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October 14, 2014

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3:20 PM | Diving Into a Mediterranean Shipwreck: Photos
A dive into a 2000-year-old wreck yields signs of ceremonies and sacrifice.
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2:00 PM | Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel
A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.
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1:56 PM | Explainer: Mass Killings in Mexico
A surge in mass killings in Mexico has people wondering why. Are the cartels acting alone? Are police involved? Tara recounts some of the possible reasons for the death of tens of thousands in recent years.
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11:30 AM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: 100 Questions and Answers - Dinosaurs
Picture yourself back in the early '90s - specifically, 1993. Double denim is still acceptable, Jurassic Park is proving to be a boon for the manufacturers of hollow, gawping dinosaur toys, and endless, near-identical children's books on prehistoric animals line the still plentiful bookshops. What a wonderful time to be alive. 100 Questions and Answers: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals is a very typical book of the age, which is to say that it's filled with shameless John Sibbick […]
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5:24 AM | Nos vemos en Soria Gastronómica [28/10/2014]
Web del congresoDentro del IV Congreso Internacional de Micología Soria Gastronómica tendré un hueco para hablar de Gastronomía en el límite.Todos conocemos los deportes de riesgo pero, ¿existe una gastronomía de riesgo?, ¿podemos llegar al límite de nuestra salud o arriesgar nuestra vida de forma voluntaria en un restaurante? En esta charla hablaré de algunas de estas experiencias culinarias extremas y la ciencia que se […]

October 13, 2014

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9:38 PM | skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our...
skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
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9:38 PM | skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our...
skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
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8:45 PM | Fossilized Bladder Stone Found in Medieval Cemetery
It may look innocuous now, but the little stone may have killed someone 700 years ago.
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3:20 PM | 'Flying Coffin' WWII Wreck Found
A wreck of a U.S. World War II plane found in Italia brings back a forgotten story of death and survival. Continue reading →
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1:24 PM | Explainer: Who Owns the North Pole?
It's an uninhabited patch of real estate at the top of the world that has several countries vying for the right to call it theirs. What's so special about the North Pole? Trace explains.
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1:00 PM | Book Review: Tales of Prehistoric Life by Daniel Loxton
This spring, Daniel Loxton published his third and final children's book in the Tales of Prehistoric Life series: Plesiosaur Peril, the story of the dangerous life of a young Cryptoclidus in the Jurassic. It was proceeded by Ankylosaur Attack (2011) and Pterosaur Trouble (2013). Today I'll cover all three. The TL;DR version: they're great. Daniel Loxton's name is probably recognizable to the portion of our readers who also follow skeptical media. He cowrote Abominable Science with Donald […]
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9:14 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Thin Man Implodes [SPOILERS]
Secrets have a way of coming out, one way or the other, despite one’s best efforts to contain them, and boy howdy, do they ever on the penultimate episode of Manh(a)ttan. In the process,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:32 AM | The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, by Ramsey Campbell
I haven’t blogged about any of his books recently, but I have said many times before on this blog that Ramsey Campbell is my favorite horror author of all time.  As I noted in a recent post, his novella Needing … Continue reading →

October 12, 2014

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2:55 PM | Stunning Mosaic Floor Uncovered in Greece's Mystery Tomb
The central theme depicts a chariot in motion driven by Hermes, who is most likely escorting King Philip II to the Underworld. Continue reading →
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2:45 PM | Greek God Hermes Featured in Ancient Mosaic: Photos
A mosaic floor made from small white, black, gray, blue, red and yellow pebbles emerged during a dig.

October 11, 2014

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9:33 AM | Physics Week in Review (Nobel ’14 Edition): October 11, 2014
It was the Nobel Prize announcement that launched a thousand “How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?” jokes on twitter. (I know, we all thought we were being totes... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:17 AM | 'Ese punto azul pálido' supera el millón de visitas [Sorteo de un libro para celebrarlo]
Pues así parece que ha sido, queridos amigos y mejores lectores. Según las estadísticas de Blogger este espacio personal que nació hace cuatro años y medio con esta entrada (un tanto simple y cutrecilla pero que continúa siendo el espíritu del blog) ha superado el... ¡tachán! MILLÓN DE VISITAS. ¡Muchas gracias a todos por hacerlo posible!Y lo mejor que se me ha ocurrido para celebrarlo es regalaros un libro. […]

