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A star philosopher falls, and a debate over sexism is set off

A star philosopher falls, and a debate over sexism is set off | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The case of Colin McGinn, who agreed to leave the University of Miami after sexual harassment claims, has drawn scrutiny to a field that some say is rife with gender bias.

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Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away

Sykes-Picot drew lines in the Middle East’s sand that blood is washing away | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Iraq, like Syria, was a consequence of World War One and of the infamous, in Arab eyes, agreement between Sir Mark Sykes and Francois-Georges Picot which led to the division of the former Ottoman Turkish domains by the two leading European powers, Britain and France.

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A 45,000-year-old leg bone reveals the oldest human genome yet

A 45,000-year-old leg bone reveals the oldest human genome yet | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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Brain barrier opened for first time to treat cancer

Brain barrier opened for first time to treat cancer | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For the first time, doctors have opened and closed the brain's protector – the blood-brain barrier – on demand. The breakthrough will allow drugs to reach diseased areas of the brain that are otherwise out of bounds. Ultimately, it could make it easier to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's and brain cancer.

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What happens when chemists don't wash their hands

What happens when chemists don't wash their hands | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Three different artificial sweeteners have been the result of scientists with poor hand hygiene.

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At long last: scientists create a real hoverboard

At long last: scientists create a real hoverboard | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ever since Marty McFly hopped aboard his pink hoverboard in 1989's Back to the Future Part II, the world has been waiting for real scientists and engineers to catch up. Now, finally, it appears that you can get your hands on one - if you have $10,000.

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Locked-in people's awareness revealed by rainbow hair

Locked-in people's awareness revealed by rainbow hair | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A colourful visualisation of brain signals could offer a quick and easy way to identify people who are conscious but can't move or speak.

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Klingon speakers rejoice: the golden era of fictional languages is now

Klingon speakers rejoice: the golden era of fictional languages is now | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Once marginalised and ridiculed for their nerdy pursuits, the inventors of ‘conlangs’ are coming out – and linguistic enthusiasts are joining them.

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Here be monsters: incredible illustrations from 'De Monstris' (1665)

Here be monsters: incredible illustrations from 'De Monstris' (1665) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

 
Fortunio Liceti (1577-1657) was an Italian philosopher, doctor and scientist. His most famous work was De monstrorum causis, natura et differentiis (Of the causes of monsters, nature and differences) that documented the many 'monstrosities' and deformities reported in nature.

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In Ebola fear, a familiar whiff of paranoia

In Ebola fear, a familiar whiff of paranoia | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For writer active in combating HIV/AIDS, the same broad strokes and sudden stereotypes.

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A retired businessman unearthed $1 million worth of Viking treasures in Scotland

A retired businessman unearthed $1 million worth of Viking treasures in Scotland | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Derek McLennan, 47, said he 'went into shock' after the major finding.

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Piketty's prophecy comes true: the planet's middle class is rapidly going extinct

Piketty's prophecy comes true: the planet's middle class is rapidly going extinct | Gavagai | Scoop.it

New research reveals the superrich have grabbed half the world's resources -- and their wealth is only growing.

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Proxemics is the science of why you shouldn't stand so close to me

Proxemics is the science of why you shouldn't stand so close to me | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ever notice how space in a car fills up? How about space in a bus? How about space at a bar? Then you need to know about proxemics. It's the study of how, precisely, humans like their space arranged -- especially when it comes to other humans.

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Has Ebola exposed a strain of racism?

Has Ebola exposed a strain of racism? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The deadly Ebola virus made its way to the United States, and many ask whether the treatment and discourse about the disease are different for white and black patients.

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There are now just six northern white rhinos left on Earth

There are now just six northern white rhinos left on Earth | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The northern white rhinoceros is now on the brink of extinction following the death of Suni, a 34-year-old male living at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

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Unearthing the secrets of evolution through cave exploration

Unearthing the secrets of evolution through cave exploration | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Cave exploration, or speleology, is providing valuable insights into evolution. Italian explorer Francesco Sauro describes the importance of underground investigation.

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Canadian town cancels outdoor Halloween because of polar bears

Canadian town cancels outdoor Halloween because of polar bears | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Over the last several years, shore ice has diminished along the western edge of Hudson Bay, forcing the annual polar bear migration closer and closer to town. Bears prefer to be as far out on the ice as possible, to get closer to seals and fish. Less ice means there’s nowhere for the bears to go but straight through town, in many cases.

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The flood of beer that brought out the best (and worst) in humanity

The flood of beer that brought out the best (and worst) in humanity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Two hundred years ago, a brewery suffered an equipment malfunction, sending a 15-foot-tall wave of porter through the streets of London.

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How consumerism has taken over our lives

How consumerism has taken over our lives | Gavagai | Scoop.it

London-based writer-director Gary Turk, who previously showed how social media has made us less social, is back with a thought-provoking video that explains how consumerism has taken over our lives.

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The greatest maps in history, collected in one fantastic book

The greatest maps in history, collected in one fantastic book | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Maps are more than a measure of space, they are also records of how humans have understood, examined, and reconsidered the Earth throughout history.

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this remarkable shot of Earth

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this remarkable shot of Earth | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Normally, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has its cameras fixed on the surface of the Moon. But on May 24, 2014, flight engineers directed the spacecraft to turn back for a quick look at Earth and one of our closest planetary neighbors — Mars.

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