You might be surprised to learn that alcohol-related cancer caused more hospital admissions than alcohol-related violence and road accidents combined (figures for England, 2010-11). This is just one of the findings of a new report published by the Alcohol Health Alliance … Continue reading →
What do these headlines have in common? “People who use sunbeds are 20% more likely to develop malignant melanoma” “CT scans in childhood can triple the chance of developing brain cancer” “One drink a day increases breast cancer risk by … Continue reading →
“TV & COMPUTER CRAZE IS GIVING KIDS CANCER” – The front page of today’s Daily Mirror might give you terrifying visions of cancerous death rays shooting from the screen. Rest assured this is not happening. But today’s papers paint a … Continue reading →
The media’s appetite for things that cause or prevent cancer can be as notable for its sheer volume as for – in some cases – its hype. And food is a key area of interest, because everyone can relate to … Continue reading →
A Danish study into whether working night shifts could affect a woman’s risk of breast cancer is hitting the headlines today. But (as is often the case), when you look beyond the headlines, the picture can become a little less … Continue reading →
Have you ever felt like you behave differently depending on your cultural surroundings? As an immigrant, I know I start mimicking others’ accents and body language once I’m out of my heritage culture. This type of environment-induced chameleon-like morphing is called – quite aptly – “frame switching” in psychology. Scientists don’t really know if it […]
Zhang S, Morris MW, Cheng CY & Yap AJ (2013). Heritage-culture images disrupt immigrants' second-language processing through triggering first-language interference., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: 23776218
Transport yourselves back to sprawling across the living room floor—colored blocks scattered like confetti about the carpet—building the highest towers and fattest spaceships (without directions, of course), all the while ignoring your parents' yelps as they step on a rogue piece. There's nothing quite like LEGO. And certainly there's nothing quite like those ubiquitious yellow, blocky LEGO faces. But a piece in The Daily Mail last week cites that "LEGO faces are getting angrier," and that […]
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Daddy's girl. Photo from freedigitalphotos.net.Let’s take a moment to appreciate just how special dads are. Across the animal kingdom, fathers caring for their young is the exception, not the rule. Paternal care is most often seen in species in which males can be pretty sure that they are indeed the father (for example, in species that fertilize eggs outside of the mothers’ bodies or in socially monogamous species). Mammals rarely act fatherly - Only 10% of mammalian species show
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Do people really still hand pollinate orchards in China? And why don't they just get more bees? A story about the past and a possible future. … Continue reading →
Burkle L.A., Marlin J.C. & Knight T.M. (2013). Plant-Pollinator Interactions over 120 Years: Loss of Species, Co-Occurrence, and Function, Science, 339 (6127) 1611-1615. DOI: 10.1126/science.1232728
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This week, I'm hanging out in Chapel Hill at the Isotope Geochemistry Lab on UNC's campus. I'm here to process human dental enamel from Medieval Germans for strontium, to test the hypothesis that the earliest residents of modern Berlin migrated east from Cologne.
A bit of background for this project: In the early 13th century AD, two towns were built on opposite sides of the Spree River. Called Berlin (or, sometimes, Altberlin) and Cölln, they eventually became one city in the […]
C.M. Melisch & J.P. Sewell (2011). Historische Chance – eine umfangreiche, mittelalterliche bis neuzeitliche Skelettserie
vom ehemaligen St. Petri-Kirchhof in Berlin-Mitte, Mitteilungen der Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte, 32 107-120.