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April 10, 2014

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4:00 PM | Angela Burdett-Coutts: celebrating a patron of science
Science has always benefitted from the generosity of wealthy individuals; we can see evidence of this today in the prestigious...
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3:56 PM | “Recombinant Gold”
My review of Nicolas Rasmussen’s latest book Gene Jockeys got the “cover” of the Nature Spring Books issue!

April 09, 2014

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11:00 PM | The Strange Truth Behind Nine Baseball Traditions
We look back at the origins of baseball's long and rich history of oddball traditions.
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6:06 PM | Egyptian Coffin Holds Bronze Age Artifacts: Photos
Israeli archeologists have unearthed an ancient Egyptian coffin complete with the skeleton of a man and several burial offerings.
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6:02 PM | Ancient Egyptian Coffin Unearthed in Israel
A 3,300-year-old cylindrical clay coffin complete with the skeleton of a man buried with a gold scarab seal of Pharaoh Seti I, has been unearthed in Israel. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Oldest Message in a Bottle Reaches Granddaughter
A message in a bottle tossed in the sea in Germany 101 years ago, believed to be the world's oldest, has been presented to the sender's granddaughter.
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12:49 PM | Giants’ Shoulders #70 celebrates a birthday.
Hans Sloane is one of those figures in the history of science, who deserves to be much better known than he is. Although Sloane Square in London is named after him, giving name to one of the horrors of modern … Continue reading →
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6:25 AM | Taiwau Bozu: The bald geisha plague of 1901
The strange disease which has produced so much hilarity came, it is said, from Formosa; and a person may conclude that he has been attacked by it when he gets up in the morning and finds a hitherto hairy poll as bare as a billiard ball. No other symptoms make their appearance. It is bad […]

April 08, 2014

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11:29 PM | Scientists are people too
Scientists (for the most part) are human beings, and Nobel Prize-winning physicists are no exception. Like all other human beings they make mistakes, are influenced by their peers, suffer from preconceptions and some nights just want to go home early. Any … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Ancient Egyptian Mummy Found With Brain, No Heart
An ancient Egyptian mummy found with an intact brain, but no heart, has a plaque on her abdomen that may have been intended to ritually heal her.
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3:05 PM | Ancient Eskimo Artifacts Reveal Animal Connection: Photos
Artifacts from an early Eskimo winter village reveal how intertwined human and animal lives were at the site.
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3:00 PM | NY's Forbidden Island: A Million in Mass Graves
Since 1869, still-born babies, the homeless, the poor and the unclaimed have been stacked one upon the other, three coffins deep, on Hart Island.
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9:08 AM | Littérature et réseaux sociaux : #MyTopTenBooks
The post Littérature et réseaux sociaux : #MyTopTenBooks appeared first on Martin Grandjean.
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3:01 AM | The House of the Wolf, by Basil Copper
I haven’t been reading much fiction as of late, thanks to work and a desire to catch up on a lot of science reading.  This past week, however, I jumped back into the fiction, picking up Basil Copper‘s 1983 novel The … Continue reading →
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12:33 AM | My appearance on WCNC television!
Today I appeared on NBC Charlotte on “Larry’s Look” to promote our upcoming UNC Charlotte Science and Tech Expo and show off some science demos!  You can check out the video at this link.  Don’t ask me what I thought of … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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4:57 PM | Hitler May Have Married a Jew, DNA Study Suggests
DNA analysis of hair taken from Eva Braun's brush suggests she had Jewish ancestry on her mother's side. Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | 19th Century Indian Women in U.S. Medical School Part II
“It is not more difficult to prove that Asiastic women have made good as Christian physicians. In India we point to Dr. Karmarkar and Dr. Joshi…”[1] Since my original posting on three Indian women who attended the Women’s Medical College … Continue reading →

April 06, 2014

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11:49 AM | Luca, Leonardo, Albrecht and the search for the third dimension.
Many of my more recent readers will not be aware that I lost a good Internet friend last year with the unexpected demise of the history of art blogger, Hasan Niyazi. If you want to know more about my relationship … Continue reading →

