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A Fossil Hunter In England Unknowingly Discovered A Pickled Dinosaur Brain 

A fossilized dinosaur brain, easily mistakable for a rock.

Jamie Hiscock of East Sussex, England has a knack for spotting incredibly preserved remnants of life.

Five years ago, he and his brother, both fossil enthusiasts, were walking along the beach when they noticed a remarkable piece of amber. When scrutinized in a lab, it turned out to hold the world’s oldest spider web. The siblings have also found fossilized bits of Iguanodon, a roughly 30-foot dinosaur that roamed the earth around 130 million years ago.

So when Hiscock picked up a small, brown doodad in Bexhill, Sussex in 2004, he knew it wasn’t any old rock. But he had no idea it’d be the first example of a fossilized dinosaur brain.

“I noticed there was something odd about the preservation,” he said in a statement. “It wasn’t until years later that its true significance came to be realized.”

Hiscock took the sample to Martin Brasier, a paleobiologist at the University of Oxford, with whom he had worked before. On Oct. 27, over a decade later, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Western Australia published their findings that what Hiscock had actually found was the first example of preserved dinosaur brain, likely also an Iguanodon, from about 133 million years ago.

“The preservation of brain tissue in this way is so unbelievably unlikely that it just shouldn’t have happened—yet here it is,” says Martin Smith, a paleontologist at the University of Durham in the UK unaffiliated with the paper.

The research team concluded that the sample was basically pickled. We usually think of pickling in its culinary application, but the basic method used to turn cucumbers into pickles is an act of preservationthat can be applied to any organic matter: adding acid and preventing oxygen exposure creates the perfect environment for certain (safe-to-eat) bacteria to thrive, and these crowd out other bacteria that would ordinarily decompose your cucumber.

In the case of the dino brain, the team concluded that the dinosaur must have died near some kind of swampy, acidic body of water. When the animal died, its head likely worked its way into the sediment at the bottom of the water. While bacteria living in the water began breaking down the rest of the dinosaur, they simultaneously used up all the oxygen present. So the head was left in a sort of Jurassic pickling jar.

Eventually, the soft tissue hardened through the normal fossilization process.

“The level of preservational detail is astounding—with individual blood vessels, each narrower than a human hair, standing proud of the brain surface,” Smith says. This kind of detail, “is only present due to the rapid impregnation of the original tissue by phosphatic minerals, which must have occurred hours to days after the organism’s demise.”

The team examined the brain using a powerful electron microscope that uses a beam of electrons to create an image of the specimen. They provide for much finer detail than standard microscopes, which use light wavelengths—and enabled the scientists to see exactly what this particular brain fossil was made of.

The dino brain appears similar to the brains of modern-day reptiles, but because it wasn’t a complete brain, the researchers can’t say for sure how intelligent this animal may have been.

Soft-tissue fossilization of any kind is extremely rare. Although Hiscock is holding onto the brain for now, he’s in talks to have it placed in a public museum.

Source: A Fossil Hunter In England Unknowingly Discovered A Pickled Dinosaur Brain

Hungry Man Chased By Police Stops At In-N-Out Burger 

Forget outstanding warrants, this guy has an outstanding appetite.

The suspect in an Arizona car chase took an unexpected detour on Wednesday, stopping at the drive-thru of an In-N-Out Burger as he attempted to elude authorities.

Deputies in Phoenix attempted to arrest 35-year-old Joshua Adkins, who had an outstanding warrant, AZ Central reports.

Police, hungry for justice, say they began tracking Adkins with a helicopter after he failed to comply with authorities.

It’s pretty rare that someone stops for a burger during a police chase.

Unfortunately for Adkins, the food was not fast enough. Helicopter footage shows Adkins appear to order a meal, only to drive away empty handed.

Police eventually arrested Adkins on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement, aggravated assault-domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.

Joshua Adkins.

