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November 26, 2014

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5:18 PM | DNews: Which Holidays Are the Deadliest?
With the holiday season upon us, what better time for a few cautionary notes from Trace about the holidays that rack up the lion's share of death alongside the fun?
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1:55 PM | Contradictory Ferguson Eyewitnesses Not Unusual
Dozens of eyewitnesses offered evidence about the death of Michael Brown, and much of it was confusing and contradictory. Here's why.
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10:00 AM | A Leash of Hemp: Do our brains trick us into thinking we're good at sizing-up strangers?
I wish it wasn't so timely, but maybe this re-post of my reflection on how easy it seems to be to size up strangers is worth a read ...***sourceRunning is a precious 30 or so minutes for me. It's a drug. If the pace and the light and the rock'n'roll in the earpods are just right, it's god. But today while I ran on the old railroad-turned-trail in our neighborhood, everything was more or less ungodly, more or less routine. As always, I passed by many walkers, cyclists, runners, dogs, cats, […]
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8:00 AM | The Difference Between Hobos, Tramps And Bums
Hobo, tramp, and bum are all terms for a person who’s homeless and without a steady job. While most folks use these words interchangeably, there is a slight difference between the three---especially to those who live this lifestyle. To be precise, a hobo is someone who travels from place to place looking for work, a tramp is someone who travels but avoids work whenever possible, and a bum doesn’t care to work or travel. The post The Difference Between Hobos, Tramps And Bums […]

November 25, 2014

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9:00 PM | Ferguson: Why Do People Riot?
Mob psychology feeds a need to belong -- and police efforts can backfire.
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7:16 PM | Weak Brain Spot Links Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia
A weak region in the brain may be associated with both Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Continue reading →
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4:47 PM | DNews: New Data on Eggs Scrambles Old Dietary Thinking
Eggs are working hard to put their bad rap behind them, as evidence increasingly places the LDL problem at the feet of dietary fat and not cholesterol. Matt Lieberman talks up a new study extolling the benefits of a daily egg or three.
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4:27 PM | Bubonic Plague Spreads in Madagascar
As plague claims more lives, authorities scramble to kill infected fleas in the poorest neighborhoods.
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12:20 PM | Riots After Jury Fails to Indict Ferguson Policeman
The town of Ferguson erupted in violence as protesters shot at police and set cars and buildings ablaze overnight after a grand jury chose not to indict a white officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.
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10:00 AM | Let's Abandon Significance Tests
We thought we'd re-run the first blog post Jim Wood wrote (or read), from May 2013, on significance testing.  It was an excellent post the first time, and it's an excellent post again, with a message that doesn't get old.By Jim WoodIt’s time we killed off NHST.Ronald Aylmer Fisher   (1890-1962) NHST (also derisively called “the intro to stats method”) stands for Null Hypothesis Significance Testing, sometimes known as the Neyman-Pearson (N-P) approach after […]
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8:40 AM | The Composting Condundrum
A giant compost heap, like this one at West Dean, isn’t an option in my new garden Clearing the allotment is no simple task – it’s now a 20-minute drive away, and as the weather has turned wet and the ground is sodden, it’s impossible to get the car anywhere near the allotment. Anything I want to bring home has to be carried down to the car park, and transported from there. As a result, there has been a certain amount of prioritising about the things that are worth […]
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8:00 AM | The Greek State That Forbids Female Humans (And Female Animals)
Plan on visiting all the World Heritage Sites? Unfortunately, the republic of Mount Athos is nearly impossible to reach . . . if you’re a woman. Home to somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 Orthodox monks, this Greek republic is the only state on the planet that’s exclusively for guys. The post The Greek State That Forbids Female Humans (And Female Animals) appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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2:30 AM | Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Teen Will Not be Charged
The US policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the Missouri town of Ferguson, triggering weeks of racially-charged unrest, will not face charges, the St Louis County prosecutor said.

November 24, 2014

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7:00 PM | Why Dried Whiskey Under Microscope Looks Like Art
Dried whiskey looks like fine art when magnified thanks to its chemical composition and a cool aspect of fluid dynamics known as the Marangoni Effect. Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Why I'm breaking up with my allotment
Sad scarecrow knows it’s nearly time to say goodbye My allotment and I didn’t meet under the best of circumstances. The man formerly known as my husband had left, I was getting divorced, and I faced the imminent prospect of having to sell my home and the garden I had lavished attention on for more than a decade. The plants I had collected would soon be homeless. Heartsick and despairing, I knew that it would be a long time before I owned my own patch of land again. When I met […]
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5:05 PM | DNews: Your Brain on 'Smart Drugs' Might Be Dumber
If you're already intelligent, but you decide you need to take a "smart drug" like Modafinil anyway, you might be in for a surprise, as new research suggests it could make you stupider. Tara explains.
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11:00 AM | Prolonged Marijuana Use Linked with Brain Changes
Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research.
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8:00 AM | The Bizarre Practice Of Staging Civil War Photographs
During the American Civil War, photography was just coming into its heyday. For the first time, civilians were able to see the horrors of the battlefield---days, weeks, and months after the fighting. Photographers, most notably Alexander Gardner, saw their documentation of the battles as a duty to capture the most moving images they could. And when they couldn't find the right shot, they'd make it by moving the bodies and occasionally adding props. The post The Bizarre Practice Of Staging […]

