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October 30, 2014

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1:50 AM | Halloween Treats 2014
It’s that time again to post a collection of “Halloween Treats”: classic ghost and horror stories to be read in the dark of night!  I’ve been doing this since 2007, and you can read the old editions here:   2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and my … Continue reading →

October 29, 2014

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10:04 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The BBC Book of Dinosaurs
In terms of saurian-related output, the BBC is best known these days for Walking With Dinosaurs, the super-expensive CG-laden Brannagh-narrated behemoth, sire of numerous tie-in books (and a movie that we won't mention). Nine years earlier, however, Auntie Beeb saw fit to give its endorsement to this little lost nugget of dinosauriana - The BBC Book of Dinosaurs. Authored by Paul Appleby and illustrated by Gill Tomblin, this rather obscure book is sweetly nostalgic for those of us raised on […]
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4:00 PM | Explainer: France's Influence on the World Stage
Does France really deserve the reputation it has in some corners for being a bit too easily inclined to surrender? Tara takes a look at the country's surprisingly formidable role in the world, considering the middling size of its military.
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9:29 AM | NEW BOOK: "La Description de l'Egypte" de Jean-Jacques Rifaud (1813-1826)
Marie-Cécile BRUWIER, Wouter CLAES, Arnaud QUERTINMONT (Eds), "La Description de l'Egypte" de Jean-Jacques Rifaud (1813-1826), Éditions Safran288 pages, 28 x 38 cm (collection Connaissance de l'Égypte ancienne, 16)ISBN: 978-2-87457-076-659 euroshttp://www.safran.be/proddetail.php?prod=RIFAUD 
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9:21 AM | BOOK REVIEW: Dialogues with the Dead
David Gange, Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922. Classical presences.   Oxford; New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.  Pp. ix, 357.  ISBN 9780199653102.  $150.00.Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.05.36Reviewed by Daniele Salvoldi, Freie Universität, Berlin​
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12:50 AM | Where Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Came From: Photos
A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified, but where did it come from?

October 28, 2014

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11:30 PM | Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified
A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time.
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9:16 PM | Human ancestor Lucy celebrates 40th anniversary
Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson recalls the discovery 40 years ago of the human ancestor known as Lucy.
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9:06 PM | Human ancestor Lucy celebrates 40th anniversary
Donald Johanson recalls pivotal discovery of A. afarensis fossil in 1974 ContextHuman Evolution,Anthropology by Tom Siegfried 5:16pm, October 28, 2014 Next month paleoanthropologists will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of bones of a primitive human forerunner now known as Lucy.120/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.5)Donald Johanson is always looking at the […]
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5:53 PM | ucsdspecialcollections: Images from the Jonas Salk Papers,...
ucsdspecialcollections: Images from the Jonas Salk Papers, 1926-1991 Dr. Jonas Salk was born on this day in 1914 Dr. Jonas Salk is best known for his development of the world’s first successful vaccine for the prevention of poliomyelitis, licensed in the U.S. in 1955. He has also conducted important research in the prevention and treatment of influenza, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The Salk Papers constitute an exhaustive source of documentation […]
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5:53 PM | ucsdspecialcollections: Images from the Jonas Salk Papers,...
ucsdspecialcollections: Images from the Jonas Salk Papers, 1926-1991 Dr. Jonas Salk was born on this day in 1914 Dr. Jonas Salk is best known for his development of the world’s first successful vaccine for the prevention of poliomyelitis, licensed in the U.S. in 1955. He has also conducted important research in the prevention and treatment of influenza, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The Salk Papers constitute an exhaustive source of documentation […]
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4:28 PM | Copernicus and the calendar
A recent blog post on Yovisto repeats a very widespread myth concerning Copernicus, his De revolutionibus and the calendar reform of 1582. This particular myth is so prevalent that I have no illusions about stamping it out but as a … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Prehistoric Art Highlights 'Supernatural' Sound Effects
Sounds thought to have been supernatural, such as echoes in caves and canyons, appear to have inspired many early artists. Continue reading →
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1:55 PM | Explainer: Midterm Elections at the State and Local Level
Every two years, midterm elections take place for officeholders and challengers at the federal, state, and local levels. Trace takes a look at elections closer to home, in our states and localities, and offers examples of ballot issues decided there.

