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April 18, 2015

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3:31 PM | Un nuevo amanecer
Son tiempos dificiles, no obstante la gran mayoria mira con optimismo el futuro. La posibilidad de cambiar muchas cosas es un activo que no debemos descuidar, sobre todo en un país con rostro joven como el nuestro.Pedro
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7:00 AM | How The Wright Brothers Set Back Aviation History
The Wright brothers are generally credited as being aviation pioneers, but it's up for debate just how much they held back the field. After confirming their craft could fly and could be controlled, they sat on the design for some time while they tried to get someone to buy it sight unseen. When that didn't work---and when they were being surpassed in technology and advances---they settled for trying to slap everyone with lawsuits. Their idea man spent much of his time in court, and it's […]
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6:36 AM | Why is it so hard to find a good tradesperson?
Where have all the good builders gone? Image credit: clement127 I would very much like to spend spring playing in my garden – but there’s not much point trying to do anything until the paving is down. It’s a big job, and not one that we can confidently do ourselves, and so we’re trying to hire a tradesperson to do it. Last week I rang three different companies. I got through to one guy right away. For the other two I had to leave messages, and quite frankly I was […]

April 17, 2015

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6:01 PM | Tribe Found to Host Amazing Array of Bacteria
The world's record for bodily bacterial diversity has just been shattered by a remote living tribe of healthy villagers who might be better prepared to fight off infections than we are.
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3:05 PM | E-Cigarette Use Triples in US Teens
Some two million U.S. high school students tried e-cigarettes last year, a rate that tripled in just one year.
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2:45 PM | SAA2015
I am currently at the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco, but when I return I’ll be sharing the new bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology news with all you! Stay […]
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1:48 PM | Weeks 43 & 44 Volunteering at The Royal College of Surgeons
Apparently my last post about volunteering at the College didn’t publish so I’m combining weeks 43 and 44 into one post. For both weeks I carried out the same task as I am still working on the Stack Collection, which contains small vial of deciduous teeth. I definitely getting better at identifying the teeth types […]
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7:00 AM | The First Detectives Of The Final Frontier
Raymond Harris and Raymond Purdy aren’t just ordinary Earth-bound detectives. They’re space detectives. These guys catch crooks and expose crimes using satellite images and the occasional drone. And while they aren’t chasing down extraterrestrial thugs, they can definitely solve thefts, frauds, and environmental crimes. The post The First Detectives Of The Final Frontier appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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7:00 AM | “Estadísticamente significativo”. El valor p y sus controversias
En 2008 la revista Nature publicaba un artículo de lectura obligada para todo aquel que divulgue ciencia. En él, Heidi Ledford llamaba la atención sobre algunos de los términos científicos más difíciles de definir, y uno de los ocho elegidos … Sigue leyendo →
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3:38 AM | Is there more to locking up than personal safety?
Do you lock the door to your home when you’re inside during the day? Or do you leave the door open if you are just running out for a minute? Some people, even in unforgiving New York City, do not.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:38 AM | Is there more to locking up than personal safety?
Do you lock the door to your home when you’re inside during the day? Or do you leave the door open if you are just running out for a minute? Some people, even in unforgiving New York City, do not.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 16, 2015

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4:31 PM | DNews: The Power of the Placebo May Be in Your Genes
The placebo effect, where you can take something dopey like a sugar pill and somehow feel better, has baffled scientists ever since they've been aware of it. Would it surprise you to know the effect may not be in your head but in your genes?
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2:00 PM | Giving 3D Scanning a Porpoise: Faunal Remains from UWF's Collection
This evening at the Society for American Archaeology conference (6-8pm, Grand Ballroom Salon A for all you who are also here!), graduate student Mariana Zechini and I will be presenting a poster on our efforts to scan and print some of the interesting faunal remains in UWF's zooarchaeological collection.  Throughout the last academic year, Mariana has scanned, printed, and painted: sea turtle, porpoise, mallard duck, gopher tortoise, great blue heron, river otter, and gray fox.  These […]
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12:03 PM | Not yet, on sustainability, it seems....
This post is triggered by the beginning of the biking season here.  Joy of joys!!  When the snow's gone and the temperature gets far enough above freezing for weaklings like me to venture out on my bike, I like to see what's changed along the many various paths that are here, since the previous autumn when I put my bike in the basement to wait out the long, icy winter.  My usual reaction is that an important message hasn't gotten through at all.We live in a land-grant university […]
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7:42 AM | Making progress
It will be a while yet before the paving is sorted out, but we’re making progress in the garden. A sunny weekend allowed us to put the arbor back up, although it can’t yet sit in its final location: The arbor will have to wait a while to be covered in climbing plants And we may not have our fire pit yet, but a cheap BBQ bucket meant we could have the first BBQ of the year: It was a bit cold and windy, but Ryan still managed to cook dinner outside :) The fold-away washing […]
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7:00 AM | How A Buddha Statue Cleaned Up A California Neighborhood
Dan Stevenson is probably the most peaceful vigilante on the planet. His neighborhood was full of drug dealers and sex workers, and people were turning his street into an illegal garbage dump. Fed up with the crime, he fought back in the strangest way imaginable: by setting up a statue of Buddha. The post How A Buddha Statue Cleaned Up A California Neighborhood appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 15, 2015

