August 11, 2017

Miscellany #79

The shortest time between two points is NOT a straight line

Sampling DNA From a 1,000-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript

The York Gospels were assembled more than a thousand years ago. Bound in leather, illustrated, and illuminated, the book contains the four gospels of the Bible as well as land records and oaths taken by clergymen who read, rubbed, and kissed its pages over centuries. The Archbishops of York still swear their oaths on this book. The York Gospels are also, quite literally, a bunch of old cow and sheep skins. Skin has DNA, and DNA has its own story to tell.....Every one of these books is a herd of animals.

 York Gospel2

This Newly Discovered Dinosaur, Titanosaur,  Makes T. Rex 'Look Like a Dwarf'

At 76 tons, the plant-eating behemoth was as heavy as a space shuttle.  The dinosaur’s fossils were found in southern Argentina in 2012.

Amazing photos of Trees That Just Won't Give Up

 #1 Enchanted Tree

 #5 Tree Of Life Olympia

8 Amazing Things Uncovered by Melting Glaciers and Ice

Lost Clan Found in Highlands of Italy

"Especially the way you say 'yes'. It's 'si' in Italian and usually, in other dialects, you just change it a bit, like 'shi'," she says. "Here it's 'aye'. They actually switch the accent so it's more 'ayee' than 'aye' but it sounds like the Scottish way." 

 Tartan Baby

Yoda-like bat discovered in 2011

 Yoda Fruit Bat

Scientists have also re-christened it the 'Hamamas tube-nosed fruit bat' after the Papuan word for 'happy'. After extensive research, the bat - discovered in a remote Papua New Guinea rainforest - has been formally registered as a newly identified species. The bat's scientific name, Nyctimene wrightae sp. nov. honors the conservationist Dr Deb Wright who devoted 20 years of her life to conservation in Papua New Guinea.

The move comes after University of York biologist Dr Nancy Irwin's team studied some 3,000 fruit bat specimens in 18 museums around the world. She said: 'Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile.

Recreating a 70-year-old photo  "Same brooch, same necklace"

 Queen And Prince  70Yrs Apart

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