January 14, 2015

1:35 PM | DNews: Smartphone Separation Anxiety: It's a Thing
Feeling on edge? A bit anxious? It could be you've somehow been separated from your smartphone. New research finds that just being away from your phone can cause anxiety and even cause you to perform worse on important tasks.
8:00 AM | One Nun’s Outrageous Condemnation Of The Catholic Church
In 1836, Maria Monk wrote a scathing, sordid expose on life in a Catholic nunnery. She told stories of murder, torture, abuse, and rape, of killing babies, of bizarre rituals, and of horrors so great she couldn't even begin to write them down. Her book was a massive success, but there were a lot of people, her own mother included, that said she absolutely wasn't a credible writer or witness to anything. The claims in the book were investigated, first by seeing if the descriptions in her book […]

January 13, 2015

8:55 PM | Oumi en Mijn vader de expat – Een impressie van een verhalensensatie
Afgelopen zondag ben ik naar de voorstelling Mijn vader de expat & Oumi geweest. Het was de laatste voorstelling dus de hoogste tijd dat ik er eens heen ging na alle juichende verhalen op...
4:00 PM | First Conversations 2 Mln Yrs Ago Likely About Tools
Tool bad and Tool good might have been some of the first sentences spoken by our early ancestors, research concludes.
3:33 PM | The Genome Institute and its role
The NIH-based Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has for a long time been funding the Big Data kinds of science that is growing like mushrooms on the funding landscape.  Even if overall funding is constrained, and even if this also applies to the NHGRI (I don't happen to know), the sequestration of funds in too-big-to-stop projects is clear. Even Francis Collins and some NIH efforts to reinvigorate individual-investigator RO1 awards don't really seem to have stopped the grab for Big […]
1:57 PM | Goats and reeds in the Neolithic
Bulliform cells in modern Zea mays tissue (source: Visuals Unlimited, Inc)Fellow animal dung enthusiast Sarah Elliot at the University of Bournemouth shared this fab little article describing the use of 'Eco goats' to manage invasive plants in the US. It is especially interesting that they note the use of goats as a pesticide-free way to manage Phragmites reeds. These reeds have distinctive phytoliths which archaeologists call 'keystone' bulliforms, which are relatively large single cell […]
12:00 PM | Not All Are Buried Here: Selective Burial in Prehistoric Spain
Interpreting cemeteries in order to understand the living population is a dangerous and difficult task. On the one hand, cemeteries are really our only form of information about the actual […]

Fernández-Crespo, T. & de-la-Rúa, C. (2015). Demographic evidence of selective burial in megalithic graves of northern Spain, Journal of Archaeological Science, 53 604-617. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.11.015

9:04 AM | DNews: Why Jealousy Rears Its Ugly Head
A massive new study on jealousy looks at the reasons different groups of people experience the emotion as well as what triggers it.
8:00 AM | The Most Expensive Autograph You’ve Never Heard Of
Chances are pretty good you’ve never heard of Button Gwinnett. While he signed the Declaration of Independence, he never achieved the legendary status of men like Benjamin Franklin. However, despite his obscure spot in history, Button Gwinnett’s autograph is worth more than any other signature with the possible exception of William Shakespeare. The post The Most Expensive Autograph You’ve Never Heard Of appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

January 12, 2015

9:50 PM | AirAsia Jet 'Exploded on Impact'
Flight data recorders reveal that a rapid change in pressure caused the plane to burst as it hit the water.
9:30 PM | Animal DNA on the Go Seen for First Time
DNA has been observed moving from one cell to another for the first time in animals.
5:15 PM | DNews: Kale Put to the Nutrient Density Test
Kale, kale, kale. It's everywhere! Fashionable though it may be, is it really all that and more, nutrients-wise? A new CDC report takes kale and other leafy greens out for a dietary spin.
2:50 PM | Did High School Digitally Slim Girls' Yearbook Photos?
A viral news story claiming that an all-girls high school digitally altered their students' yearbook photos to make them thinner isn't quite accurate.
8:00 AM | The Forgotten Story Of The Titanic Of The East
On February 26, 1822, a junk ship by the name of the Tek Sing sank beneath the treacherous waters of the South China Sea, claiming hundreds of lives together with a vast cargo of antique porcelain. It wouldn’t be until over 150 years later that it would be rediscovered and its amazing cargo brought to the surface. The post The Forgotten Story Of The Titanic Of The East appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

January 11, 2015

3:30 PM | Crowds, Leaders Gather for Historic Paris March of Defiance
Hundreds of thousands of people joined by world leaders flooded Paris on Sunday in a historic show of defiance and solidarity against terrorism following this week's Islamist attacks in the French capital.
8:00 AM | The Incredible Survival Story Of Juliane Koepcke
In 1971, a plane crashed in the Peruvian jungles on Christmas Eve. All aboard were killed, except for 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke. After free-falling more than 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) while still strapped into her seat, she woke up in the middle of the jungle surrounded by debris from the crash. Suffering from various injuries, she searched in vain for her mother---then started walking. Ten days later, she found a boat, and waited for its owners to return. They finally did. The post […]

