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August 26, 2014

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8:02 PM | Tomb Raiders Likely Plundered Ancient Greek Site
A suspicious door leads archaeologists to believe Greece's mystery tomb was robbed. Continue reading →
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8:01 PM | Shameless promotion dep’t.
The blog 3 Quarks Daily is running a contest for the best science-related blog post, and Genotopia has been twice nominated! Go to their voting page and vote for either #24 (Hail Britannia!) or #25 (On city life…). Voting ends 9/1 and you can only vote for one post. The top 20 vote-getters will go on to […]
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8:00 PM | Greek Tomb Shows Signs of Looting: Photos
Greek archaeologists excavate the massive burial mound in Amphipolis and find evidence that tomb raiders plundered the site.
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3:46 PM | [Visualisation] Plans de métros, plans de réseaux
Berlin semble être la ville dont le réseau de métro est le plus reconnaissable, devant New York, Paris, Lausanne et Moscou (les 5 seuls réseaux de métro à dépasser les 50% de réponses juste). Alors que la composition de ce groupe de tête n’est pas étonnante (villes très touristiques), on notera la très bonne place de Lausanne, évidemment bien connue d’une partie du public de ce blog dont […]
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1:56 PM | Explainer: Should Police Officers Be Required to Wear Cameras?
With a petition now before the White House that argues for video gear to be worn by all police officers, Trace examines the pros and cons of that approach.

August 25, 2014

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1:30 PM | Explainer: Pakistan's Political System
Though protests are at the moment still peaceful, the situation is tense in Pakistan, as citizens express displeasure with their government.
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7:13 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Sins of the Past [SPOILERS]
If you were wondering how Manh(a)ttan was planning to up the stakes yet again after the death of Sid Liao and the ensuing fallout, the latest episode (“A New Nuclear Cosmology”) should... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 23, 2014

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9:40 AM | Physics Week in Review: August 23, 2014
Summer is winding down, but the ongoing drought in much of the southwestern US shows no sign of abating. In fact, it’s so dry in California (where we live) that the ground is literally rising.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 22, 2014

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7:00 PM | Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated
Unbeknownst to many of the public, August was National Immunization Awareness Month. I know, I know: it’s been overshadowed by some very exotic and thrilling headliners this month. The Ebola epidemic blazing defiantly in West Africa. The jaw-dropping videos shown on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge clogging everyone’s social feeds. Vaccines […]The post Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated appeared first on […]
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4:10 PM | Oldest Metal Object in Middle East Discovered in Grave
A copper awl is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East.
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2:16 PM | Explainer: What Is a Lobbyist?
We hear often about this or that "lobby," representing this or that issue to our elected officials. What's the world of government lobbyists like, and can lobbying -- though deeply unpopular -- be a good thing?
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12:18 PM | [Photos] Patrimoine architectural d’Engadine: 30 façades de Scuol
En fond de vallée de l’Inn, en Basse-Engadine (canton des Grisons, Suisse), le vieux village de Scuol abrite une très belle collection de maisons engadines aux façades agrémentées de sgraffites, encorbellements, portes sculptées, encadrements ou fours à pains. The post [Photos] Patrimoine architectural d’Engadine: 30 façades de Scuol appeared first on Martin Grandjean.
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11:00 AM | Why Terrorists Behead Their Victims
Reporter James Foley's beheading in the Middle East was part of a long tradition of sending a gruesome message. Continue reading →

August 21, 2014

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6:03 PM | Sphinxes Emerge From Huge Ancient Greek Tomb
The seated, wingless sphinxes were likely placed there to guard the large burial site. Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick...
This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick Burr Opper. It depicts Uncle Sam participating in the blue glass craze described in this audio clip. (Library of Congress)
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2:30 PM | This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick...
This is a detail of a Puck cartoon drawn in 1896 by Frederick Burr Opper. It depicts Uncle Sam participating in the blue glass craze described in this audio clip. (Library of Congress)
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1:15 PM | 2,800-Year-Old Zigzag Art Found in Greek Tomb
Several pottery vessels found beside the sarcophagus and 13 more inside a niche in the tomb.
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11:55 AM | Explainer: What Is The National Guard?
Missouri's governor has called in the National Guard, thanks to the current unrest in the city of Ferguson. Who makes up the National Guard and what exactly is it? Tara has the answers in this explainer.

August 20, 2014

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2:57 PM | Is blue-tinted glass good for your health? Augustus James...
Is blue-tinted glass good for your health? Augustus James Pleasonton, a general in the American Civil War, certainly believed so. In 1876 he  published The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky. In this audio clip, Doug Mooney, senior archaeologist at URS Corporation and president of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, describes how his team dug up a pipe bowl during an archaeological survey of I-95 in Philadelphia. The pipe bowl was completely […]
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2:57 PM | Is blue-tinted glass good for your health? Augustus James...
Is blue-tinted glass good for your health? Augustus James Pleasonton, a general in the American Civil War, certainly believed so. In 1876 he  published The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky. In this audio clip, Doug Mooney, senior archaeologist at URS Corporation and president of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, describes how his team dug up a pipe bowl during an archaeological survey of I-95 in Philadelphia. The pipe bowl was completely […]
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8:00 AM | A proverb in the hand…
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August 19, 2014

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7:34 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The AMNH's Book of Dinosaurs, Part 2 - James Robins
Over the years of writing these blog posts, I'd like to think that I've matured somewhat - that the vodka-fuelled gratuity of my late university years has mellowed into something more thoughtful and, dare I say it, nuanced. (Oh yes. I went there.) Sure, I'll still point out shonky dinosaur art, but with less savagery, and an acknowledgement that, by contemporary standards, it's often not so bad. Plus, illustrators gotta eat.On the other hand, one is occasionally reminded that a few - a very few […]
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11:22 AM | Explainer: Why Are Police Allowed to Use Lethal Force?
With the recent controversy still simmering in Ferguson, Missouri, Trace examines the use of lethal force by police officers.

August 18, 2014

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9:28 PM | Evidence-based medicine actually isn’t
Demands for evidence-based medicine confront the contradiction that much of the evidence is worthless or skewed.
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9:26 PM | Evidence-based medicine actually isn’t
ContextClinical Trials,Biomedicine,Numbers by Tom Siegfried 5:28pm, August 18, 2014 In medical practice, the concept of evidence shares a lot with Saint Augustine’s understanding of time.He understood time perfectly well, of course, until somebody asked him to explain it. Medical evidence is similar. Everybody thinks they know what evidence means, but defining what counts as evidence is […]
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6:30 PM | Jesus Statue Found to Have Real Human Teeth
Exactly how the statue got its set of choppers is a mystery.
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4:12 PM | King Richard III Feasted on Wine and Swans
Analysis of the chemistry in the bones of the late king reveal his elitist diet. Continue reading →
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1:21 PM | Explainer: What Is Sharia Law?
We hear a lot these days about "Sharia," in relation to groups like the Taliban and ISIS. Tara examines life lived under its tenets.
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4:41 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: An Appetite for Self-Destruction
The residents of the Los Alamos base camp receive a special visitor in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan — none other than Niels Bohr, he of the infamous model of the atom and one of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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