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The Pagan Catholic

Love her or hate her, she’s always interesting: The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia For the past five years, I have been researching Paleo-Indian culture of Northeastern America at the end of the Ice Age, as the glaciers withdrew. I am particularly interested in Neolithic religion, which was focused on elemental nature, a persistent [...]

Natalie Diaz, Taking Over the Game

About a thousand years ago, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, I took several classes with the poet Ronald Wallace. In one of the workshops, we discussed the poems of Ted Kooser. This was before Kooser… Continue reading ?

New approach to assessing effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs

Scientists have a developed a new method to monitor the effect of anti-cancer drugs on very rare leukemia stem cells. The approach potentially allows doctors to screen patients and personalize their treatment.

Mumbling as Data Compression.

Julie Sedivy has an interesting post at Nautilus: Far from being a symptom of linguistic indifference or moral decay, dropping or reducing sounds displays an underlying logic similar to the data-compression schemes that are used to create MP3s and JPEGs. These algorithms trim down the space needed to digitally store sounds and images by throwing […]

Orbital ATK Test Fired Hit-to-kill Anti RPG Helicopter Active Protection System

Launched from a fixed ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispense System, the HAPS Kill Vehicle (KV) was able to perform pitch maneuvers and fly to a detonation point that simulated the location of an incoming rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).TheShow More Summary

Sesame Street does ‘House of Cards’

Retold as the story of the three little pigs. Says the perfect Spacey-sounding wolf: “Some people say there’s too much pork in this town — I could not agree more.” Hat tip to Vox. The post Sesame Street does ‘House of Cards’ appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Mission Accomplished

Current Archaeology @ CurrentArchaeo · 16 hrs 16 hours ago Andrew: Roger Bland's talk on @ findsorguk made me think, isn't the PAS doing well? # CALive15 I rather think that was probably what the aim of the talk was. But is it? Did Dr...Show More Summary

One in 3 women could potentially be spared chronic pain after breast cancer surgery

One in every three women undergoing a mastectomy could potentially be spared chronic post-operative pain if anesthesiologists used a regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care, according to a new study....

Where the River No Longer Runs, Life Persists: Fossil Falls in the Eastern Sierra Nevada

Red Hill near Fossil Falls, with the crest of the Sierra Nevada in the distance. The Sierra Nevada is the largest single block of rock in the United States. It takes the shape of a huge 400 mile long westward tilting range reaching elevations exceeding 14,000 feet. Show More Summary

skunkbear: A cow head will not erupt from your body if you get...

skunkbear: A cow head will not erupt from your body if you get a smallpox vaccine. But fear of inoculation was so wide-spread that British satirist James Gillray published this cartoon in 1802. The captions reads “The Cow Pock, orShow More Summary

Five Most Read Posts in February

The most popular posts last month were: 1. The Unavoidable Horizon of Lesser Evilism 2. Labour vs The Militant Tendency 3. Peter Oborne and the Crisis of Conservatism 4. The Sociology of Tory Stupidity 5. Labour's Scottish Bloodbath... Show More Summary

Saxon Gold Find by Student

A first year student Tom Lucking, 23, who has been an artefact hunter since he was 11 has found seventh century coins and jewellery next to a female skeleton in a field near Diss, Norfolk. He is referred to in the media coverage as an...Show More Summary

The Age of the Crisis of Man

That is the new book by Mark Greif, and the subtitle is Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973.  I very much enjoyed grappling with this one.  One of my more recent views is that the thinkers of the mid-twentieth century are in fact, as a whole, extremely underrated.  They are not old enough to be […]

The Next Downshift

We've reached the next step in the blog transition I started back in November. Originally, I was going to do this at the end of March. Time crunches have dictated I pull this forward. Posts will now be done every two hours (9,11,1, 3 & 5). Show More Summary

What if everyone lived like Mr. Money Moustache?

Over at Vox, Mr. Money Moustache notes: The first trick is to remind yourself that buying something — pretty much anything — is very unlikely to improve your long-term happiness. Science figured this out for us long ago, but not many people got the memo. Go to your junk electronics drawer and look at your […]

Two observations on the ancestry of Armenians

I was thinking a bit on how to interpret the findings of the new Haber et al. preprint, and especially the idea that "29% of the Armenian ancestry may originate from an ancestral population best represented by Neolithic Europeans." I...Show More Summary

Electronic alerts may do more harm than good for kidney patients

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a serious condition that can lead to dialysis and even death in hospitalized patients. To prevent these adverse outcomes, some hospital systems have proposed using electronic alerts to detect the condition at an early stage. Show More Summary

The "CSI" of Paintings

Many paintings contain secrets hidden to the naked eye. Only after careful analysis can specialists uncover the mysteries hidden underneath the top layers of paint. One long forgotten painting attributed to the 17th-century artist Pietro da Cortona has many strange features only recently revealed. Show More Summary

Citizen Alert

It feels as if everyone who’s teaching a poetry class this semester is teaching Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. (I’m sure it’s being taught in nonfiction courses, as well; it’s been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in both poetry… Continue reading ?

Killer frog fungus could help amphibians survive disease

The loss of amphibian species across the world from chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been described as “the most spectacular loss of vertebrate biodiversity due to disease in recorded history”. Show More Summary

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