August 25, 2014

3:30 PM | Decades-Old Fetus Caused Woman's Side Pain
Doctors have removed the skeletal remains of an unborn child from its mother 36 years after the baby's conception.
1:00 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 16)
It's the first day of classes here at UWF, which means a fresh crop of undergraduates in my Human Osteology class.  And with perfect timing, here's the case of the 38-year-old ectopic pregnancy that has been making the rounds on the various social media I frequent.  It's a pretty interesting case, and the MRI seems to show a fetal skeleton (inasmuch as I have no professional training in reading an MRI).  The Daily Mail carried a photo, though, of the doctors' attempt at […]
11:22 AM | Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
Closer Blog: Symposium antropoloog zoekt partner 3 september 2014 in het Amsterdam Museum. Read more: Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
9:21 AM | DNews: How Does Loud Music Damage Our Hearing?
The cat's pretty much out of the bag, in this day and age, that prolonged exposure to loud sounds can wreak havoc with our ability to hear, but what's going on in our heads to make it happen? New research thinks it's nailed down the problem.
7:00 AM | Yellowstone National Park Is Not Bringing The Apocalypse
Many mainstream publications recently posited that Yellowstone National Park, which is effectively situated on top of a supervolcano, might soon erupt in a manner which would destroy America and civilization as we know it. The story was widely covered (because fear is easy to sell), but the real story hasn't received the same coverage. Analysis of the seismic activity around the area indicates that there will not be any supervolcanic eruptions for hundreds of millennia. The post Yellowstone […]

August 24, 2014

6:44 PM | Day Trip to the City of Bath
Today I went on a day trip to the city of Bath with my Mum and sister. I’ve been to Bath quite a few times as I am lucky enough to live not too far away. The first thing that we did was to visit the Roman Baths. It is a well preserved site of […]
7:55 AM | An edible archway
An archway into a pergola at the Cotswold Wildlife Park Ryan and I went to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens last weekend, which is a nice day out if you’re in the area. (If you book online you save a little bit of money, and some time at the ticket kiosk – tickets are valid for one month from purchase.) The animals are great; there’s always a crowd around the meerkat enclosures, and there’s plenty of cute things on show. There was a man doing a falconry display […]
7:48 AM | The Monster Leech That Will Crawl Right Up Your Nose
Deep in the Amazon rainforest lives a creature that only grows as long as your pinkie . . . yet it’s one of the most monstrous creatures on the planet. Known as the Tyrannobdella rex, this sharp-toothed beast is a leech with disturbingly large fangs (well, for a leech, anyway). And unfortunately, this Peruvian parasite has a really bad habit of climbing up people’s noses. The post The Monster Leech That Will Crawl Right Up Your Nose appeared first on […]
7:24 AM | Una visita al zoo
Una anotación de lo más veraniega. Hace unos días pasamos un rato estupendo en un zoológico donde las peques disfrutaron mucho viendo una gran variedad de animales en un entorno bien cuidado y de fácil acceso. Les dejo una selección de … Continue reading →
2:49 AM | Fall Courses - Bioarchaeology and Osteology
Starting Monday, I get to teach my dream-lineup of semester courses: Human Osteology (with lab) and Bioarchaeology.  In the spring, I went through the process of getting Bioarch on the books as a new course, and this will be the first time I've taught it since 2006.  And, believe me, the practice of bioarchaeology has changed a lot since then.Since starting at UWF, when I noticed a program on my university-issued computer I'd never used before (Microsoft Publisher), I've been spiffing […]

August 23, 2014

8:51 AM | Independent nurseries
Victoriana Nursery Gardens, in Kent I ordered some plants yesterday, from Thompson & Morgan. I’d seen their new ‘patio’ raspberry, ‘Ruby Beauty’, and took advantage of their Bank Holiday free P&P offer. It was ideal for me because I fancied buying some plants, but since I don’t currently have a garden I am struggling to keep plants alive. My new raspberries should arrive after we’ve moved in to the new house, and give me something to play […]
7:00 AM | The Sinister Reason Cereal Mascots Stare Down At Your Kids
The next time you take your kids shopping, beware. All those mascots on the front of cereal boxes are staring straight at your children. What do those anthropomorphized animals and irritating leprechauns want? Well, they want your kids’ attention, and if they make eye contact, you might just leave the store with a box of cereal you weren't planning on buying. The post The Sinister Reason Cereal Mascots Stare Down At Your Kids appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 22, 2014

