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September 04, 2014

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5:00 PM | Performing Funerals in Mycenaean Greece (1600-1100 BCE)
I’ve been spending the last few days learning about grave goods found with the dead during the Early Anglo-Saxon period. Grave goods are an interesting artifact- as it isn’t something […]

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4:50 PM | DNews: Women Drivers Are Better Than Men? Yes, It's True
Science puts one in the "win" column for women, with the news that they're better behind the wheel than their speeding, reckless male counterparts. Tara Long has the details.
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1:40 PM | DNews: How Does Ebola Kill People?
How exactly does the Ebola virus take human lives, as it has done to horrific effect in West African nations? Trace takes a look inside the human body to find out what happens to it when Ebola arrives.
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10:36 AM | Is Playing in a Chamber Orchestra like Participating in Government?
While we were in Europe last month, Ken and I spent almost a week in Innsbruck with our daughter, Amie, and her husband.  They are both freelance musicians living in Italy, and he was playing in the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, so we were lucky enough to be able to attend a beautiful performance of Scarlatti's forgotten opera, Narciso, premiered in 1714.  We have talked a lot with Amie over the years about her life as a freelance musician, and now with her husband.  They […]
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7:00 AM | The Romanian Woman Who Secretly Voiced Western Movies
In the 1980s, Romanian cinema and TV were heavily censored by the Communist Party. However, people still watched illegal VHS tapes on outrageously expensive VCRs. Of course, most of these movies were in English, but fortunately, they were all dubbed by one woman. Her name was Irina Margareta Nistor, and she eventually became the best-known voice in Romania. The post The Romanian Woman Who Secretly Voiced Western Movies appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 03, 2014

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7:20 PM | Why Do People Take Nude Photos of Themselves?
Our desire to connect is primal, but our daily lives are often physically disconnected.
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7:08 PM | Why animals love touchscreens
Whether it’s apes, bears or penguins, animals can’t enough of touchscreens, says Jason G Goldman, and it’s revealing intriguing things about their behaviour.
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3:55 PM | Get Your Shovel: Artist Buries 30 Gold Bars in Beach
Thirty gold bars have been buried in a beach in England for anyone who wants to try and find some. Oh, and it's art. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Girl's Allergic Reaction Tied to Antibiotics in Pie
The new study is the first to link an allergic reaction to antibiotics in fruit.
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9:46 AM | DNews: Tiny Mites Are Living on Your Face. Yes, Mites!
In what's likely to be unsettling news to, well, anyone, it turns out we have little mites making a living on our faces. They eat, sleep and even have sex in your pores. How did they get there, and what makes our faces such good homes?
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9:00 AM | Genomic cold fusion? Part III. Gene mapping: when minnows are whales
In the first two parts of this series we tried to outline the actual logic underlying the search for genes that affect a trait, disease or otherwise, that we might be interested in.  We titled this series ‘genomic cold fusion’ in response to a comment on a tweet made about our course Logical Reasoning in Human Genetics whose most recent offering was given by us a week or so ago in Helsinki, Finland.  The characterization was about the idea of ‘linkage […]
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8:12 AM | The Strange Ties Between Low-Frequency Sound And Ghost Sightings
It's called infrasound: This refers to a sound which has a frequency lower than 20 khz. This frequency is at the very bottom of the typical human range of hearing, and while it may not always be processed as sound, the body certainly registers it unconsciously. This can lead to some very strange reactions and may be linked to ghost sightings. The post The Strange Ties Between Low-Frequency Sound And Ghost Sightings appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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7:30 AM | No such thing as Islamophobia
Five reasons why there is no such thing as Islamophobia. Really there isn't. Really.