Source: Hungry Man Chased By Police Stops At In-N-Out Burger

Miley Cyrus confirms engagement, admits ring is not her ‘aesthetic’ 

Raunchy Miley Cyrus shots building MTV buzz?

Miley Cyrus cleared up the rumors about her engagement ring on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday when she returned to the show after recently hosting it in Ellen’s absence.

When the host asked “The Voice” coach about her bling, Cyrus said, “It’s very weird because this is, like, real jewelry and most of my jewelry is made out of like gummy bears and cotton candy and they don’t look that good together because they kind of mix up. So sometimes I replace it with an actual unicorn or a Looney Tune. And he’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, this isn’t my aesthetic, but I’ll wear it ’cause you love me.'”

Cyrus has kept her personal life private since rekindling the flame with former fiance, Liam Hemsworth, in January. The back-on couple attended their first public event together since their previous split earlier this month at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon, where they posed for pics together.

They’ve also made several appearances on one another’s social media accounts (even if they were off-camera). The pair initially split in 2013, shortly after Cyrus’ headline-making performance at the MTV VMAs.

In addition to repping her man with her giant sparkler, Cyrus is also a big advocate for Hillary Clinton. After previously supporting Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in the primary, Cyrus has gone out on the road to campaign for Clinton.

“As someone who was openly supporting Bernie Sanders, I was kind of speaking to those people who now find themselves undecided, which I find ridiculous,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer said. “In life we don’t always get the choices that we want. We don’t always get what we want. You do with what you have, so these are your choices. It’s terrifying if someone besides Hillary Clinton — we shouldn’t even say the name — becomes president. I think she’s a total goddess and I just love her and I’m just excited to see her for the next four and maybe even eight years.”

Cyrus noted that she was upset by Sanders fans who are refusing to vote for Clinton. She explained that it was Sanders’ support of the LGBT community from the beginning that attracted her to his campaign.

“Hillary, I think she’s grown,” Cyrus said. “We should celebrate progress and not perfection.”

Source: Miley Cyrus confirms engagement, admits ring is not her ‘aesthetic’

How To Avoid Katy Perry In Public: A Strategy Guide By Taylor Swift 


If the pop music world were a chessboard, Taylor Swift would undoubtedly be grandmaster Bobby Fischer, checkmating her competitors with strategies so complex they never see them coming.

So when Swift found herself in a room with her own personal Boris Spassky ― aka Katy Perry ― and shared ex-boyfriend John Mayer at Drake’s 30th birthday partyover the weekend, she kicked that beautiful mind into high gear and carefully crafted a plan to avoid them all night long.

According to US Weekly, when the pop star discovered that Perry and Mayer were also in attendance, she just stayed put.

“Taylor stayed at her table [with the] crew she came with,” a source told the magazine. “Taylor was ready to party when she got there, but when she realized Katy and John were there, she just stayed put at her table.”

“She didn’t want to make a big scene and leave when she saw they were there too,” the source added.

Perry and Swift have apparently been engaged in some sort of pop-star blood feud dating back to 2014, when the “Shake It Off” singer hinted that a female artist, which everyone quickly deduced to be Perry, tried to “sabotage an entire arena tour.”

The fact that Perry dated Mayer after his romance with Swift certainly didn’t help matters, but neither did Swift’s thinly veiled lyrics to “Bad Blood.”

In retrospect, the real mastermind behind this mess is whoever put together that invite list.

Source: How To Avoid Katy Perry In Public: A Strategy Guide By Taylor Swift

Brad Pitt Child Abuse Investigation Reportedly Expanded To Focus On Multiple Alleged Incidents 

The investigation into Brad Pitt’s alleged child abuse has been expanded to focus on all of the actor’s kids with Angelina Jolie, a source connected to Jolie said.

Initially, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services had focused their investigation on a specific incident involving the former couple’s 15-year-old son, Maddox. It was reported that Pitt became “verbally abusive” and “physical” in front of his children while the whole family was on their private plane.

