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October 25, 2014

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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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5:00 PM | Explainer: Roots of the Conflict Between Serbia and Albania
Fighting broke out recently at a soccer match between Serbia and Albania, after the game was interrupted by the appearance of an Albanian flag on the field. What's behind the long-running animosity that the two nations harbor for each other?

October 22, 2014

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10:31 PM | New-Fashioned Quarantine (from 1916)
One traditional method Hill discusses in quarantine -- but Hill gives it a rational spin, characteristic of early twentieth century optimism and trust in science and expertise. New-Fashioned Quarantine (from 1916) from in propria persona © 2005 - 2013 by Kristopher Nelson. Want to republish? Get permission. Want to quote? That's fair use.
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3:05 PM | Ancient Human Skulls Shed Light on Dairy Use
The research unexpectedly revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of it.
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2:40 PM | Explainer: How the Law Regards Cyberbullying
With GamerGate all over the web, and 20 U.S. states with cyberbullying legislation on their books, is it getting tougher to be an Internet troll? And is it a slippery slope to try to legislate online speech? Trace tackles these thorny issues.
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2:20 PM | Fogs of War: the Chemical Weapons Podcast
Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look.  We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the […]
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2:20 PM | Fogs of War: the Chemical Weapons Podcast
Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look.  We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the […]
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1:50 PM | Sphinx Head Found in Mysterious Greek Tomb
The head is the face of a beautiful woman, smiling slightly. But why was the head of the sphinx found inside the tomb's chamber? Continue reading →

October 21, 2014

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8:04 PM | Geologizing in the Realm of the Beast
September 8, 1762 the young son of the Yolle‘s, herding the flock of sheep, disappeared near the village of Laval in the province of Dauphiné (France). Only the poor remains of the boy, partially eaten by a mysterious creature, were recovered. The pastor of Laval, named Raphaël, later described an encounter with this creature: “the [...]
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8:04 PM | Geologizing in the Realm of the Beast
September 8, 1762 the young son of the Yolle‘s, herding the flock of sheep, disappeared near the village of Laval in the province of Dauphiné (France). Only the poor remains of the boy,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:37 PM | Little things matter – for want of a semicolon.
The Prof is back. A couple of years back Professor Christopher M. Graney, known to his friends as Chris, wrote a highly informative guest post for The Renaissance Mathematicus defending the honour of Tyco Brahe against his ignorant modern critics. In the mean time … Continue reading →
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2:20 PM | Explainer: Where Is It Legal to End Your Own Life?
In some parts of the world, it is legal for people to voluntarily end their lives with help of their doctors. It is so common in one country, in fact, they even have a booming business in suicide tourism.
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2:00 PM | 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Found
A 6,000-year-old temple holding human-like figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered in Ukraine..
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9:53 AM | Pourquoi le nom de la “Petite Poucette” de Michel Serres est mal choisi
  The post Pourquoi le nom de la “Petite Poucette” de Michel Serres est mal choisi appeared first on Martin Grandjean.
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1:20 AM | David Seipp on Themes of the Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Privacy
In his late 1970s work, The Right to Privacy in American History, David J. Seipp argues that the "unity of the privacy phenomenon" in the nineteenth century came not from a singleness of motive, but rather from "a unity of language" (Seipp 116). David Seipp on Themes of the Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric of Privacy from in propria persona © 2005 - 2013 by Kristopher Nelson. Want to republish? Get permission. Want to quote? That's fair use.

October 20, 2014

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9:20 PM | King Tut Re-Creation Presents a Shocking Image
The pharaoh’s parents were brother and sister, he had a club foot, feminine hips and a large overbite. Continue reading →
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4:29 PM | Gardinel’s Real Estate, by M.S. Corley and Orrin Grey
I love “old dark house” stories!  Such stories, which involve a group of people gathered or trapped in a sinister house and subjected to horrors, include haunted house stories but are not limited to stories about ghosts.  I first learned the term “old … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Explainer: Remains of U.S. Soldiers Still in North Korea
There are thousands of American soldiers' bodies still interred in North Korea -- more than 50 years after the Korean War. Trace explains why they have not been recovered by the military, and whether anything can be done to bring them back home.
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10:00 AM | Dragon Tongues
I recently had the pleasure of being commissioned to create a new logo for the Dragon Tongues podcast, and since I'll take any opportunity to share relevant work from my livelihood at LITC, here it is.Dragon Tongues is the creation of Sean Willett, and it's highly recommended if you haven't had the chance to hear it. As luck would have it, Sean and I were both fans of each other's work, and the process was a lot of fun from start to finish. We met via a video chat (the future is truly here, […]
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9:06 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Sacrificing the Few for the Many [SPOILERS]
Rejoice, my fellow fans of Manh(a)ttan (a.k.a. “Fanhattans”), for this critically acclaimed fledgling series on WGN America has been renewed for a second season, just in time for the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:00 AM | An artistic history
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October 18, 2014

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7:23 PM | Best-Ever Portrait of Alexander the Great Found?
The recently uncovered mosaic in a mysterious Greek tomb may be the clearest depiction of the famous ruler as a young man.
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9:59 AM | Physics Week in Review: October 18, 2014
It was Ada Lovelace Day this past week, So Here’s The Life And Times Of Ada Lovelace, The First Computer Programmer.  Related: Beyond Emmy (Noether) and Sophie (Germain): Resources for Learning... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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