USA Today: Virgin Galactic spaceship explodes, killing 1 pilot.
“A witness said the SpaceShipTwo blew up shortly after its engine fired when it was dropped from the WhiteKnight aircraft that carried it aloft ...” Over CA, otherwise I would have heard about it sooner. Best wishes for the surviving pilot’s health.
Doing a quick look online, it seems Scaled/VG has been testing different engines ... with varying results [2013 link] ... in order to meet their passenger commitments.
HyperAllergic: What Do Classical Antiquities Look Like in Color?
Tacky and cartoony, with paint. Always made me question Greek ‘classical’ tastes. Must’ve been like living in Las Vegas or a Disney theme park.
Oct 15/WaPo: Dr Richard Besser on the risk of catching Ebola.
In all the media hype over the nurse in Maine, I thought what my former PHS classmate had to say on the subject was timely: “You are putting yourself in much greater danger if you don’t get a flu shot than if you talk to someone from West Africa.” Read the entire piece.
ArtDaily: The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
“The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended.” Someone will probably want to throw a stone at me, but I miss the patina. Easier to take in as a whole, before. Now, I’d have to spend a half hour or more looking at each individual tableau.
Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber.
Let’s hope further access is only obscured and that the existing tomb is all there is (and stripped).
Archaeology News Network: Searchers consider ‘winter dive’ to explore Erebus further.
Cool. Er, no. Cold.
Archaeology News Network: Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas.
Ill-fated La Salle.
CNet: Pope says evolution doesn’t mean there’s no God.
Been this way for a long time; as long as you don’t touch God as ‘prime mover.’
NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.
One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?
Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.
Past Horizons: Romano British burials show less gum disease than modern population.
“We were very struck by the finding that severe gum disease appeared to be much less common in the Roman British population than in modern humans, despite the fact that they did not use toothbrushes or visit dentists as we do today.”
Mental Contrasting – Effectiveness, Uses, and Precautions.
Saw a related article on the NY Times, but couldn’t link because of the paywall. Hopefully this will be of interest.
DiscoverMag: Most Autistic People Have Normal Brain Anatomy.
CosmosUp: Historic Breakthrough: Dark Matter may have been Detected.
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The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.
“The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.
Western Digs: Allosaurus Died From Stegosaur Spike to the Crotch, Wyoming Fossil Shows.
Bad enough it got whacked in the nads; worse that it infected and abcessed. Jeebus, what a way to go.
ArtDaily: Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb.
“The sphinx’s head belongs to the body of a sphinx which was found previously.” Uh-oh. May indicate looting, IMHO. Broken off, left behind.
Later: More. perhaps I speak too soon. Still.
New Statesman: Treasure trails - how museums became diplomatic fixers.
Yes. I used to think antiquities should be repatriated; the Bamiyan Buddhas and other events of late have convinced me it is better to take mankind’s common heritage and spread it as widely as possible so we cannot lose it. So I vote ‘no’ on the Elgin marbles now.
Geek out. First time I’ve heard John Glenn’s flight since that orange 45RPM record that came with my GI Joe space capsule.
BBC: WW2 U-boat found with ship it sank off North Carolina.
“Most people associate the Battle of the Atlantic with the cold, icy waters of the North Atlantic but few people realise how close the war actually came to America’s shores.” “Most people.” The older Princetonians would tell stories of the skies lit up by the thousands of tons of shipping burning off NJ’s shore. I suppose it’s not in any Texas-approved schoolbooks anymore.
Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.
Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]
Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.
Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.
Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.
BookForum: Innovators Abroad.
“... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.”
Daily Mail.UK: Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth ...
Some interesting theoretical leaps being taken here.