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October 01, 2014

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7:13 PM | Atlas of Dinosaurs, The Return
Our sole criterion for a book to qualify for the blog's Vintage Dinosaur Art series is that it is 20 years old. (And yes, because of that, I am very guilty of stretching the definition of 'vintage' to breaking point.) Atlas of Dinosaurs is rather newer than that, but as was plainly seen last week, it might as well be straight out of the 1980s. Following the panoramic illustrations in the previous post, I'd like to dedicate this one to depictions of individual animals. Warning: levels of […]
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3:10 PM | Inspired by our most recent podcast guests, Pamela Dalton and...
Inspired by our most recent podcast guests, Pamela Dalton and David Barnes, we conducted our own smell experiment on our colleagues at CHF.  We presented our volunteers with a recreation of the odor of yellow fever, conceived by David Barnes and manufactured by the folks at Monell Chemical Senses Center. We asked each volunteer to describe the smell without first telling them what it was. The responses varied greatly, and we recorded them for your listening enjoyment. Special thanks to our […]
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3:10 PM | Inspired by our most recent podcast guests, Pamela Dalton and...
Inspired by our most recent podcast guests, Pamela Dalton and David Barnes, we conducted our own smell experiment on our colleagues at CHF.  We presented our volunteers with a recreation of the odor of yellow fever, conceived by David Barnes and manufactured by the folks at Monell Chemical Senses Center. We asked each volunteer to describe the smell without first telling them what it was. The responses varied greatly, and we recorded them for your listening enjoyment. Special thanks to our […]
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1:40 PM | Explainer: Hong Kong's Occupy Central Protests
Demonstrations in Hong Kong have sprung up over recent electoral changes announced by the Chinese government. Trace explains what near- and long-term issues have motivated protesters to take to the streets.
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10:59 AM | I’m thinking about blogging in Welsh / Dw i’n meddwl am blogio yn Gymraeg
English I’m thinking about blogging in Welsh, but confidence and competence are a problem. I’d like to be able to practice Welsh, but Knighton is not a Welsh-speaking town. So, if I am to practice, writing is best. I need to decide what write about. I get press releases from various astronomical research bodies. Translating…
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3:00 AM | The Fluke That Thwarted an Invasion
Microbes are the omnipresent yet frequently unacknowledged adversary on the battlefield. Though microscopic in size, their very macroscopic effects can decimate armies, foil the best planned war initiatives, and change the course of history. In one of the greatest military debacles in history, Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 failed on account of body lice […]The post The Fluke That Thwarted an Invasion appeared first on Body Horrors.

September 30, 2014

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9:32 PM | Greek Tomb's Female Sculptures More Than 12 Feet Tall
The height of the sculptures and their pedestals make them an imposing presence at the tomb's entrance. Continue reading →
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7:30 PM | Ancient Quake Revealed by Remains: Photos
A woman's gold pendant and the thigh of a statue are among the items archaeologists recovered in the ancient city of Hippos.
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7:11 PM | Skeletons Shed Light on Ancient Earthquake in Israel
Skeletons crushed under a collapsed roof reveal death and destruction caused by the earthquake that hit Israel and the region in 363 A.D. Continue reading →
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12:45 PM | 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand
Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.
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1:51 AM | 20 books that have stayed with me
A meme was going around on Facebook in early September, which I present as was assigned to me by my friend Ryan Cagle of Valancourt Books: In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t … Continue reading →

September 29, 2014

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2:32 PM | Explainer: Why Is the NFL a Non-Profit?
NFL football is a multi-billion-dollar business, and while most of those billions are indeed taxed to, and paid by, the individual teams, it might surprise some to know that the money going to the league office itself is not. How did that happen?
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12:00 PM | Wilson’s Common Sense Ear Drums
George H. Wilson (1866-1949) of Louisville, Kentucky, received a patent (U.S. #476,853) for his “rimless [and] self-ventilating” artificial eardrum in 1892. Often referred as “wireless phones for the ears,” the device was made of rubber, designed to be simple in … Continue reading →
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9:12 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Cracking the Implosion Case [SPOILERS]
The beleaguered physicists in Frank Winter’s group finally get some good news on the implosion front in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan. It’s titled “The Understudy,”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 28, 2014

