0 Share your voice Paleontology 20 Photos Oddities in amber Sci-Tech A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber The mystery bird is now named Elektorornis chenguangi, with “elektorornis” meaning “amber bird.” It was likely smaller than a sparrow and may’ve used the long toe to pull insects and other delectables out of tree trunks.”It shows that ancient birds were way more diverse than we thought,” said Xing. “They had evolved many different features to adapt to their environments.” Enlarge ImageThis illustration shows what Elektorornis chenguangi might’ve looked like and how it could’ve used its lengthy toes to rustle up num-nums. Zhongda Zhang/Current Biology Amber is the ancient wonder substance that’s brought us a glorious millipede, a spider with a tail, dinosaur-biting ticks and, now, a bizarre bird with toes longer than its lower legs.Scientists were surprised to find the bird foot and its extremely long toe trapped in 99 million-year-old amber from Myanmar, dating from the Cretaceous period. Enlarge ImageThe bird’s leg, foot and left wing tip were trapped in amber millions of years ago. Lida Xing Amber traders originally thought the foot belonged to a lizard that had been trapped and preserved in the sticky tree resin. “Although I’ve never seen a bird claw that looks like this before, I know it’s a bird. Like most birds, this foot has four toes, while lizards have five” Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences in Beijing said in a press release. Xing is lead author of a paper on the find published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.The research team scanned the foot and created a 3D model to compare to both living and extinct birds. These efforts just proved how utterly weird the foot is. “There is no bird with a similar morphology that could be considered a modern analog for this fossil bird,” said co-author Jingmai O’Connor from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Tick’s ‘worst day ever’ frozen in amber for 100 million years Tailed spider found in amber will crawl into your nightmares Post a comment Tagsread more
Millennial-targeted news startup Cheddar is getting into the prof-assessment biz with the acquisition of Rate My Professors from Viacom.The RateMyProfessors.com website and its app are used by 6 million college students monthly, who write an average of 125,000 new professor and course ratings per month. Currently, it hosts over 20 million ratings across 1.8 million professors, spanning nearly every college and university in the U.S.Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Viacom bought RateMyProfessors.com in 2007, where it had been housed in the conglomerate’s MTVU college network group.Cheddar’s pickup of Rate My Professors comes after its May 2018 acquisition of Viacom’s MTV Networks on Campus, the distribution platform for MTVU. Cheddar used that to launch CheddarU, a collegiate-focused news network that runs on 1,600 TV screens on 600 U.S. campuses. With the MTVU deal, Carlo DiMarco — who ran MTVU and Rate My Professors as SVP of digital networks for Viacom Music and Entertainment Group — joined Cheddar. Another five former MTVU employees came over to the startup this summer, according to Jon Steinberg, founder and CEO of Cheddar, “so we mostly had the team already.”Rate My Professors adds “user-generated content and deep engagement to our company,” Steinberg said. “Rate My Professors, coupled with our [over-the-top] networks and CheddarU network, makes us the defining media company for a new generation that has no relationship with legacy cable news media.”Cheddar plans to redesign RateMyProfessors.com and enhance the site’s features for searching and evaluating profs. Next year, the company intends to roll out a premium tool set for educators to manage their profiles on the site, similar to what company-ratings site Glassdoor offers to employers.In addition, Cheddar has signed a deal with Taboola as a strategic in-feed discovery partner for Cheddar’s operation of Rate My Professors.Cheddar’s programming is available on Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Snapchat, FuboTV, Philo, Amazon, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and smart TVs in the U.S. It currently broadcasts two live networks: the flagship Cheddar business-news network and Cheddar Big News, a general news network.The New York-based company was founded in early 2016 by Steinberg, formerly president/COO of BuzzFeed. Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Raine Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Global, Comcast Ventures, AT&T, Amazon, and the New York Stock Exchange. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety read more
Canal+ and other French television broadcasters signed a new windowing agreement with organisations representing the French cinema industry just ahead of the Christmas break, enabling it to make movies available on its service between six and eight months after their theatrical release for the first time.Canal+ CEO Maxime SaadaCanal+ said that the agreement recognised its unique position and role in financing cinema production, with €150 million invested each year for the Canal+ premium channel and a total of close to €400 million invested by the group as a whole in French and European film production.The pay TV outfit expressed its thanks to culture minister Franck Riester for his role in brokering the deal, which followed an earlier accord between Canal+ and the cinema industry in November under which the pay TV broadcaster agreed to continue to support movie production on the understanding that the windowing issue would be resolved.Canal+ said at the time that its agreement with cinema organisations BLIC, BLOC and the ARP foreshadowed a new agreement on windowing, which will see the operator offer films on its service from six months after their theatrical release for the first time, compared with 10-12 months currently.That agreement also includes Orange’s OCS as well as broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1, M6 and Arte.Under the new regime, which has been seen as a significant victory for Canal+ after years of attempted reform, will see films made available on Canal+ between six and eight months after films are released theatrically, as opposed to 11 months today. Free-to-air channels will see the delay they face from theatrical release reduced by three months. For SVOD services such as Netflix, the emergence of which have accelerated the need for change, the current 36-month window will be reduced to 15-17 months on condition that they support French and European cinema financially.read more
in our life, beef is not only Hot pot inside the delicacy, strong cattle can provoke a big bear, but a good work, so some local farmers will raise some cattle to help them in their work, or to their own food. The following small for your fun said a "cowboy", 13-year-old children holding cattle fed grass, and this scene is only 50 meters from the railway. Yesterday, the "cowboy" to the Xiamen Railway Police Department police patrol in a sweat.
10 month 31 days around 12 noon, Xiamen Railway Police Department police officer Chen Gutian site by line on the jurisdiction of the line inspections, just as he was about to fulfill the patrol work, appeared in front of the scene so that he was sweating forehead. Not far away, a head of cattle graze slowly, on the edge of the little slope sitting on a thirteen year old boy, only 50 meters from the railway. "If the train comes, the cow is frightened, the consequences are terrible." The police found a small oxherd alone, the cattle are not adult care, the degree of risk as can be imagined. He rushed to the "cowboy" away from the railway, send him home and cattle. read more