September 16, 2014

3:55 PM | Could Ebola Become Airborne?
Although one expert has voiced concern that the Ebola virus could gain the ability to spread through the air, others say this scenario is extremely unlikely.
3:00 PM | Schizophrenia Is Actually Eight Genetic Disorders
A novel approach to analyzing genetic influences has allowed researchers to identify distinct gene clusters that contribute to eight different classes of schizophrenia.
1:00 PM | U.S. Sends 3,000 Troops to W.Africa to 'Turn Tide' on Ebola
U.S. Africa Command will set up a headquarters in the Sierra Leone capital Monrovia to act as a command and control center for U.S. military and international relief programs.
9:00 AM | Akenfield, and lessons for now-age sustainability movements?
In the 1960s I was stationed as an Air Force weather officer in eastern England (Suffolk, or East Anglia).  I had my off-base lodgings in the intellectual town of Aldeburgh, on the shingle-beach of the North Sea coast.  Aldeburgh is a North Sea fishing town, but more notably the home of the distinguished composer Benjamin Britten, and was a long-time or passing-through place of many notable artists, writers and scholars in the early 20th century.  But Aldeburgh is something of an […]
8:11 AM | Review: Walkers taste challenge
Walkers’ new crisp flavours, ready for tasting For a bit of fun last week at work, one of my colleagues brought in the new Walkers crisps flavours for a blind taste test. Walkers are asking people to vote for their favourite – I assume the one that gets the most votes will continue to be on sale for a while, whilst the rest are thrown into the dustbin of history. Each flavour was laid out on a numbered plate, ordered from 1-6 going clockwise from the top right in the photo […]
7:00 AM | The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants
There are quite a number of odd and bizarre events you might encounter when you visit Thailand. You could opt to eat fried creepy-crawlies on street corners, for example. Even more bizarre is Thailand's annual Jumbo Queen Beauty Pageant, where any lady can join provided she's healthy ... and we mean really healthy. The post The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 15, 2014

9:35 PM | 'Um' vs. 'Uh' May Reveal Where You Live
Twitter data reveals a geographic basis for what 'filler' words people tend to use. Continue reading →
4:49 PM | DNews: Inside the Mind of a Fanboy
What makes some people take the simple notion of enjoying a product into the realm of passionate, borderline-irrational fanboy adulation? Ross Everett schools us on fanboy psychology.
3:11 PM | Explainer: The Pros and Cons for States Legalizing Marijuana
Trace examines the benefits and drawbacks of legalizing weed, looking at states that already have laws on the books permitting its use.
11:25 AM | DNews: Why Do We Get Hiccups?
They come without warning, overstay their welcome, and drive us to distraction. Surprise house guests? Nope -- hiccups! We've all been tormented by them, but what causes them? Tara and Nick Uhas have some answers.
7:00 AM | The Bogus Haunting That Fooled A King
People conning each other is as old as history. While we in the modern age are taken in by sophisticated scams, in the more simple time of the Middle Ages, cons would seem childish and even comic in our eyes. One such hilarious scheme was pulled of by a group of monks, who instigated a haunting straight out of Scooby Doo to scam the King of France into handing over royal property. The post The Bogus Haunting That Fooled A King appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 14, 2014

4:00 PM | Why Do We Love Football, at Any Cost?
The league is plagued with problems from domestic abuse among its players, drug use, fear of brain injuries and more. So why do fans keep coming back?
8:43 AM | Seed database
The front of a Thai basil seed packet Earlier in the month I visited what will be (soon, hopefully!) my local garden centre. I needed some pots in which to pot on my windowsill plants, but I discovered it was time for their end-of-season seed sale, and found myself rummaging through the bargain bins. There were lots of peas and beans, and tomatoes, as well as flowers and herbs. Now, I’m not short of seeds, so I was very restrained – I came away with Thai basil, lemon coriander, […]
7:00 AM | The Strange And Troubling Art Of Rick Gibson
When most people think of performance artists, they usually imagine weirdos who enjoy grossing out their audience. That describes Rick Gibson perfectly. Throughout his career, Gibson thrived on breaking taboos and quite often found himself on the wrong side of the law . . . and the occasional angry mob. The post The Strange And Troubling Art Of Rick Gibson appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 13, 2014

