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September 01, 2014

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9:30 AM | Lunch with the Captain
These days I’m having trouble finding time to write, especially to blog.My colleagues and I are busy building a team and a large network of collaborators for a series of related malaria elimination projects.  Our initial goal in this project is to wipe malaria out in very specific populations.  If this works, and from our initial work at a smaller scale it appears as though it can, it will be vastly scaled up – reaching throughout Southeast Asia. The impetus for this work […]
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3:25 AM | August lives up to its definition: respected and impressive
The things we noticed in and around canine science over the past two weeks, Storified in one neat location for your convenience:[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16-31 August 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Feuerbacher E.N. (2014). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures, Behavioural Processes, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.019 Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of […]

Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of statistics for testing cognitive judgement bias, Animal Behaviour, 95 59-69. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.06.013

Arnott E.R., Claire M. Wade & Paul D. McGreevy (2014). Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs, PLoS ONE, 9 (8) e104457. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0104457

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August 31, 2014

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11:17 AM | New DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic
A new DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic. We know people have lived in the New World Arctic for about 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence clearly shows that a variety of cultures survived the harsh climate in Alaska, Canada and Greenland for thousands of years. Despite this, there are several unanswered …
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11:15 AM | Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner - Kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit – 3 september 2014 Aanleiding Er is onder antropologen een toenemende aandacht voor kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit. Antropologische blogs,...

August 30, 2014

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6:47 AM | RotM: Interview with Dr. Steven Churchill
Prof. Steven E. Churchill In continuation of our newly introduced, Researcher of the Month (RotM) series, we spoke to Professor Steven Churchill, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.  Prof. Churchill specializes in human paleontology and his research interests include studying archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene era.  In his recently

August 29, 2014

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1:42 PM | My Fihavanana Malagasy: At Home on the Eighth Continent
Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. In the course of her work, she has earned a Malagasy family, which sparks her curiosity for the origins of humanity on Madagascar.

August 26, 2014

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5:08 PM | August 24, 2014: How to Survive a Deadly Avalanche, Remembering Fallen War Reporters in Song and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they survive an avalanche while skiing in Washington, save the environment while winning the Stanley Cup, uncover the tombs of powerful women in the Andes, pay tribute to a pair of fallen war correspondents, sleep on a stranger's couch, herd reindeer in the Russian arctic, and hold the jaws of crocodiles while we test just how hard they can bite.
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4:30 PM | Outsourcing Parenthood: It Takes The Marketplace To Raise A Child
How did our ancestors raise so many kids, while modern parents struggle with the fast pace of life? It's unclear, but to help solve such First World problems, many businesses now offer traditional caregiving services ranging from planning birthday parties to teaching children how to ride a bike. According to a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Research, by outsourcing traditional parental duties, modern-day parents feel they are ultimately protecting parenthood. To determine the role of the […]

August 25, 2014

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4:18 PM | Smithsonian scientist brings Kennewick Man to life in new book
Nearly 20 years since Kennewick Man was serendipitously discovered along the banks of the Columbia River in Washington State, the scientific saga of his life […] The post Smithsonian scientist brings Kennewick Man to life in new book appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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11:22 AM | Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
Closer Blog: Symposium antropoloog zoekt partner 3 september 2014 in het Amsterdam Museum. Read more: Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner

August 22, 2014

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10:10 PM | Is genetic genealogy, the next Facebook of science?
While millions of people spent last weekend dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and documenting it on Facebook to raise money and awareness for ALS, a few us genetics geeks gathered and talked about haplogroups*  A, L and S, among others. *Never heard of a haplogroup? Don’t worry, it’s not because you have…
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10:49 AM | Neanderthals ‘overlapped’ with modern humans for up to 5,400 years
Neanderthals and modern humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years, according to a new article. For the first time, scientists have constructed a robust timeline showing when the last Neanderthals died out. Significantly, the research paper says there is strong evidence to suggest that Neanderthals disappeared at different times across …

August 21, 2014

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4:00 PM | Neanderthals Coexisted with Humans for More Than 5,000 Years
Anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals were both living in Europe for up to 5,400 years, says a new study conducted by Oxford University researcher Prof Thomas Higham and his colleagues. Prof Higham’s team obtained new radiocarbon dates for around 200 samples from 40 Paleolithic sites, ranging from Russia to Spain. The sites were either linked [...]

August 20, 2014

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11:01 PM | Do You Believe in Dog? A New Ball Game
Hello Do You Believe in Dog(ers)!(source)After two years of mostly pen-pal style blogging, we're excited to share our new direction!When we first decided to create Do You Believe in Dog?, we committed to blogging back and forth about canine science for two years. We were able to celebrate achieving that goal at the recent 4th Canine Science Forum in Lincoln, UK and also reflect on the future of Do You Believe in Dog?The DYBID blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds have become vibrant places to […]

Dijk E.M.V. (2011). Portraying real science in science communication, Science Education, 95 (6) 1086-1100. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sce.20458

Fischhoff B. & Scheufele D. (2013). The science of science communication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (Supplement 3) 14033-14039. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1213273110

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11:01 PM | Do You Believe in Dog? A New Ball Game
Hello Do You Believe in Dog(ers)!(source)After two years of mostly pen-pal style blogging, we're excited to share our new direction!When we first decided to create Do You Believe in Dog?, we committed to blogging back and forth about canine science for two years. We were able to celebrate achieving that goal at the recent 4th Canine Science Forum in Lincoln, UK and also reflect on the future of Do You Believe in Dog?The DYBID blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds have become vibrant places to […]

Dijk E.M.V. (2011). Portraying real science in science communication, Science Education, 95 (6) 1086-1100. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sce.20458

