Welcome to the first Random Roundup, in which we spotlight otherwise-unrelated articles that all happen to share some arbitrary criterion — in this case, Jurassic Park, which we apparently reference pretty often. In addition to realizing that my pop culture knowledge apparently stopped in 2001, I felt these articles deserve a second look from readers. If you enjoy these, try poking around the archives and see what other ancient articles you might unearth. -BILL FERRIS
Teen Tech Week begins March 8
“Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” This warning by Jeff Goldblum in the cinematic classic Jurassic Park is as true for discussing the hazards of reckless information consumption as it is for warning of the dangers cloning giant prehistoric monsters. Kinda.
Dragon DNA and other genetics fun: Genetics Web Lab Directory
However, you will certainly find something you can use in your classroom to help your students understand the difference between factual genetics exploration and wishful thinking.
Be part of a Tyrannosaurus dig at Unearthing T.rex
While we can’t see these elite predators in action now that Jurassic Park 4 has been canceled, we can take a look at the excavation of a dead one.
Watch Genetics in Action: DNA from the Beginning
Being an English major, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around some of the sciences. Most of my knowledge of genetics and DNA comes from Jurassic Park. Lucky for me I found a slick site called DNA from the Beginning, which uses flash animation to spell out DNA basics.
Extract DNA from Bananas
Thanks to this experiment, genetic research has never seemed so simple. Remember the lessons of Jurassic Park, though, and be careful while messing around with the building blocks of life. You don’t want to have a bananasaurus on your hands. On second thought, yes you do.
Awesomeosaurus: New Carnivorous Dinosaur Discovered
That’s right, paleontologists have found a new dinosaur. This new species is one of the largest carnivorous dinos ever, which is way cooler than if it they’d found an herbivore. These critters apparently roamed Africa 95 million years ago, along with Jurassic Park III star, Spinosaurus, which surely led to some thrilling territorial struggles.
Photo credit: niznoz on Flickr.