Guardian.UK: NOAA finds 19th century steamship sunk after collision off San Francisco.
US Nat’l Library of Medicine: An Ancient Medical Treasure at Your Fingertips.
If you don’t even trust aspirin, here’s an option for you.
Academia.edu: Purported Medical Diagnoses of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Reading this shows what a difficult time modern science has with Occam’s razor.
SciAm: Blue-Footed Boobies Have Stopped Breeding—But Why?
A world without boobies? Say it ain’t so! Not yet, anyway. Sardine populations have crashed, for ‘unknown reasons’.
Discover Mag: Women Prefer Complex Composers for Sexual Fling.
“Many a male musician will admit that he first picked up his instrument to get girls. Evolutionarily, it seems, they were onto something.” But only if they play complex pieces well. Three-minute pop composers have no chance, I suppose.
Science 2.0: Neuroscientists Discover Brain Circuits Involved In Emotion.
“This latest research has discovered a brain pathway leading from the PAG to a highly localised part of the cerebellum, called the pyramis. The research went on to show that the pyramis is involved in generating freezing behaviour when central survival networks are activated during innate and learnt threatening situations. The pyramis may therefore serve as an important point of convergence for different survival networks in order to react to an emotionally challenging situation.” It may point the way to help for panic disorders.
ProPublica: MIA In The War On Cancer: Where Are The Low-Cost Treatments?
MeFi: The Moral Question Of Our Time - Can We Share The Planet?
A kick-ass FPP.
SciAm: Pine Beetle Outbreaks Increase Groundwater Supply in Rockies.
Rocky Mountain marshes?
ProPublica: Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1M of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going.
“I did a gun show study. When I started crunching numbers on gun show sales, and looking at the surveys, I came to realize — as interesting as this is, gun shows themselves are not a big part of the problem. I felt obligated to add this into my report.” Unexpurgated scientific study will out.
Geek.com: Physics-exploiting axe splits wood in record time.
This rocks. Perhaps a new item for my Xmas list.
NPR: Does Kin Selection Explain The Evolution Of Religion?
“Kin selection turns on the concept of inclusive fitness, the idea that an organism’s biological fitness derives not only from the direct production of offspring, but also from aiding the reproduction of its other relatives.” My emphasis. Good luck with that in these net-connected personally-disconnected times.
ArtDaily: Lunar-landed artifacts from moonwalker Alan Bean set for lift-off at auction.
I wonder how much that real ‘space pen’ will go for ...
SciAm: Mega-Heatwaves Mechanism Pinpointed.
“The study shows that soil drying is the key link in the intensification of mega-heatwaves …” Oh yeah. Anyone who lives in the southwest can tell you this.
DiscoverMagazine: Lead in Ancient Rome’s Water Was 100 Times Natural Levels.
“Despite the significantly elevated levels of lead in Rome’s waters during the empire’s height, researchers noted that their work does not examine what, if any, health problems were caused.” No doubt, the start of the consumer-waste bottled water movement … ?
PS Mag: Smokey Can’t Save Us - Wildfires Are Out of Control.
The chart isn’t using a consistent scale (on the left). Adjust in your mind as you view.
ORBIS. Travel the known world, ancient Roman style.
“For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.”
Mashable: Elon Musk on Risky SpaceX Launch - If It Works, It’s the Biggest Thing We’ve Done.
“When the Dragon capsule is safely in orbit and well on its way to the space station, the first stage will separate and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. As the helium-filled rocket slows, it will extend four 25-foot-long landing legs and use its thrusters to briefly hover over the Atlantic Ocean before plopping down ever so gently onto the surface.” Logical spot to try it first.
Bloomberg: How Americans Die.
Animated chart porn. Nicely designed, with good use of color.
CBS: NASA’s LADEE lunar explorer crashes into moon, as planned.
In my head, I hear the echoes of former playmates wielding model planes or spacecraft: “Let’s go crash something.” Then my father’s late afternoon lament, “Are you going to clean up that mess … ?” I fear we’ll soon need to put a Roomba on the Moon.
Collectors Weekly: Learning to Love Death - New Museum Takes a Walk on the Shadow Side.
An appropriate link to cap off a day of serendipitous anthropological linkage ...
Discovery News: Siberian Mummies in Copper Masks Pose Mystery.
Western Digs: Infamous Mass Grave of Young Women in Ancient City Also Holds Men.
“As the largest display of ritual killing found anywhere north of Mexico, the cluster of Cahokia mass graves — known as Mound 72 — has been one of the most studied features in the country.” We US folks tend to think of this kind of ceremonial sacrifice as happening south of the border.
Guardian.UK: Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs.
It’s like two-part epoxy … ?