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Focus on UK Metal Detecting: From Folkstone Beach to Apamea

The reaction of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to Dave Crisp's exhortation to 'take up yer metal detector and loot' (and show the stuff to the PAS) was swift. Based on previous experience of discussing the issues with members of the...Show More Summary

AF mortality and morbidity high at 1 year despite good anticoagulant use

Barcelona, Spain – Sunday 31 August 2014: Mortality and morbidity of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients remains high at one year despite good use of oral anticoagulants, according to the one year follow up of the Atrial Fibrillation General Pilot Registry. Show More Summary


My comment replying to the sock-puppet "Diggerdoc's" remarks on the Guardian (Re the Crisp text). It could have been phrased more fluidly, but these are not Daily Mail readers:"Diggerdoc" how is collection-driven exploitation of theShow More Summary

Uncountably Categorical Theories

Boris Zilber's thoughts on 'logically perfect' structures.

New method predicts optimal number and location of AEDs

Barcelona, Spain – Saturday 30 August 2014: A new method to predict the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) was presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Benjamin Dahan from France. According to the predictive method, Paris needs 350 AEDs located in public places for optimal prevention of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). read more

Local anesthetic for TAVI as safe and effective as general anesthetic

Barcelona, Spain – Sunday 31 August 2014: Local anaesthetic is as safe and effective for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) as general anaesthetic, according to results of the FRANCE 2 registry presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Romain Chopard from France. read more

Retrievable transcatheter aortic valve effective and safe in real world setting

Barcelona, Spain – Sunday 31 August 2014: A retrievable and repositionable transcatheter aortic valve is effective and safe in a real world setting, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Dr Stylianos Pyxaras from Germany. Show More Summary

Batteryless cardiac pacemaker is based on automatic wristwatch

Barcelona, Spain – Sunday 31 August 2014: A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement. read more

Ambiguous business cycles

Here is a new paper by Cosmin L. Ilut and Martin Schneider on how ambiguity aversion can give rise to a kind of real business cycle, augmented by nominal rigidities: This paper studies a New Keynesian business cycle model with agents who are averse to ambiguity (Knightian uncertainty). Shocks to confidence about future TFP are […]

Grave of fearsome 11th c. warrior found in Siberia

Archaeologists excavating a burial mound near Omsk in southwestern Siberia have discovered the intact burial of an impressively large warrior slain in battle around the 11th century A.D. He was powerfully built and 180 centimeters (5’11?) tall. A member of the Ust-Ishim culture, ancestors to the Khanty and Mansi tribes that still inhabit the area [...]

Evolution of the central Garlock fault zone

The slip rate of the Garlock fault in southeastern California has accelerated through time to the modern rate of 9 mm per year. Left-lateral strike-slip displacement of 64 km on the Garlock fault began 11 million years ago as an accommodation structure to Basin and Range extension. Show More Summary

Stratigraphic and microfossil evidence for a 4,500-year history of Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis at Yaquina

New research on the central Oregon coast reveals that 11 subduction zone earthquakes and associated tsunamis have affected the Newport, Oregon, USA, area in the past 4,500 years. This research adds to a growing body of knowledge that...Show More Summary

Portable seismometers pulled from Duncan, heading to Napa

AZGS geologists Jeri Young and Phil Pearthree pulled out four of the seven portable seismometers deployed in the area around June's M5.2 earthquake near Duncan, Arizona. The portable instruments were installed in July to monitor theShow More Summary

8/25-29/14 Talk About Mixing It Up - Whew!

Monday - Thursday, August 25-28...there have been times in past years - the whales go up and the whales go down - they stay in their 'nice groupings' - well, that appears to be a thing of the past! least for this season...and it is getting more crazy... Show More Summary

David Mitchell profile

In The Japan Times Andrew Lee looks (sigh...) Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind, as The Bone Clocks-author talks about his new novel and his Japanese influences. I haven't got a copy of The Bone Clocks, yet, but Mitchell's other work is under review at the complete review (e.g. Show More Summary

Books in translation in ... Canada

Last week I mentioned/discussed Dalya Alberge's report in The Observer on how (supposedly) British readers lost in translations as foreign literature sales boom, and at Quill & Quire they follow up on that article, wondering: Books in...Show More Summary

‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed’

The headline is a quote by Dr. Judith Curry from a David Rose article in the Sunday Mail: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now. Seven years after former US Vice-President Al Gore’s warning,…

What About Foghat? (Part 3 of 3)

Perhaps the most balletic and unexpected of these is the essay’s final leap from the best of literature (which we are able to enjoy in the solitude necessitated by illness) to the guilty pleasures of the worst, whose characters and… Continue reading ?

Renewable Energy in perspective: Solar and Wind power

Guest essay by Ed Hoskins | Data for the USA, Germany and the UK since the year 2000. These notes quantify the progress and achievement of the massive movement to install renewable energy solutions for electricity generation in Western Nations. They only concern the two most significant new renewable energy sources ie. Solar and Wind-power.…

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