April 09, 2015

7:00 AM | The Unknown Eruption
The early 1800s were unusually cold, with crops destroyed and people starving because of an unseasonal frost. In fact, 1816 was dubbed the "Year Without Summer" and, in a reflection of how many people lacked food, the "Year of the Beggar." Researchers believed that two huge volcanic eruptions were to blame by blacking out the Sun. The second one, the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption, was well known, but scientists struggled to find evidence and details of the first one six years earlier. In […]

April 08, 2015

12:58 PM | New Morbid Terminology: Corpse Medicine
Earlier this week, researchers at Nottingham University were able to recreate a 9th c Anglo-Saxon medical remedy using garlic, onion and part of a cow’s stomach. When I first heard […]

Gordon-Grube, K. (1988). Anthropophagy in Post-Renaissance Europe: The Tradition of Medicinal Cannibalism, American Anthropologist, 90 (2) 405-409. DOI: 10.1525/aa.1988.90.2.02a00110

Karen Gordon-Grube (1993). Evidence of Medicinal Cannibalism in Puritan New England: "Mummy" and Related Remedies in Edward Taylor's "Dispensatory", Early American Literature, 28 (3) 185-221.

12:36 PM | Homeopathy's Shaky Science Gets Boost From New Law
A new Canadian law regulates the homeopathy, but critics fear it legitimizes the disproven treatment. Continue reading →
7:00 AM | The Doctor Who Miraculously Restores Sight In Five Minutes
A lot of people look for a miracle cure to restore their eyesight to normal vision. According to a recent study, more exposure to sunshine can prevent, though not cure, myopia in children. Some people try relaxation exercises like the Bates method to treat certain eye conditions, although this type of method is not scientifically proven and has mixed anecdotal results. For a while, LASIK surgery was all the rage, but at least one former FDA regulator believes the risks were dismissed too […]

April 07, 2015

11:00 PM | Why the Dutch Grow Taller Than Americans
While the Dutch keep growing taller, people in the United States appear to be shrinking. The findings of a new study may explain.
4:34 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 22)
As Roberto Cighetti helpfully pointed out to me on Twitter, Polish archaeologists working at the site of Kamien Pomorski need an osteologist:Inside my head: "Oh, alright, it's a so-called vampire burial.  Fine.  But it's weirdly on a platter because they... Waaaaaiiit... Are those humeri and radii all upside down...?"Out loud: "Oh, FFS.  The humeri are upside down, the right clavicle is wonky, the left scapula is rotated, and don't get me started on the ribs...  But hey, […]
2:11 PM | Near-Death Experiences: The Brain is the Key
The brain, it turns out, is responsible for stopping the heart and not vice versa, a new study finds. Continue reading →
11:06 AM | Seeker Daily: Homero Castro: The Man Who Reinvented Chocolate
The world's chocolate may be in short supply, but don't panic! Cocoa growers are working with a varietal developed by scientist Homero Castro, more than 40 years ago, to ensure we never run out.
9:25 AM | Tea Club: Lotus Leaf Tuo Cha
I’m still behind on my Tea Club tastings, as it’s hard to find the time to settle down and go through the process of getting all the tea things out and making a proper cup of tea. Plus, you have to be in the mood to try something new. We were last night, and so Ryan and I tried Twinings Lotus Leaf Tuo Cha, which comes in individually-wrapped little bricks of tea. To make the tea you unwrap it, rinse it with some boiling water and then let it brew in the tea pot. I thought it […]
9:00 AM | IF: Impact Factor....or inflation factor?
As in many departments, our graduate students and post-docs here in the Penn State Anthropology Department hold weekly 'journal clubs' where recent interesting papers are discussed. Last week, the students discussed the nature, value and importance of tabulations of journal impact factors (IF), basically the citation rate per published paper. There have been many papers and commentaries on this subject in recent years, but this session focused on a paper by Brembs, Button and Munafo entitled […]
7:00 AM | The West German Teenager Who Flew To Moscow Alone
Mathias Rust was a 19-year-old with big dreams. This West German wanted to "build an imaginary bridge between West and East" and help make the world a better place. And what better way to end the Cold War than by flying a Cessna airplane straight into the heart of the Soviet Union? The post The West German Teenager Who Flew To Moscow Alone appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 06, 2015

5:00 PM | Vigorous Exercise Helps People Live Longer
Vigorous exercise, the kind that makes you sweat, get red in the face and breathe hard, may be better than moderate exercise when it comes to living longer, researchers said.
4:49 PM | DNews: Bacteria Is Living in Your Beard
If you think all of your grooming tools mean you've got the cleanest, tidiest facial hair anywhere, think again! Your stylish goat is filled with bacteria. Trace explains whether or not this should actually bother you.
3:45 PM | Many Deaths Predicted from Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs
Overuse of antibiotics spells trouble for our ability to fight off common infections in 20 years, a grim new report says. Continue reading →
1:01 PM | Vijf mythen over islamofobie deel 5 – Islamofobie bestaat niet
Een zesdelige serie over de mythen over islamofobie. Ditmaal deel 5: islamofobie bestaat niet.
10:00 AM | Seeker Daily: America's Dead Malls Getting a New Lease on Life
Online shopping has led many of America's malls to shut down. Now colleges and medical clinics are buying up the abandoned spaces and giving them a new lease of life.
8:40 AM | DNews: All About Exploding Head Syndrome ... Wait, What?
It sounds like a movie Ed Wood might have directed, but exploding head syndrome ifs totally for real. If you've ever woken up to an extremely loud noise whose source you could not pinpoint, you may have experienced it yourself. Trace explains.
7:00 AM | Itching Is As Much In Your Brain As On Your Skin
An itch is defined as a sensation that makes you want to scratch it, and it's thought that the itching sensation and the pain sensations were somehow connected. Now, researchers have been able to isolate the chemical in our bodies that's responsible for transmitting the sensation of an itch to our brains and have successfully engineered mice that can continue to respond to other sensations while no longer being itchy. The discovery can have some incredible implications for those suffering from […]
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