deadstate assassin fly

Check out this amazingly well-preserved fossil of a 100 million year-old fly

Here is probably the most pristinely preserved prehistoric insect you’ve ever seen.

Even better, the specimen is preserved in a three-dimensional setting, hovering in a chunk of amber. The amber fossil is of an Assassin Fly, which is an insect that lived over 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period.

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From Smithsonian Science:

“The transparency of these amber fossils gives researchers a new window into the ecology of the Cretaceous period, and sheds light on the evolutionary history of a family of flies that has withstood the test of time for millions of years,” said Dikow, a research scientist in the Department of Entomology. “The fossils of these ancient flies are so well preserved that you can almost imagine them flying around in our world today.”

The translucent amber fossils preserved the imprint of the new species—rather than the tissues themselves—and provided researchers with their first three-dimensional look at a fossilized assassin fly. Dikow identified the new species after studying the morphology of a male and female specimen using a microscope. Distinct features that are not found in modern species of assassin flies include long, flattened antennae, a unique v-shaped eye structure and spiny hind legs.

deadstate de niro vine

You won’t believe this, but Robert De Niro is making Vine videos now

Robert De Niro isn’t the first person you’d think of when it comes to the Internet sensation of making Vine videos. But apparently he’s made his first one, and it’s actually pretty good.

After seeing the short clip for the first time, some people might be wondering if it was a completely spontaneous thing done with Deniro not really knowing what was happening, but an appearance by the Vine king himself, Jerome Jarr lays all that speculation to rest.

As you’d expect, De Niro plays it subtly and brilliantly.

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deadstate fact of life

Here are 33 painfully true facts about life explained in graphs

These graphs are somewhat sarcastic, but you’ll find that for the most part, they’re true.

Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoonist Anders Morgenthaler are a fairly successful cartoon duo, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen their work before. Their most recent accomplishment was becoming a regular cartoon strip in the New York Times.

How many of these graphs can you identify with?

Look:

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deadstate cop blows a fuse

Watch this cop blow a fuse while harassing a citizen who actually knows his rights

Ever wondered what happens when a cop confronts a person who actually knows his/her rights?

In this particular case, it resembles a petulant child not getting his way and then throwing a tantrum. The problem is that when a petulant child is wearing a badge and carrying a gun, people’s rights sometimes get violated. Luckily there was a more cool-headed and rationale officer on the scene to get between the citizen and the raging cop.

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