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‘Women That Would Gladly Give Their Life’: How The Paramilitary Women's Emergency Brigade Battled GM At The UAW's First Big Strike

“We knew—if we didn’t win this time—the town would be a dead town,” a member of the Women’s Emergency Brigade said about her hometown of Flint, Mich. during the 1937 Sit-Down Strike on General Motors. “You know, there was just nothing to look forward to.”Read more...
Tags: Uaw On Strike, Strike Strike Strike, History, Uaw


Discovery of Bronze Age Warrior’s Kit Sheds New Light on an Epic Prehistoric Battle

A knife, chisel, arrowheads, and other gear belonging to a Bronze Age warrior have been uncovered on a 3,300-year-old battlefield in Germany.Read more...
Tags: Bronze Age Badasses, Bronze Age, Bronze Age Warriors, History, Prehistory Science, Anthropology, War


Bonesetter Reese And The (Mostly Painless) Birth Of Sports Medicine

Honus Wagner’s career hung in the balance. In 1901, the superstar shortstop was in his second season with his hometown Pirates. But a wrenched knee suffered on the turf at Exposition Park—the Pirates’ home on the north side of Pittsburgh, a few hundred feet from where their current stadium stands today—along with…
Tags: Science, Medicine, History, Baseball, Pittsburgh, Fl, Pirates, Sports Medicine, Exposition Park, Honus Wagner, Bonesetter Reese, Sports Doctors


Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives


The Dream Of New York's Forgotten Elevated Subway

Until 1969, you could go to the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway station in Brooklyn, walk upstairs, and go back in time, to a borderline-decrepit wooden platform served by an ancient wooden train car (the last ones in the system), and there you could continue your journey west on the Myrtle Avenue Elevated. Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, NYC, Subways, History, Brooklyn, Myrtle Avenue, Myrtle Avenue Broadway


10 of The Coolest and Most Powerful Supercomputers of All Time

For decades, supercomputers have helped scientists perform calculations that wouldn’t have been possible on regular computers of that time. Not only has the construction of supercomputers helped push the envelope of what’s possible within the computing field, but the calculations performed by supercomputers helped further both science and technology, and ultimately our lives. This post pays tribute to some of the most powerful supercomputers the world has ever seen. CRAY-1 The first Cray compu...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Science, Hardware, California, Tech, Blogging, Intel, History, Geek, NEC, Computers, Computing, Pictures, Nba, Jaguar


Think HBO's Chernobyl Is Brutal? Check Out This Haunting Animation That Aired on TV in the 1950s

HBO’s new miniseries Chernobyl has gotten a lot of attention for its gory realism. Radiation from a nuclear power plant disaster is brutal for the human body, to say the least. But the explicit nature of Chernobyl almost pales in comparison to some of the things that were shown in the 1950s. Like this British short…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Cold War, History, War, Nuclear Weapons, Weapons, BFI, Radiation, Chernobyl, Nuclear War, Ed Sullivan, Nukes, Hydrogen Bombs, H Bomb, British Film Institute


The Reality Bubble: how humanity's collective blindspots render us incapable of seeing danger until it's too late (and what to do about it)

Ziya Tong is a veteran science reporter who spent years hosting Discovery's flagship science program, Daily Planet: it's the sort of job that gives you a very broad, interdisciplinary view of the sciences, and it shows in her debut book, The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World, a tour of ten ways in which our senses, our society, and our political system leads us to systematically misunderstand the world, to our deadly detriment. T...
Tags: Reviews, Post, Books, Gift Guide, Science, News, Delightful Creatures, Climate, History, Jane Goodall, Tong, Ziya Tong, Specialization Is For Insects, Naomi Klein David Suzuki, Ziya Tong Allen Lane


Medicinal Plants Used During the U.S. Civil War Are Surprisingly Good at Fighting Bacteria

With conventional medicines in short supply during the Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research suggests some of these remedies were actually quite good at fighting off infections—a finding that could lead to effective new drugs.Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, History, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Plants, Civil War, Antibiotics, Fighting Bacteria


Batwoman, Failed Airlines, and Height Enhancement Scams: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been a busy week for our friends at Facebook: Amid showing a bunch of loser far-right trolls and also Louis Farrakhan the door, kicking off an unhinged Twitter spree by the president, the company announced a confusing pivot towards being a privacy-first platform while also announcing other features designed to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Facebook, Wearables, Twitter, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Air Travel, Medicine, Labor, Environment, Cars, Social Media, Brands


What If the Asteroid Never Killed the Dinosaurs?

