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This time, on the road from Paris!

Hello blogosphere! As always, my apologies for the lack of updates recently. So, this is to confirm I am still alive, very busy at work plumbing the chemical secrets of the ancient dead (the usual), writing, applying for jobs, etc. I'm...Show More Summary

Old World monkey had tiny, complex brain

The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time. The creature's tiny but remarkably wrinkled brain supports the idea that brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primate...Show More Summary

This week at Forbes: Scurvy at Trump SoHo, Pot Polish in Canada, and Pegasi in Cloudsdale

This is what I wrote this week on my blog at Forbes: Children in Manhattan Got Scurvy and Rickets, 19th Century Skeletons Reveal. Here I covered the latest article by Meredith Ellis, whose work with the Spring Street Archaeological Project involves looking at the bones of children to see what their lives were like. Show More Summary

Private Island Owners Fret About Climate Change

"We have 11 islands here and we'd like to keep it that way," David Copperfield says

No one talks about democratization any more. Is there a better policy?

Judging by recent headlines, this is not a good moment for democracy. The European Union, long held up as a model of democratic cooperation and consolidation, is threatened by the Greek debt crisis. Ukraine’s fragile democracy is under constant pressure from an increasingly autocratic Russia, and for better or worse the rest of the democratic […]

An enduring controversy: The Pipe Creek Circular and the Battle of Gettysburg–Part Two

Maj. Gen. George G. Meade This is the second part of a two-part series that was cross-posted on Emerging Civil War. In part one of this two-part series, we examined the content of the Pipe Creek Circular, and we also looked at the Pipe Creek Line itself. Show More Summary

“American Parties” in Other Countries

Using pictures with the tag #americanparty on Instagram, Buzzfeed put together a non-scientific collection of what “American Parties” thrown in other countries look like. it’s an interesting window into how they view us. Themes include red cups, popcorn, marshmallows, and sports jerseys. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone. Visit the original post for the whole set of […]

An enduring controversy: the Pipe Creek Circular and the Battle of Gettysburg

This is the first part of a two-part series that was cross-posted on Emerging Civil War. No battle of the American Civil War has generated more ongoing and enduring controversies than the Battle of Gettysburg. With the anniversary of...Show More Summary

Forgetting Names? Go to Sleep!

Can’t remember where you keep things? Seem to forget names and appointments more often than before? Don’t blame your failing memory on age. It is more likely that you are not getting your quota of beauty sleep. In an age of distractions (read: smartphone, social media, and TV) and trying to get too many things […]

“Menstrual Cycle Phase Does Not Predict Political Conservatism”

Someone pointed me to this article by Isabel Scott and Nicholas Pound: Recent authors have reported a relationship between women’s fertility status, as indexed by menstrual cycle phase, and conservatism in moral, social and political values. Show More Summary

Dr. Franklin’s Invitation in 1779

When Benjamin Franklin was the American minister to France, he set up a small press at his home in Passy in order to print government documents, mostly forms with blanks to fill in. Later he used the same equipment to publish humorous pamphlets for friends, a fake newspaper page for propaganda, and broadsides. Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- The British Library's conference "The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril" conference was held last week in London. The Economist's Prospero columnist has a recap, and Emily Sharpe reported on the conference for The Art Newspaper....Show More Summary

Collinsium ciliosum: a new Filter Feeding, Armored Velvet Worm From Cambrian Paleozoic China

A new species of 'super-armoured' worm, a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients out of seawater with its feather-like front legs, has been identified by palaeontologists. The creature, which lived about half...Show More Summary

New Blogs June/July 2015

Oh look, the summer has brought with it a nice range of new blogs. 1.brianblackbloh (Labour) (Twitter) 2.davesoapbox (Unaligned/mental health) (Twitter) 3.Liz Kendall: A Fresh Start (Labour) (Twitter) 4.Local Government Worker Activists...Show More Summary

In Pictures: Russian Spacecraft Ends Streak of Station Supply Mishaps

Following back-to-back space station resupply failures, a Russian Progress vehicle pulled into port this morning at the International Space Station.

Stakeholders "Unwelcome"

Over on a coiney blog, the tiresome discussion is still dragging on about whether Paul Barford is "qualified" to make any observations on the collecting of portable antiquities in the eyes of an engineer-turned coin dealer who seems not really to have grasped the concept of what the social media are. Show More Summary

Way more ways

Patricia Cohen and Ron Lieber, "It's summer, but Where Are the Teen Workers?", NYT 7/3/2015: Ice cream still needs scooping, beaches still need guarding and campers still need counseling. But now, there are way fewer teenagers doing it all this summer. This passage surprised me — but not because of the content, which seems consistent […]

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