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March 26, 2014

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9:00 AM | Vapor, vapor everywhere, and if you drop you clink! The e-cigarette saga.
I was returning from a working week in Helsinki this weekend, and stayed overnight at an airport hotel after arriving in the US.  Usually a quiet place, this time the hotel was filled with countless jovial conventioneers.  From their appearance, dress, and behavior, I assumed I had landed in a bikers' or NASCAR convention.  But no, this was the National Vapor Club meeting.Vapor club?  What the heck is a vapor club, I asked myself?  It turns out it's the devotees of the […]
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1:58 AM | Bones - Season 9, Episode 18 (Review)
The Carrot in the KudzuEpisode SummaryA body encased in kudzu is brought into the Jeffersonian. Hodgins works to free the bone from the fast-growing invasive plant before its root system disarticulates the bones. Based on the size of the second cervical vertebra, Brennan guesses the person was male. Dr. Edison notes the angular eye orbit and guesses Caucasian. Although there was a lot of animal predation, several large fragments of organs remain for Saroyan, including the prostate, confirming […]

March 25, 2014

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1:49 PM | How to grow oca
For my Masters dissertation last year I did some research into gardeners who choose to grow unusual edible crops. I settled on two species to investigate, achocha and oca. In the past I’ve written about how to grow achocha – it’s a nice, easy plant and in a temperate climate you should have no problems getting a significant yield. You may have more of a problem dealing with the glut…. Oca (Oxalis tuberosa ) isn’t quite as simple. It’s increasingly easy […]
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11:52 AM | Pigs on the Pyre- Solving Cremation Mysteries
There is a mystery in archaeology that numerous regions and eras have to deal with- where are the infants? Deceased infants are potentially treated differently when they die- the argument […]

Jæger, J & Johanson, V (2013). The cremation of infants/small children: An archaeological experiment concerning the effects of fire on bone weight, Cadernos do GEEvH, 2 (2) 13-26. Other: Link

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9:00 AM | What is an 'idea'? A philosophical puzzle?
I've just returned from giving a talk and working on an evolutionary simulation computer program that I've developed with Brian Lambert here and colleagues in Helsinki, a very nice place with very good colleagues. Now back, I note that the episode of the BBC program In Our Time that was aired while I was away was about the philosopher Bishop Berkeley (1685-1753).  Berkeley was famous in the history of philosophy for many things, but largely for 'immaterialism', the idea that […]
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4:32 AM | Creeping Connectivity: Work and Life in a Hyper-Connected World
It’s 10:30 PM on a Sunday night. I’ve finished folding our laundry and just started the dishwasher. As on most Sundays, S and I just finished watching The Walking Dead. Although while he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:32 AM | Creeping Connectivity: Work and Life in a Hyper-Connected World
It’s 10:30 PM on a Sunday night. I’ve finished folding our laundry and just started the dishwasher. As on most Sundays, S and I just finished watching The Walking Dead. Although while he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 24, 2014

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11:00 PM | Are Exclamation Marks Killing Us With Kindness?
Does the exploding use of exclamation marks indicate the end of the linguistic world as we know it? Not necessarily.
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8:54 PM | Are we removing the wisdom along with the teeth?
When I was a kid, I learned that my uncle had a sweet tooth right about the time I discovered that he had a gold tooth. Therefore the gold tooth was the sweet tooth and, man-o-man, did I want a gold tooth... or a whole grill of gold teeth. The better to taste the sweets!I've grown wiser with age, knowing, of course that our teeth don't taste sweets (or at least that it's unconventional to think so). And knowing, of course, that "wisdom teeth" don't bestow wisdom, but are nicknamed so because […]
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6:23 PM | An evolutionary account of how basketball players grow old
The last time I played basketball was around my friend Peter’s house. We were maybe 15 years old and became distracted by pigeons having sex on the garage roof. I am the kind of human who associates dunking with Rich Tea biscuits and dribbling with sleep. With these caveats, I will talk to you now […]
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6:20 PM | Mice Without 'Fat' Gene Get Lean, Live Longer
By deleting a single gene, researchers at Yale University were able to reduce obesity in mice while expanding their lifespan by 20 percent. Continue reading →
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6:06 PM | The Scoop on Ice Cream Cleanse'
Looking for a cleanse? Does nothing but ice cream for four days count? Continue reading →
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3:07 PM | What Is Ebola?
Ebola is one of the deadliest known viruses and there is no known cure. Continue reading →
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2:20 PM | Missing MH370 Came Down in Indian Ocean: Malaysian PM
The prime minister of Malaysia announces that there is no longer any doubt that the missing jetliner crashed in the Indian Ocean.
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1:32 PM | NASA Study and Civilization Collapse
I was invited to speak on The Morning News late last week to discuss a recent NASA-funded study which suggested our civilization was doomed to collapse within 15 years due to economic inequality and ecological instability.  You have probably heard about this study by now as it has received a considerable amount of press and […]NASA Study and Civilization Collapse was first posted on March 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm.©2013 "The Advanced Apes". Use of this feed is for personal […]
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12:50 PM | Ebola Said to Be Source of Mysterious, Deadly Epidemic
The disease is spread by direct contact with blood, feces or sweat, or by sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
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9:54 AM | DNews: Has NASA Predicted The End of Civilization?
A recent NASA-backed study predicted that civilization is on the verge of collapse. Should we take this seriously? Laci and Dr. Ian O'Neill, Discovery News' resident solar physicist and doomsday specialist, discuss why this prediction is any differen
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9:25 AM | DNews: Vaccines Do NOT Cause Autism: What Does?
Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. But sometimes it can lead to some harmful misinformation. Join Trace as he talks about conspiracy theories in the medical world and why they can be harmful for adults and children.

