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Written By: grant on December 27, 2013 No Comment

BBC has more on one unfortunate modern human inheritance from our ancestors interbreeding with Neanderthals:

The gene variant was detected in a large genome-wide association study (GWAS) of more than 8,000 Mexicans and other Latin Americans. The GWAS approach looks at many genes in different individuals, to see whether they are linked with a [...]

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Written By: grant on November 13, 2013 No Comment

The medievalists at Medievalists.net are all excited over a new technology that “unerases” writings that were erased by scribes to make more room on precious parchment:

Using cutting-edge technology, European scientists have uncovered new fragments by Euripides and an unknown ancient commentary on Aristotle.

These writings were on parchments that were washed off and overwritten in [...]

Written By: grant on November 9, 2013 No Comment

Not the moving parts kind, but the wedge/screw/lever kind. Want to move giant blocks of stone a few miles, but the locomotive and crane haven’t been invented yet? Nature‘s answer… by waiting until winter and freezing the streets:

Some of the largest stones used to construct Beijing’s Forbidden City beginning in 1406 were hauled [...]

Written By: grant on October 11, 2013 No Comment

Those questions were raised in, of all publications, Astrobiology Magazine. Why are astrobiologists so concerned about human culture? Because if civilizations can really die out, that affects how many alien civilizations are likely to be out there somewhere:

The longevity of our civilization was the topic of a symposium recently held in Washington DC. [...]

Written By: grant on September 1, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Catafalque at a Funeral at Hubbatale, ca. 1925</i> from “Mortuary ritual of the Badagas of Southern India” by Paul Hockings.

Found on Archive.org’s collection of Fieldiana.

A “catafalque” is a kind of dais on which a coffin rests when it’s on display, as for a state funeral.

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Written By: grant on July 16, 2013 No Comment

Alternet (of course) spreads the news that researchers studying our earliest ancestors have collected some intriguing proof that cave painters were tripping:

Their thesis intriguingly explores the “biologically embodied mind,” which they contend gave rise to similarities in Paleolithic art across the continents dating back 40,000 years, and can also be seen in the [...]

Written By: grant on April 7, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Nazca Lines, Peru, 2000</i>, NASA’s Earth as Art

These are probably the world’s largest petroglyphs. They’re ancient rock carvings that we can see from space.

You can’t make out the funky checkerboards, or the hummingbirds or monkeys… but you can see that there’s something there.

Welcome to Nazca, ancient gods. Approach on runway number three.

[via NPR]

Written By: grant on January 2, 2013 No Comment

SONG: “Mesopotamia” (penitential cover) (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This is a cover (a late one) making up for a late song in November. There’s no original research here, and some pretty sketchy anthropology. But still. It’s the B52s. It’s hard for me to say which version is [...]

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Written By: grant on April 23, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Amerique</i>, from the <i>Larousse pour tous</i> encyclopedia, 1909.


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This is what America meant for Claude Auge, who edited Le Larousse pour tous nouveau dictionnaire encyclopedique in 1909.

Eskimos and tapirs.

You can browse through your Larousse at the Open Library.

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