April 05, 2014

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9:55 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 5, 2014
The biggest physics news this week is the announcement of possible hints of dark matter in Fermi data, namely, a curious excess of gamma-ray light coming from the center of our galaxy.  Could this be... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 04, 2014

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10:08 AM | Actualités de la visualisation de données : 3 regards critiques
La carte qui attise la curiosité, le réseau illisible mais fascinant, les graphiques aux sources cachées par la simplicité visuelle,… autant d’éléments désormais récurrents dans les médias, communications politiques et scientifiques qu’il faut savoir décrypter. Si la nature des données est censée conditionner notre façon de les représenter, la marge de manoeuvre reste en effet […]
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5:10 AM | Medical photography, Dorothea Lange style
There are six illustrations in this paper. The first two show the layout of the sinuses. The other four are haunting. From M.H. Gill (1906), Diseases of the Maxillary Sinus, Yale Medical Journal XII(9):821-829: — — — — These people (three adult men with abscesses and “a female aged ten” with cancer) got sick and […]

April 03, 2014

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9:57 PM | Episode 3 – The buoy wonder (Gustaf Dalén)
If you invited all the Nobel Physics laureates to a party, Gustaf Dalén might soon find himself standing on his own, nibbling a cheesy whatsit while the other guests awkwardly drifted past him. What would they have to talk about? After all, he … Continue reading →
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6:33 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: All About Dinosaurs - Part 2
Onwards with All About Dinosaurs, a book written by the awesome Roy Chapman Andrews, he of Gobi fossil-hunting fame, and illustrated by Thomas Voter. Now, you know you're reading a vintage dinosaur book when...Swamp-o-pods! Mind you, All About Dinosaurs must surely lose points for lacking a full-length depiction of brachiosaurs immersed up to the very tip-tops of their nasal crests in murky water. Instead, the animals are rather more convincingly depicted wading their way through a swamp, […]
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3:55 PM | You Got your Alchemy in my Art! You Got your Art in my Alchemy!
Plate IV in William Salmon’s Polygraphice (Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, CHF) By Elisabeth Berry Drago Art and alchemy, science and painting. They’re kind of a delicious combination. And not as bizarre as it sounds, I promise. For a modern reader, William Salmon’s Polygraphice might seem like a strange jumble, a hodgepodge of unrelated things shoved into one overstuffed Hot Pocket of a book. Published in 1685, the Polygraphice is at first glance an […]

April 02, 2014

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3:30 PM | Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings
Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings.
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12:02 PM | Opening the evidence up to policymakers
A group of UK academics and researchers is planning to launch a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS) for politicians. It is now asking members of the public to volunteer to interview local elected politicians, providing feedback that will help shape the service. There is a gap between good research evidence and policymaking, and much discussion about […]
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7:00 AM | Ear-picks to Q-tips
Cotton-wool has long been a staple in households as well as in the aural surgeon’s tool kit. For ear ailments, cotton was used in all sorts of ways: soaked in olive oil and inserted into the ear, trimmed and soaked … Continue reading →

April 01, 2014

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11:00 PM | Byzantine Monastery and Mosaics Found in Israel
The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery with intact mosaics covering the floor have been revealed in archaeological excavations in southern Israel.
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8:46 PM | Maybe time’s arrow needs ergodicity as well as entropy
Explaining the arrow of time might require an equilibrium universe with hidden ergodic dynamics.
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4:10 PM | Maybe time’s arrow needs ergodicity as well as entropy
ContextCosmology by Tom Siegfried 4:46pm, April 1, 2014 If you take 10 cards, numbered 1 through 10, and arrange a system for swapping any two cards at random over and over again, every single possible numerical sequence of the cards will eventually appear. That’s ergodic. If you started with the cards in order (low entropy), the cards would become more and more disordered (that is, […]
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