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Sky mapping software dates Sappho poem

Sappho's "Midnight Poem" describes the night sky over Greece, which has allowed astronomers to accurately calculate when it was written.<p>Not a lot is known about the Greek poet Sappho. She was probably born sometime between 630 and 612 BCE, and she is thought to have died in around 570 BCE after …

Astronomy

War: Is it really just about getting the ladies?

It's a question that's caused more than a few brawls among academics: Just why do humans engage in bloody combat when the risk to life and limb is so high?<p>Some anthropologists have argued that warfare must confer an evolutionary benefit to warriors, or else why would they take part?<p>But the idea …

Can America’s Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

Natural Gas

How Arcadia is remaking itself as a magnet for Chinese money

Most Los Angeles architects are lucky if they complete two or three houses by their early 30s.<p>Thirty-one-year-old Philip Chan, who runs a firm in Arcadia called PDS Studio, has already seen more than 75 of his residential designs built across the San Gabriel Valley.<p>He's still not the best-known …

Real Estate

Rich countries and the minorities they discriminate against, mapped

Unconscious bias plays a bigger role than we like to admit in company decisions about hiring (pdf). Case in point: Multiple studies have found that having a name associated with a minority group leads to substantially fewer callbacks from potential employers. But which minority group?<p>Well that …

Résumés

Marijuana legalization backers anxious as costs mount, donors waver

After decades helping lead the fight against the national war on drugs, Ethan Nadelmann recently joined thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here celebrating legalization — and found the scene kind of irritating.<p>The rapidly expanding legal pot industry has started to make some people rich, but the …

NFL Catch of the Year: In Memes

Rotting food is no problem for the turkey vulture, thanks to its toxic gut

Turkey vultures are amazing animals, and, lets face it, pretty disgusting.<p>They pee on their own legs. They frequently projectile-vomit. They feast on rotten meat teaming with pathogens. And if an animal's hide is too thick, a turkey vulutre will stick its bald red head right into the dead carcass's …

Insects

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.<p>The goal of the study, …

El Mirador's Maya marvels await discovery in the Guatemalan jungle

After a daylong slog through the suffocating Guatemalan jungle, we emerged before a soaring pyramid in the ghostly ruins of El Tintal, our first stop in the forested realm of the Serpent King.<p>A slight breeze stirred the air, offering a respite from the heat. We climbed the pyramid and watched the …

Central America

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.<p>But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.<p>"The reality of the situation is that most adults who drink, …

Thud of Philae landing on comet

Take 2 seconds to listen to a sound made 311 million miles away.<p>Today, German scientists released a two-second recording of the sound the Rosetta …

More details of Apple’s GT Advanced sapphire deal make it crystal clear how things fell apart

The Wall Street Journal has revealed key details of the failed deal between Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies that show why the agreement collapsed and how GT managed to run itself into bankruptcy while trying to meet Apple’s standards.<p>A previous report from the Journal revealed …

Western diet's spread bad for health, climate? It doesn't have to happen

Over the next 35 years or so, the populations of the world's wealthiest nations are expected to be joined at the banquet table by the growing populations of countries undergoing rapid development.<p>If past patterns dictate the menu, the serving staff will have to call out to the world's farms and …

Holistic Medicine

Cisco CEO: Obama's Plan Will End High Speed Internet As We Know It

He was telling analysts that President Obama's plan for the internet would be bad news.<p>To recap: Obama wants to categorize the infrastructure that deliver internet services as a "Title II" utility, similar to how telephone utilities operate.<p>This would forbid internet companies from allowing some …

Stunning Snapshot Shows Birth of Alien Solar System

A Chilean observatory catches a protoplanetary disk in action.<p>Talk about your ultimate baby picture! Astronomers have snapped the best image ever seen of the actual birth of new planets around a young, sunlike star.<p>The astonishingly detailed photo reveals the planet-forming dust disk around the …

Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

In early spring of 2013, Christopher Nolan and his crew were scouting for locations in Iceland – looking for glaciers that could stand in for the icy wastes of a distant planet in Nolan’s new film, Interstellar. They were on foot, the terrain proving inaccessible by car through freezing rain. The …

This Robot Makes People Experience a Ghostly Presence

Author: Greg Miller. Greg Miller Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.06.14.<p>Time of Publication: 12:00 pm. 12:00 pm<p>People who’ve stared death in the face …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Style<p>Our Legacy joins the fray.<p>By Tyler Watamanuk1 day agoView More<p>Best Dressed<p><i>GQ</i>-approved kits from every red carpet, airport arrival, and coffee …

In Smart Home, Retrofit May Be The Next Big Thing

When you look around at many of the smart home systems coming to market, most require what is called in the business tech world a ”fork lift upgrade”, meaning you have to throw out your old hardware and replace it with new gear in order to get the advantages of new technology.<p>Take the Nest Protect …

Tesla's New Lease Program Will Make the Model S More Affordable

Tesla has finally introduced a proper lease program that cuts monthly and down payments on its Model S to somewhat more reasonable levels.<p>By "proper," we mean Tesla is using an outside bank (in this case, U.S. Bank) instead of setting aside some of its own cash, as it continues to do with its …

Highest Stone Age Campsite Reveals Grit of First Americans

South America's early migrants reached a remote oasis more than 14,000 feet high.<p>Paleo-Indian hunters ventured high into the Andes Mountains as early as 12,800 years ago, as much as two thousand years sooner than previously thought.<p>The finding, reported Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i>, suggests that …

Chemical in drinking water linked to stillbirth - Futurity

Scientists have uncovered new evidence linking a drinking water contaminant to stillbirth and other pregnancy complications.

Armored Fish Pioneered Sex As You Know It

Fossils suggest that long before birds and bees, vertebrates used internal fertilization.<p><b>Hundreds of millions of years before there were birds or bees, fish were pioneering the earliest known form of vertebrate sex, paleontologists report Tuesday in Nature.</b><p>The armor-coated swimmers, called …

The Introverted Face

People put serious weight on judgments of character based on facial structure alone.<p>People whose faces are perceived to look more "competent" are more likely to be CEOs of large, successful companies. Having a face that people deem "dominant" is a predictor of rank advancement in the military. …

Let's Talk About Objectification and Harassment in Tech | Inc.com

Let's have a talk about objectification and harassment in tech. Ultimately, I don't want to talk about the harassers or even the victims, I want to talk about everyone else.<p>Whenever I hear about another case of a woman being put down, insulted, or harassed simply because she wasn't born a "bro," …

Feminism

Why millennials are shunning cars

There's a lot of evidence that millennials don't drive as much — or care as much for cars in general — as previous generations their own age did. They're less likely to get driver's licenses. They tend to take fewer car trips, and when they do, those trips are shorter. They're also more likely than …

Tesla Unveils The D At Event In Los Angeles

Elon Musk has finally unveiled the D.<p>Tesla’s chief executive announced the faster and all-wheel-drive version of the Model S electric sedan late Thursday night at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, just outside of Los Angeles. While the new model does not have the self-driving capability that had been …

Scratched: For Sapphire iPhones, Apple Needed A Small Company To Come Up Big. It Didn't

When GT Advanced inked a deal with Apple to receive $578 million in advance payments for sapphire material, it wasn’t completely clear what was going on. But over time, GT’s forecasts of revenues from sapphire eclipsing $1 billion made it clear the company believed all that sapphire would …