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“Frank Askin: A People’s Prof.”

Watch: A fond farewell to teaching rarely brings kudos from the nation’s highest court. But Frank Askin, leaving Rutgers Law School after 50 years, is no retiring professor. The dean of New Jersey’s civil rights bar, he’s leaving his mark … Continue reading ?

Once upon a time...

... we used to write archaeology books Now we write easy dumbdown stuff about Treasure hunting and call it "ourtreach". Pretty pathetic innit?

United States of Apathy

Donna Yates reckons: 'You can help protect Bolivian antiquities and sacred art from trafficking with one comment', and gives instructions for those who can't work it out for themselves which is great. Please let's have some sensible comments, so far only eight people cared enough to write anything at all. Show More Summary

Press Freedom Day Today, butnot if you're the Archaeological Press

Unless of course you ask British archaeologists about artefact hunting... most prefer not to talk about it. Yes, it is your right, but British archaeologists by their silence about "uncomfortable" issues deny you that right.

Collecting Coins Seems to Rot the Brain

The Llama on this coin could probably write more sense than many US coin fondlers. But nobody asked the llama. The question is whether coineys really have anything to say I'll be doing a Bolivian MOU renewal 'public comment', not because I think there is any real point, but for the principle. Show More Summary

How to Watch the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower This Week

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower happens when Earth passes through the debris left behind by Halley's Comet, and it's peaking this week, the New York Times reports. The Weather Network reports that most everyone will have a good view of the shower Thursday and Friday. About 10 to 20 meteors...

“I heard the shark coming before I saw it. Usually it’s pretty...

“I heard the shark coming before I saw it. Usually it’s pretty choppy out there but that day it was so calm you could hear the fin cutting through the water.” —Chuck Saltsman, Aquarium video producer, recalling a particularly memorable shark sighting while out at he Farallon Islands with our white shark researchers. Learn more about our white shark research

DNA secrets of Ice Age Europe unlocked

study of DNA from ancient human bones has helped unlock the secrets of Europe's Ice Age inhabitants. Researchers analysed the genomes of 51 individuals who lived between 45,000 years ago and 7,000 years ago. The results reveal details...Show More Summary

'Hugely important' haul of Roman coins found in Spain

Construction workers have unearthed 600kg of Roman bronze coins, a unique and "hugely important" discovery according to experts. Routine building work in southern Spain unearthed a very unexpected find this week, when over 600kg of Roman coins were discovered. Show More Summary

Can We Live Together in Peace Despite Deep Differences?

A large part of the appeal of Donald Trump even to those of us who oppose much of his style and substance is that he and he alone appears prepared to fight the Left and fight to win, which of...

Changing colors for built-in sunblock

Too much sunlight can harm plants; with an eye to learning from nature's success, scientists found that an orange-colored protein that protects cyanobacteria from overexposure to sunlight shifts to a reddish color that helps dissipate excess energy as heat.

Seeking to rewind mammalian extinction: The effort to save the northern white rhino

In December 2015 an international group of scientists convened to discuss the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinoceros and the possibility of bringing the species back from brink of extinction.

Delayed onset adulthood keeps young Brits away from ballot box

The poor voter turnout of young Brits can be explained by the delayed transition to adulthood, says new research. Research shows that if today's young adults were as 'mature' as young people from the pre-war generation, voter turnout among young people in the UK these days would be 12 percentage points higher.

Assessment of total choline intakes in the United States

Choline is an essential nutrient and plays a critical role in brain development, cell signaling, nerve impulse transmission, liver function, and maintenance of a healthy metabolism. Researchers have analyzed the usual intakes of choline and compared them with the dietary reference intakes for U.S. Show More Summary

Transplanted nerve cells survive a quarter of a century in a Parkinson's disease patient

In the late 1980s and over the 1990s, researchers pioneered the transplantation of new nerve cells into the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease. The outcomes proved for the first time that transplanted nerve cells can survive and function in the diseased human brain. Show More Summary

Experimental Alzheimer's drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease

When given to old rats, the drug, which is known to affect signaling by the neurotransmitter glutamate, reversed many age-related changes that occur in a brain region key to learning and memory. The drug also produced effects opposing those seen in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Planet Nine: A world that shouldn't exist

Earlier this year scientists presented evidence for Planet Nine, a Neptune-mass planet in an elliptical orbit 10 times farther from our Sun than Pluto. Since then theorists have puzzled over how this planet could end up in such a distant orbit. Show More Summary

Ebola vaccine: Promising phase I trials

The clinical phase I trial of a potential vaccine against the dreaded Ebola virus has been successfully completed at four partner sites in Africa and Europe. The safety of the tested vaccine 'rVSV-ZEBOV', which induces persistent antibodies against the virus, has been confirmed by researchers.

One third of antibiotic prescriptions unnecessary

At least 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary, according to new data published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other public health and medical experts. read more

Scientists reveal how cell corrects errors made in gene transcription

The dynamics of the RNA polymerase II (Pol II) backtracking process is poorly understood. Scientists have now built a Markov State Model from extensive molecular dynamics simulations to identify metastable intermediate states and the dynamics of backtracking at atomistic detail. Show More Summary

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