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Posts made in December, 2011

Iao That Hurts – Ancient Curse Was Levelled Against A Grocer

A fiery ancient Greek curse inscribed on two sides of a thin lead tablet was about a greengrocer some 1,700 years ago in the city of Antioch, researchers have determined.  The tablet holding the curse was dropped into a well in Antioch, then one of the Roman Empire's biggest cities in the East, today part of southeast Turkey near the border with Syria.

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77,000 Years? Discovery Claims World Oldest Bed

A cave in South Africa contains a bed made of bundles of sedge and wild quince leaves. It was found by archaeologist Lyn Wadley of Wits University while excavating a site at Sibudu in KwaZulu-Natal province. Wadley found the bed, about the size of a modern twin bed, buried over nine feet deep in sediments inside a rock shelter on a cliff face on the banks of the Thongathi river, 20 north of...

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XMRV Viral Link To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Paper Retracted

Science for the win! read...

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Wastebook 2011 – Sen. Tom Coburn Tackles Spending Silliness

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new oversight report, “Wastebook 2011” that highlights over $6.5 billion in examples of some of the most egregious ways our taxpayer dollars were wasted - 100 of the countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the federal government while the money for extending jobless benefits to the millions of...

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Rare Amoeba-Like Fossils Are Single-Celled Ancestors Of Animals

At various times in Earth history, single-celled organisms threw their lot in with each other to become larger and multicellular, resulting, for instance, in the riotous diversity of animals. However, fossil evidence of these major evolutionary transitions is extremely rare.

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