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This Day In Ancient History ~ pridie kalendas decembres

pridie kalendas decembres 406 B.C. — death of Euripides (by one reckoning) 147 A.D. — birth of Annia Galeria Faustina, the daughter of the emperor-to-be Marcus Aurelius 1817 — birth of Theodor Mommsen, Nobel prize winning ancient historian 2004 — death of David Bain (University of Manchester Classicist) 2007 — death of John Strugnell (Dead Sea […]

How to encrypt a message in the afterglow of the big bang

Physicists have come up with a way to make secret codes based on the cosmic microwave background, the afterglow of the birth of the universe

Repititiationes ~ 11/29/15

Explorator 18.32 ~ November 29, 2015 | Explorator — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 29, 2015 The case of the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife still isn’t closed – The Boston Globe — rogueclassicist...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/28/15

New Releases: Ancient Books for the Holiday Season! #blackfriday — HistoryoftheAncient (@historyancient) November 28, 2015 Driving away from an erupting volcano in a @fordcanada Fiesta!...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/27/15

Excavations of a Roman road adding to the idea of what #AncientRoman towns were like in the UK. #archaeology — MuseumOntArchaeology (@MuseOntArch) November 27, 2015 That feeling when you're social for more than two hours and your brain goes in to nuclear meltdown mode — Sarah Andersen (@SarahCAndersen) November 26, 2015 Finds sorting in […]

Solar or Coal? The Energy India Picks May Decide Earth’s Fate

India will make a choice, but it will not be India's alone. The post Solar or Coal? The Energy India Picks May Decide Earth’s Fate appeared first on WIRED.

6 Ways to Cope with the Limitations of Depression

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders,” says a Jewish proverb. A member of my online depression group, Project Beyond Blue, posted it recently. I asked them for ways they cope with the limitations of depression because I needed inspiration. My […]

Favorite Reads of 2015: #3 Aliens and Anorexia by Chris Kraus

Have a look at all of my favorite reads of 2015. Technically I read Aliens and Anorexia at the very end of 2014, but it was too late to include in my favorite reads of last year, so, hence. And I’m in the middle of Chris Kraus’s novel Torpor right now, which could as easily Continue Reading

090/366: Kids These Days

We had our usual tv time on Sunday morning at my parents’, with the kids alternating picking what they watched. When it came around to SteelyKid’s turn, she opted for MythBusters, which wasn’t available on demand, but she has several episodes on her tablet. Of course, if SteelyKid was going to watch video on her…

Patient deaths do not increase during doctor strikes

As doctors in England prepare for strike action next month, researchers show that, in high-income countries, 'patients do not come to serious harm during industrial action provided that provisions are made for emergency care.'

Even The Guardian doesn’t accept the Syrian War / Climate Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The shameless attempt by green activists like Prince Charles and President Obama, to link Climate Change and the Syrian Civil War, has just lost even more credibility thanks to The Guardian; Is climate change really to blame for Syria’s civil war? Prince Charles is the latest high-profile figure to echo…

A common mechanism for human and bird sound production

When birds and humans sing it sounds completely different, but now new research shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a bird sings and a human speaks.

Graphene microphone outperforms traditional nickel and offers ultrasonic reach

Scientists have developed a graphene based microphone nearly 32 times more sensitive than microphones of standard nickel-based construction.

Competitors can pose more of a threat than predators

When the biodiversity of an ecosystem is reduced by invasive species, competition for food plays a more important role than has previously been supposed. This was the conclusion of research conducted by scientists on cichlid species in Lake Victoria, which suffered mass extinction following the introduction of the fish-eating Nile perch in the 1950s. Show More Summary

2,000 years of Cologne's lethal Roman mother

She married her uncle, killed him and gave birth to both the Emperor Nero and the city of Cologne. On November 26th, a special exhibition opens in the cathedral city's Romano-Germanic Museum. It's the 2,000th birthday of Agrippina, the...Show More Summary

Tiny octopods catalyze bright ideas

HOUSTON - (Nov. 30, 2015) - Nanoscale octopods that do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors are lighting a path toward more efficient industrial processes, according to a Rice University scientist. read more

DNA repair protein BRCA1 implicated in cognitive function and dementia

Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have shown for the first time that the protein BRCA1 is required for normal learning and memory and is depleted by Alzheimer's disease. BRCA1 is a key protein involved in DNA repair, and mutations that impair its function increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Show More Summary

Trunk of undelivered 17th c. letters rediscovered

Yale University music historian Rebekah Ahrendt was researching a theatrical troupe that entertained audiences in turn of the 18th century The Hague when she came across a notice in a 1938 French journal describing a collection of undelivered letters at a museum. Intrigued, Ahrendt tracked down the collection at the Museum voor Communicatie in The [...]

Quinoa: way more than one way to pronounce it

From a colleague: A question about quinoa. Linguistic, not gustatory or political-economic. How do / would you normally say it? kee-NO-ah?  kwee-NO-ah? KEE-no-ah?  KWEE-no-ah? KEEN-wah?  KWEEN-wah? keen-WAH?  kween-WAH? (or? ) And apart...Show More Summary

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