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“Back to the Future” De Lorean added to the National Historic Vehicle Register

“Back to the Future” De Lorean added to the National Historic Vehicle Register

The 80s were a heyday for movies and TV shows that featured cars as prominent characters in the plot. One of the most iconic movie cars from the 80s is the De Lorean used in "Back to the Future." Doc said if he had to build the Time Machine, why not do it with style and the 1981 De Lorean DMC-12 certainly had style.

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Dinosaur tally research begins with Tyrannosaurus rex per square mile

Dinosaur tally research begins with Tyrannosaurus rex per square mile

Research published this week showed a team interested in the total population of individual species of dinosaurs. They began their work with one of the best-known dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, taking a crack at estimating new metrics based on what they already know to be true. They've used a relationship established between body size and population density in extant species to estimate a new set of traits never before calculated in such a way.

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This nasty old skull, the oldest human genome, and a cow DNA mistake

This nasty old skull, the oldest human genome, and a cow DNA mistake

The skull you're looking at was in pieces when it was discovered. After a whole heck of a lot of work, the physical remnants were put together again for this photo. But it's the tiniest of pieces we care about today. It's the DNA this 45,000 year old skull provided that's placed it in the headlines this week.

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Mummies of pharaohs and queens make historic procession through Cairo

Mummies of pharaohs and queens make historic procession through Cairo

Few things in antiquity spark fantasy and imagination as much as the kings and some queens of ancient Egypt. The stuff of legend, horror, and studies, the remains of these people long gone, more popularly known as mummies, are revered not just as historical artifacts but also national treasures. Everything about them is treated with respect and sometimes with fear. Take for example the mere transfer of these mummies from one museum to another, held in an elaborate and historical procession fit for pharaohs.

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Chunk of Wright Brothers flyer set to take flight on Mars

Chunk of Wright Brothers flyer set to take flight on Mars

Did you know that pieces of the original history-making Wright Brothers' "1903 Wright Flyer I" have orbited the Earth and been to moon? Now, NASA collaborated with Carillon Historical Park and the Wright Brothers National Museum to send another piece of the flyer to Mars to take part in another of humanity's historical achievements. The Perseverance rover rolls on Mars now, holding the helicopter craft Ingenuity, onboard which is a piece of the Wright Flyer I's wing fabric.

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Morphospecies theory says t-rex was king carnivore at all stages of life

Morphospecies theory says t-rex was king carnivore at all stages of life

A study released this week shows how the tyrannosaurus consumed different resources at multiple stages of growth. Modern meat-eating mammals can easily be arranged in a chart showing average adult size - each of these animals have a unique effect on their own ecosystem. Given the average size of adult dinosaurs, there appeared to be a massive gap in the middle of the chart from smallest to largest.

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Hirox Europe releases 10-billion-pixel scan of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Hirox Europe releases 10-billion-pixel scan of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Today you can view a 10-billion-pixel scan of the Johannes Vermeer painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Over the course of one night, the folks at Hirox captured 91,000 photos of the painting. Hirox fed the photos into a computer where their custom software took care of all the stitching. The result was a single reconstruction of the painting at 93,205 x 108,565 pixels in all.

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Internet Archive adds high-quality Computerworld content from microfilm

Internet Archive adds high-quality Computerworld content from microfilm

Internet Archive is now home to high-quality digitized versions of vintage Computerworld issues, an update to the content made possible using microfilm archives. The records provide a look at technology and its development over the decades -- the first volume was published back in the summer of 1967 and the last in 2014.

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Forgotten Game Boy keyboard revealed, with Phone function

Forgotten Game Boy keyboard revealed, with Phone function

Today a long-lost add-on for the original Nintendo Game Boy, "Workboy", was shown in full working order. It's a keyboard - the sort of keyboard that you wouldn't expect would make ANY sense to use with a Game Boy. The device was made by Fabtek, released back in the year 1992, and never... really made its way to the public at large.

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Baby t-rex bones are first of their kind and kinda cute

Baby t-rex bones are first of their kind and kinda cute

A study published this week showed a pair of tyrannosaurus rex fossils that are the sort that've never been found before. At least, not by modern humans that had any idea what they were looking at. Such is the way of things, when it comes to objects millions of years old: Sometimes you just don't know what you've got, because how on earth could you?

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Dinosaur egg study shows surprising and new skull features

Dinosaur egg study shows surprising and new skull features

Today were taking a peek at a dinosaur egg that was part of a study published today in Current Biology. This dinosaur egg is one of a collection of eggs that were found in Patagonia, Argentina. The difference between this egg and the other eggs that were discovered and analyzed in the past is the near-intact embryonic skull inside.

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New theory says supernovae caused extinction events on Earth

New theory says supernovae caused extinction events on Earth

According to a new study published this week by researchers at the University of Illinois, a nearby star's supernova may've caused one of out planets mass extinctions millions of years ago. The event studied here took place in the Late Devonian, "culminating in extinction events near the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary." Evidence shown in the study published this week suggests that asteroids weren't the only thing that killed massive amounts of life on Earth in the distant past.

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