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July 02, 2014

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6:48 PM | Viking 'Hammer of Thor' Unearthed
An inscription on a 1,000-year-old amulet confirms that small Viking charms do represent Thor's hammer. Continue reading →
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12:50 PM | The DNews Explainer: Who Are the U.S. Military Advisors in Iraq?
With the terror group ISIS making a bid to overrun Iraq, the U.S. is sending 300 "military advisors" into the country. What's their job and who are they?

July 01, 2014

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9:19 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Mighty Giants
Welcome back to the wonderful world of old-school dinosaur books - hey, it's been a while. The Mighty Giants - part of the Dinosaur World Pop-Up Books series (which ran to at least two books, apparently) - was published in 1988, but for all its scientific infidelity, it might as well have been published in 1978...or 1968. Yes, it's one of those. Hold on to your pear-shaped tyrannosaurs and oddly uniform teeth, everyone!Long-term readers of the blog - who are so committed that we should probably […]
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7:27 PM | A Feast for Mosquitoes
We’ve been writing a lot about mosquitoes lately in Chemical Heritage magazine, so blood suckers were on my mind when I was riding a Washington, D.C. Metro train a few weeks ago and noticed a strange advertisement. A poster requested participants in a study to test a potential malaria vaccine delivered by mosquitoes. If you don’t mind letting a malaria-ridden mosquito feast on your blood, you could be paid to be a test subject. Normally mosquitoes are the carriers of malaria, so I […]
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4:09 PM | TetZooCon Approaches!
Darren Naish and John Conway will be hosting the first TetZooCon in eleven short days, at the London Wetland Centre. I have been drooling over the announced speaking lineup since I learned of it, but with an ocean between us, it's just not in the cards for me. The deadline for booking your place at the event is this Friday, July 4. At £40, the price is very reasonable (if only airfare and lodging didn't cost anything). John opens the conference with his welcome, followed by Darren on […]
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2:20 PM | Football in the archives – the second half
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June 30, 2014

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8:15 PM | Rome's Colosseum a Condominium in Medieval Times
For hundreds of years, people lived in the Colosseum and used its vast center as a communal trading center.
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4:01 PM | Geology and Generals: How Geology influenced the Gettysburg Campaign (Part I.)
“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.”The Art of War, by Sun TzùIn 1863, after more than two years of Civil War, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia launches a decisive attack towards the north, in direction of the town of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. Spotted by the Union Army a skirmish near the small farm town of Gettysburg starts, soon […]
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1:31 PM | Out of the Lab & Into the Mouth
Many pitfalls await the undergraduate in the laboratory. Bunsen burners! Liquid nitrogen! The slack work ethic of one’s peers! The dreaded group projects! But the most common risk budding researchers face are the rubber glove-donners themselves, perpetrator and victim rolled into one lab coat-wearing pipetter, armed and often dangerous with great knowledge but little know-how. […]The post Out of the Lab & Into the Mouth appeared first on Body Horrors.
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1:00 PM | Geology and Generals: How Geology influenced the Gettysburg Campaign (Part I.)
“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” The Art of War,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | Geology and Generals: How Geology influenced the Gettysburg Campaign (Part I.)
“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” The Art of War, by Sun Tzù In 1863, after more than two years of Civil War, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia launches [...]

June 28, 2014

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11:34 AM | Why Nobel Prize-winning physicists?
There are two types of questions in this world. Those you wish nobody would ask and people always do, and those you desperately want people to ask and yet no-one ever does. In the former category fall such gems as “what are … Continue reading →
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9:54 AM | Physics Week in Review: June 28, 2014
Confirmed: That Was Definitely the Higgs Boson Found at LHC — you know, in case you were still wondering. Related: New result from LHC strengthens the case that the Higgs interacts with both... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

June 27, 2014

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3:30 PM | Rare Incan 'Calculators' Found in Peru
The ancient string-based devices were used to solve mathematical problems and assist in record-keeping.
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3:14 PM | Le rêve du multilinguisme dans la science : l’exemple (malheureux) du colloque #DH2014
L’anglais est-il définitivement la langue de la science ? Peut-on encore se permettre de communiquer en français, en allemand ou en italien ? Doit-on, à contre-courant d’un sens pratique réducteur, mettre en place des mécanismes qui permettent à des chercheurs de soumettre des communications dans leur propre langue dans des colloques internationaux ? Illustrant ce questionnement, le colloque annuel des humanités numériques […]
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10:00 AM | A Century of World War I Tech: Photos
Inventions and technologies that changed our world entered the stage during the first world war.

June 26, 2014

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7:15 PM | Chariots, Gold Found at Bronze-Age Burial Site
Gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices were also discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia.
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11:00 AM | Soccer's History From Cuju to FIFA
The earliest form of soccer is generally thought to be a Chinese game called cuju.

June 25, 2014

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3:44 PM | Star Wars Geology
“There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: the American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy.” Bart Simpson in “Bart the General” (1990) Geology played a role in many past conflicts, but can war – even if only a fictional future war – play a role in geological fieldwork? The film [...]
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3:44 PM | Star Wars Geology
“There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: the American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy.” Bart Simpson in “Bart the General” (1990) Geology... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:33 PM | The DNews Explainer: What Is Jihad?
While the term "Jihad" in contemporary culture is often used within the context of terrorism, the word, to non-militant Muslims, means something vastly different. Tara explains.
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1:00 PM | What If World War I Never Happened?
A 20th century without Hitler, the Internet or President Obama.
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12:00 PM | Turtles, Meet Dinosaurs; or, The Most Accurate Paleoart in 2014 Comics
As LITC's senior comics correspondent, it pains me to say that 2014 has been a fairly forgettable year for dinosaurs in comics. Devil Dinosaur continues to be inexplicably denied an ongoing series. DC's The War That Time Forgot never quite took off, and Brett Booth is busy drawing cluttered superhero costumes instead of elaborate archosaurs. Even Dynamite's relaunch of Turok, a title that should be a showcase for prehistoric mayhem, is saddled with an artist uninterested in creating […]

June 24, 2014

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9:50 PM | Life began when algorithms took control
Digital storage of molecular information is the key to defining life and understanding its origin, astrobiologists say.
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4:00 PM | Six New Sites Gain World Heritage Status: Photos
The World Heritage Committee inscribes six new properties and also approves extensions to some existing sites.
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3:30 PM | Noah's Search: Probing Satellite Imagery for Lost Ark
Speculation has swirled for decades that the leftovers of Noah's Ark hug the heights of Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey — satellite imagery may offer evidence.
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10:00 AM | 19th Century 'Elixir of Long Life' Found
An 'Elixir of Long Life' is found among 19th-century liquor bottles in New York, and archaeologists mix up a batch. Continue reading →
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