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Archaeologists Confirm That Stonehenge Was Once A Complete Circle
"Now, thanks to a dry summer and a watering hose that was too short, the answer has unexpectedly emerged in the form of ghostly outlines — patches of parched grass where the megaliths once lay. Usually, the ground around the ancient structure is watered by stewards, but this year their hose was too short to reach the entire site. Quite by chance, the incomplete section of the inner stone circle was left to dry out."
history 
3 hours ago by warrenellis
Android security mystery - 'fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.
"Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science."
spook  security  crime  comms 
8 hours ago by warrenellis
The scientific A-Team saving the world from killer viruses, rogue AI and the paperclip apocalypse | Technology | The Guardian
"the founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk may be all that stands between us and global catastrophe"
future  doom 
yesterday by warrenellis
Sticky end for sex geckos sent into space by Russia
Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.
space 
yesterday by warrenellis
Leading expert on search for intelligent extra-terrestrial life optimistic
"The Fermi Paradox is a big extrapolation from a very local observation. We don't see any obvious evidence of galactic colonisation around here. So they couldn't be out there. Really? I don't see any evidence of mega fauna in my back yard, so maybe there aren't any …"

Interview that removes much of my last hope that SETI will prove to be of any use to anyone. Extant megafauna includes cows, probably not far from your own back yard, and evidencing themselves in your diet. Pleistocene megafauna are extinct, which, in your metaphor, DOES speak to Fermi -- you can't see them in your fucking back yard because they all died before you started looking.
space  seti 
yesterday by warrenellis
North Korea Warns UK & C4: Political Thriller Would Bring “Disgrace” | Deadline
"In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, a spokesman for Korea’s National Defense Commission on Sunday called Opposite Number, “a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture of the DPRK’s reality as it is based on a sheer lie intended to give impression that the DPRK’s nuclear treasured sword for self-defense was manufactured by ‘illegally acquiring’ nuclear technology from Britain.”"

NUCLEAR TREASURED SWORD
pol  mad 
yesterday by warrenellis
Roberto Bolaño: Literary Lion, Cash Cow?: The Q: GQ
"I have to ask about this quote on the back of the book. Bolaño said that Antwerp is "the only novel that doesn't embarrass me." Really?"

"It's from his famous Mexican Playboy interview. I lopped off the second half where he said it's "because [the book] continues to be unintelligible." "

Wonderful
bolano  books 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Skyscraper Wallpapers + Subtraction.com
"Once a month starting back in January, the site I Like Architecture has been publishing these beautifully stylized portraits of famous contemporary skyscrapers from around the world, lovingly crafted by French illustrator Romain Trystram. Their exaggerated color palettes and simplified details emphasize the sci-fi, “architecture of the absurd” quality of building trends."
art  cities 
2 days ago by warrenellis
LAURIE FRICK | FRICKbits? Where did this come from?
"FRICKbits iphone app, captures your pattern of movement and turns it into art – coming to iphone  in Sep/Oct 2014."
apps  geo 
2 days ago by warrenellis
Ancient metal workers were not slaves but highly regarded craftsmen
"The result of this analysis, published in the journal Antiquity, indicates that the laborers operating the furnaces were in fact skilled craftsmen who enjoyed high social status and adulation. They believe their discovery may have ramifications for similar sites across the region"
history 
3 days ago by warrenellis
New Evidence Suggests The Arctic's First Settlers Died In Isolation
"...the Dorset, the last vestige of Paleo-Eskimo culture, disappeared roughly 700 years ago in the span of a few decades. This, after inhabiting the region successfully for some 4,000 years."
history 
3 days ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Working gun made with 3D printer
"The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.

