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August 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Care for a nip? 200-year-old bottle of booze found in shipwreck

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bottle-shipwreck-livescienceThey don’t make ‘em like they used to.

After two centuries at the bottom of the sea, you might expect a bottle to contain sea water. But underwater archaeologists from Maritime Museum of Gdansk who were investigating a shipwreck  in the Baltic Sea have announced that a bottle they found still packs a wallop, according to Poland’s Ministry of Science and Science EducationContinue Reading →

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August 14, 2014
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How populations shift from state to state

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stable_PA_nyt_theupshotA whopping 74% of the people who live in Pa. were born here, according to Census data from 1900 to 2012 charted by the New York Times’ Upshot blog. That number does not make us the calmest, however. In 2012, 79% of Louisianans were born in the Creole State; and 77% of Michiganders and 75% of Ohioans fall into the same category.

On the flip side, if you suspect that New York (63%) or California (55%) is the state that’s most in flux, you’d be wrong. Nevada has only 25% of its population born there.

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You can see all of the interactive charts here.

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August 6, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Monkey makes human lose copyright, Wikipedia decides

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Self-portrait by a female crested black macaque; rotated and cropped by David Slater.

Self-portrait by a female crested black macaque; rotated and cropped by David Slater.

When a British photographer was taking pictures in Indonesia a few years ago, a “quite mischievous” crested black macaque grabbed a camera and shot hundreds of images.

Now David J. Slater has lost copyright of one of those selfies on Wikipedia precisely because he lost possession of the camera, the Telegraph reports. Continue Reading →

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August 6, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Photo: It’s a flying saucer! No, it’s a UFO cloud

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ufocloudA cloud shaped like a UFO has been spotted over Xiamen city in China’s Fujian province.

Laura Young, who explains weather phenomena for London’s Metropolitan Police, tells the Daily Mail that it’s an altocumulus lenticularis.

“They are normally formed over mountains,” Young says. “The air cools as it’s forced over the mountains, condensation takes place and it forms these lens-shaped clouds  and they stack up on top of each other.”

They’re nickname? UFO clouds.

Altocumulus Standing Lenticular (ACSL) or Altocumulus Standing Lenticularis clouds are known to form over New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service. Near Roswell by any chance?

Picture courtesy of Imaginechina/REX

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August 5, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Ebola was already here

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Dr. Thomas Cairns, in the operating room in Africa decades ago. Photo courtesy of Dr. Cairns via NBC News

Dr. Thomas Cairns, in an operating room in Africa decades ago. Photo courtesy of Dr. Cairns via NBC News

Although there have been breathless reports over the last week about the first Americans to arrive in the country with Ebola, the virus itself is studied in U.S. labs, notes Tara C. Smith in the Aetiology blog, and there have been at least seven cases of Lassa virus, a similar African hemorrhagic fever, in the United States.

One of those Lassa cases was diagnosed in Philadelphia in 2010 when a 47-year-old returned from Liberia, the same country where healthcare workers Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly caught Ebola in the latest outbreak of the highly infectious disease. Continue Reading →

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August 2, 2014
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Got low T? Welcome to civilization, study says

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A composite image shows the facial differences between an ancient modern human with heavy brows and a large upper face — which can be directly traced to testosterone — and the more recent modern human who has softer features.  Photo courtesy of University of Utah biology graduate student Robert Cieri

We Homo sapiens have been around for 200,000 years.

So why did it take us 150,000 years to create the first art and advanced tools?

Testosterone, according to a study in the journal Current Anthropology.  Continue Reading →

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August 2, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Map: The richest in each state

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M’m! M’m! Good!

Mary Alice Dorrance Malone, a Chester County resident who is the granddaughter of the Campbell soup founder, tops the list in Pa., according to Movoto.

Who is the wealthiest of them all? Bill Gates, a college dropout.

Click on the map  to see a larger image.

Or you can explore Movoto’s interactive map here.

 

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