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August 31, 2014

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3:04 PM | Deep Future of Big History
NEW PAPER: Deep Future of Big History: Cultural Evolution, Technoculture, and Omega Civilization  The epic of evolution has always set my imagination on fire.  Throughout the 13.8 billion years of cosmic existence an interconnected chain of events has resulted in the generation of culture, technology, language, and mind.  What is the nature of this evolutionary […]Deep Future of Big History was first posted on August 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm.©2013 "The Advanced Apes". Use […]
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11:15 AM | Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner - Kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit – 3 september 2014 Aanleiding Er is onder antropologen een toenemende aandacht voor kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit. Antropologische blogs,...
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8:10 AM | Germany’s Artificial, Erupting Volcano
When Germany's prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz went on his coming-of-age tour of Europe, he was absolutely mesmerized by Italy's Mount Vesuvius. There's not much in the way of volcanoes in Germany, though, so what's a crown prince to do? He ended up building his own working volcano, one that fell into disrepair with the toll of the world wars and the Berlin Wall. Now it's been given new life, though, and “erupts” several times a year. The post Germany’s Artificial, […]
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2:38 AM | El mapa de Vinlandia (y III)
Conclusiones y otras suposiciones Con lo dicho hasta ahora, creo que la mayoría estará de acuerdo en que las pruebas científicas apuntan de forma clara y contundente —pese a algunas reticencias recalcitrantes— a que el mapa de Vinlandia es un … Continue reading →

August 30, 2014

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5:29 PM | Love in a mist
Nigella damascena One of my favourite flowers, but one that I have yet to grow, is Nigella damascena, commonly known as “Love-in-a-mist”. It has delicately beautiful flowers, held high on ferny foliage, followed by stately seed heads. I believe it self-seeds quite readily. The picture above shows a predominantly blue mixture, but you can also get a mix called ‘Persian Jewels’ that has a few more colours. I think it would make a nice addition to my Middle Eastern […]

August 29, 2014

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5:11 PM | Glutbusters!
The productive, but labour intensive, kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace Conventional advice for growing your own fruit and vegetables tends to follow one of two tacks – it either assumes you have acres of dedicated space, and the time to look after a traditional kitchen garden, or that you have no space and are limited to a few pots on the patio or the windowsill. It doesn’t resonate with the modern reality of homes being built with ever-smaller gardens and allotments being […]
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11:50 AM | Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Began at a Funeral
An extensive look at the genome of the Ebola virus reveals its behavior, when it arrived in West Africa and how it spread in the region.
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9:06 AM | DNews: How Can Foods Have Zero Calories? Hint: They Can't
Had something with zero calories in it lately? Unless it was water, you haven't. Tara explains why the math is so fuzzy between packaging claims and reality.
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7:34 AM | Genomic cold fusion? Part II. Realities of mapping
Mapping to find genomic causes of a trait of interest, like a disease, is done when the basic physiology is not known—maybe we have zero ideas, or the physiology we think is involved doesn’t show obvious differences between cases and controls.  If you know the biology, you won't have to use mapping methods, because you can explore the relevant genes directly.  Otherwise, and today often, we have to go fishing, in the genome, to find places that may vary in […]
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7:28 AM | Where Buddhist Monks Created A Terrifying Hell On Earth
Looking for a fun vacation with the whole family? Well, you probably shouldn’t visit the Thai hell gardens unless you want to give your kids nightmares. Spread out across the country, these bizarre parks are full of tortured souls, angry demons, and enough gore to make Jigsaw nauseous. These terrifying attractions are meant to scare sinners straight by showing them the horrors of hell. The post Where Buddhist Monks Created A Terrifying Hell On Earth appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 28, 2014

