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Where bread began: Ancient tools used to reconstruct—and taste—prehistoric cuisine
"Using 12,500-year-old conical mortars carved into bedrock, they reconstructed how their ancient ancestors processed wild barley to produce groat meals, as well as a delicacy that might be termed "proto-pita" - small loaves of coal-baked, unleavened bread. In so doing, they re-enacted a critical moment in the rise of civilization: the emergence of wild-grain-based nutrition, some 2,000 to 3,000 years before our hunter-gatherer forebears would establish the sedentary farming communities which were the hallmark of the "Neolithic Revolution"."
food  history 
5 days ago by warrenellis
In Conversation With Quentin Tarantino -- Vulture
"The last time that I felt competitive was when I was doing Kill Bill and my competition was The Matrix Reloaded. That was the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. I saw Matrix Reloaded at the Chinese Theatre the day it opened, and I walked out of the cinema singing... I was worried about that? Ho-ly shit."
interviews 
6 days ago by warrenellis
A Journey to the Edge of Europe - Roads & Kingdoms
"...a faint scent catches my nose, like lost strands of music barely audible though the wind. It’s not a delicate piano etude or a flatteringly engineered and edited modern pop song. Rather, the scent carries a notion of ancient times, of winter storms, of hardship and endurance all the way back to the Viking ages—it is the scent of Skerpikjøt."
food  travel 
7 days ago by warrenellis
UK marine researchers receive 'oldest message in a bottle'
"Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906, the bottle washed up on the beach on the German island of Amrum, and was found by a couple in April. Inside they found a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the U.K.—which they did."
history 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Found Objects: The Highdown Rocket Site IOW
"Under the instruction of architect John A. Strubbe, construction began in April 1956. The Needles Headland was transformed looking now like something out of Quatermass or James Bond."
space 
8 days ago by warrenellis
Overtone Throat Singing | Online Soundscapes & Drones
Tibetan Choir
Frequency-shaped Throat Singing Drone Generator
music  app 
16 days ago by warrenellis
'Fantastic Four' Blame Game: Fox, Director Josh Trank Square Off Over On-Set "Chaos" - Hollywood Reporter - Hollywood Reporter
"Days before Fantastic Four opened, director Josh Trank sent an email to some members of the cast and crew to say he was proud of the film, which, he wrote, was "better than 99 percent of the comic-book movies ever made."

"I don't think so," responded one castmember."
films 
18 days ago by warrenellis
Why Almost Nobody Wants to Pay for the 'Netflix of Magazines' - Bloomberg Business
Parasite business:

"For about three-quarters of Next Issue’s $180 annual fee, a reader could get separate digital subscriptions to The New Yorker ($60), Bloomberg Businessweek ($30), Rolling Stone ($20), and National Geographic ($20). The average Next Issue user spends about two hours per week engaged with the app, so it’s fair to ask whether people need much more than that. "
publishing  magazines 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory
According to Morsella's framework, the "free will" that people typically attribute to their conscious mind—the idea that our consciousness, as a "decider," guides us to a course of action—does not exist. Instead, consciousness only relays information to control "voluntary" action, or goal-oriented movement involving the skeletal muscle system.
neuro  mind 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scientists Predict Existence of Flat Liquid | Physics | Sci-News.com
Now, physicists at the University of Jyväskylä have conducted quantum molecular dynamics simulations that predict a liquid phase in atomically thin gold islands that patch small pores of graphene.
sci 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Cheap, synthetic 'flakka' dethroning cocaine on Florida drug scene | Reuters
For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail.

As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.
drugs  crime 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Untouched cave to provide clues to Black Hills history
"On Monday, a team of scientists led by East Tennessee State University professor Jim Mead will begin unearthing the entrance of the cave, hauling out bags of sediment and animal bones to be carefully analyzed. They have already found bones dating back nearly 11,000 years and the remains of at least three species that hadn't been found in the region before—the pika, pine marten and platygonus, an extinct relative of the modern-day peccary."