Fischhoff B. & Scheufele D. (2013). The science of science communication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (Supplement 3) 14033-14039. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1213273110

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5:39 PM | The Hunt for Alpaca … Skeletons
Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru's colonial past. By comparing bone shards from Peru's northern coast to an alpaca skeleton from Cusco, she might be able to show what Peruvians ate under Spanish rule.
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5:22 PM | Agriculture, Inequality and Cremation in Iron Age Spain
One of the major debates in archaeology is when do we begin to see inequality among human groups, and what caused this this to happen. Social inequality has been defined […]

JORGE DE TORRES RODRÍGUEZ (2014). A PLACE FOR EVERYONE. THE STRUCTURE OF ARROYO CULEBRO D CEMETERY AND THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION IN THE MIDDLE TAGUS VALLEY IRON AGE (SPAIN), Oxford Journal of Archaeology,

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5:00 PM | Neanderthals and Humans Overlapped for 5,400 Years
Neanderthals did not really go extinct -- they were simply absorbed into the modern human gene pool of Europeans and Asians.  Continue reading →
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2:07 PM | How Humans Are Helping Ravens and Hurting Hawks
You’ve already picked a side in the bird wars, whether or not you know it. As humans carve up formerly empty expanses of the western United States with our roads, electrical towers, and power lines, we’re inadvertently giving a boost to ravens. Meanwhile, the birds of prey that once ruled the land are being left […]The post How Humans Are Helping Ravens and Hurting Hawks appeared first on Inkfish.

Coates, P., Howe, K., Casazza, M. & Delehanty, D. (2014). Landscape alterations influence differential habitat use of nesting buteos and ravens within sagebrush ecosystem: Implications for transmission line development, The Condor, 116 (3) 341-356. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-13-126.1

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9:00 AM | Blogging isn't catastrophic, but the opposite could be.
Ken and I just had an article published in Evolutionary Anthropology:Catastrophes in evolution: Is Cuvier's world extinct or extant?It's open access, so no need for a subscription to read it.It's the second one we've done (first one is here). The piece is largely the product of many discussions we've had, mainly over email, and these discussions were sparked by posts we had each written for the MT.Beyond how satisfying it was to have these discussions with Ken and to write this paper with him, […]

August 18, 2014

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11:00 PM | Why Pregnant Women Don't Get The Flu Vaccine
Both mother and baby are at increased risk for complications of flu infection during pregnancy and prenatal care providers say they advise women to get the flu vaccine, but many pregnant women don't do it. Robert Arao, MPH, a biostatistician at Group Health Research Institute, did a statewide survey to assess what doctors think and do about flu vaccines for pregnant women. read more

August 16, 2014

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9:30 PM | Ethnoburbs: Is It White Flight Or Creating Neighbord Enclaves?
"White flight" was the term created by sociologists for when people middle-class began moving from poor city neighborhoods to newly created sub-urban communities that were not city apartments and townhouses but not rural either - suburbs. read more
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9:30 PM | Ethnoburbs: Is It White Flight Or Creating Neighborhood Enclaves?
"White flight" was the term created by sociologists for when people middle-class began moving from poor city neighborhoods to newly created sub-urban communities that were not city apartments and townhouses but not rural either - suburbs. read more

August 15, 2014

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9:21 PM | How to conquer the world
Our species Homo sapiens has been around for some 200 000 years, and is generally thought to have evolved from older human species present in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa (University of Utah, 2005). But how did we come to be global (and even lunar) mammals? Debate still rages over how long ago H. sapiens left […]
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3:58 PM | How a Sports Club Is Changing Lives in South Africa
The loop of poverty and apathy persists in the townships of post-apartheid South Africa—but for some youth, there may be a way out.

August 14, 2014

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2:13 PM | End White Flight From Cities, Because It's Good To Be Afraid
A group of criminologists has an interesting reason why people who left crime-ridden cities should stick around - fear of crime is good for kids. Most politicians and police officers seek to reduce crime, of course, and mitigate the causes where they can, so an argument that it's psychologically healthy is going against 50 years of sociological belief, which says that people who are afraid are likely to do less rational things to protect themselves, and have a lot of other chronic psychological […]
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9:00 AM | Anthropology's troublesome arguments
By Anne Buchanan and Ken WeissThese last few months have been strange ones for anthropology.  So much linen being aired so prominently, dirty and otherwise.  First we had a best-selling book by science journalist Nicholas Wade that in effect defines the field as the science of genetically determined traits, declaring among other things that there are five human races and that anyone who doesn't accept the biological basis of race is motivated not by science but by politics -- unlike […]
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1:00 AM | Anal Sex: Some Guys Just Don't Care About Female Pleasure
Feedback from 130 16 to 18 year olds of diverse social and economic backgrounds living in different parts of the country - a northern industrial city in the UK, London, and a rural area in the southwest of the UK - reveals an oppressive culture around anal sex, with some young men apparently neglecting or not caring about young women's consent or pleasure - both when they have anal sex and when they talk about it with their friends. The qualitative, longitudinal study interviews explored the […]

August 13, 2014

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4:11 PM | Inside Europe’s Mystical Sufi Lodges, Part VI: Gjirokaster
In Macedonia, the Bektashis face many challenges, but they fight to keep their doors open to those who are willing to share ideas and hospitality. The mountains of Albania hide some of the most remote of the Bektashi Order, yet they are still legendary among the local people.

August 12, 2014

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9:00 PM | Long pig, anyone?
This post isn’t for the squeamish. Whether we are talking about Hannibal Lecter, Sweeney Todd, the witch in Hansel and Gretel, or the many accounts from early human history, cannibalism makes us uncomfortable. And why wouldn’t it? Who wants to think about people eating other people or worse, being on the menu yourself? Whether you are fascinated […]
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