Egypt finds mud brick pharaonic temple in Sinai. Perhaps Sinai was not the empty wasteland that the Mosaic record indicates. Thutmose II and III are the likely Pharaohs of Exodus.
Hawking ‘to make full recovery’. That’s good news.
SF New Mexican:
Looking for the ‘Taos Hum.’ Belching of bark beetles?
Boston Globe, The Big Picture:
NY Times Opinion:
The more affluent, the higher the IQ. As opposed to the old genetically-gifted model. “Convincing junior-high kids that intelligence is under their control — you could argue that that should be in the junior-high curriculum right now.”
For those still worried about bird flu, there’s some hope.
Dig ‘may reveal’ Cleopatra’s tomb. So what did Octavian say when he saw the results of her suicide? “Nice asp.”
Drug offers hope on Alzheimer’s. It surprised scientists, in that it completely removes the amyloid protein without apparent side effects.
“Human females may get offended at dates who expect a little something extra after they buy a steak dinner, but for chimpanzees, the exchange may be a fair one ...”
Globe and Mail.CA:
why life has a bias to the left. “Once again, we’re finding evidence of life on our world coming from the depths of outer space as organic compounds ready to combine into functional organisms and just take it from there. And that raises some curious questions. Could life on other planets be very similar to ours?”
Charles Darwin’s egg rediscovered. I never knew he laid one. Makes you realize what hidden wonders are sitting in museums’ shelves and vaults awaiting re-discovery.
Missed this the other day:
“Won’t you scratch my itch, sweet Annie Rich ...” And, wasn’t there an old joke about Itchy and Scratchy at Saatchi & Saatchi? Can’t remember now.
“Growing up poor isn’t merely hard on kids. It might also be bad for their brains. A long-term study of cognitive development in lower- and middle-class students found strong links between childhood poverty, physiological stress and adult memory.”
NY Times Science:
Heart Muscle Renewed Over Lifetime, Study Finds. Which means, of course, that those with broken hearts really do have hope ...
Oh man ... I get to use the Lithgow line from “2010” (funny, how that movie has come to mind multiple times lately) ... “It’s SHRINKING! It’s SHRINKING!” Alas, no black monoliths have been spotted.
Sagas reveal Vikings were ‘first oceanographers’. What a blinkered Western Civ viewpoint! Hardly ‘first oceanographers.’ China was plying the seas with much greater skill and technology nearly 1000 years before this.
On the International Space Station, you can only use the toilet associated with your own nationality? What was that quote from the film “2010”, Roy Scheider as Heywood Floyd? Something like “Just because our countries choose to act like idiots, doesn’t mean we have to.” If there’s a breach in the hull, does this mean only Russians will escape via Soyuz? I, for one, protest this behavior. It has no place on the ISS.
Five-in-one Polycap pill could slash heart problems. “You might be talking in terms of 50p a day. There’s no way its going to drain resources. Its not going to make megabucks for anyone, but it’s a public health thing.” Few side effects, supposedly, but ever looked at aspirin’s side effect list in the PDR?
Shopping sprees linked to periods. I can’t wait to hear what the triggers are for men’s shopping sprees. You will do an article on that, won’t you, BBC? We all know about older men and powerful red sports cars, after all ...
Gorgeous shot of the ISS
with the new solar panels. The ratio of solar panel space to living space is quite large, methinks.
NY Times Science:
Scientists find safer way to make human stem cells. “President Barack Obama’s move earlier this month to lift Bush administration restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research will make it easier to test the effectiveness of new iPS cells.” Sometimes you have to, er, ‘break a few eggs’ ...