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Thursday, October 28, 2010

UTexas CT scan lab screened on Wired Science

Flipping through the channels during a break in the World Series broadcast Wednesday (Oct. 27), I saw Wired Science on KLRU 3. In the what’s coming up list for the show, it listed “Virtual Paleontology.”

The digitized 3D  image of a dinosaur skull from the High Resolution X-Ray CT lab.

The digitized 3D image of a dinosaur skull from the High Resolution X-Ray CT lab.

I kept checking back to see if the segment was about the High Resolution X-Ray CT Facility at The University of Texas at Austin that makes scans of fossils to reveal their shapes in three dimensions.

The segment starts with a paleontologist hunting dinosaur fossils in Virginia. Not promising, I thought. But he finds something that needs a deeper look and the next shot is of the Littlefield Fountain with the Tower in the background.

Yes, it was about the CT lab. Wired Science interviewed Tim Rowe, the head of the CT lab. He’s a professor of geological sciences and director of the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab.

The lab is where the fossil bones of Lucy, the hominid who lived 3.2 million years ago, were scanned under top-secret conditions in 2008.

Watch the segment on the Wired Science Web site.

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