"Persistence Cave"
history  geo 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers
"The leader of a religious cult based in Jakarta has asked Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Jakarta’s Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for their permission to allow a UFO, piloted by the archangel Gabriel, to land at the country’s National Monument so that he can pick up her followers."
cult 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
Why Instagram should be part of every business
"Instagram is a community that thrives on inspiring content.  The platform currently has 50 times the engagement rate over Facebook with Instagram users being the most invested and engaged in content across all social media channels. Instagram has more than 300 million monthly active users who spend an average of 257 minutes a month on the platform."
web 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
Gawker Media Votes To Unionize
"As stewards of your own future at Gawker Media, it’s important to have a full understanding of the business strategy (or lack thereof) of Kinja. The theory, as it has mutated, goes something like this: Facebook and other social platforms (but mostly Facebook) have taken away the power of the “destination” publication. Buzzfeed, having noted this a few years back, has built a stateless organization that attempts to optimize the delivery of its traffic wherever the audience may be: on Facebook, on YouTube, on YouTube on Facebook. Gawker, feeling threatened by Facebook, attempted to build another Facebook. (Oops!) A noble goal, vis a vis the loss of independence or influence a media organization has over its own audience, but one that—even with a brilliant design and flawless technical execution—had a slim chance of success to begin with."
web 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
33rd Square | Memories Found To Be Preserved During The Cryonics Process
"Until recently it hasn’t been understood whether important higher-level functions, like memory, are preserved in the natural cryonic process. Now, Natasha Vita-More and Daniel Barranco, have proven for the first time that cryogenically-suspended nematode worms keep their memories after reanimation."
sci  med 
may 2015 by warrenellis
What $5 Per Day Will Buy You on Facebook Ads
"Here are our results: 

Page Likes – $0.57 per like
Clicks to the Buffer for Business landing page – $4.01 per click
Boosted post – $6.35 per additional 1,000 people reached
When we view this in terms of how much $5 per day will buy you, these are the numbers:

Page Likes – 9 likes per day
Clicks to the Buffer homepage – 1 per day
Boosted post – 787 new people reached"
web 
may 2015 by warrenellis
City without people to be built for testing new tech
"By building this proving ground, the Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation (CITE) hopes to provide data that proves the safety of this sort of tech, or at least details a roadmap for improvements still needed before a launch at scale for futuristic tech proponents such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos."
cities  future 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Cheeky Nando’s, or, what went wrong? | Idiot Joy Showland
"You’re in front of Nando’s. You were there all along. There are things you can remember. Cheeky Nando’s. Extra-hot peri-peri chicken breast on pita with chips and a Coke Zero. Off the wall. Nutter. Your parents dead in bin-bags. Yeah love I’ve been to Nando’s before. Soldiers sweeping down your street helicopters plunging in flames. No shame in lemon and herb mate nah but shall we get a highchair for you while we’re at it. The laughter of women as you crouch naked penis shrivelling knees tucked to chest like the terrified child you’ve always been inside but thought you’d grown hide to conceal. Cheeky Nando’s with the lads. The sky a swollen bleeding pantophagous cunt. Bit expensive but it’s a good laugh. The radiation containment zone now covers the entire mainland United Kingdom north of Wakefield and south of Inverness. The state of emergency is a temporary measure. Fun is mandatory until the crisis passes."
writing 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Pill of super-protective 'heavy' fat may be key to eternal youth - health - 13 May 2015 - New Scientist
"COULD a shiny orange capsule of modified fat help to keep you young? For the first time next month, fats designed to reinforce our cells against age-related damage will be given to people in a clinical trial. The participants have a rare genetic disorder, but if the treatment works for them, it could eventually help us all live longer, more youthful lives, says the scientist behind the work."
sci  med  longevity 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Could we live on Jupiter?
"The only thing that's lighter than hydrogen is hot hydrogen. Let's say you could make a balloon, and fill it with superheated hydrogen and float around the cloud tops of Jupiter suffering the crushing gravity. Is there anything else that might kill you?

"Did you leave Earth? Then of course there is. Everything is going to kill you, always. You might want to write that on the brass plaque next to your ship's wheel with the carving of Shiva in the center there, Captain Baron Cogsworth Copperglass."

