Archive for the 'Science' Category

Mitochondrial DNA Study Reveals Origins of Minoan Civilization

The study highlights the high affinity of the Minoans to the current inhabitants of the Lassithi plateau of Crete as well as Greece. This image shows Minoan Palace of Knossos (Bernard Gagnon / CC BY-SA 3.0)

From the website:
A new study reported in the journal Nature Communications indicates that the Minoans, who 5,000 years ago established the first advanced Bronze Age civilization in present-day Crete, probably were descendents of the first Neolithic humans to reach the island around 7,000 BC and that they have the greatest genetic similarity with modern European populations.


The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

Giuseppe Nogari “Archimedes (c.287-212 BC)”

How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.

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Periodic tables Photographic periodic table of the elements In-depth description of the elements Audio description of the elements.

Equilibrium: Life Goal of a Star

The Ekpyrotic Scenario

From the wikipedia article:
The ekpyrotic universe, or ekpyrotic scenario, is a cosmological model of the origin and shape of the universe. The name comes from a Stoic term for “out of fire”.[1] The ekpyrotic model of the universe is an alternative to the standard cosmic inflation paradigm, both of which accept that the standard big bang Lambda-CDM model of our universe is an appropriate description up to very early times. The ekpyrotic model is a precursor to, and part of the cyclic model.

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The Particle Adventure

The Fundamentals of Matter and Force

An award winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matte, accelerators and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.

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Genetic Map of Europe

This site was mentioned in the comments section of the post “The Blue Eye Map of Europe” by Alex Divcincenzo.

From the article:

The map shows, at right, the location in Europe where each of the sampled populations live and, at left, the genetic relationship between these 23 populations. The map was constructed by Dr. Kayser, Dr. Oscar Lao and others, and appears in an article in Current Biology published online on August 7.
The genetic map of Europe bears a clear structural similarity to the geographic map. The major genetic differences are between populations of the north and south (the vertical axis of the map shows north-south differences, the horizontal axis those of east-west). The area assigned to each population reflects the amount of genetic variation in it.

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Western Paradigm