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IDENTIFYING ANCIENT DNA IN MUD.

IDENTIFYING ANCIENT DNA IN MUD. This article by Michael Le Page on the New Scientist website offers hope for a new archaeological tool. Scientists have had some success in looking for the DNA of early humans in ancient sediments in … Continue reading

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EFFORTS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOG BODIES.

EFFORTS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOG BODIES. The title of Joshua Levine’s article is optimistic: “Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets.” However, the secrets and mysteries remain. The article describes ingenious efforts which have led … Continue reading

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THE UNCANNY NATURE OF BOGS.

THE UNCANNY NATURE OF BOGS. I posted here about how I believe that my Danish and Irish ancestors were bog people. I also believe that they lived in bogs because this was land that nobody else wanted. I had not … Continue reading

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HORSESHOE CRABS DONATING BLOOD.

HORSESHOE CRABS DONATING BLOOD. Horseshoe crab blood is harvested in much the same way that human blood is donated. There is a good picture in Caren Chesler’s article (in the section captioned “The Catch”) of a row of horseshoes crabs … Continue reading

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HORSESHOE CRAB BLOOD.

HORSESHOE CRAB BLOOD. The kids loved the “critters” that are on the shore of Long Island Sound from when they were infants. They especially loved horseshoe crabs from the beginning, even at an age when some of their friends were … Continue reading

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MOSQUITOS AND EVIDENCE (COMMENT).

MOSQUITOS AND EVIDENCE (COMMENT). Nick commented here on my post of a couple days ago about a dead mosquito which was found in a stolen car that “I’d have to think a defense attorney would have a field day with … Continue reading

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HOW A COMPUTER CHOOSES ITS NEXT CHESS MOVE.

HOW A COMPUTER CHOOSES ITS NEXT CHESS MOVE. Nick sent me this article by Ethan Chiel at the Fusion site which shows how a computer chooses its chess moves. A man named Matt Wattenberg has developed a program which “visualizes … Continue reading

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OTHER APPLICATIONS OF FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY.

OTHER APPLICATIONS OF FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY. Wikipedia has quite a lot about forensic entomology, much which is devoted to somewhat gruesome determinations of the victim’s time of death based on the species of the insects that are infesting the corpse (the … Continue reading

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A MOSQUITO AND DNA.

A MOSQUITO AND DNA. I have posted previously about the intricacies of DNA evidence. This post tells about the search for the “Phantom Without a Face” and about the solution—months later—to the mystery. Annalisa just sent me this link to … Continue reading

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THERE’S A LOT OF SPACE DUST ON EARTH.

THERE’S A LOT OF SPACE DUST ON EARTH. The scope of the problem that Larson took on is shown by numbers. About 4000 tons of of dust land on earth each year—more than 10 tons a day. What Larsen was … Continue reading

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