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March 10, 2015

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3:05 PM | Explainer: Foreign Fighters Who Join ISIS
Recent reports have estimated that more than 20,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIS' reign of terror in the Middle East. Who are these people, where do they come from, and why are they joining an evil fighting force?
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12:50 PM | 3,000 Skeletons Recovered at London Train Station Site
The ancient skeletons will eventually be re-buried at a cemetery near London.

March 09, 2015

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11:00 PM | Alexander the Great-Era Treasure Found in Israeli Cave
Coins and jewelry from the time of Alexander the Great have been found by hikers in a stalactite filled cave in northern Israel. Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | Coins, Jewelry From Alexander the Great Era: Photos
The 2,300-year-old cache includes silver coins of Alexander the Great, who conquered the region in the late fourth century B.C.
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8:58 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (BBC Fact Finders)
After our sojourn to the 1960s in the last post, I'm afraid it's back to 1990 for this one, with all of the Sibbick rip-offs that that tends to entail. Part of the BBC Fact Finders series (other titles included Egypt, Weather, Seashore and Nutkins on Pets, which presumably featured stalwart children's TV presenter Terry Nutkins, or else has a very baffling title), Dinosaurs is a very typical book of the post-Normanpedia, pre-Jurassic Park era (the Sibbickian?). Greg Paul-type dinosaurs haven't […]
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8:25 PM | Life’s origin might illustrate the power of game theory
Game theory math can describe molecular competition and cooperation, perhaps providing clues to the origin of life.
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8:24 PM | Life’s origin might illustrate the power of game theory
Math of strategy can describe molecular competition, cooperation ContextEvolution,Numbers by Tom Siegfried 4:25pm, March 9, 2015 The same math that describes playing poker and other parlor games may also provide clues to the origins of life.buttershug569/iStockPhotoAt first glance, it seems strange to think that math used for describing business competition, fighting […]
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9:00 AM | Cito, longe, tarde: fly quickly, go far, return slowly
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March 08, 2015

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4:55 PM | Selma: Remembering 'Bloody Sunday' 50 Years Ago
They paid for black Americans' right to vote with their blood and bruises. Now they remember.
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3:56 PM | Résultats des votations en graphiques : PDC et Verts-libéraux ratent leur cible (et leur électorat)
En année électorale, mal en a pris les deux partis qui appelaient ce dimanche les Suissesses et les Suisses aux urnes autour de leurs deux initiatives populaires. Démocrates-chrétiens et Verts-libéraux ont vu leurs textes sèchement refusés par une majorité très large des votants. Et s’il est un signe inquiétant, c’est que ces deux initiatives thématiquement très rassembleuses n’ont pas […]
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2:00 AM | Celebrate International Women’s Day with Wiley
This year marks Wiley’s third celebrating International Women’s Day with a free compendium from our books and journals. This year we’ve selected the theme of gender equality for our collection, which includes content ranging from gender issues in the classroom, to the workplace, to a look back throughout history. For 2015 we’ve added to the […] The post Celebrate International Women’s Day with Wiley appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

March 07, 2015

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7:28 PM | A Baker's Dozen Dinosprites
In December, I was commissioned to create a pixel art illustration for an ad campaign. It was a good fit for me, as I've long wanted to delve into the style. It fits in well with my love of 8- and 16-bit video games and chip music. It was inevitable that I would also bring my love of dinosaurs into the fold. I began experimenting with pixel saurians, trying different methods, various scales at which to draw my subjects, and with that, different levels of detail. I wrote about the first few in a […]
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10:01 AM | Physics Week in Review: March 7, 2015
Brrr! Winter still has much of the country in its iron grip. While you’re waiting for spring to make its presence known, perhaps you’d like to try your hand at photographing Snowflakes in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:08 AM | Michael Faraday and the waterspouts (1814)
This week, one of the most fascinating/frightening videos to be posted online was of a waterspout that ran aground on a Brazilian beach, hurling debris and terrifying vacationers.  Weaker than the similar-looking tornadoes that appear over land, most waterspouts have speeds … Continue reading →

