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October 04, 2014

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2:08 PM | Ethisch voedsel – Dierendag en Offerfeest
Het is Dierendag én Offerfeest! Die combinatie leefde al enkele weken of zelfs maanden voor de vierde oktober onder moslims met wie ik contact heb. Met een mengeling van humor en ow-wat-gaan-we-nu-weer-krijgen-verzuchtingen werd er...
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7:00 AM | Stalingrad: Operation Condom Drop
In 1942 and 1943, the Wehrmacht’s Sixth Army was trapped in the city of Stalingrad. The survival of this army was the key to the Reich’s survival on the Eastern Front. It was up to the Luftwaffe to airdrop supplies for the army. Not only did the Luftwaffe not deliver anywhere near the amount needed, but they delivered some ludicrously wrong supplies, including cellophane grenade covers, fish food, ground pepper, and a massive condom shipment. The post Stalingrad: Operation Condom […]

October 03, 2014

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6:16 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 17)
While this discovery is very cool -- embryotomy, or the surgical removal of a fetus, dating to more than a century ago -- both LiveScience and the University Museum in Chieti-Pescara need an osteologist:  Mummified Fetus Reveals Ancient Surgical Procedure / Mummified Fetus Discovered in Italy (Photos).First, the LiveScience reporter writes about an "ancient" (is 1840 "ancient"?) "surgical procedure" performed on a fetus (embryotomy, I'd argue, is a surgical procedure performed on a […]
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5:30 PM | Why Is Our Urge to Stereotype So Strong?
Bill Maher’s sweeping generalizations abut Islam aren't the first time someone publicly stereotyped an entire religion. Why do we do it?
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5:20 PM | DNews: Can Aspirin Mend a Broken Heart?
Unless they're very lucky, most people have endured a soul-crushing breakup or two. Could a simple pain killer everyone has on hand really be the key to getting past all of a breakup's attendant blahs?
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9:00 AM | An example of the problem of risk projection
One of the biggest problems in biomedical, including genomic, disease risk prediction is that it is almost always based on projections of past risks into the future. We wrote about that the other day (here), but here's yet another example--and they abound.Baby swimming; WikipediaThe Oct 1 NYTimes had a story about a boom in pre-school fitness programs.  If parents, and it will largely be middle-class privileged parents, adopt this fad, it may have long-term, even lifelong, […]
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7:00 AM | The Flying Russian Tank Of World War II
Well, gliding tank. A momentous event occurred in September 1942---the only flight of the Soviet Antonov-A40 glider "aircraft," which was, for all intents and purposes, a tank with wings. Defying physics and common sense, the contraption was able glide to a smooth landing, but the project was discontinued shortly thereafter.The post The Flying Russian Tank Of World War II appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

October 02, 2014

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11:06 PM | Week 24 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
Today I had a full day looking at the Tulsty Collection of infant skulls. It is extremely interesting and I am learning quite a few new terms. These new terms relate to various diseases and skull shapes which have been observed on some individuals. Today I saw a few cases of anencephaly which causes portions […]
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6:00 PM | Ground Zero for HIV/AIDS Id'd
Colonial rule in Africa, urban growth, railway travel, unsterilized needles and other factors all helped create the perfect storm leading to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
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2:00 PM | Ebola Isolation Procedures: A Close Look
When treating an Ebola patient, doctors would take both contact and droplet precautions, just like they would with a patient who had the flu.
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12:40 PM | Failing Sense of Smell a Strong Predictor of Death
Olfactory dysfunction in older people could augur the end of life within just five years.
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9:00 AM | Ignore this study!
A piece in the New York Times reports that a new study shows that working long hours causes type 2 diabetes, but only in people of lower socioeconomic status.  The study is a meta-analysis of 4 previous studies and analysis of 19 unpublished studies, and is published in The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology ("Long working hours, socioeconomic status, and the risk of incident type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of published and unpublished data from 222 120 […]
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8:45 AM | Micrograph of the Month: The Other Paisley Poop
Paisley Caves became well known a few years ago for it's famous coprolites, or fossil faeces, which were found to contain human DNA, dated between 14,170 and 14,340 cal. BP. Although there have been questions over the identification of these as human (and work is still ongoing), this ancient DNA analysis currently provides some of the earliest evidence for human occupation of North America. The research at Paisley has been key in demonstrating the utility of coprolites as an archaeological […]
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7:00 AM | The Killer Lunatic Who Helped Write Your Dictionary
Compiling the dictionary is no easy task---especially when it's the Oxford English Dictionary. It wasn't just definitions that were needed, but sentences as well. A massive project ultimately passed down to editor James Murray, the project was ultimately assembled by an impressive display of 19th-century crowdsourcing. One of the most prolific contributors with tens of thousands of submissions was a man named Dr. William C. Minor. Murray struck up a friendship with the man, and eventually found […]

