Archaeology News Network: Ancient shipwreck unlocks secrets of Maritime Silk Road.
Great. You can click the pix to make ‘em larger.
JAMA: Association of Seafood Consumption, Brain Mercury Level With Brain Neuropathology in Older Adu
“In cross-sectional analyses, moderate seafood consumption was correlated with lesser Alzheimer disease neuropathology. Although seafood consumption was also correlated with higher brain levels of mercury, these levels were not correlated with brain neuropathology.”
ScienceDaily: Discovery of ‘Jurassic butterflies’.
Not to rain on the parade, but can I express that I was hoping for five foot wingspans? (wink)
ArtDaily: World’s oldest tea found in Chinese emperor’s tomb.
MeFi: World’s oldest surviving inscription of the Ten Commandments? Not quite.
SciAm: Robotic Comet Lander Philae Says Good-Bye.
cuni.cz: A unique boat from the Pyramid Age discovered at Abusir.
“Extraordinarily, the desert sand has preserved the plant fiber battens which covered the planking seams. Some of the ropes that bound the boat together are also still in their original position with all their details intact, which is a unique discovery in the study of ancient Egyptian boats.”
Discover Magazine: No, GM Mosquitoes Didn’t Start The Zika Outbreak.
Saw the original article on the ‘net, smelled more than one rat. A lot of allegations, with no discernible trail of breadcrumbs from one sensational fact to another. Jeremiah, your years of enforcing good skepticism paid off here.
Open Culture: Try the Oldest Known Recipe For Toothpaste.
“It was painful on my gums and made them bleed as well, but that’s not a bad thing, and afterwards my mouth felt fresh and clean. I believe that this recipe would have been a big improvement on some of the soap toothpastes used much later.”
Archaeology News Network: Uncertainties in tree-ring-based climate reconstructions probed.
“This suggests that there is less certainty than implied by a reconstruction developed using any one set of assumptions.” More models are better? I expect costly?
Open Culture: What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like.
NPR: Researchers Who Need To Avoid Mosquito Bites Tell What Works For them.
DiscoverMag: The Race to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance.
c|net: Neil deGrasse Tyson goes all out against flat-earther B.o.B.
Easy. Take the dude to the Na Pali overlook on Kauai. You’re up high, looking out over the ocean. You see the curvature, oh yes.
NPR/TED: Jae Rhim Lee - Is There A Better Way To Be Buried?
SalisburyJournal.UK: Architect believes she’s solved Stonehenge’s mystery.
NY Times: Zika Virus ‘Spreading Explosively’ in Americas, W.H.O. Says.
“One worry, Dr. Chan noted, is that there is no vaccine against the virus or a rapid diagnostic test to determine whether someone has been infected.” So, sewing fear and panic is doing exactly ... what?
WaPo: Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery.
“In patients with schizophrenia, a variation in a single position in the DNA sequence marks too many synapses for removal and that pruning goes out of control. The result is an abnormal loss of gray matter.” Bad news for sufferers, but good news for their children, if a cure is found.
I mark Apollo 1 and Challenger anniversaries.
I’ve written about them extensively before. A nuance I haven’t mentioned before - we young boys were crushed at the death of Ed White. He had been the first man to walk in space, and as such, was even more popular than John Glenn at the time. History (as remembered by the younger generation of journalists) seems to overlook this.
Globe and Mail.CA: Can computers teach you to write a bestseller?
“Common features of American bestsellers, according to .txtLAB director Andrew Piper, are short sentences (11 words on average), simple actions relayed with active verbs, frequent descriptions of facial expressions and characters who are into technology and have a mystery or violent crime to solve. These books avoid complex emotions, uncertainty and nature description, he says, as well as tea, rats, giants and bears.” “He grimaces holding his smartphone, when it suddenly explodes in flames.” There. I can make millions!
SciAm: Mass Shootings Are Contagious.
I believe we already sort of knew this.
SF Reporter: Was the disclosure of Acoma traditions exploitation or scholarship?
“... his decision to publish without consulting the Pueblo — even after promising he would do so — raises the question of an ethical or professional failure on his part.” There’s a turn-of-the-last-century arrogance about this, that goes beyond the moral/ethical question. The pueblos have their own native scholars, museums, research facilities. This history, this knowledge is not in danger of being lost. And they are more than willing to work with non-native scholars. This information will probably become available at some point in the future, given demographic trends among the pueblos - why the urgency to publish now? Noone’s life depends on seeing it in print. This whole thing feels wrong, beyond just the broken promise.
SciAm: More Evidence Emerges for ‘Transmissible Alzheimer’s’ Theory.
“But the scientists say that if the theory of amyloid seeding turns out to be true, it would have important clinical implications. In general surgery, for example, any amyloid-β proteins, which are very sticky, would not be routinely removed from surgical instruments; standard sterilization procedures cannot shift them.”
Drug Discovery & Dev: Strong Link Found Between Dementia, Common Anticholinergic Drugs.
“Three years of taking either daily Benadryl, Advil PM, Tylenol PM, or Motrin PM, for example, is associated with about a ten percentage point increase in the probability of experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s compared to no use.” Jesus. Via Rebecca Blood on FB.
SciAm: Is Dementia Risk Falling?
“What could be driving the apparent downward trend in dementia frequency?” Rather than guess, a study or three might be good.