phys.org getting snarky in its old age
space 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Research challenges the view that Neolithic societies were egalitarian
"The data obtained by Teresa Fernández-Crespo in seven megalithic graves in La Rioja and Araba-Álava suggest that certain individuals were excluded from burial on the basis of "criteria relating to age and possibly sex". So the existence of a funerary recruitment system that marginalised a considerable proportion of the population, according to the UPV/EHU researcher, could be pointing to the fact that the collective use of a shared burial area, which has often been understood as an egalitarian sign of megalithic societies, could in actual fact be masking the privileges of communities that were starting to become hierarchized."
history 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Three days in Beijing with three of the world’s most famous dissidents | Fusion
“I am everywhere and I am nowhere,” he says. “That’s the beauty of the Internet Age.”
art  pol  working 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Multifractals suggest the existence of an unknown physical mechanism on the Sun
AN UNKNOWN PHYSICAL MECHANISM ON THE SUN

THEY WRITE THESE HEADLINES JUST FOR ME
space 
may 2015 by warrenellis
NuSTAR captures possible 'screams' from zombie stars
"Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions."
space  doom 
may 2015 by warrenellis
It's Now Incredibly Easy to Host your Podcast on SoundCloud
"From today, SoundCloud Podcasts is coming out of beta – over 15,000 podcasts took part – and opening up to anyone with an account. To start a podcast, all you need to do is hit the ‘Permissions’ tab and select ‘Include in RSS feed.’"
podcasting 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Here Be Monsters
(follow up on this next week)
podcast 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News & Comment
The technique used by Huang’s team involves injecting embryos with the enzyme complex CRISPR/Cas9, which binds and splices DNA at specific locations. The complex can be programmed to target a problematic gene, which is then replaced or repaired by another molecule introduced at the same time. The system is well studied in human adult cells and in animal embryos. But there had been no published reports of its use in human embryos.
genetics  med  sci 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Scientists in China Just Edited Genes in Human Embryos for the First Time | Motherboard
The low success rate suggests that CRISPR-Cas9 is not anywhere near ready for primetime in human embryos, according to Art​hur Caplan, head of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

“This is a rather inauspicious start,” said Caplan. “The technique didn’t cleave where the scientists wanted, they got crossovers they didn’t expect—I’d say the experiment didn’t work very well.”
genetics  med  sci 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Enormous hole in the universe may not be the only one
"Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known structure in the universe. The "supervoid" solves a controversial cosmic puzzle: it explains the origin of a large and anomalously cold region of the sky. However, future observations are needed to confirm the discovery and determine whether the void is unique."

Ref. Laura Mersini-Houghton's multiversal impact theory
space 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions
"Traditional "clean burials" involve cleansing the deceased by fire in a pit and then compressing the skeletal remains, wrapping them in a cloth woven from trees, and burying them in a basket."
history  death 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Ken Armstrong Writing Stuff: When You Go Your Own Way
"I wasn't at Live Aid but the story along these lines that has stood out for me is that apparently, allegedly, at the very, very end, Bob Geldof was left practically alone. Had to get a lift."

That's pretty much what it's like, yeah.
working 
april 2015 by warrenellis
How to make objects invisible without metamaterial cloaking | KurzweilAI
The researchers discovered that at certain frequencies, waves scattered via resonant and non-resonant mechanisms have opposite phases and are mutually destroyed — thus making the object invisible. It was possible to switch from visibility to invisibility regimes at 1.9 GHz by simply changing the temperature of the water in the cylinder from 90 °C to 50 °C.
tech  invisibility 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies
"After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonized by an advanced spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilization's technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths—exactly the radiation that the WISE satellite was designed to detect for other astronomical purposes," said Jason T. Wright, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State University, who conceived of and initiated the research."

#colduncaringvoid
space 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Neanderthals manipulated the bodies of adults and children shortly after death
"Neanderthals from the French region of Poitou-Charentes cut, beat and fractured the bones of their recently deceased companions, as revealed by the fossil remains of two adults and a child found at the Marillac site. These manipulations have been observed at other Neanderthal sites, but scientists still do not know whether they did this for food or ceremony."
history 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Russia to build own space station by 2023, says Putin
"Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation. "By 2023, we plan to create our own national space station in orbit," Putin said. "This is something far-off in the future, but also necessary for us from the point of view of our national economy.""

