News Roundup: August 28, 2011

Due to my hectic work schedule and the upcoming podcast, here is a roundup of sexy news stories, delivered to you in an easily screenable format.  Pick and choose as you please, but I promise each story is an excitingly appealing peek into the world of science and archaeology:

  • The denial of evolution (and the peddling of pseudoscience) can be hazardous to your health, says Donald Prothero, citing examples of how creationist thinking has led to unnecessary death and destruction.
  • 1491 explored our misconceptions of Pre-Columbian America.  Charles Mann’s new book 1493 examines how Columbus not only discovered a New World, he created it.  NPR has an exclusive interview with the author about his new book, which hints at some of the exciting discoveries lurking within its pages.
  • Ever feel like you miss a lot of fascinating public archaeology events (Why didn’t anyone tell me about Day of Archaeology 2011?).  Now you only have to point and click yourself to one place to dig up cool archaeology based events.   A word of warning: you may spend hours browsing through this.  Make coffee first.
  • The next time you crack open an ice cold lager and you find yourself wondering how it’s all possible, tip your glass towards Saccharomyces eubayanus.  The long lost yeast and its remarkable discovery can be read about in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Shovelbums in Colorado have discovered an 8000 year old stone shelter featuring fire pits, storage features and a collection of lithics.  Its construction is attributed to the Foothills-Mountain people, which lived in North America 8,000 – 10,000 years ago.

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