Researchers create genetic map of the British Isles

“Researchers Create Genetic Map of the British Isles”. 19 March, 2015.

“Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

An international team, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, used DNA samples collected from more than 2,000 people to create the first fine-scale genetic map of any country in the world. Their findings, published in Nature, show that prior to the mass migrations of the 20th century there was a striking pattern of rich but subtle genetic variation across the UK, with distinct groups of genetically similar individuals clustered together geographically.

By comparing this information with DNA samples from over 6,000 Europeans, the team was also able to identify clear traces of the population movements into the UK over the past 10,000 years. Their work confirmed, and in many cases shed further light on, known historical migration patterns.”

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“History Magazine is published by Moorshead Magazines. The magazine is published six times a year and sold via subscription and on newsstands throughout the United States and Canada.

History Magazine strives to feature articles that are interesting rather than academic. We prefer that our articles be wrapped around a particular phenomenon, achievement or occasion, rather than around a profile of a “great man” most closely associated with the subject: we’d rather carry an article titled “Early Telephones” than an article titled “Alexander Graham Bell”. We like it when people take some item or custom that’s now a part of our lives and tell the story of how it came to be that way. We’re interested in answering the question “How did we get here?”, here being North America at the beginning of the 21st century. These articles are roughly chronological and do not employ first-person narrative.”

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Seven reasons why YOU need a creative retreat

“Seven reasons why YOU need a creative retreat”. 19 April, 2015. Asylum Retreats.

You have no time.

You’re a mother or a father, a worker and someone who runs a home. You have things you need to do each day, and they all get in the way of your writing schedule. In other words, you’re busy as hell, you have a day job, you have a family. Although you have a deadline for that novel you’re writing, why would you put aside all your responsibilities and take some ‘you’ time at a writing retreat?

1. To be inspired. By surrounding yourself with other creatives, and discussing creative things, you will find yourself more inspired to create your own project.

2. Networking. Writing is a solitary thing. You sit in an office, or in your special writing space, and you create. That works. It also limits you. As a writer and a publisher, I know how important it is for all writers to create networks of other like-minded people. To form writing groups, for feedback, for chatting about writerly things, and to make contacts in the industry that may be able to give you that all-important lead on a sweet publishing opportunity.

3. Experience. For your CV, to show that you are taking your craft seriously enough to devote some time to getting away and just doing it.

4. Mixing with experts in the field. Most retreats are run, staffed, and attended by writers. Sometimes experts, sometimes editors, sometimes publishers. A chance to mix and talk to any or all of these people is a chance to milk some knowledge from someone outside of your own skill set. Hell, you may even get a chance to pitch to a publisher.

5. Critique groups. Aside from the set workshops and discussion groups, you can form spontaneous critique groups with other writers, and make lasting friendships.

6. Be a ‘person’ person. A mix of a few other reasons, but one perfectly valid reason is the chance to increase and practice your people skills.

7. Time. To ensure that you have the time to write, away from all the other distractions that come with daily life in your home and work environment. To devote the time to yourself that normally gets sucked away by a million other things.

Source: Seven reasons why YOU need a creative retreat | Asylum Retreats

The History of the English Language

“The History of the English Language” by Maria Popova.  Brain Pickings.

“The Sun never sets on the English language.”

The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and half instinct, is intricately intertwined with the evolution of our species, our capacity for invention, our understanding of human biology, and even the progress of our gender politics. From the fine folks at Open University — who previously gave us these delightful 60-second animated syntheses of the world’s major religions, philosophy’s greatest thought experiments, and the major creative movements in design — comes this infinitely entertaining and illuminating animated history of the English language in 10 minutes:

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