The investigation was meant to close by the end of October, according to In Touch, but a source told the magazine it “was not closed on schedule for a reason.” The outlet claims the extended investigation is a result of new accusations against Pitt, including multiple alleged instances of verbal abuse.

“The DCFS investigation is now going to continue for at least several more weeks,” the source added.

According to TMZ, the DCFS will investigate other alleged incidents, including some between Pitt and Jolie which were reportedly witnessed by some of their children. A source told the outlet some of the estranged couple’s kids have been fearful around “The Big Short” actor.

News of the alleged child abuse was first reported by TMZ, shortly after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September. According to a source who spoke to People, as of last week, the DCFS investigation was “absolutely ongoing.”

Jolie and the children were also reportedly interviewed by the FBI about Pitt’s behavior. Apparently, the agents were trying to determine whether or not there was enough evidence to support the child abuse claims to warrant an investigation.

“The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed,” a source told Us Weekly. “They’re looking into charges of assault.

The source told the outlet that the FBI “will likely investigate for another few weeks” and once they finish “they will present the case to the prosecutor, who will evaluate whether they feel the need to bring charges against Brad.”


Source: Brad Pitt Child Abuse Investigation Reportedly Expanded To Focus On Multiple Alleged Incidents

Ryan Reynolds Receives The Best Comment From Taylor Swift For His 40th Birthday 

To third-wheel or not to third-wheel?

You can learn a lot from someone’s Instagram activity. For example, apparently Taylor Swift is that newly single friend who tells her couple friends just how adorable they are on social media.

The couple friends in question are none other than Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who celebrated Reynolds’ 40th birthday at his favorite restaurant in New York City on Tuesday.

Swift, who cemented her friendship with the couple at the 4th of July Hiddleswift bashwe shall never speak of again, gushed over Lively’s sweet post about her husband in a comment on Instagram, according to E! Online.

“Thanks guys,” she wrote. “Now I’m drowning in tears of joy.”

Note that she’s not just happy for them. She’s drowning in tears of joy.

Lively apparently threw a party for Reynolds complete with balloons, party hats and rabbit masks at the sister restaurant of the place they first fell in love ― the high-end Japanese eatery O Ya. (Evidently, the sushi catering budget on “Green Lantern” was astronomical.)

“[O Ya] We fell in love at your restaurant in Boston. We stay in love at your restaurant in NY,” the actress shared on Instagram. “Thank you for the BEST food and memories! You are our FAVORITE!!”

Reynolds returned the social media love later that night, writing: “Best. Birthday. Everrrrr. Courtesy of my wife, buddy, and international spy, [Blake Lively]. With huge thanks to my favorite restaurant in NYC, [O Ya] — and a special shout out to our children for not ruining everything like they planned.”

Ugh, look at us. Now we’re drowning in tears of joy.

Source: Ryan Reynolds Receives The Best Comment From Taylor Swift For His 40th Birthday

Adele Endorses Hillary Clinton During Miami Concert

The presidential election may be only two weeks away, but that didn’t stop Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from making a surprise appearance at Adele’s Miami concert Tuesday night. And good thing she did ― Adele took a moment between songs to announce her support for Clinton’s campaign.

“I am English, but what happens in America affects me too,” Adele told the audience,according to a Clinton campaign aide. She added: “Don’t vote for him. … I can’t vote, but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton. I love her, she’s amazing.”

NBC’s Adam Kuperstein caught the moment Adele told fans not to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the video below:

Adele with Hillary Clinton in attendance at Miami concert: “Don’t vote for him!” @AAarena (via Aaron Resnick)

Unclear if Adele knows HRC is in the audience tonight. If so, she hasn’t mentioned it and HRC has no plans to go on stage, per an aide.

It’s unclear whether Adele knew Clinton was in the audience. Still, the singer likely is aware that the Democratic nominee is a fan.

During a March interview with SiriusXM, Clinton said she was a big Adele fan. “That is my go-to voice, she added.

Source: Adele Endorses Hillary Clinton During Miami Concert 

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