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Reading the bones: Spitalfields’ human remains

Reading the bones: Spitalfields’ human remains | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
 
Spitalfields in London is thought to be the largest excavated cemetery in the world. Recent research has focussed on the site’s mass graves, uncovering a wealth of new information about the population of Medieval London.
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Alcohol test: does eating yeast keep you from getting drunk?

Alcohol test: does eating yeast keep you from getting drunk? | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
When we read about a way to stave off intoxication in Esquire, we were dubious. So we bought a Breathalyzer and a few IPAs and tested out the kooky theory.
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Stone spearheads unearthed in northern Lapland

Stone spearheads unearthed in northern Lapland | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Archaeologists in Finland are celebrating the discovery of a number of artefacts in Lapland, northern Finland.
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Do elephants (and other animals) cry?

Do elephants (and other animals) cry? | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Raju, an abused elephant in India, reportedly wept after his recent rescue. This isn't the first instance of an elephant crying.
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Binging on bad news can fuel daily stress, research suggests

Binging on bad news can fuel daily stress, research suggests | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Simply watching, reading, or listening to steady news coverage of a traumatic event can be as stressful as experiencing the event in person, research suggests.
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Isolated Amazon tribe makes contact with scientists

Isolated Amazon tribe makes contact with scientists | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
The tribe emerged from the rainforest and approached a group of scientists, though their motivations are unclear.
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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
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The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.
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Long-Lost Iron Age Temple Unearthed in Iraq

Long-Lost Iron Age Temple Unearthed in Iraq | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
The discoveries date back over 2,500 years to the Iron Age, a time period when several groups vied for supremacy over what is now northern Iraq.
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Hoard of Iron Age coins found in cave

Hoard of Iron Age coins found in cave | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
A hoard of 2,000-year-old treasure has been unearthed at a Derbyshire beauty spot. Archaeologists discovered 26 coins and a Roman brooch during a cave excavation in Dovedale.
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New study explains why northern Europeans evolved lighter skin

New study explains why northern Europeans evolved lighter skin | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
The popular idea that Northern Europeans developed light skin to absorb more UV light so they could make more vitamin D – vital for healthy bones and immune function – is questioned by UC San Francisco researchers in a new study published online in...
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Exceptional Gallic chariot tomb discovered in France

Exceptional Gallic chariot tomb discovered in France | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
A combined team composed of archaeologists from the Ardennes departmental archaeology unit and from Inrap is currently excavating a Gallic aristocratic tomb at Warcq (Ardennes).
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Pre-Columbian Native Americans Had Baby Boom in 500-1300 CE

Pre-Columbian Native Americans Had Baby Boom in 500-1300 CE | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Sci-News.com Pre-Columbian Native Americans Had Baby Boom in 500-1300 CE Sci-News.com According to a new study conducted by Washington State University anthropologists Dr Tim Kohler and Dr Kelsey Reese, pre-Columbian Native Americans experienced...
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As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure

As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln set aside the nation's first federally-protected wilderness areas. Visitors have enjoyed Yosemite's wonders ever since — sometimes to the point of endangering them.
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Friction from tides could help distant Earth-sized planets survive, and thrive

Friction from tides could help distant Earth-sized planets survive, and thrive | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now, computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets traveling in dangerous orbits.
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‘Amazonian savannah’ supported ancient civilizations before rainforest took over

‘Amazonian savannah’ supported ancient civilizations before rainforest took over | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Large parts of the Amazon basin may have supported farming communities and looked more like open savannah than rainforest, prior to the arrival of Europeans in South America, scientists have found.
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Prehistoric shamanic talisman made from a meteorite unearthed

Prehistoric shamanic talisman made from a meteorite unearthed | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Researchers in Poland have found a prehistoric meteorite (shown) in a hut. The 9,000 year-old object was believed to belong to a stone-age shaman.
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Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked.
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Bad social policy, not ideology, blamed for the Arab world's downward spiral

Bad social policy, not ideology, blamed for the Arab world's downward spiral | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
The rapid rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to global notoriety has taken observers of Middle East politics by surprise.
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Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest

Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Square, straight and ringlike ditches scattered throughout the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon were there before the rainforest existed, study finds.
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Thinking Humanity: Leonardo Da Vinci's Resume Written In The 1480s

Thinking Humanity: Leonardo Da Vinci's Resume Written In The 1480s | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
In the 1480s even the most brilliant men had to job hunt. Because Da Vinci was born the son of a notary, he wasn't allowed to pursue the more illustrious professions of the time like a lawyer or political figure.
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New UN force on climate impacts on health

New UN force on climate impacts on health | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Two UN agencies on Tuesday announced they were setting up a joint office to help fight the threat to health from climate change and extreme weather.
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100,000-Year-Old Human Skull with Neanderthal-Like Inner Ear Found in China

100,000-Year-Old Human Skull with Neanderthal-Like Inner Ear Found in China | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Anthropologists are surprised by the presence of a unique inner-ear formation – long thought to occur only in Neanderthals – in an early human skull, dating back as far as 100,000 years and found at the Xujiayao site in Nihewan Basin, China.
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Kültepe tablet said to be oldest trade document

Kültepe tablet said to be oldest trade document | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Archaeologists working on the Kültepe-Kaniş-Karum trade colony in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri have discovered a trade document believed to be the world’s oldest.
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Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains, study suggests

Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains, study suggests | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors of humans and other primates, suggests research...
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Ancient tooth offers clues to how and when monkeys left Africa

Ancient tooth offers clues to how and when monkeys left Africa | Cultural Scapes of Knowledge | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The monkey roadmap out of Africa has a new timetable and route, thanks to a tiny tooth plucked from the Arabian desert.
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