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Free issue of Annual Review of Anthropology

The 2007 Annual Review of Anthropology has just been published, and is freely available online. It includes reviews called The Archaeology of Religious Ritual, The Archaeology of Sudan and Nubia, Genomic Comparisons of Humans and Chimpanzees and Anthropology and Militarism. 

Horses for courses

Left lateral view of the whole horse skeleton, from the Handbook of Animal Anatomy for Artists (1898, 1911-25), by Wilhelm Ellenberger, Hermann Baum and Hermann Dittrich. From the Veterinary Anatomical Illustrations at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections (via BibliOdyssey). I’ve just submitted this fantastic post about the evolution of the horse, by Brian Switek,…

Top 100 medical blogs

A list for the top 100 medical blogs of September is at the Dutch site Medblog.nl. The ranks are determined with an algorithm that uses 8 paramenters, including number of posts and comments, Google pagerank, Technorati rank and number of incoming links.

Neuroplasticity from all angles

For a limited time, the Nature Publishing Group is providing free access to recent research papers and reviews about neuroplasticity from 7 of its journals, including Nature Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry, the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism and Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews (the latest addition to the NPG portfolio). Below is a selection from the 16…

The archives of the American Eugenics Movement

The word eugenics immediately makes one think of the racial hygiene programs of the Nazis and the experiments performed by Joseph Mengele on those held in the concentration camps, but far fewer are aware that there was a large and powerful eugenics movement in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century. For…

Below are a few quotes from this interview with theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson, whose new book, A Many-colored Glass, is about to be published. On science, religion and Richard Dawkins: I think it’s only a small fraction of people who think that [science and religion are at odds]. Perhaps they have louder voices than the…

Will the U.S. attack Iran?

According to Pullitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the answer is yes.

Neuroengineering blog by a pro

Ed Boyden, leader of the Neuroengineering and Neuromedia Group at MIT, has just started a blog. I wrote about some of Boyden’s work earlier this year. His is one of several groups that have used a light-sensitive bacterial protein called channelrhodopsin to develop an “optical switch” that can activate or inhibit neurons.

Craig Venter advocates cognitive enhancement

At Wired, filmmaker Ridley Scott discusses the forthcoming remastered final cut of Blade Runner. This classic 1982 film depicts a dystopian futuristic society based on artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, and was recently voted as the best science fiction film ever made by 60 top scientists.  The interview includes quotes about the film from various…

Additions to the feed reader

A handful of good blogs that I’ve found recently: Neural Dump Logical Science Dave’s Daily Dose of Science  Scientific Misconduct Blog