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October 23, 2014

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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

October 17, 2014

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7:22 PM | The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese...
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese researchers for developing the first commercial blue light-emitting diode (LED), but the original technology for a blue LED was developed in the early 1970s in Princeton, New Jersey.   In this video Benjamin Gross (fellow at CHF and curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey) and Jonathan Allen (a retired physicist) attempt to turn on the original blue LED built in 1972 at RCA’s laboratories in Princeton. […]
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7:22 PM | The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese...
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese researchers for developing the first commercial blue light-emitting diode (LED), but the original technology for a blue LED was developed in the early 1970s in Princeton, New Jersey.   In this video Benjamin Gross (fellow at CHF and curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey) and Jonathan Allen (a retired physicist) attempt to turn on the original blue LED built in 1972 at RCA’s laboratories in Princeton. […]
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5:45 PM | In science, popularity breeds unreliability
Popularity can mean unreliability both in science news coverage and within research itself.
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5:44 PM | In science, popularity breeds unreliability
Newsworthiness does not mean worthy science, especially in hot research fields ContextNumbers,Science & Society BY Tom Siegfried 1:45pm, October 17, 2014 Coverage in the news media doesn’t necessarily indicate the quality of scientific research. And the best scientific research […]
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5:04 PM | Explainer: How Powerful Is India?
With the second-highest population in the world, a growing economy and nukes on site, how big of a global power is India becoming?
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3:41 PM | When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a...
When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a German physicist and microscope manufacturer named Ernst Abbe stated that optical microscopes would never be capable of showing something smaller than 0.2 micrometers in size. He calculated this limit based on how small a glass lens could be built that still focused the wavelength of visible light. That’s small enough to let us see really tiny things, such as the main structures inside animal cells like mitochondria, but not […]
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3:41 PM | When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a...
When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a German physicist and microscope manufacturer named Ernst Abbe stated that optical microscopes would never be capable of showing something smaller than 0.2 micrometers in size. He calculated this limit based on how small a glass lens could be built that still focused the wavelength of visible light. That’s small enough to let us see really tiny things, such as the main structures inside animal cells like mitochondria, but not […]
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7:00 AM | Giant Sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' Film Unearthed
Hidden for more than 90 years beneath rolling sand dunes, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 movie The Ten Commandments has been rediscovered.
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