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March 28, 2015

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12:00 PM | What You Missed Last Week in Science (March 23-27)
Did you miss these stories from this week? Here's your chance to catch up before the weekend hits. Continue reading →
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9:37 AM | Physics Week in Review: March 28, 2015
The much-ballyhooed Large Hadron Collider restart hit a snag this week, thanks to an electrical short discovered over the weekend, apparently caused by a metal particle. (Hey, it’s the most... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 27, 2015

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5:30 PM | King Richard III's Monumental Tomb Unveiled
Richard III's tombstone was lowered into place overnight, marking the king's final resting place in Leicester cathedral. Continue reading →
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5:07 PM | Quotable Genius: Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan, the best science communicator of his age, was also an avowed athiest who loved discussing religion. Continue reading →
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2:37 PM | Seeker Daily: ISIS' War on Antiquities
ISIS' destruction of art in Iraq's Mosul Museum generated a lot of outrage. Was there an ideological reason for the raid or was it vandalism?
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1:59 AM | My favorite “classic” horror stories
Even though I blog about horror fiction of all eras, regular readers of this blog know that I particularly love older stuff.  There’s something about the ghost and horror stories of the late 1800s and early 1900s that is particularly … Continue reading →

March 26, 2015

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7:00 PM | King Richard III Buried (Again): Photos
A solemn re-interment ceremony honored King Richard III 530 years after his death.
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5:59 PM | We shy away from stories about new science and innovation, but a...
We shy away from stories about new science and innovation, but a history of bottled up frustration has us pumped about this development. Well done, MIT.
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2:50 PM | Richard III Gets Burial Fit for a King
England's slain King Richard III was finally buried with honor on Thursday, 530 years after his death on the battlefield.
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2:34 PM | Explainer: Tensions Between the U.S. and Venezuela
Since Venezuela's late president, Hugo Chavez, took office in 1999, U.S. diplomatic relations with the oil-rich country have been difficult. What's behind these long-running tensions?
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10:51 AM | Seeker Daily: The Dalai Lama 's Struggle to Keep China at Bay
Tibet's current Dalai Lama, now 80 years old, has announced he may not reincarnate, which would halt a 700-year-old religious practice. It may be his only option for saving Buddhism from Chinese government interference.

March 25, 2015

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9:10 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: I Can Read About Dinosaurs
Late update: David covered this one before! Be sure to read his take. I try not to go over the same ground, but mistakes happen. The 1970s are a particularly rich source of popular/children's dinosaur books, fuelled no doubt by the Dinosaur Renaissance, the fantastically cheesy B-movies of the time (the seminal example When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth appeared in 1970), or some combination thereupon. I Can Read About Dinosaurs (1972, illustrated by Judith Fringuello) is very typical of kids' […]
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3:50 PM | Richard III Reburial: Is England Honoring a Murderer?
England is bestowing honors upon Richard III during his reburial, but historians reveal the man as a brutal leader with blood on his hands. Continue reading →

March 24, 2015

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1:58 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 73
In the NewsMeet Carnufex carolinensis, a new Triassic crocodylomorph that hit the web with a splash last week. Described by Lindsay Zanno and team in Scientific Reports, C. carolinensis was a massive, top-of-the-food-chain predator nicknamed "The Carolina Butcher." Co-author Susan Drymala discussed the find with BBC Radio's Up All Night. Brian Switek wrote about it over at Laelaps. Chris DiPiazza also whipped up a fantastic illustration of the new beastie. The Guardian published a report as […]
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12:00 PM | First (Contraband) Corned Beef Sandwich in Space
The corned beef sandwich taste test lasted about 10 seconds out of the 4 hours and 52 minutes that Gemini 3 was in flight.

