Chinese Dinosaur Had Bat-Like Wings and Feathers
Since most dinosaur names consist of long, polysyllabic gargles—Parasaurolophus, Therizinosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus—it is refreshing that the latest addition to the family has the shortest one yet. It is simply Yi. In full, it is Yi qi, which comes from the Mandarin for “strange wing” and can be roughly butchered as “ee chee”. The name hints at […]
Science and Nature Blend Beautifully in This Stunning Short Animation
The world we live in can be so crappy and depressing, every once in a while it’s nice to remind yourself that there’s plenty of beauty out there. In lieu of a dancing plastic bag, this short film should do the trick.
It’s Not Rocket Science #3: Yakhchal
By 400BC, Persians had developed a system for making ice in winter and storing it throughout the summer and in a hot desert climate, in buildings they called yakhchal. Most of what you’ll fin…
Breathe Deep, Fellow Asthmatics
Today is World Asthma Day. Started by the Global Initiative for Asthma, I thought World Asthma Day would be a great time to share a detail from a series of key frames being produced by the animation team at INVIVO Communications, where I work.
I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles
The autistic brain is not particularly good at understanding irony, and yet most people I’ve met on the autism spectrum have, over time, developed a pretty strong grasp of the concept. Many of us…
Have Allosaurus, Will Travel - Fossil Tales From the West
Brian Switek is raising funds for Have Allosaurus, Will Travel - Fossil Tales From the West on Kickstarter! The rock record is full of stories about life's history. Help me buy a field vehicle so that I can tell these prehistoric tales.
The Flying Trilobite is Now Eight — Glendon Mellow
The Flying Trilobite blog has been live for 8 years now! For the next week, expect re-posts of some classics, as well as sneak peeks of new posts. Something new every day! It may seem like I post less often than is used to - typically once a month instead of once a week. but I also post 4