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USA Today: Virgin Galactic spaceship explodes, killing 1 pilot.

A witness said the SpaceShipTwo blew up shortly after its engine fired when it was dropped from the WhiteKnight aircraft that carried it aloft ...” Over CA, otherwise I would have heard about it sooner.  Best wishes for the surviving pilot’s health.

Doing a quick look online, it seems Scaled/VG has been testing different engines ... with varying results [2013 link] ... in order to meet their passenger commitments.

10/31/14 • 03:06 PM • ConsumptionDesignScienceTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

HyperAllergic: What Do Classical Antiquities Look Like in Color?

Tacky and cartoony, with paint. Always made me question Greek ‘classical’ tastes. Must’ve been like living in Las Vegas or a Disney theme park.

10/31/14 • 11:45 AM • ArtsHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Oct 15/WaPo: Dr Richard Besser on the risk of catching Ebola.

In all the media hype over the nurse in Maine, I thought what my former PHS classmate had to say on the subject was timely: “You are putting yourself in much greater danger if you don’t get a flu shot than if you talk to someone from West Africa.”  Read the entire piece.

10/31/14 • 11:35 AM • HealthHuman RightsPoliticsScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.

The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended.” Someone will probably want to throw a stone at me, but I miss the patina. Easier to take in as a whole, before. Now, I’d have to spend a half hour or more looking at each individual tableau.

10/30/14 • 08:41 PM • ArtsHistoryReligionScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber.

Let’s hope further access is only obscured and that the existing tomb is all there is (and stripped).

10/29/14 • 12:06 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Searchers consider ‘winter dive’ to explore Erebus further.

Cool. Er, no. Cold.

10/29/14 • 12:03 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas.

Ill-fated La Salle.

10/28/14 • 12:21 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNet: Pope says evolution doesn’t mean there’s no God.

Been this way for a long time; as long as you don’t touch God as ‘prime mover.’

10/27/14 • 12:46 PM • ReligionScience • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.

One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?

Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.

10/27/14 • 10:17 AM • HealthHuman RightsLawScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Romano British burials show less gum disease than modern population.

We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today.

10/26/14 • 09:43 PM • HealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mental Contrasting – Effectiveness, Uses, and Precautions.

Saw a related article on the NY Times, but couldn’t link because of the paywall. Hopefully this will be of interest.

10/25/14 • 07:45 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DiscoverMag: Most Autistic People Have Normal Brain Anatomy.

As far as it goes, though, it’s a bit of an earthquake – and I’m not sure how much of the field is left standing.

10/25/14 • 07:36 PM • HealthPsychologyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CosmosUp: Historic Breakthrough: Dark Matter may have been Detected.

Astronomers from Leicester University have detected a strange signal in the X-ray spectrum that appears to be a signature of ‘axions‘ — a hypothetical dark matter particle.

10/25/14 • 10:39 AM • Science • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time and Oak | Whiskey Elements | Whiskey Your Way.

By allowing more access to the wood’s capillaries, Whiskey Elements provide a shorter distance for the whiskey to travel, allowing it to filter more quickly. Combined with our proprietary curing method and unique design, Time & Oak has managed to accelerate the maturation process, and reduce the impurities. Yay, science!

10/24/14 • 03:29 PM • ConsumptionFoodScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.

The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.

10/24/14 • 02:11 PM • GeneralGooglePhysical FitnessSanta Fe LocalScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Western Digs: Allosaurus Died From Stegosaur Spike to the Crotch, Wyoming Fossil Shows.

Bad enough it got whacked in the nads; worse that it infected and abcessed.  Jeebus, what a way to go.

10/23/14 • 11:07 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb.

The sphinx’s head belongs to the body of a sphinx which was found previously.” Uh-oh. May indicate looting, IMHO. Broken off, left behind.

Later: More. perhaps I speak too soon. Still.

10/23/14 • 10:47 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Statesman: Treasure trails - how museums became diplomatic fixers.

Yes. I used to think antiquities should be repatriated; the Bamiyan Buddhas and other events of late have convinced me it is better to take mankind’s common heritage and spread it as widely as possible so we cannot lose it. So I vote ‘no’ on the Elgin marbles now.

10/22/14 • 10:21 AM • ArtsHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Soundcloud: NASA.

Geek out. First time I’ve heard John Glenn’s flight since that orange 45RPM record that came with my GI Joe space capsule.

10/22/14 • 09:56 AM • HistoryMusicPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: WW2 U-boat found with ship it sank off North Carolina.

Most people associate the Battle of the Atlantic with the cold, icy waters of the North Atlantic but few people realise how close the war actually came to America’s shores.” “Most people.” The older Princetonians would tell stories of the skies lit up by the thousands of tons of shipping burning off NJ’s shore. I suppose it’s not in any Texas-approved schoolbooks anymore.

10/22/14 • 09:52 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.

Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]

10/21/14 • 02:48 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.

Drinking an 8-ounce daily serving of soda corresponded to 1.9 years of additional aging, and drinking a daily 20-ounce serving was linked to 4.6 more years of aging.” Be canny of the source.

10/21/14 • 01:08 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.

Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.

10/21/14 • 11:12 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BookForum: Innovators Abroad.

... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.

10/21/14 • 10:48 AM • BooksHistoryHuman RightsScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Daily Mail.UK: Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth ...

Some interesting theoretical leaps being taken here.

10/20/14 • 12:58 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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