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Archaeologists uncover rare 2,000-year-old sundial during Roman theatre excavation

A 2,000-year-old intact and inscribed sundial – one of only a handful known to have survived – has been recovered during the excavation of a roofed theatre in the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas, near Monte Cassino, in Italy.

New postcranial skeleton of ancient dolphin Albertocetus meffordum found in South Carolina

A partial skeleton from an Oligocene dolphin species was found in South Carolina, according to a study published November 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Robert Boessenecker from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA, and Erum Ahmed and Jonathan Geisler from the New York Institute of Technology, New York.

Has protecting marine species become a job for statisticians?

Fishermen have no way of separating the fish they catch when they cast their nets at sea. Protected species and fish with no market value—the hammerhead shark, for example—end up being trapped and dying for no reason. In an attempt to...Show More Summary

Paradoxical persistence of all negative growths from reformulation of Markowitz theorem

An improvement on the famous Markowitz theorem may have the potential to not only more accurately predict the next financial crises, but also the outbreak of pests and diseases, or whether a patient will have a heart attack in two hours or not.

Social workers aren't incompetent child snatchers – so why are they portrayed that way?

Social workers get a bad rap when it comes to their portrayal in the media. Often, they are shown taking children from their families in a heartless and wholly inaccurate manner. This only serves to reinforce already low public opinions of anyone who works in children's services.

Simple statistics can be good enough

Study of the mismatch between spatial environmental data and a commonly used statistical analysis suggests simpler statistics are sufficient in many cases.

British Mums getting back to work thanks to grandparents childcare, researchers find

The extent of grandparents providing childcare in the UK is much higher than previously thought and is a factor in assisting mums, who had taken time out from work to have children, to get back into the workplace, according to new research carried out at the University of Birmingham.

New study suggests some ancient bite marks from crocs not stone tools

(—A trio of researchers, two with the University of Tübingen in Germany, the other the University of California has found evidence that suggests it is not possible to tell if marks on some ancient artifacts were made by ancient hominids using stone tools or by crocodiles. Show More Summary

Hunting Africa's Einstein with a science lab on wheels

A dozen other students look on as Umar Amadu uses a glass pipette to draw a solution from a conical flask as part of a chemistry experiment.

The revolt of the Rust Belt may explain Trump's election

A new British Journal of Sociology article explains that Donald Trump's victory was less about the candidate himself and more about a rejection of the Democratic Party by white and black working-class voters across the Rust Belt.

Roman road discovered during digging in German city Aachen

Authorities say workers digging in the western German city of Aachen have uncovered an ancient Roman road.

Height and weight evolved at different speeds in the bodies of our ancestors

A wide-ranging new study of fossils spanning over four million years suggests that stature and body mass advanced at different speeds during the evolution of hominins - the ancestral lineage of which Homo sapiens alone still exist.

First large-scale doxing study reveals motivations and targets for cyber bullying

Researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have published the first large-scale study of a low-tech, high-harm form of online harassment known as doxing.

Transporting students to where decisions are made

Starting this spring, students seeking a future in using technology to help solve a wide-range of social and environmental challenges can pursue a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Increasing medical researcher gender diversity found to increase gender related factors in results

(—A small team of researchers at Stanford University has found a link between gender diversity in research efforts and gender and sex-related factors in the results that are found. In their paper published in in the journalShow More Summary

Rather than being free of values, good science is transparent about them

Scientists these days face a conundrum. As Americans are buffeted by accounts of fake news, alternative facts and deceptive social media campaigns, how can researchers and their scientific expertise contribute meaningfully to the conversation?

Female role models run the risk of being intimidating

Things to remember when recruiting young women to the natural sciences or other male-dominated studies: 1. They are not a homogenous group. 2. Some of the women in recruitment campaigns have been perceived as unrealistic and intimidating.

Study explores what really makes a movie successful

At more than $20 for a Saturday night movie ticket moviegoers don't want to pick a dud. Now, new research on movie marketing reveals how to pick a winner – both for customers and movie makers.

The human costs of financial crises: linking market sentiment to human capital loss

Global financial crises and the severe economic hardships they impose on millions of people worldwide can sometimes lead to violent and fatal outcomes, according to a new study from the University of Maine. The research, which linksShow More Summary

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