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Harvesting dinosaurs from Ghost Ranch [Video]

Tyrannosaurus rex, Palais de la Découverte, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Once in a while, we come across a news story of paleontologists finding a dinosaurfossil in some part of the world. The significance of the fossil is then explained and the news story is buried into the depths of our mind to be excavated out the next time, there is a similar news story.

But there is a lot more than happens between discoveries, which is left out of the story but if you would like to witness it, you could simply visit, the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a hot bed for finding dinosaur fossils.

In this episode of the Shelf Life, you can see how dinosaur fossils are excavated and prepared to be brought back to the American Natural History Museum to be added to their vast collection and studied some day.





Excavations in Ghost Ranch began in the year 1928 and continue to this day.

How mass surveillance can actually help us

The face of Edward Snowden is etched in history as the man who brought out in the open the mass surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency of the United States. While the very idea of mass surveillance raises questions about the government's right to mine data, keep its programs classified for purposes of national security and also our right of privacy in this digital age, there is also the other side of the coin, which we are failing to look at, the side where mass surveillance can be used in a positive manner, to help people. This is the kind of surveillance, Telenor did in Pakistan.
Surveillance of phones in Pakistan 
For those who might not be aware, the city of Karachi in Pakistan has been afflicted with the deadly disease of dengue for many decades. At the time of writing this post, there are 2896 dengue fever cases reported in the province of Sindh in Pakistan this year, of which 2829 are reported in Karachi alone. It is only a matter of time, before the virus …