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September 15, 2014

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7:00 PM | Ancient Mexican Tequila Worked as Food, Energy Drink
The earliest alcoholic beverage in Mesoamerica is still drunk today.
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6:54 PM | Book Review: Island on Fire
Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark By Witze, A. & Kanipe, J. PROFILE-BOOKS 224 pages | Hardcover 1st edition | April 2014 ISBN 978-178125-0044   Volcanoes are no unusual sight on Iceland and yet the eruption that started June 8, 1783 in the southern district of [...]
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6:54 PM | Book Review: Island on Fire
Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark By Witze, A. & Kanipe, J. PROFILE-BOOKS 224 pages | Hardcover 1st edition | April... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:20 PM | Longitude
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3:11 PM | Experiences of a Deaf Man
From The Albion Magazine (1907): When a man suddenly becomes deaf there is little or nothing he would shrink from if it afforded, or seemed to afford, the smallest chance that he would recover the enjoyment of a sense which he never … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Viking Fortress Reveals 'Fierce Warriors' Were Decent Architects
A new archaeological discovery in Denmark suggests that these notorious fighters were also decent builders.
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1:13 PM | Visualiser des données : l’exemple du marché de la bière
Le marché mondial de la bière est dirigé par une poignée de grands groupes, dont quatre se partagent la propriété de plusieurs centaines de marques, totalisant près de la moitié de la production mondiale. Exercice de visualisation, raté ? Alors que le groupe hollandais Heineken (3e mondial) vient de refuser l’offre du groupe britannique SABMiller (2e mondial), Le Monde publie sur son site web un visuel déjà […]
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9:01 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Dead in the Water [SPOILERS]
The British are coming! The British are coming! To Manh(a)ttan, that is. This week’s episode (“The Second Coming”) finds our intrepid community of physicists eagerly awaiting their... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 14, 2014

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10:40 PM | Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak
Last week, the State Department performed a small but smart gesture towards countering the continued outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa by releasing a video featuring President Barack Obama speaking to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Educating the millions of people in this region on the facts of this massive outbreak and […]The post Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Body Horrors.
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2:43 PM | Childhood, war games and becoming a historian.
This week’s A Point of View on BBC Radio 4 The Horror of War by Renaissance historian Lisa Jardine was truly excellent and well worth ten minutes of your time. From the starting point of having visited a war exhibition … Continue reading →
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10:09 AM | Alexander von Humboldt and the Hand-Beast
The German naturalist F. W. H. Alexander von Humboldt (born September 14, 1769-1859) is remembered as great geographer and explorer (maybe his name is even the most common on topographic maps), but his early education focused on mining engineering (and economy, as wished by his mother) and he made some important contributions to geology, for [...]
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10:09 AM | Alexander von Humboldt and the Hand-Beast
The German naturalist F. W. H. Alexander von Humboldt (born September 14, 1769-1859) is remembered as great geographer and explorer (maybe his name is even the most common on topographic maps), but... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 13, 2014

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2:25 PM | The naming of America – Redux
This is a brief addenda to my previous naming of America post, as my copy of Peter Macdonald’s Cabot & The Naming of America: Dawn of Arrival, Newfoundland, June 1497 has finally arrived; remaindered, it cost all of £0.01! (p&p … Continue reading →
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9:15 AM | Physics Week in Review: September 13, 2014
This week on Virtually Speaking Science, I chatted with Caltech’s Spiros Michalakis about quantum computing, quantum information, and when we might expect Google to have a quantum computer... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 12, 2014

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2:35 PM | Another one bites the dust
This is a sort of footnote to my last post in which I criticised science writer Tim Radford for propagating myths about the reception of heliocentricity in the sixteenth-century. Now a second truly legendary astronomer and science writer, John Gribbin, … Continue reading →
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1:05 PM | Explainer: G8, NATO, the UN: Decoding the Acronym Alphabet Soup
It can be tough to keep straight all of the acronyms that dot the daily news coverage. Tara explains not only what these terms mean but also what the organizations behind them do.
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10:45 AM | …and this is why you don’t use Google Translate for professional events
The Swansea Bay 10k run is offering events for kids too. Including “the Dylan Thomas Mile and Mascot Race” or in Welsh “Dylan Thomas Milltir a Masgot Hiliol” Race in the sense on running quickly would be Ras so what exactly is that mascot?.

September 11, 2014

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9:26 PM | Female Greek Guard Statues Fully Revealed
Greek archaeologists excavating the large and mysterious burial mound in Amphipolis have now revealed the full body of the two figures unearthed on Saturday, showing the sculptures’ great artistic value. Continue reading →
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7:25 PM | Armor Made of Bones Found in Bronze Age Grave
Analysis is underway to determine what kind of animal bones were used for the armor, but it was likely assembled with bones from elk, deer and horse. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | U.S. Remembers 9/11; Obama Says Never 'Give in to Fear'
Americans on Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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4:35 PM | [Data Visualization] Show me your jet fighters and I’ll tell you who you are
The choice of a new fighter aircraft is not only dictated by technical requirements. At least as important as price, capacity or robustness, the origin of the supplier (nationality/ies, but also the coalition in which the country is implicitly or explicitly affiliated) is a key element. The chart below maps the distribution of fourth-generation fighters in the world (+ the small number of fifth-generation fighters already built). Major suppliers, the United States […]
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2:38 PM | Explainer: Could ISIS Attack on U.S. Soil?
With news reports suggesting more than 100 Americans have left the country to fight alongside ISIS terrorists, what's the likelihood they would return to the U.S. to continue the fighting?

September 10, 2014

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7:20 PM | Lost Ship from Ill-Fated Arctic Quest Discovered
Canadian authorities have released sonar images that show the skeleton of one of the two ships lost during the Franklin Expedition.
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7:10 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book - Part 2
So it turns out that Doctor Who is quite popular - who'da thought? As such, there was much demand for a second instalment of The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book (1976), featuring everyone's favourite Doctor* - the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker - wandering around and posing like a prat among dinosaur art faithfully traced from the pages of earlier books. I do hope you enjoy.I didn't mention any thyreophorans last time - but they do feature in the book, so please allow me to rectify the situation […]
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4:33 PM | Stonehenge 'Smiley Face,' Other Features Detected Underground
The unusual feature emerged as archaeologists scanned a 7.4-square-mile area around Stonehenge.Continue reading →
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3:41 PM | The Royal Society Print Shop: hang a piece of science history on your wall!
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3:40 PM | I expected better of Tim Radford
Tim Radford is a science writer who works for The Guardian newspaper. In fact many people consider him the best British science writer of the current crop, not without a certain amount of justification. Because of this I was, as … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | I’m more excited by Formula E than Formula 1 at the moment
The first Formula E race is due at the weekend. On paper the FIA’s electric series isn’t a match for Formula 1, and the F1 racing has been good at the front. However when Virgin announced their driver line-up for Formula E, it underlined F1’s big problem. The one on the left is Jaime Alguersuari.…

September 09, 2014

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11:57 AM | Y ‘Tour of Britain’ sy’n dod i Dref-y-clawdd / The Tour of Britain visits the Big K
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11:30 AM | 3,000-Year-Old Golden Bowl Hides Grisly Tale
The bowl was uncovered just beyond the fingertips of a dead soldier and two of his comrades, who were crushed under bricks and burned building material.
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