March 23, 2015

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8:12 PM | Bidding Farewell to Richard III: Photos
Follow the procession of one of the most unusual royal funerals in Britain's history.
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7:36 PM | A History of Geological Maps: I. From Outcrop to the first Map
March 23, 1769 marks the birthday of pioneering stratigrapher William Smith, who is also credited as author of the first modern geological map, however like many other great accomplishments also Smith’s idea of depicting the distribution of rocks on a topographic map didn’t materialize out of nowhere.The German mining engineer Georgius Agricola (1494-1555) dedicated in his “De re metallica” (1556) -  an early  textbook on mining technologies – an entire […]
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3:51 PM | Explainer: How Powerful is Singapore?
This year, Singapore was voted the most expensive city in the world for the second year running. How powerful is this island city-state?
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3:31 PM | Mammoth is Mopey, a paleoart alphabet book
I am excited to announce that the children's book Mammoth is Mopey, written by my wife Jennie and me and featuring 26 of my original illustrations, is close to publication! It has been a labor of love for the last few years, and I'm on pins and needles as we work on the crucial last step. What's the book about? This Venn diagram is a good place to start. At its heart, Mammoth is Mopey is simply a fun celebration of prehistoric life. Written as an alphabet book, it features 26 animals spanning […]
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2:02 PM | Départementales 2015 : les résultats bruts en un graphique
Les résultats du premier tour des élections départementales en France sont rendus difficilement lisibles par le flot de commentaires politiques de tout bords qui les accompagnent (entre ceux qui ont “gagné” ou “pas trop perdu”, etc.). Cette subjectivité est en partie la conséquence du système d’étiquetage qui ne permet pas au non-initié de calculer précisément le score d’un parti […]
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1:25 PM | 500,000-Year-Old Tools Show Humans Butchered Elephants
Stone tools that are half a million years old have been unearthed in Israel — and they still have traces of elephant fat clinging to them.
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9:55 AM | Seeker Daily: The First Female Cab Driver in New York
It wasn't until 1942 that the first woman got a license to drive a cab in New York. Meet Gertrude Hadley Jeannette.
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9:44 AM | The Legacy of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
Today, Singaporeans are saddened by the departure of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who died on March 23, at the age of 91. Despite his controversial policies, he is respected as a leader with great foresight, who has led Singapore from a third world country to a first world country. Today, […] The post The Legacy of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

March 22, 2015

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10:17 PM | King Richard III's Reburial: Live at the Scene
King Richard III will finally be given a proper burial, 530 years after his death in battle. Continue reading →

March 21, 2015

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9:57 AM | Physics Week in Review: March 21, 2015
That deafening sound you heard over Wednesday and Thursday was the sound of millions of science-minded folks collectively banging their heads against their computer screens in frustration. The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:49 AM | Ciclo 'Encuentros con la ciencia' [Conferencia]
Dentro del ciclo 'Encuentros con la ciencia', el próximo jueves 26 a las 18:00 tendré el honor de hablar sobre los venenos a través de la historia en el Salón de Grados de la Facultad de Comunicación y Documentación de la Universidad de Murcia. Allí os espero ;-)Nota de prensa en el diario La Verdad
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12:21 AM | On January 12, 2015, police officers escorted Hal and Michelle...
On January 12, 2015, police officers escorted Hal and Michelle Stanley out of their Arkansas home. For five hours they searched the house. Eventually officers found a dietary supplement that was bought over the Internet: MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution, also known as Master Mineral Solution). The police took the Stanley’s seven children into state custody for, among other alleged abuses, the presence of a poisonous substance in their home.MMS is a solution of sodium chlorite and water. When […]

March 20, 2015

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3:18 PM | Calendrical confusion or just when did Newton die?
Today there is general agreement throughout the world that for commercial and international political purposes everybody uses the Gregorian calendar, first introduced into the Catholic countries of Europe in 1582. However Europeans should never forget that for other purposes other … Continue reading →

March 19, 2015

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3:38 PM | The many ways to view a solar eclipse
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3:35 PM | Explainer: India, Pakistan and the Kashmir Conflict
The conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is the oldest unresolved conflict on the UN's agenda. The territorial dispute has led to invasions and wars, but what is it really about?
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