Category Archives: Science

New Ancient Otter Species Was the Size of a Wolf

Dr. Denise Su, curator and head of paleobotany and paleoecology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History was co-author on new research that described a species of otter new to science and that is among the largest otter species known. … Continue reading

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Pineapple Express Soaks California 

An atmospheric river has been flooding California and other parts of the western United States with rain and snow for nearly a week. Precipitation could be measured in feet rather than inches in some locations, and rivers and valleys filled … Continue reading

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Anti-Surveillance Fabric Aims to Confuse Facial Recognition

Berlin-based artist and technologist Adam Harvey aims to overwhelm and confuse these systems by presenting them with thousands of false hits so they can’t tell which faces are real. The Hyperface Camouflage project involves printing patterns on to clothing or … Continue reading

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Tracing the Sun from Solstice to Solstice

 Today, December 21st, would have been my mother’s 99th birthday and of lesser import it is also the Solstice, the first day of winter in the north and summer in the south. To celebrate, watch this amazing timelapse video tracing the Sun’s apparent movement … Continue reading

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Aurora Borealis Live Webcam

Living in San Francisco one learns to not get too excited about our planet’s celestial shows. In the summer and winter it is often overcast so the Leonid and Perseid meteor showers are almost never visible. So watching the live … Continue reading

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Godric Gryffindor Inspires Name for Unusual Spider in India

A new species of peculiarly shaped spider has been named after the owner of the Hogwarts Sorting Hat.   It’s almost as if the Sorting Hat apparated to a forest in southern India where it was transfigured into a spider. … Continue reading

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The Ibex Code: Deciphering Iran’s Ancient Rock Art  کد بز کوهی: رمزگشایی باستان راک هنر ایران

KHOMEIN, IRAN.- An Iranian archaeologist has spent years in an almost single-handed quest across the country’s hills and desert plains to uncover ancient rock art that could be among the oldest in the world. (.خواندن این پست به زبان فارسی … Continue reading

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The Lovely Preservation of a 17th Century Map

A huge wall map, about 1.5m x 2.15m (5’x7′) found stuffed into a chimney in Aberdeen, Scotland last spring, was handed over in a plastic bag to the National Library of Scotland. Resembling a bundle of rags, the map was severely … Continue reading

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NASA Guide to Air-Filtering Houseplants 

In the 1980s NASA joined forces with the Associated Contractors of America (ALCA), to determine the most effective indoor plants for removing toxic agents from the air. The study, led by Dr. B. C. Wolverton, found that some plants were effective … Continue reading

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Our Color-Filled Universe

Colors from the Planet Earth and Beyond Of all the ones I’ve seen, this planet is still my favorite.

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