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September 28, 2014

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3:02 PM | Votation sur l’assurance maladie: plus on paie, plus on soutient la caisse publique
Les résultats de la votation fédérale sur la “caisse publique” témoignent d’une réalité concrète et financière : alors que l’initiative visant à instaurer une caisse maladie publique a été nettement rejetée par 61.9% des votants, celle-ci a reçu un accueil beaucoup plus positif dans les cantons assujettis aux primes mensuelles les plus élevées. Les résultats en […]
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7:00 AM | John Bonham y la cantidad de chupitos de vodka que pueden matar a una persona
John Bonham en 1975 | Fuente: WikipediaContinuamos la serie Curio-Tox de este blog en esta ocasión con un poco música y algo de química aplicada a la toxicología. El pasado jueves se cumplieron 34 años de la muerte del gran John Bonham, el que fuera miembro de Led Zeppelin, y en mi opinión (y creo que no soy el único) uno de los mejores baterías de rock de todos los tiempos.La muerte de Bonham se produjo durante la madrugada del […]
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2:27 AM | Bertram Mitford’s In the Whirl of the Rising
Last week I found myself in the mood for some adventure fiction, and that made me immediately think of Bertram Mitford!  A contemporary and competitor of sorts of H. Rider Haggard, Bertram Mitford (1855-1914) was a prolific writer of novels set … Continue reading →

September 27, 2014

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10:20 PM | June 5, 1981. Pneumocystis Pneumonia. Los Angeles.
In the period October 1980-May 1981, 5 young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia at 3 different hospitals in Los Angeles, California. Two of the patients died. All 5 patients had laboratory-confirmed previous or current cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and candidal mucosal infection. Case reports of these patients follow. In honor of National […]The post June 5, 1981. Pneumocystis Pneumonia. Los Angeles. appeared first on […]
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4:16 PM | The horror, the horror!
For those readers who might have wondered what The Renaissance Mathematicus looks and sounds like, you need wonder no more. There is now a video on Youtube in which I stumble and stutter my way through a very impromptu, not … Continue reading →
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3:46 PM | Jesuit Day
Adam Richter (@AdamDRichter) of the Wallifaction Blog (he researches John Wallis) tells me that the Society of Jesus, known colloquially as the Jesuits, was officially recognised by Pope Paul III on 27th September 1540. He gives a short list of … Continue reading →
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9:43 AM | Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014
The big physics news this week was the announcement of the long-awaited results from the Planck missions — and the news is not good for the BICEP2 collaboration: the Study Confirmed Criticism... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 26, 2014

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9:57 PM | Cardboard Darwinism
My recent review in Nature of Nicholas Wade‘s, Michael Yudell‘s, and Robert Sussman‘s new books criticizes all three. The first comes out of the political right wing and is slyly allied with the racist, Pioneer-Funded scientific camp; the latter two identify with the Left’s argument that race is purely a cultural construct. Wade’s argument is far more dangerous than Yudell’s […]
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8:17 PM | Further adventures in Russian: Atlas of Dinosaurs, part 1
Following last week's 'Russian interlude', palaeoartist and (I'm very happy to say) LITC reader Vladimir Nikolov has offered up another slice of Russian-language non-quite-vintage dinosaur art. Behold, one and all, the glorious Atlas of Dinosaurs and other Fossil Animals. It's a far more recent book than you might think...or hope.This second edition dates from 2001, but you might be surprised to learn that the first edition was published as recently as 1998. While the cover is dominated by a […]
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7:36 PM | Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology
Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times. Some myths even claim he got his medical knowledge from the devil himself; in fact he studied the subterranean realm of earth to understand its effects on human health – one [...]
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7:36 PM | Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology
Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times. Some myths even claim he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:35 PM | Top 10 science anniversaries in 2014
2014 is a rich year for scientific anniversaries, from the birth of Vesalius to quantum factoring.

