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August 21, 2014

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4:00 PM | Neanderthals Coexisted with Humans for More Than 5,000 Years
Anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals were both living in Europe for up to 5,400 years, says a new study conducted by Oxford University researcher Prof Thomas Higham and his colleagues. Prof Higham’s team obtained new radiocarbon dates for around 200 samples from 40 Paleolithic sites, ranging from Russia to Spain. The sites were either linked [...]
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3:50 PM | Thailand's Parliament Hands Prime Minister Post To Coup Leader
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a May putsch against the country's democratically elected government, was approved unanimously by a hand-picked legislature.
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3:47 PM | Ozone-destroying chemical still floating around; no one knows the source
25 years after it was banned, carbon tetrachloride isn't going away quickly.
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3:30 PM | Impact for a Lifetime
Talking to the public about science and rationality is an odd way to spend your life. It can be maddening, when you go against those who oppose reality: homeopaths, anti-vaxxers, global warming deniers, young-Earth creationists. For those of us who love the Universe the way it is, going up against that tsunami of nonsense is a grueling and unending task. Worse, in some ways, is wondering if what you’re doing is actually helping. Sure, I get traffic on my blog, or retweets, or […]
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3:22 PM | Throwing Cold Water on the Ice Bucket Challenge
Categories: SkepticismL’il Darwin Tee available here! Use code “hellyeah50″ to get 50% off your entire order! Donate to the ALS Association here. Support more videos like this on Patreon. Transcript: The ...(Read more...)
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3:13 PM | Is There Such A Thing As A 'Good Psychopath'?
A pair of authors believe that certain traits such as ruthlessness and fearlessness can enhance your life.
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3:02 PM | Should it be “math” or “maths”?
Do the math: There are actually two answers to this question. First, “maths” looks plural and is preferred by some because “mathematics” is plural. The problem with that is “mathematics” is no more plural than “physics” or any other compound noun. It is a rational sounding utterly incorrect argument. If we said “mathematics are cool”…
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2:59 PM | Políticos y científicos
Como comenté en la anotación anterior de esta serie, John Locke ejerció una gran influencia en los personajes que lideraron la independencia de las 13 colonias, y que dio lugar a la creación de los Estados Unidos de América. Varios de los llamados Padres Fundadores eran, además, verdaderos ilustrados, con muy amplios intereses intelectuales. Es posible que no haya […] Seguir leyendo The post Políticos y científicos appeared first on […]
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2:59 PM | U.S. Won't Rule Out Attack In Syria To Hit Islamic State
American aircraft have carried out more strikes against the Islamic State, after the extremist group beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley. The attacks come despite threats to kill other hostages.
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2:37 PM | How Do Daily Weather Forecasts Relate To Hourly Forecasts? It Depends.
Sometimes hour-to-hour weather events are more independent than at other times.
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2:26 PM | Afghanistan Expels 'Times' Reporter Over Article About Potential Coup
New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg was forced to leave Afghanistan after officials called one of his recent stories a threat to national security.
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2:24 PM | Bank Of America Reaches Record Settlement Over Mortgage Meltdown
The nation's second-largest bank has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.
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2:16 PM | Pasolini's seductive utopian vision
Adam Thirlwell at Bookforum: Everything Pasolini did, he did as a poet. But what was it, precisely, that Pasolini did? Born in 1922, he began his career writing poetry in Friulian, his native language. Then he moved to Rome, where...
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2:13 PM | An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962
As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amid continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.
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2:12 PM | is it good to commemorate?
Timothy Snyder at Eurozine: Perhaps above all, Auschwitz is resonant because it has come to stand for the depths of a fallen civilization. It is seen as evil, but also as modern. It reveals a tragic flaw. For this reason,...
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2:08 PM | in the DFW archives
Mike Miley at The Smart Set: To give you an idea of how concerned Wallace was about being unable to live up to the image of “DFW,” one of his books in the HRC library is On Writer’s Block. That’s...