September 02, 2014

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9:44 PM | How will today’s technology change our concept of “work”?
Change is hard. We meet it with some trepidation and skepticism. This is certainly true when it comes to technology. Each wave of technological advancement has changed the economy; and in each age... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:44 PM | How will today’s technology change our concept of “work”?
Change is hard. We meet it with some trepidation and skepticism. This is certainly true when it comes to technology. Each wave of technological advancement has changed the economy; and in each age... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:45 PM | Ebola Crisis Prompts New Use For Infrared Cameras
New airport Ebola creening procedures in some countries include using infrared cameras to take body temperature. Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | Could Cave Carving Be First Neanderthal Art?
Possibly the first known example of Neanderthal rock art has been discovered in a seaside cave on the Rock of Gibraltar, archaeologists say.
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5:15 PM | DNews: Why Can't We Smell Our Own Homes?
Ever wonder why everything smells fine in your house until you go away for awhile and then come back wondering, "Why does it stink in here?" You can thank your brain for that, Tara explains.
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1:50 PM | An Osteological Case of Ancient Down Syndrome.
Scrolling through the International Journal of Paleopathology I came across an article entitled ‘Ancient Down syndrome: An osteological case from Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, northeastern France, from the 5–6th century AD’ by Rivollat et al (2014). During my studies I only came across Down Syndrome in genetics it is caused by a partially or complete third copy of chromosome 21, which is […]
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1:48 PM | Explainer: Bill Gates Donates $1 Million to Gun Control
Bill Gates just threw a million dollars behind a new legal measure in Washington State aimed at tighter gun control. Trace explains the details of the bill Gates is backing.
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11:00 AM | Speak for yourself
Arguably the most unique ability of humans is the ability to communicate highly complex concepts, for which we need language. But language can mean many things, from sign language to writing, although the most efficient form of language we have is speech – a skill unique today to living modern humans. The apes have a […]
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9:34 AM | DNews: Why Do Fingernails Grow Faster Than Toenails?
In a growth race between toenails and fingernails, fingers win every time. Why would evolution make that happen?
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8:20 AM | The Largest Beaver Dam In The World
Beavers are the engineers of the animal kingdom whose work is seemingly never done. Their dams and lodges can grow to enormous proportions, capable of transforming major tracts of land and creating entire ecosystems for fish, frogs, and other wildlife. Average-size beaver dams are impressive, but even they are dwarfed by the 850-meter-long (2,800 ft) dam discovered in Canada. The rodents started building the structure in the 1970s, and it has grown to become the world's largest beaver dam. The […]

September 01, 2014

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8:00 PM | Gulp! People Snack More During Action Movies
People eat more when watching more stimulating programs, new research shows. Continue reading →
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9:30 AM | Lunch with the Captain
These days I’m having trouble finding time to write, especially to blog.My colleagues and I are busy building a team and a large network of collaborators for a series of related malaria elimination projects.  Our initial goal in this project is to wipe malaria out in very specific populations.  If this works, and from our initial work at a smaller scale it appears as though it can, it will be vastly scaled up – reaching throughout Southeast Asia. The impetus for this work […]
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8:00 AM | Glutbusters: September 2014
Stunning autumn foliage In the gardening calendar, September in the UK is ‘early autumn’. It comes before the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and (depending on the weather) is frequently a period when harvesting of summer crops can continue. There’s usually a few more weeks of frost-free weather, and the mad dash to harvest everything safely and clear everything away for the winter hasn’t started yet. Most people are sick of the sight of courgettes and runner […]
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7:09 AM | How The British Stole Their Way Into The Tea Business
For years, England got their tea from China. With the end of the Opium Wars, though, one of their major trade venues had been shut down. They needed another way to get tea, and they needed to know China's secrets to do it. They sent in Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist, to tour tea factories, discover just how it was prepared, and steal some seeds---which Europeans had never seen. It worked, and he brought tea seeds to India to start their rise to the top of the tea-producing world, after he […]

August 31, 2014

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3:04 PM | Deep Future of Big History
NEW PAPER: Deep Future of Big History: Cultural Evolution, Technoculture, and Omega Civilization  The epic of evolution has always set my imagination on fire.  Throughout the 13.8 billion years of cosmic existence an interconnected chain of events has resulted in the generation of culture, technology, language, and mind.  What is the nature of this evolutionary […]Deep Future of Big History was first posted on August 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm.©2013 "The Advanced Apes". Use […]
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11:15 AM | Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner - Kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit – 3 september 2014 Aanleiding Er is onder antropologen een toenemende aandacht voor kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit. Antropologische blogs,...
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8:10 AM | Germany’s Artificial, Erupting Volcano
When Germany's prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz went on his coming-of-age tour of Europe, he was absolutely mesmerized by Italy's Mount Vesuvius. There's not much in the way of volcanoes in Germany, though, so what's a crown prince to do? He ended up building his own working volcano, one that fell into disrepair with the toll of the world wars and the Berlin Wall. Now it's been given new life, though, and “erupts” several times a year. The post Germany’s Artificial, […]
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