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Mass frog burial baffles experts at iron age site near Cambridge
An unprecedented trove of 8,000 bones presents archaeologists at a road dig with a prehistoric mystery Archaeologists working near the site of an iron age home near Cambridge were perplexed when they uncovered a vast trove of frog skeletons. Quite why more than 8,000 bones had been piled up and preserved is a prehistoric mystery. They were all recovered from a single 14-metre-long ditch, right ne


Best Apple Watch Screen Protectors of 2022
It's common practice nowadays to buy screen protectors for tech like your iPhone, and yet, the market for Apple Watch screen protectors is still fairly emerging, despite the product having been on the scene for nearly a decade. Your Apple Watch is exposed to the bumps and grinds of your daily life, where there's no doubt the risk of scratches abounds. So laying a protector over the product's beau
Deconstructive chemical pre-treatment accelerates microbial decomposition of plastics
Chemical pre-treatments that deconstruct certain types of plastics can help naturally occurring microbial communities break down plastic waste more quickly, according to researchers at Michigan Technological University. The research will be presented at Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, on June 12, 2022 in Washington D.C.
Plastic pollution in ocean may harbor novel antibiotics, study shows
Plastic pollution in the ocean may serve as a source for novel antibiotics, according to a new student-led study conducted in collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The research will be presented at the American Society for Microbiology's conference in Washington, D.C. on June 9-13, 2022.
How finding balance helped a father support his troubled daughter | Gaynor Parkin
Figuring out how to support a loved one – without getting so caught up that we end up struggling ourselves – can feel like walking a tightrope The modern mind is a column where experts discuss mental health issues they are seeing in their work In a world fraught with unpredictability we are all seeing an increase in reported mental illness. For those of us working on the mental health frontline,
Microsoft to Archive Music on Futuristic Slivers of Glass That Will Live 10,000 Years
War, disease, division—things aren't looking too rosy for humanity at the moment. But thanks to Microsoft, at least we'll be listening to Stevie Wonder after the apocalypse. The tech giant is partnering with Elire Group to etch the world's music onto glass plates, and bury them in a remote arctic mountainside to ride out the end of the world. The Global Music Vault will share space with the Globa
Russian Scientist Complains That the ISS Is Tainted With Disgusting Pathogens
Germaphobe Russia sure is busy these days. While launching a full-scale invasion of neighboring Ukraine the country's space authorities are worried their new space station might someday get contaminated with germs. According to Wednesday's Newsweek report, plans for the Russian Orbital Space Station (ROSS) are still in motion, and it's possible that Roscosmos, the country's equivalent of NASA, co
Best Hot Swappable Keyboards of 2022
Hot swappable keyboards can customize your gaming and work experience. They give you the flexibility to design a look and feel that works for your style (and improves your gaming stats). But deciding on the right keyboard isn't always easy. They come in different sizes, modular designs, multiple Bluetooth connections, and a variety of customization features. Where do you start? We've created a li
Illustrations by Miki Lowe The poet A. E. Stallings lives in Athens, where the past is always bumping up against the present and ancient ruins stand amid trendy cafés. The old and new mingle in her work too. A classics scholar, Stallings tends to draw on Greek mythology and traditional poetic forms—but she uses them to explore thoroughly contemporary themes. "" begins with something the ancient G
Best HDMI Switchers of 2022
If you've run out of HDMI ports on your television or monitor, you need an HDMI switcher. An HDMI switcher has multiple input ports so you can connect several devices to a single HDMI port. You can set up several gaming consoles, laptops, DVD players, and more. You won't lose audio or video quality or have increased latency or lag as long as you get an HDMI switch that's made well and technology
'I'm certainly open to criticism': David Wengrow and the trouble with rewriting human history
Wengrow and his late co-author David Graeber caused a sensation with their revisionist view of humankind's development. But then came the attacks… Last year a book called The Dawn of Everything announced that most of what we think we know about human history is wrong. Its co-authors, David Graeber and David Wengrow, took aim at the established story that has been repeated by brand writers such as
ABCT Apologizes for Past Support of Gay Conversion Therapy
