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A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising

Without the proper context, it is impossible to understand the mushroom cloud of uprisings that are exploding across the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others.Read more...
Tags: Science, Protest, America, History, Riots, Fed, Justice In America, Fed Uprising 2020, George Floyd Breanna Taylor Ahmaud Arbery

Prisoners' Tools Found Hidden in Chimney at Auschwitz

A team working to restore a historic building at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland have stumbled upon numerous items hidden by prisoners inside a chimney. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nazis, History, Holocaust, Second world war, Poland, Chimney, Auschwitz, Concentration Camps

Nikola Tesla’s Grades from High School & University: A Fascinating Glimpse

In the history of science, few people got a rawer deal than Nikola Tesla. Cruelly cheated and overshadowed by Edison and Marconi (who patented the radio technology Tesla invented), the brilliant introvert didn’t stand a chance in the cutthroat business world in which his rivals moved with ease. Every biographer portrays Tesla as Edison’s perfect foil: the latter played the consummate showman and savvy patent hog, where Tesla was a reclusive mystic and, as one writer put it, “the world’s ...
Tags: Google, Science, College, Tesla, History, Budapest, Albert Einstein, Pbs, Nikola Tesla, Facebook Twitter, Edison, Josh Jones, Goethe, Graz, Durham NC Follow, Nikola Tesla Cruelly

Underwater Drones Discover Battleship That Survived Atomic Blasts and Both World Wars

The wreck of the USS Nevada has been located 75 miles off the coast of Hawaii at a depth of nearly three miles. It’s a significant discovery, as the battleship represents one of the most storied vessels in U.S. history, having survived Pearl Harbor, a kamikaze suicide attack, and atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Hawaii, World War Ii, Pearl Harbor, Shipwrecks, USS Nevada, Marine Archaeology, Wrecks, Battleships

Take a Virtual Tour of the Mütter Museum and Its Many Anatomically Peculiar Exhibits

A few months before Philaelphia’s Mütter Museum, exercising now familiar COVID-19 precautions, closed its doors to the public, it co-sponsored   to honor the victims to the previous century’s Spanish Flu pandemic, as well as "those who keep us safe today.” The event was part of a temporary exhibition, Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia. Another temporary exhibition, Going Viral: Infection Through the Ages, opened in November, and now seems even stronger...
Tags: Google, Science, Biology, College, History, Museums, Albert Einstein, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Florence, Chang, Facebook Twitter, Tanya, Mutter Museum, Ayun Halliday, Anna Dhody

Which Historical Figure Was the Mark Zuckerberg of Their Time?

Purely on the level of physical appearance, Mark Zuckerberg is unprecedented; I doubt he’s ever once heard the phrase “you know who you look like?” unless the follow-up was “an unfinished police sketch left out in the rain.” But if we’re talking about Zuckerberg the man—or, more precisely, the nihilistically…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, History, Zuckerberg, Ancient History, Mogul

"Tengujo can be made so thin that, at a certain point, it is too insubstantial for even the most gentle, decorative uses."

"At the width of a couple of kozo fibers, the paper becomes as thin as the wings of a mayfly. Only one use remains then: paper conservation. Trying to aggressively mend a document is risky because long-term chemical and physical effects are highly variable and relatively unknown. 'The more and more I am in this field, I feel that I should do less and less,' Ms. Choi said. So, as far as reinforcement material goes, the thinner the better.... The width of this thinnest tengujo is the same as the d...
Tags: Books, Science, London, Law, Wikipedia, America, History, United States, Plants, West Africa, South Carolina, West Indies, Lucas, Antigua, Montserrat, Eliza

The best graphic novels for young scientists and thinkers

In addition to being fun, studies have shown that the visual language of graphic novels stimulates the brain in ways that complex text can.For some readers, information is easier to process through images than it is through text alone.These graphic novels are great for getting young readers into philosophy, technology, and other scientific narratives. If you're not on the graphic novel train by now, you're missing out. In addition to being a pathway to reading for those who see big groups of ...
Tags: Books, Comics, Hollywood, Science, Hedy Lamarr, History, Earth, Reading, Graphic Novels, Brain, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, Mind, Bob, Marie Curie, Newton

This Collection of Handheld Computers Is the Roadmap to the Modern Smart Phone

Modern phones are some of the most sophisticated pieces of equipment ever built, but the iPhone wasn’t developed in a day. From backlit screens to weird keyboards, the development of the smartphone got us more than a few strange devices. Their oddities are what makes Dave Shevett likes the early personal handheld…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Handhelds, Handheld Computer, Dave Shevett

Ancient Britons Worshipped Chickens and Hares Before Deciding They Were Food

Archaeologists in Britain have uncovered evidence of chickens and brown hares being buried fully intact and with great care in the centuries leading up to the Roman period. It’s further evidence that these animals, which would eventually become important food staples, were once associated with gods.Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, History, Britain, Anthropology, Rabbits, Chickens, Ancient Religion, Hares, Ancient Britons

