NEWS DIGEST 22.08.2020: Footprints and temperatures from times gone by

  Today’s news digest is brought to you by my personal Twitter account @VShah1984. Melbourne, Australia-based German geographer and demographer Simon Kuestenmacher @simongerman600 shared a GIF chart originally posted on the popular newsboard Reddit’s r/dataisbeautiful feed. The chart features two … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 22.08.2020: Footprints and temperatures from times gone by

JURASSIC WORLD: The dinosaurs are back!

with Sunny Atwal (feature contributor) Back in 1993, the first of the instalment of the Jurassic Park movies enthralled and terrified audiences equally with their fearsome flesh-eating T-Rexes and velociraptors, alongside giant plant-eaters like Brontosaurus. We watched in horror as the kids were cornered in the kitchen by a bunch of bloodthirsty raptors and laughed at the sneezing Bronto. The Jurassic Park trilogy helped define millions of childhoods in the Nineties and now the franchise comes roaring back. Directed by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern, a group of palaeontologists visit a remote … Continue reading JURASSIC WORLD: The dinosaurs are back!

UPCOMING BLOCKBUSTERS: Jurassic World & Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

with Sunny Atwal (idea contributor) Today’s feature is a special sneak preview of two guaranteed crowd-pleasers that will be hitting your local cinema in the next couple of years. The highly anticipated prehistoric flick Jurassic World – the newest instalment of the Jurassic Park film series is coming out next year. While keeping to the dinosaurs-coming-back-to-life-and-devouring-your-friends format, this new film is said to be a updated rejig in a bid to escape the dreaded ‘curse of the sequel’. A year later, join the red-caped laser-vision totting reporter from the planet Krypton as he squares up against the millionaire behind the wheel of the Batmobile in Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice due for release in 2016. Both … Continue reading UPCOMING BLOCKBUSTERS: Jurassic World & Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

QUETZALCOATLUS: The flying dinosaur taller than a giraffe

One of the largest pterosaurs, or flying reptiles, ever to flutter above the prehistoric skies was the Quetzalcoatlus. When resting, this giant of the clouds was taller than a modern-day giraffe, and considerably stronger. Tearing through the air at 130 kilometres per hour, Quetzalcoatlus was said to be fond of snacking on juvenile dinosaurs that strayed too far from their parents, while its smaller flying cousins, the pterodactyls, settled for fish. Its height met it could very easily look a giraffe in the eye, which may well be an unpleasant experience for the giraffe. With a wing-span of around fifteen metres, half the length … Continue reading QUETZALCOATLUS: The flying dinosaur taller than a giraffe

DEATH OF THE DINOSAURS: It may have been a speeding comet, US scientists say

Sixty-five million years ago, a massive object from outer space slammed into the Earth near what is now the Yucatan peninsula in modern-day Mexico. It released thousand of times the energy of an atomic bomb, leaving behind a crater more than 180 kilometres wide. The collision rained molten and pulverised rock over an area of more than 2,500 kilometres in diameter, creating devastating firestorms. It also caused worldwide temperatures to plummet as millions of tonnes of dust was thrown up into the atmosphere, blocking out the Sun for decades. As plants died off, the food chains that supported land dinosaurs … Continue reading DEATH OF THE DINOSAURS: It may have been a speeding comet, US scientists say