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  • Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber

    09/16/2013 10:35:49 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 44 replies
    io9 ^ | 9/15/2013 | Analee Newitz
    Pictures of Dinofuzz at Source.
  • Prehistoric Birds May Have Used Four Wings To Fly

    03/14/2013 6:43:48 PM PDT · by Dysart · 50 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 3-14-13
    Roughly 150 million years ago, birds began to evolve. The winged creatures we see in the skies today descended from a group of dinosaurs called theropods, which included tyrannosaurs, during a 54-million-year chunk of time known as the Jurassic period. Why the ability to fly evolved in some species is a difficult question to answer, but scientists agree that wings came to be because they must have been useful: they might have helped land-based animals leap into the air, or helped gliding creatures who flapped their arms produce thrust. As researchers continue to probe the origin of flight, studies of...
  • American Indians can use bald eagle feathers (Elizabeth Warren overjoyed?)

    10/13/2012 5:46:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/13/12
    American Indians can use bald eagle feathersPublished: Oct. 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- American Indians can now own the feathers of bald eagles and other protected birds but cannot buy or sell them, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. The department announced a new policy that allows American Indians to "possess, use, wear or carry" the feathers and other bird parts, CNN reported.
  • Neanderthals used feathers as 'personal ornaments'

    09/18/2012 12:26:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    bbc ^ | 17 September 2012 | Paul Rincon
    Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown from the Gibraltar Museum, along with colleagues from Spain, Canada and Belgium, examined a database of 1,699 ancient sites across Eurasia, comparing data on birds at locations used by humans with those that were not. They found a clear association between raptor and corvid remains and sites that had been occupied by humans. They then looked more closely at bird bones found at Neanderthal sites in Gibraltar, including Gorham's and Vanguard cave, near the base of the rock: "The Neanderthals had cut through and marked the bones. But what were they cutting? We realised a...
  • "Beautiful" Squirrel-Tail Dinosaur Fossil Upends Feather Theory

    07/03/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7-2-2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    A newfound squirrel-tailed specimen is the oldest known meat-eating dinosaur with feathers, according to a new study. The late-Jurassic discovery, study authors say, strikes down the image of dinosaurs as "overgrown lizards." Unearthed recently from a Bavarian limestone quarry, the "exquisitely preserved" 150-million-year-old fossil has been dubbed Sciurumimus albersdoerferi—"Scirius" being the scientific name for tree squirrels. Sciurumimus was likely a young megalosaur, a group of large, two-legged meat-eating dinosaurs. The hatchling had a large skull, short hind limbs, and long, hairlike plumage on its midsection, back, and tail....
  • Neanderthals were fashionable in feathers

    02/28/2011 12:03:45 AM PST · by decimon · 25 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 23, 2011 | Charles Q. Choi
    Neanderthals plucked the feathers from falcons and vultures, perhaps for symbolic value, scientists find. This new discovery adds to evidence that our closest known extinct relatives were capable of creating art. Scientists investigated the Grotta di Fumane — "the Grotto of Smoke" — in northern Italy, a site loaded with Neanderthal bones. After digging down to layers that existed at the surface 44,000 years ago, the researchers discovered 660 bones belonging to 22 species of birds, with evidence of cut, peeling and scrape marks from stone tools on the wing bones of birds that had no clear practical or culinary...
  • Feathered dinosaur fossils find has Chinese scientists all a flutter

    09/25/2009 1:14:41 AM PDT · by Natufian · 10 replies · 907+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 09/24/09 | Steven Morris
    The discovery of five remarkable new fossils has confirmed that birds evolved from dinosaurs, Chinese scientists claimed tonight.Because the fossils - unearthed in rock formations in north-eastern China - are older than previous discoveries of similar creatures, the find adds weight to the theory that birds descended from predatory dinosaurs.The fossils all have feathers or feather-like structures. The clearest and most striking of the specimens can be seen to have four wings, extensive plumage and profusely feathered feet.
  • Rio Bravo on TCM 10:30PM E.S.T. tonight

