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R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer (1955 – 2017) January 20, 2017

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Sad news out of the entertainment industry once more yesterday.

Actor Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61

Miguel (José) Ferrer was an American actor and voice actor mostly known for villainous roles, notably Bob Morton, the designer of the title character in RoboCop (1987). He also voiced the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulan (1998) and Big Boss in Rio 2 (2014). His other notable roles include Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan (2001-2007), NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles (2012-2017), Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3 (2013), and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017).

I’ve seen quite a few of his works in television and the movies, but I absolutely loved his work in Crossing Jordan and Twin Peaks, and noticed his appearances in all sorts of other stuff that he worked on. A truly phenomenal actor, and a lovely man.

Rest In Peace, Miguel Ferrer.

You will be missed.

Forgotten Women of Science are Remembered in a New Exhibition at Burlington House January 18, 2017

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New exhibition, Raising Horizons, features important women in science. Their portraits have been recreated by fourteen women who are leaders in their scientific fields.

Forgotten Women of Science are Remembered in a New Exhibition at Burlington House

An Ancient Cone-Shaped Creature Finally Gets a Branch on the Tree of Life January 12, 2017

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After 175 years, scientists have figured out where to classify the extinct hyolith.

An Ancient Cone-Shaped Creature Finally Gets a Branch on the Tree of Life

‘Beautiful’ Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber January 10, 2017

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The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar.

‘Beautiful’ Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

Researchers Say They’ve Found a Bit of Fossilized Dinosaur Brain January 10, 2017

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A rusty-brown rock found on a beach by a fossil hunter might contain a bit of preserved dinosaur brain.

Researchers Say They’ve Found a Bit of Fossilized Dinosaur Brain

Palaeo Profile: The Mud Dragon January 5, 2017

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This new dinosaur adds to the big picture of how the terrible lizards were faring at the end of the Cretaceous.

Palaeo Profile: The Mud Dragon

The Biggest Saber Cat January 5, 2017

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A fossil skull from China represents one of the largerst saber-toothed carnivores of all time. Bigger than Smilodon. Eek!

The Biggest Saber Cat

Dino-Bird Fossil Had Sparkly Feather “to Attract Mate” January 5, 2017

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An extinct bird that lived about 120 million years ago had iridescent feathers that it may have used to attract a mate, fossil evidence shows.

Dino-Bird Fossil Had Sparkly Feather “to Attract Mate”

Palaeo Profile: The Invisible-Tusked Elephant January 3, 2017

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Saw tuskers, now with fewer tusks. This unusual fossil pachyderm totally lacked upper tusks.

Palaeo Profile: The Invisible-Tusked Elephant

Palaeo Profile: The Armoured Fish King December 27, 2016

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Newly discovered species of armoured fish was a giant. Not T. rex… B. rex.

Palaeo Profile: The Armoured Fish King