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6:00 PM | Knuckle Cracking Produces Mysterious White Flash, Gas
White flashes and gas associated with knuckle cracking have researchers further investigating this common habit.
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4:50 PM | DNews: Novel Ideas Put Forth for Tackling Tumors
Treating brain tumors by feeding them polio? Injecting tumor victims with scorpion venom? Huh?! It may sound odd, but those are two quite serious new tumor-busting methods under study right now.
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3:30 PM | Why Humans Have Chins
The prominence of the chin may simply be a side effect of the rest of the face evolving to be smaller.
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2:00 PM | Triumphs and Tribulations in Teaching (AAPA 2015 Poster Session)
During last month's American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference, I participated in a really interesting poster session on Triumphs and Tribulations in Teaching, organized by Laurie Kauffman and Jessica Westin.  We talked about the possibility of putting all the posters up on the web for wider dissemination following the conference, and I offered my blog as a platform for that. Following is the abstract for the session, as well as the titles and authors of each poster. […]
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7:00 AM | The Youngest Living Sword Swallower In The World
It may seem like an illusion or magic trick, but sword swallowers actually do suppress their gag reflexes to pass a sword down their throats into their stomachs. At just 16 years old, Haley Hall is the youngest living sword swallower in the world even though the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) prefers that these entertainers be at least 18 years old. But the SSAI's president was willing to work with Haley because she had the support of her parents, the determination to […]
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5:44 AM | A Day in the Life of Poo!
A day in the life of poo! So I absolutely need a cartoonist to do a follow of this fab comic from Newcastle Civil Engineering and Geosciences, on showing how useful poo in it's various forms is in archaeology! Such an under-appreciated source of information, ancient poo from both humans and animals has a whole lot to contribute to our understanding of diet, health, environment, and early animal management in the past. And not forgetting that animal dung was (and is) and important fuel use in […]

April 14, 2015

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9:22 PM | NYC Murder Trial: The Problem With Confessions
The murder trial of a man in a high-profile disappearance of a young boy hinges on whether his confession was true. Continue reading →
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5:10 PM | DNews: DNA May Not Be the Sole Player in the Inheritance Game
Trace brushes us up on the ABCs of DNA and then recounts the findings of new research that could rewrite what we thought we knew about inherited traits.
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2:30 PM | DNews: Do We Need to Think Less to Learn More?
Learning new things can be tough, even for the sharpest knives in any drawer. It might be that thinking too much about what you're trying to learn gets in the way of actually learning it.
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10:12 AM | Seeker Daily: Plastic Surgery Tourism on the Rise in South Korea
In America, we're no strangers to plastic surgery but South Korea eclipses even the U.S. in this field. Are people who undergo plastic surgery succumbing to vanity or are there larger societal forces at play?
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9:00 AM | Have gorillas really inbred themselves into the future?
By Anne Buchanan and Ken WeissBBC Earth headline: "Inbreeding Makes Mountain Gorillas Genetically Healthy." We are so tempted to add an exclamation point to that, but we won't.  Anyway, you know it's there, whether we add it or not. Everyone 'knows' that inbreeding is bad; what a juicy story!And, to summarize, the story is this: Mountain gorillas are an endangered species, surviving now in just two small groups in central Africa, a total population of only about 800 individuals. […]
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7:00 AM | William Cimillo, The Runaway Bus Driver
William Cimillo was a New York City bus driver back in the 1940s. He was a hard-working guy, never complained, and was even recognized for his exemplary work ethic. But eventually, the daily grind was just a little too much for Mr. Cimillo, and in 1947, he left his route and drove south, heading straight for Florida in his bus. The post William Cimillo, The Runaway Bus Driver appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 13, 2015

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3:50 PM | DNews: Do We Have Anything to Fear From X-Rays?
We get them during routing dental exams and we get zapped with them in the emergency room -- what's a little radiation, right? Julia explains how X-rays work their magic and recounts how they were discovered.
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2:20 PM | Allergy Season: Surprising Facts You Need to Know
This allergy season is expected to be a doozy. Arm yourself with facts to get through.
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