October 27, 2014

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10:25 PM | DinosaurChannel.tv Needs You!
Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger, known for their terrific paleoart studio, have launched a multimedia educational website called DinosaurChannel.tv. In order to pack it full of cool content, they need a bit of help, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign. Here's their video. The site is up, though not updated with a lot of content, but the Kickstarter project video here gives a good taste of what they'd like to do. I especially liked the illustrated title cards for the different series, which […]
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5:39 PM | Of Dragons and Geology
Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was a Swiss physician, but also quite interested in travels and natural sciences. He published his observations on the culture and natural world of the Alps as “Itinera per Helvetiae alpinas regiones facta annis 1702-1711“. In the introduction by the editor we read: “The name of Scheuchzer will be famous …[] [...]
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5:39 PM | Of Dragons and Geology
Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was a Swiss physician, but also quite interested in travels and natural sciences. He published his observations on the culture and natural world of the Alps as... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:47 PM | Explainer: Russian Military Intrusion into Other Countries
The news in recent times has been littered with stories of Russian military vehicles -- literally hundreds of times -- venturing into the sovereign territory of other nations. What's motivating the hub of the former Soviet Union to make such moves?
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1:08 PM | Roman Gladiators Drank Ash Energy Drink
This ash beverage was served after fights and maybe also after training to help ease body pain. Continue reading →
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12:50 PM | WWII Pilot Found Buried in Italian Corn Field
The remains of an Italian WWII pilot who died in a dogfight with US pilots 70 years ago have finally been unearthed -- still sitting on the parachute in the cockpit.
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11:00 AM | Italian WWII Pilot Found Buried -- Still On His Seat
The remains of an Italian World War II pilot who died in a dogfight with U.S. pilots 70 years ago have finally been unearthed.

October 25, 2014

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10:15 PM | El diccionario del diablo define: Suplicar
Pulsa aquí para votarSuplicar: Pedir algo con insistencia proporcional al convencimiento de que no se lo darán.____________Fuente: "El Diccionario del diablo". Ambrose Bierce. Ed Galaxia Gutemberg. ISBN: 84-8109-359-9Puedes recordar otras definiciones del Diccionario del diablo desde este enlace. ;-)
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9:28 AM | Physics Week in Review: October 25, 2014
Halloween is a week away, and for those in search of costume ideas, here are some Physics-Themed Halloween Costumes to make zombie Einstein proud. If Jen-Luc Piquant weren’t rocking the vampire... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:47 AM | Ambition [Vídeo]
Quedan pocos días para que la sonda Rosetta se pose sobre el cometa 67P/Churiumov-Guerasimenko. Un acontecimiento histórico que nos tiene en vilo a todos los aficionados a la exploración espacial. Sí, ya sé que se ha dicho casi todo sobre Rosetta y Philae, hay cientos de fotos y post por ahí, y tal y cual... Vale, pero tenéis que ver este vídeo. Los fanboys de Juego de tronos o de The wire (mi caso) reconocerán a uno de […]

October 24, 2014

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9:00 PM | Century-Old Notebook from Antarctic Expedition Found
The photography notebook of a British explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica has been found.
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8:01 PM | Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil
Rose-thorn disease sounds like a malady of lovesick teenagers, an illness of romance reserved for budding Romeos and Juliets swooning from their first forays into passion and lovesickness, an affliction arising from the shocking stick and sting of heartbreak. The sweet name of this malady, however, in no way belies the actual crustiness of its […]The post Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil appeared first on Body Horrors.
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2:25 PM | Explainer: The Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS
An all-female army from Syria is fighting the Islamic State -- and succeeding! It's killed more than 100 ISIS members and continues to be one of the few volunteer militias on the frontlines of the conflict. Who are these brave women?
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1:46 PM | Adopt-a-Book
Old books need help. Left to their own devices, they fall apart, get moldy, and decompose.  CHF recently launched an Adopt-a-Book program which asks donors to “adopt” one of the Othmer Library’s many books in need of preservation, essentially paying for their medical care. One side benefit of this program is that images of these beautiful tomes are now available online. Anyone can look at the covers and at some of the pages of these old texts, including some alchemical […]
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1:46 PM | Adopt-a-Book
Old books need help. Left to their own devices, they fall apart, get moldy, and decompose.  CHF recently launched an Adopt-a-Book program which asks donors to “adopt” one of the Othmer Library’s many books in need of preservation, essentially paying for their medical care. One side benefit of this program is that images of these beautiful tomes are now available online. Anyone can look at the covers and at some of the pages of these old texts, including some alchemical […]

October 23, 2014

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7:20 PM | Mysterious 4,000-Year-Old 'CD-ROM' Code Cracked
Scholar says he's figured out a portion of the code on the ancient 'Phaistos disk.'
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