This week the New York Times published an interactive that illustrates the likelihood of pregnancy despite contraceptive use. Risk is divvied up by method, for perfect and typical use, and added up over ten years. The results are a little terrifying (click to see larger or go here to explore): Somewhere around half of all pregnancies […]
Shoppers, beware: Your nose could trick you into spending more than you'd planned to. That's according to a new study, which finds that fragrances linked to a feeling of warmth—cinnamon, for instance—can lead us to buy fancier items, Medical Daily reports. It's a little complicated: Warm fragrances, it...
From Joshua Tyra:
In his book Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics author Ziad K. Abdelnour writes, “One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.” I face that decision every day. Twenty times a day. Several times an hour. That one line […]
Despite the news reports, researchers probably haven’t discovered a mention of ‘PTSD‘ from 1300BC Mesopotamia. The claim is likely due to a rather rough interpretation of Ancient Babylonian texts but it also reflects a curious modern interest in trying to find contemporary psychiatric diagnoses in the past, which tells us more about our own clinical […]
A National Science Foundation-funded expedition to the Antarctic has unearthed a surprising result: There are fish who live without sunlight under almost half a mile of ice in 28-degree water. Scientists had never before sampled the Whillans Ice Stream, a river of ice between the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Ross Ice Shelf. The…
Does glass ever stop flowing? Researchers at the University of Bristol and Kyoto University have combined computer simulation and information theory, originally invented for telephone communication and cryptography, to answer this puzzling question. Watching a glass blower at work we can clearly see the liquid nature of hot glass. Show More Summary
A new preservation system that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as nine hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver functionShow More Summary
The wild tiger Panthera tigris is considered critically endangered, and it faces threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, depletion of prey and in natural medicine cases for illegal poaching for trade of tiger bones for alternative medical potions and still rarely as skins for ornamentation and collection. read more
Sociologists have long tried to document the influence religion has on social groups and in a new paper, a team of academics correlates its role in education. Louisiana State University Sociology Professor Samuel Stroope and colleagues searched for a relationship between religion and educational attainment in the U.S. read more
Microcredit--providing small loans to underserved entrepreneurs--has been both celebrated and vilified as a development tool. Six new studies from four continents bring rigorous evidence to this debate, finding that while microcredit has some benefits, it is not a viable poverty alleviation tool. read more
Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longev...
Heritage Action comment on the artefact hunters commenting on landowners challenging their attitudes of entitlement ('Farmers are greedy and archaeologists are money grabbing. Only artefact hunters are virtuous!' 24/01/2015). A farmer is being blaggarded on a forum. Show More Summary
Guest Post by Bob Tisdale In Dana Nuccitelli’s recent post at SkepticalScience Matt Ridley wants to gamble the Earth’s future because he won’t learn from the past, he has finally admitted something we’ve been discussing for more than 6 years. (His article was also cross posted at The Guardian here. Yes, that’s the zombie post…
David Blank, professor of Classics from University of California, left, uses his laptop computer as he studies an ancient papyrus at the Naples' National Library, Italy Photo: AP The contents of hundreds of papyrus scrolls that wereShow More Summary
David Gill and Christos Tsirogiannis have published "“A Fracture in Time”: A Cup Attributed to the Euaion Painter from the Bothmer Collection" International Journal of Cultural Property 21, 4 (2014) [DOI]. The paper considers the issue of "orphaned" figure-decorated pottery fragments.
An excellent lecture from last summer: Hovann Simonian and Peter Hrechdakian delivered the 18th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian lecture on their work using social media to expand the nonprofit Armenian DNA Project, a Facebook group of more than 1,000 members around the world involved in researching Armenian family history through genetic testing.
A few years ago, I wrote about some of the secrets your therapist won’t tell you. It’s about time we revisited that topic and shared 10 more things your therapist likely won’t tell you about therapy, treatment of mental illness, or their profession. I share these things not to scare you away from trying psychotherapy […]
I have the pleasure of teaching general chemistry II for the first time ever this semester. It is fun to go back and revisit concepts that I have not spent time with since taking general chemistry ~13 years ago. Our first few classes will focus on intermolecular forces (dipole-dipole, London Dispersion, etc.) and some of … Continue reading »