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When a Devastating Solar CME Hits Earth...

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House M.D. mind-reading technology

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Will we "Humans" evolve backwards?

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Radio Astronomy... "Sounds" of the Universe

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This was on 60 Minutes- What are your thoughts???

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My Review of the Ganzfeld Procedure

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Child with cat eyes 'he can see in the dark'

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10 Questions for Stephen Hawking

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Fun Science activities for kids? Any Suggestions?

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assuming world peace is possible

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How the Universe Makes the Building Blocks of Life

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Comment by Adrian on September 17, 2010 at 12:39pm
I was only really commenting on the Canadian story. I do agree with the point about corporate funding and academic freedom, but I was just pointing out that you sacrifice that if you move out of academia.

I think that all academic research should be state-funded through research councils, to remove direct interference, or through a "blind" trust to stop that pressure on research direction and suppression of adverse results.
Comment by Adrian on September 17, 2010 at 12:19pm
Adriana, it's not that unusual not to be allowed to publish results (or even discuss them) - it's often in the contract. It depends which part of government you work for. If I'm working for the Ministry of Defence, then I'm not even supposed to say where I'm working, or discuss exactly what I do or see, and I'm only an ecologist. However, in a department like Natural Resources then that is less usual, though I'm not surprised by this at all. Academia is very different from working for government or industry. When I worked for Eastman Kodak they searched us randomly as we left the facility so that we could not remove research materials.
Comment by Don on September 17, 2010 at 11:21am
Adriana, on the censoring of science, see this piece today on PZ Myers's blog:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/09/gagging_the_mississippi....

Scientists these days are having a hard enough time communicating the truth about sensitive (anti-corporate interest) issues without this kind of thing. In academia, no less!
Comment by Adrian on September 13, 2010 at 4:43pm
And do you know who else went to the same high school, at the same time? The Rev Terry Jones!!!! They must be so proud :-0
Comment by Adrian on September 13, 2010 at 4:31pm
Does it ever occur to that half-witted, under-educated fool (Rush Limbaugh) that he is employed in the media?
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 7, 2010 at 5:08pm
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 7, 2010 at 4:38pm


See Stephen Hawking this Friday (September 10) in a one-on-one interview live on "Larry King Live" at 9 p.m. ET only on CNN.
Comment by Sydni Moser on September 5, 2010 at 6:38pm

ScienceMagazine | September 03, 2010
California Academy of Sciences: Human Evolution -- Tool use by early humans started much earlier. The Academy's Zeray Alemseged reveals his latest discovery: human stone tool use dating back to 3.4 million years ago. Small-brained human ancestors used stone tools to whack into large mammals some 800,000 years earlier than previously thought.
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- The earliest known evidence for stone tool use and meat eating among early humans is found.
- The evidence -- butchered, fossilized bones -- dates to roughly 3.4 million years ago.
- It's believed the ancestor Australopithecus afarensis (to which "Lucy" belongs) used the tools.
http://news.discovery.com/archaeology...

BBC News: Tool-making and meat-eating began 3.5 million years ago
Researchers have found evidence that hominins - early human ancestors
used stone tools to cleave meat from animal bones more than 3.2 million years ago. That pushes back the earliest known tool use and meat-eating in such hominins by more than 800,000 years.

Bones found in Ethiopia show cuts from stone and indications that the bones were forcibly broken to remove marrow. The research, in the journal Nature, challenges several notions about our ancestors' behaviour.

Previously the oldest-known use of stone tools came from the nearby Gona region of Ethiopia, dating back to about 2.5 million years ago. That suggests that it was our more direct ancestors, members of our own genus Homo, that were the first to use tools.

But the marked bones were found in the Dikika region, with their age determined by dating the nearby volcanic rock -- to between 3.2 million and 3.4 million years ago.

A battery of tests showed that the cuts, scrapes and scratches were made before the bones fossilised, and detailed analysis even showed that there were bits of stone lodged in one of the cuts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env...

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Comment by Sydni Moser on September 2, 2010 at 4:03pm


Did Our Ancestors Practice Cannibalism?
By Margaret Aprison
Posted September 2, 2010
Moments of Science

Cannibalism may seem like a completely out of the ordinary practice today. Yet, scientists have discovered evidence that over one million years ago, our ancestors may have been cannibals.

Discovering Bones
A team, led by archaeologist Eudald Carbonell of Spain’s University of Rovira and Virgil, examined ancient bones left in a Spanish cave.

The bones had cut marks and butchering remains on them. This suggests that cannibalism could have been a popular activity.

Who Were Our Ancestors?
Scientists have learned that our “archaic” human ancestors, also known as Homo antecessor, possessed a brain two-thirds the size of modern humans.

The bones also suggest that cannibalism may have been just another way our ancestors stayed alive during famines. The study’s author suggests that this is one of the oldest documented cases of cannibalism.

Read More:

* Cannibal cavemen of Spain uncovered (USA Today)
* Cultural Cannibalism as a Paleoeconomic System in the European Lower Pleistocene (PDF- University of Chicago)

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Eat Thy Neighbor

Why Isn’t Cannibalism More Popular?
Comment by Doug Reardon on August 24, 2010 at 11:37pm
Adriana: 17 years ago the doctors told me I had one year to live. I took that as a warning and didn't change a thing.
 

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When a Devastating Solar CME Hits Earth...

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Ken Hughes Mar 18. 1 Reply

House M.D. mind-reading technology

Started by Radu Andreiu. Last reply by Pope Beanie Dec 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Will we "Humans" evolve backwards?

Started by Sadly 'M' iCantSay. Last reply by Dave G Jun 15, 2013. 42 Replies

Radio Astronomy... "Sounds" of the Universe

Started by Nathan Hevenstone. Last reply by Nelly Bly Feb 24, 2013. 6 Replies

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