"The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online."
guns  tech  fabbing 
3 days ago by warrenellis
How can we find tiny particles in exoplanet atmospheres?
"It may seem like magic, but astronomers have worked out a scheme that will allow them to detect and measure particles ten times smaller than the width of a human hair, even at many light-years distance.  They can do this by observing a blue tint in the light from far-off objects caused by the way in which small particles, no more than a micron in size (one-thousandth of a millimeter) scatter light."
space 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Elizabeth Parker - Radiophonic Workshop Special : Red Bull Music Academy Radio
"The Radiophonic Workshop first opened its doors in 1957. It started life as little more than an offshoot of the UK’s government funded BBC drama department, but over the next eighteen years grew to produce the innovative sounds and music that became synonymous with shows like ‘Dr Who’ and ‘The Human Body’. The workshop was formed at a time when sound technology was still in its infancy of props and tape reels. Little was known at the time about the embryonic medium and the BBC was even initially wary to hire composers in the long term for fear of their ongoing health. We talk to one such composer, Elizabeth Parker, worked on the cult sci-fi series ‘Blake 7’, amongst others, and recalls here with affection, the open attitude of her colleagues and experimentation with new methods. Unfortunately however it didn’t last and the subsequent cut in funding and increasing availability of technology such as synths, affected the Workshop’s vitality and viability to the BBC altogether, forcing it’s eventual closure in the 1990’s. The original recordings are now preserved for posterity, but the Radiophonic Workshop’s broader legacy is evident in the continual evolution of electronic music today."
radiophonic 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Press Releases :: MYOS Corporation (MYOS)
"MYOS Corporation Reports Additional Clinical Data on the Impact of Fortetropin on Lean Body Mass, Fat Mass and Muscle Size in Male Subjects"
med  bodymod 
4 days ago by warrenellis
BBC News - The death list that names 5,000 victims
"A year ago, a Dutch prosecutor published a list of 5,000 names, which immediately led to scenes of public mourning in Afghanistan. These were the names of people killed after a communist coup d'etat in 1978 - and some of those with blood on their hands are now living in Europe."
crime 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Initial Success! | Experiment
"Can we biologically extend the range of human vision into the near infrared?"
sci  bodymod 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Evidence for supernovas near Earth
"It seems obvious that you wouldn't want a supernova exploding near Earth. Yet there is growing evidence that one did—actually, more than one. About 10 million years ago, a nearby cluster of supernovas went off like popcorn. We know because the explosions blew an enormous bubble in the interstellar medium, and we're inside it.

"Astronomers call it "the Local Bubble." It is peanut-shaped, about 300 light years long, and filled with almost nothing. Gas inside the bubble is very thin (0.001 atoms per cubic centimeter) and very hot (roughly a million degrees)—a sharp departure from ordinary interstellar material."
space 
5 days ago by warrenellis
What Lies Beneath Stonehenge? | History | Smithsonian
"the researchers have found buried evidence of more than 15 previously unknown or poorly understood late Neolithic monuments: henges, barrows, segmented ditches, pits. To Gaffney, these findings suggest a scale of activity around Stonehenge far beyond what was previously suspected. “There was sort of this idea that Stonehenge sat in the middle and around it was effectively an area where people were probably excluded,” Gaffney told me, “a ring of the dead around a special area—to which few people might ever have been admitted...."
history 
5 days ago by warrenellis
South Koreans 'will be extinct by 2750'
"South Koreans will be 'extinct' by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation's falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul."
med 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Stone-tipped spears lethal, may indicate early cognitive and social skills
"The authors also posit that the manufacture of the stone-tipped spears may represent the origin of new cognitive and social development in our human ancestors. Working memory (the ability to hold attention to multiple tasks in order to collect, prepare and combine different kinds of raw materials into a weapon), and constructive memory (the ability to imagine and plan for future tasks), were mental capacities required for tipped spear construction. In addition, since a stone-tipped spear is a skill likely to have been learned by being passed from generation to generation through social or group learning, stone-tipped technology is evidence of the evolutionary impact of "cumulative culture.""