    05/06/2009 3:29:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies · 1,012+ views
    It has been said that director Howard Hawks made Rio Bravo (1959) as a reaction to two popular westerns which angered him - High Noon (1952) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). His comment on the former was, "I didn't think a good sheriff was going to go running around town like a chicken with his head off asking for help, and finally his Quaker wife had to save him." Hawks also considered 3:10 to Yuma, which had outlaw Glenn Ford playing psychological games with lawman Van Heflin, "a lot of nonsense." So Rio Bravo was the director's take on heroism...
  • Springfield MO Tea Party Post-Action Report

    02/27/2009 7:33:54 PM PST · by whd507 · 21 replies · 2,314+ views
    Springfield MO, 200+ people arrived in 35 degree weather to show their support to the nationwide "tea party" movement, and the disgust at the obscene expansion of wasteful government spending.
  • Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased In Amber (100 Million Years Old)

    03/12/2008 5:37:43 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,982+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3-11-2008 | James Owens
    Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased in Amber James Owen for National Geographic NewsMarch 11, 2008 Seven dino-era feathers found perfectly preserved in amber in western France highlight a crucial stage in feather evolution, scientists report. The hundred-million-year-old plumage has features of both feather-like fibers found with some two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods and of modern bird feathers, the researchers said. This means the fossils could fill a key gap in the puzzle of how dinosaurs gave rise to birds, according to a team led by Vincent Perrichot of the Museum für Naturkunde-Berlin in Germany. The find provides a clear example "of...
  • Gregg Comments on Immigration Vote (CYA Alert)

    Gregg Comments on Immigration Vote June 28, 2007 Contact: Erin Rath/Laena Fallon WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) today made the following statement regarding today’s cloture vote on the immigration bill. U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) stated, “The immigration situation in this country is a mess and this bill, which was a work in progress, was our last opportunity in the foreseeable future to take the action necessary to fix this acute problem. It is critical that we get control of our borders, and as a result of language that I included in my amendment, this bill would have dramatically...
  • Feathered ancestor of T. rex unearthed [Transitional species]

    10/06/2004 2:08:54 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 114 replies · 2,445+ views
    Nature Magazine ^ | 06 October 2004 | Zeeya Merali
    Ancestors of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex were clothed in delicate feathers, a fossil discovered in China suggests. The find may come as a surprise to people used to images of Tyrannosaurus as a scaly monster. But many palaeontologists have been predicting just such a find ever since the first evidence of a dinosaur with a feathery coat came from the same site in Liaoning in 1995. The 130 million-year-old fossil is the oldest member recorded from the tyrannosauroid family, and the first in the group with a feather-like covering. The discovery of its skull and other fragments is reported today...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Powell Says C.I.A. Was Misled About Weapons

    05/17/2004 5:33:58 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 68 replies · 325+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/17/04 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, May 16 — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said for the first time on Sunday that he now believes that the Central Intelligence Agency was deliberately misled about evidence that Saddam Hussein was developing unconventional weapons. He also said, in his comments on the NBC News program "Meet the Press," that he regrets citing evidence that Iraq had mobile biological laboratories in his presentation to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003. The assertion about the mobile labs was one of the most dramatic pieces of the presentation, which was intended to make public the Bush administration's best...
  • Commentary: The blame shuffle in Iraq

    05/14/2004 7:49:09 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 9 replies · 200+ views
    United Press International ^ | 5/11/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    Commentary: The blame shuffle in Iraq By Arnaud de Borchgrave UPI Editor at Large Published 5/11/2004 8:00 AM WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- It was the mother of all crises of confidence. America's name was suddenly mud all over the world. Political cartoons from Bangladesh to Brazil took their lead from the Financial Times: the Statue of Liberty was portrayed as the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner, electrodes tied to his wrists, swaying precariously on a pedestal. Doubtless Osama Bin Laden was also grateful for the U.S.-supplied recruiting poster. Would-be jihadis (holy warriors) from Morocco to Mindanao now have living proof...
  • How Ahmed Chalabi conned the neocons

