October 30, 2014

4:10 PM | How Diseases Inspired Movie Monsters
The forensics of movie monsters reveals that most popular Halloween and horror film characters aren't fearsome. They're just not feeling well. Continue reading →
10:27 AM | New York City’s Resident Raptor
Pale Male is a red-tailed hawk that has lived in New York City for 24 years. He’s managed to survive in the dangerous and poisoned rat--infested environment while seven of his mates have died or disappeared. His hardiness, beauty, and uniqueness have made him a local icon and arguably the most well-known hawk in the world. The post New York City’s Resident Raptor appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
9:57 AM | DNews: How Humans Survive Falling Faster Than Sound
Felix Baumgartner and now Google exec Alan Eustace have each broken the sound barrier without mechanical engine thrust to aid them. How on Earth can a person fall THAT fast and still live to see terra firma again?
9:00 AM | Do scientists have heroes? Should we?
Yes, science has Nobel prizes and MacArthur 'genius' grants and NIH-funded "Centers of Excellence" and highly selective journals, among other ways of plucking ordinary people from the scientific masses and turning them into heroes.  Or at least treating them as such.  Purported major journals are now deifying the greats and near-greats with interviews and splashy stories that match what can be found in mags near the checkout counter.  We've got lists ranking scientists by number […]
7:00 AM | The Sad Tale Of The Other Abraham Lincoln
Everyone has heard of the famous President Abraham Lincoln, but many people don't realize there was another Abraham Lincoln. The president was actually named for his grandfather, who was a Captain in the American forces during the Revolutionary War. Captain Abraham Lincoln was killed in a raid by Native Americans shortly after bringing his entire family to Kentucky. The post The Sad Tale Of The Other Abraham Lincoln appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

October 29, 2014

3:09 PM | Brain Scans Show Abnormalities in Chronic Fatigue Patients
Brains of people who experience chronic fatigue are different than those of people who don't. Continue reading →
1:20 PM | Are Ebola Politics Snuffing Out the Science?
Spats between politicians and the public over how to react to the Ebola virus may threaten public trust and could keep workers from going to Africa.
1:05 PM | Halloween Horrors: Evidence of Torture in the Prehistoric Southwest US
With Halloween coming up right around the corner, there have been an increase in the attention paid to the spookier aspects of archaeology. We are increasingly able to find evidence of […]

Osterholtz, A. (2012). The social role of hobbling and torture: Violence in the prehistoric Southwest, International Journal of Paleopathology, 2 (2-3) 148-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2012.09.011

12:33 PM | Cashel Man, A 4,000 Year Old Bog Body
I have just finished watching the BBC programme ‘4,000-year-Old Cold Case: the Body in the Bog‘. I have also been interested in the bog bodies ever since reading the poems by Seamus Heaney. I haven’t explored the research around the bodies personally but I will any news article or watch any programme on the subject.  […]
9:00 AM | Shelling out for Sheldon....again (but without the nudes)!
In the 1940s and into the 50s, WH Sheldon carried out a project on the science, or even (modestly claimed) the new science of human morphological and behavioral science.  The work became known in various ways, but one important term that described it was somatotyping.  WH Sheldon, from the Wikipage about himIn this project, students at our most Ivied universities were compelled to pose au naturel for front, side, and back photos, so their shapes and ultimately […]
7:00 AM | The Fog That Killed 12,000 People
In 1952, weather conditions led to a massive smog descending on and gathering over London. Visibility was less than 30 centimeters (12 in), the air was black with coal and pollution, and the usually bustling city ground to a standstill. By the time the smog had cleared, 4,000 people had died from exposure to the pollution, and another 8,000 would die in the following weeks from complications. The smog would lead to increased awareness of the problems of pollution over city centers. The post […]

