Here be dragons


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An interesting article has been published in the scientific magazine Nature today:
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The full text is available at the journal website:


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Trigger Hippie

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Published April 1, 2015.:)

I knew it wasn't a serious article. I just couldn't figure out what they were up too at first. I was fooled in the sense that for a moment I thought that the editorial staff of Nature magazine was replaced by the producers of the History Channel.

They got me.
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I knew it wasn't a serious article. I just couldn't figure out what they were up too at first.

I recall that Nature did it before when the publication date of an issue came at the first day of the fourth month. I also recall that in 1985, Nature published on unnumbered pages an article "The Perpetuum Mobile Is Discovered" by Stefan Marinov. This was not an April fool piece but a paid ad. Here is a comment from the Feedback column in New Scientist (3 October 1985, page 66):
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Action/thriller author Matthew Reilly's latest book The Great Zoo of China plot revolved around the idea that dragons did exist and have been hibernating for the last thousand years or so because the global temperature was too cold, but now its warming up they have started to emerge. China of course has built a Jurassic Park style zoo to keep them but shit goes awry.

But thats just bombastic non-fiction.

Got to hand it to Nature and the odd witty prank, proof that us scientists have a sense of humour too!


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and a few years back in the UK we had a really quite well done pseudo nature documentary from Channel 4 that looked at dragons as a recently extinct species.

Its here if you wanna watch it, but its an hour and a half long. (although as i said as work of fiction its rather groovy and well worth a peep)

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