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Fitting the World’s Largest Dinosaur in the Museum of Natural History

Last year, paleontologists unearthed the remains of what they believed to be the most massive dinosaur ever to walk the earth. The newly discovered species Titanosaurus lived 95 to 100 million years ago, and weighed in at nearly 80 tons (the combined weight of 14 African elephants). After the 122-foot-long skeletal cast of the creature has been assembled, curators at the Museum of Natural History in New York will face the challenge of trying to fit it into the museum.

The exhibit is larger than anything else they have on display, including their 39-foot T. Rex and their 94-foot blue whale. A spot will be cleared for it in the spacious Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Orientation Center on the museum’s fourth floor, displacing the model of a juvenile Barosaurus that had been there since 1996. The back of the skeleton will nearly reach the room’s 19-foot ceilings, while its head and a portion of its neck will poke out of the entryway doors and into the elevator bank.

Because the paleontologists only discovered about 40 percent of a complete skeleton, the museum will fabricate the rest of the bones. The discovered fossils will be scanned into a computer, where the files can be flipped to fill in the gaps on the corresponding side. The replicas will then be 3D-printed using foam milling and coated with resin or fiberglass, creating a lightweight product that’s comparable to a surfboard. This makes the “bones” easier to handle and helps construction.

The model will go on display at the Museum of Natural History in January of 2016. Hopefully, by then scientists will have come up with an official name for the species—Supersaurus and Giganotosaurus have already been taken.

You can check out the museum's digital rendering of what the exhibit will look like in the video above. 

[h/t: Wired]

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
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The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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These Are the 157 New Emojis Coming to Your Phone
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Emojipedia

If words alone aren’t enough to express yourself while texting, there are now new emojis at your disposable. As Slate reports, the roster of flags, smiley faces, and random sports equipment just grew by 157 pictographs. After receiving the stamp of approval from the Unicode consortium, these emojis will soon be making an appearance on your keyboard.

The release of the redhead emoji has been long-anticipated, but this newest batch includes curly hairstyles as well for the many people without straight locks. Texters also now have the choice of gray hair or no hair at all when designing their emoji avatars.

Other human-related additions include superhero and super villain emojis in various skin tones and hairdos. There are 10 new animal emojis, including a badger, a peacock, a lobster, and a kangaroo, as well as six new food emojis, like a cupcake, a mango, and a lettuce leaf.

People who prefer classic smiley-face emojis will be happy to see the six new options in that category: cold face, hot face, partying face, pleading face, woozy face, and smiling face with four hearts. Along with these come plenty of new entries, like the dismembered leg, petri dish, abacus, safety pin, and lacrosse stick.

After announcing the initial designs on February 7, the emoji-standardizing team at Unicode will vote on the final versions in June before they’re made available to phone companies.

[h/t Slate]

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