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Robert McNeill Alexander obituary

Zoologist and expert in the field of biomechanics who gained fame for his work on dinosaurs

With his magnificent beard, stature and wise manner, Robert McNeill Alexander, known to his friends and family as Neill, who has died aged 81, was precisely the sort of person the Victorians would have expected to find as a professor of zoology: impressive, charismatic and admired for his work on dinosaurs. An enthusiastic science communicator and adviser to numerous television programmes, including the BBC’s Walking with Beasts (2001), he was also a prolific author, writing close to 30 books and more than 250 scientific papers. His early work played a crucial role in establishing the field of biomechanics, introducing concepts and methods of analysis that became widely used.

His early work in the 1960s and 70s was unlike anything that had gone before. His books Functional Design in Fishes (1967), Bones: The Unity of Form and Function (1994) and
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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on February 1, 2015

Netflix is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows in February -- but don't panic! As we previously reported, several BBC series including "Doctor Who" and the original British "The Office" that were once set to leave Netflix on Feb. 1 are staying put. However, several other BBC titles will be disappearing Feb 1. According to Variety, bid a sad toodle-doo to "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder" and "Mi:5." (Don't worry, "Sherlock" isn't due to expire anytime soon.)

As for movies, the clock is ticking on "Zodiac," "Batman Returns," "Apocalypse Now," and "Mad Max," which will also be pulled in the monthly purge.

Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers):

Netflix Titles Expiring February 1, 2015

"A Bit Of Fry And Laurie" (1987-1995)

"Airheads" (1994)

"Allosaurus: Walking With Dinosaurs Special" (2001)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State" (2005)

"Batman Returns" (1989)

"Blackadder
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Blu-ray Review: Dinotasia Does The Impossible, It Wastes Werner Herzog

About five minutes into David Krentz & Erik Nelson's CG animated feature, Dinotasia, the thought occurred to me that this film didn't look any better than any number of Discovery Channel TV programs. Suffice it to say, I was not surprised to learn Dinotasia does, in fact, find its origins in a Discovery Channel series titled Dinosaur Revolution. That being said, I'm a fan of those programs. My son and I watch shows like Clash of the Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts, and Monsters Resurrected all the time. However, this film was marketed as a stand alone feature, and I feel as though that is a bit of a sketchy description.The ideas behind Dinotasia are certainly interesting. The filmmakers wanted to create short vignettes following one or two...
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Breaks $1 Billion Worldwide, And This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things (But 3D Dinosaurs Help)

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And this time, as per The Hollywood Reporter, those furriners who complain incessantly about the ignorance of U.S. citizens only have the right to give us 1/3 of the lumps for making Michael Bay's latest cinematic travesty a rousing financial success. The biggest success in the franchise, no less, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon's U.S. ticket sales currently around $340 million and the international gross boasting about $660 million. No doubt, some of the movie's box office mojo stems from it being released in 3D, "requiring" higher ticket prices, and that is likely a contributing factor for the other two movies that have reached the $1 billion mark this year, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II, respectively.

Huh. Maybe it's the long ass titles that are the key?

Anyway...

Not only does this mean that Michael Bay will continue
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