It's 2022, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has just issued a belated apology because two of their past Presidents published papers on "aversion therapies" for "converting" gay and transgender individuals to the socially prescribed norms of sexuality and gender identity. Well, they didn't actually say this, nor did they name the prominent and distinguished clinica
How I Learned to Eat Alone and Not Be Lonely
Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET on June 12, 2022. E ating alone began as a matter of circumstance. In the spring of 2020, as my world shrunk to the square footage of my apartment, food became a mode of injecting pleasure and delight into an otherwise bleak and lonely period of my life. I frequently ordered pizza from my favorite local spot in Washington, D.C.; I sampled different brands of instant ramen;
The WTO faces a make or break week over vaccines | Larry Elliott
A ruling on whether or not to waive patent rules will this week show if the trade body is for the world or the west A crisis at the World Trade Organization has been brewing for years and it now looks like coming to a head. There are many potential flash points as trade ministers assemble for talks in Geneva this week but in the end they boil down to a single issue: vaccines . Put simply, the WTO
Biden Is Right About Saudi Arabia
I regret to inform you that Joe Biden is right to go to Saudi Arabia. Biden's planned visit to the kingdom represents a determination to both rationalize the amount of attention we pay to the region and formulate a foreign policy that works on behalf of the American middle class . But it is not going to make anyone happy in the near term, and it is going to cost him precious political capital wit
The mind gym: five ways to make exercise a pleasure
Feeling unmotivated, tired or discouraged? Sport scientists have tested the best methods for getting out of a slump and back to your personal best For most of my adult life, exercise was an ordeal. Even mild workouts felt gruelling and I left the gym in a fouler mood than when I'd arrived. The very idea of the runner's high seemed like a cruel joke. As a science writer investigating the mind-body
Dare to share: how revealing your secrets to others can improve your life
It will deepen your connection to your confidante and may improve your situation If you've ever kept a secret from a friend, a family member, or a romantic partner (and you have), then the chances are good that these same people have kept secrets from you. Not all of them, and not at every moment, but some of them some of the time. I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that your loved one
Malaysia's 'mystery hybrid monkey' could be result of habitat loss
Researcher says proboscis monkey may have mated with silver langur when unable to reach female of own species The emergence of a "mystery monkey", believed to be a rare hybrid of two distantly related primates, highlights the importance of protecting habit connectivity, according to a researcher who studied the animal. The female monkey first attracted attention in 2017, when photographs taken of
Parental alienation and the unregulated experts shattering children's lives
In English and Welsh custody cases, a finding that one parent has poisoned a child's mind against the other can be crucial, even if there are questions over the accountability of those making the decisions Amanda wept as she recalled her children being removed from her home several years ago – her youngest clinging to her as they were dragged away screaming. They were frightened. After all, they
2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, June 5, 2022 through Sat, June 11, 2022. The following articles sparked above average interest during the week (bolded articles are from SkS authors): The Future of Energy Storage , Are climate models wrong? (Naomi Seibt & Christopher Monckton Debunked) , Fidelity's Fossil Fuel Problem , Russia sanctio
3D Printed Human Lungs Could be Ready for Human Clinical Trials in 5 Years According to Martine Rothblat If you follow the link you'll see an article and a video so make sure to watch the video because you'll see Martine Rothblat present a prototype of a human lung (keep in mind it's just the collagen scaffolding) and she says "It's the most complex object ever 3D printed in human history". It sur
Researchers are exploring photonic memristors, which could give us the best of (brain-like) in-memory neuromorphic computing + photonic computing in the future. Thoughts?
I saw this article about researchers using a photonic chip to do basic OCR (recognizing text from images) at 2 Billion times a second (which "can be increased to 10 billion/sec"). This got me wondering if the strengths of photonic and neuromorphic computing can be combined. As it turns out, researchers ARE developing such an electronic device, called "photonic memristors". It promises to deliver

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