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Archaeology News Network: Massive vertebrae sheds new light on Alamosaurus sanjuanensis.

RATS! A co-worker and I spent MONTHS searching around Big Bend in his Bronco for dinosaur bones in ‘78. We looked in the wrong durned place.

06/23/16 • 03:19 PM • HistoryPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Viruses Hijack the Body’s Response to Mosquito Bites.

Ya know, I keep getting the idea Mother Nature ain’t wild about this human-overpopulation/global-warming stuff.

06/22/16 • 08:49 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ANN: Codex Rossanensis, original Biblical manuscript, goes on display in Calabria.

Looks rather amazing.

06/22/16 • 07:55 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Archaeology: Found - The “Throne of Agamemnon”.

OK. Protesteth a smidge too much? Schliemannizing?

06/21/16 • 07:52 PM • ArtsHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

APOD: 2016 June 20 - Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge.

Nice. Could be a PS job, but nice. (One must remain skeptical these days.)

06/20/16 • 09:19 AM • NaturePhotographyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Breast cancer cell growth halted by osteoporosis drug, study shows.

Well, that’s cool. Of course, “But this study was carried out in mice and on cells in the lab, so we don’t know how effective this approach could be at reducing breast cancer risk in women ...”

06/20/16 • 09:12 AM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ANN: Study aims to uncover mystery of Luxor’s tomb KV55.

About time.

06/17/16 • 01:01 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Brutal and prolonged heat wave about to hit the Southwest.

Yeah, we heard. Not wild about it.

06/17/16 • 11:21 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: The Economics of Antibiotic Resistance.

The current business model for antibiotics is plagued by market failures and perverse incentives ...” My italic emphasis. The perverse incentives have been widely known for decades, and not a whit has been done about it.

06/15/16 • 03:50 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: UK fracking firm plans to dump wastewater in the sea.

Under EA regulations, the water must be treated on site or elsewhere at a designated treatment facility, before a permit is issued to discharge it. Ineos and the industry trade body said any fracking wastewater would be treated before being disposed of.” But what does ‘treating’ render? What’s left in the wastewater?

06/15/16 • 07:50 AM • EnvironmentalScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Smithsonian: The World’s First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortunes.

Or not. Rather, make predictions about future phenomena. “The Antikythera mechanism simulated a Hellenistic cosmology in which astronomy, meteorology and astral divination were intertwined.” Linkbait title.

06/13/16 • 01:42 PM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Psychology’s Credibility Crisis - the Bad, the Good and the Ugly.

... psychologists cannot even agree on basic methods for arriving at ‘truth,’ whatever that is.

06/13/16 • 09:30 AM • PsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: King Henry I – another king under another car park?

Records show that he was buried in front of the high altar, and calculations based on the size of the abbey appear to put him underneath the school car park.” I can’t even come up with a clever pun on this one. We build and pave over everything memorable.

06/13/16 • 09:04 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Atlas Obscura: Laser Technology Reveals Cambodian Civilization that ‘Rewrites History’.

The size of these previously undiscovered settlements implies that the Khmer empire may have been the largest empire on Earth during its 12th-century peak.

06/12/16 • 07:17 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Body in well confirms Viking saga.

In 1197 King Sverre Sigurdsson and his Birkebeiner-mercenaries were attacked and defeated in his castle stronghold, Sverresborg, by his rivals, the Baglers. According to the Saga, the Baglers burned down buildings and destroyed the castle’s fresh water supply by throwing one of King Sverre’s dead men into the well, and then filling it with stones.

06/10/16 • 10:45 AM • HistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ancient Origins/Breaking News: Enormous Monument Over 2,000 Years Old Discovered in Petra.

Hiding in plain sight.

06/09/16 • 07:43 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Scientists uncover 11 types of acute myeloid leukaemia.

Great news. My old man passed of myelodysplasia, turned into AML in the final stages of the disease.

06/08/16 • 02:36 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Physics/Viewpoint: Black Holes Have Soft Quantum Hair.

Over my head, but I think I get it.

06/07/16 • 09:58 AM • ScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Roads & Kingdoms: A Forest Built By Hand.

We just let mother nature take care of this. [snip] They get them planted. They come out of dormancy. They start growing. It works out really, really slick.

06/07/16 • 09:35 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScienceTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Electric eels seen leaping out of water to attack land predators.

That’s a nightmare right there, yessirreebob.

06/06/16 • 03:19 PM • NatureScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings.

A new kind of palimpsest.

06/06/16 • 11:32 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: A new Einstein Ring.

Pixellated, but cool nonetheless.

06/04/16 • 01:52 PM • Science • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: The Gulf Oil Spill Left More Damage Than We Previously Thought.

As much as 10 percent — or millions of gallons — of the oil spilled during the Deepwater disaster may have ended up on the Gulf’s seafloor this way, the researchers estimate. Those contaminants likely entered the food web.” Color me unsurprised. I called this when the accident was in progress. Gulf (bottom-feeding) seafood? No way, Josè.

06/01/16 • 09:25 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ANN: Rosetta’s comet contains ingredients for life.

Ingredients crucial for the origin of life on Earth, including the simple amino acid glycine and phosphorus, key components of DNA and cell membranes, have been discovered at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.” Opportunity for a new religion to begin ...

06/01/16 • 09:06 AM • Science • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: Etruscan cities - a journey of discovery.

Oh, those mysterious Etruscans.

06/01/16 • 08:28 AM • ArtsHistoryPhotographyScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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