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2:06 PM | Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Pterosaurs vs. Dinosaurs, Spider Venom, and a Wasp’s “Drill Bit”
What was really the biggest flying dinosaur? Where do wasps get their zinc drill tips? Read this week's Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.
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2:02 PM | Cessation of Rumination. Say: “I? Aye!”
One needn’t ruminate more than one wants or need to, suggests this study: “The Cessation of Rumination Through Self-Affirmation,” Sander L. Koole, Karianne Smeets, Ad van Knippenberg, and Ap Dijksterhuis, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1999, Vol. 77, No. 1, 111-25. The authors affirm that they are at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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2:00 PM | Getting grumpy about PMS paper
On 11 August 2014, Michael R. Gillings published a paper in Evolutionary Applications entitled “Were there evolutionary advantages to premenstrual syndrome?” There is a strain of thinking that is common in the general public, but is also frequently found among academic researchers … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Video: Joe Stiglitz on What makes a good Economist?
Fresh from our YouTube Channel: A short film featuring Joseph Stiglitz
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2:00 PM | Guns and Roses
A tree, a bird, a military base and one of largest ecological restoration efforts in the United States.
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1:45 PM | Scientists Have No Idea Why U.S. Teens Are Having Fewer Babies Than Ever
Babies Nebraska Early Development Network The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released today its latest report on American teenagers having babies. The results are both happy and strange. American teens are having babies at their lowest rate ever -- and that rate is falling fast. Yet, as Vox discovered, nobody knows why this is happening. One of the steadiest trends in American life is inexplicable. Here's the first graph in the NCHS report, showing a peak in teen births in […]
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1:44 PM | Diverse Microbial Ecosystem Discovered in Antarctic Subglacial Lake Whillans
A team of researchers from the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom, has discovered a complex assemblage of bacteria and archaea in the waters and sediments of Lake Whillans, a lake that lies about 800 m beneath the surface of the West Antarctic ice sheet. Using various methods, scientists have built a knowledge base [...]
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1:30 PM | Sampling the wrong part of the aorta sinks aneurysm paper
A paper on an experimental treatment for abdominal aneurysms has been retracted after it was discovered samples had been taken from the wrong part of the aorta. Here is the PLOS ONE notice for “Inhibition of Rho-Kinase by Fasudil Suppresses Formation and Progression of Experimental Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms:” The authors retract this publication due to […]
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1:20 PM | Everything You Need To Know About Lemuria, The Lost Continent Of Lemurs
In 1858 a young zoologist, playing around with an idea, came up with a possible lost continent. This led to one of the longest and weirdest pseudoscience theories of all time, as Lemuria became a lost island of lemurs that had everything from sanskrit to sasquatch.Read more...
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1:14 PM | How markets can overcome the yuk factor?
Nobel laureate Alvin Roth put two questions to a show of hands that highlighted the confusion many – even intelligent people – have over whether there should be commercial markets in goods or services that some people find repugnant. In his lecture on the opening day of the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economics, Professor Roth […]
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1:11 PM | Night Of Calm In Ferguson Follows Days Of Unrest
A day after police detained 47 people, Wednesday night saw barely a handful of arrests in the St. Louis suburb.
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1:00 PM | Players Build Working Hard Drive Inside Minecraft
Minecraft HDD Controller Top View The0JJ/imgur.com Over the hills, across the stone bridge, past the giant pony, around the lake of questionable test, and beyond the giant rainbow barrier sits a work of great artifice on a grey plain. Far larger than any single inhabitant of this virtual world, the contraption is a complete, working computer, run entirely within the rules and universe of Minecraft. The hard drive stores up to 4 kilobytes of data, and it is covered in torches to keep […]
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Herd immunity explained with zombies, white men aren’t funny, and slut shaming
Categories: QuickiesVaccinations explained with zombies – From mrmisconception. White male comedians aren’t funny – Oh boy, so many options to fill out that Bingo card with! The anti-feminist internet targets “Depression ...(Read more...)
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12:28 PM | More autopsies on a body don't mean more answers
Medical examiner Judy Melinek says we shouldn't expect extra autopsies to shed new light on what happened in the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri
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