(Bullshit.)
space 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Experimental Digital Synaesthetics in Fashion, Art & Science, on the iPad & online.
A SELF-PLAYING PIANO IS ILLUMINATED BY A SERIES OF BIOLUMINESCENT ORGANISMS, PERFORMING A DEMONIC CAROUSEL THAT IS BOTH ALIEN AND PRIMEVAL.
music  art 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Graphic Journey Blog: Things I like...
"These Penguin Modern Poets covers were designed, and mostly photographed, by Alan Spain during 1965 to 1972. I believe Spain worked at Penguin at the time but can find no information about him. Romek Marber created the typographical grid styling when the series was first introduced in 1965."
covers  books  design 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds
"The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This behavior affects the peaks and valleys in the approximately 11-year solar cycle, sometimes amplifying and sometimes weakening the solar storms that can buffet Earth's atmosphere."
space 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Did Richard III manage to keep his scoliosis a secret up until his death in 1485?
"In a new study published in Medical Humanities this month (April), Dr Mary Ann Lund, of the University of Leicester's School of English, argues that as with all monarchs Richard's body image in life was carefully controlled and he probably kept any signs of his scoliosis hidden outside of the royal household - up until his death."
history 
april 2015 by warrenellis
dennis cooper's haunted html novel - bookforum.com / miscellany
"Dennis Cooper's latest book, Zac’s Haunted House, was released online in mid-January by the Paris-based small press and label Kiddiepunk. Dubbed an “html novel” and offered as a free download, it consists of seven html files, each of which expands into a long, vertical scroll of animated gifs. You could call Zac’s Haunted House many things: net art, a glorified Tumblr, a visual novel, a mood board, or a dark night of the Internet's soul. It has just a few words—the chapter titles and a few subtitles embedded in some of the gifs—but it still very clearly belongs to Cooper’s own haunted oeuvre, capable of evoking powerful and gnarled emotions."
books  web 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Electronic implant outfit goes broke; implant users paralyzed again | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
“Mumford was in Cleveland for a marketing meeting in 2001 when he got news that still baffles him: NeuroControl was getting out of the Freehand business. It would focus instead on a bigger potential market with a device that helped stroke victims. Before long, NeuroControl went out of business entirely, wiping out at least $26 million in investment. At first, Mumford remained an enthusiastic user of the Freehand, though one thing worried him: the wires running outside his body would sometimes fray or break after catching on clothing. Each time, he found someone who could reach into his supply of replacements and reconnect the system. But by 2010, the last wire was gone, and without the prospect of tech support from NeuroControl, the electrical equipment implanted in Mumford’s body went dormant. He lost the independence that had come from having regained extensive use of one hand. “To all of a sudden have that taken away—it’s incredibly frustrating,” he says. “There’s not a day where I don’t miss it.”
tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander
""Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich."
space  war  pol 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Abandoned Rails: Home
"Thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned in the United States, much of it in the last 40 years. All of these abandoned railways have a history and a story. This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of each of these former railroad lines and the companies that operated them."
history 
april 2015 by warrenellis
What Are the Colors of Alien Life? - The New Yorker
"Rothschild has been collaborating with a team of undergraduates from Stanford and Brown to engineer an artificial extremophile called Hell Cell; the project, or one like it, may free future astronomers from their terracentricity by giving them access to the biosignatures of speculative, synthetic life-forms. "

HELL CELL
sci  space  bio 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Olivia Laing on the Future of Loneliness | The Casual Optimist
"As with the city itself, the promise of the internet is contact. It seems to offer an antidote to loneliness, trumping even the most utopian urban environment by enabling strangers to develop relationships along shared lines of interest, no matter how shy or isolated they might be in their own physical lives.

