dynamic too
- – the music player is very similar to iPod’s, but not the same
- – standby screen can display more content, with the use of interactive information handling.
- – browser interface – no significant changes, but the stability of much better than before.
- – Opera Mobile 10 and the default OSS browser are both good
- – best feature he liked is to support OTG + HDMI output
- – the battery lasted for 1.5 days with some HD output, e-book, and other common uses
- – shortcoming – Symbian^3 is not a beauty at first glance. Sometimes feels like using in the shadows of Symbian^1
- – some Symbian^1 apps had compatibility issues with this phone.
Former vice president Al Gore, the target of ridicule by climate skeptics this winter, says he wishes global warming were an “illusion.”
Former vice president Al Gore has long warned of the dangers of global warming. He spoke about them during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
Unfortunately, its dangers are real, despite mistakes by a leading United Nations climate-science panel, Gore writes Sunday in The New York Times. “The overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged,” he says, adding:
In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.
Climate skeptics, citing recent snowfall in parts of the East Coast, have mocked Gore. Tycoon Donald Trump says Gore should be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize for warning about climate change. “It’s going to keep snowing in D.C. until Al Gore cries “uncle,”" Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., wrote on Twitter.
Gore says global data show the last January was the second-hottest since surface temperatures were first measured 130 years ago and the last 10 years were the hottest decade since modern records have been kept. He says these rising temperatures have increased evaporation from the oceans, putting more moisture into the atmosphere and thus heavier rain and snow in some areas.
The IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Gore for a report that called climate change “unequivocal” and “very likely” caused by human activity, announced Saturday that it will seek independent review of its major reports.
Gore says U.S. industry also needs to back a climate bill, but he likens its reluctance to Big Tobacco’s decades-long fight against regulation:
Over the years, as the science has become clearer and clearer, some industries and companies whose business plans are dependent on unrestrained pollution of the atmospheric commons have become ever more entrenched. They are ferociously fighting against the mildest regulation — just as tobacco companies blocked constraints on the marketing of cigarettes for four decades after science confirmed the link of cigarettes to diseases of the lung and the heart.
This is an interesting video I came across Youtube.
Note: The background music can be loud and annoying!
Tags: hot ice
I’m very sure that not many of you would have these titles before. Simply because they’re not large-scale hit movies. Both of these are sci-fi shortfilms (part of a trilogy) by Miguel de Olaso, a.k.a. “Macgregor,” a cinematographer and director of commercials.
Not much is known about the story, except for a statement from Olaso himself: “An ‘ultra-realistic’ spin on the themes of Blade Runner and Ghost In The Shell set in the world as it may be fifty or sixty years in future.” It is taken in the lines of District 9, so I’m guessing it might be a hit.
Update: Trailer has been disabled for public viewing
This unreleased short film Similo, about artificial people designed to be perfect lovers (you can preview, and support the production of Similo here) is also halfway through its development, somewhat slow.
The story: SIMILO is a science fiction love story set in the year 2064. The polar ice caps have melted. The world struggles to survive drought and poverty. But those few who live in the new cities in the arctic can live a happy life. At least, that´s what they want to believe. What is a Similo? Similo: An artificial person designed to be the perfect lover. Similo comes from the word Simulating.