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Not exactly St. Francis talking to the birds, in fact it is more useful

This is remarkable: Now scientists have determined that humans and their honeyguides [a kind of bird] communicate with each other through an extraordinary exchange of sounds and gestures, which are used only for honey hunting and serve...Show More Summary

40,000-year-old rope-making tool found in famed German cave

Archaeologists excavating the Hohle Fels Cave in the Swabian Jura of southwestern Germany have discovered a 40,000-year-old tool used to make rope. The piece was unearthed in August of last year by an international team led by Prof. Nicholas Conard of the University of Tübingen. Carved from mammoth ivory, the object is eight inches long [...]

The Hawai'i That Was: Look at the Cute Squirrel! (NOT a squirrel)

First time visitors to Hawai'i will at some moment see a mammal on the islands. The creature is common enough to be taken as some kind of squirrel, but it most certainly is not one. It's not a rat either, but it is representative ofShow More Summary

Would a Clinton administration pursue Occupy Wall Street ideas?

Here is perhaps the least analytical paragraph in what is mostly an analytical piece by Gideon Lewis-Kraus (NYT).  It is however the paragraph easiest to excerpt: Joseph Stiglitz is a short, oracular man with gray hair and gray stubble trimmed to equal length, which gives his head the round softness of a late-stage dandelion. Show More Summary

7-18-16 Orca Action on the West Side Again!

Monday, July 18th...bald eagles at American Camp...this was from July 17th...had come down here looking for the L12s who had been spending many days along the lower end of the island...this bald eagle nest is in a great location (easy...Show More Summary

Laâbi translations

Just a few days ago I mentioned getting the ARC of the forthcoming volume of Abdellatif Laâbi poetry, In Praise of Defeat, in Donald Nicholson-Smith's translation -- see also the Archipelago publicity page, or pre-order your copy atShow More Summary

Mr. Turtle review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Kitano Yusaku's Mr. Turtle, just out in English from Kurodahan Press.

E-cigarette nicotine labels not always accurate

A study found that 51 percent of labels on e-cigarette liquid nicotine containers from 16 North Dakota stores don’t accurately reflect the levels of nicotine found in the products. In one instance, actual nicotine levels were 172 percent higher than labeled. The majority of e-cigarette liquid containers also did not provide child-resistant packaging.

Drug targeting BRAF mutation slows thyroid cancer, too

Researchers found that treating metastatic thyroid cancer patients harboring a BRAF mutation with the targeted therapy vemurafenib -- originally approved for melanoma patients with the mutation -- showed promising anti-tumor activity in a third of patients.

For whom the births (and worms) toll

Studies of Bolivian forager-farmers shed light on costs of high birthrates, effects of pathogens on metabolism.

Is Fethullah Gülen behind Turkey's coup?

If what Erdogan said on TV today is correct, there is no longer much doubt about the answer to this question. According to Erdogan, the officers who detained the chief of general staff, Hulusi Akar, on July 15 offered to...

noaasanctuaries: Male ruby brittle stars sit atop a brain coral...

noaasanctuaries: Male ruby brittle stars sit atop a brain coral in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, not long before a mass coral spawning event in the sanctuary. Every year, 7-10 days after the August full moon, the reef-building...Show More Summary

eriko toyoda, a message for you

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street   

Tim Kaine Scored Poorly on Cato Report

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has named Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine was governor of Virginia from January 2006 to January 2010. I assessed Kaine on Cato’s fiscal report card in 2008, and he received a low grade...Show More Summary

On the Nintendo Classic Mini

I didn't have time to reflect on the two big video game news stories of the last week or so. Interestingly, this blog's occasional bête noire, Nintendo, is at the centre of both. First was the gaming phenomenon of the year and probably the decade - the ubiquitous Pokémon Go. Show More Summary

Bipolar Lenses

Explaining utter darkness to someone who has only lived in the sunlight would be a difficult task. They would have to believe you and trust in something they have never experienced. If you haven’t experienced the darkness, perhaps after reading this you can help someone […]

Does Gary Johnson Not Understand How the 12th Amendment Works?

From the Ryan Lizza New Yorker story: “If it gets thrown to the House of Representatives and it goes beyond one ballot, I could be President,” Johnson said, smiling at the absurdity of the idea. “Because, if it goes beyond … Continue reading ?

Josh Marshall on the Coasian model of politics

Here is one bit, there is more analytical political science at the link: 5. Trump’s foreign policy advisor on Russia and Europe is Carter Page, a man whose entire professional career has revolved around investments in Russia and who has deep and continuing financial and employment ties to Gazprom. Show More Summary

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