Under the warm August sun, the wiry, lushly bearded farmer moves at a slow walk through the field, swinging his scythe in a steady rhythm, the tawny stalks of wheat falling to one side in neat rows. From time to time he pauses to hone his curved steel blade on the stone he keeps in a belt pouch. He is followed by three or four young women, who gather the felled stalks by the armload, picking out the stems of mayweed and ragweed, tying the wheat into sheaves, and standing up the sheaves into shocks that will dry and ripen in the sun until they in turn are assembled into circular head-high ricks that will resist the autumn rains until the time to bring the harvest indoors for threshing. Artisanal Wheat On the Rise | People & Places
Women's Work Here's in what occupations women said they were employed for the 1881 census. Servants, milliners, dressmakers, laundresses are perhaps quite predictable. See if you can find how many miners, and how many doctors ...
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Michael Wolf , who created the impressive Architecture of Density series, photographed of residents in their flats in Shek Kip Mei Estate, the oldest public housing complex in Hong Kong. Wolf found out that the buildings featured identical 100 square foot (10′x10′) rooms, he decided to photograph 100 of the rooms. The series is called 100×100 . Michael Wolf’s 100 x 100 Series | Magical Urbanism
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Britain's new tribes | Travel Steampunks While William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine is often credited with coining this small subculture, steampunk stems from science-fiction set in the Jules Verne era.
The illusion of attention | Mo Costandi | Science You board the train, find a seat and open the latest bestseller by your favourite author. The couple sitting opposite are having a conversation, and the driver announces that there will be a short delay to your journey, but you are so engrossed in your book that you are unaware of these sounds. In fact, you have become almost completely oblivious to your surroundings, and you fail to notice that the train is approaching your stop.
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World | Europe | 'Paris Syndrome' strikes Japanese A dozen or so Japanese tourists a year have to be repatriated from the French capital, after falling prey to what's become known as "Paris syndrome". That is what some polite Japanese tourists suffer when they discover that Parisians can be rude or the city does not meet their expectations. The experience can apparently be too stressful for some and they suffer a psychiatric breakdown.
Accept what people tell you at face value. Surround yourself with people who think like you. Don’t stand out. Stay close to home. Get a normal job. How to Be Unremarkably Average
By Olivia Solon, Wired UK A new study shows that people feel morally cleansed when they are physically clean, and as such are more inclined to judge others more harshly. The study, with the somewhat Victorian-sounding name of “A clean self can render harsh moral judgment” was led by Chen-Bo Zhong at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and appears in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Clean People Feel Morally Superior | Wired Science
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Western surge in obesity may have been caused by a virus - Health News, Health & Families Researchers have discovered new evidence for an illness they have called "infectobesity" – obesity that is transmitted from person to person, much like an infection. The agent thought to be responsible is a strain of adenovirus, versions of which cause the common cold. It has already been labelled the "fat bug".
Warning: This post is mostly not about Geosciences. But it is an idea that grew in my mind as I worked on the previous post about temporal thinking in geosciences, so you're going to hear about it anyhow, dear reader. There is one idea about evolution at the very end. I have the sense that my memory integrates over time. Does Memory Integrate over Time?
When female chimps are nearing ovulation they display red on their bodies. Male chimps respond by masturbating and attempting to mount them. A new study claims we humans have moved on from this, but not a lot. Daniela Kayser's team found that when a lady wears red it prompts men to ask her more intimate questions and to sit closer to her. Surprisingly, this is the first time that the effect of colour on human sexual attraction behaviour has been studied. The allure of the lady (and man) in red
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Americans smile all the time as if they are plugged in The social role of politeness in Russia is extremely low. Unwelcoming service has become one of the manifestations of this public flaw in the country. Muscovites are considered those who smile least among the residents of other Russian cities. A poll conducted by ROMIR Monitoring showed that 88 percent of Russians slam Muscovites for their rudeness. Rudeness and indifference of personnel hurts consumers morally and causes financial damage to companies.
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Ed Note: It is with great pleasure that AiP plays host to Eric Michael Johnson as part of the Primate Diaries in Exile blog tour. Eric has written a fantastic post on the anthropology of social networks, covering the racial and economic disparities of Facebook and MySpace. You can follow other stops on this tour through his RSS feed or at the #PDEx hashtag on Twitter. Eric, you're definitely welcome any time! Readers, thanks for joining us today—if this is your first visit to Anthropology in Practice, please make yourself comfortable and peruse the archives. Anthropology in Practice: White Flight in Social Networks? A Story of Another Digital Divide
Win an Academy Award and you’re likely to live longer than had you been a runner-up. Interview for medical school on a rainy day, and your chances of being selected could fall. Such are some of the surprising findings of Dr. Donald A. Scientist at Work - Dr. Donald A. Redelmeier - Debunking Myths of the Medical World
The Science of Eavesdropping | Wired Science A fascinating new paper in Psychological Science explores an apparent paradox of eavesdropping: It’s harder to not listen to a conversation when someone is talking on the phone (we only hear one side of the dialogue) than when two physically present people are talking to each other. Although the phone conversation contains much less information, we’re much more curious about what’s being said. Let’s call this “The Annoying Guy On The Train Effect.” He is the last man on earth we want to listen to, and yet he is impossible to ignore. What explains “The Annoying Guy Effect”? The answer returns us to the nature of information processing, and the perverse way in which the brain allocates our attention.
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