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August 30, 2014

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9:33 AM | Physics Week in Review: August 30, 2014
Science Friday LIVE came to Caltech on Wednesday night, for a fun-filled evening exploring the intersection between Hollywood and science. Fortunately, you can listen to the audio if you missed the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 29, 2014

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1:35 PM | Explainer: The Black Flags of Jihad
ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other Jihadist groups seem to have variations on the same flag. What's the meaning behind the symbols and writing? Tara explains.

August 28, 2014

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4:56 PM | Unique 2000-Year-Old Wooden Toilet Seat Found
The artifact had been well used by Roman soldiers and looks as though it was quite comfortable. Continue reading →
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4:12 PM | Poet and Paleontologist – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The German lawyer, author, poet, politician and artist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (born August 28, 1749-1832) was also a mining engineer and quite interested in geology and paleontology. In the year 1775, Goethe, already a highly regarded author, was invited to the court of Duke Carl August in the city of Weimar, where he will [...]
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4:12 PM | Poet and Paleontologist – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The German lawyer, author, poet, politician and artist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (born August 28, 1749-1832) was also a mining engineer and quite interested in geology and paleontology. In the year... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 27, 2014

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8:21 PM | Physics demonstrations: Faraday disk
I’m prepping a new course to teach this semester: undergraduate Electromagnetism II!  I’m trying to put together some nice simple demos to illustrate principles in the class, and I’ll blog some of those that work and are interesting. When Michael … Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | World's Oldest Wine Cellar Fueled Palatial Parties
Forty wine jars were found within the remains of a mud-brick-walled room in Israel.
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5:19 PM | 2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered
A Phoenician trading ship dating to 700 B.C. is discovered off the island of Malta. The wreck is one of the oldest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea. Continue reading →
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3:58 PM | Explainer: The Power Struggle in Libya
Egypt and the UAE just bombed Libya, and the country has been in turmoil for several years now, as various factions vie for power. Tara examines the players and their roles in the struggle for control.
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3:40 PM | Ancient Stones Hint at How Humans Migrated Out of Africa
Ancient stone artifacts recently excavated from Saudi Arabia possess similarities to items of about the same age in Africa.
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2:05 PM | Galileo, Foscarini, The Catholic Church, and heliocentricity in 1615 Part 2 –the consequences: A Rough Guide.
In part one I outlined the clash, which took place between Galileo and Foscarini on the one side and the Catholic Church on the other in the second decade of the seventeenth-century. I ended by saying that this initial confrontation … Continue reading →
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12:39 PM | A little cold water
I’ve had it with ice buckets. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is the disease of the moment. Not because it’s the most important medical problem today, but because it’s got a clever bit of marketing that got lucky and went viral. Kudos to the ALS Association’s ad campaign person. The ice-bucket gimmick […]

August 26, 2014

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9:00 PM | To have a sound mind, a brain needs a body
Replicating human intelligence in robots requires the right materials for brain-body-environment interactions.
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8:13 PM | To have a sound mind, a brain needs a body
ContextTechnology,Neuroscience,Computing by Tom Siegfried 5:00pm, August 26, 2014 René Descartes was a very clever thinker. He proved his own existence, declaring that because he thought, he must exist: “I think, therefore I am.”But the 17th century philosopher-mathematician-scientist committed a serious mental blunder when he decided that the mind doing the thinking was […]
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8:02 PM | Tomb Raiders Likely Plundered Ancient Greek Site
A suspicious door leads archaeologists to believe Greece's mystery tomb was robbed. Continue reading →
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8:01 PM | Shameless promotion dep’t.
The blog 3 Quarks Daily is running a contest for the best science-related blog post, and Genotopia has been twice nominated! Go to their voting page and vote for either #24 (Hail Britannia!) or #25 (On city life…). Voting ends 9/1 and you can only vote for one post. The top 20 vote-getters will go on to […]
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8:00 PM | Greek Tomb Shows Signs of Looting: Photos
Greek archaeologists excavate the massive burial mound in Amphipolis and find evidence that tomb raiders plundered the site.
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3:46 PM | [Visualisation] Plans de métros, plans de réseaux
Berlin semble être la ville dont le réseau de métro est le plus reconnaissable, devant New York, Paris, Lausanne et Moscou (les 5 seuls réseaux de métro à dépasser les 50% de réponses juste). Alors que la composition de ce groupe de tête n’est pas étonnante (villes très touristiques), on notera la très bonne place de Lausanne, évidemment bien connue d’une partie du public de ce blog dont […]
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1:56 PM | Explainer: Should Police Officers Be Required to Wear Cameras?
With a petition now before the White House that argues for video gear to be worn by all police officers, Trace examines the pros and cons of that approach.

August 25, 2014

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1:30 PM | Explainer: Pakistan's Political System
Though protests are at the moment still peaceful, the situation is tense in Pakistan, as citizens express displeasure with their government.
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7:13 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Sins of the Past [SPOILERS]
If you were wondering how Manh(a)ttan was planning to up the stakes yet again after the death of Sid Liao and the ensuing fallout, the latest episode (“A New Nuclear Cosmology”) should... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 23, 2014

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9:40 AM | Physics Week in Review: August 23, 2014
Summer is winding down, but the ongoing drought in much of the southwestern US shows no sign of abating. In fact, it’s so dry in California (where we live) that the ground is literally rising.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 22, 2014

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7:00 PM | Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated
Unbeknownst to many of the public, August was National Immunization Awareness Month. I know, I know: it’s been overshadowed by some very exotic and thrilling headliners this month. The Ebola epidemic blazing defiantly in West Africa. The jaw-dropping videos shown on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge clogging everyone’s social feeds. Vaccines […]The post Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated appeared first on […]
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4:10 PM | Oldest Metal Object in Middle East Discovered in Grave
A copper awl is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East.
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2:16 PM | Explainer: What Is a Lobbyist?
We hear often about this or that "lobby," representing this or that issue to our elected officials. What's the world of government lobbyists like, and can lobbying -- though deeply unpopular -- be a good thing?
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12:18 PM | [Photos] Patrimoine architectural d’Engadine: 30 façades de Scuol
En fond de vallée de l’Inn, en Basse-Engadine (canton des Grisons, Suisse), le vieux village de Scuol abrite une très belle collection de maisons engadines aux façades agrémentées de sgraffites, encorbellements, portes sculptées, encadrements ou fours à pains. The post [Photos] Patrimoine architectural d’Engadine: 30 façades de Scuol appeared first on Martin Grandjean.
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11:00 AM | Why Terrorists Behead Their Victims
Reporter James Foley's beheading in the Middle East was part of a long tradition of sending a gruesome message. Continue reading →

August 21, 2014

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6:03 PM | Sphinxes Emerge From Huge Ancient Greek Tomb
The seated, wingless sphinxes were likely placed there to guard the large burial site. Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick...
This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick Burr Opper. It depicts Uncle Sam participating in the blue glass craze described in this audio clip. (Library of Congress)
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2:30 PM | This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick...
This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick Burr Opper. It depicts Uncle Sam participating in the blue glass craze described in this audio clip. (Library of Congress)
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