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How do you name a new dinosaur species? Look for something weird about it. Researchers announced the discovery of a new species from fossils overlooked for more than a decade.
Oklahoma City’s KWTV shows how the animal finally got noticed.
“It wasn’t until 2007 when a British scholar was visiting Norman that it was realized this was in fact a new species of dinosaur. Mike Taylor uncovered the never-before-seen hip bone structure, indicating hyper-development of the thigh muscles, and Brontomerus mcintoshi, or ‘thunder thighs’ was born.”
Thunder Thighs isn’t a whole skeleton. It’s a small collection of bones from an adult and a juvenile animal, and those don’t include any leg bones. KFOR TV explains how scientists know this sauropod had great legs.
“The reason why researchers believe these bones don’t belong to, well, any of the other dinosaurs here, is this bone right down here. It’s the hip bone. Specifically, this projection right here at the end of the hip bone. It’s much, much wider than anything else you’ll find in any other long-necked dinosaur.”
That hip bone is where the thigh muscles attached. Along with a shoulder bone they’ve recovered, the researchers believe these bones show Thunder Thighs had unusually powerful muscles for moving the legs forward.
Now, it could be those muscles were for moving long legs like a giraffe. But they could instead have been used for kicking, as in this illustration showing Thunder Thighs fending off a raptor attack. (Video source: University College London)
The lead researcher leans toward a kicking dinosaur, telling the Guardian other ways its kick might have been used.
“Brontomerus mcintoshi could deliver a kick nearly three times as powerful as that from similar-sized sauropods, a weapon that males may also have unleashed on each other when fighting over females... ‘It may be that males lined up next to each other, side by side, and kicked the crap out of each other...’ ”
Paleontologists previously thought long-necked dinosaurs died out after the Jurassic period. But recent finds including Thunder Thighs show sauropods kept kicking for another 50 million years.
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Springtime is here--and so is the weather. There have been reports of up to 116 tornadoes ripping across eight states over the past few days--and meteorologists say it’s not over yet.
DAVID KERLEY: “That high tide is pushing all this water inland in to tributaries, this is one of them. This is Chesapeake Bay--it looks a little bit more like an ocean today. What’s left of tropical storm Ida is contributing to an unusually early in the season nor’easter.” (Video Source: ABC)
A nor’easter is a storm that always travels to the northeast from the south--with winds also coming from the northeast. But storms have moved in every which direction over the course of the past week--including an EF-3 tornado in Oklahoma.
“An EF-3 can contain wind gusts of up to 165 mph. [County Commissioner Gilbert] Wilson said the tornado started four or five miles west of Tushka and traveled east, destroying homes and the school in the town about 120 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.” (Info: News OK)
As for the tiny town of Tushka, Oklahoma itself--an NBC video surveys the damage on a destroyed high school.
REPORTER: “Survivors are struggling to piece together what’s happened and what comes next. Some of the most severe damage was at the high school.”
MAN: “From a school stand-point, a total loss. I don’t see a possibility of having school in these buildings again.”
HIGH-SCHOOLER: “We don’t even know where we’re going to hold our graduation.”
REPORTER: “Just one of so many questions this community and others in the strike zone must answer.”
..and KWTV reports even more problems for the Sooner State--looters.
JACQUELINE SIT: “There’s a lot of people misplaced from their home this morning, just like this puppy, who actually just literally walked up to me right now, seems like he’s misplaced from his home, too, but unfortunate incident that’s going on out here in Tushka, Oklahoma this morning. Officials tell us that there’s a lot of officers patrolling the area to keep the looters out of certain neighborhoods as well and they’re waiting for the sun to come up to get a better evaluation of how expensive this damage is.”
CBS spoke with professional storm chaser Reed Timmer, who says the storms that have hit the southern United States were some of the largest he’s chased in his entire career.
REED TIMMER: “The number of storms was substantial. I think we were chasing at least six or eight different tornadic supercells and the environment was so perfect for such a large area, the conditions were setting the stage for a historic outbreak.”
But it wasn’t just Oklahoma that was hit hard--this video is from Mississippi. Other southern states like Arkansas and Alabama were also slammed. (Video Source: WDBD)
The New York Times reports on the damage in Arkansas-- which includes trees up to eight feet wide ripped from their roots and utility poles snapped like toothpicks.
“In Arkansas, most of the fatalities were caused by trees and heavy branches falling on mobile homes, ...Among the victims was a 6-year-old boy … who was sleeping on a couch in his family’s house when an enormous tree crashed through the ceiling and crushed him, the authorities said.”
So far, media reports the death toll across the southern states from the tornadoes is seventeen.
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Calling all Wonder Woman fanboys! Lynda Carter says she's very moist, very wet, and she thinks that's very wonderful.
I guess she's talking about lipstick or something.
Originally recorded on VHS tape from KWTV, channel 9 in Oklahoma City, on October 22nd, 1984.
I thought about adding music to this video but the comments are much more entertaining.
The video recording came from News 4, KFOR. I just happened to be recording when this started.
The News piece below came from News 9, KWTV in OKC. Wanted to give credit where it's due on those.
DEL CITY, Oklahoma - Two men and a woman suspected of burglarizing a home led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit through several cities in the metro Friday afternoon.
