[..]Gaffney’s latest research effort, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, is a four-year collaboration between a British team and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria that has produced the first detailed underground survey of the area surrounding Stonehenge, totaling more than four square miles. The results are astonishing. The researchers have found buried evidence of more than 15 previously unknown or poorly understood late Neolithic monuments: henges, barrows, segmented ditches, pits. To Gaffney, these findings suggest a scale of activity around Stonehenge far beyond what was previously suspected. “There was sort of this idea that Stonehenge sat in the middle and around it was effectively an area where people were probably excluded,” Gaffney told me, “a ring of the dead around a special area—to which few people might ever have been admitted….Perhaps there were priests, big men, whatever they were, inside Stonehenge having processions up the Avenue, doing…something extremely mysterious. [...]
Most of us spent an unfathomable amount of time on the internet and we try to spend it productively. However, we should reserve a portion of our time to laugh our butts off at some seriously silly websites. Here is a list of the most pointless websites of the internet sorted by category.
What the heck?
AS almost everyone knows, we have entered a period in which companies can predict people’s purchases, often with uncanny accuracy. In the near future, they might even use those predictions to enroll you in special programs in which you receive goods and services, and are asked to pay for them, before you have actually chosen them. Call it predictive shopping.
—Some companies already encourage people to sign up for recurring purchases and deliveries — in a way, an extension of automatic bill payment. An early model is the Book-of-the-Month Club, which dates from 1926. In the modern era, predictive shopping, based on large data sets, your personal characteristics and your own past choices, could be a real blessing. It might make your life simpler, and in that sense, more free. (And of course, you would be allowed to opt out.)
Dozens of people, including children, were killed in Japan when destructive landslides hit Hiroshima. Triggered by torrential rains, the landslide buried people alive as they slept in their homes. The search for survivors in the mud-ravaged hillside continues as over 50 people are feared missing. –Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)
Art by Friedensreich Hundertwasser… viα.
You have finally finished writing your article. You’ve sweat over your choice of words and agonized about the best way to arrange them to effectively get your point across. You comb for errors, and by the time you publish you are absolutely certain that not a single typo survived. But, the first thing your readers notice isn’t your carefully crafted message, it’s the misspelled word in the fourth sentence.
—Typos suck. They are saboteurs, undermining your intent, causing your resume to land in the “pass” pile, or providing sustenance for an army of pedantic critics. Frustratingly, they are usually words you know how to spell, but somehow skimmed over in your rounds of editing. If we are our own harshest critics, why do we miss those annoying little details?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go through training as an ISIS terrorist? Or better yet, where you would go to find such advanced training? All you have to do to find the answer to these questions is turn to the nearest ISIS media twitter account and click on that bright blue Justpaste.it link. Let’s take a look at the photos posted in July showing one of the Islamic State’s training camps in Ninewa Province and see what we can learn.
In the 1970s, an American explorer named Eric Von Euw ventured into unexplored forest at the base of the Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula near the border of Guatemala. Called the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, it’s a sweeping expanse of trees and river that extends 2,800 square miles. What Von Euw returned with was remarkable. He had drawn images of an “extraordinary facade with an entrance representing open jaws of the earth monster,” as would later be written of it.
Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach, is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻu district of the island of Hawaii. It is one of the only four green sand beaches in the world, the others being in Galapagos Islands and one in Norway. The olive-like color of the sand comes from the presence of a greenish, semi-precious stone named olivine that comes from the cinder cone of Pu’u Mahana, a 49,000 year-old volcano on Mauna Loa’s southwest rift, against which the beach is located. The erosive force of the ocean washing into the base of Pu’u o Mahana cinder cone has extracted olivines out of the cinder and deposited them on the beach, giving the sand a green tint.
A friend with long experience in every corner of the Catskills predicted the rise of hickster restaurants as the wave of the future. “What the hell is a hickster?” I inquired. “Well,” he said with a knowing smirk, “a hickster is just a hipster who decides to become a hick, who finally gets driven out of the city by high rents and relocates to the countryside. And then he thinks about starting a restaurant.”
Thousands of American troops march down the Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde during America’s liberation parade through Paris, Aug 31, 1944
A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus.
But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.
Humans are no newcomers when it comes to messing around with nature. While we haven’t created Frankenstein’s monster yet, what we do messes with the natural world. One recent example is the creation of the coywolf — a hybrid of the coyote and the wolf that is also known as the Eastern coyote.
—These animals have a completely new genetic make up: Their genes are about 1/4 wolf DNA and 2/3 coyote DNA, the rest is from domesticated dogs. They were created when previously separate wolf and coyote populations merged in the land north of the Great Lakes.
Some joyful stuff to brighten up your day
Mixed images flow: cars, girls, etc.
Welcome to the new issue of Dark Roasted Blend’s “Feel-Good” series: mostly bright and sweet collection of images designed to inspire and encourage.
Spaceship? No, just a portable radio:
Surreal Cambrian creature has modern relatives
After four decades of confusion, scientists have finally figured out how to classify a creature so surreal it was given the name Hallucigenia. The tiny creature, found in fossils from the “Cambrian Explosion” of diverse life 500 million years ago, has 14 to 16 legs and large spikes on its back, and researchers have long puzzled over which end of it is meant to be in front. But after taking a close look at its claws, scientists have concluded that it isn’t an evolutionary one-off as was once thought, but a relative of the tiny “velvet worms” with stubby legs that can still be found in tropical forests today, the Independent reports.