October 28, 2014

9:40 PM | Scientists Resurrect 700-Year-Old Virus
An entire plant virus is reconstituted from DNA in the 700-year-old sample.
9:14 PM | Could Ebola Cure Be Crowd-Funded?
A researcher raised over $100,000 in two weeks to buy a piece of equipment used in Ebola drug research. Continue reading →
1:25 PM | When Spirits 'Dictate' Books: What's to Believe?
Many popular books are claimed to have been written by the dead through psychics. Continue reading →
11:45 AM | Murderers May Be Hardwired to Kill
Two mutated genes help to explain why the majority of all violent crimes are committed by a small group of antisocial, repeat male offenders.
9:56 AM | DNews: Eyes vs. Cameras: How They See Things
Is a camera just a human eye by another name? Trace takes a look at what each of these complex imaging devices can and can't achieve.
9:00 AM | Brain plasticity -- why should intelligence be an exception?
We live in an age that demands we multitask if we're going to get everything done that we need to do.  Answering email, picking up the children, submitting grants for every deadline, getting in 30 minutes of exercise everyday, eating right, keeping up with the literature -- so much pressure.  Fortunately someone's got our backs, and we can now answer email on one screen at our treadmill desks and work on that grant proposal on another, all while we have lunch.  So much easier, so […]
7:00 AM | There Is No Reliable Evidence For Repressed Memories
According to some practitioners, if you use the right methods, you can find memories that someone repressed---sometimes of past abuse or even of alien abductions. However, despite the claims of those who try to recover repressed memories, there is no solid evidence for a single provable case. It's not recognized officially by mental health researchers, and many researchers feel that therapists are unwittingly helping people create false memories, rather than finding repressed ones. The post […]
6:32 AM | UF Space Plants Lab
This new short video from the University of Florida Space Plants Lab explains how and why they’re studying how plants react to being in microgravity.  This blog posting is © copyright Emma Cooper 2014. Unauthorized duplication and/or republication is not permitted.

October 27, 2014

10:57 AM | Paleolithic Cave Art in Indonesia and Spain.
Earlier this month an article was published in Nature revealing some new evidence of Paleolithic cave art. The most famous and probably well known cave art is the Lascaux Caves in France with depictions of large animals spanning the cave walls. Plenty of other examples of palaeolithic art has been found in Europe, especially in France and Europe […]
7:00 AM | Difference Between Schizophrenia And Split Personality Disorders
When schizophrenia is mentioned, it often goes along with ideas that a person's hearing voices from their other personalities. The two disorders are completely different, though, with those suffering from schizophrenia prone to delusions, hallucinations, and difficulty in finishing complete thoughts and sentences. Dissociative identity disorder (DID) happens when more than one personality exists in the same person, usually without the person being aware of it. DID often begins when a child […]

October 26, 2014

9:37 AM | The Ocean Is Not Flat
Staring out at the ocean from a beach, it might be easy to imagine that the world’s seas are completely flat. However, winds and gravity actually cause sea level differences around the world. One of the most pronounced ways this is illustrated is during an El Nino event, during which water that has been pushed west by winds comes rushing back to the East (and ruins a lot of Peruvian farms). The post The Ocean Is Not Flat appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
8:04 AM | Book Review: Qaqamiigux
Shortly before I moved, I came across references to a new book with an unpronounceable title – Qaqamiiĝux̂: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. I was intrigued, especially since I had to look up where the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands are. It turns out that they’re off the south western coast of Alaska, with a cool, wet and stormy climate. The region is volcanically active. Qaqamiigux (if you’ll forgive the ongoing lack of […]

October 25, 2014

5:40 PM | This Family Doesn't Sweat: Here's Why
People with a rare disorder called anhidrosis cannot produce sweat, and now a new study finds that the condition may be caused by a mutation in a single gene.
5:22 PM | 475: Een film voor alle Marokkaanse vrouwen
Gastauteur: Mariam Elmaslouhi Dinsdag 28 oktober komt de Marokkaanse filmmaker en activist Nadir Bouhmouch naar Nederland, en zal de screening bijwonen van zijn film 475: When Marriage becomes Punishment. Zijn film gaat over Amina...
12:00 PM | Can You Get Ebola on Public Transportation?
News that a doctor in New York with Ebola traveled on the subway the day before he developed symptoms of the disease may have some people worried about contracting Ebola on public transportation.
7:46 AM | Gardening offers 25/10
Penny Royal If you’re stocking up on seeds, then head over to, where they’re offering a whopping 75% discount on everything until 17th November 2014. Thompson & Morgan are offering ‘buy one, get one free’ on selected varieties of onions for autumn planting. To make use of this offer, click through to see the list of varieties, and add your chosen ones to your basket. The cheapest pack will be free, providing that you complete your order before […]
7:00 AM | How A Bad Joke Triggered History’s Greatest Horse Race
In 1893, cowboys in Chadron, Nebraska decided to plant a joke story in an eastern newspaper claiming that they were planning America's longest horse race. Unfortunately, the fake story went viral and captured the imagination of the world. In order to avoid national humiliation, the people of Chadron realized they were actually going to have to stage the greatest race the world had ever seen. The post How A Bad Joke Triggered History’s Greatest Horse Race appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

October 24, 2014

6:00 PM | Nurse Free of Ebola, Excited to Reunite With Dog
Another Ebola victory: Nina Pham, the first nurse in Dallas to be infected with Ebola, is now free of the virus.
3:30 PM | Ancient Humans May Not Have Been Redheads
Ancient humans found with red hair weren't necessarily redheads in life, but may have acquired their carrot tops after death, a new study finds.
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