    05/04/2004 6:30:46 AM PDT · by JohnGalt · 128 replies · 165+ views
    Salon ^ | 5/4/2004 | John Dizard
    The hawks who launched the Iraq war believed the deal-making exile when he promised to build a secular democracy with close ties to Israel. Now the Israel deal is dead, he's cozying up to Iran -- and his patrons look like they're on the way out. A Salon exclusive. - - - - - - - - - - - - By John Dizard May 4, 2004 | When the definitive history of the current Iraq war is finally written, wealthy exile Ahmed Chalabi will be among those judged most responsible for the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq and...
  • Rice will 'lay out the facts,' Bush says

    04/05/2004 1:20:22 PM PDT · by demlosers · 15 replies · 105+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Apr. 5, 2004
    Associated Press Washington — U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday that his National Security Adviser "knows exactly what took place and will lay out the facts" when she testifies before the Sept. 11 commission. Condoleezza Rice's testimony on Thursday was assured only after Mr. Bush changed course last week under pressure and decided to allow her to appear publicly and under oath. She has testified in a private session in February. "She's a very smart, capable person who knows exactly what took place and will lay out the facts," he told reporters while on an economic and fund-raising trip...
  • Iraqi exile group fed news media false information

    03/16/2004 6:47:49 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 43 replies · 562+ views
    Miami Herald/Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | 3/15/2004 | JONATHAN S. LANDAY and TISH WELLS
    Iraqi exile group fed news media false information By JONATHAN S. LANDAY and TISH WELLS Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - The former Iraqi exile group that gave the Bush administration exaggerated and fabricated intelligence on Iraq also fed much of the same information to leading newspapers, news agencies and magazines in the United States, Britain and Australia. A June 26, 2002, letter from the Iraqi National Congress to the Senate Appropriations Committee listed 108 articles based on information provided by the INC's Information Collection Program, a U.S.-funded effort to collect intelligence in Iraq. The assertions in the articles reinforced President...
  • Pentagon Pays Iraq Group, Supplier of Incorrect Spy Data

    03/11/2004 5:08:48 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 22 replies · 207+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/11/2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    Pentagon Pays Iraq Group, Supplier of Incorrect Spy Data By DOUGLAS JEHL Published: March 11, 2004 WASHINGTON, March 10 — The Pentagon is paying $340,000 a month to the Iraqi political organization led by Ahmad Chalabi, a member of the interim Iraqi government who has close ties to the Bush administration, for "intelligence collection" about Iraq, according to Defense Department officials. The classified program, run by the Defense Intelligence Agency since summer 2002, continues a longstanding partnership between the Pentagon and the organization, the Iraqi National Congress, even as the group jockeys for power in a future government. Internal government...
  • U.S. didn't interview tipster on mobile labs

    03/05/2004 9:06:16 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 51 replies · 208+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/5/2004 | Walter Pincus
    U.S. didn't interview tipster on mobile labs Friday, March 05, 2004 By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's prewar assertion that Saddam Hussein had a fleet of mobile labs that could produce bioweapons rested largely on information from an Iraqi defector working with another government who was never interviewed by U.S. intelligence officers, according to current and former senior intelligence officials and congressional experts who have studied classified documents. In his presentation before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell said "firsthand descriptions" of the mobile bioweapons fleet had come...
  • No evidence found on pilot's fate

    03/04/2004 8:27:53 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Sun Herald--Mississippi ^ | 3/2/2004 | DREW BROWN and JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
    No evidence found on pilot's fate By DREW BROWN and JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - Despite nearly a year of searching, the Navy has no new intelligence to resolve the fate of a Navy pilot who was shot down on the first night of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and is still missing, the Navy's top admiral said Tuesday. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher's FA-18 Hornet was shot down in western Iraq on Jan. 17, 1991. Speicher, 33, originally was listed as killed in action, but the Defense Department changed his status to "missing-captured" in January 2001,...
  • Hussein ties to al Qaeda appear faulty

    03/04/2004 5:59:22 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 143 replies · 521+ views
    Hussein ties to al Qaeda appear faulty The administration's case on ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda relied on intelligence that was weaker than that on Iraq's illegal weapons programs. By WARREN P. STROBEL, JONATHAN S. LANDAY AND JOHN WALCOTT WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's assertion that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had ties to al Qaeda -- one of the administration's central arguments for a preemptive war -- appears to have been based on even less solid intelligence than the administration's claims that Iraq had hidden stocks of chemical and biological weapons. Nearly a year after U.S. and British...
  • Nation Building 101

