They took away our Brontosaurus, which was a bummer, but I tell you, the Medusaceratops lokii more than makes up for it. The Brontosaurus was kind of a ninny anyway.
Approximately 20 feet long and weighing more than 2 tons, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur lived nearly 78 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period in what is now Montana. Its identification marks the discovery of a new genus of horned dinosaur.
Medusaceratops had giant brow bones more than 3 feet long over each eye, and a large, shield-like frill off the back of its skull adorned with large curling hooks. Medusaceratops lokii means “Lokiâ€™s horned-faced Medusa,” referring to the thickened, fossilized, snake-like hooks on the side of the frill. It was named after Loki, the Norse god of mischief, because the new dinosaur initially caused scientists some confusion…”Although the ornamentation on the frill is pretty spectacular, it probably was not used for defense against predators; rather it was more likely prehistoric â€œblingâ€ used to attract a mate.”
We just might have the stupidest legislature on Earth:
The Democratsâ€™ health care bill would generally require insurers to provide preventive treatment recommended by the expert panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force. But lawmakers in both parties made clear that they wanted doctors to decide when a mammogram is medically necessary and that insurers should be required to cover the cost if the procedure is needed.
â€œThereâ€™s much discussion about whether or not you should get a particular service at a particular age,â€ Ms. Mikulski said during the floor debate. â€œWe donâ€™t mandate that you get a service. We leave that up to a decision made with the woman and her doctor.â€
Republicans, in Ms. Murkowskiâ€™s amendment and in a separate amendment by Mr. Vitter, specifically sought to set aside the task force recommendations on mammograms and to bar the federal government from relying on the findings. Mr. Vitterâ€™s amendment was adopted without a vote on Wednesday night.
That’s right. By law, we can’t follow the guidelines of an independent, scientific, medical commission. God help us.
I don’t think this xkcd about sharks and balloons is funny because the amount of sharks in the ocean is worrying enough, we shouldn’t have to worry about them on land as well. Via Balloon Juice.