Science

August 18, 2017

100-Million-Year-Old Flowers Discovered Perfectly Preserved in Amber

Myanmar is known for its abundance of amber fossils, everything from dinosaur tail feathers to a 100-million-year-old baby bird have recently been discovered, encased in the fossilized tree resin. And now, thanks to researchers from Oregon State University, we know much more about seven, 100-million-year-old flowers that were discovered in amber from Myanmar. The minute flowers, which measure just 3.4 to 5 millimeters, were most likely dislodged from a tree by a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period.

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August 7, 2017

Interactive Map Shows Where on Earth You’d Be If You Dug Straight Through the Ground

A common childhood exercise involves imagining what country you’d encounter if you dug a straight line to the exact opposite side of the world. Would you go to China? Australia? Or maybe you’d venture to some tiny island you had never heard of. Well, wonder no longer. There’s now an Antipodes Map that will show you where you’d end up if you started digging (and didn’t succumb to the Earth’s fiery core).

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June 26, 2017

Eye-Opening Charts Reveal Who Americans Spend Their Time With as They Age

The best data visualizations make you think and reevaluate what you might take for granted. Data scientist Henrik Lindberg recently pulled together some data that will have Americans rethinking who they spend their time with. Using data from the 2003 to 2015 annual census by the US Bureau of Labor Statistic, Lindberg culled six charts to show who Americans pass time with throughout their lives.

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