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New dinosaur species with giant nose discovered in Utah

New dinosaur As researchers from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University have discovered, the largest aquiline nose of the Late Cretaceous period most certainly belonged to Rhinorex condrupus, a gentle giant of the duck-billed dino family, or hadrosaurs, that perused estuaries of ancient North America looking for plants and algae to slurp up.

Instead of a giant crest on its noggin, as many hadrosaurs possess, Rhinorex was graced with giant nose. The rest of the dinosaur's body was pretty big too, stretching 30 feet in length and weighing more than 8,500 pounds.

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Supermassive Black Hole Discovered Inside Tiny Dwarf Galaxy

black hole"It is the smallest and lightest object that we know of that has a supermassive black hole," Dr. Anil C. Seth, a University of Utah astronomer and the lead author of a new paper about the discovery, said in a written statement. "It's also one of the most black hole-dominated galaxies known."

The discovery suggests that supermassive black holes may be twice as numerous in the nearby universe as previously thought, Nature reported.

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Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test

identical twin gene dnaA Boston-area man long suspected of two 2004 rapes was formally charged after a new DNA test linked him to the crimes and excluded his twin brother.

Dwayne McNair, 33, of Dedham pleaded not guilty Monday. His bail was set at $500,000.

McNair had been charged earlier and spent almost two years in jail. A judge ordered him released, and prosecutors dropped the charges while the new test, which can distinguish between identical twins, was conducted.

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Solar storm heading for Earth

solar flareA "strong" solar flare that launched off the sun Wednesday afternoon could cause some fluctuations in Earth's power grid and slight disturbances in satellites and radio transmissions on Friday and Saturday.

Major disruptions are not expected, even though the flare was classified as an "X-class" flare, which is at the high end of the solar flare scale. Wednesday's flare followed a weaker flare late Monday.

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Jurassic 'squirrels' push back clock on emergence of mammals

Jurrisic squirrelThe fossil remains of squirrel-like mammals with a hefty dose of cute are helping reset the clock for mammalian evolution, according to a new study.

Over the past three years, a team of researchers has uncovered six 160-million-year-old fossils that represent three new species who were living in trees at the time of the dinosaurs.

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Scientists find larger monument buried under Stonehenge

stonehengeResearchers said on Wednesday that they have produced digital maps of what is beneath Stonehenge, Britain’s ancient and mysterious circle of megaliths, or giant stones. The scientists used an array of ground-penetrating radar and other techniques to peer deep into the soil, finding an array of even more monuments beneath the famous stone circle.

The project produced detailed maps of 17 previously unknown ritual monuments and a large timber building thought to have been used for burial ceremonies, researchers from the University of Birmingham said. Stonehenge is about 4,500 years old.

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Physics Experiment May Prove Our Universe Is A Two-Dimensional Hologram

univese a hologram?Everyone knows the universe exists in three dimensions, right? Maybe not. For some time now serious physicists have been pondering the seemingly absurd possibility that three-dimensional space is merely an illusion--and that we actually live in a two-dimensional "hologram."

And now scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois have launched a mind-blowing experiment to show once and for all what sort of universe we live in.

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