Five Reasons to Love Bats

From leaf-engineering to complex social circles, there’s more to bats than flying and echolocation. (Charles J Sharp) – By Erin Malsbury 2020 Oct 27 – Bats have had a rough year. Brought into the limelight by the coronavirus pandemic, their already spooky public …

 

About the FinCEN Files investigation

An ICIJ investigation reveals the role of global banks in industrial-scale money laundering — and the bloodshed and suffering that flow in its wake. Journalists gathered in Hamburg for a FinCEN Files meeting. – By Fergus Shiel and Dean Starkman Image: Scilla Alecci/ICIJ 2020 …

The Global History of the Bandana

How an Indian export became part of the fabric of American life. The classic Turkey red, sported by everyone from Rosie the Riveter to Tupac Shakur. (National Museum of American History) – By Laura Hilgers Smithsonian Magazine | Subscribe 2020 Nov – Long …

The True Story of Pocahontas

Historian Camilla Townsend separates fact from fiction, as a new documentary premieres about the American Indian princess. Pocahontas wasn’t even a teenager when John Smith claims she saved him from execution. Whether the story happened the way Smith tells it—or even at all—is …

Electric-wheeled Veelo is pulling for rollerbladers

Veelo is presently on Kickstarter.  Veelo – By Ben Coxworth 2020 Oct 22 – Although there are electric rollerblades and skateboards, sometimes people just want a temporary boost while using their existing non-electric set of wheels. That’s why Veelo was invented. Created by Canadian …

 

The Father of Robotics – Al Jazari 

Father of robotics? Al Jazari was an Arab Muslim scholar, inventor, and mechanical engineer during the Islamic Golden Age (Middle Ages) – Iowa State University University Library 2007 Oct 10 News Newsletter – Do you know who is considered to be the “father …

Hundreds of Native American Treaties Digitized for the First Time

The National Archives has scanned more than 300 agreements between the United States and Indigenous tribes. Ratified Indian Treaty 37: Eel River, Wyandot, Piankashaw, Kaskaskia, and Kickapoo—Vincennes, Indiana Territory, August 7, 1803 (Courtesy of the National Archives) – By Nora McGreevy SmithsonianMag.Com 2020 …

The True Story of the ‘Free State of Jones’

A new Hollywood movie looks at the tale of the Mississippi farmer who led a revolt against the Confederacy. Deep in the swamps of Jones County. – By Richard Grant; Photographs by William Widmer Smithsonian Magazine | Subscribe 2016 March – https://youtu.be/3EMkxEKKSQI – …

Nuclear weapon transporter truck undergoes rocket crash test

The Mobile Guardian Transporter about to be hit by a rocket-propelled truck.  Sandia National Laboratories – By David Szondy 2020 Oct 11 – Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has successfully conducted a full-scale crash test of the semi-tractor-trailer truck that will be used to transport …

Oklahoma is – and always has been – Native land

Delegates from 34 Native tribes at the Creek Council House in Indian Territory, now called Oklahoma, 1880. National Archives – By Dwanna L. McKay, Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Studies, Colorado College 2020 Jul 16 – Some Oklahomans are expressing trepidation …

Five Reasons to Love Bats

From leaf-engineering to complex social circles, there’s more to bats than flying and echolocation. (Charles J Sharp) – By Erin Malsbury 2020 Oct 27 – Bats have had a rough year. Brought into the limelight by the coronavirus pandemic, their already spooky public …

About the FinCEN Files investigation

An ICIJ investigation reveals the role of global banks in industrial-scale money laundering — and the bloodshed and suffering that flow in its wake. Journalists gathered in Hamburg for a FinCEN Files meeting. – By Fergus Shiel and Dean Starkman Image: Scilla Alecci/ICIJ 2020 …