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Anthropology has often failed to communicate its ideas and human data to a wider public. Much of anthropological publication has been pedantic, arcane, and obtuse; the academic and often pretentiously scientific formula of Problem-Data-Argument-Conclusion does not make for exciting reading.
Bruce Grindal (1940-2012) “The Spirit of Humanistic Anthropology,” Anthropology and Humanism, (18)2,1993: 46-47. (via literary-ethnography)

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Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.

But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.

"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.

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How to grow a bone without a body

TED Fellow Nina Tandon — a regular Poppy Pomfrey — has developed a new way to grow customized bones. How? Well, she regenerates a person’s own multi-potent stem cells. (Don’t worry, we’ll explain.) 

What you see above is decellularized bone scaffolding, which serves as the mold for the bone. Then, fat stem cells from a human are added to this structure, which is placed in a bioreactor that allows the materials to combine. Three weeks later, voilà! You have mature bone. 

So far, Tandon and her team have successfully regrown pig bone, which could be the first step on the way to growing human bones, and an amazing step forward in healing our bodies.

Find out more about Tandon’s work »

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It seems like the title of an onion article, but it’s actually very serious. A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that hurricanes with feminine names killed significantly more people than hurricanes with masculine names.  The authors looked at several decades of hurricane deaths (excluding extreme outliers like Katrina and Audrey) and posed a question: 

Do people judge hurricane risks in the context of gender-based expectations?

 According to their study, the answer is a big yes.

Laboratory experiments indicate that this is because hurricane names lead to gender-based expectations about severity and this, in turn, guides respondents’ preparedness to take protective action.

In other words, because of some deep-seated perceptions of gender, people are less afraid of hurricanes with feminine names. And that means they are less likely to evacuate.

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RIP George Armelagos, PhD.


I thank you sincerely for the time you have been patient with me and helped me fall in love with bioarchaeology and epidemiology. The many students and scholars you have met and influenced will carry your teachings inside them. This article well captures your spirit and dedication to anthropology and I feel that, even a year later, it is even more true. You truly are a remarkable man and will be missed. Thank you.

I wish I could have met him. His work has had a huge influence on my interests and passion in anthropology. 

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