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January 04, 2015

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8:00 AM | The Sad Fate Of The Man Who First Proposed Continental Drift
Alfred Wegener wasn't a geologist, but he was responsible for developing the idea of continental drift. The idea ruined him, as mainstream science took aim at him for manufacturing or outright ignoring evidence and publishing his ludicrous theories. For years, his served as a cautionary tale to young scientists on why theories too extreme were nothing more than pseudo-science; Wegener tragically died before the academic world realized that he was right. The post The Sad Fate Of The Man Who […]

January 03, 2015

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8:00 AM | Liars And Honest People Have Entirely Different Brains
Studies on the brains of people who have a history of lying have shown that they're wired a little differently than the brains of people who are, for the most part, honest. The brains of habitual liars show an average of 25 percent more white matter and 14 percent less gray matter than the brains of their honest counterparts. The implication is that the brains of liars are wired to be more in tune with the story-telling and the reading of other people, while at the same time having fewer […]

January 02, 2015

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4:44 PM | PbO Year in Review - 2014
It's time for me to take stock of my year in blogging and see what was most popular, but also what I most enjoyed writing and what I want to write about in 2015. I wrote 82 posts in 2014 and got 181,504 page views this year. Here are some Top 3 lists in a variety of categories, along with stats on number of views, as I'm still planning to argue for the importance of blogging as part of my tenure case.Most Popular Posts Written in 2014*Where did Roman babies poop? (3,535 views)How long was the […]
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3:55 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXVII
It was yet again a slow month in Roman bioarch news, so here's the month of December to kick off your new year...Roman Empire3 December -- Shackled individuals found in Gallo-Roman cemetery in southwest France (Past Horizons). Well, this is a super interesting find.  Among several hundred graves found in a Shackled Gallo-Roman(via Past Horizons)cemetery in France were a few skeletons with metal shackles around their necks and/or legs -- four adults had shackles on their left legs, and one […]
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8:00 AM | When Meat Was More Deadly Than Combat
In 1898, a shipment of hundreds of tons of beef arrived for American troops in Cuba fighting the Spanish-American War. The meat was so badly tainted that many officers attested to the fact it was deadly, with some sources putting the number of soldiers that died at 2,500, while only 385 were killed in action. Within a decade, new laws regulating the meat industry were passed. The post When Meat Was More Deadly Than Combat appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

January 01, 2015

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3:06 PM | Closer Trofee – Winnaar en Verliezer van 2014
Ja, ja het is zover: de einduitslag van de belangrijkste onbelangrijke award van het jaar is bekend. En het is me er eentje. Voor de helderheid eerst even hoe een en ander tot stand...
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10:00 AM | DNews: How to Make Resolutions You'll Actually Keep
You know the drill: You make your New Year's resolutions and THIS time you're actually going to stick to them! Flash forward one week, if you're lucky, and those resolutions have gone down the drain. Catie Wayne is here to help make that not happen!
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8:00 AM | The Original Great Wall Of China
The wall we now think of as the Great Wall of China was begun sometime in the end of the Warring Period---around 221 B.C. Before that, though, the Qin dynasty had already been building a massive wall of hard-packed dirt that was hundreds of miles long. It helped them win the war, and once their place in power was cemented, they turned their attention northward to build parts of the more well-known Great Wall. The post The Original Great Wall Of China appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

December 31, 2014

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8:24 PM | Whose time are we celebrating for the New Year?
Note: A version of this post appeared on Anthropology in Practice in 2010. It’s New Year’s Eve in the United States, and in New York City tourists and residents are getting ready for the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:24 PM | Whose time are we celebrating for the New Year?
Note: A version of this post appeared on Anthropology in Practice in 2010. It’s New Year’s Eve in the United States, and in New York City tourists and residents are getting ready for the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:30 PM | That's Sick: 6 Nastiest Illnesses of 2014
From Ebola to norovirus, we list out the most awful diseases that struck this past year. You're welcome.
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