Mercuriceratops: flashy Cadillac of the late Cretaceous

One oddly-shaped dinosaur bone might not turn out to be a new species. It could simply be from a deformed individual of something already known, or a distortion caused by being buried under tons of shifting rock for millions of years. But two of the same oddly-shaped dinosaur bones? That's no coincidence . . .… » 6/19/14 2:00am 6/19/14 2:00am

Recently discovered species of raptor validates the fears of anyone who…

One of the most recognizable characteristics of raptor dinosaurs — the clever, pack-hunting carnivores immortalized in the Jurassic Park movie series — is the enormous, scythe-like talon located on the second digit of each of their feet. But the true function of this intimidating anatomical feature has puzzled… » 9/19/11 5:00pm 9/19/11 5:00pm

MIT Students Go On Fake Mission to Mars in Utah

Zahra Khan and Phillip Cunio wanted to know what it's like to live on Mars. So the two MIT aeronautics students took their spacesuits and freeze-dried food and headed to the Mars Society Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah, and checked themselves into a facility designed to simulate life on the red planet.… » 3/03/08 9:30am 3/03/08 9:30am