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Evidence From 30,000 BP (Pleistocene Quaternary) Indonesia of Limpet Shells Used as Simple Tools

Limpet shells as unmodified tools in Pleistocene Southeast Asia: an experimental approach to assessing fracture and modificationAuthors:Szabó et alAbstract:Pleistocene tools manufactured in shell are rarely identified. This may in part...Show More Summary

Caffeine's effects differ when sugar is included

Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks can affect the body's metabolism, causing changes in heart and respiratory rate and weight gain. The results of a new study exploring whether individuals respond differently to caffeinated drinks...Show More Summary

Widespread looting and damage to historical sites in Syria

Four of six major archaeological sites in Syria have been heavily looted and damaged, according to an analysis of high-resolution satellite images that documents the extent of the destruction. The report analyzes six of the 12 sitesShow More Summary

The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library

Who’s to say when the turn from girl to woman happens, or what’s in between, in that fold, which one might also call a fount? For some, it happens as early as thirteen, but I was a late bloomer. When I arrive on the West Coast—pouring myself from the Greyhound bus, green with sickness, at twenty-two—I, this fount, am also untapped. Show More Summary

Studying Arboroharamiya Suggests Haramiyidans Closely Related to Multituberculates

Dental and Mandibular Morphologies of Arboroharamiya (Haramiyida, Mammalia): A Comparison with Other Haramiyidans and Megaconus and Implications for Mammalian Evolution Authors: Meng et al Abstract: Background Two recent studies published...Show More Summary

Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome: broccoli compound can moderate defects

Most Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) patients carry a mutation that produces a defective form of the protein lamin A, known as progerin. Normal lamin A is a key component of the matrix surrounding the DNA in the cell nucleus and plays a role in gene expression. Show More Summary

12-25-14 The Gift They Kept On Giving

Thursday, December 25th - Christmas Day...just like Santa Claus J pod showed up in the night......and they were nowhere to be seen by daylight......a phone call came at about 9:00 a.m - whales on the west side!...I'm off and runningShow More Summary

Cliffs of the Ruby Mountains: More Views from the Hanging Valley Pullout

While I'm gradually working my way toward posting a bit about the nappe in Lamoille Canyon, let's take a quick look at more views of the cliffs from the hanging valley pullout. A shadowed view of the cliffs to the northwest. Stunning! A view of the cliffs to the southeast. Show More Summary

What is the equation for solar market success?

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no...Show More Summary

The history of tinsel

Now that Christmas is over, tinsel is a lot less charming. Yet few people think about why and how it was created in the first place. It's been a holiday decoration staple for decades, and it turns out that silver stuff hanging from your tree has quite a storied past. Show More Summary

Doing Gender with the Face, Featuring Erika Linder

We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2014, plus a few of our favorites tossed in.  Enjoy! Sociologists often say that gender is partly a performance. How we talk and laugh and what we say; how we stand, sit, and move; how we dress, wear our hair, and adorn […]

Weberepeton sondalensis: a new Stem Tetrapod From Frasnian Devonian Russia

Revision of the early tetrapod Obruchevichthys Vorobyeva, 1977 from the Frasnian (Upper Devonian) of the North-western East European PlatformAuthors:Clément et alAbstract:Species composition of the genus Obruchevichthys Vorobyeva, 1977,...Show More Summary

Microwave imaging of breast cancer

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ionizing...Show More Summary

Astronomers Poised to Capture an Image of Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole (Best of 2014)

Without an image of a black hole, no one has been able to confirm that black holes even exist, says Sheperd Doeleman, assistant director of the Haystack Observatory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Once an object fall through...

The Hedgehog and the Fox.

I’ve just started James Turner’s Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities (thanks, bulbul!), and I’ve stumbled right out of the blocks. The very first words of the Prologue are: “In his Adages (1500) the great humanist Erasmus of Rottersdam quipped, ‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog one big thing.’” Now, in […]

Basketball average is over?

So in May, the team [Milwaukee Bucks] hired Dan Hill, a facial coding expert who reads the faces of college prospects and N.B.A. players to determine if they have the right emotional attributes to help the Bucks. The approach may sound to some like palm reading, but the Bucks were so impressed with Hill’s work […]

The Power of Maybe

Many of us view uncertainty as the enemy. It makes us uncomfortable and fearful — especially if our expectations have painted only one picture. That is, we dread uncertainty when we’ve convinced ourselves that only one result will do. Only one thing will make us happy or feel fulfilled. Only one thing, one path will […]

The March of the Dinosprites

Last week I shared some pixel art dinosaurs I was working on and said I'd been continuing them as a series. It's a fun little project to kick off 2015, with a new one shared every Friday, and added to my Redbubble shop as well. I'veShow More Summary

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