Ancient “Sea Monsters” Reveal How the Ever-Changing Planet Shapes Life, Past and Present

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Ancient “Sea Monsters” Reveal How the Ever-Changing Planet Shapes Life, Past and Present

Never-Before-Seen Fossils From Angola Bring a Strange Yet Familiar Ocean Into View The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibition Nov. 9, 2018 revealing how millions of years ago, large-scale natural forces created the conditions for real-life sea monsters to thrive in the South Atlantic Ocean basin shortly after it formed. [...]

Study: Cells of three aggressive cancers annihilated by drug-like compounds that reverse chemo failure

A new study by SMU biochemists finds that cells of three aggressive cancers are annihilated by drug-like compounds that reverse chemo failure.

Commerce Department selects scientific team to conduct independent abundance estimate of red snapper in Gulf of Mexico

An expert team of university and government scientists will determine the abundance of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as availability of the fish is vital to the region's economy.

Prehistoric puzzle settled: carbon dioxide link to global warming 22 million years ago

The modern link between high carbon levels and climate change didn’t appear to hold true for a time interval about 25 million years ago; but now a new study using a different methodology has found the link does indeed exist.

LiveScience: Newfound dino looks like creepy love child of a turkey and ostrich

A new giant bird-like dinosaur discovered in China has been named for SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, Corythoraptor jacobsi, by the scientists who identified the new oviraptorid.

The New York Times: Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

The New York Times covers the research of SMU locomotion expert Dr. Peter Weyand and his SMU Locomotor Performance Lab in "Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom."

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