'Tree of Life' screen, Sidi Sayyid mosque in the city of Ahmadabad (Western India).
Lotus ceiling, carved from stone, Eastern Rajasthan (Northeastern Madhya Pradesh), 11th-12th century, India.
Qutb Minar (قطب, क़ुतुब), Alai Darwaza, Qutub complex. Qutab, Mehrauli in Delhi, [Mamluk Dynasty]; India 1192 AD.
10 Breathtaking Satellite Photos That Will Change How You See Our World - dailyoverview
Daily Overview is a new project that shares one satellite photo from Digital Globes a day in an attempt to change the way we see our planet Earth.
The project was inspired by the Overview Effect experience, which is a cognitive shift of perspective and worldview experienced by the astronauts when they get to see the planet Earth from space for the first time.
1.Bourtange, Vlagtwedde, Netherlands
3.Palm Island / Hibiscus Island, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
4..Residential Development, Killeen, Texas, USA
5.Plasticulture / Greenhouses, Almeria, Spain
6/New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Yuba County, California
7.Desert Shores Community, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
8.309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group Tucson, Arizona, USA
9.Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain
10.Central Pivot Irrigation Fields. Ha’il, Saudi Arabia
The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.
Elderly Neanderthal man who could barely walk, had no teeth was painstakingly buried after he died, archaeologists say
I worry about the people who just automatically assume that things would have worked that differently. Says a lot about how they look at the world.
I’ve talked about other findings similar to this before. And people have (on tumblr) openly expressed extreme skepticism that such findings even existed. Like, extreme skepticism on the order of “this is the sort of thing that only stupid liberals would believe, it’s probably just romanticizing the past”. When we have like fossil evidence that doesn’t lie that cavemen literally carried people on their backs and chewed their food for them for their entire, long lives who were unable to do those things themselves. You can’t make that up.
I’m not surprised. Those people would appreciate the value of the sort of experience and knowledge that comes with age much better than we do today. The way I imagine it (careful, I’m not a scientist, this is speculation) an elderly person wouldn’t be outside family life, left behind with the progress the way they are nowadays. They’d continue to be an important contributor, someone who participated every day. And that’s the callous version that talks about their usefulness, but when you interact with someone every day and need their help and advice, then you’ll have an actual relationship with them, and won’t be anywhere near feeling that their existence in your family is more of a burden than an unquestionable necessity.
How Third-Century China Saw Rome, a Land Ruled by “Minor Kings”
When archaeologists work to understand an ancient civilization, they often use that civilization’s texts to get a clue as to how they saw themselves. But these people didn’t live in isolation. They traded; they invaded. They carried inventions and knowledge back and forth down the Silk Road, the Tea Road and Roman roads. They also, sometimes, wrote down what they thought of each other.
A few years ago, the University of Washington’s John E. Hill drafted an English copy of the Weilüe, a third century C.E. account of the interactions between the Romans and the Chinese, as told from the perspective of ancient China. “Although the Weilue was never classed among the official or ‘canonical’ histories, it has always been held in the highest regard by Chinese scholars as a unique and precious source of historical and geographical information,” says Hill. Read more.