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August 06, 2014

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3:41 PM | 6,500-Year-Old 'Noah' Skeleton Found in Museum Closet
Some have nicknamed the ancient skeleton Noah, since the man had survived a great flood that may have later inspired the Biblical story. Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | Ancient Skeleton Found in Closet: Photos
A 6,500-year-old skeleton was found in the basement of the Penn Museum. See photos.
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2:42 PM | Coffee and Quinine
Historian Jon Grinspan wrote in the New York Times recently that during the American Civil War Southerners desperately roasted and brewed everything from potatoes to acorns in hope of simulating coffee. Even if coffee couldn’t cure disease, it may have been valued above any medicine by soldiers on both sides of the war. According to Grinspan, troops gushed about coffee in their diaries and letters, some going so far as to cite it as the reason they were still alive. Grinspan’s […]
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2:42 PM | Coffee and Quinine
Historian Jon Grinspan wrote in the New York Times recently that during the American Civil War Southerners desperately roasted and brewed everything from potatoes to acorns in hope of simulating coffee. Even if coffee couldn’t cure disease, it may have been valued above any medicine by soldiers on both sides of the war. According to Grinspan, troops gushed about coffee in their diaries and letters, some going so far as to cite it as the reason they were still alive. Grinspan’s […]

August 05, 2014

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4:45 PM | Roman Road Reveals Oldest Potholes
Some ancient road hazards are unearthed at Romano-British settlementm outside of Exeter, U.K. Continue reading →
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4:40 PM | Explainer: Is Russia Still a Superpower?
The Berlin Wall is gone, and so is the Soviet Union. But Russia is still a pretty big country, a country with nukes and, it seems, a bit of an attitude in recent years.
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3:12 PM | ELLE Geeks
I’m thrilled to share that I’m interviewed in the August 2014 issue of ELLE India magazine as a feature on “ELLE GEEKS:” talented women who use science and technology to push boundaries of what we know and how we should think about … Continue reading →
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3:16 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Faustian Bargains and Pandora’s Box (SPOILERS)
(Note: If you missed the pilot episode of Manh(a)ttan, you can read my recap here. And be forewarned: spoilers lie ahead!) Loyalties are tested, and bad bargains are struck in this week’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 04, 2014

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6:10 PM | 2,100-Year-Old Royal Mausoleum Found in China
Although the mausoleum had been plundered, archaeologists found that it still contained more than 10,000 artifacts.
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3:47 PM | Explainer: The Major Players in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Which are the main groups involved in the long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinians? Tara Long examines the major, and minor, factions involved.
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12:00 PM | World Leaders Commemorate WWI Outbreak
World leaders on Monday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, a small Balkans conflict that went global.

August 03, 2014

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9:48 PM | “…realigning the heavens with a single stroke of the brush.“ – Really?
Recently on twitter I stumbled across a problematic discussion, as to which single image had most changed the course of science. Although the various participants made stimulating and interesting suggestions, Darwin’s tree diagram, Franklin’s photo of DNA etc. I found … Continue reading →
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6:41 PM | Fred Hoyle’s “The Black Cloud”
I am utterly fascinated by active scientists who also write fiction, particularly science fiction.  There have been more of them than the average person realizes, including physicist Robert W. Wood, who co-wrote The Man Who Rocked the Earth (1915) and The Moon-Maker … Continue reading →
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