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October 23, 2014

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7:00 AM | The Strange Story Of Lord Minimus, Dwarf To King Charles I
Only 48 centimeters (19 in) tall, by all accounts perfectly proportioned, and the son of a man in the employ of the Duke of Buckingham, Jeffrey Hudson made his first court appearance when he was served to Charles I and his queen, Henrietta, in a pie. Quickly becoming a favorite of the queen, Jeffrey traveled with her on her trips between England and France, was captured by pirates more than once, lived for some time as a slave, and is said to have later served England as a spy. More about his […]

October 22, 2014

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6:56 PM | Roman Gladiators' (and a Gladiatrix's?) Diet
A press release is going around about a dietary analysis of Roman gladiator skeletons from Imperial-era Ephesos, headlined "Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training."While I haven't had time to carefully and thoroughly dissect the publication, which came out last week in PLoS (Losch et al. 2014), it seems reasonably sound. The published C/N isotope ratios are totally in line with what we'd expect from the Roman diet--and also show the variation […]
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5:00 PM | 45,000-Year-Old Man Was Human-Neanderthal Mix
A Siberian man who was part human and part Neanderthal is shedding light on when Africans first successfully settled in Europe and Asia...and mated with Neanderthals who were already living there. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | 'Hobbit Humans' Actually Might Not Have Been Human
The Hobbit Human descended from the more-ancient, pre-human group Australopithecus, argues one of the world's leading anthropologists. Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Was John Snow more of an empiricist than the miasmatists?
If you know anything about epidemiology, you know that the iconic Broad Street pump in the Soho district of London is the site of what is considered to have been the first modern, epidemiological study.  This is where the man remembered as the first epidemiologist, John Snow, in the first empirical study of its kind, demonstrated that cholera is a waterborne disease.  Or at least that's the legend. John SnowThe story is well-known in the field of epidemiology, but also beautifully […]
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7:00 AM | Why Early Christians Revered Pontius Pilate As A Saint
Calling Pontius Pilate a saint would sound incongruous to modern Christian ears. How can this man, the Roman prefect who ordered Jesus to be flogged and handed him over to be crucified, be considered a saint? Yet, that was exactly how some early Christians viewed him---a Christian convert who was ultimately martyred for his faith. The post Why Early Christians Revered Pontius Pilate As A Saint appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

October 21, 2014

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9:39 PM | Urbanites Prefer Manly Men, Feminine Women
Preference for ultra-masculine men and ultra-feminine women is an urban habit, a new study suggests. Continue reading →
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7:31 PM | Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe
Read and watch the stories behind the statistics on the site of The Guardian: Moaaz, Majd, Rasha, Kinan and Khalid – who fled war-torn Syria to embark on a perilous trip to reach Europe.
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3:44 PM | Ebola Patients Generate 440 Gallons of Medical Waste Daily
Each Ebola patient produces a staggering amount of waste that includes everything from the oft mentioned bodily fluids to contaminated bed sheets. Continue reading →
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3:05 PM | Charlas Hablando de Ciencia en Málaga
Quedan pocas semanas para que la segunda edición de Desgranando Ciencia sea una realidad así que, para dar a conocer el proyecto entre el mayor número de personas y lograr una asistencia masiva al mismo —que es uno de los … Continue reading →
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1:45 PM | The Future of Cemeteries
If there is anything that we’ve learned from the past, its that there are a myriad of options for dealing with the deceased. The way the deceased are buried or […]
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9:41 AM | DNews: Drinking Alcohol Can Really Mess with Your Sperm
All it takes is one drink a week for sperm count and overall quality to be degraded, at least that's all it took in a study of 1,200 Danish soldiers. Ross Everett stops by to explain.
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9:13 AM | The Musician Inspired By Mushrooms
Vaclav Halek is inspired by mushrooms. (No, not in the way you’re thinking. ) This Czech composer claims every mushroom has its own unique song, and it just so happens that he has the ability to capture their mycological music. The post The Musician Inspired By Mushrooms appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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9:00 AM | And it's even worse for Big Data.....
Last week we pointed out that the history of technology enabled larger and more extensive and exhaustive enumeration of genomic variation, to apply to understanding the cause of human traits, important diseases or even normal variation like the recent stature paper.We basically noted that even the earlier, cruder methods such as 'linkage' and 'candidate gene' analysis did not differ logically in their approach as much as advocates of mega-studies often allege, but more importantly, all the […]

