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"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens"*...

A newly discovered dinosaur species that paleontologists have dubbed the “chicken from hell” is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America.

The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) 

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A Message from Jared Diamond, author of The Third Chimpanzee For Young People

By Jared Diamond, author of The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution And Future of the Human Animal (Seven Stories, April 2014).

One day, when my twin sons were in middle school, they came home from school angry with me.  460 more words

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How Isaac Newton became a scientific genius roughly 100 years after his death

The text of this post is exerpted from the chapter ‘Genius’ in the book Newton: the making of genius by Patricia Fara. Some parts have been paraphrased. 685 more words

Technology

Dieting Deafness Away

I’m sure some of you have heard of London-based undertaker William Banting (1797-1878), who was the first to popularize a low-carb diet that formed the basis of modern-day diets (think Atkins). 875 more words

History Of Medicine

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"*...

From the good folks at Chrome Experiments, a wonderfully-informative interactive map of the stars in our corner of the universe.  Readers can zoom around our galaxy at “ 112 more words

'The Philosopher Burmese Prince' and the Air-Pump

The other week I found a digitized archive of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, a periodical originally founded under a different name by the famed colonial Orientalist scholar William Jones. 290 more words

Research

Don't be a "Crabby Patty" About AI

Fredrik DeBoer has written an interesting post on the prospects for artificial intelligence, one that is pessimistic about its prospects and skeptical about some of the claims made for its success. 670 more words

Philosophy