Science Watch: The Ground Is Full of Dinosaurs

Hamilton Nolan · 07/21/16 04:05PM

Stem cells! Brain map! Wheel bike! Spider talk! Hot weather! New planets! Fault lines! And what do “certain” scientists do for a living, anyhow? It’s your Thursday Science Watch, where we watch science—for pure profit!

Paleontologist Calls New Dino A "Fat Pony" 

Sophie Saint Thomas · 09/22/15 08:30PM

Some humans spend a lifetime waiting to be discovered. Dinosaurs spend millions of years waiting to be discovered, like “Eva,” the dino recently pieced together by a team of Colorado-based paleontologists, CNN reports.

The Brontosaurus Is Back, Baby

Rich Juzwiak · 04/07/15 11:42AM

Remember how Prince went from being Prince to the Artist Formerly Known as Prince (aka that symbol thing) to the artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince (i.e. back to just Prince)? Same thing just happened to the brontosaurus — brontos are back and they're ready to rock the Super Bowl!

Two Millennials Stole a $10,000 Replica Baby Dinosaur from a Museum

Aleksander Chan · 07/16/14 09:19PM

North Carolina State Police are on the hunt for two twentysomethings with an apparent affinity for fake, expensive dinosaurs. The couple can be seen in security footage from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh jumping a barrier, snatching the $10,000 Edmontosaurus hatchling replica, and running off with it in a bag.

"World's Biggest Dinosaur" Found In Argentina

Kelly Conaboy · 05/17/14 10:00AM

Scientists in Argentina have uncovered the bones of a creature believed to be the world's biggest dinosaur. The big guy would have weighed 77 metric tons, seven heavier than the previous record holder, the Argentinosaurus. Truly a sad day to be the ghost of an Argentinosaurus.

Jose Canseco Just Explained Gravity to the Internet

Taylor Berman · 02/18/13 09:55PM

Do you have questions about gravity? Have you thought about why nothing REALLY big exists today in nature? Have you ever wondered how 30-foot leather birds were once able to fly? If so, today is your lucky day because Jose Canseco, the world's best Twitter user, has taken to the internet to explain his fascinating theories about gravity, dinosaurs and giant birds.

'Beautiful Feathered Tyrant' Too Fat to Fly

Caity Weaver · 04/05/12 12:37AM

A team of Chinese and Canadian scientists announced on Wednesday that farmers had discovered a new species of dinosaur as big as a T-rex, covered in feathers, in a small quarry in northeast China. The dinosaurs, found in a pack of three, are the largest feathered animal ever discovered – alive or extinct.

Will Science Survive Without Killing Monkeys?

Hamilton Nolan · 12/15/11 04:09PM

Chimp research! Bird safety! Nemo extinction! Raptor claws! Rat acid! Alkali oceans! Lemur meat! Dolphin jetpack! And real talk words of wisdom about our current chemistry debates! It's your Thursday Science Watch, where we watch science—with compassion!

Moron Paleontologists Find New Species of Dinosaur in Their Own Museum

Max Read · 12/06/11 04:00PM

A hearty congratulations to the paleontologists of Britain's Natural History Museum, who have just discovered a new species of dinosaur! And in what exotic location did they uncover its bones? The wild Gobi desert? The harsh terrain of the Badlands? No! No, they found it in the fucking basement.

Science: T. Rex Big, Scary

Hamilton Nolan · 10/13/11 04:24PM

Magnetic senses! Big dinosaurs! Old paint! Inca takeovers! Black Death! Silk age! Restless volcano! Polar maps! And a wondrous universe of abundant carbon atoms! It's your Thursday Science Watch, where we watch science—with gravitas!

How to Have Sex With a Dinosaur

Max Read · 04/13/11 08:02PM

The key question with dinosaurs, as with so many things, is "How can I have sex with them?" With the help of Slate's Explainer column, we've constructed a step-by-step guide.

T. Rex's Newly Discovered Cousin Not Yet Terrorizing Manhattan

Seth Abramovitch · 03/31/11 10:41PM

It turns out Tyrannosaurus rex, the big, dumb badass of the Cretaceous Period, had a shorter cousin. Palaeontologists have identified the skull and jaw bones of a newly discovered breed they're calling Zhuchengtyrannus magnus—which is Latin for "Tyrant from Zhucheng," the Chinese province where the fossils were found.