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August 20, 2014

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9:05 PM | Real Paleo Diet: Ancient Humans Ate Snails
Ancient Paleolithic people in Spain ate snails as part of their regular diet, new research suggests.
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8:25 PM | Seals Brought TB to Americas Long Before Columbus
New study challenges the theory that Europeans introduced the disease to the New World.
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6:40 PM | How the Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles
The reason may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter.
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5:30 PM | Could Body Cams Reduce Police Tensions?
While many say that mandating police officers to wear recording devices would lessen unnecessary police force, the reality may be more complicated.
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5:00 PM | Neanderthals and Humans Overlapped for 5,400 Years
Neanderthals did not really go extinct -- they were simply absorbed into the modern human gene pool of Europeans and Asians.  Continue reading →
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2:09 PM | Shattered Lives and Broken Childhoods: A Case Study of Child Abuse in the Archaeological Record.
Recently I have wanted to focus more on human pathologies in archaeology when I came across this article ‘Shattered lives and broken childhoods: Evidence of physical child abuse in ancient Egypt.’ I have never come across an example of this before and therefore gave it a read. Child abuse is clinically classified as the maltreatment of a […]
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1:00 PM | Japanese 111-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Man
The recognition means Japan is now home to the world's oldest man and woman, with 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka taking the female honors.
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11:34 AM | The Parlour Bookshop, Didcot
The Parlour Bookshop, Didcot Didcot is home to a secondhand bookshop. I drive past it everyday on my way to work, but for all that it’s not the easiest place to visit, as it has extremely restrictive opening hours. It opens from 10am to 12:45 and from 13:45 until 16:00, hours that are completely incompatible with anyone who works full time. As this was the first free Wednesday I’ve had since moving to Didcot, it seemed rude not to go and have a gander. It’s a little way […]
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9:00 AM | Blogging isn't catastrophic, but the opposite could be.
Ken and I just had an article published in Evolutionary Anthropology:Catastrophes in evolution: Is Cuvier's world extinct or extant?It's open access, so no need for a subscription to read it.It's the second one we've done (first one is here). The piece is largely the product of many discussions we've had, mainly over email, and these discussions were sparked by posts we had each written for the MT.Beyond how satisfying it was to have these discussions with Ken and to write this paper with him, […]
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7:10 AM | Mondays Are Actually No Worse Than Any Other Day
“I think it’s this poncho, I mean it’s impossible to be unhappy in a poncho. I’m gonna get a sombrero as well. Image that: A poncho-sombrero combo, I’ll be off my tits on happiness.” —Vince, The Mighty Boosh In A Nutshell Mondays are the worst, aren’t they? Back to school, back to work, the weekend […]The post Mondays Are Actually No Worse Than Any Other Day appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 19, 2014

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9:30 PM | Ferguson Follows Long History of Civil Unrest in US
The protests in Ferguson, Mo. are just the most recent in a decades-long history of civil unrest following violence against unarmed African Americans.
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5:27 PM | Street Drug 15 Times Stronger Than Heroin
Apparent heroin overdoses may actually be overdoses of acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin. Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Nominate a blog post for the 3 Quarks Daily science writing prize
If you write about science or if you read about science, and if you like making new friends, earning praise and winning money, or if you would like science writers to make new friends, earn praise and win money, then you should definitely, by the August 22 deadline, nominate something for this:The 5th annual 3 Quarks Daily science writing prize!Information here: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2014/08/frans-b-m-de-waal-to-judge-5th-annual-3qd-science-prize.html3QD editor Abbas […]
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8:53 AM | Review: Mrs Crimble's coconut macaroons
There’s a weekly tradition at work of a meeting that involves cake. A nominated person brings in cakes for everyone else, and we sit and have a natter for half an hour or so. Some people bake; some people buy cakes. There is a slight snobbery about it – baking is better, and if you can produce nicely iced cup cakes, that’s a bonus. I think some of my colleagues are avid fans of the Great British Bake Off. We have various allergies and intolerances we have to cater for, […]
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7:00 AM | How To Tell If A Modern Miracle Is Genuine
Earning the title of "saint" is no walk in the park. If you want to be canonized, you need to perform two miracles from beyond the grave . . . and then things get really complicated. To prove these "miracles" are actually miraculous, the Catholic Church employs 100 doctors who investigate claims of supernatural healing. The post How To Tell If A Modern Miracle Is Genuine appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 18, 2014

