Using search engines to predict the future of infectious diseases: computer science meets epidemiology. [Infographic]... Read more »
Yuan, Q., Nsoesie, E., Lv, B., Peng, G., Chunara, R., & Brownstein, J. (2013) Monitoring Influenza Epidemics in China with Search Query from Baidu. PLoS ONE, 8(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064323
In the world food has always been a necessity, but for most it represents a ritual, a pleasure, our culture. For many of us it’s synonymous with celebration and often associated with some of the happier moments in our lives – but do we need it? One man, Rob Rhinehart has embarked on a new life, without the need for solid food. He has created a product named Soylent (I know what you’re thinking, like that sci-fi book right? We’ve all heard of Soylent Green), which is an entire food replacement powder. Just mix this in with water and a few vitamin supplements and you’re good to go; you never have to eat again. But does it work? Is it safe? Is this the future of food?
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Pelchat, M., & Schaefer, S. (2000) Dietary monotony and food cravings in young and elderly adults. Physiology , 68(3), 353-359. DOI: 10.1016/S0031-9384(99)00190-0
Epstein LH, Carr KA, Cavanaugh MD, Paluch RA, & Bouton ME. (2011) Long-term habituation to food in obese and nonobese women. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 94(2), 371-6. PMID: 21593492
The site of a gruesome massacre some 1,200 years ago in southwestern Colorado is yielding new evidence of the severity, and the grisly intensity, of the violence that took place there.... Read more »
There seems to be an assumption that one grave will only hold one individual. Why we assume this is kind of strange given that even today we don’t always bury […]... Read more »
Flensborg, Martinez, & Bayala. (2014) Mortality Proﬁles of Hunter-Gatherer Societies: A Case Study from the Eastern Pampa–Patagonia Transition (Argentina) During the Final Late Holocene. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. info:/
The data clearly show that publications in Cell, Nature or Science (CNS for short), on average, cannot be distinguished from other publications, be it by methodology, reproducibility or other measures of quality. Even their citation advantage, while statistically significant, is […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...... Read more »
DasGupta, S., Ferreira, C., & Miesenbock, G. (2014) FoxP influences the speed and accuracy of a perceptual decision in Drosophila. Science, 344(6186), 901-904. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252114
We read this week that ‘Black Box’ Warning on Antidepressants Raised Suicide Attempts A so-called “black box” warning on antidepressants that the medications increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in kids may have had a horrible side-effect. New research finds the warning backfired, causing an increase in suicide attempts by teens and young […]The post The FDA’s Antidepressant Warning Didn’t Really “Backfire” appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
Lu CY, Zhang F, Lakoma MD, Madden JM, Rusinak D, Penfold RB, Simon G, Ahmedani BK, Clarke G, Hunkeler EM.... (2014) Changes in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 24942789
Tourism has been found to be beneficial for minority language maintenance in a number of contexts from around the world. For instance, Anand Torrents Alcaraz has recently shown here on Language on the Move that the growing tourism industry in … Continue reading →... Read more »
Gao, Shuang. (2012) Commodification of place, consumption of identity: The sociolinguistic construction of a ‘global village’ in rural China. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 16(3), 336-357. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9841.2012.00534.x
Illness and recovery experiences and perceptions of physically active middle aged and older adults participating in hiking groups.... Read more »
Rodney Steadman, Candace I.J. Nykiforuk, and Helen Vallianatos. (2013) Active Aging: Hiking, Health, and Healing. Anthropology , 34(2), 87-99. info:/
Today is the summer solstice, on which I typically make posts about archaeoastronomy, so I’m going to take a break from my very gradual series of posts on tracing the connections between ancient and modern Pueblos to speculate a bit about the role of astronomy at Chaco. Briefly, what I’m proposing is that the rise of […]... Read more »
Janusek, J. (2006) The changing ‘nature’ of Tiwanaku religion and the rise of an Andean state. World Archaeology, 38(3), 469-492. DOI: 10.1080/00438240600813541
It’s hard for humans to tell what wild yaks are doing up there. Living high in the Tibetan Plateau, the rare ungulates are not easy to find. When scientists managed to track some down, they saw that females are hanging out in huge groups with no males allowed. And, though no one knows why, the […]The post Yaks Use Highest, Steepest Parts of the World for No-Boys-Allowed Meetings appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »
