Dailly Mail.UK: World’s first illustrated Christian bible is discovered at Ethiopian monastery.
Reuters: Popular food additive can cause stomach ache.
Inulin is bad news. It’s actually getting hard to find yogurt without this junk in the ingredient list. Too much fiber is just as bad as too little - and the amount you’re getting may be significant. Gram for gram, it’s more powerful than Metamucil, supposedly. [And do you really *need* Metamucil in your regular diet?] Inulin is being implicated more and more in IBS and other studies. Color this one: AVOID.
New Scientist: Stabilisers will let deep-sea wind turbines stand tall.
It’s about time someone was innovating in this sector.
New Scientist: Tyrannosaurs: history’s most fearsome… scavengers?
Given the curiously small arms, I (and I’m sure other childhood fans of the beast) suspected this.
Eurekalert: Fish oil may reduce risk of breast cancer.
”Regular use of fish oil supplements, which contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, was linked with a 32 percent reduced risk of breast cancer.” Nordic Naturals are expensive, my fish oil of choice (no heavy metals, dioxins or PCBs).
USDA: ARS Study Eyes Egg Quality and Composition.
So you say. Taos free range are yellower, and taste significantly better. Verified by my own experience.
BBC News: Huge Roman coins find for hobbyist.
Metal detectors are still paying off for hobbyists in Great Britain, it seems.
Discover Magazine: Awesome Antennae!
“And if you think this sounds like some fantastic science fiction scenario, bear in mind that this same fate almost certainly awaits us: we’ll collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in a billion years or two.”
Rob Galbraith DPI: Nikon releases photos shot at International Space Station with D3S.
Oh, total geek out. Check these pix.
Washington Post: Egypt unveils discovery of 4,300-year-old tombs.
“Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday unveiled a newly-unearthed double tomb with vivid wall paintings in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo, saying it could be the start for uncovering a vast cemetery in the area.” Oh, to be an assistant for Zahi Hawass.
Discover: Gallery: 10 Bizarre New Species Spotted in the Ocean Depths.
Can you imagine if humans had see-through skin, so you could enjoy the view of their intestines? Bleah. Cool photos, though.
New Scientist, CultureLab: Apocalypse, but not right now
Book review. This Saint Exupéry quote certainly doesn’t hurt: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
New Scientist, Short Sharp Science: Prawns on Prozac, whatever next? Crabs on cocaine?
“... shrimps exposed to the same Prozac levels present in waste water that flows to rivers and estuaries are five times more likely to swim toward the light instead of away from it. This behaviour could make the shrimp easy prey for fish and birds.” Does this mean humans on Prozac stare at the sun?
Discovery News: Horses Understand Humans, Sort Of.
“Horses inherently understand people better than most other animals do, displaying tremendous sensitivity to even the most subtle eye and body movements, new research suggests.” As long as you take into account their herd psychology.
NY Times: Nut? What Nut? The Squirrel Outwits to Survive.
No. I don’t care how admirable they are, they carry plague in this part of the country. And they eat all our annuals.
Le Monde diplomatique: The practical camel and its culture.
Hey, if climate change ends up significantly drying out the Southwest here, I’ll take up camel ranching.
NY Times: The Passing of an Ocean Explorer.
“Diebold’s last major project was a cruise this March to image the undersea portion of the great fault that shook Haiti on Jan. 12, killing more than 200,000 people. This work, done by a multi-institutional team, has not yet been published, but it is expected to help clarify the mechanics of the fault and refine estimates of future danger to the area.” Thank you for your research, and rest in peace.
Discovery: Red Dwarfs May Be Safe Havens For Life.
What’s more, as the dwarf settles down to a quiescent existence, there would be very little ultraviolet light and an UV filtering ozone layer would not even be needed. Quite fascinating. Fodder for future sci-fi novels, I’m sure.
Popular Science: Yes, Hayabusa Asteroid Probe Contains Particles.
The question is, particles from what, exactly.
BBC News: Planck telescope reveals ancient cosmic light.
New Scientist CultureLab: Decoding the ancient Egyptians’ stone sky map.
ScienceDaily: North America’s first peoples more genetically diverse than thought.
“These findings raise the number of founding maternal lineages in North America to fifteen. Furthermore, this work emphasizes the critical need for comprehensive analysis of relevant populations to gather a complete picture of migratory events.” Ancient peoples were apparently popping over all the time?
MedPageToday: Attention Problems Traced to Time Spent Gaming.
New Scientist: Tibetans adapted to high life at record-breaking rate.
I wish I were so adaptive. Get me to 12,000 feet and above, and I’m hurtin’ for certain when under load.
University of Haifa: Archaeological mystery solved.
“A 3,200-year-old round bronze tablet with a carved face of a woman, found at the El-ahwat excavation site near Katzir in central Israel, is part of a linchpin that held the wheel of a battle chariot in place.” Fascinating.