Dinosaurs http://nhpr.org en 3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard, Dinosaurs & The "Pee Bus" Project http://nhpr.org/post/33114-oculus-rift-sabermetric-revolution-audio-orchard-dinosaurs-pee-bus-project <p>Facebook is making headlines once again with its two billion dollar acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus VR. Today on Word Of Mouth, a look into why the social network has put so much stock in virtual reality. And it’s opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Baltimore Orioles today. Fans are hoping this year’s roster will bring them to the World Series again, but how much can we <em>really</em> predict at this point in the season? And are stats the final word?</p><p>Producer <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> has been scouring record stores for the best new music offerings in a new segment we're calling The Audio Orchard.</p><p>Then we talk with a <em>National Geographic</em> columnist who argues for lifelong love of&nbsp; dinosaurs.</p><p>Finally, NHPR environmental reporter <strong>Sam Evans-Brown </strong>brings us the story of a UNH "pee bus" project. Urine, it turns out, can be pretty useful.</p><p></p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:55:21 +0000 Word of Mouth 45910 at http://nhpr.org 3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard, Dinosaurs & The "Pee Bus" Project Creatures In The Night http://nhpr.org/post/creatures-night <p>Wildlife tracks in the snow indicate of a lot of coming and going in the nighttime world.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why are so many animals active, given their limited ability to see in the dark?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's the obvious reason: division of resources helps avoid competition.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A red-tailed hawk hunts the same fields by day that a great horned owl hunts by night.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Night also offers some animals protection from their main predators.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mice lie low by day, but in the wild—and in my house—they come out at night.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:07:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 42697 at http://nhpr.org Creatures In The Night The Tyrannosaurus-Sized Problem With 'Celebrity' Dinosaurs http://nhpr.org/post/tyrannosaurus-sized-problem-celebrity-dinosaurs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A lot of kids go through a &ldquo;dinosaur phase,&rdquo; begging &nbsp;parents to buy every book with a Tyrannosaurus on the cover. While the T-Rex, Velociraptor and Tricerotops have a kind of celebrity status among dino-crazed kids, the truth is not so static. For nearly three centuries, an ever-growing fossil record and scientific progress reveals the importance of a number of unsung species that may have far more to tell us about ancient biology than our popular paleo-crushes.</p><p><strong>Brian Switek</strong> is author of <em>My Beloved Brontosaurus</em>, a book about the history of paleontology and the transformation of dinosaurs in the popular imagination.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:39:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35882 at http://nhpr.org The Tyrannosaurus-Sized Problem With 'Celebrity' Dinosaurs Dinosaur Day Unearths The Latest In Paleontology http://nhpr.org/post/dinosaur-day-unearths-latest-paleontology <p>Love dinosaurs?&nbsp; Want to learn more about the latest in paleontology?</p><p>This Saturday, the <a href="http://www.mos.org/public-events/triceratops-cliff-hosts-dinosaur-day">Museum of Science, Boston</a> offers dinosaur enthusiasts the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from paleontologists from around the U.S. about their research and theories.&nbsp;<strong> <a href="http://www.mos.org/public-events/triceratops-cliff-hosts-dinosaur-day">Dinosaur Day</a> </strong>begins at 10 am, with presentations and panel discussions throughout the afternoon. The not yet annual event, will focus on the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratopsidae" target="_blank">Ceratopsidae</a> family—frilled and horned dinosaurs—much like “Cliff”, the 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil currently on-loan at the Museum.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:12:24 +0000 Jeanne Timmons 23888 at http://nhpr.org Dinosaur Day Unearths The Latest In Paleontology