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Dating pinpoints volcanoes that killed half of species, split continents.

New techniques for dating rocks have helped narrow the time frame of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half of the world’s species 200 million years ago, a study said Thursday.

The result is the most precise date yet — 201,564,000 years ago — for the event, which is known as the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event, said the study, published in the journal Science. The event was the fourth mass extinction in the history of our planet.

The eruptions “had to be a hell of an event,” said coauthor Dennis Kent, an expert on paleomagnetism at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
They may offer a historic parallel to the human-caused climate change happening today, by showing how sharp increases in carbon dioxide can outpace vulnerable species’ ability to adapt, researchers said.

The new analysis narrows the estimated date from its previous range of up to 3 million years to just 20,000 years at most — a blink of an eye in geological terms.

The eruptions caused an already hot Earth to become even more stifling, killing off plants and animals and making way for the age of the dinosaurs — before they, too, were eventually obliterated some 65 million years ago, possibly by another volcanic event combined with a devastating meteor strike.

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A perfect example are the integrated displays. PearsonLloyd had wanted to connect these in a center band to optimize their complexity of articulation. And while this didn’t affect roominess, the band blocked a view into the next row, cutting down on perceived space. So they abandoned the idea. The precise shape of the head/shoulder compartment was honed to accept users of multiple broadness. The lower lumbar adjustments were given massage functions (which sounds like a godsend for anyone who’s gone numb during a long flight). And even the seat textile is wholly custom, bringing in flecks of yellow to warm the otherwise silver sheen. I asked Pearson why many of these pretty obvious improvements hadn’t been made before, why if V-shaped seating is so efficient, it wasn’t simply implemented in the first place? “Simply because design and engineering knowledge evolves,” he responded. “People never arrive immediately at the optimum solution.” Which makes you wonder, with a few more great ideas, how wonderful could Lufthansa’s next new business class be?

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Jenna Jameson Endorses Romney for President, Proves Mitt Wins the XXX Vote.

Jenna Jameson Endorses Romney for President, Proves Mitt Wins the XXX Vote.
The fight for the porn vote is in full gear as adult entertainment performer Jenna Jameson announced at a San Francisco, California, strip club that she is endorsing former governor of Massachusetts and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for president against incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012.

“I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office,” Jameson said while sipping champagne in a VIP room at Gold Club in the San Francisco’s popular South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Jameson’s endorsement, however, seems to contradict her previous political positions when the 38-year-old porn star/entrepreneur appeared on People magazine for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Campaign – and supported Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.

But as it turns out, Jameson’s change of allegiance might have been motivated by Romney’s presidential platform itself. “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office,” said the porn star right after pledging her support for Romney to Gold Club’s patrons who attended the exclusive gentleman club’s 8th anniversary.

And though Jameson’s is an endorsement that Mitt Romney probably won’t brag about when addressing the most socially conservative voters of the Republican base, it could prove very popular during the GOP’s upcoming RNC convention in Tampa, Florida, where the local adult entertainment industry – one of the country’s most popular and prolific – is gearing up for the avalanche of conservative delegates and supporters that will be visiting the state in August.

The question is, will the Democrats let Mitt Romney monopolize the porn vote or will they court Sasha Grey as an alternative to the now Republican author of How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale?

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