"But proximity, as city dwellers know, does not necessarily mean intimacy. Access to other people is not by itself enough to dispel the gloom of internal isolation. Loneliness can be most acute in a crowd."
books  culture 
april 2015 by warrenellis
The fountain in Stapavik | HLJÓÐMYND - SOUNDIMAGE
"Just below Þrottárskriður landslide is Stapavík, a beautiful gravel beach with high rock in the middle, like a huge stoned giant or troll. Along the beach are low cliffs where fresh water seeps out between the geologic age and wets the rocks."
audio  Sound 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Bot Benediction, 2015 - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
"The metaphors are numerous—bots are homunculi, bots are witches’ familiars, bots are daemons. And yes, the bots were inside us all along, and ultimately we make ourselves into Twitter bots in order to live. But really. Twitter bots are the imaginary friends that I love and cherish as much as the real-person relationships I’ve formed on Twitter (both with people and with other creatures with alleged human operators, whose true identities are best left unknown). They notice things we might not notice."
hauntology  web  tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Preparing for Trench Warfare in Ukraine - The Intercept
"The conditions are rough, but not dismal, and reflect the battalion’s motto, “Nobody But Ourselves,” a nod to the reality that Ukrainians — and particularly members of this volunteer battalion — have to rely on their own resources to defend their country."
pol  war 
april 2015 by warrenellis
The Setup / Dietrich Groundsel
"I recently upgraded from an iPhone 3GS to a Space Grey iPhone 6 with Stealth Grey Magpul case. The usefulness of the 3GS had run its course as a primary internet appliance but lives on as a music device usually attached to some Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones. I would rather not have to use smartphones due to surveillance factors, and keep a feature-dumb flip-phone with the batteries out in a Faraday pouch at a dead drop well outside my home as a sort of insurance."
gear 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Can, Tangerine Dream, Amon Düül II, and so many more on ‘The German Rock Night’ | Dangerous Minds
"After the broadcast of “Kraut und Rüben,” the Rockpalast documentary about German rock music, viewers would frequently ask when they would get to see the full-length concerts of which only short snippets had been televised. Before Rockpalast, full-length concerts were shown only in exceptional cases, but we have indeed found so many more or less complete clips that we decided to show the ten hours of footage over two evenings.

"They cover the full range of the groups that were introduced in the documentary, from Scorpions to Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Eloy, Ton Steine Scherben, Can, Guru Guru, all the way to Amon Düül II. In addition some rarer clips that could not be incorporated in the doc will be shown. The majority of the material has not been seen since the original telecast. We hope that the umbrella term “Krautrock” can once and for all be buried as useless. At the same time, the two nights provide the beginning of a loose series, in which the lost treasures of German television archives could be made available again."
music  video 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The Grid
"The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it - videos, images, text, urls and more - and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you."
web 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Greece: Dreams Take Revenge | Indiegogo
Documentary: A radical government takes on the world! The inside story of Syriza's first 100 days.
film 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Afrofuturism to everyday futurists: new kinds of artists, power & tech | Technology | The Guardian
"New sounds from South Africa and Nigeria’s urban science fiction could change the future of technology and the city"
future  music  culture 
march 2015 by warrenellis
GitBook · Write & Publish Books
"A modern, publishing toolchain, simply taking you from ideas to finished, polished books."
publishing  books 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Kyle Killen Interview About 'Awake' and 'Lone Star' - TV Shows Cancelled Too Soon
"Network television has a branding issue. We see it embedded in critical praise: Fox's new show The Last Man on Earth overcomes sitcom tradition, NBC's Hannibal's bloody mystery prevails against primetime censorship, a drama like The Good Wife defies the "CBS drama" definition. If Killen can understand why his shows, great shows, are oft-executed with little chance at growth, it's because he knows how audiences perceive the incoming network slates."
tv 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude : NPR
"Brother Fenton, after whom I was named, brought his fruitcake recipe to the monastery, partly as a way of getting lots of whiskey into the monastery. He devised a recipe that had a lot of whiskey in it."
history  writing 
march 2015 by warrenellis
How Tyler Brûlé has extended Monocle beyond simply a magazine for the jet set » Nieman Journalism Lab
“We want to create and craft an environment where we’re not getting into a discussion about cost per thousands. It’s the cost of a quality audience.”
publishing  media 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED
Their MagicBands, tech-studded wristbands available to every visitor to the Magic Kingdom, feature a long-range radio that can transmit more than 40 feet in every direction. The hostess, on her modified iPhone, received a signal when the family was just a few paces away. Tanner family inbound! The kitchen also queued up: Two French onion soups, two roast beef sandwiches! When they sat down, a radio receiver in the table picked up the signals from their MagicBands and triangulated their location using another receiver in the ceiling. The server—as in waitperson, not computer array—knew what they ordered before they even approached the restaurant and knew where they were sitting.

And it all worked seamlessly, like magic.
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
A day in the life of Jessica, the content creator of the future -- Fusion
Faith Popcorn is a futurist and consultant. She is best known for a book that came out in 1991 that predicted trends for the rest of the decade (some came true, sorta).

And she’s still at it.

In January, she presented a slide deck called “FutureVision2025,” which lays out her vision of the workforce of tomorrow. We stumbled upon the presentation this weekend.
future  design+fiction 
march 2015 by warrenellis
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