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Asteroid Impact 3.3 Billion Years Ago "Dwarfed the Dinosaur-Extinction Event" (Thanksgiving Holiday Feature)

A massive asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island and about three to five times larger than the impact thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs slamed into Earth 3.3 Billion Years Ago.“We knew it was big, but we didn’t...

Quantitative literacy is tough! Or, I had no idea that, in 1958, 96% of Americans disapproved of interracial marriage!

Mark Palko linked to this data-rich cartoon by Randall Munroe: And I was stunned, first by the data on interracial marriage and then, retrospectively, by my earlier ignorance of these data. Was approval of interracial marriage only 4% in 1958? I had no idea. Show More Summary

5 Easy Activities Proven To Enhance Life (Perfect for Thanksgiving)

Five prosocial activities proven to be perfect for boosting happiness and well-being. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related...Show More Summary

Eat This Podcast: Talking Turkey

An interview with an expert on Turkey (me, apparently) about turkeys. What do I mean by “turkey”? The bird, the country, the personality trait? Well, that is the point, isn’t it! Click here to get the skinny on turkey.

Inside Vultures' Guts: Poison

Vultures eat all kinds of nasty stuff that humans can't (and wouldn't if we could). But how do they survive living off the rotting flesh of roadkill? Researchers set out to answer that query by examining the guts of 24 turkey vultures and 26 black vultures trapped and killed in...

Why ADHD is Misunderstood

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is regularly misunderstood. In fact, some believe that ADHD doesn’t even exist. One reason is the media. Some media perpetuate the myth that pharmaceutical companies created ADHD in order to cash in, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach. “This couldn’t be further from the truth,” she […]

Steinhardt Sardinian Figure: Update

It appears that the Steinhardt Sardinian Figure has been withdrawn from auction at Christie's next month.

Satirical travelogy

Poe's Law says that "it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism". But this difficulty extends far beyond expressions of (political or religious) extremism, and I got an email advertisement today that kept me guessing for quite a while. The ostensible topic was the new issue […]

Thanksgiving 2014

SteelyKid’s first-grade class has been doing a bunch of Thanksgiving stuff. A lot of this is the lies-to-children version of the first Thanksgiving, and some of that is a little dubious (they had a dress-up “feast” on Tuesday, where SteelyKid was an Indian with a construction-paper vest and feathered headband, and oh, the parental eye-rolling…).…

OU professor and team discover first evidence of milk consumption in ancient dental plaque

Led by a University of Oklahoma professor, an international team of researchers has discovered the first evidence of milk consumption in the ancient dental calculus--a mineralized dental plaque--of humans in Europe and western Asia. The team found direct evidence of milk consumption preserved in human dental plaque from the Bronze Age to the present day. read more

Volcanic-hosted Massive Sulfide Mineralization in Archean Yigarn Craton, Australia

A review of volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) mineralization in the Archean Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Tectonic, stratigraphic and geochemical associations Authors:Hollis et alAbstract:The Archean Yilgarn Craton of Western...Show More Summary

Taking Liberties

The History Channel released this photo to promote its upcoming series Sons of Liberty. According to the caption on its website, it shows: Dr. Joseph Warren [hmmm] Paul Revere [okay] Samuel Adams [snort!] John Hancock [come on] JohnShow More Summary

Stroke damage mechanism identified

Researchers have discovered a mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims--and are now searching for drugs to block it. Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off but much of the harm...Show More Summary

A big (goose) step backwards

Guest opinion: Prof Richard Betts, Dr Tamsin Edwards Dr Tim Ball’s blog post “People Starting To Ask About Motive For Massive IPCC Deception” – drawing parallels between climate scientists and Hitler – doesn’t do anyone in the climate change debate any favours: in fact it seems a big (goose) step backwards. It’s especially frustrating to…

From Our Archives: Thanksgiving

Have a Sexy Thanksgiving! (pictured) The Happiest Day of the Year! Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Up in 2011 Thanksgiving Mythology Red Bull’s Historically Stupid Thanksgiving Fantasy Theorizing Thanksgiving: Emile Durkheim on the Macy’s...Show More Summary

Happy Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation seems to me to be very appropriate this week. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as […]

Nothing Liberal About Liberals Department: Free Speech is Out on the Left

Free speech is so last century. (HT: Karl White) On Tuesday, I was supposed to take part in a debate about abortion at Christ Church, Oxford. I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument...

The Weirdest Incidents Involving Wild Turkeys This Week

Wild turkeys were “everywhere” on Cape Cod, despite having once been extinct in Massachusetts. The birds were also booming again in Ohio, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey, where turkey numbers had increased a...Show More Summary

Posts of Thanksgiving Past

"Same-sex Mrs. Santa: 'The semantics are confusing'", 11/27/2003 "Thanks giving", 11/25/2004 "Life in these, uh, this United States", 11/24/2005 "A linguist's Thanksgiving", 11/23/2006 "A Thanksgiving discussion", 11/22/2007 "Thanksgiving...Show More Summary

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