An asteroid slammed down and did away with all the dinosaurs, paving the way for such developments as the human race, capitalism, and posting on the internet: it’s the story we all know and love. Yet if things had shaken out differently—if the asteroid had stayed in its place, and the dinosaurs allowed to proceed with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, History, Dinosaurs, Asteroid, Extinction, Paleontology, Life On Earth


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The future according to Stanley Kubrick, rock musical podcasts, the landscape at our Earth's core and more from around the internet 24 Covers for the Washington Post’s Climate Change Issue For 21 April’s issue of the Washington Post Magazine, their staff took a look back at the past year’s most important climate change-related stories and republished them with well-designed, poignant covers. Counting 24 in total, …
Tags: Science, Design, Musicals, Internet, Future, Tech, History, Earth, Nature, Magazines, 3d Printing, Stanley Kubrick, Notre Dame, Publications, Linkaboutit, Link About It


The Odd Landscape of Deep Earth

The furthest we’ve ever dug into Earth is only 0.2% of the way to its center. Beneath our progress, new research says, is an odd assortment of mountain ranges—with some peaks taller than Mount Everest—as well as massive ebbing blobs under Africa and the Pacific Ocean and a 760-mile-wide iron sphere in the center. Using seismic waves, researchers hope to map the entire make-up of …
Tags: Mountains, Science, Design, Africa, Environment, History, Earth, Nature, Culture, Pacific Ocean, Mount Everest, Planet, Linkaboutit


Here’s What Ancient Dogs Looked Like: A Forensic Reconstruction of a Dog That Lived 4,500 Years Ago

Images by Historic Environment Scotland We’re pretty sure dogs aren’t obsessed with ancestry, despite the proliferation of canine DNA testing services. That seems to be more of a human thing. However, with very little digging, nearly every dog on earth could claim to be descended from a handsome specimen such as the one above. This news must be gratifying to all those lapdogs who fancy themselves to be something more wolfish than their exteriors suggest. This beast is no 21st-century pet, ...
Tags: Google, Science, College, Scotland, New York City, History, Nature, Keith Haring, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, Orkney Scotland, Cuween Hill, Amy Thornton


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those …
Tags: Art, Apps, Science, Design, Privacy, Planes, Tech, History, Accessibility, Museums, Artists, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Websites, Linkaboutit


Recreating the Face of a Neolithic Dog

Built upon one of 24 dog skulls excavated in 1901 from Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, this facial recreation reveals the appearance of domesticated canines roughly 4,500 years ago. The recreation—commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland and National Museum of Scotland—aimed to draw further attention to the close relationship between Neolithic humans and dogs. It was achieved by way of a 3D-printed model …
Tags: Science, Design, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, Tech, History, Archeology, Linkaboutit, Orkney Islands, National Museum of Scotland, Neolithic Age, Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn


This is the reconstructed face of a pet dog that lived 4,500 years ago

Archaeologists uncovered the skeleton of this neolithic dog more than a century ago in a 5,000 year old tomb on on the island of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. Now, forensic scientists and artists have reconstructed the animal's face. According to Historic Environment Scotland researcher Steve Farrar, this dog and 23 others found in the "Cuween Hill (tomb) suggest that dogs had a particularly special significance for the farmers... Maybe dogs were their symbol or totem, perhaps they thought of the...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, History, Archaeology, Forensics, University of Dundee, Hes, Steve Farrar, Cuween Hill, Mainland Orkney Scotland, Amy Thornton


Celluloid Swords Into Archaeological Plowshares

Declassified hi-res photo negatives from Lockheed U-2 spy plane flights from the '50s and '60s are helping map out early civilization..."Interesting archaeological features captured in the images included a canal irrigation system in Northern Iraq and prehistoric stone-wall hunting traps called desert kites, which were used to trap animals like gazelle over 5,000 years ago. The kites were preserved for a very long time because of the dry desert environment, but as modern agriculture expanded int...
Tags: Science, Guns, Iraq, Planes, History, Tam, Neat-o, Lockheed U


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The first-ever photo of a black hole, artwork-adorned Japanese currency, inspiration from Milan Design week and more First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called …
Tags: Photography, Space, Science, Design, Environment, History, Furniture, Asteroids, Archeology, Black Holes, Self-driving, Linkaboutit, Dark Blue, Link About It, Milan Design Week, Verner Panton


Newly Discovered Species of Ancient Human

Recently discovered in a cave in the Philippines, a previously unknown species of ancient human contradicts popular evolution theory. It seems that homo sapiens weren’t the only surviving species of humans a few thousand years ago—these tinier, tree-climbing species (aka homo luzonensis) dates back 50-67,000 years ago. A lot is still a mystery about these people though: how did they end up on Luzon, an …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Philippines, Archaeology, Human, Linkaboutit, Cave, Ancient Human


