Category: Science

12 Nov by admin

Oscar Wilde’s silver cigarette case surfaces, up for auction

The cigarette case is a unique reminder of Oscar Wilde’s love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, known as “Bosie.” (Henry Aldridge and Son) A silver cigarette case that belonged to poet and playwright Oscar Wilde is up for auction in the U.K. on Saturday. The case is described as a unique reminder of Wilde’s love […]
12 Nov by admin

Lil Peep and the Dilemma of the Posthumous Album

Last month, Columbia Records hosted a listening session for “Come Over When You’re Sober, Part 2,” the posthumous album from Lil Peep, the rapper and singer who died tragically, last year, of a drug overdose at age twenty-one. On the surface, it was a typical major-label event: hosted in an intimate, dimly lit downtown space, […]
11 Nov by admin

‘Ships in the desert’: Strange 2,000-year-old graffiti discovered in Israel

The ship graffiti was found on the plaster walls of an ancient Roman water cistern. (Credit: Davida Eisenberg-Degen, Israel Antiquities Authority) Engravings of ships have been found on an ancient water cistern discovered in a city in Israel’s Negev desert. The Roman era-cistern, which is 39-feet deep, was excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority in […]
11 Nov by admin

Aubrey Manning obituary | Science

Aubrey Manning’s hugely popular 1998 BBC series Earth Story, about the evolution and shaping of the planet Earth, inspired a generation and led to a noticeable increase in students applying to read earth sciences. Yet, Aubrey, who has died aged 88, was not a geologist, but an ethologist, whose work made an important contribution to […]
11 Nov by admin

The Woolsey Fire Engulfs Southern California

A week ago, I spent the morning hiking with a former ranger in Malibu Creek State Park, an eight-thousand-acre wilderness in Southern California, a swath of which was once owned by Twentieth Century Fox. (“Planet of the Apes” was filmed there; so was “M*A*S*H.”) After walking a couple of miles along a dry creek bed, […]
11 Nov by admin

Rare Apollo 11 US flag flown to the Moon sells at auction

(Credit: Nate D. Sanders Auctions) As the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission gets closer, a U.S. flag that flew to the Moon during the mission sold at auction for an out-of-this-world sum: $62,500. The flag is mounted to an official NASA certificate that reads “”This flag traveled to the Moon with Apollo 11, […]
11 Nov by admin

TV scientist Alice Roberts to be president of Humanists UK | World news

The scientist and television presenter Alice Roberts is to be the next president of Humanists UK, championing campaigns against state funding of faith schools and in favour of removing bishops from the House of Lords and the legalisation of assisted dying. Roberts, the author of nine popular science books and the host of TV programmes […]
11 Nov by admin

Questions About My Super | The New Yorker

Do other people in the building need him as often as I do, or am I just incompetent? Should I tell him that I have Tuesdays off so he doesn’t think I’m some spoiled brat with no job whenever I tell him to come by on Tuesday afternoon? Did he expect a holiday bonus even […]
11 Nov by admin

World War I: 100 years on, the horrific legacy of chemical weapons endures

World War I’s terrible legacy: chemical weapons One century after the unforgiving horrors of chemical weapons were first unleashed with abandon on the modern day battlefield, they are still shockingly used against innocent civilians in Syria and elsewhere. As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, there is […]