JOEL BERGER, ELLEN CHENG, AILI KANG, MICHAEL KREBS, LISHU LI, ZHAO XIN LU, BUQIONG, BUZHOU, & GEORGE B. SCHALLER. (2014) Sex differences in ecology of wild yaks at high elevation in the Kekexili Reserve, Tibetan Qinghai Plateau, China. Journal of Mammalogy. info:/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-154
Piper Chapman isn’t your typical prison inmate. She’s not butch, muscular, violent and she ain’t got no swag. She doesn’t sport any tattoos and she doesn’t have a history of psychiatric disorders. Yet, timid Piper Chapman surprises viewers of the show Orange is the New Black by assaulting a fellow prisoner at the end of season 1. What made her snap? The psychology of female aggression is a dark and twisty road. Come walk it with me.... Read more »
Campbell A. (2013) The evolutionary psychology of women's aggression. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 368(1631), 20130078. PMID: 24167308
How aerobic endurance was selected for in human adaptation.... Read more »
Pickford, M., Senut, B., Gommery, D., & Treil, J. (2002) Bipedalism in Orrorin tugenensis revealed by its femora. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 1(4), 191-203. DOI: 10.1016/S1631-0683(02)00028-3
Raichlen, D., & Alexander, G. (2014) Exercise, APOE genotype, and the evolution of the human lifespan. Trends in Neurosciences, 37(5), 247-255. DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2014.03.001
by Britta Schneider in Language on the Move
In my post on English in Berlin, I wondered what is required for a language to become ‘local’, and about the perhaps problematic tradition of defining languages on the basis of territory. Although it has been quite some time since … Continue reading →... Read more »
Schneider, Britta. (2014) Salsa, Language and Transnationalism. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. info:/
An interesting study just published examines the rates of clinical depression experienced by workers in different jobs. It turns out that people involved in ‘Local and Interurban Passenger Transport’ are most likely to be treated for depression. By contrast, those employed in ‘Amusement and Recreational Services’ are less than half as likely to experience it […]The post America’s Most Depressing Jobs? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
Wulsin L, Alterman T, Timothy Bushnell P, Li J, & Shen R. (2014) Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. PMID: 24907896
the country estate known as Rancho Olompali in Marin County, California was best known as the site of a social experiment that lasted all of 600 days: a commune called The Chosen Family, where at one point nearly 90 people sought refuge from the tumult of San Francisco street life in the late 1960s.
And if their musical tastes were any indication, archaeologists say, its members were surprisingly diverse.... Read more »
Parkman, E. (2014) A hippie discography: vinyl records from a Sixties commune. World Archaeology, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2014.909103
The current issue of Begegnung (“Encounter”), the magazine of German International Schools, has a feature about the German School in Montevideo, Uruguay. The school was founded in 1857, at a time when increasing numbers of German-speaking immigrants arrived in Uruguay, … Continue reading →... Read more »
Czaika, M., & de Haas, H. (2014) The Globalization of Migration: Has the World Become More Migratory?. International Migration Review. DOI: 10.1111/imre.12095
Given the obvious continuity in material culture between ancient and modern Pueblos, one potential source of information on the connections between prehistory and history in the region is the traditions of the modern Pueblos themselves. The florescence of Chaco was about 1000 years ago, so the events since then that led to the modern distribution […]... Read more »
Ear mutilation is an interesting thing. I say interesting, because when I really think about it, there seem to be quite a few historical and pop-cultural references to this kind […]... Read more »
De Vore, W., & Jacobi, K. (2014) The Removal of Ear Trophies Associated with Scalpings in Prehistoric North Alabama. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2404
It is not always immediately apparent to non-specialists what we – use wear analysts – do and see and how we can be certain of our observations. This is partially due to the imagery many use wear analysts produce. In … Continue reading →... Read more »
by Anand Torrents Alcaraz in Language on the Move
When thinking of promoting tourism in a mountainous area of the Catalan Pyrenees it might seem as if using Pallarès, the local dialect of the Western Catalan type, with very specific vocabulary that visitors from other Catalan-speaking areas are not … Continue reading →... Read more »
Boyra, J. . (2013) Anàlisi dels instruments d’ordenació i dels recursos territorials i l’activitat turística a la comarca del Pallars Sobirà. GREPAT/ Escola Universitària Formatic Barna, Barcelona. info:/
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