January 10, 2015

10:36 AM | Llega la 3ª edición de las tertulias literarias de ciencia
oy estamos todos de enhorabuena. Hoy regresan las tertulias literarias de ciencia con un libro que no va a dejar indiferente a nadie. Nos adentramos en el mundo de las pseudociencias para analizar, debatir y aprender gracias a uno de los libros … Sigue leyendo →
9:18 AM | Mix 'n Matcha
A cup of hot matcha tea One of the recent arrivals on the food scene in the last couple of years has been matcha – a bright green powder made from high quality green tea. High in antioxidants, it’s touted as being super-healthy, and it has a long history of being used in Japanese tea ceremonies, and by Buddhist monks who want to stay alert during their meditations. I suspect any effect on alertness comes from the caffeine content. I haven’t noticed one, but then I’m a […]
8:00 AM | The French Chef Who Cooked Up A Paris Zoo
During the Franco-Prussian War, the people of Paris found themselves in a rather bad spot. Totally cut off by an enemy army, the Parisians were forced to eat dogs, cats, and rodents. However, diners at Chef Alexandre Etienne Choron’s restaurant were treated to one of the wildest meals in culinary history: animals from the city zoo. The post The French Chef Who Cooked Up A Paris Zoo appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

January 09, 2015

8:30 PM | At Least 26 US Kids Die of Flu in 'Bad' Season
This year the predominant strain is h3N2, which has been shown to be more virulent than other kinds.
5:15 PM | Brothers Who Are Murderers: Why So Many?
Genes primarily affecting males, as well as family environment help explain why so many terrorists and killers are men, including brothers.
3:38 PM | Een impressie van de #SluitTa demonstratie
Afgelopen vrijdag vond in Den Haag bij de Tweede Kamer een demonstratie plaats tegen de TerroristenAfdelingen (TA) van de gevangenissen in Vught en Rotterdam (De Schie). De demonstratie was gericht tegen het, volgens demonstranten,...
8:04 AM | Afán por saber cumple cinco años
arece mentira pero ya ha pasado un año más, y con él, este blog llega a los cinco años de existencia (y aunque uno lo pasó inactivo tras el nacimiento de mis dos niñas —el peso de la parternidad— espero que la … Sigue leyendo →
8:00 AM | The Controversies Over Marco Polo
One of the world's most famous explorers, there's quite a bit of controversy over whether or not he actually did everything he claimed to do. Supporters of Polo's adventures say that he relays quite a bit of accurate information that could have only come from firsthand experiences, but others claim that he also gets quite a bit glaringly, obviously wrong. Some claim that everything's the truth, others claim he only made it to the far edge of Western Europe and collected his information from […]

January 08, 2015

6:57 PM | Week 35 Volunteering at the Royal College of Suregons
So have a nice chilled out Christmas break I’m back at the college looking at more interesting specimens. As this is my forst week back, including my job at Reading University, I am still getting adjusted with actually having to work as having two weeks off at Christmas was great but as I did very […]
5:27 PM | DNews: E-Readers and Bedtime: A Bad Combination?
You've no doubt been hearing a lot in the news of late about your e-reader, and how it's going to give you insomnia and maybe even cancer. But before you toss your favorite reader out with the next trash night, get the real scoop from Julian.
10:00 AM | Genomewide mapping and a correlation fallacy
When there isn't an adequate formal theory for determining cause and effect, we often must rely on searches for statistical associations between variables that we, for whatever reason, think might cause an outcome and the occurrence of the outcome itself.  One criterion is that the putative cause must arise before its effect, that is, the outcome of interest.  That time-order is sometimes not clear in the kinds of data we collect, but we would normally say we're lucky in genetics […]
9:00 AM | DNews: Food Label Calorie Counts Are Totally Fried
The calorie counting system nutritionists use today is more than 100 years old and doesn't take into account cooked vs. uncooked foods. So the calorie counts we see on labels don't really tell the whole story.
8:00 AM | Colonel Sanders Started With A Gas Station And A Shoot-Out
With his famous facial hair and trademark white suit, Colonel Sanders is one of the most recognizable people on the planet. But before the Colonel came up with his world-famous recipe of 11 herbs and spices, the man was running a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. However, the Colonel almost never opened a single restaurant thanks to a trigger-happy business rival who wanted to send Sanders to the local cemetery. The post Colonel Sanders Started With A Gas Station And A Shoot-Out appeared […]

January 07, 2015

8:00 PM | Revolutionary New Antibiotic Kills Drug-Resistant Germs
Scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotics that can kill a wide range of dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.
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