25 May 2013

Do you miss? ...

Another in our series of selected links to items you may have missed. As usual in no special order ...

You wouldn't think anyone could forget they had an apartment in Paris, would you? But here are some intriguing photographs of such an apartment which was shut up at the outbreak of WWII and not touched for 70 years!

Do you really know what's in your food? Here are a few less than savoury ingredients.

If you don't know, how do you estimate when someone died? Insect infestations are one way, but now scientists have discovered that they can use the genes in brain cells to read the body clock — unless the person was clinically depressed.

Talking of insects, like all museums the Wallace Collection are on a bug hunt.

And so we come to talk of finding things. Archaeologists have investigated an intact Roman sewer and it's turning out to be a bit of a gold mine.

Oh, and that takes us nicely to the bacteria in our guts. Apparently researchers have now fund that there is one specific bacterium the absence of which appears to be linked to (some instances of) obesity. Nature just gets weirder and weirder!

Who invented clothes? Such a good question that children often ask. An archaeologist approaches an answer for children to an unanswerable question.

Here's an interesting piece on learning to accept your body and live with it from a girl who is a "plus size" model (well at a UK size 16 she's "plus size" for the fashion industry).

And here's another interesting post on body acceptance, this time from the land of the free. (Possibly NSFW.)

Now for some interesting photographs of the wackier parts of the English ritual year. This is not at all new, there was a book of the same some years back, but they're nice photos.

Plants are strange. Mosses are especially strange because they make two different plants from the same set of genes just by switching one special gene.

Rob Dunn, who's always worth reading, on how our current approach to teaching through dissections is falling into a medieval trap.

Here's one for all you Londoners ... Diamond Geezer visits Nunhead Cemetery, one of London's "big seven". Sounds like an interesting trip, especially on an "open day".

Now for an interesting ethical conundrum ... By definition they have no choice so should we send unborn (even unconceived) children on long space exploration journeys?

Law and Lawyers has a rant about the removal of Legal Aid in civil cases.

Finally an story of the English invading France. The BBC have gathered a few (often amusing) examples for Englishisms in modern French. Allez les rosbifs!

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