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Rude Burials Might Have Fueled Blood Feuds Among Ancient Sonorans

Photo of cacti at sunset
Photo by Tomas Castelazo.

Bodies buried  in unusual postures and without funeral rites could suggest a history of revenge and blood feud in certain ancient Sonoran Desert cultures, according to a paper in the August 2016 edition of Current Anthropology.

The authors say a rude burial would have deeply distressed the victim’s family and community — and sent a message of dominance and defiance. Read/listen to my full story at KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk:

Haphazard Burials May Suggest Revenge, Blood Feud Among Sonoran Desert Cultures

Beyond the great beyond

Burial image
By Caustic13, via Wikimedia Commons

Anyone can make a bucket list, but why stop with stuff you want to accomplish while you’re alive? Death offers all kinds of opportunities that life simply cannot match: You can be transformed into a diamond, launched in fireworks, propelled in ammunition, or installed as a permanent part of a coral reef community — none of which I would recommend doing while still drawing breath.

Finally, for those who prefer their final resting place out on the final frontier, there’s the ultimate infrequent flyer plan ….

How Space Burial Works
To Star-stuff We Return: The Space Burial Quiz

5 traditions for exploring science with your family

Science fair
Photo courtesy Brookhaven National Laboratory

Science sharpens our minds to discern proper evidence from flimflam, to tell good experimental design from bad and to separate statistics from exaggerations. More than that, it reveals the beauty and intricacy woven into the very fabric of reality.

In this article, I suggest some easy and fun ways for your family to explore science together.

5 Traditions for Exploring Science

Danny Ocean, Rusty Griswold and 34 flying Elvises parachute into a bar

The choice to bring your kids to Las Vegas or leave them home hinges on whether you’re planning some family fun or revving up for a “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” weekend. Sounds straightforward, right? Well, that depends on how well you know what the city has to offer for kids and how much everything costs. In this article, I give you the rundown so you can make an informed decision.

Should you bring your kids on a Vegas vacation?

A jolly holiday with Mary?

When you have kids, a vacation can still be an awful lot of work. Should you bring your nanny along on the trip? Maybe you don’t typically employ a nanny, but are thinking of hiring one for a night or two so that you and your partner can have some romantic time together. In this article, I walk you through some of the considerations to keep in mind when making this tricky decision.

Should we bring our nanny on vacation?