7:00 AM | The First Commercial Jingle Saved A Cereal Icon
Long before jingles on TV commercials became mainstream, these short, memorable tunes made their debut on radio stations. Of course, advertisements, and even musical ads, were around since the very beginning of radio, but it wasn't until 1926 that General Mills introduced the first, legitimate commercial jingle. The ditty was promoting Wheaties breakfast cereal and was so successful that it saved the brand and motivated businesses everywhere to create their own jingles. The post The First […]

September 12, 2014

7:48 PM | Men Say Women 'Not As Hot' After Age 21
A new book finds that women in their 20s look the best to men, even as men age. Continue reading →
3:00 PM | 7 Ways Your Body Betrays You
Perhaps we trust our bodies too much. Our brains and senses fool us on almost a daily basis. Here’s how.
11:30 AM | Photos Show Another Troubling Contact with Isolated Tribe
An apparent missionary and other outsiders are shown giving clothes and other gifts to children from an isolated indigenous tribe.
9:00 AM |'s not genetic after all! (but who's listening?)
Is it time to predict the gradual out-cycling of a focus on genetic causation and a return of environmental causation, in our mainstream scientific dialog (and funding-pot)?  Such a recycling is bound to happen--even if, say, genetics' claims were correct.  Why?  Because the new generation has to have something to show they're smarter than their elders, and because the abuse of genetic determinism by society is a nearly inevitable consequence of the fervid love-affair we're now […]
8:55 AM | DNews: On Happiness Scale, Experiences Trump Cool Stuff
A new study takes a serious look at happiness and finds that material possessions take a back seat to memorable life experiences.
7:00 AM | The First Computer Programmers Were Women
In today's universities, computer science course work is statistically dominated by men. However, the study of computing and automated arithmetic has not always been so male-dominated. In fact, the person regarded as the "world's first programmer" was Ada Lovelace, the daughter of writer Lord Byron. Her contributions included designing an algorithm for execution on a theoretical adding machine. The post The First Computer Programmers Were Women appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 11, 2014

6:12 PM | Week 21 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
So after a week off and away in sunny Portugal I was back at the college to sort through the remaining boxes of bones. I am very close to finishing the current project of creating a bone inventory and hopefully next week will be the last week sorting out boxes of bones. I’ll then move […]
6:10 PM | Activating Gene Could Delay Aging Through Body
A gene studied in fruit flies, and shared by humans, is activated leading to an increased lifespan.
4:55 PM | DNews: Male Birth Control Drug Waiting in the Wings
A new gel injection currently being tested has shown success as a form of male birth control -- at least it has in bunnies and baboons! If all goes according to plan, human trials could begin as soon as 2015.
12:11 PM | DNews: Can Bras Cause Cancer?
Thanks to assertions made in a popular book nine years ago, many people wonder to this day if there are any links between bras and cancer. Tara busts this myth with science.
11:16 AM | De Waarde van een Mensenleven – Het Gruwelijke Lot van Mohamed Aadan
Mohamed Aadan stierf niet op 9/11 in het WTC, Pentagon of in één van de vliegtuigen. In die zin was hij geen slachtoffer van 9/11. Hij was toen namelijk al dood. Zijn gruwelijke lot heeft niets met dat 9/11 te maken, maar toch verdient hij de aandacht.
7:00 AM | The Tragic Tale Of Victor Jara’s Last Song
On September 11, 1973, residents of Santiago, Chile awoke to chaos. Fighter jets were bombing the president’s palace, tanks had taken to the streets and ordinary Chileans were being rounded up and tortured in the city’s sports stadiums. One of those detained was folk singer Victor Jara, whose incarceration, mutilation, and brutal murder would come to symbolize the tragic cruelty of the Pinochet regime. The post The Tragic Tale Of Victor Jara’s Last Song appeared first on […]

September 10, 2014

8:30 PM | What If ISIS Manages to Get Its Own State?
An ISIS nation could be worse than Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
6:55 PM | “The Dog Movie Star Effect:” Is It Real?
In 1943, MGM released the movie Lassie Come Home. In the three years after the release of the movie, the number of Collies registered with the American Kennel Club jumped from about 2,000 to over 15,000 puppies a year. But was this sudden in the desire of Americans to live with a collie a coincidence or was it an example of the “dog movie star effect.”read more
3:55 PM | Are You More Ethical in the Morning?
New research shows you're more likely to make better ethical decisions when you're most alert. Continue reading →
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