We’ve all seen balloon animals. You’ve got your poodles, giraffes, and swords that make a child’s birthday fun for about five seconds. But for World Balloon Modeling champion Mark Verge, that’s just kid’s stuff.
Mark has built one of the world’s largest balloon sculptures, a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex. This humongous balloon animal had to be made in haste before the balloons went extinct, all 1,400 of them. It’s 12-feet tall and 43-feet long and was constructed in about 40 hours in two days.
Verge makes big sculptures, including costumes, dump trucks, and motorcycles, winning six world competitions. He can also do the clown stuff, but with a little thing we call “artistry.” He can make a monkey on a tree and a fish on a rod, which, honestly, are almost as cool as the dinosaur.
Check out this latest episode of the “Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made” for more.
If there’s one thing we know about reviving dinosaurs for a theme park, it’s that it all starts with something encased in amber.
Dr. John Hammond in the film Jurassic Park resurrects the dinosaurs with a sample of blood from a mosquito. Who knows what he could do with this: A 99-year-old feathered dinosaur tail, which was recently discovered in a Myanmar market.
The amber is “roughly the size of an apricot” and “captures one of the Earliest moments of differentiation between the feathers of birds of flight and the feathers of dinosaurs.” Though, because of these feathers, the dinosaur was probably unable to fly. This means scientists could actually see the color of the tail, which was “described as chestnut brown with a pale or white underside.”
Of course, up until now, we had thought that discovering something in amber was the first step toward opening a theme park of dinosaurs and getting your grandchildren attacked by a velociraptor or something. But we do we know, we just saw Jurassic Park. It’s not like that makes you an expert in dino attacks and how to prevent them.
Like many of these types of amber, this one was actually meant to be sold as jewelry. This was just one of two dozen purchased from a Myanmar market. Lisa Xing of the China University of Geoscience, who led the research, told National Geographic that because conflicts between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Army are “nearing end,” the Hukawng Valley, where these ambers are found, will open up and more discoveries can be made.
"Maybe we can find a complete dinosaur.” he said.
And all we can do is watch in horror as this paleontologist casually begins a Jurassic Park scenario that we’re all destined to become wrapped up in.
Walking with dinosaurs on Cable Beach in Broome. There are hundreds and hundreds of ancient trackways along the coast, but it is rare to find them so close to the tourist precinct because of the deep white sands. A shift has revealed four tracks, which were found by Bindi Lee Porth as she beachcombing this week. ABC's Matt Bamford filmed the tracks at sunsetPosted by ABC Kimberley on Monday, September 5, 2016
While walking on Broome, Australia's, Cable Beach, a woman stepped into a giant bird-like footprint of a Tyrannosaurus-like dinosaur that had been revealed by receding sands on the highly-popular tourist beach area.
The area has had dinosaurs discovered there before, but never in such a high-trafficked area, around so many tourists. Current theories are that the dinosaurs are actually still living amongst us, dressed in mumus, and getting their hair braided while on beach vacations, or training for Australian Navy exercises.
Read more about the discovery here.
Actual photo of Labor Day on Cable Beach:
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Google is investing "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in virtual-reality (VR) films and programs they want to put exclusively on their new hybrid store/software service called Daydream, which will debut in a few weeks.
They have quietly recruited web and YouTube stars like the Donal twins, Justine Ezarik, and more, and partnered with video game producers and sports leagues for the biggest VR initiative they've ever invested in.
Your Android will get a push rolled out on Monday to support Daydream, so we will soon get a chance to evaluate it for ourselves. I know i'm pretty psyched to try out being a first-person VR dino-killer in Island 359.
For more information, go here.
This is one of the largest new dinosaurs ever discovered. It's so new, it hasn't even been formally named by paleontologists. It probably weighed about 70 tons. Now a cast of the bones is on display at the American Museum of Natural History.
Here's a video of how they put it all together: