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Anthropology in Practice

Anthropology in Practice

Exploring the human condition.

World Maker Faire 2011 Highlights

World Maker Faire 2011 Highlights

World Marker Faire 2011 was held at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, New York. This year the technology and DIY festival had a heavy leaning toward robots, like this shop bot: I met Microsoft's EDDIE for the first time: The AiP Facebook page has an EDDIE album and some additional videos.

September 20, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa
Imagine Science Film Festival Lineup Announced

Imagine Science Film Festival Lineup Announced

I accepted an invitation on behalf of the ever-fabulous Carin Bondar who blogs at PsiVid to attend the premiere for the Imagine Science Film Festival on Friday..

September 19, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa
A Robot in Every Home? We're Getting Close

A Robot in Every Home? We're Getting Close

Will we recognize our robot overlords when we meet them?"Say Cheese!"The burst of light to my right made me pause: my photo had just been taken.

September 19, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa
On My Shelf: Geologic City (A Review)

On My Shelf: Geologic City (A Review)

Ed Note: "On My Shelf" is my review series, covering notable books and events. For more notables, please see the reviews still housed at the old home of Anthropology in Practice.

September 12, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa
Remembering With Baseball

Remembering With Baseball

Unfurling the flag at CitiField September 11, 2011. Credit: KDCosta Don't tell me about the world. Not today. It's springtime and they're knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.

September 11, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa
Pieces of the Human Evolutionary Puzzle: Who Was Australopithecus sediba?

Pieces of the Human Evolutionary Puzzle: Who Was Australopithecus sediba?

Courtesy of Steven Churchill, Duke University. Few things remain as mysterious—or controversial—as our own history as a species. However, a series of papers released in Science may add another piece to the puzzle: Four papers draw back the curtain on Australopithecus sediba, announced earlier this year, detailing morphological features of the hand, foot, pelvis, and skull that may establish this species within the ancestral lineage of modern humans.In a subterranean cave at Malapa, South Africa, approximately 25 miles (40km) from Johannesburg, the remains of numerous hominins identified as Australopithecus sediba have lain between layers of flowstone—a type of rock that forms in caves, similar in composition to stalagmites and stalactites, except as the name implies, this rock forms in a layer that “flows” across the surface.

September 9, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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