    02/24/2004 12:53:08 PM PST · by u-89 · 11 replies · 140+ views
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | Feb/March 04 | Francis Fukuyama
    The Atlantic Monthly | January/February 2004 Nation-Building 101 The chief threats to us and to world order come from weak, collapsed, or failed states. Learning how to fix such states—and building necessary political support at home—will be a defining issue for America in the century ahead by Francis Fukuyama "the United States has taken responsibility for the stability and political development of two Muslim countries—Afghanistan and Iraq. A lot now rides on our ability not just to win wars but to help create self-sustaining democratic political institutions and robust market-oriented economies, and not only in these two countries but throughout...
  • Pentagon still paying informants with faulty intelligence

    02/23/2004 9:59:23 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 9 replies · 107+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers/Kansas City Star ^ | 2/22/04 | JONATHAN S. LANDAY, WARREN P. STROBEL and JOHN WALCOTT
    Pentagon still paying informants with faulty intelligence Up to $4 million set aside for former Iraqi opposition group By JONATHAN S. LANDAY, WARREN P. STROBEL and JOHN WALCOTT Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — The Defense Department continues to pay millions for information from the former Iraqi opposition group that produced exaggerated intelligence that President Bush used to argue his case for war. The Pentagon has set aside between $3 million and $4 million this year for the Information Collection Program of the Iraqi National Congress, led by Ahmed Chalabi, said two senior U.S. officials and a U.S. Defense Department official....
  • Nature's Supercurious Brutality

    02/07/2004 4:25:52 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 22 replies · 212+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | February 7, 2004 | Stephen Schunk
    A long day got longer as we headed north on the Point Reyes Peninsula. We all suffered from “scope-eye,” that strange affliction known to birders and photographers who spend inordinate amounts of time staring with one eye through a spotting scope or viewfinder. Afternoon birding can be slow, but we hoped a visit to Teal Pond would perk things up a bit. Maybe we would see Blue-winged Teal loafing at the water’s edge or Wilson’s Snipe probing the muddy shoreline....(snip) We instantly pulled off the paved road and fixed our eyes on this scene of utter chaos in the adjacent...
  • Backtracking on al-Qaeda Ties

    01/30/2004 6:06:21 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 16 replies · 188+ views
    The New American ^ | 2/9/2004 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Vol. 20, No. 3 February 9, 2004 Backtracking on al-Qaeda Ties by Thomas R. Eddlem Colin Powell’s admission that the Bush administration had no "concrete evidence" of an Iraq–al-Qaeda terrorist connection is a full reversal of his earlier statement to the UN. "We know that Iraq and al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade. Some al Qaeda leaders who fled Afghanistan went to Iraq. These include one very senior al Qaeda leader who received medical treatment in Baghdad this year, and who has been associated with planning for chemical and biological attacks. We’ve learned that Iraq...
  • US weapons hunter won't return to Iraq: report

    01/16/2004 7:23:00 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 24 replies · 770+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/16/2004
    US weapons hunter won't return to Iraq: report David Kay, the chief United States weapons hunter in Iraq, has told the CIA he will not return to his post, a US government source said today. "He has told the DCI (Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet) that he doesn't want to go back, they have been trying to get him to stay," the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. It was unclear whether the CIA had had any success in persuading Mr Kay, who came back to the United States for the Christmas holidays, to stay on the job,...
  • I believe in conspiracies

    01/16/2004 7:11:22 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 53 replies · 202+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 1/17/2004 | John Laughland
    I believe in conspiracies John Laughland says the real nutters are those who believe in al-Qa’eda and weapons of mass destruction Believing in conspiracy theories is rather like having been to a grammar school: both are rather socially awkward to admit. Although I once sat next to a sister-in-law of the Duke of Norfolk who agreed that you can’t believe everything you read in the newspapers, conspiracy theories are generally considered a rather repellent form of intellectual low-life, and their theorists rightfully the object of scorn and snobbery. Writing in the Daily Mail last week, the columnist Melanie Phillips even...
  • Hollinger scandal engulfs great and the good