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3:02 PM | Votation sur l’assurance maladie: plus on paie, plus on soutient la caisse publique
Les résultats de la votation fédérale sur la “caisse publique” témoignent d’une réalité concrète et financière : alors que l’initiative visant à instaurer une caisse maladie publique a été nettement rejetée par 61.9% des votants, celle-ci a reçu un accueil beaucoup plus positif dans les cantons assujettis aux primes mensuelles les plus élevées. Les résultats en […]
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7:00 AM | John Bonham y la cantidad de chupitos de vodka que pueden matar a una persona
John Bonham en 1975 | Fuente: WikipediaContinuamos la serie Curio-Tox de este blog en esta ocasión con un poco música y algo de química aplicada a la toxicología. El pasado jueves se cumplieron 34 años de la muerte del gran John Bonham, el que fuera miembro de Led Zeppelin, y en mi opinión (y creo que no soy el único) uno de los mejores baterías de rock de todos los tiempos.La muerte de Bonham se produjo durante la madrugada del […]
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2:27 AM | Bertram Mitford’s In the Whirl of the Rising
Last week I found myself in the mood for some adventure fiction, and that made me immediately think of Bertram Mitford!  A contemporary and competitor of sorts of H. Rider Haggard, Bertram Mitford (1855-1914) was a prolific writer of novels set … Continue reading →

September 27, 2014

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10:20 PM | June 5, 1981. Pneumocystis Pneumonia. Los Angeles.
In the period October 1980-May 1981, 5 young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia at 3 different hospitals in Los Angeles, California. Two of the patients died. All 5 patients had laboratory-confirmed previous or current cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and candidal mucosal infection. Case reports of these patients follow. In honor of National […]The post June 5, 1981. Pneumocystis Pneumonia. Los Angeles. appeared first on […]
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4:16 PM | The horror, the horror!
For those readers who might have wondered what The Renaissance Mathematicus looks and sounds like, you need wonder no more. There is now a video on Youtube in which I stumble and stutter my way through a very impromptu, not … Continue reading →
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3:46 PM | Jesuit Day
Adam Richter (@AdamDRichter) of the Wallifaction Blog (he researches John Wallis) tells me that the Society of Jesus, known colloquially as the Jesuits, was officially recognised by Pope Paul III on 27th September 1540. He gives a short list of … Continue reading →
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9:43 AM | Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014
The big physics news this week was the announcement of the long-awaited results from the Planck missions — and the news is not good for the BICEP2 collaboration: the Study Confirmed Criticism... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 26, 2014

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9:57 PM | Cardboard Darwinism
My recent review in Nature of Nicholas Wade‘s, Michael Yudell‘s, and Robert Sussman‘s new books criticizes all three. The first comes out of the political right wing and is slyly allied with the racist, Pioneer-Funded scientific camp; the latter two identify with the Left’s argument that race is purely a cultural construct. Wade’s argument is far more dangerous than Yudell’s […]
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8:17 PM | Further adventures in Russian: Atlas of Dinosaurs, part 1
Following last week's 'Russian interlude', palaeoartist and (I'm very happy to say) LITC reader Vladimir Nikolov has offered up another slice of Russian-language non-quite-vintage dinosaur art. Behold, one and all, the glorious Atlas of Dinosaurs and other Fossil Animals. It's a far more recent book than you might think...or hope.This second edition dates from 2001, but you might be surprised to learn that the first edition was published as recently as 1998. While the cover is dominated by a […]
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7:36 PM | Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology
Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times. Some myths even claim he got his medical knowledge from the devil himself; in fact he studied the subterranean realm of earth to understand its effects on human health – one [...]
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7:36 PM | Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology
Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times. Some myths even claim he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:35 PM | Top 10 science anniversaries in 2014
2014 is a rich year for scientific anniversaries, from the birth of Vesalius to quantum factoring.

September 25, 2014

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9:14 PM | Top 10 science anniversaries in 2014
ContextScience & Society,Numbers by Tom Siegfried 11:35am, September 26, 2014 Using the 15-meter Holmdel Horn Antenna in New Jersey, astronomers discovered the cosmic microwave background, a remnant of the Big Bang fireball from the birth of the universe.NASAScientists, and science writers, are always looking for an excuse to celebrate an anniversary. Bloggers in particular like […]
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6:27 PM | Los venenos a través de la Historia [Almería, 26/09/2014]
Si mañana viernes 26 estás por Almería y te apetece conocer algunas historias de venenos, envenenadores y envenenados, puedes pasarte por el Pub Demodé de Almería (Plaza Masnou,7). Muchas gracias a María Docavo por la invitación y por la excelente labor de divulgación en las trincheras que realiza en bares y otros lugares. Nos vemos :-)
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3:07 PM | [Visualisation] 1914-1919: L’étonnant itinéraire d’un Suisse au service de la France
1er août 1914: Les nouvelles politiques étant fort mauvaises, j’ai quitté Genève à 2 heures 28, ayant fait mes adieux à ma bien-aimée Hélène sur le quai de la gare… Les premières lignes du “Journal de la Guerre” de l’écrivain suisse Guy de Pourtalès rappellent le ton de certains écrits de poilus. Mais bien que décrivant le même conflit et s’inscrivant dans […]
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2:54 PM | If you’re going to pontificate about the history of science then at least get your facts right!
Recently, my attention was drawn to an article by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, on The Week website, telling the world what the real meaning of ‘science’ is (h/t Peter Broks @peterbroks). According to Mr Gobry science is the process through which we … Continue reading →
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