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Tuesday
Jan082013

Legendary Giant Squid Captured on Video

NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel(NEW YORK) -- The elusive giant squid has never been captured on film -- until now.

Discovery and Japanese partner NHK captured the images of the squid deep beneath the Pacific Ocean during a mission that included more than 400 hours in the abyss, more than 100 sub dives (some at depths greater than 3,000 feet), and a crew of scientists, engineers, technicians and submarine pilots.

“This latest production, four years in the making, is a world-first achievement for television, and I’m excited to share it,” Eileen O’Neill, group President of Discovery and TLC Networks, said in a news release Monday.

The giant squid has for years been at the center of numerous fantastic tales of the sea.

Nearly as long as a school bus and weighing up to a ton, the squid’s eight arms and two tentacles are covered in barbed suction cups, which it uses to force prey -- fish, other squid and possibly small whales -- into its razor-sharp beak.

The footage will be aired for the first time in the Discovery Channel’s Monster Squid: The Giant is Real.  The program premieres on Discovery at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 27, and will serve as the season finale for Discovery’s Curiosity series.

NHK will air its special on the giant squid on Jan. 13.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Kepler 22b: Scientists Discover New Earth-Like Planet

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.) -- Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., announced on Monday the discovery of Kepler 22b, which may be about as close to resembling our planet as we're going to get about 600 light years away.

The Kepler space telescope discovery team said this planet is about 2.4 times wider than the Earth but its similar distance from a sun-like star might mean the average temperature on Kepler 22b is 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kepler scientist Natalie Batalha proclaimed, "It is right smack in the middle of the habitable zone."

She and her team came across the planet after spending five years peering through telescopes, looking for what is appropriately termed "Goldilocks" planets that are neither too hot nor too cold but just right for sustaining liquid water -- the key to life.

Geoff Marcy of the University of California-Berkeley, a Kepler investigator, calls it "a phenomenal discovery in the course of human history."  But he adds Kepler 22b "is probably rocky with a thick layer of water and gas, making it more like Neptune in our solar system."

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Monday
Apr042011

New Dinosaur Species Discovered in China

Antonio M. Rosario/Iconica/Getty Images (file)(SHANGDONG PROVINCE, China) -- A giant new dinosaur has been identified by paleontologists in China, and chances are you wouldn't have wanted to make it angry. Similar in size to the Tyrannosaurus rex, the newly discovered carnivorous teropod most likely stood 13 feet tall and 36 feet long, weighing in at 12,000 pounds.

"It was about T. Rex's size, but probably a little bit smaller," said David Hone from University College of Dublin, Ireland, who led the team that discovered it and published his findings in the journal Cretaceous Research.

The dinosaur ran on its two hind legs and had puny arms and has been named Zhuchengtyrannaus magnus, which translates to "Tyrant from Zhucheng." Its bones were found in a quarry in the city of Zhucheng, in eastern China's Shangdong Province, at the site of the largest concentration of dinosaur bones in the world. The area is believed to have once been a floodplain where thousands of dinosaur bodies washed together.

The Zhuchengstyrannus magnus has been classified as a tyrannosaurine, giant carnivorous beasts that roamed North America and eastern Asia during the Late Cretaceous Period, 99 to 65 million years ago.

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