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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.3.08) | BEYONDbones
    what went down after you logged off A short circuit may take down the Phoenix Mars Lander NASA scientists are treating the next soil test as possibly the last Brain food And heart food Would you like to know what your Congressional leader thinks about science Scientists and Engineers for America has your back Endangered species you may be even more endangered than we thought Double threat the location of stone age cave drawings appear to have been chosen for musical reasons Curiously no cherry trees were found on the property National Geographic has photos of George Washington s childhood home identified from an excavation of the foundation After the fireworks die down tomorrow night keep looking Mars Saturn and the bright star Regalus will be lined up all in a row 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 4th of July archaeology archeology brain cave drawings cave paintings congress endangered species fireworks george washington health heart HMNS Mars NASA neolithic art phoenix phoenix mars lander regalus saturn Science scientists and engineers for america SEFA stone age by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In

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  • What did Leonardo da Vinci eat? | BEYONDbones
    sets and mechanical devices for The Duke of Milan s court banquets which were renowned for their sumptuous dishes Leonardo s writings reflect moderation regarding food and wine One excerpt reads To keep in health this rule is wise Eat only when you want and sup light Chew well and let what you take be well cooked and simple Codex Atlanticus Some of Leonardo s manuscripts suggest that he may have preferred a more vegetarian type of diet although vegetarianism was somewhat controversial during his time period photo credit filologanoga Leonardo s interest in diet may be seen in a list of books that he owned around 1499 including an edition of Bartolomeo Sacchi s work On Right Pleasure first published in 1470 Sacchi perhaps better known as Platina relied heavily on ancient Greek and Roman writings regarding the medical properties of food and proper consumption Thus Leonardo s mention of parsley mint wild thyme burnt bread vinegar pepper salt may not simply be a recipe for a salad but a remedy for a stomach condition Drawings of edible plants including blackberries are found in some of Leonardo s manuscripts In addition he used citron trees olive trees fruits and nuts as the subjects of some of his fables Reference should also be made to Leonardo s Last Supper painted in the refectory of S Maria delle Grazie in Milan the most well known depiction of a subject that became popular during the late 15th century in Italian art With few Biblical details regarding what was eaten at the Last Supper Leonardo depicted a menu largely of his choosing Despite the poor preservation of this fresco a scholar has recently identified one of the dishes served to be grilled eel with orange slices a popular Renaissance dish of the time

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  • Mystery Skeleton – Update 4 | BEYONDbones
    Millie s teeth are in the next picture Her upper teeth are squared off but still fairly long The lower teeth are flat and end at her gum line She is about six years old So comparing the two sets of teeth I would say that the mystery skeleton is an adult all the bones in the vat are completely fused and probably about 2 or 3 years old NOW Look at the third picture closely This is where things get weird The lower canines are totally broken off but have been worn smooth You can actually see the quick look for the two tiny dark colored circles in the center of each tooth This means that the tooth was broken off and that the dog lived long enough to work the teeth on something to even out the rough bits It had to have been painful Think about an exposed tooth when you get a crown Item 3 On the inside of the lower right jaw I found an interesting spot Literally There is a huge cavity in one of the teeth Huge I have had a couple small ones in my life but never one that big Once again Painful Conclusion This dog had serious issues with his teeth The pain from the teeth probably made it uncomfortable to eat and quite possibly contributed to his demise 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged animals bones canine cavities dog dog teeth Education mystery plaque skeleton tartar teeth by Nicole Bookmark the permalink About Nicole Nicole has worked for HMNS in some capacity since 1996 whether part time full time or as a volunteer She taught for seven years in public school including four years in Fort Bend and a short stint overseas While she

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.2.08) | BEYONDbones
    Machu Picchu an endangered world heritage site SmartEnergyViews a new blog devoted to energy efficiency Thanks ScienceBuzz The Earth s magnetic field is changing fast This indicates the possibility of an upcoming reversal of the geomagnetic field McCain vs Obama MAOA vs 5HTT Whether or not you vote may be influenced by your genetic makeup 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged Energy energy efficiency genetics

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  • Go stargazing! July edition | BEYONDbones
    fade each day as Earth pulls away from it Watch each night as Mars approaches Saturn and passes it on July 10 By the end of July Mars will be up and to the left of Saturn and both will be lower to the horizon at dusk The Moon is near Mars and Saturn on July 6th Venus is lost in the Sun s glare and will remain out of sight through the end of the summer photo credit scyllarides The brightest star in the sky tonight is Arcturus which you can find by extending the arc of the Big Dipper s handle arc to Arcturus Arcturus the fourth brightest star we see at night is the brightest star left since the top three are not visible in Houston in July The Big Dipper happens to be to the upper left of the North Star at dusk this month Scorpius the Scorpion is in the southeast at dusk Sagittarius the Archer known for its teapot asterism is to Scorpius left In the east look for the enormous Summer Triangle consisting of the stars Deneb Vega and Altair This triangle is up all night long in July hence its name Of the three Summer Triangle stars Vega is the brightest in fact 5th brightest overall and 2nd only to Arcturus on July nights However Deneb actually puts out far more light despite the fact that Deneb is about 3000 light years away compared to 25 light years for Vega Star brightness depends not only on intrinsic power but on distance Moon Phases in July 2008 New July 2 9 19 pm 1st Quarter July 9 11 34 pm Full July 18 2 59 1m Last Quarter July 25 1 42 pm photo credit Andrà ia At about 3 am on Friday