Declassified U2 Spy Plane Photos Expose Hidden Archaeological Sites

During the Cold War, the United States flew U2 spy planes over Europe, the Middle East, and central eastern Asia in search of potential military targets. These missions inadvertently gathered historical information, which archaeologists are now using for scientific purposes.Read more...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Cold War, History, United States, U2, Middle East, Declassified Documents, Aerial Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Aerial Reconnaissance


The Day Our Planet Took A Bullet

The Tanis site, in short, did not span the first day of the impact: it probably recorded the first hour or so. This fact, if true, renders the site even more fabulous than previously thought. It is almost beyond credibility that a precise geological transcript of the most important sixty minutes of Earth’s history could still exist millions of years later—a sort of high-speed, high-resolution video of the event recorded in fine layers of stone. DePalma said, “It’s like finding the Holy Grail clu...
Tags: Science, Guns, History, Earth, Nature, Tam, Richards, DePalma, Tanis, Jimmy Hoffa


The five: underwater discoveries

From high in the Andes to the world’s oldest submerged city, here are five significant discoveries in subaquatic archaeologyOn 1 April, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US highlighted the significance of a recent expedition that made multiple finds in the depths of Lake Titicaca. Among gold medallions, precious shells and stone artefacts were the bones of sacrificed young llamas. The discovery provides new insights into the religious rituals of the ...
Tags: Science, US, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Andes, National Academy of Sciences, Tiwanaku, Lake Titicaca Among


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Sleeping over at the Louvre, floating cities, what really happened to the dinosaurs and more from around the internet The UN’s Floating City Concept Presented by a group of designers, architects and engineers at a United Nations roundtable last week, this floating city could be the future of sustainable (and affordable) living. Built in a lily pad-like array of hexagonal platforms, nearly 10,000 citizens could …
Tags: Gender, Space, Science, Design, Climate Change, Sex, History, Nasa, Mit, Vogue, United Nations, Dinosaurs, Un, Airbnb, Archeology, Louvre


Four-Legged Whale With Hooves Fossil Discovered

A 140-foot whale fossil has been discovered off the coast of Peru, only it’s unlike any other. This particular gigantic mammal would have been able to transition between land and sea with ease, thanks to its tail and four legs. Its webbed feet would have helped move underwater, but the bend in the limbs suggests that the creature could move just as well on land. …
Tags: Science, Design, Animals, History, Culture, Peru, Archaeology, Evolution, Whales, Fossil, Linkaboutit


An Argument for an Intermission During Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is the rare kind of film whose three-hour, intermission-less runtime is a price audiences are willing to pay without batting an eye because, as Marvel Studios keeps reminding everyone, this is the end of an era. A narrative climax of Endgame’s proportions rightfully deserves to take its time. But…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, History, Theater, Marvel Studios, Russo brothers, Avengers Endgame, Intermissions, Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz


Stunning 10-Foot Statue of Roman Emperor Found Under Ancient Fountain in Turkey

Archaeologists working in the ancient Turkish city of Laodicea have discovered a monumental statue of Trajan, a famed Roman emperor who led the empire to its greatest geographical extent.Read more...
Tags: Science, Turkey, History, Statues, Ancient Rome, Laodicea, Trajan, Roman Statues


Newly Discovered Evidence Confirms the Sudden Demise of Dinosaurs

In the excavated terrain of the Hell Creek geological formation, an archaeologist named Robert DePalma made a discovery. The theory that dinosaurs met their demise at the impact of a planet-rattling meteor is generally uncontested, but some researchers felt they were doomed well before the day it hit. Dinosaur fossils are never found less than nine feet below the layer of soot—known as the “KT …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, Linkaboutit, Meteorite, Hell Creek, Robert DePalma


Archaeologists discover 'exceptional' site at Lake Titicaca

Underwater haul of Tiwanaku ceremonial relics is unprecedented, say academicsAn ancient ceremonial site described as exceptional has been discovered in the Andes by marine archaeologists, who recovered ritual offerings and the remains of slaughtered animals from a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca.The remarkable haul points to a history of highly charged ceremonies in which the elite of the region’s Tiwanaku state boated out to the reef and sacrificed young llamas, seemingly decorated for deat...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, History, Higher Education, Anthropology, Peru, Archaeology, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Andes, Tiwanaku


Humans Built Complex Societies Before They Invented Moral Gods

The appearance of moralizing gods in religion occurred after—and not before—the emergence of large, complex societies, according to new research. This finding upturns conventional thinking on the matter, in which moralizing gods are typically cited as a prerequisite for social complexity.Read more...
Tags: Science, Religion, History, Anthropology, Human Behavior, Social Science, Complex Societies, Ancient Religions, Moralizing Gods



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