October 20, 2014

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5:18 PM | DNews: Healthy Food Three Times the Cost of Unhealthy Fare
A study out of the U.K. finds healthy food prices rising three times faster than less healthy foodstuff. Tara find out why it takes bigger bucks to dine well.
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5:11 PM | #TrueStoryASA Social Experiment: Exposing racial profiling
A revealing social experiment on racial profiling.
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3:30 PM | 'Oldest Parisian': Neanderthal Fossil Suggests Hunting Injury
One of three newly found prehistoric arm bones, likely from a Neanderthal, suggests that the individual had a muscle injury near the shoulder.
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11:56 AM | DNews: There's More to Why We Blink Than Meets the Eye
It turns out there's a whole lot more to our blinking habit than merely keeping our eyeballs moist and clean. Trace explains why what we're doing impacts how often we blink.
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9:00 AM | 'Obstetric dilemma' skeptic has c-section and remains skeptical ... & ... Why my c-section was natural childbirth
This is a new kind of Tale for me. The rock'n'roll's turned way up, and every couple sentences I have to stop typing to twirl a blue hound dog, a bear holding an umbrella, a Flying Spaghetti Monster, and other oddities that I strung up to hypnotize this little guy into letting me type one thought at a time:The thing that needs to be hypnotized.Or the three wise monkeys say: The thing that makes it impossible to create or to dwell on the negative. (e.g. his birth by c-section)That young […]
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7:08 AM | What Juries Are Never Told Before Trial
Most people think that the verdict in a criminal or civil prosecution can only return a verdict of “guilty” or “not guilty." However, it has been a long-standing cornerstone of common law that a third verdict can also be returned by a jury. That verdict is one of “nullification,” which in layman's terms basically means that although the defendant is guilty in the eyes of the jury, that same jury does not think that the defendant deserves to be punished for his or […]

October 19, 2014

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7:00 AM | The Difference Between Being Anal-Retentive And Having OCD
We all know those people who need to have things just so. Their tendencies might be the target of jokes, but those with real obsessive-compulsive disorders can find that their need to have things just right or their need to repeat things over and over again can ruin their lives. When habits become time-consuming, cause a person mental or emotional distress because they can't stop their thoughts, and when their compulsions---which they do in order to try to alleviate that distress---only make it […]

October 18, 2014

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7:00 AM | Patience Worth, Writing From The Spirit World
Between 1913 and 1937, Patience Worth wrote almost four million words, and her works of literature were counted among the nation's best. The weirdness happens when you tried to talk to Patience. Patience was long dead, a spirit channeled through Pearl Lenore Curran, an uneducated housewife from St. Louis who began writing through a typewriter and dictation after abandoning the Ouija board she'd first used to contact the spirit. The post Patience Worth, Writing From The Spirit World appeared […]

October 17, 2014

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7:09 PM | 'Plainclothes Man' Near Ebola Patient at Risk?
A look at guidelines concerning protective gear finds that there is a lot up to interpretation. Continue reading →
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4:29 PM | Prehistoric climate – wish you were there?
Last week I wrote about how cyclical variation in Earth’s orbit influences the long-term climate here on the surface. I also left you on a cliff-hanger promising knowledge of how we know what we know regarding climate in the deep past. This week, I give you the answer: oxygen. Atoms or isotopes? A very quick […]
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3:35 PM | Bones - Season 10, Episode 4 (Review)
The Geek in the GuckEpisode SummaryTwo tween boys trying to evade their parents' internet block manage to find a dead body on a satellite map of the shore along the Potomac River. Offscreen, the body is recovered and brought to the Jeffersonian.  Brennan and intern Jessica Warren see a narrow sciatic notch and partially defined lower extremity of the pubic face to conclude that the individual was a white male in his 20s. Hodgins estimates based on blowfly larvae that the body has been on […]
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3:30 PM | New Technique Helps Find Consciousness in Coma Patients
Some patients who are in a coma may be aware of their surroundings even though they can't visibly communicate with others, and now, scientists have found a new way to help identify these patients.
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1:30 PM | Junk Food Diet Worse for Male Brains
Eating a high-fat and high-carb diet resulted in inflammation in the brain -- at least in male mice.
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12:03 PM | DNews: Living Near Highways Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death
A new study finds a correlation between living near a major roadway and an increased risk, in women, of suddenly becoming dead. Wait, what? Tara takes a closer look.
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10:00 AM | Quarantines: Why They Don't Work Well
Even in the face of a disease like Ebola, people value freedom and convenience over the public good.
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9:00 AM | BigData: scaling up, but no Big message
As technology has advanced dramatically during the past few decades, we have been able to look at the relationship between genotypes and phenotypes in ever more detail, and to address phenogenetic questions, that is to search for putative genomic causes of traits of interest on an ever and dramatically increasing scale. At each point, there has been excitement and a hope (and widespread promises) that as we overcome barriers of resolution, the elusive truth will be found. The claim has been […]
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