Did Dark Matter Do in The Dinosaurs?

One researcher from NYU says that our solar system’s passing through the galactic plane brings death and destruction to Earth


Dark matter killed the dinosaurs. Maybe. At least, NYU’s Michael Rampino is proposing that it’s possible.

Here’s how it works: Over many, many millions of years, our solar system orbits the center of the galaxy. But its path is not perfect— it oscillates up and down during its long journey. Every 25 to 30 million years, it passes through the dust disk on the galactic plane. Coincidentally, every 25 to 30 million years, Earth experiences an extinction event, often via asteroid impact or volcanic changes.

Rampino’s hypothesis is that the solar system’s movement through the galactic plane hurtles objects from the outer reaches of the solar system toward Earth, and that something stirs up the volcanoes. One of his biggest proposed culprits is dark matter, the elusive, unseen material that makes up much more of the universe than ordinary matter does.

Essentially, the hypothesis holds that a series of weakly interacting particles could pass through the crust of the Earth and interact with the inner layers. By spiking core activity, it could rile up seismic events, leading to volcanic eruptions on the surface above that cause the death of a large number of species (usually the megafauna.)

So this could have been what killed the dinosaurs: Dark matter sent an asteroid on a collision course toward Earth while riling up the Earth’s core and causing the surface to erupt in volcanic fury. The skies darkened, plant life faltered, and the dinosaurs pretty much died off.

Keep that in mind the next time you read about the mystery of dark matter—it could be deadly.


How Dinosaurs could help us fight Malnutrition?

who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Well sure, there’s these guys, but rational people love dinosaurs, right? Well, Nathan Myhrvold, an inventor and Microsoft’s former CEO sure does, and he believes that dinosaurs might actually help us fight malnutrition. Here’s how:

Dinosaurs are very hard to study, especially in terms of physical development, because we don’t have that many fossils of them; well, we do have many dinosaur fossils, but compared to the timespan they ruled the Earth (160 million years), there’s not so many – not many enough to paint a clear picture. T-Rex for example is known only from 30 fossils, and he’s the most famous dinosaur.

So while we know quite a lot about them, their overall physical development is still a matter of debate; surprisingly, the same thing can be said about children, especially in the poorer areas of the world – there are still many things we don’t know about their physical development.

The problem is that measuring and quantifying child development is also a difficult task; trying to find the height of a crying or squirming child is never easy, but the real problem comes in pinpointing the cause for underdevelopment. Is the child short because he’s malnourished, because he has a genetic condition, because he hasn’t hit his growth spurt yet, or simply because he’s short? That kind of question is very important to answer, but just like with dinosaurs, the data is not satisfying; with children it’s messy, with dinosaurs it’s sparse. But Nathan now believes he has found a better way to gather and analyze child growth data.

Despite not being especially known for this, Nathan is actually not a stranger to analyzing statistical data. When researchers recently looked at the relationship between gross domestic product and childhood stunting and, to everyone’s surprise, they found no correlation—until Nathan pointed out that they were using the wrong statistical methods to analyze the information. The methods he suggested instead—based on his work on dinosaurs—showed that the relationship was actually even stronger than many people in the field had thought.

We need this type of paradigm shift; we need researchers from various fields to interact more and share their knowledge and cooperate with each other – children all around the world suffering from malnourishment need it too. Taking scientific advancements from several fields and using them to benefit mankind is something we’d all like to see.


14 dinosaurs that will terrify Chris Pratt in ‘Jurassic World’

Sure, everyone loves Chris Pratt, but the upcoming Jurassic World movie would be nothing without his ferocious prehistoric co-stars.

The Jurassic World website — a real site for a fictional park — is unveiling the dinosaurs that will be featured in the upcoming movie and giving some background information on each species to help you get acquainted before the movie is released on June 12. The “aggression index” is an especially useful resource for park goers.

Take a second to mourn the fact that the dinos won’t be doing a press tour. Ryan Seacrest asking a suchomimus what it’s like to be dinosaur with an alligator face is something the world needs.



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‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ movie review


Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), left, is much smaller than his brother, Scowler (Skyler Stone), in “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D.” ( 20th Century Fox)

Like an elaborately decorated wedding cake, the kid-friendly “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D” may leave you wondering how something so stunning could end up being so bland. Aesthetic attention to detail, even when it’s painstaking, goes only so far when the content is mediocre.

The movie begins with a fleeting, modern-day framing device about an archaeologist (Karl Urban) on a dig with his niece and nephew, and then goes back to prehistoric times to follow a young pachyrhinosaurus, Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), and his best friend and co-narrator, a colorful bird named Alex (John Leguizamo).

Patchi is the runt among his siblings, and a run-in with a larger dino leaves him with a distinctive hole in the frill projecting above his head. And, yet, this underdog has plenty of spirit and more smarts than his burlier brethren.
The movie aims to show the harshness of the dinosaur-eat-dinosaur world and it doesn’t shy from killing off parental figures, Disney style. Yet a bit of comedy and a little love (Patchi falls for Juniper, a pachyrhinosaurus from another herd) softens the reality. Nevertheless, the plot feels haphazard and repetitive, with frequent scenes depicting the dangers as the herd travels north and south depending on the season. And curiously, as new characters appear, the action pauses while a child’s voice states the type of dinosaur, the meaning of its name and whether it’s a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore. This might help the audience understand whether that creature will be a danger to Patchi, but the information could have been conveyed within the plot.

Such is one of the problems with the ad­ven­ture, which is based on a documentary television series of the same name (minus the 3-D).

“Walking With Dinosaurs 3D” seems to have an identity crisis. Does it want to be edutainment or a feature film? Its reported $85 million budget lands it closer to a blockbuster than to “The Voyage of the Mimi,” but it doesn’t feel adequate in either category.

An interview with Barry Cook, who directed the movie with Neil Nightingale, sheds some light on the varied tones. At first, “Walking With Dinosaurs” wasn’t going to have dialogue; viewers could figure out the story for themselves. The voices were added later, and it’s obvious. The characters who speak English, which is a small group, appear to be communicating telepathically, talking to each other without moving their mouths. It’s oddly distracting, and, with one very funny exception, the banter doesn’t go much beyond scatological humor and banal exchanges.
It’s interesting to consider what the movie would have been like without the voices. The images are impressive and intense. The movie’s scenery was shot in New Zealand and Alaska, and the backdrops make an ideal canvas for the computer-generated creatures. The migrating herds look amazingly naturalistic.

Of course, the vocals help keep the little ones interested and open up the movie’s potential appeal beyond museum screens. It just seems that any film with so much talent poured into its visuals could have assembled an equally worthy script.


Latest Walking with Dinosaurs Trailer Ruins Entire Movie

We’ve praised the astounding beauty of Fox’s upcoming Walking with Dinosaurs feature. Alas, it was not meant to be, for the latest trailer has added a truly heinous voiceover for each prehistoric creature. It’s really, really terrible.

We long suspected voiceovers in this feature, but this… this is too much. Why does the bird have an accent? Are they all talking to each other telepathically? Why?

What a waste of a perfectly gorgeous film. Here’s the official synopsis:

For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. “Walking with Dinosaurs” is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
Walking with Dinosaurs will be released on December 20th.

EDIT: Earlier I said this was a Disney movie. I was wrong it’s 20th Century Fox, apologies all!