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  • Fossil and Fact Finding: Digging Dimetrodons | BEYONDbones
    historic puzzle We were rightly intrigued by the nature of the puzzle because its solution will reveal the life and times of the first carnivorous vertebrate that walked the land our direct ancestor and the ancestor of all mammals the Dimetrodon In the evening we returned to the comforts of our house tired dirty hungry and satisfied with our work Even as we relaxed and chatted I struggled to sort out our findings and their implications Fortunately I had the help of my teachers As a teacher myself I often wonder what questions reside in the minds of my students and now I ve garnered more grist for the mill Maybe you didn t know that You can find fossils that are at least 300 million years old like trilobites sponges and brachiopods just by looking on the ground Better watch your step An amphibian is better distinguished from a reptile or a mammal by how its skull fits onto its spine rather than by its moist naked skin So much for keeping it simple Those great looking dinosaurs with the big back fins aren t dinosaurs at all In fact they lived more than 40 million years before the first dinosaur was a hatchling Separating animals into major groups amphibians reptiles or mammals can hinge on seemingly minor skeletal features The schizophrenic angular bone located at the angle of the jaw in our vertebrate ancestors morphs over time into the rim of our eardrums Dinosaur skin and other soft tissues can fossilize Just ask Leonardo Mothers should continue to count the toes of their babies but don t forget the fingers Centipedes are as beautiful in real life as they appear in textbooks and web sites Snakes would rather scoot than shoot so give them space Bullets are sometimes

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.1.08) | BEYONDbones
    chameleon species Furcifer labordi all hatch at the same time they also manage to always do so in November They then live for only four months making them the shortest lived four limbed vertebrates Penguins are dying sounding the alarm over the health of the world s oceans Scientists have compiled the first complete map of the human brain Today is the 150th anniversary of the formal presentation of the theory of evolution Though it is often credited to Charles Darwin NPR has an interesting story about whether his contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace deserves some of the credit In laser news use a beam of light to tweeze your eyebrows or fire up a laser to clean a wound of medicine resistent bacteria It s cheaper to fill your tank in space than in The Netherlands Speaking of filling your tank our own Claire was interviewed about how gas gets from the ground to the pump this morning in the Wiess Energy Hall 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged alfred russel wallace brain brain map chameleon darwin evolution furcifer labordi gas gas tank human brain laser lizard ocean ocean health penguin vertebrates wiess energy hall

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  • Plastination: Interview with Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor and anatomist | BEYONDbones
    be my friends Today the program has grown and there are more than 8 500 donors and more than 700 Americans Why did you donate your own body to plastination I believe in using my body after death to teach anatomy to those who come after me We have thought about how I should best be displayed My wife feels I should be at the entrance of the exhibit in my trademark hat greeting visitors My son believes I should be made into sagittal slices and distributed to venues around the world thus fulfilling my desire to teach at multiple locations at the same time How does BODY WORLDS help promote a healthy lifestyle People think the exhibitions are about death They in fact are very much about life and awakening to our own potential The specimens show the functions strengths and vulnerabilities of the human body They show healthy and diseased organs and the effects of lifestyle choices One sees BODY WORLDS and realizes that one must change one s life like the poet Rilke said What was your reason for inventing Plastination The purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one I wanted to improve anatomy for medical students at the University of Heidelberg where I was a researcher teaching anatomy The specimens of that time embedded in polymer like a cherry frozen deep inside an ice cube were not good enough or so I felt at that time What is plastination in simple terms Plastination halts decomposition of the body after death by replacing all bodily fluids and soluble fat with reactive polymers that harden with gas heat or light After hardening the plastinated specimens are rigid odor free and permanent The body cells and natural surface structures retain their forms and are identical to their condition prior to preservation down to the microscopic level Why did you create public anatomy It was purely by accident The janitors and other service workers at the University of Heidelberg where I taught and people outside the medical profession who visited my lab on campus were fascinated by the specimens This interest in anatomy by lay people inspired me to think of public exhibitions It helped that I didn t want to be locked up forever in the ivory tower and wanted to teach the public Later the Japan Anatomical Society asked me to present an exhibition to marks its 50th anniversary The exhibition was such a success I began to reconsider the idea Why look at death up close The older I get the more I realize that death is normal and that it is life that is the exception But in order to know life we must embrace death What is your hope for BODY WORLDS My hope is that BODY WORLDS will be a place of enlightenment and contemplation even of philosophical and religious self recognition and open to interpretation regardless of the background and philosophy of life of viewers What do you want

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