DYT: Scientists Are Painting Eyes On Cows’ Butts To Stop Lions Getting Shot.
You’ve got to be kidding me. Brilliant, if it’s really that simple.
Atlas Obscura: The World’s Oldest Snowshoe Sat in an Italian Cartographer’s Office for 12 Years.
Guardian.UK: Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt.
EurekAlert: New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells.
Yeah, but wait for it. The oil and gas lobby will want them protected as an ‘endangered species’ if fracking regulations get tightened. We live in that kind of bizarro culture now.
MeFi: Animated math.
BBC: Musk - SpaceX fireball probe uncovering ‘complex failure’.
2 fails in 25 launches, as I understand it, makes SpaceX *less* safe than the ill-fated Space Shuttle. Vendors seeking orbit are paying attention. He’s got his work cut out for him.
SciAm: DNA Reveals Giraffes are 4 Species — Not 1.
Atlas Obscura: Disaster Response Now Includes Rapid Mapmaking.
Very much appreciated, given the increase in historically-unprecedented weather and natural disaster events.
BBC: DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague.
Let me guess. Yersinia pestis. Ain’t it always?
Guardian.UK: Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years - study.
Obviously related to the drilling-in-Ecuador article below.
Vox: Gluten allergies aren’t increasing. So why are gluten-free diets skyrocketing?
Oh please, Vox. Read the referenced articles to see how they jig their main article copy to lead you by the nose to their own stereotyped conclusions. And be careful when using the word ‘diet’. It has two meanings, as you know. In one of their linked studies, if you turn the stats around, 14% of self-proclaimed gluten sensitive people are actually undiagnosed celiacs, wheat-allergic, or gluten-sensitive. I should think giving them non-medical options to handle their discomfort would be a good thing ... ? Sure, there are charlatans selling gluten-free as the Second Coming. So have paleo, grapefruit, veggie/fruit shake, mono and other diets. Even ‘low-calorie’ meals (based on erroneous-but-believed-accurate research) were available in restaurants. “Don’t eat eggs. Don’t drink milk.” Physicians recommended those, remember? What, you don’t care how bad trans-fats are, and that you were told to eat margarine? Kick a doctor lately? Didn’t think so.
This post is completely in my self-interest. More gluten free products, the more easy options I have. I remember when there weren’t any GF baked goods. No pizzas. Sticky, horrible rice pastas. No convenience foods whatsoever. I was stuck with veg and meat, veg and meat, veg and meat ... and one or two brands of amazingly tasteless protein/energy bars for Rolls Royce prices.
Guardian.UK: Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains.
“We also observed other metal-bearing particles in the brain, such as platinum, cobalt and nickel. Things like platinum are very unlikely to come from a source within the brain. It is a bit of an indicator of a [vehicle] catalytic converter source.” Holy flippin’ Hannah. Thanks, E, for the link!
Virtual Tudors: 3D Mary Rose Models.
Check the Carpenter Skull. Rough life.
New Scientist: Antidepressant makes bones weaker by slowing down new growth.
“In the short term, those who take fluoxetine are less likely to break a bone, but the risk of bone depletion and fractures rises when they have been taking the drug for a year or more.” Prozac-takers, take note.
BBC: Philae - Lost comet lander is found!
Cool! And bra-vo for finding it.
The Atlantic: Apeirophobia - The Fear of Eternity.
“When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant, and which know me not, I am frightened, and am astonished at being here rather than there; for there is no reason why here rather than there, why now rather than then.” Finally, an article worth my time to read.
Authority Nutrition: 16 Studies on Vegan Diets - Do They Really Work?
Bottom line: They can.
CR4: Possible Earth-Like Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Proxima Centauri.
How’re the warp coils, Scotty?
BillMoyers: American Women Are Still Dying in Childbirth at Alarming Rates.
Here’s a way to look at it. It’s only slightly more risky to have a baby in Iraq, than in Texas. 50 vs. 35.8 per 100,000. Sub-Saharan Africa still leads, with upwards of 300.
Guardian.UK: Scientists hope to prove pigtails belong to HMS Bounty mutineers.
The provenance better be convincing. Otherwise, this is just strange and near-unbelievable.
ANN:16th-Century shipwrecks found off Cape Canaveral linked to lost French colony.
Is it a Spanish wreck with French plunder, or a French warship? Time will tell.
ANN: 40,000 shipwrecks waiting to be found off British coast, says Historic England.
OpenCulture: What Ancient Latin Sounded Like, And How We Know It.
I’d like to see some mention about how it has been perpetuated as a living language in the Catholic church over this long time period, rather than ignoring that vector of input.
Slate: Zika is spreading in Florida, but we know how to stop it.
“It’s because of Dengue that this country’s public health officials have figured out how to control Aedes aegypti, the disease-carrying mosquito that lives in coastal areas during the summer months. We do that with Naled, an insecticide that is almost 100 percent fatal for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The chemical is already sprayed on about 16 million acres a year in the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Pop Arch: Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world.
“In the past, we have had floating estimates of when things may have happened, but these secret clocks could reset chronologies concerning important world civilizations with the potential to date events that happened many thousands of years ago to the exact year.” Two radiation spikes at 775 and 994 CE, visible in all trees across the globe, will change dates on many major events in our history books. Huzzah!