Friday Links BuffetFirst, news from lovely Oslo:
OSLO, Norway - Scientists have found a fossil of a “Monster” fishlike reptile in a 150 million-year-old Jurassic graveyard on an Arctic island off Norway.
The Norwegian researchers discovered remains of a total of 28 plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs — top marine predators when dinosaurs dominated on land — at a site on the island of Spitsbergen, about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) from the North Pole.
“One of them was this gigantic monster, with vertebrae the size of dinner plates and teeth the size of cucumbers,” Joern Hurum, an assistant professor at the University of Oslo, told Reuters on Thursday.
“We believe the skeleton is intact and that it’s about 10 meters [33 feet] long,” he told Reuters.
The pliosaur, a type of plesiosaur with a short neck and massive skull, has been dubbed “The Monster.”
The full story is here.
Next, from Glen Haag:
…Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark have made a breakthrough by using both light and matter.
"It is one step further because for the first time it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium," Polzik explained in an interview on Wednesday.
The experiment involved for the first time a macroscopic atomic object containing thousands of billions of atoms. They also teleported the information a distance of half a meter but believe it can be extended further.
My brain really can't resolve reading about teleportation when I saw it on Star Trek first, but that's my problem. Here's the full story.
Here's a story that just blew my mind. The son of a Nobel Prize Winner--just won the Nobel Prize.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - American Roger D. Kornberg, whose father won a Nobel Prize a half-century ago, was awarded the prize in chemistry Wednesday for his studies of how cells take information from genes to produce proteins.
The Kornbergs: one totally bad-ass family. The story is here.
Franklin Brown sent in a link to some terrific video of classic sports games. The story is titled "Ten Great Sports Nintendo/Genesis Games Via YouTube," and the videos are all lined up and waiting. You can see them here.