Just before 5 p.m. Friday, two Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputies were at the intersection of Britton Road and N. Luther Road in Harrah when they noticed a white Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a flatbed trailer.
Just moments after the trailer drove through the intersection, a witness alerted the deputies that the people in the SUV, later identified as 24-year-old Wesley Kidder, 23-year-old Bethany Hightower, and 23-year-old Curtis Spencer, were seen burglarizing a home in the 11000 block of N. Dobbs in Harrah.
The deputies attempted to stop the SUV and at Britton and Indian Meridian Road in Jones. However, the driver of the SUV refused to stop and took off at a high rate of speed.
At one point, the SUV was recorded driving more than 110 mph. During the pursuit, one of the suspects unhooked the trailer from the vehicle while it was moving at Post Road and Lejean Drive in Midwest City.
Deputies say they terminated the pursuit due to the fact that the driver was driving into oncoming lanes, and even crashed into a pole. They were able to keep track of the suspect vehicle through local news coverage from helicopters, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The pursuit ended after the suspects crashed the SUV in the area of Reno and Sunnylane in Del City.
The suspects took off running on foot but were quickly apprehended by law enforcement officers. Officers had to taser one of the suspects to get him under control.
Kidder is facing charges of second degree burglary, larceny of a trailer, eluding a deputy, driving under the influence of drugs (meth,) reckless driving, and failure to stop at a roadblock.
Hightower will be charged with second degree burglary and larceny of a trailer.
Spencer also faces charges of second degree burglary and larceny of a trailer. He had an outstanding warrant for violation of a deferred sentence.
The three suspects were transported to the hospital to be checked out for their injuries. They will be booked into the Oklahoma County detention center.
Police were able to confiscate a number of drugs and paraphernalia along the pursuit.
Let the Supersizing Begin!
Originally recorded on VHS tape from KWTV, channel 9 in Oklahoma City, on October 22, 1984.
What's the tallest THING we've ever built? How tall will we EVER be able to build?
music by: http://www.Soundcloud.com/JakeChudnow
see two sunrises/sunsets and calculate the Earth's Radius: http://www.darylscience.com/downloads/DblSunset.pdf
also HERE: http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~dns/teachersguide/MeasECAct.html
Tallest Structures TIMELINE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_three_tallest_structures_in_the_world
Tallest list incorporating building/structure distinction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_and_structures_in_the_world
falling person and terminal velocity: http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/phy00/phy00012.htm
KWTV, first radio mast taller than the Empire State Building: http://www.fybush.com/sites/2004/site-040129.html
radio mast collapse VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx4k9gXAZEM
Dubai and Burj Khalifa in fog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo3pY_jmn2w
Pictures of Burj Khalifa: http://www.owips.com/burj-khalifa/
Burj Khalifa and Ramadan: http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/burj-khalifa-residents-must-fast-a-little-longer-2011-08-07-1.411516
Shuttle / ISS height: http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/activities/botec_orbit.html
Sunrise from orbit VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nF5RXQxDH4
XKCD Date Idea" http://blog.xkcd.com/2009/04/06/a-date-idea-analyzed/
Space elevator: http://www.spaceward.org/ (be sure to enjoy the Conan Space Pirate Toy .gif)
Another possible way to make a super-tall structure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_fountain
As I recall, I was helping a friend install a stereo in his car when this was aired. Sure glad I didn't put my life on hold to watch one of the biggest disappointments in American television history. Originally recorded on VHS tape from KWTV, channel 9 in Oklahoma City, on April 21st, 1986.
An Oklahoma man has old riding lawn mowers as far as the eye can see, some being repaired, some just used for parts. KWTV's Rick Well's visited the 'lawnmower graveyard'.
Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife Beth met with lawmakers in Oklahoma City in an effort to pass bounty hunter legislation in the Sooner State. KWTV's Rusty Surette reports.
An Australian baseball player studying at East Central University was allegedly shot dead as he went for a jog. According to police, one teen said they didn't have anything to do, so they decided to kill someone. Lisa Monahan of CBS station KWTV reports.
A resident of Moore, Okla., described to KWTV how her family survived the tornado that tore through the suburb of Oklahoma City.
"Caught On Tape:" KWTV captures an exclusive aerial view of a high speed car chase and subsequent arrest by police officials of two suspects in Oklahama City.
Tana Clymer, an Oklahoma City teen, unearthed a rare 3.85-carat canary diamond in an Arkansas state park. The diamond could be worth between $15,000 and $60,000. KWTV's Evan Anderson reports.
In the wild, Bonedigger, the lion, may consider Milo, the wiener dog, lunch. But at the GW Zoological Park, Bonedigger and Milo are best friends -- Milo even cleans Bonedigger's teeth. KWTV's Dana Hertneky reports.
Two Oklahoma City men are now behind bars after a wild police chase that lasted almost an hour before finally coming to an end. KWTV's Michael Konopasek reports.
Habitat for Humanity finished its first house for victims of the May tornadoes in Moore, Okla., just three weeks after construction began. The nonprofit organization plans on building 400 homes for tornado victims over the next five years. Chris McKinnon from KWTV reports.