March 11, 2015

9:00 AM | Stimulate the phagocytes! (a distant mirror)
There is widespread acknowledgment that we have generally not achieved the biomedical (or evolutionary) predictive power that our research institutions' leaders have repeatedly been promising.  This applies to genomic as well as environmental causation.  It’s very natural, and easy to see why the public buys into these promises to the extent that it does, because as with religion we’re dealing with the quality of life, and with death, and doctors and preachers play on […]
7:00 AM | Your Friends Can Tell You How Long You’ll Probably Live
You can go to the doctor, read all the latest medical news, and obsess over your health all you want. But a recent study shows that your friends, especially close ones, can tell how long you'll live based on your personality in your twenties. If you're a man whose friends see you as open and conscientious, you'll probably live longer. For women, you want your friends to see you as agreeable and emotionally stable. The post Your Friends Can Tell You How Long You’ll Probably Live appeared […]

March 10, 2015

2:41 PM | Giant subfossil lemur graveyard discovered, submerged, in Madagascar
Yesterday my friend at work send me this paper because she had heard of my interest in bones. This article features a graveyard – not of humans but of fossil lemurs and other fauna. An expedition of some flooded freshwater caves in Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, Madagascar was undertaken to investigate the paleontological potential of the caves. On […]
1:06 PM | The Transition from Living to Dead in Neolithic Italy
I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of novels. They are a perfect blend of intellectual references, irreverent creativity and humor that is perfect for breaking down the […]

Robb, J., Elster, E., Isetti, E., Knüsel, C., Tafuri, M. & Traverso, A. (2015). Cleaning the dead: Neolithic ritual processing of human bone at Scaloria Cave, Italy, Antiquity, 89 (343) 39-54. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2014.35

10:47 AM | Monitor moslim discriminatie
In het net verschenen rapport ‘Monitor Moslim Discriminatie’ brengt Dr. Ineke van der Valk gegevens bijeen over de stand van zaken rond islamofobie en de discriminatie van moslims.
9:00 AM | The lucky ones were vaporized: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and genetics
I was alive when the two bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, were dropped on Japan, but I was too young to know about it.  Only years later did I know in some abstract sense what dropping the "A- bomb" was all about.  It was a merciful act, designed to end WWII before hundreds of thousands of soldiers on both sides were slaughtered or disarmed (literally), no?Bombs away.  Little Boy (wikipedia)I'm reading a new book Hiroshima Nagasaki, by Paul Ham.  According to the author, by […]
8:06 AM | Review: Urban Orchard cider
Urban Orchard cider, made with apples from urban fruit trees On Friday evening we nipped out to buy some paint for the garden. When we got home we found we had no water – a burst water main in the village was the source of the problem. Fortunately I’d planned a meal that involved very little water, and we settled down to a chicken curry with onion flatbreads. It seemed like the perfect moment to open the two bottles of cider I’d been sent to review! Food waste is high […]
7:00 AM | The Art Installation That Offended A Nation
Dread Scott Tyler is no stranger to controversy. Back in 1989, this American artist angered everyone from Vietnam veterans to Washington politicians with his contentious art installation "What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?" But why was it so controversial? Well, because it involved standing on top of the American flag. The post The Art Installation That Offended A Nation appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

March 09, 2015

7:30 PM | Is Your Child a Narcissist in Training? Take the Quiz
Parents who consider their kids more special than others have a higher chance or raising a narcissist, a new study finds. Take quiz on your parenting style.
5:14 PM | DNews: Another Small Step in the Battle Against Alzheimer's
Researchers make some interesting new finds, as they try to uncover the cause of this horrible disease.
4:05 PM | Flu Hospitalizations Soar Among Older Adults
U.S. flu hospitalization rate this season was about 52 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.
1:40 PM | Explainer: How Lotteries Work
Even though lotteries leave a person with about a 1 in 700 gazillion chance of winning, plenty of people pony up week after week to play them. How do they work, and what happens if you win?
11:05 AM | Seeker Daily: 90-Year-Old Kenyan Grandmother Goes Back to School
Meet Priscilla Sitienei, the oldest student at her local elementary school.
7:00 AM | The Ultra-Manly History Of Knitting
Knitting might seem like a female-oriented pastime these days, but during the Middle Ages, it was a craft that only men were allowed to perfect. They would spend six years doing so, allowed into guilds of knitters only after passing a rigorous exam. Professional, guilded knitters were responsible for an amazing amount of clothing well into the 16th century. Once the knitting machine was invented, though, it became something that men didn't need to do any more and women could take up as a hobby. […]

March 08, 2015

8:00 AM | The Sad Story Of London’s Red-Light Graveyard
Walk along London's South Bank, and you can't miss it. Cross Bones Cemetery is now a garden, a walled memorial with shrines to remember those have been buried there over the centuries. As unconsecrated ground, the site was used first for the sex workers that plied their trade along the river beginning in the 12th century. It was a burial site for paupers and plague victims, with no one really knowing how many people have found their final resting place in the once-taboo graveyard. The post […]