    01/05/2004 12:39:58 PM PST · by JohnGalt · 8 replies · 159+ views
    Hollinger scandal engulfs great and the good ^ | 1/5/2004 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Hollinger scandal engulfs great and the good By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in New York Published: January 5 2004 4:00 | Last Updated: January 5 2004 4:00 This week, a cast of political and business luminaries will find themselves in the Hollinger hot seat, after the unsealing of a law suit filed by an investor that contains new information about how the newspaper publisher's independent directors allegedly routinely approved millions of dollars in payments to executives and other related party transactions. The lawsuit, filed by Connecticut-based Cardinal Capital, paints a picture of a group of highly respected former politicians, including former Illinois...
  • US Republicans signal readiness to resume Iraq weapons probe

    12/23/2003 6:10:07 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 76 replies · 238+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 12/22/03 | Unknown
    Monday December 22, 3:02 PM US Republicans signal readiness to resume Iraq weapons probe US Senate Republicans have signaled their readiness to resume a probe into pre-war charges that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, which was halted more than six weeks ago amid bitter partisan bickering. "I think we will have, hopefully, some public hearings by February," announced Pat Roberts, chairman of the US Senate intelligence committee, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" program. "We will get those questions out." US President George W. Bush and other top administration officials had accused Iraq of secretly producing chemical and biological...
  • Boeing's Pentagon link in limelight

    12/09/2003 6:43:40 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 28 replies · 257+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/7/2003 | Joshua Chaffin
    Boeing's Pentagon link in limelight By Joshua Chaffin in Washington Published: December 7 2003 21:58 | Last Updated: December 7 2003 21:58 Boeing has formed ties with half a dozen members of the Defence Policy Board, an influential civilian group that advises the Pentagon. The relationships range from Boeing's hiring board members as paid consultants to pouring tens of millions of dollars into their investment funds. Such moves highlight the aerospace company's efforts to become entrenched in Washington's defence establishment as its emphasis has shifted in recent years from commercial aviation to military contracting. They have come to light amid...
  • <b>Sun Hits the Chicken Ship</b>

    03/24/2003 4:03:51 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 10 replies · 361+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 3-24-03 | Atomic Conspiracy
    Sun hits the chicken ship By MARTIN WALLACE and ROSS HINDLEY COWARDLY French sailors are enjoying a holiday on the Thames — while our brave boys and girls risk their lives to topple Saddam. Crew of the coastal patrol vessel FS Flamant are unashamedly flying a Tricolour while moored in central London. So The Sun steamed into action yesterday by blitzing them with white feathers — the coward’s symbol. We hired a 38ft yacht for our daring assault on the 150ft ship, which is moored next to Tower Bridge. First, we hoisted up the Red Ensign flag as we...
  • Four-winged dinosaur makes feathers fly

    01/24/2003 8:08:01 AM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies · 383+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 22 january 2003 | Jeff Hecht
        Four-winged dinosaur makes feathers fly   19:00 22 January 03 Jeff Hecht   Long flight feathers adorn the hind legs of Microraptor gui (Image: Xing Xu) A stunning set of six fossils discovered in China could rewrite our understanding of how and why birds first took to the sky. The fossils clearly show a small dinosaur that had flight feathers covering its legs, as well as tail and arms, forming an extra pair of wings never before seen by palaeontologists. News of the find comes just days after scientists published work showing that baby partridges flap their tiny wings to...
  • Researchers develop computer processor made from chicken feathers

    07/26/2002 6:20:56 AM PDT · by JameRetief · 25 replies · 590+ views
    The Nando Times ^ | July 26, 2002 | Associated Press
    Technology: Researchers develop computer processor made from chicken feathers Copyright © 2002 AP Online NEWARK, Del. (July 24, 2002 3:52 p.m. EDT) - Everyone's familiar with the computer mouse. But the computer chicken? Researchers in the University of Delaware's ACRES program - Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources - have developed a computer processor made from chicken feathers. The head of the program, chemical engineering professor Richard Wool, said researchers looked to chicken feathers because they have shafts that are hollow but strong, and made mostly of air, a great conductor of electricity. The chicken-feather chip is made from soybean...