September 25, 2014

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9:14 PM | Top 10 science anniversaries in 2014
ContextScience & Society,Numbers by Tom Siegfried 11:35am, September 26, 2014 Using the 15-meter Holmdel Horn Antenna in New Jersey, astronomers discovered the cosmic microwave background, a remnant of the Big Bang fireball from the birth of the universe.NASAScientists, and science writers, are always looking for an excuse to celebrate an anniversary. Bloggers in particular like […]
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6:27 PM | Los venenos a través de la Historia [Almería, 26/09/2014]
Si mañana viernes 26 estás por Almería y te apetece conocer algunas historias de venenos, envenenadores y envenenados, puedes pasarte por el Pub Demodé de Almería (Plaza Masnou,7). Muchas gracias a María Docavo por la invitación y por la excelente labor de divulgación en las trincheras que realiza en bares y otros lugares. Nos vemos :-)
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3:07 PM | [Visualisation] 1914-1919: L’étonnant itinéraire d’un Suisse au service de la France
1er août 1914: Les nouvelles politiques étant fort mauvaises, j’ai quitté Genève à 2 heures 28, ayant fait mes adieux à ma bien-aimée Hélène sur le quai de la gare… Les premières lignes du “Journal de la Guerre” de l’écrivain suisse Guy de Pourtalès rappellent le ton de certains écrits de poilus. Mais bien que décrivant le même conflit et s’inscrivant dans […]
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2:54 PM | If you’re going to pontificate about the history of science then at least get your facts right!
Recently, my attention was drawn to an article by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, on The Week website, telling the world what the real meaning of ‘science’ is (h/t Peter Broks @peterbroks). According to Mr Gobry science is the process through which we … Continue reading →
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2:05 PM | Wake up and Smell the Story: A Podcast about Your Nose
If you asked people which of their senses they most feared losing, they’d probably say sight or hearing. But what about the ability to smell? This episode of Distillations examines what is perhaps our most underrated sense, and ponders what life would be like without it. First, producer Mariel Carr hits the streets of South Philadelphia to understand how a pervasive odor troubled neighborhood residents throughout the summer of 2014. Then reporter Jocelyn Frank tells us the […]
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2:05 PM | Wake up and Smell the Story: A Podcast about Your Nose
If you asked people which of their senses they most feared losing, they’d probably say sight or hearing. But what about the ability to smell? This episode of Distillations examines what is perhaps our most underrated sense, and ponders what life would be like without it. First, producer Mariel Carr hits the streets of South Philadelphia to understand how a pervasive odor troubled neighborhood residents throughout the summer of 2014. Then reporter Jocelyn Frank tells us the […]
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11:00 AM | The People's House: White House Security Over Time
White House security tightens after a breach. Let's take a look at some notable security moments in the history of the president's home office.

September 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Greek Tomb's Female Forms Hint Olympias May Lie Within
The female statues guarding a tomb in Greece may suggest that Alexander the Great's mother lies there.
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3:59 PM | Explainer: Fighting ISIS on the Social Media Battlefield
Along with the physical battle against ISIS in the Middle East is a non-stop back and forth online on sites like Twitter, where hearts and minds hang in the balance.
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2:25 PM | More than 50 'Nazca Lines' Found in Kazakhstan
Geoglyphs with various shapes and sizes, including a massive swastika, have been discovered across the northern part of the country.

September 23, 2014

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6:57 PM | Data update: How dyestuffs make stuff die
This year, antibiotic researcher Mark Wainwright published a “Discussion” in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, suggesting that we should take another look at a subject that he works on but most scientists lost interest in 6 decades ago: highly toxic synthetic molecules that can be used as local antiseptics and have distinctive bright coloration. What he calls “photoantimicrobials” represent […]
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1:37 PM | Explainer: The Tense Relationship Between China and Tibet
The Dalai Lama recently implied he'd be the last to hold the position, because the Dalia Lama would not be reborn in China until Tibet was free of the larger country's rule. How did long-running tensions between Tibet and China begin? Tara explains.
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