NEWS DIGEST 26.06.2021: Opalised dinosaur bones and Ilford super-clinics

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A recent analysis of opalized fossils found in an Australian mine in the 1980s revealed that they held the remains of a herd of dinosaurs – including the world’s most complete opalized dinosaur. Scientists have revealed that fossils from an underground opal mine near Lightning Ridge, outback NSW, include remains from a herd of dinosaurs, among them a new dinosaur species and the world’s most complete opalised dinosaur. Dr Phil Bell, lead researcher from the University of New England in Armidale, said he was stunned by the sheer number of bones found. “We initially assumed it was a single skeleton, but when I started looking at some of the bones, I realised that we had four scapulae all from different sized animals.” It is the first dinosaur ‘herd’ to be discovered in Australia. “There are about 60 opalised bones from one adult dinosaur, including part of the braincase, and bones from at least another three animals” added Dr Phil Bell. Jenni Brammall, palaeontologist and special projects officer of the Australian Opal Centre, says, “Fostoria has given us the most complete opalised dinosaur skeleton in the world. Partial skeletons of extinct swimming reptiles have been found at other Australian opal fields, but for opalised dinosaurs we generally have only a single bone or tooth or in rare instances, a few bones. To recover dozens of bones from the one skeleton is a first.” Fostoria dhimbangunmal was a two-legged plant-eating iguanodontian dinosaur closely related to the famous Muttaburrasaurus from central Queensland, which was discovered in 1980 – Iridescent Bones of a Lost Dinosaur Herd Discovered in an Opal Mine (GeologyIn)

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Hundreds of patients will be given appointments in “super-clinics” at King George and Queen’s hospital in Ilford, Greater London, in a bid to clear huge waiting lists. The number of people waiting more than four and a half months for elective operations or treatment at the two hospitals, according to NHS (National Health Service) data, was more than 22,000 at the end of last June and 1,200 by December. Now the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding “super-clinics” where hundreds of patients can be seen over the course of a day or a week. Consultant neurosurgeon Ahmed Sadek said the trust hoped to be able to use the “one-stop-shop” strategy to help maintain reduced waiting times for years to come. A similar project held in October last year saw 250 patients receive operations over the course of a week – Hospitals to see hundreds of patients in ‘super clinics’ amid Covid backlog (Ilford Recorder)

Asil Özbay is no stranger to Africa where she took a 60-day trip to Morocco but for the first time, she is embarking on a journey of the continent on her own. She already traveled thousands of kilometres in dozens of countries across Europe and Asia for a dream of touring the world by motorcycle and in Africa, she aims to shoot a documentary of her solo journey. Speaking to Anadolu Agency about her 19 years of passion for motorcycles, Özbay said motorcycle journeys are filled with challenges and charm. Özbay, who hits the road with the goal of bridging different cultures, said that this year’s Africa trip has different aims than the previous ones. Pointing out the social aspect of her solo trips, Özbay said she receives hundreds of inspiring messages – Turkish woman starts solo tour of Africa on motorcycle (Daily Sabah)

Four Expedition 65 crew members spent Thursday preparing for the third spacewalk on the International Space Station to continue new roll-out solar array installation work. The other three International Space Station crew members continued with variety of space research. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet are scheduled to exit the space station shortly after they set their U.S. spacesuits to battery power at 8 a.m. EDT on Friday. NASA TV will begin its live spacewalk coverage at 6:30 a.m. on both the agency’s website and the NASA app. The three-time station visitor also investigated how microgravity affects bacteria and ways to counteract harmful changes for the Oral Biofilms experiment – Astronauts Get Ready for Spacewalk While Science Continues (NASA Space Station/NASA Blogs)

For decades I couldn’t understand why people had let this happen: why nobody had stood up to Hitler and why the Jewish people, the gypsies, the intellectuals, disabled people and the communists had not received loyal support. More recently, we all witnessed what happened in the USA when Donald Trump was elected president, and what happened in the UK over the vote to leave the European Union. When the 2016 Brexit referendum unleashed a nasty tide of xenophobia, racism and bigotry in the UK, in a way that I had never imagined possible in the country I had adopted because of its gentleness, openness, fairness and progressiveness, I began to understand the reality of what my parents had warned me about in my childhood. For the first time, I truly grasped the lessons they had learnt: that division, segregation and discrimination are terrible things and that they lead to worse things downstream that can rarely be stopped because good people do nothing about it for far too long. We must continue to understand what happens when people think that equality, diversity, fairness and co-operation can be taken for granted – or, worse, that they don’t matter – The Brexit vote unleashed a nasty tide of xenophobia, racism and bigotry in the UK – I no longer felt welcome (The Independent Voices)

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