October 10, 2014

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8:37 PM | 'Titanic of the Ancient World' Reveals Treasure Trove
An international expedition recovers antiquities from one of the richest shipwrecks of antiquity, with more to come. Continue reading →
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6:55 PM | Sex and Eugenics Sterilization
In looking through Johanna Schoen’s 2005 book, Choice & Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare, it appears that, although eugenics-based sterilization procedures in the early-to-mid twentieth century appear to have targeted women more than men, men were also sterilized through these programs. Rationally, it should be unsurprising that men were targeted as...Read more → Sex and Eugenics Sterilization from in propria persona […]
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6:27 PM | Answers to questions posed by cosmology to philosophy
Tough questions about the philosophy of cosmology have answers; they just might not be right.
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6:26 PM | Answers to questions posed by cosmology to philosophy
ContextCosmology BY Tom Siegfried 2:27pm, October 10, 2014 Observations by the Hubble Space Telescope — like the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which looks back to within a few hundred million years of the Big Bang — have helped to put cosmology on sound observational footing.NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. […]
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3:14 PM | Ebola Before The Outbreak
With the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa this year, it is important to put the disease in historical perspective. The first major outbreak of Ebola occurred in the 1970s in Sudan and Zaire near the Ebola River, from which the virus gets its name. Doctors were shocked by symptoms that mirrored the flu at first but quickly escalated to vomiting, diarrhea, and internal hemorrhaging within a matter of days. Compounding the danger, these fluids had the potential to transmit the […]
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3:14 PM | Ebola Before The Outbreak
With the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa this year, it is important to put the disease in historical perspective. The first major outbreak of Ebola occurred in the 1970s in Sudan and Zaire near the Ebola River, from which the virus gets its name. Doctors were shocked by symptoms that mirrored the flu at first but quickly escalated to vomiting, diarrhea, and internal hemorrhaging within a matter of days. Compounding the danger, these fluids had the potential to transmit the […]
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10:00 AM | Remains of Alexander the Great's Father Confirmed Found
King Philip II's bones are buried in a tomb along with a mysterious woman-warrior.

October 09, 2014

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8:39 PM | Así ponía los exámenes Carl Sagan
Fuente de la imagen: SmithsonianYa sabéis que desde que descubrí hace unos meses este filón me suelo pasar de vez en cuando en busca de nuevo material. Esta tarde he encontrado un documento bastante interesante. Se trata de un examen que puso Carl Sagan a sus alumnos de la universidad de Cornell; una universidad, por cierto, muy de actualidad en estos momentos porque dos de sus antiguos alumnos han recibido el Premio Nobel de Química este año. Pero […]
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7:42 PM | Paris: City of lights and cosmic rays
This post of mine originally appeared on the Scientific American guest blog some time ago.  Considering it has been three years, and it’s always been one of my favorite pieces of writing, I thought it was time to “bring it … Continue reading →
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12:50 PM | How the Violin Got Its Shape
The elegant shape of the violin evolved over a period of 400 years, largely due to the influence of four prominent families of instrument makers, a new study finds.
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2:59 AM | Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, by Liz Heinecke
Though I spent a lot of time thinking about how to properly explain science in a way that is comprehensible to non-scientists, my biggest Achilles heel is my lack of experience in explaining things at a level that kids can … Continue reading →

October 08, 2014

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9:00 PM | First-Known Painting Depicts Rare, Hefty Animal
Ice Age art in Indonesia includes the oldest known figurative cave painting, challenging the view that Europe was the birthplace of art.
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4:26 PM | What do fossilized whales and beer have in common? According to...
What do fossilized whales and beer have in common? According to an article and a video by NPR, they both contain yeast. Amateur paleontologist Jason Osbourne scraped a living subspecies of yeast from whale bones he found in a Virginia swamp with the help of microbiologist Jasper Ackerbloom. They used the yeast to brew what they call Bone Dusters Paleo Ale. The yeast itself probably came from the swamp and is not as ancient as the 35-million year old fossilized proto-whale. You might remember […]
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