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Meet Spinosaurus

In All Things Considered, Dinosaurs, Godzilla, National Geographic Museum, North Africa, NPR, Paleontology, Spinosaurus, T. Rex, Thomas Holtz, University of Chicago on September 12, 2014 at 3:17 am

t-rex-v-spinosaurus_mediumScientists have unearthed a dinosaur larger than the T-Rex in an area of North Africa paleontologists have dubbed “river of giants….the most dangerous place in the history of our planet.” Read the fascinating story how Spinosaurus came to be here.

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Culinary Flirtation

In Chicago, Food, News, NPR on March 28, 2013 at 1:57 am

Illinois of all states is leading the push to ban lion meat, yes, lion meat. Apparently food enthusiasts are on the prowl for good lion, but at what cost to the lion population? NPR takes a look at the trend, its consequences, and how Illinois is a main player. Read the story here.

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.Matt York/AP/npr.org

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.
Matt York/AP/npr.org

“Turns out that Illinois was really the key actor in it all, both in terms of acquisition of lions, slaughter of lions and then, ultimately, the packaging of lion meat.”

Musical Alchemist

In All Things Considered, Music, NPR, Pop Culture on March 10, 2013 at 3:30 am

Ukrainian musician and engineer, Oleg Berg, has started an internet trend altering popular hit songs from their major or minor chords to the opposite and thus changing the song’s feel entirely. NPR looks at this trend and the broader issue of how the human brain processes music and the emotional cues presented by a major or minor key. Listen to the full story here.