history  war  weapons 
6 days ago by warrenellis
Study provides new look at ancient coastline, pathway for early Americans
"The central Oregon shelf, for example, was thought to be characterized by a series of small islands some 14,000 years ago. However, the models run by Clark and her colleagues suggest that much of the continental shelf was exposed as a solid land mass, creating an extensive coastline. In some areas, the change in estimated sea level may have been as much as 100 feet."
history 
6 days ago by warrenellis
Ancient Arabian Stones Hint at How Humans Migrated Out of Africa
"stone artifacts recently unearthed in the Arabian Desert date to at least 100,000 years ago. This could be evidence of an early modern-human exodus out of Africa, scientists say. However, it's possible that these artifacts weren't created by modern humans; a number of now-extinct human lineages existed outside Africa before or at the same time when modern humans migrated there."
history 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis | Science | WIRED
"Though galaxies look larger than atoms and elephants appear to outweigh ants, some physicists have begun to suspect that size differences are illusory. Perhaps the fundamental description of the universe does not include the concepts of “mass” and “length,” implying that at its core, nature lacks a sense of scale."
sci 
7 days ago by warrenellis
The World's First Handheld DNA Sequencer Is a Genetics Lab In a Box
"The device, called Freedom4, brings the quantitative PCR method of DNA sequencing to the field. The brick-sized machine has a six-hour battery life and can process DNA samples in one step, identifying the presence and extent of, say, a norovirus infection in under an hour."
tech  med 
7 days ago by warrenellis
Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 2
"Profane Illuminations: Machines, Indian Ghosts, and Boundless Flights through Nature at Contemporary Paranormal Gatherings in America"
weird  parapolitics  history  magazine  shamanism 
8 days ago by warrenellis
The Isis leader's vision of the state is a profoundly contemporary one | Jason Burke | Comment is free | The Observer
"What Baghdadi has done is fuse the political Islamists' aim of seizing state power with the neo-traditionalists' more global vision to create a recognisable if rough-edged state that is simultaneously supposed to be a launchpad for greater expansion. This unprecedented combination is a powerful one."
pol  war 
8 days ago by warrenellis
The star that exploded at the dawn of time | Science/AAAS | News
"An ancient star a mere thousand light-years from Earth bears chemical elements that may have been forged by the death of a star that was both extremely massive and one of the first to arise after the big bang. If confirmed, the finding means that some of the universe’s first stars were so massive they died in exceptionally violent explosions that altered the growth of early galaxies."
space 
8 days ago by warrenellis
The Mudang's Dance - Issue #1 - Compass Cultura
"In Korea’s case, the spaceship launched in 1963 and it flew much faster, and arrived (in economic terms, at least — the only terms apparently relevant to Park) sometime around 1995 or 1996, disgorging most of the same passengers who’d first boarded it (plus their kids) into an alien world. In less time than it took Americans to go from the first muscle car to the Prius and the Humvee, Koreans went from ox-and-plow to bullet train; from mountaintop signal fires to cell phones and free webmail."
cities 
8 days ago by warrenellis
Juliet Marine's Ghost Boat Will Be Hard Sell to U.S. Navy - Businessweek
"Four propellers positioned at the front of the tubes are powered by the two 2,000-horsepower engines. They pull the craft and, with the help of air funneling down through the struts, create a gas bubble around each tube—an effect known as supercavitation that can reduce drag by a factor of 900. In short, Ghost makes a bubble and flies through it."
war  stealth 
10 days ago by warrenellis
Measurement Data from HEAT-2X Static Test | Copenhagen Suborbitals
¨The large red circle indicates the situation around the engine compartment at about T+8s. It is precisely at this point the data transmission from the engine controller ceases, which seems reasonable. The smaller circle represents the burning gases blowing out through the approx. 1 cm large gap between the concrete blocks. This is the side were many of the network and power cables were going and they burned at several places.¨
space 
10 days ago by warrenellis
Walking With Cthulhu - Mythogeography
Walking With Cthulhu:   
H. P. Lovecraft as psychogeographer , New York City  1924-26  
David Haden   (self-published) )

