Ever since Jurassic Park, we've been trying to come up with practical purposes for dinosaurs, since we know that the day we will be able to clone them is coming. So here's an obvious question: if we were to eat them, would they taste good?
Fossils are capable of giving up incredible secrets — the color of a feather, the sheen of a wing and now the sound of a chirp. A chirp doesn't sound like much but considering it last sounded 165 million years ago, it's music to scientist's ears.
Back in the early 1990s, I kind of just assumed I'd have a pet dinosaur by now. I probably would have enjoyed naming him something ironic, like Peanut. Or maybe Dino Gillespie. But that's all beside the point because scientists have apparently all been spending their time discovering exoplanets and making dancing robots instead of working on cloning some friggin' dinosaurs. But before resigning ourselves to a decidedly undinosaured fate; there are some faint beacons of hope that may yet result in something resembling a real live rawr-ing dinosaur! I guess better late than never, right? We'll see. Just make with the T. rex, scienceface.
The mammoth became extinct approximately 10,000 years ago, but that's not stopping scientists from Japan and Russia from planning to clone one within the next year. Well-preserved bone marrow recently found in a mammoth thigh bone uncovered from the permafrost soil in Siberia is key to the plan.
Prolific author Michael Crichton died this week. He practically invented the techno-thriller genre — scientifically complex stories tempered with strongly human characters (his last novel will be posthumously published next year). Our sister site SCI FI Wire has a...