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September 19, 2014

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2:01 PM | Circus of science
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9:20 AM | Historic Referendum: Scotland Rejects Independence
Scotland has rejected independence in a referendum that leaves the United Kingdom intact but opens the door to wider autonomy following a huge turnout, preliminary results showed Friday.
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9:00 AM | Stonehenge Intricate Treasures Made by Children
The tiny handiwork involved in making treasures found near Stonehenge likely involved the small fingers -- and strained eyes -- of children. Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Intricate Treasures From Stonehenge Burial: Photos
Among the buried objects, one of the finest was a dagger with an intricately decorated wooden handle.

September 18, 2014

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4:42 PM | In Search Of… Darwin’s Cryptids
First bones of this mysterious creature were discovered in 1787 near Rio Lujàn (Argentinia), collected and send to Spain two years later. Zoologist Juan Bautista Bru de Ramon (1740-1799) reconstructed the bones in 1795 as a mounted skeleton for the Real Gabinete de Historia Natural de Madrid, the royal cabinet of curiosities – the first [...]
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4:42 PM | In Search Of… Darwin’s Cryptids
First bones of this mysterious creature were discovered in 1787 near Rio Lujàn (Argentinia), collected and send to Spain two years later. Zoologist Juan Bautista Bru de Ramon (1740-1799)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:40 PM | Why a Secession Vote Like Scotland's Is Unlikely in U.S.
Scotland's vote for independence is bold -- and unlikely to ever happen among states in the US.
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2:39 PM | Explainer: Which Countries Have Nuclear Weapons?
Although the list of countries that have nukes is not a terribly long one, their presence anywhere can give people mushroom-cloud nightmares. Trace examines the small, confirmed, nuclear club and a few other countries that may be close to joining.
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12:00 PM | Ancient Egyptian Woman With 70 Hair Extensions Discovered
More than 3,300 years ago, in a newly built city in Egypt, a woman with an incredibly elaborate hairstyle of lengthy hair extensions was laid to rest.
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10:15 AM | It’s a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’. It really shouldn’t be.
Today is a chance for major constitutional change in the UK. If ‘yes’ wins, then the result would be a shock for both sides. Given the choice Devo-Max, Scotland would stay in the UK. A party with one MP in Scotland decided this couldn’t be an option as it would be a win for the…

September 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | In the UK? Science (might) need You!
This week I finally met my local MP for the first time. If I’d been on the ball I’d even have got a photo to prove it, but it’s just as well I didn’t as I was having an ill day, so I would have simply looked sick and sweaty next to him. Instead here’s…
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8:21 PM | A Russian interlude
What's all this then? Well, I was recently contacted by Dave Hone, well-known palaeontologist, blogger, and exuberant fellow. Dave and I have met a few times, and he even lent me a pile of his old books on one such occasion. This time, Dr Dave had another treat for me. In a letter sealed with wax and carefully delivered by a dashing man in a hat, he had written:"Dearest Marc,I do hope this letter finds you well. On a recent field trip to the badlands of somewhere-or-other, one of my students […]

September 16, 2014

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10:30 PM | This Is What Killed Richard III
Forensic analysis of the King's skeletal remains has reconstructed blow by blow the king's last moments, revealing that Richard sustained 11 wounds at or near the time of his death.
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2:08 PM | Is ‘No’ campaigning to a London audience?
It certainly was yesterday, with Michael Gove among the people campaigning against Scottish independence in London. It might be an example of where the Unionists have misunderstood both the opposition and their own campaign. The ‘No’ campaign is a campaign against nationalism. It’s a campaign against quite a dated idea of nationalism. One of the…
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2:04 PM | Race and Genetics in Nature
My review of Nicholas Wade, Michael Yudell, and Robert Sussman leads off Nature‘s Fall Books number and is featured in the Nature/SciAm Diversity special. And it’s free–no paywall! This is the piece I was writing when the brick hit my deck, inspiring this earlier post, which is now a finalist for the 3QuarksDaily science blog prize. […]
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11:00 AM | 3rd Room of Ancient Greek Tomb Revealed
The latest images show an arched, soil-filled room, with some traces of red paint on the limestone walls.
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5:51 AM | Medical privacy, 1950 style
Without really working in a medical field, I still hear a lot about medical privacy and HIPAA. And how any public presentation of patient information needs to be anonymized, any identifying details need to be removed, any irrelevant personal details need to be removed, populations need to be profiled rather than individuals, and generally all […]

September 15, 2014

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11:58 PM | Dr. SkySkull’s Monday Cavalcade of Interesting Science Stuff – September 15, 2014
While I’m working on more detailed blog posts, here’s a collection of interesting science-related stuff I came across over the past week! Buddhist singing bowls inspire new tandem solar cell design. A surprising amount of optics design is inspired by … Continue reading →
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9:26 PM | New analysis rescues quantum wave-particle duality
An experiment that supposedly contradicted the wave-particle duality principle of quantum physics has been reanalyzed, revealing a flaw.
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9:23 PM | New analysis rescues quantum wave-particle duality
ContextQuantum Physics by Tom Siegfried 5:26pm, September 15, 2014 The presence of two slits in a barrier allows light waves passing through to interfere, creating an interference pattern of light and dark bands on a detector screen. Particles, such as electrons, also exhibit such interference and so also behave as waves. But with only one slit in the barrier, both light and electrons behave […]
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7:00 PM | Ancient Mexican Tequila Worked as Food, Energy Drink
The earliest alcoholic beverage in Mesoamerica is still drunk today.
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6:54 PM | Book Review: Island on Fire
Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark By Witze, A. & Kanipe, J. PROFILE-BOOKS 224 pages | Hardcover 1st edition | April 2014 ISBN 978-178125-0044   Volcanoes are no unusual sight on Iceland and yet the eruption that started June 8, 1783 in the southern district of [...]
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6:54 PM | Book Review: Island on Fire
Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark By Witze, A. & Kanipe, J. PROFILE-BOOKS 224 pages | Hardcover 1st edition | April... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:20 PM | Longitude
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3:11 PM | Experiences of a Deaf Man
From The Albion Magazine (1907): When a man suddenly becomes deaf there is little or nothing he would shrink from if it afforded, or seemed to afford, the smallest chance that he would recover the enjoyment of a sense which he never … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Viking Fortress Reveals 'Fierce Warriors' Were Decent Architects
A new archaeological discovery in Denmark suggests that these notorious fighters were also decent builders.
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1:13 PM | Visualiser des données : l’exemple du marché de la bière
Le marché mondial de la bière est dirigé par une poignée de grands groupes, dont quatre se partagent la propriété de plusieurs centaines de marques, totalisant près de la moitié de la production mondiale. Exercice de visualisation, raté ? Alors que le groupe hollandais Heineken (3e mondial) vient de refuser l’offre du groupe britannique SABMiller (2e mondial), Le Monde publie sur son site web un visuel déjà […]
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9:01 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Dead in the Water [SPOILERS]
The British are coming! The British are coming! To Manh(a)ttan, that is. This week’s episode (“The Second Coming”) finds our intrepid community of physicists eagerly awaiting their... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 14, 2014

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10:40 PM | Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak
Last week, the State Department performed a small but smart gesture towards countering the continued outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa by releasing a video featuring President Barack Obama speaking to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Educating the millions of people in this region on the facts of this massive outbreak and […]The post Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Body Horrors.
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2:43 PM | Childhood, war games and becoming a historian.
This week’s A Point of View on BBC Radio 4 The Horror of War by Renaissance historian Lisa Jardine was truly excellent and well worth ten minutes of your time. From the starting point of having visited a war exhibition … Continue reading →
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