November 23, 2014

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8:00 AM | Review: Graze (with discount code!)
This one was too tasty to photograph uneaten ;) Whilst I was at university doing my Masters degree, my food options were a bit limited. The shared kitchen was quite often monopolized by two of my flatmates – two Chinese guys who loved to cook, and fill the kitchen with their friends, for hours. If you were very lucky, they also filled the kitchen with chilli fumes, an experience which I think must equate to being tear-gassed. They also monopolized the shared freezers with an amazing […]
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8:00 AM | When Britain Tried To Stop Smugglers With A Hedge
We've all heard stories about how Britain was notorious for imposing taxes on their colonies. One of those taxes was the infamous Salt Tax, which led to the nonviolent protest that kick-started Gandi's career as an activist. Before that, though, the British needed a way to regulate salt and make sure that all the proper taxes were paid on it---so they built a 3,700-kilometer (2,300 mi) hedge, mostly of dwarf Indian plum. The post When Britain Tried To Stop Smugglers With A Hedge appeared first […]
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5:39 AM | Bones - Season 10, Episode 8 (Review)
The Puzzler in the PitEpisode SummarySome protestors at a fracking site found a body in the pit. The narrow subpubic concavity and irregularly lipped ventral margin of the pubic symphysis suggests the victim was a man in his 40s. His left ulna was fractured and he had a cast; a piece of fabric with blood on it was found caught in the cast, and there were clues written on it about vengeance. His bones were quite porous for his age. Saroyan and Brennan note that the remains have less flesh than […]

November 22, 2014

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10:51 PM | The Incredible American Exhibition In Soviet Moscow
In 1959, the Americans invaded Moscow. Only they weren't soldiers with guns. They were artists and fashion models, tour guides and salesmen, and even a few futuristic robots. They were part of the American National Exhibition, an expo that attracted three million curious Soviet citizens, all hoping to get a glimpse of what Americans were really like. The post The Incredible American Exhibition In Soviet Moscow appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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3:38 PM | My lumps, my garlic clumps
Planting garlic ‘in the green I went to the allotment this morning. There has been quite a lot of rain over the last few days, and I didn’t expect it to be dry. But I didn’t quite expect to come home covered in mud, either! I had to wash it out of my hair…. I was digging around in the mud because I wanted to rescue a couple of things. Enough oca tubers for propagation (they were tiny, and few and far between, but there’s enough to start again) and some of the […]

November 21, 2014

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5:29 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 21)
One of my undergraduates pointed out today a Twitter post by Kathy Reichs, the author, of course, of the Temperance Brennan book series on which the TV show Bones is based.*  Reichs' post is a throwback Thursday picture of her working in the lab at the LSJML in Montreal:My student noticed that the scapulae, humeri, and tibiae were mis-sided and not laid out in anatomical position.  Surely, she thought, Reichs would not post a picture of herself with bones in weird positions. […]
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5:05 PM | A kitchen garden for aliens
Himalayan balsam, an ‘alien invader’, growing in the wildlife garden at Birdland Following the news that homeowners who fail to control Japanese knotweed in their garden could face fines or ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders), I thought it might be a good time to think about non-native plants. Now, I am definitely not suggesting that anyone should choose to grow Japanese knotweed, or allow it to spread further than it already has – it’s a problematic plant in the UK. […]
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4:07 PM | For those poor archaeologists that work in the Alps: T.E.A., Taiwanese landscape painting and a bit of facebook
Perhaps October and November are the most difficult months for archaeologists working in the Alps. The summer is over, the first snow already covers the landscape above 1500/1800 masl, so fieldwork is done for the year. To fill this emptiness … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Exercise Plus Fasting May Boost Brain's Neurons
Intermittent fasting and exercise may have some surprising brain benefits, research shows.
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1:50 PM | 1 in 3 Adults Drink Excessively, but Aren't Alcoholics
About a third of U.S. adults drink excessively, but most of these people are not alcoholics, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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10:00 AM | Serial science
Are you hooked on Serial yet?  The current season of this radio series from the makers of This American Life explores whether Adnan Syed, in jail for the last 15 years and sentenced to life for killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee when they were both 18, really did it.  He says he didn't.  His friend Jay says he did.  The question comes down to, what happened in those crucial 21 minutes when his whereabouts are unknown and undocumented, and Hae was strangled?Sarah Koenig, […]
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8:00 AM | The Strange Teaching Career Of Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Gogol, the famed author of Dead Souls, and arguably the most influential writer in Russian history, once tried to teach a class he was not remotely qualified for. He missed most of the lectures, often mumbled incoherently, and showed up at the exam wearing a handkerchief around his head and complaining of a toothache. He had another professor actually administer the testing. The post The Strange Teaching Career Of Nikolai Gogol appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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