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  • 46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in ‘Green Arabia’

    46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in ‘Green Arabia’

    via LiveScience : Forty-six sites containing artifacts, mainly stone tools, have been discovered beside the remains of ancient lakes in the western Nefud desert in Saudi Arabia. Some of the tools, left by early humans, date to the Lower Paleolithic period, from 1.8 million to 250,000 years ago, the researchers said in a new study describing the findings. Animal fossils, including fossils from now-extinct forms of jaguar and elephant, were also discovered at some of the […]

  • Ebay to Launch Visual Search Tools for Finding Products Using Photos From Your Phone or Web

    Ebay to Launch Visual Search Tools for Finding Products Using Photos From Your Phone or Web

    via TechCrunch : Ebay this morning announced its plans to introduce new image search capabilities that will allow the company to better compete with the likes of Pinterest, Google and Amazon, all of which already support the use of photos in order to connect online shoppers with products of interest. There are two parts to eBay’s implementation of visual search: Image Search and Find It on eBay. With Image Search, eBay users can snap a photo […]

  • Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature

    Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature

    Via The Guardian : A third of people can’t identify a barn owl and three quarters don’t recognise a hawthorn tree. One in six have never had the pleasure of seeing a toad. And 13% say they haven’t visited the countryside for more than two years. The findings of a new survey are unsurprising but they remind us that, instead of wringing hands about children’s disengagement from nature, we must encourage adults. Nearly four in 10 […]

  • The science behind fireworks: ‘Chemistry in action’

    The science behind fireworks: ‘Chemistry in action’

    Via AccuWeather : Every Independence Day, millions of Americans gather to experience the loud cracks, booms and incandescent bursts of celebratory fireworks displays. The mechanics of our patriotic pyrotechnics come entirely from chemistry, the driving force behind the motion, heat, light, smoke and sound of these brilliant, captivating displays. “Everything you see in a fireworks display is chemistry in action,” Washington College adjunct chemistry professor John Conkling explained in an educational video. While the chemistry of […]

  • Magic or Maths? Find The Day of The Week For Any Date

    Magic or Maths? Find The Day of The Week For Any Date

    via Cosmos Magazine : Martin Gardner is the inspiration behind this column. As many readers know, Gardner wrote his own column, called “Mathematical Games”, in Scientific American from 1956 to 1985. It sat squarely within the nexus where recreational mathematics, puzzles, games, magic, art and science intersect. His compiled articles required 14 large volumes to contain them all. Those, and the several dozen other books he wrote in his 95 years, comprise an incredible body of […]