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Scientists in Scotland have found a prehistoric behemoth: a previously unknown species of reptile that lived in the oceans during the time of dinosaurs. And before you ask, no, scientists do not believe this new fossil has anything to do with the Loch Ness Monster.

Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte, at the University of Edinburgh, led the team that characterized the new reptile species, in a study published online Monday in theScottish Journal of Geology. Brusatte says you could be forgiven if you were to mistake it for a dinosaur.

“It looks like a dinosaur, but it isn’t technically a dinosaur,” he says. “Dinosaurs didn’t live in the ocean.” The new reptile is from a class of marine creatures called ichthyosaurs.

Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not ‘Nessie,’ But Just As Cute

Image credit: Todd Marshall/University of Edinburgh

Caption: An artist’s rendering of what Dearcmhara Shawcrossi probably looked like in dinosaur times.

Sea World. By Alexis Rockman.

“Rockman likes to play with our expectations of what’s normal. In the painting called Sea World, an audience watches as a collection of marine animals performs tricks, but the animals are nothing like the killer whales and dolphins we’re used to seeing.

"They’re familiar because of their roles,” says Rockman. “Some of them are familiar from paleontological history. You have a Dunkleosteus, which to me is the most frightening predator in history. It’s a Devonian fish that’s now, luckily for humans, extinct, but it was enormous and very frightening.”

The sea creatures, somehow restored to life in a theme park, hint at a future where cloning makes re-creating extinct animals possible.

“That’s part of his signature style — to make the familiar seem foreign to make our world seem otherworldly,” says Joanna Marsh, curator of the exhibition. And genetic engineering, she says, “is a recurring subject in Rockman’s work." npr

The average American commuter spends 42 hours per year stuck in rush-hour traffic, according to one recent study.

More than four decades ago, West Virginia University thought it had found a solution to urban traffic woes: It built a transportation system known as personal rapid transit, or PRT.

Instead of riding with dozens of others on a train car or bus, PRT pods carry a small number of people. And instead of making stops, PRT takes you directly to your destination, nonstop.

To its supporters PRT makes total sense, yet there are only a handful of PRT systems in operation around the world.

Why Nonstop Travel In Personal Pods Has Yet To Take Off

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The First American Teenager, Millennia-Old And Underwater (NPR)

Tess Vigeland: Let us contemplate the American teenage girl, perhaps the very first one. Apparently, there’s been some scientific debate about who she is and whether she hails from the same gene sequence as what we think of as the first Americans, American Indians. And when I say gene sequence, we’re not talking about Skinnies from Urban Outfitters. NPR’s science correspondent Joe Palca has the story of a very old American teenage identity crisis.

In this Oct. 25, 2013 photo, divers illuminate Hoyo Negro, an underwater cave in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula where the remains of ‘Naia,’ were found. (AP Photo/Roberto Chavez Arce via Science)

You get a voicemail message from a friend. Her voice sounds a little … weird. Like a chipmunk who had too much to drink.

After her message, you’re told you can push a button on the phone and hear another kind of message: say, job listings in your neighborhood or tips on how to stop the spread of Ebola.

That’s how a new game called Polly works. It was designed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University to help get useful information to people with little or no reading skills.

How A Drunken Chipmunk Voice Helps Send A Public Service Message

Illustration credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR