Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…
First up, like the dodos featured in our latest design, four species of birds in the UK are facing extinction. The species include Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes and pochards. The birds have been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds. This represents an unfortunate addition to the list of species in the UK and worldwide that are declining. Read more details from the BBC here.
Second, a new winged dinosaur has been discovered in South Dakota and has been dubbed the “Dakotaraptor” (Dakotaraptor steini). At 17 feet long it is one of the biggest raptors ever found. The fossil shows quill knobs that indicate the presence of feathers, although it’s unlikely that the raptor was capable of flight. See more details and awesome photos from the Smithsonian here.
Third, physicists have created small amounts of anti-matter using particle accelerators, and have found that the attractive forces of anti-protons are similar to those of regular protons. Further experiments may reveal ways in which anti-matter is different from regular matter. More details from NPR here.
Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!