Mohenjo Daro

“Faceless” Indus Valley City Puzzles Archaeologists.  Mohenjo Daro 101 By John Roach – A well-planned street grid and an elaborate drainage system hint that the occupants of the ancient Indus civilization city of Mohenjo Daro were skilled urban planners with a reverence for …

The man whose life was saved by honey bees

How beekeeping helped heal an army veteran. By BBCEarth – After 20 years in the US Military, Eric Grandon’s life was in a downward spiral. Six tours to the Middle East, including Operation Desert Storm, had taken their toll on his body and …

Photons entangled to make new form of light

By Michael Irving – An MIT and Harvard team have developed a way to make photons of light interact with each other, which could have applications in quantum computing.  Christine Daniloff/MIT.  – Photons, the elementary particles that make up light, are known to be fast, …

Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand

New species said to have been four times heavier than emperor penguin. Patrick Barkham @patrick_barkham – An illustration shows the approximate height of a giant penguin next to a woman. Photograph: Canterbury Museum/AP. A giant penguin that stood as tall as a person …

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.” By Ed Yong – A ballooning spider.   Michael Hutchinson.     On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS Beagle and realized that …

 

Will Rogers: 5 ways he pushed the boundaries of media

Dubbed “America’s Cowboy Philosopher,” Rogers was a vaudeville, newspaper, radio and movie star By Sarah Wells – In today’s media landscape, we’re used to seeing Jacks and Janes of all trades — celebrities writing memoirs, starring in movies or expressing their 2 a.m. thoughts …

Directed evolution teaches bacteria to eat carbon dioxide

By Michael Irving – Researchers have evolved E. coli bacteria to eat carbon dioxide from the air.   GunnarAssmy/Depositphotos. – Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have created a new breed of bacteria that can effectively “eat” air. By carefully directing the …

Why Newton’s apple is heavier in southern Illinois

As this map of Bouguer’s gravity anomaly shows, the pull of the earth varies considerably by region. By Frank Jacobs – Gravitational anomalies across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio: red means higher than average, blue is lower than average.  Image: USGS.  The law of …

Mohenjo Daro

“Faceless” Indus Valley City Puzzles Archaeologists.  Mohenjo Daro 101 By John Roach – A well-planned street grid and an elaborate drainage system hint that the occupants of the ancient Indus civilization city of Mohenjo Daro were skilled urban planners with a reverence for …

The man whose life was saved by honey bees

How beekeeping helped heal an army veteran. By BBCEarth – After 20 years in the US Military, Eric Grandon’s life was in a downward spiral. Six tours to the Middle East, including Operation Desert Storm, had taken their toll on his body and …

Photons entangled to make new form of light

By Michael Irving – An MIT and Harvard team have developed a way to make photons of light interact with each other, which could have applications in quantum computing.  Christine Daniloff/MIT.  – Photons, the elementary particles that make up light, are known to be fast, …

Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand

New species said to have been four times heavier than emperor penguin. Patrick Barkham @patrick_barkham – An illustration shows the approximate height of a giant penguin next to a woman. Photograph: Canterbury Museum/AP. A giant penguin that stood as tall as a person …