Read the full essay at Aeonhttps://aeon.co/ideas/how-much-can-we-afford-to-forget-if-we-train-machines-to-remember “As the internet grows ever more powerful and comprehensive, why bother to remember and retain information? If students can access the world’s knowledge on a smartphone, why should they be required to carry so much of it around in their heads?” Gene TracyChancellor professor of physics at William &…Read More
“Each week we feature an astronomer or planetary scientist that takes over the @astrotweeps account and tweets about their science, research, and interesting news in their field.”
It gives insights into the scientists work, and the something about the people themselves. Each week someone new.
This lovely 3D image from the British Museum is on the fabulous online platform Sketchfab. The detail is sufficient to see the individual characters inscribed n the stone.
There are also lots of other images from the museum and elsewhere. They have the Lewis chess pieces, and various classical statues, all in huge detail. You can pan, rotate and zoom in: cue hours of happy exploration.
I have been watching David Attenborough for as long as I can remember. This clip recalls some of his earlier work, from long before I encountered him, as well as the more well-known pieces. Including the gorillas of course, and new to me, the baby (blind) rhinoceros. The lizard is Attenborough’s fan-throated lizard (Sitana attenboroughii),…Read More
Thomas Newcomen and James Watt are the names I think of regarding early steam engine development. Yet, it was a Thomas Savery, who on July 2nd, 1698 first patented the idea of an early steam ‘engine’, or perhaps more precisely its direct predecessor since it had no moving parts. It was as Savery explained: “A new invention…Read More
Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
On 1 July 1918, at 7.10pm, a catastrophic explosion tore through the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire. The blast killed 134 workers and injured 250 – the biggest loss of life from a single accidental explosion during the First World War. A large part of the factory site…
Combined Bascule and Suspension Bridge Tower Bridge was officially opened on this day in 1894. I have long been enchanted by it: as a fascinating piece of engineering it is the only combined bascule and suspension bridge I’ve seen; and as a monumental piece of Victorian Gothic architecture. I first saw it as a child,…Read More
X-rays and ultraviolet (UV) light stream off the surface of the sun, in this false colour image from JPL, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (now part of NASA). The X-rays are shown in green and blue, with the UV shown in red.Read More
A lovely scale model of the solar system, using the scale of one pixel to the diameter of the moon, roughly the distance between London and Tehran. Do note the shortcuts to the planets, the strange little hieroglyphs along the top of the page. Saves a lot of scrolling! http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.htmlRead More
Why? The name came up in an Enigma puzzle, a kind of crossword. And it is a lovely word, and decades since I last heard it. It is a beautiful animal too. Images: Stationary okapi – By Raul654 (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Trotting okapi – By cuatrok77 (Flickr: OKAPI) [CC BY…Read More