4:34 PM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 15)
The Huffington Post recently posted this picture and asked, "Is that a thigh bone on Mars?"Answer: No.  Just... what?  No.  Which part of that looks like a femur?Previous installments of Who needs an osteologist?Abbot House Museum needs an osteologist.The Zanjan Museum needs an osteologist.National Geographic Channel's "Nazi War Diggers" needs an osteologist.BBC/NOVA needs an osteologist.The Penn Museum needs an osteologist.National Geographic needs an osteologist.Acura needs an […]
3:23 PM | DNews: Theories Abound for Why We Experience Deja Vu
Have we already done this video? Hmmm. Nope! Deja Vu -- that feeling of already having experienced something -- can be a bit spooky. Just as unnerving is that no one knows for sure why we experience it.
11:21 AM | A Middle Eastern garden
Al-Andalus display at the Eden Project, 2010 I was talking recently about having Palestinian plants in my new garden (and there’s still no news on when we will be moving in!), and yesterday morning it occurred to me that it might be nice to go a lot further than that, and design a garden with Middle Eastern influences. The main part of the garden is almost square, with fences on two sides and a wall on the third, so it could pass as a courtyard garden. I’m thinking tiles and […]
7:00 AM | The Totally Insane Japanese Truman Show
His name was Nasubi, and he was hungry, naked, and slowly losing his mind. He was also being watched by 16 million people. You see, Nasubi was the star of Japanese TV show, and he was living inside a empty apartment, completely alone and surviving only on sweepstakes prizes, all for a shot at fame. The post The Totally Insane Japanese Truman Show appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 21, 2014

10:30 PM | Man Behind Ice Bucket Challenge Dies in Diving Accident
One of the people behind the viral effort to support Lou Gehrig's disease research drowned at a popular diving spot in Nantucket Island, Mass.
6:53 PM | An infantile hypothesis for Mandrillus sphinx coloration
Tomorrow, Friday August 22, is the deadline for submitting your bad ad hoc (bah) hypotheses for consideration to be presented at BahFest 2014. I've been chewing a bit on an idea about mandrill coloration and it's just not at all ready, so I'm not going to submit it despite my desperate desire to participate. And I'll just hope that by next year's submission deadline I'll have a much better idea, one that I've had time to actually and properly research and to build strong with data, one […]
5:37 PM | Week 19 Volunteering at The Royal College of Surgeons
So after two weeks away I’m back volunteering. I’ve been looking forward to today as I’ve really missed working with the bones. It took me a few minutes to settle back into the swing of things but once I had become reacquainted with the process I was on a roll! This week I had patelllas, […]
4:01 PM | Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses
Autism is linked to a protein that inhibits the brain's ability to trim its synapses as it develops. Continue reading →
3:30 PM | US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery
An American doctor and aid worker who contracted Ebola in Liberia were set to leave an Atlanta hospital on Thursday after a full recovery.
1:28 PM | DNews: Group Your Meals by Vice and Virtue to Eat Healthier
11:21 AM | DNews: Why Do Our Best Ideas Happen When We're Showering?
You're in the shower, rinsing, repeating, and then - BAM! - inspiration strikes. You come up with the cure for cancer. OK, maybe not that much inspiration strikes, but you DO feel sharper of mind. SourceFed's William Haynes drops by to explain why.
7:00 AM | Mussolini Tried To Abolish Pasta
When Mussolini started his domestic campaign to make Italy a self-sufficient country, he took aim at one of Italy's most beloved foods---pasta. He raised the fees associated with importing grains and insisted that Italians begin eating rice instead of pasta. He even had the support of the art movement known as the Futurists, who derided pasta as not being modern enough. Needless to say, the campaign didn't work. The post Mussolini Tried To Abolish Pasta appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 20, 2014

9:05 PM | Real Paleo Diet: Ancient Humans Ate Snails
Ancient Paleolithic people in Spain ate snails as part of their regular diet, new research suggests.
8:25 PM | Seals Brought TB to Americas Long Before Columbus
New study challenges the theory that Europeans introduced the disease to the New World.
6:40 PM | How the Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles
The reason may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter.
5:30 PM | Could Body Cams Reduce Police Tensions?
While many say that mandating police officers to wear recording devices would lessen unnecessary police force, the reality may be more complicated.
5:22 PM | Agriculture, Inequality and Cremation in Iron Age Spain
One of the major debates in archaeology is when do we begin to see inequality among human groups, and what caused this this to happen. Social inequality has been defined […]


5:00 PM | Neanderthals and Humans Overlapped for 5,400 Years
Neanderthals did not really go extinct -- they were simply absorbed into the modern human gene pool of Europeans and Asians.  Continue reading →
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