There’s no helpline for pedophiles who want treatment before they act. So a teen with a terrible secret had to find his own way to save himself and others like him.
‘Weekend Update’ and the landscape of fake news
News is inherently viral. It is information that is meant to be spread. The epoch of Upworthy can make it hard to remember this, but the virality of the news predates the Internet — Paul Revere was both America’s first newscaster and its first retweet request.1 What the Internet has done is simply decentralize control of the virus. Walter Cronkite and the midcentury New York Times — gray, grave, and removed — have given way to hashtag journalism, Instagram, and most-emailed lists.2 It has shown us things the old news might have kept hidden: Michael Brown’s body is archived on YouTube. But as has often been noted, the share button has also accelerated our withdrawal from the objective,3 public truths the old news constructed for us. It has emboldened us to view current events from the private castles of our own assumptions. The news increasingly exists to prop up our increasingly consensual realities.
It’s no secret that China has been censoring and controlling the information its citizens can send and receive, especially on the internet. But, until Harvard researchers recently broke into the system, no one knew exactly how it worked.
—Today, researchers from Harvard and the University of California San Diego released a report in Science that reads more like a spy novel than a scientific paper.
—In order to get inside China’s notorious filter, researcher Gary King and his team created dozens of shill accounts and posted hundreds of messages on China’s most popular social networks to see what would be filtered. But then, the team went one step further, creating its own fake social network in order to gain access to the programs used to censor content, so it could reverse-engineer the system.
A strong desert wind is blowing my hair into my face and taking the breath right out of my lungs, and I am hurrying toward the Las Vegas Strip, because it is Friday night at Def Con, the giant hacker conference, and I have finagled an invitation to one of the evening’s most exclusive events, and its most controversial: the Facebook party.
The fête is being hosted at a splashy nightclub called Surrender Beach at the Wynn Encore, and the doors for entry open at 10:30pm and close firmly at midnight. I’ve been told to “dress to impress,” so I’m overdressed where I am now, on the 6th floor pool patio at Palms Palace, at a party called Queercon, an annual event that started as a small gathering of LGBT hackers and has become one of the official Def Con parties.
The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune
Let’s take a walk along the towpath by the Thames, breathing in the heady scent of summer. See that island in the middle? That’s where we’re headed. And I’ve got a map, so I know it’s there!
Here’s a rare film clip from the
late 1950′s featuring, not only
the saxophones of Lester Young
and Coleman Hawkins, but an all
star cast including the legendary
Willie “The Lion” Smith on piano,
and hot clarinetist Pee Wee Russell.
How plagues really work
The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities
Mukti Bhavan, or Salvation House, is a charity-run hostel that caters to people who come to Varanasi, India, to die. The city is considered Hinduism’s holiest city and many believe that dying there and having their remains scattered in the Ganges river allows them to escape the cycle of death and rebirth and attain salvation.
Traffic passes through a busy junction near the Ganges river in June 2014. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Six-storey inflatable rubber duck sails into the Port of Los Angeles – video | Artanddesign | The Guardian
An American Odyssey is a new 612 page book published by Taschen that revisits photochrom and photostint postcard images from the private collection of Marc Walter. Originally produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924, these images were created using a photolithographic process that predated the autochrome by nearly 20 years, offering people the very first color photographs of the United States.
—Below you will find some fascinating images from An American Odyssey as well as excerpts from an informative FAQ by Taschen…[via Wired]
“Identity intelligence” is a relatively new intelligence construct that refers to the analysis and use of personal information, including biometric and forensic data among others, to identify intelligence targets of interest and to deny them anonymity.
—The term began to appear a few years ago and was included, for example, in a 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency briefing package. Since then it has quickly propagated throughout U.S. military and intelligence operations.
—Identity intelligence (or I2) was included for the first time in published U.S. military doctrine in the October 2013 edition of Joint Publication (JP) 2-0 on Joint Intelligence, which elaborated on the concept. Identity intelligence is used, JP 2-0 said, “to discover the existence of unknown potential threat actors by connecting individuals to other persons, places, events, or materials, analyzing patterns of life, and characterizing their level of potential threats to US interests.”
July 1939. “The main street, Chatham Avenue, of Siler City, North Carolina.” Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration…. via.
Do you remember your favorite part of school? Mine was recess. This was back when we had fun equipment on the playground, you know, the kind you could get hurt on. The picture above shows a playground around 1900. It looks like hey are on a seesaw, but I am not sure what the structure in the background is…. via.
Carl Mydans, [Sand Hog, A hundred feet below the East River in NYC, calls out the number of inches of the “shove”], 1939 (188.2005)
The sandhogs, the colloquial name given to these urban miners, have been plowing and excavating large portions of the city since 1872. The Queens-Midtown Tunnel Sandhogs were paid $11.50 to push and prod at each end of the tunnel–eventually plowing through to the center….viab.
John Lee Hooker was a great blues-man: Aug. 22, 1917 – 2001…
John Lee Hooker: Shake It Baby, 1962… TUNE.