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I wonder what kind of event lead to entire 20-metre dinosaurs becoming fossilised as articulated skeletons. There’s been a lot of psychological research into the mental differences between conservatives and lefties. Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain summarises it well up to 2012. And the refugee situation has really brought this out to me. I follow some…
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Sweden’s bedrock has been entirely abraded by the inland ice. It sanded down the country like a big wood planer, leaving smooth lovely outcrops known as hällar all over the place. This is the main natural prerequisite of Sweden’s rich rock art tradition. Most of it dates from the Bronze Age, 1700–500 BC. Denmark hardly…
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The Opportunity rover landed on Mars twelve Earth calendar years ago today, and it still works fine after driving ~43 km! This is the farthest any off-planet vehicle has gone so far. Oppy’s mate Spirit was mobile on the Red Planet for over five years and then functioned as a stationary science platform for another…
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For billions of years, the only sound was the wind, blowing across the vast expanses of a lifeless alien landscape.

Then one day, multiple sonic booms announce the arrival of a visitor. What a marvelous sound that was! After peering at it for thousands of years - we had finally arrived.

When this machine finally grinds to a halt on the frozen surface of another planet, it will sit in mute testimony of a creatures struggle to better understand.
I expect a monument will eventually be erected around that spot, commemorating the little robot explorer that could.

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One reason that it’s so hard to talk to believers about alternative medicine: the sharing of alt-med advice is largely a social, friendship-reinforcing activity. It’s not just irrelevant to believers, but quite rude, to question the medical efficacy of someone’s advice. This is not the case when you’re talking about tax forms or sewing machines.…
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Fornvännen, the archaeology journal I have co-edited since 1999, has added three new editors to its roster! Herman Bengtsson, Medieval art historian at the Uppsala County Museum, Uppsala Åsa M Larsson, Neolithic scholar, formerly director of a contract archaeology unit, now working at the National Heritage Board developing a more detailed Sites and Monuments Register…
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People who got some very bad ideas drummed into them during the postmodern 1990s are now writing policies for Swedish schools. New study of twins documents that indeed, pot smokers aren’t as smart on average as other people. But most likely they become a) stupid and b) pot smokers because of their social environment. Pot…
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I visited Grödinge church south of Stockholm for the first time Thursday. The occasion was my great aunt Märta’s funeral, an event which, though of course sombre, cannot be called tragic. The old lady was always cheerful and friendly, but by the time she passed away she was 104, severely disabled, and according to her…
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…en spelkväll skulle kunna bli både rolig och minnesvärd… Jag var dock inte riktigt beredd på att den blev minst lika minnesvärd för mig själv. Jag fick för en tid sedan en förfrågan at…
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