Forgotten Blueprints Reveal a Late Tweak to the Statue of Liberty's Torch Arm

Recently restored sketches of the Statue of Liberty suggest French engineer Gustave Eiffel, who was brought in to help with the project, had a different vision for the monument’s upraised arm.Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Engineering, Statues, Monuments, Gustave Eiffel, Statue of Liberty

New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain's Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

An archaeological survey of a former Nazi concentration camp on the British island of Alderney has revealed the frightful conditions endured by forced laborers and political prisoners during the Second World War.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nazis, History, Britain, Second world war, World War Ii, Nazi, Alderney, Atrocities, Concentration Camps, Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Archaeologists in Leeds, England discovered more than 600 beer bottles at the site of an old Victorian brewery. Stacked neatly beneath a cellar staircase, the beer inside these 19th-century bottles contains dangerous concentrations of lead.Read more...
Tags: Science, Alcohol, History, Beer, Lead, Leeds England, Deadly Beer

The Delicious Mutant That Set Off a Seedless Gold Rush

Fenced off and wrapped in mesh, a single orange tree sits at a busy intersection in Riverside, California. In a region famous for its citrus industry, you wouldn’t think much of this tiny grove flanked by strip malls. But if you enter the 7-11 across the street—or any supermarket in the country—and buy yourself a…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Fruit, Oranges, Riverside California, Juicy Stories

6 True Stories to Read in February

It's no secret, I love nonfiction. Give me biography, history, nature and travel writing, science and space, and everything else. The true stories that caught my eye this month cover a variety of topics, from the past to the present. Let's take a look. Troubled History 1774: The Long Year of Revolution by Mary Beth Norton (Knopf, Feb. 11): Written by a respected historian, this is a focused look the critical months of the birth of new nation: "from the Boston Tea Party and the first...
Tags: Audiobooks, Europe, Books, England, Science, London, Maryland, Boston, US, History, Chicago, Harvard, Prague, Sherlock, William, West Midlands

The Ouroboros, From Antiquity to AI

The Ouroboros—which symbolizes the cyclical nature of life and death and the divine essence that lives on forever—was first recorded in the Egyptian Book of the Netherworld. Alchemists then adopted the symbol into their mystical work of physical and spiritual transformation. After chemistry supplanted its more…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Ai, Ouroboros, Medieval History

Meet ‘The Afronauts’: An Introduction to Zambia’s Forgotten 1960s Space Program

Broadly speaking, the "Space Race" of the 1950s and 60s involved two major players, the United States and the Soviet Union. But there were also minor players: take, for instance, the Zambian Space Program, founded and administered by just one man. A Time magazine article published in November 1964 — when the Republic of Zambia was one week old — described Edward Mukuka Nkoloso as a "grade-school science teacher and the director of Zambia’s National Academy of Science, Space Research and ...
Tags: Google, Science, College, Time, Alabama, History, Nasa, Earth, United States, Zambia, Mars, Seoul, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, San Francisco Chronicle, Charles Baudelaire

A Tribute to NASA’s Katherine Johnson (RIP): Learn About the Extraordinary Mathematician Who Broke Through America’s Race & Gender Barriers

We don't call it a tragedy when a renowned person dies after the century mark, especially if that person is brilliant NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who passed away yesterday at the venerable age of 101. Her death is a great historical loss, but by almost any measure we would consider reaching such a finish line a triumphant end to an already heroic life. A prodigy and pioneer, Johnson joined the all-black “human computing” section at NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Comm...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Science, Film, College, America, History, Nasa, Atlantic, Mars, People Magazine, Johnson, Taraji P Henson, Facebook Twitter, Katherine, Alan Shepard

This Is What NASCAR Was, Is, And Always Will Be

On Sunday, President Donald Trump gave the command to the “gentlemen” to start their engines at the Daytona 500. Around the same time, a story broke about a Trump administration policy in which the words given in confidential therapy sessions would be used to deport children. Despite what we may want to think, the two…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Racing, Donald Trump, Nascar, Trump, Daytona

You'll Never Guess Who Has One of the Top Bids on That Rare Nintendo Playstation

An incredibly rare piece of gaming history is up for auction right now and guess who is trying to buy it for their ridiculous-sounding attempt at game conservation? Oculus founder Palmer Luckey tweeted last night that he was the top bidder for an incredibly rare Nintendo Playstation that is currently being auctioned…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Palmer Luckey, Video Game History, Nintendo Playstation

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
Tags: Travel, Art, Apps, Space, Science, Design, News, Sweden, Internet, Australia, Hotels, Environment, Advertising, History, Nasa, Bacteria

Watch Elsa Garmire’s pioneering laser show from 1972 – futuristic and expressive even now

