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A new carnivorous feathered dinosaur, coyote-sized with razor-sharp teeth and claws, has been discovered in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin. The small but formidable predator called Dineobellator would have stalked these open floodplains 70 million years ago. Steven Jasinski, a paleontologist at the State Museum of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study in Scientific
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It’s important to talk with children about the pandemic, but knowing how to go about it can be tricky. In this post, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center shares its approach to talking to young children about difficult and complex topics. State Age-Appropriate Facts ​Regardless of age, you should share the facts about COVID-19. Children naturally
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In late 19th-century Leeds, the drinks were plentiful and strong—and, unfortunately, spiked with quite a bit of lead. Archaeological Services WYAS’ ongoing excavation of a series of Georgian and Victorian period cellars has revealed an unexpected cache of centuries-old beer bottles some 600 strong, reports Andrew Hutchinson for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Originally thought to
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The $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research award was matched by $1.5 million from ATX Venture Partners and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. WASHINGTON — Slingshot Aerospace has won a $1.5 million U.S. Air Force contract matched by $1.5 million in private funds to expedite the deployment of artificial intelligence-driven data analytics to
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The early-1900s exploits of intrepid explorers like Robert Scott and Edward Shackleton captured the public imagination. With the benefit of cameras and deft handling of newspaper media, the Edwardian British explorers, alongside their Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen, established themselves as heroic polar pioneers. In the process, however, the south polar exploits of their American forerunner,
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WASHINGTON — NASA is looking for ways to leverage its expertise and capabilities to support the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, while agency leaders said they would not rush to reopen centers. In a virtual town hall meeting March 25, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other agency officials said they’re in discussions with
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SASC is “committed to continuing congressional oversight and data collection necessary to drafting the NDAA.” WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee has developed a “paper hearings” process to execute oversight and collect data for the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act during the COVID-19 pandemic. “To protect the health of everyone involved, traditional hearings are
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Archaeologists are searching for traces of an adobe kitchen behind the oldest house standing on Hawaii’s Maui island. The dig, set to conclude on March 27, has already yielded evidence of traditional foods, cookware and a bone button, reports Dakota Grossman for the Maui News. Now the Baldwin Home Museum, the former residence was originally
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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s central military hospital, which for decades was inundated with victims of landmines and other casualties of the country’s internal conflict, is being outfitted to battle a new enemy: coronavirus. A Colombian soldier stands outside one of the tents being built in a parking lot of the Military Hospital for patients with
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As Europe worked to rebuild in the aftermath of World War II, cartoon character Asterix—a plucky Gallic warrior whose superhuman strength enables him to outwit outlandishly incompetent Roman legions—emerged as a symbol of perseverance, assuring war-weary readers that the continent would continue to endure against all odds. “It’s David against Goliath,” said “Asterix” co-creator Albert
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