March 23, 2014

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1:04 PM | DNews: Why The 5 Second Rule MIGHT Be True
The five-second rule is the common belief that if you drop a piece of food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, the food is still safe to eat. Laci and Trace take a look at the interaction of harmful bacteria and food.
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10:39 AM | The Eyeborg: Hearing Colors and Our Cyborg Future
Over on the Neuroanthropology Facebook Interest Group, a member posted this fascinating video about Neil Harbisson and the Cyborg Foundation. Harbisson was born seeing in black-and-white. Working with inventor Adam Montadon, he implanted the “eyeborg” into his …The post The Eyeborg: Hearing Colors and Our Cyborg Future appeared first on Neuroanthropology.

March 22, 2014

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1:43 PM | Indigenous Astronomy @ UNSW
Australia’s Indigenous people have rich and ancient traditions relating to the stars, which informed social practices, sacred law, and ceremony, and were used for navigation, calendars, hunting, fishing, and gathering.The Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney is the national leader in teaching and research in this area and our program is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the intricate and complex ways in which astronomical […]
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1:36 PM | Conspiracy Theories and Medicine: Why Such Bedfellows?
Half of Americans endorse at least one medicine-based conspiracy theory. Why?

March 21, 2014

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3:00 PM | Mystery Illness Kills 23 in Guinea
The highly contagious disease shows symptoms that are similar to those caused by Lassa fever, yellow fever and Ebola.
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10:00 AM | ‘Divergent’ Science vs. Fiction: Photos
The latest young-adult sci-fi film projects technology and social science into the future.
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9:56 AM | The fluidity of fluid intelligence
If IQ is a measure of some aspects of intelligence, and intelligence is the product of a gene or genes, then it should follow that IQ is a stable trait during an individual's lifetime. So I was interested to hear on a recent episode of the BBC radio program, Analysis, that IQ can change even over the course of participation in a brief psychological study. Princeton professor of psychology and public affairs, Eldar Shafir, co-author of the book, with economist Sendhil […]
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9:49 AM | DNews: Why Smell is the Most Powerful Sense
Humans have five basic senses: Sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. Which one of these is the strongest? Anthony reports on why the sense of smell is so powerful.

March 20, 2014

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5:05 PM | That Disgusted Look? It's Just Evolution
We open our eyes wide or narrow them to help identify danger, an adaptation that affects our perception of reality. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Society Is Doomed, Say Scientists
Researchers say we're clearly on the road to ruin.
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1:17 PM | Neuroanthropology Public Talk 3/24 in NYC
I speak next Monday evening in New York City as part of the Anthropology of the Brain panel. Rayna Rapp, professor of anthropology at NYU, will be the other panelist. We’ll both give 25 minute presentations, followed by a …The post Neuroanthropology Public Talk 3/24 in NYC appeared first on Neuroanthropology.
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1:16 PM | First day of spring
If you haven’t already seen it, check out Google’s doodle for today. To celebrate the spring equinox, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, they’ve got a little cartoon human watering the plants. They grow pretty fast – must be weeds ;) It’s a work day, so I won’t be celebrating the first day of spring by doing any gardening, but I did get out to the allotment at the weekend to make some progress there. Ryan helped me to set up my water […]
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