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Archaeology News Network: Should the Higgs boson have caused our Universe to collapse?

This is an unacceptable prediction of the theory because if this had happened we wouldn’t be around to discuss it.

06/29/14 • 09:14 AM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Western Digs: Evidence of Hobbling, Torture Discovered at Ancient Massacre Site in Colorado.

More than a massacre, the scene at Sacred Ridge betrayed evidence of at least 33 people, men and women alike, having been not only butchered and burned, but, according to new research — also tortured.

06/27/14 • 11:10 AM • HistorySanta Fe LocalScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Neuman Celano library study - Educational technology worsens achievement gaps.

The unleveling impact of technology also has to do with a phenomenon known as the ‘Matthew Effect’: the tendency for early advantages to multiply over time.

06/26/14 • 09:12 AM • ChildhoodScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A sunken kingdom re-emerges.

Scanning the army of ghostly spikes protruding from the sand here one recent morning, Dr. Bates said it was as if nature were making a point: The recent torrential rains, linked by a growing number of climatologists to human-induced climate change, have provided an ancient laboratory to study how humans coped with catastrophic climate change in the past.

06/25/14 • 08:56 AM • HistoryScholarlyScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Alyxandria: I Can’t Afford a Bachelor’s Degree, So I’m Making My Own.

Some have been talking about ‘disruption’ … a great example, on the hoof.

06/24/14 • 09:28 AM • GeneralScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Chicago Trib: How do actors learn their lines?

Nice to hear it took some months to memorize a 75 minute dialog. I have tended to assume actresses/actors do this quickly and well because of long practice.

06/23/14 • 10:10 AM • EntertainmentScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ask a Mathematician/Physicist: How can we see the early universe and the Big Bang?

If the Big Bang and the expansion of the universe were as straightforward as an explosion and things flying away from that explosion, then the earliest light would be on the front of our ever-expanding universe.  If that were the case (and it seems to be from the images and videos presented in, like, every documentary evar), then there’s no way you’d be able to see the light from the early universe.” Thought it might be useful.

06/20/14 • 08:41 PM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: The Many Virtues of Optimism.

Still, it seems that, at least as far as the research goes, it’s far healthier to think like Tigger than like Eeyore.” But … Pooh is best.

06/20/14 • 10:03 AM • PsychologyScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

U of Oxford.UK: Critical Reasoning for Beginners.

Of note.

06/19/14 • 03:47 PM • GeneralScholarlyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: The theft of Native Americans’ land, in one animated map.

Since the concept of reparations has been broached … one should understand why “reparations have never figured prominently into American Indian calls for justice”.

06/19/14 • 12:13 PM • HistoryHuman RightsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SlashGear: NASA spaceship concept showcases warp drive future.

Pretty, but interstellar debris (asteroids, etc.) would turn this into Swiss cheese unless it had a massively powerful working deflector system.

06/10/14 • 08:46 PM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Viking Age Revninge woman, an exceptional find.

It is the three-lobed item of jewellery that sits between her hands that is causing the greatest excitement. Archaeologists had never seen where it was really meant to be located during the life, as when found in graves it is usually placed on the chest area.” A guy with a metal detector, again.

06/02/14 • 09:21 AM • HistoryScholarlyScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Observer.UK: Why antibiotics are making us all ill.

Of note. Blaser’s not a lightweight, either.

06/01/14 • 09:15 AM • HealthScholarlyScience • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Seduced by Gore Vidal.

Whereas Buckley produces one of Evelyn Waugh’s anti-socialist epigrams idly, like removing a kerchief from the pocket of his blazer, Vidal’s points of reference in these televised sparring matches are precise, sedulously selected from his self-compiled encyclopedia of a brain.

05/30/14 • 12:11 PM • BooksHistoryNewsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Extensive cataloguing of human proteins uncovers 193 new ones.

Foreshortened title for space. “In a summary of the effort, to be published May 29 in the journal Nature, the team also reports the identification of 193 novel proteins that came from regions of the genome not predicted to code for proteins, suggesting that the human genome is more complex than previously thought.

05/29/14 • 10:49 AM • HealthScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: Cosmic Deflation - Doubts Raised Over Blockbuster Big Bang Study.

Traditionally, peer review of a new result—especially such an important one — doesn’t normally happen in such a public way, and some scientists have criticized the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) for holding a press conference to tout it before other scientists have had a chance to weigh in.” This kind of situation will happen more and more; the question is how to deal with it.

05/29/14 • 10:05 AM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition.

The plaintiffs’ aim: to stop the school from introducing tuition next fall and to prompt a court investigation into how the board has managed school finances.

05/29/14 • 09:33 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingLawScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Burial reveals complex origins of metallurgy.

Tel Tsaf contained a rich assemblage of over 2,500 beads made of ostrich egg-shell, obsidian items originating in Anatolia or Armenia, four Ubaid pottery shards imported from either north Syria or Mesopotamia and a Nilotic shell from Egypt. These finds exhibit connections of unexpected distance and diversity.

05/27/14 • 01:54 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Battered pot found in Cornish garage unlocks Egypt excavation secrets.

It was known that he gave pieces to individuals, at a time when a visit to a celebrity archaeologist’s dig was the highlight of any tourist or VIP trip down the Nile. The little label proves this was done on a systematic basis not previously guessed at. It is a neat commercially printed card, with an Egyptianate border, boasting that the ‘Libyan Pottery’ from 3,000 BC was discovered by Prof WM Flinders Petrie in 1894-5. The card was clearly one of many, but pot, card, and excavation record are linked by the faintly pencilled number 1754.” Simple cards may allow the discovery of more missing treasures. Take a look at the photo; see if your family owns any.

05/26/14 • 04:00 PM • ArtsHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Stars in their eyes - architects and scientists mull designs for ark in space.

Use an asteroid. I’m tellin’ ya. Lots of ablative material, put the habitable areas on the backside (away from the direction of travel).

05/23/14 • 09:05 AM • ScholarlyScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium: Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing.

Not ashamed to admit it’s a bit beyond my ken.

Related: ScienceMag - Doubts shroud Big Bang discovery.

05/21/14 • 12:27 PM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Quote websites are frequently inaccurate, but we use them anyway.

These sites — your quotefreak.coms, your thinkexist.coms — cater to a growing appetite for filleted wisdom, for deboned wit, for the mechanically separated meat of literature.” I’ve found too many bad quotes over the years; I like to cross-reference through Gutenberg or other originals source. Checking context doesn’t hurt, either.

05/21/14 • 12:24 PM • HistoryInternetScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Hazards Ahead - The Problem With Trigger Warnings.

Making trauma central to one’s identity bodes poorly for survivors.”  My emphasis. Boy howdy.

05/20/14 • 12:59 PM • ArtsBooksPsychologyScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Smithsonian: Listening to the Big Bang.

Now, not only do we know the universe is expanding, not only do we have a credible proposal for what ignited the expansion, we’re detecting the imprint of quantum processes that tickled space during that fiery first fraction of a second.” More backstory and info within.

05/20/14 • 10:31 AM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Chile’s student Robin Hood burns $500m of loan documents.

The Santiago Times reports that the university will now have to individually sue each student to continue collecting the debt.

05/20/14 • 10:08 AM • EconomicsHuman RightsLawPoliticsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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