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December 02, 2014

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9:00 AM | Making the first scientific journal
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December 01, 2014

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8:07 PM | Largest Stone Block From Antiquity Found
The 2,000-year-old stone block was likely cut to be used in a temple, but was abandoned because it was unsuitable for transporting.
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2:58 PM | Explainer: China's History of Support for North Korea
China and North Korea have been treaty partners and official allies since 1961. Given the obvious disparities between the two nations, what does each get from their alliance, and can it hold up much longer? Tara explains.
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12:40 PM | The Great 2014 Dinosaur Gift Guide: Volume 2!
Welcome to part two of the LITC 2014 Dinosaur Gift Guide! If you missed the first installment, check it out here. the goal with this brief series of posts is to highlight artists and other independent creators of dinosaur goods. Since paleontology depends on the work of artists to reach the public, it's vital to directly support them when possible. There has never been an easier time to do it, and dinosaur lovers have never had such a wealth of amazing art by so many talented people. Onward […]
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4:55 AM | Before & After: Respiratory Microbes among Pilgrims to the Hajj
The Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims from around the world, is one of the largest gatherings of man on the face of the earth. This annual event took place just last month with relatively little fanfare from the news media, which is, from an epidemiological standpoint, a very good thing. Every […]The post Before & After: Respiratory Microbes among Pilgrims to the Hajj appeared first on Body Horrors.
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4:55 AM | Before & After: Respiratory Microbes among Pilgrims to the Hajj
The Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims from around the world, is one of the largest gatherings of man on the face of the earth. This annual event took place just last month with relatively little fanfare from the news media, which is, from an epidemiological standpoint, a very good thing. Every year, public health officials wring their hands at the thought of possible outbreaks caused by the global pathogen du jour capitalizing upon the convergence of millions of worshipers in

November 30, 2014

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10:49 AM | [Graphiques] Les résultats des votations en direct
La Suisse vote sur l’initiative Ecopop contre la surpopulation, l’initiative pour l’abolition des forfaits fiscaux et l’initiative sur l’or de la Banque nationale suisse. Ces graphiques questionnent nos pratiques de suivi en direct de résultats de votation : dépasser la projection géographique en proposant un croisement avec une donnée supplémentaire. Le but n’est pas de chercher une hypothétique causalité mais […]

November 29, 2014

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8:10 PM | The Great 2014 Dinosaur Gift Guide: Volume 1!
Though any time of year is the right time to bestow a saurian gift upon a friend or loved one, this time of year seems to put special focus on gift-giving. I'm not sure why. In the interest of helping people find unique and inspiring dinosaur gifts, I've put together this guide. It's certainly not meant to be comprehensive, but rather is an attempt help you choose gifts that both delight their recipient and support the forward progress of paleontology. One easy and meaningful way to do that is […]
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10:35 AM | Physics Week in Review (Thanksgiving Edition): November 29, 2014
Chances are our US readers are still in recovery from Thursday’s feasting. Fortunately Jen-Luc Piquant has compiled lots of interesting links for your weekend reading pleasure while you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 28, 2014

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6:42 PM | Mega inanity
Since the lead up to the Turing centennial in 2012 celebrating the birth of one of the great meta-mathematicians of the twentieth century, Alan Mathison Turing, I have observed with increasing horror the escalating hagiographic accounts of Turing’s undoubted historical … Continue reading →

November 27, 2014

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9:00 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH
With 1980s-style dinosaurs once again grabbing everyone's attention, thanks to the recent trailer for the long-delayed instalment of a certain cinematic franchise, it's only fitting that my latest book is a seminal specimen from the era. Hailing from around the same time as the Normanpedia,WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (which absolutely must be written in all-caps) sees Norman and Sibbick team up again, but this time the results are a little more fun (while avoiding anachronistic humans and […]
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2:10 PM | The Turkey on Your Table: Not Like Its Ancestors
Ancient turkeys weren't anything like your average Butterball, genetic research shows.
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6:24 AM | Gastronomía en el límite (VI): La yuca
Raíces de yuca | FuenteMandioca, tapioca, guacamota, aipí, boniato de las Antillas, quiscamote..., son varios de los nombres por los que es conocida la Manihot esculenta, la yuca, un tipo de arbusto de la familia de las euforbiáceas muy popular en las regiones de clima tropical en Sudamérica, África y el Pacífico. En España no se suele encontrar con facilidad aunque cada vez está más presente en los […]

