All posts tagged with technology

Stone Age minds in internet time

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The journalist Kenneth Miller has an article in the current Discover magazine on “How Our Ancient Brains Are Coping in the Age of Digital Distraction”. I mak...

Link: Robots in retail

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MIT Technology Review has an interview with an exec from a company making robots for Walmart: “Walmart’s new robots are loved by staff—and ignored by custome...

Probing the origins of poison arrows

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A neat article in The Conversation by Justin Bradfield discusses new chemical approaches for identifying traces of poison in the archaeological record: “We’r...

Notable: Ballistic study of hafted points

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Notable paper: Wilkins J, Schoville BJ, Brown KS (2014) An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped...

Baiting ancient DNA with RNA

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A new paper by Meredith Carpenter and colleagues describes a novel method that can greatly enrich the yield of DNA from ancient samples:

Fishing for white elephants

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Barbara King notes the recent characterization of fish cooking residues on early Japanese pottery: “What 15,000 Years Of Cooking Fish Tells Us About Humanity...

Behavior of the first North African humans

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Mohamed Sahnouni and colleagues describe the archaeology of El-Kherba, Algeria. Sahnouni:2013. This locality is a paleontological exposure associated with th...

Transport distance in MSA Botswana

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Two years ago, I wrote about the archaeological assemblages and evidence of symbolic behavior at Rhino Cave, Botswana (“Views from Rhino Cave, Tsodilo Hills,...

Finding sequencing methods in the library

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Jay Shendure and Erez Lieberman Aiden have a recent review in Nature Biotechnology that provides some recent data on the falling cost and increased use of ge...

Who did what to whom

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A confluence of stories, one from the New York Times fashion section, by Henry Alford: “A Web of Answers and Questions”, about Googling people you meet…

Enmeshed in technology

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Anthropology and technology combine in a Sarah Bakewell piece about the most recent Channel swimmer, Karen Throsby: “Man is a work in progress, constantly ad...

Students and technology in the classroom

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Another school year is about to start for those of us who teach college courses. More and more, students are coming to classrooms and actively using technolo...

Ceramics in the Epigravettian of Croatia

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I’ve had a paper on my desktop for more than a week expecting to write a comment on it, and now happily I discover that the first author, Becky Farbstein, ha...

Online education and Silicon Valley

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The Wall Street Journal profiles computer scientist and AI researcher Sebastian Thrun. The interview discusses his online education startup, Udacity:

Brittannia rules the waves

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Ars Technica has an engrossing article by James Grimmelmann about the rise and fall of HavenCo. The firm promised data security and anonymity based on the id...

Computing past

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The Guardian has an interview with George Dyson about his new book, Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. The book reviews the early histo...

Can Watson navigate the medical literature?

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Last week, Computerworld reported that IBM’s famous “Watson” supercomputer is moving to its next challenge: prescribing cancer treatments for the WellPoint h...

The new wired physical anthropologists

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Katy Meyers, graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State, has posted at the Chronicle of Higher Education her experience “hacking” the AAPA meetings i...

Stone age selectivity

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I’m pointing this morning to a nice recent post by Brigid Gallagher, discussing the importance of raw material and processing steps for stone age technology:...

Monkey numerical distractions

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This study has been out for a few weeks, and I’ve been meaning to put up a short comment about it: “Representational format determines numerical competence i...

Number as cognitive technology

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Archaeologists often define technology in terms of material products. People make stuff, and that stuff is technology.

Jebel Faya and early-stage reduction

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Simon Armitage and colleagues Armitage:2011 describe archaeological remains from Jebel Faya, in the United Arab Emirates. The assemblages come from a rock sh...

Genomes too cheap to meter

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Matthew Herper is a science and medicine contributing writer at Forbes.com. He has just written a series of posts themed as “Gene Week”, focusing on advances...

Modern hairshirts

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John Horgan writes “Why A.D. 2011 beats 100,000 B.C.: More choices, free will, freedom”.

Give me a letter

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Razib, pointing to others’ worries about Facebook and privacy, scores an interesting historical analogy:

Social media in education

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Krystal D’Costa (Anthropology in Practice) links to a mini-documentary about the role of social media in the education of “Gen-Y”: “Decade 2: Encouraging Edu...

Professors who reject technology

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From the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article by Jeffrey Young: “College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back.”

AnthroSource sleeps furiously

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Savage Minds’ crew has been discussing the future of publishing in the American Anthropological Association recently. Rex Golub compares Open Folklore to Ant...

Twitter thinking

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Not a comment on anyone in particular, but I’m beginning to wonder if some Twitter users are actually robots. I mean, how exactly does one follow thousands o...

iPad tryout

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Tried out an iPad this afternoon. It’s a slick little device, very nice looking for games. Some people have commented on iPhone apps looking ugly on the larg...

Bending spy planes

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An unexpected source of decompression sickness: the U-2 spy plane.

Computer composer

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An article about classical composer David Cope and the AI programs he wrote to make original music. It’s not new news, but a nice profile with many “what doe...

iPad freedom train

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After last week’s unveiling of Apple’s iPad, there has been a quiet current of dismay by people looking for a not-yet piece of hardware. I have some sympathy...

Heat wave

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Clearly the human non-furry skin phenotype is meant for more efficient heat transfer energy generation:

Upgrade?

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For obscure reasons, I’m installing Windows 7 on one of my MacBooks. The installation has gone pretty smoothly. But the first thing I wanted to do was instal...

Complete genomes

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John Timmer gives a great summary of the new paper in Science covering the Complete Genomics sequencing method.

Vooks

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The coming trend in e-books: video.

Data mining

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IBM and Google want students to ditch their laptops and pick up some big iron:

DNA tech

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IBM joins the next-gen sequencing race:

Book notes: Free, by Chris Anderson

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I read Chris Anderson’s book because it was, well, “Free”. The book’s thesis is simple: Sometimes people profit by giving things away.

Keep flax from fire

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The paper about the flax fibers found by Eliso Kvavadze and colleagues in Dzudzuana Cave, Republic of Georgia, is a one-pager. The good kind of one-pager – t...

Billable hours for professors

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Yesterday’s post on MIT OpenCourseware touched on some of the difficulties of independent study using online tools. Three barriers stand in the way – one pra...

Stainless casts

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Clearly I need hominid casts made of stainless steel:

Out of prints

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Errrgh…I’m beginning to think that there are around five out of print books that I would gladly spring for a Kindle if they were available, because each one ...

Writing upward

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Since I’ve already contributed to bellyaching about student writing assignments, it’s only fair to point to a Wired article that says students are getting b...

Machine memory

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John Zogby polled Americans on whether they’d like to become cyborgs. Some of the questions are about brain implants for health, others for information or “e...

Phelps and the supersuit

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If you’re wondering what the story is behind the Michael Phelps super-swimsuit story, Alan Boyle covers the science pretty well.

Pulsar navigation

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The physics arXiv blog from MIT Technology Review points to a paper that describes a way to use pulsars as an interstellar GPS system.

Kindling my interest

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I follow technology here once in a while, but I actually follow it pretty closely personally. As a research tool, the new Kindle DX is getting close to somet...

Cloaking

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“Cloaking” is like the physics version of the hobbits – catchy name from a fantasy story and fascinating to the press. But there came a time reading “invisib...

A new "Wizard"?

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Am I the only one who noticed the irony of a car company named “Tesla” opening its premier dealership in a city called “Menlo Park”?