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.
Geek out. First time I’ve heard John Glenn’s flight since that orange 45RPM record that came with my GI Joe space capsule.
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.
Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.
Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]
Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.
Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.
Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.
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.”
Daily Mail.UK: Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth ...
Some interesting theoretical leaps being taken here.
Australian National U: Physicists build reversible tractor beam.
“It is the first long-distance optical tractor beam and moved particles one fifth of a millimetre in diameter a distance of up to 20 centimetres, around 100 times further than previous experiments.” The Klingons remain unimpressed.
The New Yorker: The Real Amazon Warriors.
“... the horse was the great equalizer, along with the bow and arrow, which meant that a woman could be just as fast, just as deadly, as a man.” Those following a certain issue in the news, should be warned.
NY Times: Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
“If there is such a thing as divine justice or karmic retribution, the world we live in is not the place to find it. Instead, the events of human life unfold in a fair and just manner only when individuals and society work hard to make this happen. We should resist our natural urge to think otherwise.” My italic emphasis.
Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.
Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.
Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis mosaic portrays Abduction of Persephone.
Looks more and more like this is a tomb for a very important woman in Alexander’s family.
SciAm: EPA Approves Dow’s Enlist Herbicide for GMOs.
Dow looks to outdo Monsanto in the current spate of superweed issues. 2,4-D will likely cause some “Agent Orange!” cranks to come out of the woodwork, but it’s a substance that’s got a very long history ... and a very short halflife. The real question is, how fast will the weeds adjust? Roundup alone didn’t last very long.
Ebola Deeply, Covering the Crisis.
EbolaDeeply.org, a curated list of articles on the crisis. I need to watch ‘em for a few days before I recommend ‘em. The article “Ebola Threatens Chocolate” rings a bit off (in the changing ‘Around The Web’ sidebar).
Slate: Aging slower: How elevation and speed affect time via relativity.
I’m aging faster than most of you (high altitude, lower gravity, self-employed, not moving at speed as much).
The Amphipolis Tomb - Map, photos and information.
Nice. Someone’s compiling all the latest on the tomb.
PS Mag: Planning to Do Good Tomorrow Gives Us Permission to Be Bad.
NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.
Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.
DiscoverMag: NASA - September Was Warmest on Record.
BBC: Beyond Angkor - How lasers revealed a lost city.
“Harnessing the monsoon provided food security - and made the ruling elite fantastically rich. For the next three centuries they channelled their wealth into the greatest concentration of temples on Earth. One temple, Preah Khan, constructed in 1191, contained 60t of gold. Its value today would be about £2bn ($3.3bn).” [Pfooosh ... Sound of my breath exhaling in a rush.] Amazing. Just amazing.
GreekReporter: Stunning Mosaic Floor Revealed in Amphipolis Tomb.
“According to archaeologists, a section of the mosaic floor has been destroyed. The Amphipolis team was able to recover the disturbed pebbles during the excavation process, however, and plans on being able to eventually piece the mosaic back together.” Um ... how did it get destroyed?
NY Times: Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?
Archaeology News Network: Traces of Philip II’s death mask identified.
The tomb’s been known since 1978. Seems modern forensic techniques are making the identity clear. And Philip may have been buried with an ‘Amazon princess’.
Neomatica: Molecular Origins Of Eating Disorders Found In Gut Microbe.
“... researchers at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research and the University of Rouen in France have found strong evidence that a protein made by intestinal bacteria are a causative agent for the disorders. Specifically, antibodies made by the host against this protein cross-react with a mammalian satiety hormone. The severity of symptoms in ED patients was also found to correlate with levels of the neutralizing antibodies. The researchers believe that this understanding will ultimately lead to a chemical therapeutic strategies to correct eating disorders.” Gut bugs. I’m tellin’ ya, if I had a second chance at life, I’d be a microbe researcher.