March 06, 2015

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8:00 PM | What You Missed in Science This Week (Mar. 2-6)
Grab your chance to catch up with stories you may have missed this week! Continue reading →
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5:46 PM | The Physics of Diving Gannets, Bird Navigation, and Speedy Tiger Beetles
Jen-Luc Piquant was at the APS March Meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week, a longtime favorite conference, and often touted as the largest physics conference of the year, covering a diverse range... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:52 PM | Quotable Genius: Martin H. Fischer
Martin H. Fischer was an American doctor and writer known for his pithy comments on the practice of medicine. Continue reading →
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3:56 PM | Stop the Press!The Distillations egg is finally hatching. After...
Stop the Press!The Distillations egg is finally hatching. After more than a year of hard work we finally printed the first issue of Distillations Magazine.  It’s a redesign and reimagining of Chemical Heritage, which has, in its many forms, been around since the 1980s. We spent two long days at our printers last week watching the birth. The long silver and green rectangular box thing is a Heidelberg printing press, which can print 17,000 identical sheets in about 3 hours. It’s […]
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3:56 PM | Stop the Press!The Distillations egg is finally hatching. After...
Stop the Press!The Distillations egg is finally hatching. After more than a year of hard work we finally printed the first issue of Distillations Magazine.  It’s a redesign and reimagining of Chemical Heritage, which has, in its many forms, been around since the 1980s. We spent two long days at our printers last week watching the birth. The long silver and green rectangular box thing is a Heidelberg printing press, which can print 17,000 identical sheets in about 3 hours. It’s […]
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3:54 PM | Explainer: How Powerful is Canada?
It's the second-largest country in the world, after Russia, but much of its land is uninhabited Arctic tundra. Land-size aside, then, where does Canada rank as a global power?
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3:00 PM | ISIS Militants 'Bulldoze' Ancient City in Iraq
The UN condemned as a war crime the Islamic State group's bulldozing of the ancient city of Nimrud.
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12:00 PM | New Recipe For 19th Century Shipwrecked Beer
A Finnish/German scientific team has analyzed some of the oldest preserved beer samples from an 1840s shipwreck to try to provide insight into how they were made.

March 05, 2015

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8:30 PM | Excavating a Celtic Prince's Tomb: Photos
See photos of items recovered at the burial mound of a Celtic Prince.
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8:28 PM | Impressive Tomb of Celtic Prince Found in France
An Iron Age Celtic prince was discovered buried with his chariot at the center of a huge mound in the Champagne region of France. Continue reading →
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4:04 PM | Explainer: The Role of the Department of Homeland Security
The recent budget debate over funding for homeland security got us wondering about the role the agency plays in the life of the United States.
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1:01 PM | Seeker Daily: Why Iceland Is Building a Temple to Thor
It's been 1,000 years since Iceland was a pagan country, since Odin, Thor and the gods of Norse mythology claimed the country for their own. After Iceland adopted Christianity as its national religion in 1000 AD, it never looked back. Until now.

March 04, 2015

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8:12 PM | Huge Japanese WWII Battleship Found
The recovered wreck was one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced battleships deployed during its time. Continue reading →
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8:00 PM | World War II Warship Recovered: Photos
Photos show archival images of a WWII Japanese battleship and its discovery decades later.
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7:37 PM | The Geology of Star Trek: II. It is not Life as we know or understand it!
It may surprise that there is no exact definition of what “life” is -  it is often described as a system in thermodynamic disequilibrium with it´s own environment and therefore forced to actively seek, incorporate and transform matter and energy. Part of the acquired energy and matter is used by this system to create copies of itself and so to survive it´s own death.Some of these properties are however shared also by inorganic entities, like the order, growth or […]
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1:57 PM | Explainer: The Long-Running Myanmar Conflict
The Myanmar conflict, also known as the Burma Conflict, has been one of the globe's longest-running civil wars since the nation gained its independence in 1948. Julia explains what's behind the violence in the country.
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