March 07, 2015

11:36 PM | Culture like Relativity
One of the prominent ways to think about culture is as a system of symbols or beliefs. For example, Clifford Geertz wrote in 1973: Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself … Continue reading »The post Culture like Relativity appeared first on Neuroanthropology.
8:00 AM | The American Who Fought For Castro
William Alexander Morgan’s life sounds like a story ripped out of the wildest movie imaginable. After roaming around the US, this guy from Ohio headed to Cuba where he joined Fidel Castro’s revolution. The American was eventually promoted to comandante and earned Castro’s respect, but things took a dark turn when the new government morphed into a dictatorship. The post The American Who Fought For Castro appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

March 06, 2015

8:04 PM | Landscape
Rolling hills and jagged peaks, bubbling brooks and flowing creeks,Vast swathes of trees turn green to gold, with hues that shift in ebbs and flows,Ten thousand bricks in reds and browns, transforming clays from cliffs to towns;And here between the sea and land, the speckled straw expanse of sand,Gleaming towers, slate grey tiles and tarmac trails extend for miles,Twinkling stars and harbour lights, to sodium glare transforming nights,Shades and dancing shadows bright, creating shifting […]
4:24 PM | The light at the end of the tunnel
A polytunnel in the schools’ garden at Cambridge Botanic Garden, in 2009 It’s at this time of year, I think, that a polytunnel or greenhouse really comes in handy in the garden. Over the summer it may just be a tangle of tomato vines – productive, but a space that you really only go in to keep up with the watering chore, or to harvest ripe tomatoes. You know you’re going to come out with green stains on your clothes and hands that smell funny – tomatoes are like […]
11:57 AM | Week 40 at the Royal College of Surgeons
I had a shorter day at the College this week because last Saturday I was hit in the head with a hockey ball so at the moment I’m a little prone to small headaches. I had a very impressive black eye, which I’ve never had before, that has gone a wonderful shade of various colours! […]
10:06 AM | Tercer podcast de Tertulias Literarias de Ciencia
Mañana me toca publicar el resumen del capítulo de Mala Ciencia titulado “El profesor Patrick Holford”. Espero que pasen por el blog de las tertulias para participar en el debate. Mientras tanto, pueden disfrutar del tercer podcast que grabamos hace unos días … Sigue leyendo →
10:05 AM | Mala ciencia
Ficha Técnica Título: Mala ciencia Autor: Ben Goldacre Edita: Planeta, Madrid, 2012 Colección: Divulgación Encuadernación: Tapa blanda Número de páginas: 400 ISBN: 8408003771 Precio: 9 €             ¿Cómo sabemos si un tratamiento funciona, o si algo produce … Sigue leyendo →
8:00 AM | The Poor Black Woman Who Unknowingly Changed Science Forever
Henrietta Lacks had a short, hard life. She lost her mother when she was four, and her father abandoned her and her nine siblings soon afterward. When she died at the age of 31, her obituary never appeared in a newspaper and she was buried in an unmarked grave. And yet cervical cancer cells, taken from her without her knowledge or consent, were very, very special. Lacks’s cells were “immortal,” meaning, said the researcher who first cultured them, they were “a […]

March 05, 2015

9:42 PM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXIX
February brought a ridiculously huge number of announcements about new bioarchaeological finds.  For all the stories, you should follow Powered by Osteons on Facebook.  Here I have collected last month's Roman and Roman-adjacent finds:Roman ProvincesThe "oldest brain's"original home (York Archaeo)21 January - Britain's oldest brain (York Archaeology). While not exactly Roman in date, this preserved brain goes back to the 6th century AD, which is all kinds of cool.  Can't wait to […]
4:30 PM | Step It Up! The States Where People Walk Most
On average, people living in New York state log more steps during both summer and winter than people of any other state.
3:00 PM | Why Hasn't the Homeland Seen a Major Attack?
Smaller terrorist groups are tougher to stop, but they also tend to cause less damage.
1:54 PM | Jimmy Kimmel Taps Doctors to Mock Anti-Vaccine Deniers
ABC talk show host Jimmy Kimmel recently reminded his audience about the importance of vaccination. Continue reading →
1:30 PM | World's Oldest Person Misao Okawa Turns 117
She's a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six.
9:16 AM | DNews: Why Younger Women Put Off Getting Heart Help
Women under the age of 55 are twice as likely as men to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack. What gives? It turns out women may set aside serious concerns that should be addressed as soon as possible. Julia explains why.
8:00 AM | The Dingo Really Did Eat The Baby
The line from Seinfeld has become pretty infamous over the years, quoted over and over again. It was based on the real case of Azaria Chamberlain, who disappeared from her family's campsite in 1980. In spite of the fact that her parents remained steadfast in their insistence that it was a dingo that stole into the campsite and ran off with their two-month-old daughter, Azaria's mother was found guilty in 1982, with her husband guilty of being an accessory. It was only 32 years after the little […]
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