CR4: Possible Earth-Like Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Proxima Centauri.
How’re the warp coils, Scotty?
BillMoyers: American Women Are Still Dying in Childbirth at Alarming Rates.
Here’s a way to look at it. It’s only slightly more risky to have a baby in Iraq, than in Texas. 50 vs. 35.8 per 100,000. Sub-Saharan Africa still leads, with upwards of 300.
Guardian.UK: Scientists hope to prove pigtails belong to HMS Bounty mutineers.
The provenance better be convincing. Otherwise, this is just strange and near-unbelievable.
ANN:16th-Century shipwrecks found off Cape Canaveral linked to lost French colony.
Is it a Spanish wreck with French plunder, or a French warship? Time will tell.
ANN: 40,000 shipwrecks waiting to be found off British coast, says Historic England.
OpenCulture: What Ancient Latin Sounded Like, And How We Know It.
I’d like to see some mention about how it has been perpetuated as a living language in the Catholic church over this long time period, rather than ignoring that vector of input.
Slate: Zika is spreading in Florida, but we know how to stop it.
“It’s because of Dengue that this country’s public health officials have figured out how to control Aedes aegypti, the disease-carrying mosquito that lives in coastal areas during the summer months. We do that with Naled, an insecticide that is almost 100 percent fatal for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The chemical is already sprayed on about 16 million acres a year in the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Pop Arch: Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world.
“In the past, we have had floating estimates of when things may have happened, but these secret clocks could reset chronologies concerning important world civilizations with the potential to date events that happened many thousands of years ago to the exact year.” Two radiation spikes at 775 and 994 CE, visible in all trees across the globe, will change dates on many major events in our history books. Huzzah!
Guardian.UK: Visitors rush to the Great Barrier Reef to catch it before it’s gone.
Authority Nutrition: Fluoride - Good or Bad?
Net-net: If you’re worried, stop.
Metafilter: CO2 is bad for you.
“In 2013, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that carbon dioxide had measurable negative effects on human cognition at levels as low as 600 parts per million.” Maybe that explains the Trump phenomenon, and more.
Atlas Obscura: The First Published Study About Chemtrails Is Here.
There is no better way to identify one’s self as an idiot, than proclaiming belief in chemtrails. It is so simply debunked, even elementary school children can understand.
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: Catalog of Publications.
Free ebooks. Well, PDFs. Or purchase dead tree copies. Always nice to give back to scholarly institutions ...
PS Mag: America’s Latest 500-Year Rainstorm Is Underway Right Now in Louisiana.
“Today’s rainstorm in Louisiana is at least the eighth 500-year rainfall event across America in little more than a year, including similarly extreme downpours in Oklahoma last May, central Texas (twice: last May and last October), South Carolina last October, northern Louisiana this March, West Virginia in June, and Maryland last month.” Um ... and we’re going to do what, exactly? Sit on our thumbs some more, in polluting vehicles?
BBC Sport: Rio Olympics 2016: Work begins on returning diving pool to blue.
Even for a gold, I wouldn’t. Not unless my team had their own test kits.
Archaeology News Network: Human burial found in the middle of sacrificial altar at Mt. Lykaion.
Human sacrifice? More digging to come.
Mashable: Here’s how to watch the Perseid meteor shower ‘outburst event’ tonight.
They say this every year. In NM, they’ve been correct exactly once - and I chose to sleep through the lightshow, disbelieving the hype. Let’s hope this prediction’s better.
Guardian.UK: New research hints at pattern of Alzheimer’s spread in the brain.
ArtDaily: At ancient Syria site, IS discovers then destroys treasures.
“ When the Islamic State group captured Tal Ajaja, one of Syria’s most important Assyrian-era sites, they discovered previously unknown millennia-old statues and cuneiform tablets, and then they destroyed them.” AAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHHH.
Christie’s: Five minutes with Einstein’s leather jacket.
Hold your nose. Thanks, Tom E.
Gizmodo: Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma
“Neither the Amish nor the Hutterites have dirty homes. [snip] Both are tidy. The Amish barns, however, are much closer to their homes. Their children run in and out of them, often barefoot, all day long. There’s no obvious dirt in the Amish homes, no lapse of cleanliness. It’s just in the air, and in the dust.”
Western Digs: 12,000-Year-Old Camp Found in Utah May Have Experts “Adjusting Their Theories”.
Very cool. Site warning: Some have had popup/etc. problems with this source.
Independent.UK: Royal palace discovered in Cornwall - in area closely linked to legend.
Doesn’t really help much to say “Dark Ages” anymore. That moniker is facing reinterpretation. And yet - Arthur!
Guardian.UK: The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us.
Journalists failing us. You can go to your local library, borrow microfilm, look through past years for remarkable weather events. You’ll find we’re already in uncharted territory. It’ll scare the bloody hell out of you. Unfortunately - and this is to state things very baldly and cynically - until masses of humans start dying in Western countries, nothing will be done.
The New Yorker: How Rousseau Predicted Trump.
“He simply assumed that his own experience of social disadvantage and poverty — though he was rarely truly poor and had a knack for finding wealthy patrons—sufficed to make his arguments superior to those of people who lived more privileged lives.” Presaged might be a better term.