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July 02, 2014

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2:45 PM | DNews: Do Boobs Make Some Women Anxious About Exercise?
From embarrassment to discomfort, some women put boobs among their reasons for not participating in sports. Laci Green looks at recent research in the area.
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10:00 AM | How Can Ebola Be Stopped?
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already the deadliest in history. There are ways to contain the virus, but it seems unlikely they'll work.
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9:00 AM | Skin color and vitamin D -- a beautiful theory destroyed by inconvenient facts?
I love a well-done challenge to an iconic evolutionary tale.  Such tales are often easy to devise but hard to test, so I was intrigued to see that there was a new paper challenging what has come to be a well-accepted theory in Anthropology, the story of why skin color lightened as humans left Africa and migrated north.  The new theory is all over the web (here and here, e.g.).  And, there are certainly good reasons to challenge this iconic tale... but they aren't in this paper. […]
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7:00 AM | ‘Hot Dog’ And Many Other Names Came From Anti-German Sentiment
Anti-German sentiment was no less present in America during World War I than it was during World War II. Because many people wanted language to become less German and more American, in 1918 you would have been feeding liberty sausages to your liberty pups rather than giving your dachshund a frankfurter. Liberty sausage might not have caught on as term, but the other invented name did---the hot dog. The post ‘Hot Dog’ And Many Other Names Came From Anti-German Sentiment appeared […]
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2:15 AM | Jihad debate: the Dutch fighter and the British aid worker
Closer Blog: A debate about what matters in Syria between Dutch foreign fighter in Syria, Yilmaz, and British aid worker in Syria Tauqir Sharif at Channel 4. Read more: Jihad debate: the Dutch fighter and the British aid worker

July 01, 2014

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6:22 PM | ¡Vuelve DesGRANAndo Ciencia!
Bueno, ya es hora de que sepan todos ustedes que, al igual que el año pasado, ya están rodando los engranajes para conseguir que la segunda edición del evento de divulgación científica DesGRANAndo Ciencia sea una realidad. Debo decir que … Continue reading →
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5:47 PM | DNews: What Makes Crowds Crazy for Celebrities?
Laci Green visited the Vidcon 2014 convention to try to get a handle on what makes teenagers go crazy for their favorite singers, actors and even Internet personalities.Trace Dominguez visited the Vidcon 2014 convention to try to get a handle on what
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12:01 PM | The DNews Explainer: The Child Immigration Problem
With tens of thousands of children streaming across the U.S. border in 2014, Trace looks at which countries they're coming from as well as their status once they arrive.
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9:04 AM | Plate of the Nation - foodies wanted!
Mayfly Television is making a new Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall TV show called Plate of the Nation (working title), which will take a look at how we cook and eat as a nation to provide an insight into the very heart and soul of modern British home life. The show is about what we cook and eat, how we behave with each other in the kitchen, who our self-appointed household head chefs are, what we talk about at the dinner table and how food brings us all together. They are now searching for […]
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9:00 AM | Bird brains, continued
Yesterday the BBC reported that the British Trust for Ornithology is asking citizens to report on behavior in rooks that they observe, and consider to reflect intelligence.  Rooks are in decline in the UK, and the Trust is hoping that understanding their behavior might help explain why.From the BBC story:Rooks have already demonstrated their intelligence in lab-based studies that have tested their ability to solve problems and use tools.This survey will examine if and how wild rooks apply […]
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7:00 AM | When Nazi Scientists Resurrected An Extinct Horse Breed
The tarpan was a Neolithic-age horse that roamed Europe; its unique ability to live in wet, marshy areas meant that it played a very specific and much-needed role in the balance of marsh ecosystems. They became extinct in Britain sometime during the Neolithic period, but survived in Western Europe until the turn of the 19th century. Fast-forward to World War II, when Polish scientists noticed that some of their horses were bearing offspring that had the distinctive markings of the tarpan. Nazi […]

June 30, 2014

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10:15 PM | Acupuncture Can Spread Tuberculosis, Researchers Warn
Dirty needles and other carelessness can spread serious diseases among acupuncture patients.
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5:39 PM | My Trip to the Grant Museum, London
Today I had an interview in London and as it was in the morning I thought why not visit a museum on my way home?! I was already coming back on the Northern Line and knew that it went through Euston, where the Grant Museum is located. I have wanted to visit this museum for […]
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1:20 PM | Book review: Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution
If you’ve heard about Incredible Edible Todmorden, you probably think it’s a project to fill the town with edible plants, available to anyone to harvest at they wander past. You may have seen pictures of the beds of sweetcorn outside the police station, or heard about the herb beds at the medical centre. But although the vegetables are putting Todmorden on the map (it has spawned a whole new pastime of ‘vegetable tourism’), the original founders of Incredible Edible […]
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9:46 AM | DNews: Is Gambling Addiction a Family Thing?
New research is shedding new light on what makes problem gamblers tick. It turns out, it may even be a "family thing."
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9:00 AM | Not only can they stand and walk, they can even run!
If I believed in God, I'd feel like the apple of her eye right now. It's because of the timing.Just as I'm succumbing to a little old-fashioned thinking and deciding maybe now, at 34 weeks pregnant, I'll stop running and stick to the bike, a friend (an angel?) sends me this article in the USA Today about a woman who's also 34 weeks pregnant:"Pregnant runner finishes 800 meters at U.S. nationals"Alysia Montano just doing her thing, which happens to also show the world what pregnancy can be. […]
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7:00 AM | The Concrete Arrows That Range Across The United States
Back in the early days of airmail, flying across the US was risky business. Pilots didn't have radar and had to rely on landmarks to find their way. Wanting to make things easier (and speed up delivery time), the USPS decided to set up concrete arrows across America, pointing the way from one coast to the other. The post The Concrete Arrows That Range Across The United States appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

