February 11, 2015

12:00 AM | Popped Popcorn Grows a Leg, Jumps Like a Human
Popcorn behaves like both a plant and an animal as it transforms from a hard kernel into a fluffy snack.

February 10, 2015

10:06 PM | Can there ever really be such a thing as single context archaeology?
I made my first ever video this week. It is an attempt to visualise a concept that can be difficult to express - the relationship between micro (and sub-micro) stratigraphy that we can see under the microscope, to the macroscale deposits that most (non-micromorphologists) are familiar with in the field. It is hard to imagine something you cannot see, and as an archaeologist who has the privilege of being able to examine the 'invisible' archaeological record, I want to be able to show others […]
6:30 PM | Dogs Can't Cure Cancer!
How much do cancer patients benefit from playing with therapy dogs before their radiation or chemotherapy treatments? There's good news and bad news...
8:00 AM | The Confederate Town In New York That Held Out Until 1946
Unusually for a town so near the Canadian border, Town Line, New York voted to secede from the Union in 1861 and join the Confederacy. While the circumstances surrounding the treasonous act is shrouded in urban legend, the secession---ignored by the Union government---remains a curious aberration. Town Line was the only Northern town to turn rebel during the Civil War, and didn't rejoin the US until 1946, making it the last stronghold of the Confederacy. The post The Confederate Town In New […]

February 09, 2015

11:45 PM | Top 10 Happiest Languages
Some languages are happier than others, according to a new study that ranked languages based on the emotional content of words and other factors. Wondering where English falls?
8:26 PM | Brian Williams and the Psychology of False Memories
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has apologized for telling a story that wasn't true. But psychologists have suggested it may not be a lie.
2:30 PM | Plane Carrying Chile Soccer Stars Found, 50 Years On
Climbers in Chile's Andes say they have found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago.
10:00 AM | Simulation: surprisingly common!
The other day we did a post suggesting that given the commitment to a mega-genomic endeavor based on the belief that genomes are predictive entities about our individual lives generally, we should explore the the likely causal landscape that underlies the assumption, with tools including research-based computer simulation.  Simulation can show how genomic causation can most clearly be assessed from sequence data.  By comparison to the empirical project itself, simulation is very […]
8:50 AM | DNews: Online Dating Apps Raising the Ante on STD Risk
The Internet may have quickened the dating pace for some, but it's also brought more risky behavior along for the ride, as research finds upticks in HIV and gonorrhea after craigslist launched.
8:00 AM | When Large Hatpins Were Declared A Menace To Society
Fashion accessories aren't usually dangerous, but in the early 1900s, the media was comparing the incredibly sharp, incredibly dangerous, foot-long hatpin to firearms. Women were using the hatpins to defend themselves against molestation and unwanted advances, but they were also accidentally injuring---even killing---innocent people with their hatpins. It wasn't long before it became completely legal to arrest a woman for wearing an illegal hatpin. By the time World War I started, though, the […]

February 08, 2015

5:29 PM | Daffodils v alliums: it's a cultural thing
If you’re from a part of the world in which daffodils grow, you probably recognise them in the picture above. The UK will be carpeted in the things in a few weeks – we do like our spring flowers after a bleak winter. Our supermarkets sell bunches of daffs, some in flower and some in bud. You can buy pots of bulbs ‘in the green’ that will flower when you take them home. At various points of the year, you can buy daffodil bulbs for planting. Given the nature of the […]
8:00 AM | The Starvation Doctor Of Seattle
In the early 1900s, Linda Hazzard set up shop in Seattle as a starvation doctor. She wasn't called that, of course. She was a less-threatening “fasting specialist," but the result was the same---her patients died. After the death of the daughter of an officer in the English Army, she was eventually tried and convicted of manslaughter---but she had already gotten some of her patients to sign over their wealth. The post The Starvation Doctor Of Seattle appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

February 07, 2015

1:53 PM | Radicalisering – Waar hebben we het eigenlijk over?
Op zaterdag 31 januari had ik,samen met imam Azzedine Karat van de Essalam moskee in Rotterdam, de eer een lezing te mogen geven in Islamitisch Centrum Imam Malik. Dit is de volledige tekst.
8:00 AM | Why Living In The Present Is Actually A Terrible Idea
According to researchers from Harvard and Virginia Universities, all of mankind is laboring under a sort of species-wide blind spot. We're well aware that we've changed and evolved as individuals throughout our lives, but we're almost completely incapable of realizing that in the future, we'll be changing just as much. This denial of future change is likely a major contributing factor when it comes to making poor decisions that hurt us in the long run, and being aware of it can at least help us […]

