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October 05, 2014

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2:00 PM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Casualties of War [SPOILERS]
Relationships are fraying right and left, with betrayal, after betrayal after betrayal, this week on Manh(a)ttan, as we kick off the first (“Tangier”) of the final three episodes of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:44 AM | Physics and the Human Factor: A Q&A with the Writers on Manh(a)ttan
There are just three episodes left for Season 1 of WGN America’s most excellent new series, Manh(a)ttan — or as Jen-Luc Piquant has taken to calling it, The Best New Show You’re Not... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 04, 2014

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12:00 PM | Great Archaeological Discoveries Ahead: Photos
Have the most important temples, tombs, pyramids, cities, and civilizations been found? Not at all.
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12:00 PM | Opinion: More Archaeological Finds Coming Through Tech
Is there anything left to discover? Have the most important temples, tombs, pyramids, cities, and civilizations been found?
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9:59 AM | Physics Week in Review: October 4, 2014
While everyone’s biding their time for next week’s Nobel prize announcements — and in some cases, indulging in some speculative predictions — scientific progress marches on.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 03, 2014

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7:06 PM | Early Image of Beardless Jesus Found
A glass plate featuring a beardless Jesus is one of the earliest known images of Christ. Continue reading →
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5:44 PM | The unfortunate backlash in the historiography of Islamic science
Anybody with a basic knowledge of the history of Western science will know that there is a standard narrative of its development that goes something like this. Its roots are firmly planted in the cultures of ancient Egypt and Babylon … Continue reading →
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3:11 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 65
After a really super-long break, we're back with the 65th post in the Mesozoic Miscellany series. I really haven't meant to do these posts so sporadically, but I had some freelance jobs come up that took up a lot of time over the last few months. Sorry about that! I hope to get back on a more regular schedule with them. Around the DinoblogosphereAt Life Traces of the Georgia Coast, Tony Martin wrote a touching post in the wake of his mother's passing, reflecting on how he came from a childhood […]
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3:10 PM | Explainer: Could the U.S. and Iran Ever Trust Each Other?
With the two countries' long history of distrust of and outright aggression toward each other, can the United States and Iran ever ever work together, perhaps against ISIS?
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2:50 PM | Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m....
Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m. CHF will be streaming a canning demonstration with writer and instructor Marisa McClellan. You can watch the presentation live on CHF’s Youtube page, or if you’re in Philadelphia, stop by and see the demonstration in person at tonight’s First Friday festivities. Doors are open until 8. Before the show, brush up on the history of food preservation with an article from our magazine, “Processed: Food Science […]
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2:50 PM | Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m....
Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m. CHF will be streaming a canning demonstration with writer and instructor Marisa McClellan. You can watch the presentation live on CHF’s Youtube page, or if you’re in Philadelphia, stop by and see the demonstration in person at tonight’s First Friday festivities. Doors are open until 8. Before the show, brush up on the history of food preservation with an article from our magazine, “Processed: Food Science […]
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12:55 PM | Mummified Fetus Reveals Ancient Surgical Procedure
Procedure was apparently done when a mother's life was in danger or the fetus had already died.
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4:38 AM | Nobel Crystal Ball: Predictions for the 2014 Prize in Physics
Excitement is building — at least in science circles — for the upcoming announcements of the 2014 Nobel Prizes, along with the inevitable speculation about who might be among this... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 02, 2014

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4:50 PM | Marble Door Revealed in Greek Tomb
The impressive door is made from marble brought down from the island of Thasso and bolsters the theory that the site is a grand tomb. Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | I read The Martian by Andy Weir…
…and quite enjoyed it.
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3:37 PM | This week in bad ideas: Wart grafting
As described in this excerpt from James G. McCully’s Good Times In The Hospital, warts can be so extensive that they require a skin graft. In the 19th century, skin grafts took many forms. By 1912 the process was down to a science, as detailed in Leonard Freeman’s Skin Grafting for Surgeons and General Practitioners. The […]

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
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