Posts

October 16, 2014

+
5:55 PM | The Strange Medical Case of the Radioactive Landslide
The landslide of Köfels (named after a small village in Tyrol) is one of the largest recognized landslides in the Alps – large enough to dam up a 92 meters (300 feet) deep prehistoric lake and divide in two the valley of Ötz. Wood fragments discovered during the construction of a gallery in the landslide [...]
+
5:55 PM | The Strange Medical Case of the Radioactive Landslide
The landslide of Köfels (named after a small village in Tyrol) is one of the largest recognized landslides in the Alps – large enough to dam up a 92 meters (300 feet) deep prehistoric lake and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
2:30 PM | Mysterious Slab in Russia May Be a Sundial
A strange chunk of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age.
+
2:25 PM | Explainer: How Much Power Do Off-Duty Police Officers Have?
How do off-duty officers differ from those on the clock? Which things are they allowed to do, or not do? Tara explains.
+
1:45 PM | Our new home
This RSS feed from the Royal Society has moved. Please resubscribe to the RSS feed here: http://rss.royalsociety.org/blogs/repository Thank you for continuing to subscribe to our updates. If you have any queries please contact us.
+
1:00 PM | Association
I really want a new Kindle. This makes no sense. I already have a Kindle, it works well enough. Certainly it’s fast enough to read from. The money I would spend on a new Kindle I could spend on books instead. What I think has happened is association. When I think about buying a new…
+
12:43 PM | Greek Tomb Mural Depicts Abduction of Persephone
A mural on the floor of a mysterious tomb in Greece reveals the character of Persephone, the daughter of Zeuis and Demeter in Greek mythology. Continue reading →
+
10:00 AM | Mesozoic Miscellany 66
In the NewsVenezuela has gained another non-avian dinosaur taxon, making 2014 something of a boom year for the early Jurassic La Quinta Formation. Following the publication of Laquintasaura venezuelae in August, we now welcome Tachiraptor admirabilis to the fold. Mike at Everything Dinosaur has terrific pieces on both taxa: read his takes on L. venezuelae and T. admirabilis. Because of my recent post on dreadful stock image dinosaurs, please note that each of these publications were accompanied […]

October 15, 2014

+
5:10 PM | Explainer: Where Are Syria's Refugees Going?
More than 9 million Syrians have fled their homes amid the fighting in their war-torn country. More and more are heading for neighboring countries, many of which don't have the resources to support them.
+
5:01 PM | The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground...
The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground Life (1868) provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of miners just after the middle of the 19th century. As Simonin puts it (the book was translated from the French and adapted by H. W. Bristow) In the following pages we purpose to describe the struggle of the miner in its reality, without exaggeration of any sort. We shall follow him to the field of his labours, observe him in his subterranean life, and describe his […]
+
5:01 PM | The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground...
The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground Life (1868) provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of miners just after the middle of the 19th century. As Simonin puts it (the book was translated from the French and adapted by H. W. Bristow) In the following pages we purpose to describe the struggle of the miner in its reality, without exaggeration of any sort. We shall follow him to the field of his labours, observe him in his subterranean life, and describe his […]
+
4:52 PM | English Votes for English Laws makes sense, so long as you don’t actually think about it
So it became apparent surprisingly quickly that the Union side of the Scottish referendum had no Plan A for if they won. The panicked offer given to Scotland has stirred up the demand for EVEL, English Votes for English Laws. EVEL is interesting because it highlights the problems there are with the union. The basic…
+
1:00 PM | Largest Pottery Workshop of Greek Antiquity Found
The largest kiln is 17 feet in diameter, making it the biggest kiln ever found in a Greek city. Continue reading →
+
2:40 AM | Jane Marcet educates Michael Faraday
This post is in honor of Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of the contributions of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Even when women weren’t officially recognized as scientists or allowed to pursue a formal education or career in science, … Continue reading →
Editor's Pick

October 14, 2014

+
4:57 PM | The Queen of Science – The woman who tamed Laplace.
In a footnote to my recent post on the mythologizing of Ibn al-Haytham I briefly noted the inadequacy of the terms Arabic science and Islamic science, pointing out that there were scholars included in these categories who were not Muslims … Continue reading →
+
4:15 PM | Adolf Hitler Was a Regular Meth User
During World War II, Adolf Hitler regularly took methamphetamines, a report suggests.
+
3:30 PM | Ancient Sailors Made Sacrifices on Ships
A large incense burner found aboard a 2000-year-old shipwreck suggests that ceremonies and sacrifices were a regular part of sailors' lives.
+
3:20 PM | Diving Into a Mediterranean Shipwreck: Photos
A dive into a 2000-year-old wreck yields signs of ceremonies and sacrifice.
+
2:00 PM | Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel
A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.
+
1:56 PM | Explainer: Mass Killings in Mexico
A surge in mass killings in Mexico has people wondering why. Are the cartels acting alone? Are police involved? Tara recounts some of the possible reasons for the death of tens of thousands in recent years.
+
11:30 AM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: 100 Questions and Answers - Dinosaurs
Picture yourself back in the early '90s - specifically, 1993. Double denim is still acceptable, Jurassic Park is proving to be a boon for the manufacturers of hollow, gawping dinosaur toys, and endless, near-identical children's books on prehistoric animals line the still plentiful bookshops. What a wonderful time to be alive. 100 Questions and Answers: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals is a very typical book of the age, which is to say that it's filled with shameless John Sibbick […]
+
5:24 AM | Nos vemos en Soria Gastronómica [28/10/2014]
Web del congresoDentro del IV Congreso Internacional de Micología Soria Gastronómica tendré un hueco para hablar de Gastronomía en el límite.Todos conocemos los deportes de riesgo pero, ¿existe una gastronomía de riesgo?, ¿podemos llegar al límite de nuestra salud o arriesgar nuestra vida de forma voluntaria en un restaurante? En esta charla hablaré de algunas de estas experiencias culinarias extremas y la ciencia que se […]

October 13, 2014

+
9:38 PM | skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our...
skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
+
9:38 PM | skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our...
skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
+
8:45 PM | Fossilized Bladder Stone Found in Medieval Cemetery
It may look innocuous now, but the little stone may have killed someone 700 years ago.
+
3:20 PM | 'Flying Coffin' WWII Wreck Found
A wreck of a U.S. World War II plane found in Italia brings back a forgotten story of death and survival. Continue reading →
+
1:24 PM | Explainer: Who Owns the North Pole?
It's an uninhabited patch of real estate at the top of the world that has several countries vying for the right to call it theirs. What's so special about the North Pole? Trace explains.
+
1:00 PM | Book Review: Tales of Prehistoric Life by Daniel Loxton
This spring, Daniel Loxton published his third and final children's book in the Tales of Prehistoric Life series: Plesiosaur Peril, the story of the dangerous life of a young Cryptoclidus in the Jurassic. It was proceeded by Ankylosaur Attack (2011) and Pterosaur Trouble (2013). Today I'll cover all three. The TL;DR version: they're great. Daniel Loxton's name is probably recognizable to the portion of our readers who also follow skeptical media. He cowrote Abominable Science with Donald […]
+
9:14 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Thin Man Implodes [SPOILERS]
Secrets have a way of coming out, one way or the other, despite one’s best efforts to contain them, and boy howdy, do they ever on the penultimate episode of Manh(a)ttan. In the process,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
1:32 AM | The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, by Ramsey Campbell
I haven’t blogged about any of his books recently, but I have said many times before on this blog that Ramsey Campbell is my favorite horror author of all time.  As I noted in a recent post, his novella Needing … Continue reading →
12345
144 Results