February 24, 2012 |
A plant that was frozen in Siberian permafrost for about 30,000 years has been revived by a team of Russian scientists - and borne fruit, to boot. Using tissue from immature fruits buried in fossil squirrel burrows some 90 feet below the surface, researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Pushchino managed to coax the frozen remains of a Silene stenophylla specimen into full flower, producing delicate white blooms and then fruit. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describe what is a record for reviving presumably dead plant tissue - and may provide clues as to what makes some plants hardier and longer-lived than others.
July 30, 2012 |
The head-to-head battle of two animated giants in China turned out to be a rout. Twentieth Century Fox's "Ice Age: Continental Drift" destroyed Universal Pictures' '"The Lorax" at the box office after both opened Friday -- the first salvo in an effort by the country's largest film distributor to depress ticket sales of Hollywood movies. Released through China Film Group, the fourth "Ice Age" film grossed $15.7 million, while "The Lorax" took in only $964,000. Fox was helped by securing far more theaters: 3,500, compared with just 1,060 for Universal.
July 12, 2012 |
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" will float to the top of the box office chart this weekend, as the animated 3-D sequel is expected to freeze out all of the competition. The fourth installment in the popular series featuring a group of prehistoric mammals will probably debut with a solid sum of between $50 million and $55 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Twentieth Century Fox is predicting a softer domestic opening of $35 million to $40 million.
October 25, 2009 |
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20th Century Fox, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 At times, this third go-round for the prehistoric mammals of the "Ice Age" franchise feels like a sitcom nearing the end of its run. Some characters are settling down and starting families, others are feeling jealous and shut out . . . it's all a bit of a bummer for a kid flick. The movie improves, though, once the titular giant reptiles show up and the "Ice Age" crew discovers a lost world below the ice. The special edition DVD and Blu-ray come loaded with extras, including a commentary track, deleted scenes, interviews with the voice talent and bonus shorts featuring the slapstick character Scrat.
July 1, 2009 |
There are so many things going on in "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," what with Scrat getting a girlfriend, Ellie about to deliver a mini-mammoth, Sid contemplating adoption, Diego dealing with age issues and Manny worried about everything, to say nothing of the huge tropical world of dinosaurs that they've just discovered under the ice, you'd think the movie would zoom by in a Paleozoic flash.
May 7, 2013 |
Would Ice Age man understand us? It may depend on the words we choose. Digging through languages in Eurasia for "fossil" words that have escaped erosion over time, researchers say they have identified an ancestral language that existed as far as 15,000 years ago. This ancient language, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may have given rise to several different language groups - including Indo-European, which boasts roughly...