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Indian Frogs Discover Gross New Way to Have Sex

A group of dedicated researchers have discovered a seventh position used by mating frogs and toads, and it's—in scientific terms—super gross. A study published Tuesday in PeerJ describes the new position, the dorsal straddle, as “a loose form of contact in which the male sits on the dorsum...

the c-word and gendering mansplaining

In 2011, Douglas Bigham asked me if I'd write a piece about "the c-word" for the Popular Linguistics website, which he was trying to get started at the time. He observed:It seems to me that " c--- " is less gendered in the UK, but can only be directed at a woman in the US. Show More Summary

The day I stumbled on a Roman villa in my back garden

Luke Irwin at his home, next to the gate under which a Roman mosaic was found CREDIT: JAY WILLIAMS W hen Luke Irwin discovered evidence of a palatial second century Roman villa in his quiet corner of Wiltshire, he wasn’t prepared for the world’s reaction. Show More Summary

Take a deep breath. The oxygen you just inhaled was once a...

Take a deep breath. The oxygen you just inhaled was once a weapon of mass destruction. Nearly 2.5 billion years ago cyanobacteria—more commonly known by the misnomer blue-green algae—evolved to use sunlight to cleave hydrogen from water molecules, storing the pilfered hydrogen as a chemical fuel while expelling the leftover oxygen in the air. Show More Summary

Fifty years later, the Miranda decision hasn’t accomplished what the Supreme Court intended

Fifty years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down the landmark case Miranda v. Arizona. The decision requires police to inform suspects of their constitutional rights to remain silent and obtain an attorney before being questioned. Miranda remains perhaps the most well-known case in criminal law, thanks in no small part to such TV shows […]

Making the Familiar Strange: An Ingredient for Creative Genius

By Teresa Irene Gonzales Creativity is a response to our environment – Eric Weiner In my introduction to Sociology course, students and I work on developing their sociological imaginations, a sociological process and way of thinking that C. Wright Mills...

Sunday assorted links

1. Rent control for Silicon Valley? (NYT) 2. The fallout from Obama’s visit to Cuba. 3. “Each guy paid for his date’s dinner or drinks, as guys who go out with women are generally expected to do. Each then used Venmo, the peer-to-peer payment app, to request that his date reimburse her share after the […] The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

279-283/366: Week in Photos

Shortened “week” this week, because I did the last photo dump on Tuesday. 80% of these are also from a single day, this Friday, when I decided to call a Mental Health Day and get away from stuff that was annoying me by driving down to Scoharie County to hike up Vroman’s Nose. 279/366: Road…

Physics Week in Review: June 11, 2016

There was a ton of fascinating physics news this week. Among the many highlights: first results from the LISA Pathfinder mission, the first experimental demonstration of a quantum enigma machine, and four new elements finally got their official names, completing...

Betancourt Binge (Video Lectures on HMC and Stan)

Even better than binging on Netflix, catch up on Michael Betancourt’s updated video lectures, just days after their live theatrical debut in Tokyo. Scalable Bayesian Inference with Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (YouTube, 1 hour) Some Bayesian...Show More Summary

German Games and Exercises: 8 Fun & Simple Ways to Practise Your German Skills

A big mistake new language learners make is sticking to one method of study. You may feel you need to go out and buy the most expensive textbook or online course and focus your attention only on that. Restrict yourself to one learning method, and you run the risk of getting bored. Show More Summary

seafolklore: Flamboyant Cuttlefish by  Beyond The Water...

seafolklore: Flamboyant Cuttlefish by  Beyond The Water Surface Some reasons to appreciate the flamboyant cuttlefish: - It can walk along the seafloor on arms and fins—a rarer mode of transit for this otherwise adept swimmer. - It varies...Show More Summary

Slow Jammin' the TPP, Baby

Last week I criticized President Obama for his failure to sell the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the public and to Congress.  Ratification of trade agreements has always relied on consistent and unequivocal advocacy from the White House. Well, the president heard me loud and clear and decided to take my advice. Show More Summary

Country Music’s Changing Attitude Toward Alcohol

Nobody’s singing about getting their heart broken in Nashville anymore, they’re singing about their hangovers. If there’s one song in the alcohol-soaked history of country music that tells it how it is, it’s Merle Haggard’s 1966 hit, “Bottle Let Me Down.” The title describes the tragic […]

If Trump is just “playing a part,” then here’s how to understand his brand of theater

In April, one of Donald Trump’s top aides made news with revelations that his candidate had been “projecting an image” during the early phases of the election campaign. The “part that he’s been playing” wasn’t real, said Paul Manafort, named Trump’s campaign chairman in May. The person that Americans have gotten to know so far […]

Before they were famous

A clip from US TV from 1978 reporting on the “Rocky Horror” craze features a young Michael Stipe in drag. Stipe later of R.E.M fame, of course. Stipe is not the first celebrity to have pre-empted their fame with a media appearance. Others include Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing guitar in a skiffle band on a […]

Women Singing

Here’s some good tunes written and sung by women that I’ve come across recently. Broen – Boy (2015) Basia Bulat – Fool (2016) Feist – Mushaboom (2004) Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over (2008) Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (2005) Julia Holter – Betsy On The Roof (2015) Lucius – Turn It…

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