Daily Data Dump – Wednesday

By Razib Khan | June 23, 2010 5:06 pm

GDP PPP inhabitant by European region. Combining Italy or the UK into one GDP number is deceptive. Lombardy has twice the GDP PPP of much of southern Italy. The regional differences are not nearly as stark in Spain, where poor regions like Andalusia and Galicia exhibit less of a gap from prosperous regions. By the way, does anyone know if there’s the ability in R to map these differences easily? I’ve only done USA mapping.

Separation Between Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens Might Have Occurred 500,000 Years Earlier, DNA from Teeth Suggests. Not sure if this makes any difference evolutionary genetic wise, though these sorts of issues are relevant for paleoanthropologists trying to reconstruct paleoecologies of hominins.

Mystery of the pregnant pope: New film reopens one of the Vatican’s most enduring wounds. I saw this film on a Lufthansa flight a few months back. I liked it. Though the article doesn’t make it clear enough that it’s 99.9% likely to be based on a legend concocted for purposes of propaganda.

New Nicaraguan sign language shows how language affects thought. As Joe Biden would say, this is a big f**king deal.

Anthrogenetics. A reader pointed me to this interesting weblog/review page. Feel free to point to other interesting science weblogs in the comments.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Blog
  • Pingback: Tweets that mention Daily Data Dump – Wednesday | Gene Expression | Discover Magazine -- Topsy.com

  • http://blog.diegovalle.net Diego

    You can dowload international maps from GADM. Here’s a quick example in R:

    library(sp)
    library(grDevices)
    con <- url("http://www.gadm.org/data/rda/ITA_adm1.RData&quot ;)
    load(con)
    gadm@data
    col <- colorRampPalette(c("red", "white"))
    gdp <- rnorm(20, mean = 20000, sd = 5000)
    colors <- col(max(gdp))[gdp]
    spplot(gadm, "NAME_1", col.regions = colors, main = "Italy")

  • http://religionsetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Joshua Zelinsky

    The Joan thing reads like junk from Dan Brown. Every piece of “evidence” they give is some minor symbolism or sculpture which was made centuries after the claimed events.

NEW ON DISCOVER
OPEN
CITIZEN SCIENCE
ADVERTISEMENT

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Gene Expression

This blog is about evolution, genetics, genomics and their interstices. Please beware that comments are aggressively moderated. Uncivil or churlish comments will likely get you banned immediately, so make any contribution count!

About Razib Khan

I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com

ADVERTISEMENT

See More

ADVERTISEMENT

RSS Razib’s Pinboard

Edifying books

Collapse bottom bar
+

Login to your Account

X
E-mail address:
Password:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.

Not Registered Yet?

Register now for FREE. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Register now »