Forget that cheesy Pink Floyd stuff from the planetarium. Scientist Elsa Garmire used optic chops to make lasers into a real instrument – and her work holds up today. Sound and light artist and researcher Derek Holzer spotted this one; don’t miss his vector work and other synesthetic studies. It’s not a new article, but this story from Sloan Science & Film, Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York is worth visiting now. Death of the Red Planet, 1973. What’s telling is, it to...
Tags: Music, Usa, Science, Sci-fi, History, Pink Floyd, Physics, Cinema, Stories, Futuristic, Motion, Clara, Audiovisual, Red Planet, Sloan, Queens New York

Dead Sea Dates Successfully Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds

Using 2,000-year-old seeds originally unearthed from a fortress in the Middle East and caves at the mouth of the Dead Sea, researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center have successfully grown new date palms. After soaking them in an activating solution, 34 seeds were plotted in precise, research-specific potting soil and then watched as they grew. Six seeds sprouted and each plant was carefully assessed. Research …
Tags: Food, Science, Design, Research, History, Culture, Middle East, Plants, Dates, Seeds, Linkaboutit, Varietals, Dead Sea, Hadassah Medical Center, Food Research, Judean Dates

The Word “Robot” Originated in a Czech Play in 1921: Discover Karel Čapek’s Sci-Fi Play R.U.R. (a.k.a. Rossum’s Universal Robots)

When I hear the word robot, I like to imagine Isaac Asimov’s delightfully Yiddish-inflected Brooklynese pronunciation of the word: “ro-butt,” with heavy stress on the first syllable. (A quirk shared by Futurama’s crustacean Doctor Zoidberg.) Asimov warned us that robots could be dangerous and impossible to control. But he also showed young readers—in his Norby series of kids’ books written with his wife Janet—that robots could be heroic companions, saving the solar system from cosmic supervilla...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Technology, London, College, History, Star Trek, Mit, Futurama, Literature, Metropolis, Jordan, Eastern Europe, Penn State, Facebook Twitter

The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Concord Grape

In 1849, Ephraim Wales Bull strolled through rows of wild grapes in his Concord, Massachusetts yard, each plant’s bare limbs spread out as if shrugging. After more than a decade experimenting with Isabella grapes that wouldn’t ripen outdoors and musty-tasting wild grapes that ripened too late, most people would’ve…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Fruit, Isabella, Grapes, Concord Massachusetts, Concord Grape, Juicy Stories, Ephraim Wales Bull

Hear the Voice of a 3,0000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy: Scientists 3-D Print His Throat & Mouth and Get Him to Speak … a Little

“The Mummy Speaks!” announces The New York Times in Nicholas St. Fleur’s story about Nesyamun, a mummified Egyptian priest whose voice has been recreated, sort of, “with the aid of a 3-D printed vocal tract” and an electronic larynx. Does the mummy sound like the monster of classic 1930’s horror? Scientists have only got as far as one syllable, “which resembles the ‘ah’ and ‘eh’ vowels sounds heard in the words ‘bad’ and ‘bed.'" Yet it's clear that Nesyamun would not communicate with gut...
Tags: Google, Science, College, History, Egypt, New York Times, Voice, Howard, Facebook Twitter, Mouth, Josh Jones, University of York, Royal Holloway University of London, Durham NC Follow, David Howard, Kara Cooney

Victims of Ancient Vesuvius Eruption Were Baked, Not Vaporized, According to New Research

A novel analysis of the skeletal remains of Vesuvius victims who sought shelter during the catastrophic eruption 2,000 years ago suggests they endured a slower death than is typically appreciated.Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Volcanoes, Natural Disasters, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Ancient Rome, New Research

Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact is Two Billion Years Old

The oldest asteroid collision on the planet, the Yarrabubba impact crater in Western Australia, is a whopping 2.229 billion years old. After analyzing minerals at the crater site, researchers have found the asteroid hit at the end of an era called Snowball Earth (one of the planet’s ice ages). Scientists, led by Dr Timmons Erickson (a geochronologist at Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center), studied around …
Tags: Space, Science, Design, Australia, History, Nasa, Culture, Geology, Asteroids, Houston, Western Australia, Linkaboutit, Ancient History, Yarrabubba, Timmons Erickson

Doctor Who's Latest Champions Invention With a Collection of Old Ideas

Four episodes in, and so far this season of Doctor Who feels like a major pitch back to its past. Old faces, more monsters, stark messages. It’s all good and proper Doctor Who. But a commitment to bringing back the vibe of Doctor Who also brings with it a familiar problem: episodes that feel like something you’ve seen…Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, History, Bbc, Nikola Tesla, Bbc America, TV Recap, Doctor Who Recap

The Anti-War, Pro-Animal Rights, Colonialist History of Doctor Dolittle's Creation

Doctor Dolittle usually conjures up memories of Eddie Murphy being stuck in a bathroom with a bear taking a dump, or that time a squirrel was imbibed with gin so it would sit still for a scene with Rex Harrison. Now, with Robert Downey Jr.’s Dolittle featuring a fire-breathing dragon, it’s hard to picture who or what…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Kids, Robert Downey Jr, Animals, History, War, Universal, Animal Rights, Eddie Murphy, Rex Harrison, Dolittle, Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle

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