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As the river rises: Cahokia's emergence and decline linked to Mississippi River flooding

As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has something to do with it. At Cahokia, the largest prehistoric settlement in the Americas north of Mexico, new evidence suggests that major flood events in the Mississippi River valley are tied to the cultural center's emergence and ultimately, to its decline.

Juvenile shale gas in Sweden

Considering geological time scales, the occurrence of biogenic shale gas in Sweden´s crust is relatively young. Geoscientists found that biogenic methane in the Alum Shale in South Sweden formed due to deglaciation around 12 years ago. Show More Summary

'Fuzzy thinking' in women with depression and bipolar disorder is real

People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten "fuzzy", or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a very large study that effect is indeed real - and rooted...Show More Summary

Revolutionary method of making RNAs

Scientists -- and ultimately patients -- could benefit from a new approach to making ribonucleic acids.

Names of the Elements in Chinese.

A remarkable post by Victor Mair at the Log begins by quoting a query from a reader: I was wondering what the periodic table of elements looked like in China, and found this image. This may or may not be the “official” periodic table, but I thought it was interesting to see the similarities in […]

“Already Bought My First Slave” at Gettysburg

I was a bit surprised when a couple of students on my recent Civil War trip attempted to purchase Confederate flags at one of the…

Carrying a little extra weight decreases mortality from type 2 diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese live longer than those who are underweight or normal-weight, according to a study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers call this effect the "obesity paradox." read more

Navy Secretary Defends F-35 Last Manned Fighter Statement

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday defended his drive to consolidate the Navy's work on a range of unmanned systems, and said the U.S. military risked losing its leadership role unless it focused on what he called "the future of warfare.""Unmanned is the future," Mabus said in a speech at the National Press Club. Show More Summary

Five Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Hero worship makes me uncomfortable. I am an extremely minor public figure, except among certain family members and friends who inflate my fame. As a marriage expert, I sense that many people who have heard of me think I must be a perfect marriage partner. […]

Why Tunisians (don’t) vote for women

Women’s under-representation in political leadership is a longstanding problem that exists at a nearly universal level, despite progress toward gender equality in some countries. A recent U.N. report on women offers staggering evidence of gender inequality, demonstrating that no country in the world has reached parity. And, even in the United States, one need only […]

“State’s Congressional Districts Rest on Jurisdictional Dispute”

Marcia Coyle: In the Three-Judge Court Act, Congress required district court panels of three jurists to decide litigation involving redistricting, campaign finance and other key areas. Three Marylanders now are asking the U.S. Supreme Court the fundamental question of when … Continue reading ?

Russuan T-14 Tank Pix With Some Video

Immediately and at 2:15 for the T-14. The T-15 seems to be in there and the Kurganets. I've seen specs thrown around, but none seem definitive: the weight seems to between 48 to 57 tons. I have to admit I involuntarily snarled at the SAMs.

Xian bleg

What to do, where to go, and above all what to eat?  I do of course have the standard guidebooks, what can you add to the basic advice? And how easy is it to buy a ticket for the fast train from Beijing?

A Prediction Coming True?

Guest essay  by David Archibald Pierre Gosselin of NoTricksZone has a post by Mike Brakey on NOAA adjustments of the temperature record of Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. In short, the NOAA are shameless liars. Their cooling of the past to keep the global warming meme alive reminds me of the old Soviet joke – the future is…

North Carolina Forfeiture Case Reveals Limits of Executive Reform, Government Defensiveness

In March, we detailed reforms announced by Attorney General Eric Holder to federal asset forfeitures under the Bank Secrecy Act’s “structuring” law.  Those changes mirror an earlier policy shift by the Internal Revenue Service.  Unfortunately...Show More Summary

Bees Are Great at Pollinating Flowers—But So Are Vibrators

Help plants get their groove on without bees, using small household appliances. The post Bees Are Great at Pollinating Flowers—But So Are Vibrators appeared first on WIRED.

Tokyo’s New Military Guidelines Leave U.S. Defending Japan

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington he brought plans for a more expansive international role for his country. But the military burden of defending Japan will continue to fall disproportionately on America. As occupying power, the U.S. Show More Summary

Ep. 374: Stern-Gerlach Experiment

In the world of quantum mechanics, particles behave in discreet ways. One breakthrough experiment was the Stern-Gerlach Experiment, performed in 1922. They passed silver atoms through a magnetic field and watched how the spin of the atoms caused the particles to deflect in a very specific way.

Bat disease: Scientists identify tissue-degrading enzyme in white-nose syndrome

Scientists have figured out the likely way that white-nose syndrome breaks down tissue in bats, opening the door to potential treatments for a disease that has killed more than six million bats since 2006 and poses a threat to the agricultural industry.

Biologists shines light on origin of bioluminescence

Bioluminescence at least in one millipede may have evolved as a way to survive in a hot, dry environment, not as a means to ward off predators, according to scientists.

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