"Here is a strange beast. What might at first appear to be a piece of literary scholarship is many things: an insight into the embodied work of writing, a map of the ugly overlaying of racial anxieties and aesthetic terror, and a handbook for exploratory walking drawn from the notebook of a genius of dread."   
books  psychogeo 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Super-black nano-coating to be tested for the first time in space
"An emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size will be tested for the first time on the International Space Station within a year."

SUPER-BLACK
nano  space  tech 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial - health - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"In October, people with Alzheimer's disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition."
med  sci 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Scientists Found a Way to Email Brain Waves | Motherboard
Researchers have successfully communicated words from one brain to another over the internet.
neuro  comms 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Object of Interest: The Vocoder - The New Yorker
The vocoder—part military technology, part musical instrument—has had quite a history. In our new Object of Interest video, we explore the vocoder in settings ranging from the Second World War to Kraftwerk parties, featuring interviews with Laurie Anderson, Cozmo D, Dave Tompkins, and Frank Gentges. 
Sound 
12 days ago by warrenellis
THE ENORMOUS SPACE | soundeyet
"One morning Mr. Ballantyne takes the tempting decision to stay inside his house. This is how one of the greatest and most popular J.G. Ballard short-stories begins. Through a suffocating dive into endless inner space, the psychological nightmare that follows reveals the fears of urban life and the dark sides of the human being. Seemingly, this short-story is unfolding in an uncomfortable and tense silence inside the walls of a house in a London suburb. Only few sounds are present and they are always distant and/or disturbing: the drone of a car engine, the rattling of the letter slot, the noise of the refrigerator, the air that blows through the open windows, the singing of the birds in the back garden. This compilation attempts to explore that intermittent space/silence.
In the last few months many musicians found this short-story in their mailbox, with the request to create fitting soundscapes for it, if they were willing to struggle with this harsh silence."
music 
12 days ago by warrenellis
Neanderthals: Bone technique redrafts prehistory : Nature News & Comment
early humans arrived in southwestern England2 and Italy’s ‘heel’3, for example, well over 40,000 years ago. They have now applied the technique to Neanderthal occupations across Europe, which are associated with stone tools known as Mousterian artefacts. From the Black Sea to the Atlantic coast of France, these artefacts and Neanderthal remains disappear from European sites at roughly the same time, 39,000–41,000 years ago, Higham’s team conclude.
history 
13 days ago by warrenellis
Life in space? Sea plankton discovered attached to ISS outer hull — RT News
"Russian scientists say they made a “unique” discovery while analyzing samples from the exterior of the International Space Station – traces of tiny sea creatures on the station’s windows and walls. It remains unclear how marine plankton ended up in space."
space 
13 days ago by warrenellis
Amazon to trial PrimeAir drone delivery service in India | sUAS News
"If everything goes well, the loud buzz of drones will drown the noise of crackers this Diwali in Mumbai and Bangalore, thanks to Amazon."
drones 
13 days ago by warrenellis
Stream of Ditto Matches
"To get a sense of how the system works in real-time, you can view a live stream of images sourced from the web being scanned for brands on Ditto’s website. As images fly across the screen, the algorithm singles out any brand logos and human faces. The images are paired with information like the user’s handle and click through to their personal accounts…."
algo  brands  web  surveillance 
13 days ago by warrenellis
You can charge a phone battery by playing music at it | The Verge
"Now, at the Queen Mary University of London, a group of scientists has created a prototype panel capable of charging a cellphone off environmental vibrations like music or dinner conversation."
energy  eco 
13 days ago by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Emergency Exit
"Marketed as a tool for urban warfare with—wouldn't you know it—handy civilian uses on the side, the SkySaver system's goal is to let you escape from, say, a building siege or a hotel fire. "
design  war  crime 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Film | General Orders No. 9
"An experimental documentary that contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South as potent metaphors of personal and collective destiny."
film  shop 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Polling Your Intestinal Flora: How A Writer Cultivates Instinct « terribleminds: chuck wendig
"WRITE A LOT

"Is it Stephen King’s one million words? Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours? Chuck Wendig’s six shitty trunk novels and four billion tears spilled onto the dry dead earth of literature and publishing? Choose whatever arbitrary number you like, but the idea remains the same –

"You do this thing by doing this thing. You learn to write first and foremost by jolly well fucking writing."
writing 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure
"A new ovoid structure discovered in the Nakhla Martian meteorite is made of nanocrystalline iron-rich clay, contains a variety of minerals, and shows evidence of undergoing a past shock event from impact, with resulting melting of the permafrost and mixing of surface and subsurface fluids. Based on the results of a broad range of analytical studies to determine the origin of this new structure, scientists present the competing hypotheses for how this ovoid formed, point to the most likely conclusion, and discuss how these findings impact the field of astrobiology"
space 
14 days ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Mong La: Myanmar's lawless region where anything goes
"Special Region Number Four - also known as Mong La - is one such strip of land on the border between China and Myanmar.

It has existed entirely outside central government control for more than 25 years."
cities  pol  war 
15 days ago by warrenellis
Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'
"Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics."
history 
15 days ago by warrenellis
Let’s talk about margins — The Message — Medium
"The Dictionary Man reaches behind him, grabs another dictionary, and shows the Paper Man a specimen of perfect dictionary usability. It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d never notice unless you lived and breathed dictionaries. Here, you try turning these pages, says the Dictionary Man. The Paper Man does so and responds with an, Oooooooooooooohhh, as if part of the matrix has been unzipped before him. He then apologizes and yells, WE WILL TRY HARDER while bowing deeply."
books 
15 days ago by warrenellis
Amazon looks to gain liftoff for drone delivery testing | sUAS News
"Amazon is going on the offensive as it seeks federal approval to test its planned Prime Air drone delivery system. You are not likely to get a Prime Air drop on your porch anytime this year, or even next, but the online retailer, which announced plans for drone delivery last December on 60 Minutes, is making moves to spur development."

