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How to celebrate New Year's Eve in style: Fun in a Fossil

To promote the international exhibition in the Crystal Palace (Sydenham , London) for New Year's Eve 1853 twenty-one distinguished guests were invited to a banquet inside the unfinished model of an Iguanodon , sculpture made by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins under severe examination of leading anatomist Richard Owen to celebrate the new discovered proudly-prehistoric monsters of Victorian Britain.The invitations for the eight course dinner, accompanied by fine wine and some noble sherry, were written on the outstretched wing of a paper-pterodactyl:" Mr Waterhous Hawkins requests the honour of - - at dinner in the mould of the Iguanodon at the Crystal Palace on Saturday evening December the 31 st at five o ' clock 1853 an answer will oblige...

December 31, 2011 — David Bressan

In case you forget, softshell turtles are insanely weird

I wanted to use this photo because it’s weird and interesting, not because I have anything particularly insightful to say about softshell turtles. The animal shown here is a Florida softshell Apalone ferox that I photographed in captivity earlier in 2011...

December 31, 2011 — Darren Naish

Video: The science of champagne

If you're reading this post, congratulations! You've made it to the end of 2011! You may be going out tonight to ring in the new year with friends and family, and if so, there's a good chance that you'll be sipping some champagne when the clock strikes midnight...

December 31, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Faster-than-light neutrinos: a timeline

2011 has been a busy year for particle physicists. They've found a new particle, closed in on the elusive Higgs boson, and witnessed some neutrinos acting pretty strangely, amongst other things...

December 31, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

2012 Resolution: The Girl That I Intend To Be

It's 8:09 PM here in Hawaii - hours until we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012. We're one of the last to experience the ushering in of the new year, and thus I have had a lot of time to think about my new year's post...

December 31, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Memorable links from the first half of 2011

2011 was an exciting, stressful, occasionally scary, and very fruitful year for me, personally and professionally. I hope you are all pleased with the way life treated you this year.

December 30, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Stars That Go Out With a Bang

When a star becomes a white dwarf — an old, extremely dense star that would have once been similar to our own Sun — the eventful part of its life is over.

December 30, 2011 — Kelly Oakes

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