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8:30 PM | Smoking Pot and Breast-Feeding: What Are the Risks?
A new mother in Oregon wants to breastfeed her baby even though she regularly smokes marijuana, but experts are concerned about the risks of the drug to the baby's brain.
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5:06 PM | DNews: What Exactly Is Food Poisoning?
Trace takes us on a stomach-churning roundup of the world of foodborne illnesses.
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3:20 PM | Drug Could Regrow Hair in Some with Hair Loss
A drug already used to treat people with other conditions could restore hair growth in patients with one disease that can cause hair loss.
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2:00 PM | Infected Ebola Patients Flee After Attack on Clinic
Club-wielding young men storm the health center, claiming Ebola virus does not exist.
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11:25 AM | DNews: Do Weekends Make Workweek Stress Even Worse?
Ah, weekends ... our dear repose from the chaos of Monday through Friday. But are we fooling ourselves? A new study, and some "I don't like Mondays" rats, have together cast doubt on the idea of a weekend's restorative powers.
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9:57 AM | My temporary spice rack
My temporary spice rack “The important thing is the spices. A man can live on packaged food from here ‘til Judgment Day if he’s got enough rosemary.” Shepherd Book, Firefly We still don’t have a moving date. It feels oh so close, and at the same time, so very far away. It is months now since we put a lot of our things into storage to declutter the flat; my collection of herbs and spices was one of the things deemed non-essential, and I have been left with a […]
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9:00 AM | Logical Reasoning in Helsinki
Ken and I are in Finland this week co-teaching the Logical Reasoning in Human Genetics course that Ken and Joe Terwilliger have taught a number of times in a number of places over the last 10 years.  People in the class, and/or I, may do some live tweeting at #lrhg14. We'll be away for another week or so after the course.  We will do some blogging this week or next if we find the time.  If not, we'll be back the first week of September. Helsinki: Wikipedia
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7:00 AM | The Origin Of Murphy’s Law And Why It’s Real
If anything can go wrong, it will. This pessimistic phrase has been around for a long time, but it was only called Murphy's law when US Air Force colonel John Stapp applied the label after a technician working on his experiments with G-forces showed up with some key components that were completely defective. Until Stapp applied the unlucky man's name to the rule, it was earlier known as Sod's Law. And researchers have found out that it's a real thing---so next time it feels like the world is […]

August 17, 2014

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7:00 AM | The Vicious Booby Trap That Nailed Colin Powell
Back in the 1960s, Colin Powell was a young soldier fighting communist forces in Vietnam. However, he had way more than bullets and bombs to worry about. The enemy had spread booby traps across the country, and during one hike in the brush, Powell learned the hard way that you should always look where you step. The post The Vicious Booby Trap That Nailed Colin Powell appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 16, 2014

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2:46 PM | El primer viaje de nuestra vida
Ficha Técnica Título: El primer viaje de nuestra vida Autor: Juan Luis Arsuaga  Edita: Temas de Hoy, Madrid, 2012  Encuadernación: Tapa blanda con solapas  Número de páginas: 430  ISBN: 9788499981802  Precio: 19,90 €                 Cuando … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | 'Text Neck’ Epidemic Stems from Hunching Over Devices
A doctor believes text neck is a global epidemic that is literally changing the way our bodies should grow.
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7:00 AM | The Bald Knobbers: Missouri’s Deadly Vigilantes
At the end of the US Civil War, law enforcement in the Ozark region of Missouri was basically non-existent, and lawlessness reigned. Fed up with the crime and unpunished murderers, the Bald Knobbers group formed with the noble goal of bringing law and order back to the area. Unfortunately, these masked vigilantes became as corrupt as the people they were fighting against, and although they did instill some order, they did so with violence and terror. The post The Bald Knobbers: […]

August 15, 2014

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9:21 PM | How to conquer the world
Our species Homo sapiens has been around for some 200 000 years, and is generally thought to have evolved from older human species present in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa (University of Utah, 2005). But how did we come to be global (and even lunar) mammals? Debate still rages over how long ago H. sapiens left […]
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6:35 PM | Ebola Crisis Worse Than Reported
The World Health Organization says the crisis has been vastly underestimated. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | 2nd Wave of Isolated People Makes Contact with Outsiders
Pushed out of their home territory by violence, a second wave of people who had been living in voluntary isolation in the Amazon rainforest has made contact with villagers in Brazil.
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