June 29, 2014

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8:00 PM | Could Fungus Save Antibiotics?
Researchers look to restore the efficacy of drugs as bacteria continue to evolve.
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4:03 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XLII
Such a slow month for Roman bioarchaeology.  As I suggested last month, I'm guessing everyone's mum for now, waiting until they have time to analyze finds and announce them. Here are your paltry links for this month.20 May - A 160-kilo sphinx was stolen from the Cerveteri necropolis [Il Messagero]13 June - 9 Touching Epitaphs Greeks and Romans Wrote for Their Dogs [The Dodo]16 June - Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt [LiveScience] Third century AD bodies […]
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11:55 AM | Whoops I did it again
Sorry for publishing a draft, folks! 14 views before I noticed that I scheduled for the wrong day! It will be polished and posted tomorrow. Forgive me, I'm deep into summertime which means I hardly know what day it is, eat pie for breakfast, and resist footwear.
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11:23 AM | Martyrdom Operations As Meaningful Violence
Closer Blog: A contribution by Pieter Nanninga, based upon his PhD Jihadism and Suicide Attacks: al-Qaeda, al-Sahab and the Meanings of Martyrdom. Read more: Martyrdom Operations As Meaningful Violence
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9:00 AM | Pregnant people are people too: Not only can we walk, we can even run!
If I believed in God, I'd feel like the apple of her eye right now. It's because of the timing.Right now, just as I succumb to a little old-fashioned thinking and decide maybe now, at 34 weeks pregnant, I'll stop running and stick to the bike... a friend (an angel?) sends me this article in the USA Today about a woman who's also 34 weeks pregnant:"Pregnant runner finishes 800 meters at U.S. nationals"Alysia Montano just doing her thing, which happens to also show the world what pregnancy can […]
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7:00 AM | When Nostalgia Was Considered A Crippling Mental Illness
We think of nostalgia as being those moments when we fondly remember something that's happened to us in the past. Nostalgia didn't always have such a warm connotation though, and was originally thought to be a mental illness. Emigrants and soldiers would often fall victim to nostalgia, and it was thought that if it wasn't stopped fairly quickly, it would end in victims wasting away and losing their ability to adjust and cope with daily life. The post When Nostalgia Was Considered A Crippling […]

June 28, 2014

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10:31 AM | Grow! Harvest! Eat!
“We grow! We harvest! We eat!” mural in the Exotic Garden at Ryton organic gardens I haven’t felt much like writing over the last few weeks. I haven’t felt like doing much of anything. It took Ryan and I far longer than we had anticipated to get his flat ready for sale – having moved some of my things in, it was cluttered. We had to put most of my things (and plenty of his) in storage to declutter, before redecorating the whole place. It was worth it in the end, […]
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8:11 AM | Un museo virtual
La museología, como la ciencia en general, avanza a grandes pasos de la mano de la tecnología. El desarrollo imparable de internet y el enorme potencial que la informática y el procesado de la información ofrecen, están permitiendo una nueva … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | The DNews Explainer: 7 Countries That Are Run Like Game of Thrones
Most of the remaining monarchies in the world have been reduced to limited or symbolic power. Where are the Kings, Queens, and Sultans with the real power?! Check out our list of the seven countries still under kingdom rule, Game of Thrones style.
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7:00 AM | 6 Revolutionary Soldiers Lived To The End Of The Civil War
As one of the eldest certifiable veterans of the American Revolutionary War, no one can doubt that the 106-year-old Lemuel Cook boasted a turbulent life. Yet Cook (and eight other men) lived through the late-18th and early-19th century . . . and even saw the end of the American Civil War. Incredibly, having lived into the age of photography, pictures of these men are still available for us to see. The post 6 Revolutionary Soldiers Lived To The End Of The Civil War appeared […]

June 27, 2014

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10:48 PM | Nadal – Neanderthal or not?
With Wimbledon in full swing and Rafael Nadal looking as fearsome as ever I’ve decided that the middle-class British sporting world and the world of physical anthropology should collide. I’ve always thought Mr. Nadal looks a bit Neanderthal-y, and it seem as though the internet agrees with me. But would Nadal be as good at […]
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6:25 PM | Where did Roman babies poop?
Today in "what has been bugging Kristina for no good reason..." I started thinking about Roman babies (as I am missing mine while in the field) and wondering if the Romans had diapers.  After all, by the Imperial period, they'd invented flush toilets, so why not pinned cloth diapers?  But my internet connection at work is not terribly reliable, and I couldn't wait to get back to the apartment, so I posted the question to Twitter and Facebook. A slew of classicists responded on […]
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9:01 AM | DNews: Send Toxins Packing with a Helping of Broccoli
A recent study has found that broccoli may well be a secret weapon when it comes to ridding the body of deadly toxins. Laci has the details.
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