October 01, 2014

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7:17 PM | Social Media Ebola Hoax Causes Deaths
A prank message claiming that salt water can prevent or sure Ebola has sickened many and led to deaths. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Could Your First Lover Affect Your Kids' Size?
An ancient idea of non-genetic inheritance may influence offspring of flies, scientists report. Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | The surprising origins of biological determinism: Tristram Shandy (1760s)!
It is only because of our very casual and cursory attention to history that we credit Charles Darwin, in 1858, with showing us that every aspect of our natures is due, entirely and with infinite determinism, to natural selection fine-tuning our genomes.  We like heroes and because we're scientists, we want the heroes to be other scientists (so we can liken ourselves, and our own inherent brilliance, to those heroes).  We dismiss philosophers and historians of science as meddlers in […]
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7:00 AM | The Center Of The Earth Is Solid (Not Liquid) Iron
The Earth is composed of a series of layers, and at the very center of it all is a large iron ball we've come to know as the inner core. The inner core is responsible for providing the Earth with a magnetic field. If you've always imagined that the center of the Earth is full of magma, you're not entirely wrong---the outer core is molten magma and nickel. The post The Center Of The Earth Is Solid (Not Liquid) Iron appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | Glutbusters: October 2014
Homegrown Garlic, Rosemary & Lemon Thyme by Susy Morris Well, that was the driest September since records began, and one of the warmest this century! Good news for the last of the summer crops; bad news for the gardener toting the watering can…. The warm weather means there’s still time to plant overwintering onions, so have a look at September’s advice on that topic. A true GlutBusters tip arrived in my inbox from Suttons this week, who recommend planting your onions […]
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5:15 AM | La deuda de la genética con Thomas D. Brock
Quien más quien menos ha experimentado alguna vez un momento “eureka”, ese instante de lucidez que, a modo de fogonazo, nos revela la solución a un problema cuando ya nos habíamos dado por vencidos. Para algunos científicos, desconectar y dejar … Continue reading →

September 30, 2014

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9:30 PM | First Case of Ebola in U.S. Diagnosed in Dallas
The United States has diagnosed its first case of the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.
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4:15 PM | Enterovirus Now in 40 States, Paralysis Investigated
Enterovirus is now in 40 states and the District of Columbia. In Colorado, health officials are investigating cases of muscle weakness in children who have the virus.
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3:16 PM | The Corpse That Hung By An English Road For 36 Years
Thieves and highwaymen were rampant in 18th-century England, and when they were caught they often faced the hangman's noose. That was the case with Spence Broughton, sentenced to hang for robbing a mail carriage. That wasn't the end of him, though, and his body was put on display for the next 36 years. His body was finally removed and buried at the request of landlords sick of tourists coming to look at him. The post The Corpse That Hung By An English Road For 36 Years appeared first on […]
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10:25 AM | Photo blog: Hampton Court Palace
The kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace (which is in a part of the grounds that is free to visit, if you don’t want to see the Palace itself) is an impressive beast, growing some old-fashioned and unusual plants amongst the more familiar crops. These photos were taken on August 24th, which turned out to be a very hot and sunny day…. A novel way to support tomatoes Good King Henry, Chenopodium bonus-henricus Salad burnett, Sanguisorba minor Costmary, Tanacetum […]
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9:00 AM | Notes for a late-summer's day.....
Well, it's a slow day, one of the last of warm ones for the year and I'm about to go for a bike ride, but before I go there are a few little things I'll quickly comment on.One is the banner headline in the 12 September Science about a huge aquatic dinosaur, proclaiming "Giant dinosaur was a terror of Cretaceous waterways!" The Hollywood image of a massive terror is illustrated in the story; see below.  Wow! One need not doubt that this was a nasty beast and a terror to its […]

September 29, 2014

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10:17 PM | Can Your Favorite Song Make You Smarter?
Your brain functions better when listening to music you like, reports a new study. Continue reading →
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9:00 PM | Sweat-Eating Bacteria: Acne Miracle Cure?
These bacteria loved to eat sweat -- and they could leave you with glowing skin. Continue reading →
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5:45 PM | Readying for Ebola: How U.S. Hospitals Are Gearing Up
Many hospitals, even in rural areas, are prepped with virus-proof gear and protocols.
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5:04 PM | DNews: Why Are Fewer and Fewer People Getting Married?
Since 1960, the number of people who have never been married has steadily risen. What's causing so many people to eschew saying "I do"?
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1:26 PM | The Woman Who Built Dollhouse Murder Scenes
Frances Glessner Lee wasn’t your typical millionaire heiress. Obsessed with forensic science and homicide investigation, this eccentric lady devoted her time and money to building elaborately detailed miniature murder scenes. Only this wasn’t just some macabre hobby. Glessner Lee used her grisly dollhouses to teach detectives and medical examiners how to search for clues. The post The Woman Who Built Dollhouse Murder Scenes appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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