The Register.UK: Creationist - ‘The Flintstones’ was an accurate portrayal of dino-human coexistence
Now I feel cheated I didn’t have a pet brontosaurus.
Western Digs: Fire Reveals Human Stone Effigy, Bison-Kill Site in Montana.
“Among the formations are two large effigies — or figures made from arrangements of stones — one of a human and the other, perhaps, of a turtle. The burn also exposed six rock cairns, a multitude of stone tipi rings, and dozens of so-called drive lines — alignments of large boulders that ancient hunters used to chase bison into a killing pen.” Pretty cool find.
PS Mag: No to Vaccination - A Cultural Explanation.
“Opposition to vaccination becomes, for many, intertwined with their perception of themselves as intelligently skeptical (a.k.a., superior) parents.” Los Alamos has this problem. Tons of PhD’s, tons of antivaxxers.
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Mortal Motivation.
“While thinking about death directly [snip] folks do rational things to get away from it, like trying to get healthy. It’s when death lurks on the fringes of consciousness that they cling to worldviews and seek self-esteem.”
I understand John Nash and wife have died in a car accident.
I wrote a piece a few years ago about my experience of John Nash during his ‘dark period’ in Princeton, over on Quora.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient shipyard used by Admiral Zheng He may lie beneath construction sit
Wow. Noteworthy is the fact that ‘austerity’ destroyed Zheng He’s 3,500 ship fleet in 1525. So much for Confucianism. History repeats thusly [thinking of other voyages of discovery we need to commit to].
SciAm: “Young Blood” Anti-Aging Mechanism Called into Question.
Pacific Standard: Creative Thinking Can Inspire Unethical Behavior.
“According to a research team led by Ke Michael Mai, a creative frame of mind enables one to come up with compelling justifications for bad behavior.” Someone, somewhere is going to start using this as an excuse to further eliminate the liberal arts, just watch.
Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska’s first full mammoth skeleton may be lurking under Arctic lake.
Discover: Young Blood Heals Fractures in Older Bones.
Guardian.UK: Stone tool discovery pushes back dawn of culture by 700,000 years.
Motherboard: Six Men Spent 520 Days Locked in a Room to See If We Could Live on Mars.
Salt balance was a problem.
Archaeology News Network: New evidence for King Philip II Tomb in Vergina.
SciAm: Highly Contagious, Antibiotic-Resistant Food Poisoning Establishes U.S. Presence.
“Because of the increasing threat of multidrug-resistant shigella, the CDC and other health agencies recommend doctors only prescribe antibiotics for severe cases. Shigellosis can actually clear up on its own with proper hydration and rest.”
Cosmic fix for the morning ...
Lindau-Nobel.org: The Ozone Hole Could Become History.
Archetype for climate change?
Forbidden Histories: Temple Medicine, Oracles and the Making of Modernity.
“In his writings on Greek medicine, for example, du Prel reconstructed the practice of temple sleep (or ‘incubatio’, most often associated with the healing god Asclepius), which denoted the widespread ancient practice of patients spending nights in temples to receive healing and medical advice from divine beings in their dreams.” Surprised we don’t have people sleeping in churches.
NY Review of Books: The Robots Are Winning!
“In Book 5 of the Iliad we hear that the gates of Olympus swivel on their hinges of their own accord, automatai, to let gods in their chariots in or out, thus anticipating by nearly thirty centuries the automatic garage door.”
Guardian.UK: After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up.
“The panellists agreed that the goal should be to move away from scientific publishing — towards scientific communication.” One might suggest the ‘lowly’ blog as the form of communication.
ScienceDaily: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains.
“A new study shows that a drug that blocks TGF-beta1, which is now being tested for its anticancer properties, makes brain and muscle tissue more youthful.” No doubt, the new ‘T-shops’ opening all over the country will be quite interested.
OpenCulture: Carl Sagan Issues a Chilling Warning to America in His Last Interview (1996).
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces.” You tell ‘em, Carl.
Italian Ways: Ancient Rome’s bikinis, in Piazza Armerina.
Veni, vidi ... and swooned.
NY Times: Reverse Engineering Birds’ Beaks Into Dinosaur Bones.
“It shouldn’t produce some kind of monster.” Yeah, but ... a dinosaur-headed chicken? I ask you. Sounds pretty monstrous to me.
Guardian.UK: Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to ‘catastrophic’ oil spill, experts warn.
“Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts say.” I hear the words of Nick Fury: “We need a response team.” Ain’t no Avengers in the Arctic.