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6:34 PM | Will Brad and Angelina Be Healthier as a Married Couple?
The health benefits of marriage range from improved mood to a stronger immune system. Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Week 20 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
This week was totally focused on the bones in the lower half of the body, minus the patelllas. This included a few articulated pelvic girdles, all the lower leg bones and some articulated feet. All of these bones were very easy to record as they were in good condition. There weren’t even that any pathologies […]
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6:00 PM | 'Hobbits of the Arctic' Traced by DNA
The petite Dorset people went extinct before the Vikings arrived and never mixed with Inuit or Eskimo peoples.
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5:22 PM | El mapa de Vinlandia (II)
Análisis, contranálisis y otras controversias Antes de exponer el trabajo desarrollado por el laboratorio de McCrone, es conveniente que nos detengamos un momento en los resultados de los análisis realizados por los especialistas del Museo Británico en 1967. Arthur David Baynes-Cope, químico … Continue reading →
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5:07 PM | Genomic cold fusion? Part I. Rational and irrational aspects of mapping
I’m sitting here on a smooth, quiet train from Zurich to Innsbruck, a few days after the mini-course that we taught in Helsinki. In this post I want to make a few reflections on things said by people reacting to Facebook or Twitter messages about the course, comments that were too short to do justice to what we actually said.In particular, the issues have to do with the nature of genome mapping strategies and what they are or mean.  There seems to be a good bit of confusion in this […]
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4:57 PM | DNews: Can You Die From a Lack of Sleep?
It's commonly thought that not sleeping for super-long times is a good way to get yourself dead. Trace tells us where that line is, and how long record-setting humans have stayed up in the past.
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4:13 PM | Explainer: Why We Haven't Eradicated a Disease in 37 Years
Since mankind thoroughly eradicated polio, there hasn't been a single human-infecting disease that's been fully removed from the global population. Tara explains how this can be, when we've otherwise advanced so much with our medical treatments.
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12:45 PM | Write Club 2014
September is fast approaching, and whilst I haven’t got a date for moving yet, there are big changes on the horizon. I’m getting a new home, and a garden, and the website is getting a revamp – more on that later, but I’m hoping that will be in October. The new design is clean, clear and very modern, and works very well on mobile devices. It will also be a lot simpler to navigate, for me as well as for you! Whilst I’m otherwise engaged working my way through […]
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9:25 AM | DNews: The Appendix: Not Totally Useless After All
Thanks to new research, the appendix can finally show itself in public again. Tara explains why this formerly pointless organ may not be required equipment but still serves a useful function.
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7:23 AM | Choose a blog post and vote!
Choose your favorite blog post among the nominees at 3 Quarks Daily, and vote here!  (There are 3 MT nominees -- just sayin'!)
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7:14 AM | Your Body Is Many Different Ages
How old are you? Whatever you answered, you'll be glad to know that you're not 100 percent correct. Researchers have now developed an algorithm that examines the amount of patterning and chemical buildup in DNA, allowing them to get a look at just how old the different tissues in our bodies actually are. For example, if you're female, your breast tissue is about three years older than the rest of you. The post Your Body Is Many Different Ages appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 27, 2014

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9:55 PM | Could Climate Change Cause Deadly Epidemics?
Scientists warn that a potentially deadly disease may spread from the tropics to temperate areas of Europe as the result of climate change. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Does Junk Food Make You Crave Junk Food?
Rats who eat junk food not only get fat, but also lose their appetite for novel foods, new research shows. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | DNews: Are Real Autopsies Like the Ones on TV?
With multiple autopsies ordered in the Michael Brown case, the examination has been in the news of late. Tara takes a look at what really goes on during an autopsy.
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12:55 PM | Short Men Divorce Less
New research shows that while tall men get married younger, short men stay married longer. Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | The Bizarre Case Of The Texas Cheerleader Murder Mom
Everybody has heard the saying, "Don't mess with Texas." But you shouldn't mess with Texas moms either, especially if they're crazy. Take Wanda Holloway, for example. When her daughter didn't make the local cheer squad, she devised a murderous plot to make sure her kid would become a star. The post The Bizarre Case Of The Texas Cheerleader Murder Mom appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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12:38 AM | El mapa de Vinlandia (I)
Creo que todos conocemos la historia que voy a resumir: dos horas después de la medianoche del 12 de octubre de 1492, Rodrigo de Triana gritó desde La Pinta «¡Tierra a la vista!», poniendo fin de esta manera a una larga travesía … Continue reading →

August 26, 2014

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8:50 PM | Hangovers Are About Half Genetic
Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don't, and the reason may be in their genes, a new study of twins suggests.
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1:30 PM | Sleep Disorder Makes People Appear 'Totally Drunk'
Sleep drunkenness, more properly called confusional arousal, involves confusion or inappropriate behavior during or after waking from sleep, often with no memory of the experience.
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9:10 AM | DNews: UV Bombardment: The Sun Is Slowly Killing Us
You can run, but you can't hide: We're all getting hit with ultraviolet rays each time we go outdoors -- whether in clouds or sunshine. Trace explains what these killer rays do to our skin.
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