February 06, 2015

11:26 PM | Common Brain Mechanisms in Mental Illness
An important new meta-analysis of brain imaging research came out this week in JAMA Psychiatry, “Identification of a Common Neurobiological Substrate for Mental Illness” which highlights the importance of the insula and anterior cingultate in healthy brain function. Neuroscientist News … Continue reading »
4:50 PM | Measles Outbreak, Vaccine: Top Questions Answered
We asked experts to explain how the vaccine works and why the outbreak is happening now.
3:01 PM | Mystery Microbes Among DNA Diversity on NYC Surfaces
The dizzying array of microbes found on NYC surfaces may inspire you to start wearing gloves when traveling in the Big Apple.
10:55 AM | Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi on Mu’adh al-Kasasiba, IS and Jihad
The well-known Jordanian Jihadi-Salafi scholar Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi was released from prison last week and just gave an interview to the Al-Ru'ya channel in which he was asked to comment on the execution of the Jordanian pilot Mu'adh al-Kasasiba.
8:40 AM | DNews: Got a Craving for Sweet Treats? Here's Why
Don't fall for the busted notion that only pregnant women have cravings. We all get them -- to varying degrees and for different foods. Find out which cues give the brain license to send us out for some ice cream.
8:00 AM | Your Credit Card Data Is Far From Anonymous
We've been told that our transaction records are "anonymized" by removing our names and other personal details before our credit card companies share the information with outside organizations. But researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the locations and dates of just four purchases are sufficient to correctly identify you with over 90 percent accuracy in a database of 1.1 million people with three months of information (even if the data is anonymized). The […]

February 05, 2015

6:57 PM | Week 37 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
I’ve been quiet for the last 2 weeks because I haven’t been into the College. The last time I was there I had finished photographing and creating an inventory of a Pathology collection. It’s taken the curator these last few weeks to find the associated notes for project which we wanted to add to the […]
10:17 AM | El cazador que enseñaba geología
Tal y como recoge el diccionario de la Real Academia Española, una glaciación—edad de hielo o periodo glacial— es cada una de las grandes invasiones de hielo que en épocas remotas acontecieron en zonas muy extensas de distintos continentes. Se … Sigue leyendo →
10:00 AM | Populations, individuals and imprecise disease prediction
As Michael Gerson writes in the Washington Post, "Preventable infectious disease is making its return to the developed world, this time by invitation." When anti-vaxxers were few, and they chose not to expose their kids to what they consider toxins, their kids benefited from the herd immunity that resulted from most parents choosing to have their kids vaccinated (or, as Gerson puts it, anti-vaxxers chose to be free-riders).  They could claim there were no costs to their […]
9:28 AM | Over de grens? – Een gesprek over politiek, islam en activisme
Over de grens? – Een gesprek over politiek, islam en activisme | ACT? Georganiseerd door: de afdeling culturele antropologie van de Universiteit van Amsterdam & ACMES Lokatie: Universiteit van Amsterdam   Datum en Tijd:...
8:30 AM | DNews: How We Speak the Universal Language of Touch
Humans are born communicators -- if we have something to say, we usually say it. Just visit the Internet! But another tool in our language box flies a bit under the radar: the language of touch. Julia explains how we use it and why it works.
8:00 AM | The ‘Secret Code’ Of The Underground Railroad
According to the popular story, slaves running north on the Underground Railroad were often sent secret messages through quilts. Conveniently and casually hung on a clothesline or over a railing, the pattern on the quilt would tell them valuable information, like whether or not it was safe to stop. Thing is, it hasn't really been found to be true, and the earliest reference we have to the idea come from a 1999 book with a single source---a woman who, conveniently, sold quilts. The post The […]

February 04, 2015

7:00 PM | Vaping May Make Lungs More Vulnerable to Infection
Mice exposed to e-cigarette vapors are shown to be much more vulnerable to disease in their lungs.
4:38 PM | Slut or Saint: Finger Length Tells Sexual Style
Scientists say people fall into two broad categories -- promiscuity or faithfulness -- when it comes to sex.
10:00 AM | Exploring genomic causal 'precision'
Regardless of whether or not some geneticists object to the cost or scientific cogency of the currently proposed Million Genomes project, it is going to happen.  Genomic data clearly have a role in health and medical practice. The project is receiving kudos from the genetics community, but it's easy to forget that many questions related to understanding the actual nature of genomic causation and the degree to which that understanding can in practice lead to seriously 'precise' and […]
8:30 AM | DNews: Why Body Detox Schemes Are Complete Bunk
Everywhere you look, someone wants to sell you on the idea of body "cleanses" -- the need to clear yourself of harmful toxins that build up and make your insides icky. Guess what: It's a bunch of hooey. Your body, without any help, is up to the job.
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