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Heritage and Challah

This past weekend was Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year. Which is all well and good, but why would a devout atheist stay up late making challah, and why would she write about it for this blog?

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Art Inquisition: A Cure For What Ails You?

I’ve been sick this weekend and more than a little brain-fuzzy, but I still wanted to do A Thing. An Arty Thing, really. I wasn’t in much shape to string a lot of independent thoughts together, though, which isn’t really conducive to creativity. And like many people, I kinda revert …

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Unearthing the World Jurassic: Mary Anning and the Founding of Paleontology (Women In Science 28)

As the tide rolls out, a woman in a hardened bonnet and loose fitting clothes scrambles across the crumbling cliffs of Lyme Regis, a large sack flung over her back, and pick axe in hand. She is Mary Anning, out on the hunt for fossils to sell in order to …

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Our Neighbor Australopithecus: The Anthropology of Mary Leakey

The 1960s and early 1970s were the Rock Star era of anthropology, when each year seemed to bring a stunning new glimpse into the early development of man, and being a top anthropologist was to be a household name on par with Buzz Aldrin or Leonard Bernstein. And while individual …

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Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

If you haven’t seen any of Neil Shubin’s 3 part series, Your Inner Fish on PBS, start now! It can be streamed here. It’s in the same vein as the new Cosmos, but with a stronger emphasis on biology, anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. In Cosmos, you get NDT’s cool, calm, …

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The Great Canyon

Driving through Arizona, Briar accidentally kept referring to the Grand Canyon as the “Great” Canyon. Hearing the canyon’s majesty being demoted to “great” was enough to make us laugh every time. It became a running gag and soon everyone started referring to it as the “Great” Canyon. Though this family …

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Fairy Fossil Discovered, A.C. Doyle Vindicated

Cryptozoologists have been on the hunt for fossil evidence of fey, more commonly known as “fairies,” for nearly a century. The first photographic evidence of fey was produced in Cottingley, England in 1917 by the young naturalists, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famously sponsored further research …

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Awesome Geeky Baby Mural

A good friend of mine did something amazing for her baby and I was so impressed, that I asked her to do a post about it for us. What follows is the heart-warming tale of filling an infants visual field with apex marine predators since the dawn of time. From …