November 26, 2014

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7:30 PM | Buried Polish 'Vampires' Likely Had Cholera
Polish 'vampires' weren't targeted for their status as immigrants, as previously thought, but instead probably had contracted cholera.
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6:08 PM | Geological Treasures in Ancient Egypt
November 26, 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939) entered the tomb of Tutankhamun, pharaoh in ancient Egypt from 1332 to 1323 BC. The grave was filled with precious jewelry, including a breastplate decorated with a scarab, made from a greenish-yellow gemstone. Fig.1. Pendant found in Tutankhamun’s tomb with gemstone of  desert glass, photo by Jon Bodsworth [...]
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6:08 PM | Geological Treasures in Ancient Egypt
November 26, 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939) entered the tomb of Tutankhamun, pharaoh in ancient Egypt from 1332 to 1323 BC. The grave was filled with precious jewelry, including a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:30 PM | Early Shakespeare Works Found in French Library
A copy of the first compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of a small town in northern France.
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3:22 PM | Explainer: Politics and the Supreme Court
Do political leanings influence the manner in which liberal and conservative Supreme Court justices view the cases that come before them? Tara looks for a ruling on the question.
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1:33 PM | [Visualisation] Les parlementaires romands plus disciplinés que les alémaniques ?
Analyser le positionnement politique d’élus nationaux sur autre chose que leurs promesses de campagne est une nécessité démocratique. Comment les votes de ceux-ci lors des sessions parlementaires traduisent-ils leurs orientations personnelles et partisanes, entre pragmatisme et idéologie ? Ce que l’on observe, c’est que les parlementaires romands ne votent pas plus à gauche que leurs collègues alémaniques, mais moins […]

November 25, 2014

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7:04 PM | Stone Age Axe Found Deliberately Stuck Into Earth
The 5,500-year-old axe was found stuck in the seabed and was likely placed there as part of some kind of ritual.
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6:06 PM | Matemáticos vs físicos, por Richard Feynman [Vídeo]
Queridos amigos matemáticos y físicos, podéis pelearos en los comentarios :-PNOTA: Esta entrada participa en la Edición 5.8: Betty Scott del Carnaval de Matemáticas, cuyo anfitrión es el gran José Ángel en su blog tocamates.
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4:35 PM | Ancient Mythical Carvings Found in Silk Road Cemetery
The cemetery was found in the city of Kucha, located in present-day northwest China. Ten tombs were found, seven of which were large brick structures.
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1:00 PM | Explainer: The Prospects for a Reunified North and South Korea
Since the end of World War II, when lines were drawn dividing North and South Korea, the idea of erasing that line has been suggested on several occasions. Why have the two countries not yet been reunified? Trace explains.

November 24, 2014

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5:52 PM | Painted Figures Found in Greece's Mystery Tomb
Two painted figures -- one man, one woman -- were found on the door frames of a chamber within a Greek tomb dating to Alexander the Great's reign in the late 4th century B.C. Continue reading →
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5:07 PM | Explainer: Points-Based Immigration Systems
President Obama's recent, and hotly debated, action on immigration in the U.S. has the issue front and center in many people's minds. Trace examines a form of immigration used in other countries that's based on what immigrants can offer a country.
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4:44 PM | In 1923 women’s rights activist Margaret Sanger released an...
In 1923 women’s rights activist Margaret Sanger released an issue of Birth Control Review whose cover showed a woman literally shackled to unwanted babies. Sanger championed the birth-control pill and other methods of fertility control. She believed that women had the right to pursue careers unencumbered by babies until they wanted them. Today tech companies (including Facebook and Apple) are channeling Sanger’s revolutionary ideas in a hotly debated way; they are paying […]
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4:44 PM | In 1923 women’s rights activist Margaret Sanger released an...
In 1923 women’s rights activist Margaret Sanger released an issue of Birth Control Review whose cover showed a woman literally shackled to unwanted babies. Sanger championed the birth-control pill and other methods of fertility control. She believed that women had the right to pursue careers unencumbered by babies until they wanted them. Today tech companies (including Facebook and Apple) are channeling Sanger’s revolutionary ideas in a hotly debated way; they are paying […]
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3:49 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 69
Newsie BitsThinkGeek, the popular on-line retailer specializing in, appropriately enough, geeky gifts, recently began selling fossils. This resulted in criticism from paleontologists, and eventually ThinkGeek's decision to halt the sales, at least for a time. Lee Hall posted about the controversy at Extinct Los Angeles, following his original post with a ThinkGeek reply, and his subsequent response. At Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs - as well as her blog Shaman of the Atheistic Sciences, Lisa […]
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12:00 PM | Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered
Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.

November 23, 2014

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7:15 PM | Thousands Evacuated as WWII Bomb is Found in France
Three thousand people were evacuated from their homes in the center of the French city of Rennes Sunday while a huge British bomb from World War II was defused.
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