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April 27, 2014

High CO2 levels during the Eocene put Antarctic temperatures into a place of warmth that likens it to California. And more. The sea around it was 22 degrees Celsius (72 F), like the Florida coast is today... more inside

April 25, 2014

Should a Chimp Be Able to Sue Its Owner? "Steven Wise is arguing for the legal 'personhood' of chimps and other animals. And no one is laughing him out of the courtroom." [Via]

April 24, 2014

Imagine how to hold tiny moving Plank level micro objects together. What would that look like exaggerated to the size of furniture? more inside

April 21, 2014

The Future.
Did big life start on land or under water? That's a new question to me... Some evidence shows life was terrestrial 650,000,000 years ago, as presented in Gregory Retallack's paper in Nature. I've seen some of these kinds of layers at Wilpena Pound in South Australia, and they looked like ancient low water sediments to me. In fact what looked like a long worm Dickinsonia stared at me from under a smooth layer in a bluff there – but these layers could have dried from time to time past. Might plants have pronged up then, some with hold fasts?

April 19, 2014

Testing on niche MonkeyFilter is (after a false start) now running on our new 'niche' (http://github.com/nzmichaelh/niche) engine.
Note to self: always benchmark and load test a site before repointing the doman.

April 15, 2014

Some youthful looking ancient life seems to beckon us all. Why give up? Become a blip longer on earth. Still a blip though. Time is relative, isn't it?

April 13, 2014

Beautiful Death. Beautiful Game of Thrones Posters Lament One Death from Each Episode.

April 12, 2014

The new generation of eagle hunters of Mongolia. [Via]
Cells the size of grapes crawl some ocean floors. These leave tracks matching some Precambrian fossil tracks as far back as 1.8 billion years old.

April 08, 2014

TheNextWeb - OPENSSL vulnerability Found a critical vulnerability security in OPENSSL. "may affect as much as 66 percent of Internet sites...". oO

April 04, 2014

These gloves will "change the way we make music," says Imogen Heap. [Via]
What to do with all the beautiful pictures

April 01, 2014

When female capuchin monkeys want sex, they throw stones at the males.