Archaeology News Network: Denisovan DNA excavated in modern Pacific Islanders.
WaPo: Why students are throwing tons of money at a program that won’t give them a degree.
“You can have thousands of thousands of people graduating these programs with the thought that they’re going to be able to pass these advanced technical interviews, and they might not be able to.” My impression was, bootcamps were successful. No?
Nat’l Geo: Scans of King Tut’s Tomb Reveal New Evidence of Hidden Rooms.
Question is, how to enter them. Given the overall layout of Tut’s tomb - compared to some other tombs - one wonders why this supposition wasn’t floated earlier. Perhaps because his reign was so short, they expected a cobble-job and smaller tomb space. Now it may be they just shoved him in the entrance of a larger tomb structure ... very exciting.
Later: Bit more info.
Past Horizons: Bones of Medieval Saint Erik Studied.
“At no point do the documented wounds contradict the account of the fight given by the much later legend.” Nice to know oral and written histories can retain shreds of truth.
NPR: Forget About It - Your Middle-Aged Brain Is Not On The Decline.
“Carstensen says in your 50s, your cognitive abilities – processing speed and fluid intelligence, for example – haven’t declined that much, while your knowledge and expertise are quite advanced.” HAH.
Alternet: How the Cutthroat Walmart Business Model Is Reshaping American Public Education.
Ugh. Our current political climate clearly displays the effect of attacking public schools. The common good should not be privatized.
Guardian.UK: Trump supporters v Black Lives Matter: watching a real conversation unfold.
When can we hold parts of the media and particularly talk radio accountable?
NY Times: Starving Public Education.
FSotI: A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction.
Science Alert: New LHC results suggest there’s a flaw in the standard model of physics.
WaPo: Enough with trashing the liberal arts. Stop being stupid.
The liberal arts power America, more than you would ever imagine.
Discover Mag: Are Stone-Throwing Chimps Performing ‘Sacred’ Rituals?
BBC: Shakespeare’s grave scanned in 400th anniversary.
Archaeology News Network: Human gut microbiome evolution - From hunter-gatherers to a western lifest
New Statesman: Head in the cloud.
“Our brains are lazy; we are reluctant to remember things when we can in effect delegate the task to someone or something else.” I wonder what the extra brainspace and ability brings to the table.
RedOrbit: Extensive Jurassic-era fossil site discovered in Patagonia.
“Garcia Massini said that the fossils were preserved very quickly - in some cases, less than a day.” Definitely want to hear more about this.
SciAm: Can Kids Learn More When They Exercise During Lessons?
Salon: What can we learn from translations of the Bible?
“One interesting thing to consider is that there are direct translations of the Bible, from the Hebrew (for the Old Testament) and the Greek (New Testament), and then there is a long tradition of translations of translations. We should discuss what a translation of a translation — and sometimes a translation of a translation of a translation — actually means.” Nonsense? Oh, Eco, how you would have riffed on this.
Spokesman-Review/2012: Eloquence a fading art in Congress.
“... it should come as no surprise that the lawmakers at the bottom of the list, speaking at the lowest grade level, are among the most ardent tea party Republicans in the freshman class. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, Rep. Robert Woodall of Georgia and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky were the bottom three – speaking at about an eighth-grade level, the study found. ‘We look at it as a badge of honor’ ...” Old, but necessary after the last couple of posts today. Our country as a whole needs to reinstate a culture of intelligence, instead of a culture of mindless ephemera.
Vice: Umberto Eco Taught the World How to Think About Conspiracies and Fascism.
“In losing Eco, we have lost not just Borges’s heir (with, as yet, no heir apparent to Eco) but a mind shaped by an older way of learning: of antiquated research and cataloguing methods. We take for granted these tools at our fingertips, but at least I am in awe of someone like Eco, who could dig deeply without them.” The internet’s still only inches deep. Books, people, books. And libraries.
Public Books: Where do Morals Come From?
“The problem is that none of us can stand still in any perspective for very long.” Worth taking your time with. Read of the day.
Smithsonian: How a German Archaeologist Rediscovered in Iran the Tomb of Cyrus.
“By the time Herzfeld found his tomb, it had been looted again and Cyrus’ bones were gone.” Had a discussion the other day about the ethics of archaeology. My reasoning comes down to this - if we don’t uncover and protect, learning in the process, there will be nothing left.
NY Times: Plan by Princeton Institute Clashes With a Park’s Revolutionary War Past.
“The study, commissioned by the Princeton Battlefield Society, a leading opponent of the housing plan, posits that a famous back road to Princeton that Washington’s men took after their victory at the Battle of Trenton traversed the institute’s planned construction site.” I’m telling you folks, if you’ll ever search on Google and find this - check Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker’s papers. Probably both at PU and UV.
NY Times: Is Humanity Getting Better?
“Something is happening — especially since World War II — as we add more energy to our species. What future generations might marvel at most will be if we, in the midst of it, do not see it.” Thought-provoker.
fourhourworkweek.com: Meet “Scorpion,” The Real-Life Santa Claus with an IQ of 197.
“Walter O’Brien (AKA “Scorpion”) (@walterobrienscs) is the founder of Scorpion Computer Services and ConciergeUp.com, a for-hire global think tank that provides intelligence-on-demand as a concierge service.” Worth a listen, when I have a moment.