Knew it.
drones 
16 days ago by warrenellis
Worm-like creature with legs and spikes finds its place in the evolutionary tree of life
"One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time."
eco  bio 
16 days ago by warrenellis
Bauhaus - Monoskop
9 Bauhaus books onnline. Klee, Kandinsky, Gropius
books 
16 days ago by warrenellis
An Iron Curtain Has Descended Upon Psychopharmacology | Slate Star Codex
"Science, you would say, is science everywhere. You can’t have one set of elements in Russia and another in the US, everyone would work together and compare notes. At the very least one side would have the common decency to at least steal from the other. No way anything like this could possibly go on. But as far as I can tell this is exactly the state of modern psychopharmacology."
neuro  drugs 
16 days ago by warrenellis
US dig unearths tomb of previously unknown pharaoh
"The discovery by a team from the University of Pennsylvania provides new evidence that at least part of Egypt may have escaped the rule of the Hyksos, invaders from what is now Syria who dominated the Nile Delta between the 18th and 15th centuries BC, the officials said. A royal cartouche bearing the full name of pharaoh Senebkay was found on the sarcophagus and on a wall of the tomb unearthed in the ancient city of Abydos"
history 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Ancient Man Used “Super-Acoustics” to Alter Consciousness (... and speak with the dead?)
"Sound in a Basso/Baritone range of 70 – 130 hz vibrates in a certain way as a natural phenomenon of the environment in the Hypogeum, as it does in Newgrange passage tomb, megalithic cairns and any stone cavity of the right dimensions. At these resonance frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Echoes bounce off the hard surfaces and compound before they fade. Laboratory testing indicates that exposure to these particular resonant frequencies can have a physical effect on human brain activity."
sound  archaeoacoustics  history  neuro 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Day #228/365: Studys and documentation of the fading shadows from defences of the realm... | A Year In The Country
"I feel that I should use the phrase England My Lionheart somewhere on this page. I’m not quite sure why. Not in a jingoistic little England manner. More I think because it is a song/phrase that conjures a very particular yearning, loss and hope, which is something that architecture such as the above can also at times seems to…"
architecture  england 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Council of the North - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Council of the North was an administrative body set up in 1472 by King Edward IV of England, the first Yorkist monarch to hold the Crown of England, to improve government control and economic prosperity, to benefit all of Northern England."
history 
18 days ago by warrenellis
Rise of the Super Drug Tunnels + Subtraction.com
"This short film from Reason takes a look at the struggle against the ever increasing number of tunnels being dug by drug cartels to transport drugs from Mexico into the United States. It focuses on Joe Garcia, a deputy special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and head of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, who has discovered and shut down over two hundred tunnels since 1990, even as new ones continue to proliferate. It also features insightful commentary from David Shirk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego, who argues that simply throwing more money at the government agencies fighting this problem is a futile solution; “You can’t fight markets,” he says."
crime  pol  money 
18 days ago by warrenellis
The Quietus | Features | Rockfort | Sound & Visions: Rockfort Interviews Bernard Szajner
"David McKenna meets veteran electronic explorer Bernard Szajner to discuss his reissued 1979 album Visions Of Dune, hiding from the KGB, working with Carl Craig, and visions of the future"
music 
18 days ago by warrenellis
A Recollection. « Hawthonn
"A major element of this project is the mythos of the hawthorn. Yet, I was unaware until the autumn of 2010 that my life had been haunted by the hawthorn for twenty years."
music  wyrd  england 
18 days ago by warrenellis
Escaping the Cities of Drowned Ghosts
"Here’s what you get when you combine the two. Most ’Ghost Cities’ (growth cities), are in areas positioned to become coastal."
cities 
18 days ago by warrenellis
Avant-garde and modernist magazines - Monoskop
"The result is a reference guide to avant-garde and modernist magazines printed in the early decades of the last century, which is hoped to be beneficial to artists, writers and scholars alike. Its main sections include a selection of issues meant to initiate the uninitiated, an index of some of the most referred journals, a collection of online collections containing hundreds more titles, and a short bibliography to a field recently emerged under the poetic banner of modern periodical studies."
magazines 
18 days ago by warrenellis
The Silence of the Masses Could Be Social Media – The New Inquiry
"It’s hard to tell through his multiple layers of irony, but it seems that Baudrillard thought this “implosion” process had the potential to short-circuit the imposition of power as it made the social disappear. It manifests a refusal to participate in the flexible ways control is administered not through repression but through encouraging expression, and letting people build their own jails. The more you say and interact and connect, the better you can be modeled, and the more your reality can be seamlessly shaped around you, so that control is experienced as freedom within the circumscribed matrix."
web  social 
22 days ago by warrenellis
Intricate jewellery pieces harvest energy from wearers (Wired UK)
"Kizhner is a graduate student from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, who describes herself as "a trend theorist that is looking to define the new black -- practicing everyday escapism". Kizhner explains on her website that Energy Addicts, her final year project, "seeks to deal with questions of how to see the world, based primarily on biological energy and what the meaning of biological capital is when the accrual is contingent on biological data"."
design 
23 days ago by warrenellis
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