Ancient genomes heat up dog domestication debate
Results point to a single origin for modern canines and push back the timing by thousands of years.

Researchers chasing the origin of modern dogs find that canines were domesticated once, between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

The results, published on 18 July in Nature Communications1, push back against a controversial 2016 study2 that suggested dogs were domesticated twice. The latest analysis also add weight to previous research that moves the timing of domestication back as far as 40,000 years ago.  

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unusual ask game
  • (These questions were created by a psychologist at Stony Brook University. They are designed as a recipe for falling in love.)
  • 1: Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  • 2: Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  • 3: Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  • 4: What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  • 5: When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  • 6: If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  • 7: Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
  • 8: For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  • 9: If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  • 10: If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
  • 11: If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
  • 12: Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
  • 13: What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
  • 14: What do you value most in a friendship?
  • 15: What is your most treasured memory?
  • 16: What is your most terrible memory?
  • 17: If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
  • 18: How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?
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Omega Radio for May 7, 2016; #110.

  1. Can “Oh Yeah”
  2. The Fall “Muzorewi’s Daughter” (live)
  3. David Bowie “Fame”
  4. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers “Born To Lose”
  5. New York Dolls, The “Looking For A Kiss”
  6. Modern Lovers, The “Roadrunner”
  7. T-Rex “Children Of The Revolution”
  8. Richard Hell & The Voidoids “Blank Revolution”
  9. Adicts, The “Life Goes On”
  10. Delta 5 “Try”
  11. Bush Tetras “Can’t Be Funky”
  12. Jam, The “Going Underground”
  13. Stiff Little Fingers “Suspect Device”
  14. Raincoats, The “In Love”
  15. Buzzcocks, The “Noise Annoys”
  16. Clash, The “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
  17. Teenage Jesus & The Jerks “Closet, The”
  18. Talking Heads “The Great Curve”
  19. James Chance & The Contortions “Design To Kill”
  20. Mars “Helen Forsdale”
  21. Shirts, The “Teenage Crutch”
  22. Theoretical Girls “Theoretical Girls”
  23. Television “Marque Moon”
  24. Television “Venus”
  25. Magazine “Shot By Both Sides”
  26. Kleenex “Nice”
  27. Siouxie & The Banshees “Happy House”
  28. Joy Division “Komakino”
  29. Joy Division “Transmission”
  30. Glenn Branca “Light Field (In Consonance)”
  31. Mudhoney “Halloween”
  32. Suicide “23 Minutes Over Brussels” (live)

Marquee / classic volume.

FAQ about Stony Brook University (or college, in general)

I get a ton of asks about SBU (mainly because my blog pops up often on the tag) so I’ll answer repetitive questions!

1. Why did you choose to go there?
- They have one of the best Psych programs on the east coast, tuition isn’t kill-yourself-after-graduation-expensive, and they have a solid music program which I am also currently in.

2. Is it true that the food sucks?
- Yes, but it’s college — the food’s gonna suck anywhere you go. We have a lot of options though. It gets old but we deal. It isn’t terrible. Some people just complain excessively.

3. Is it true that the campus is dead on the weekends?
- To an extent, yes. Mainly because a lot of people are from LI and/or NYC, so going home is always an option, which everyone seems to take often.

4. What can I do if I’m on campus for the weekend?
- A bunch of stuff! Sporting events (we do have division one sports, after all), career/club events, free concerts at the uCafe (my favorite), RA/CA programs, etc.

5. I got into both Stony Brook and Binghamton, help me decide?
- Unfortunately, I know very little about Binghamton so it would not be fair for me to help you decide. SBU is very big on research and science though so if you know your major, send me an ask and I’ll help you out!

6. How are the parties like? How is greek like?
- There are a bunch of fraternities and sororities around. Go to the club fairs at the start of the semester and you can’t miss ‘em. Said frats/sororities also throw a bunch of parties, regardless of whether or not you’re in them. It’s a big school. If partying is your thing, it’s around. If it’s not, there are a bunch of people who aren’t into it, either.

7. I’m scared I won’t make friends.
- I personally was really lucky to have gotten great roommates who are now some of my closest friends. Use roomsync if you don’t know anyone to potentially room with. It helped me a lot. If you’re extremely worried about making friends, pick a suite style dorm instead of a corridor one, that way you’ll meet five other people instantly. Join clubs! Join hall council or student govt! Everyone’s just waiting on each other to say hi. It’s really not weird to try and interact with new people. Just go for it.

8. I hear some of the classes are really hard. Is that true?
- That depends on you. I personally think the science courses are pretty tough, but that’s just because I’m more into arts and music and writing. I know a bunch of math and comsci majors who love how hard their classes are though. They straighten you out, for sure. It’ll pay off though for grad school or like, life.

9. What’s a seawolf?
- Lol I wish I knew, buddy.

10. My question is not on your FAQ, help?
- Shoot me an ask and I’ll be happy to answer as unbiasedly as I can.

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Omega Radio for May 1, 2013; #16.

  1. Brian Eno “Third Uncle”
  2. Patti Smith “So You Want To Be (A Rock And Roll Star)”
  3. Iggy Pop “Nightclubbing”
  4. David Byrne & Brian Eno “Strange Overtones”
  5. Parts & Labor “Fake Rain”
  6. Throbbing Gristle “Her Arm Was Her Leg” (live)
  7. M.I.A. “Paper Planes”
  8. Martin Rev “Mari”
  9. NON “Warm Leatherette”
  10. Normal, The “Warm Leatherette”
  11. Kraftwerk “The Robots”
  12. Suckdog “Oh, Mighty Pidgeons”
  13. FFH “Worth Doing”
  14. Einsturzende Neubauten “Styropor”
  15. Foetus “Today I Started Slogging Again”
  16. Sleatter-Kinney “Get Up”
  17. Mika Miko “Dear Teen Magazine”
  18. Ms. Les “And Now We Know”
  19. Swell Maps “Midgets / Submarines”
  20. Slits, The “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
  21. X-Ray Spex “Warrior In Woolworth’s”
  22. Enharjharna “Starka Band”
  23. Pailhead “Ballad”
  24. Crass “Shaved Women”
  25. New Bomb Turks “Dragstrip Riot”
  26. Subhumans UK “The Day The Country Died”

Anything goes.