Tech & Science While workers across the U.S. were off Monday in celebration of Presidents Day, many Cox internet users looking to binge Netflix or waste time online were unable to do so because services were down and not working. Cox, which serves multiple states including Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio and more, was experiences outages since around 9:52 a.m. EST. According to outage tracking website Down Detector, the majority of Cox outage reports are coming from the East Coast. The Cox outage map also showed outage being reported in Nevada and California. "Does anyone else see the "crazy" in being told that you can sign up for updates and see outage info in your account by signing in on the internet. (When your internet provider is down?)," Down Detector user T Long wrote. "I guess that using some other internet company to access info about your internet provider's outage makes sense on some twisted level..." Cox's customer service twitter account was replying to … [Read more...] about Cox Outage: Internet Service Down and Not Working Throughout U.S.
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Tech & Science Archaeologists have uncovered the ancient remains of a girl, two animal heads and three ceramic vessels near a roughly 4,600 year-old pyramid in Egypt, the country’s Ministry of Antiquities reported. Scientists believe the skeleton belonged to a girl aged around 13, but they aren’t sure exactly when she was buried at the site. The pyramid itself—the Meidum pyramid—originally dates back to the third dynasty of Egypt (2686–2613 B.C.E). The girl’s skeleton was discovered curled up in a squatting position in a cemetery at the Meidum site. Her exact age remains unknown. The animal skulls—likely bulls—and the small pottery vessels were found elsewhere in the cemetery, and are thought to be funerary offerings. Located near the ancient city of Memphis, the Meidum site features a pyramid, a mortuary temple and a raised track leading to another temple near the River Nile. Scholars think the pyramid’s construction began … [Read more...] about Ancient Egypt: Mystery Squatting Skeleton of Teenage Girl Discovered Near 4,600-year-old Pyramid
Tech & Science Last week, NASA announced that its long-lived Opportunity Mars Rover had finally died after nearly 15 years exploring the surface of the Red Planet. In the subsequent flurry of news coverage, a handful of outlets reported that the rover’s last message to mission control was, "My battery is low and it's getting dark,” citing a viral Tweet from science reporter Jacob Margolis. The words spread like wildfire across the internet, sparking numerous memes and YouTube videos. Some people made T-shirts with the slogan emblazoned across, while one man even got the phrase tattooed on his shoulder. However, Margolis hadn’t intended for his words to be taken literally and has now penned an article for the LAist attempting to clarify the situation. “In the days following, the phrase separated from the context of the thread and made its way beyond Twitter,” Margolis wrote. “People started talking about it as if they were actually the … [Read more...] about No, the Last Words of NASA’s Opportunity Rover Weren’t ‘My Battery Is Low and It’s Getting Dark’
Tech & Science The biggest supermoon of 2019 will appear in the night sky on February 19. At 10:53 a.m. ET, it will be just 221,681 miles away from Earth—and due to this close approach it will appear bigger and brighter than any other full moon of the year. A supermoon is a term referring to the coincidence of two celestial events—a full moon, and the lunar perigee, otherwise known as its closest approach to Earth. As the Moon orbits Earth, the distance between the two objects changes. Its furthest point, known as the apogee, is around 238,000 miles. When this coincides with a full moon, it is known as a micromoon. February’s full moon will be the biggest supermoon of the year, coming closer to Earth than at any other point in 2019. “Some astronomers dismiss 'Supermoons' as media hype, but to me, anything that encourages people to gaze up is a great way to re-engage people with the night sky,” astronomer Paul Cox said in a statement. “I defy … [Read more...] about Full Snow Moon Live Online: Watch Livestream of the Biggest Supermoon of 2019
Tech & Science Two 110 million-year-old spiders with eyes that still glow in the dark have been discovered trapped in shale at a fossil site in South Korea. The two specimens found belong to an extinct spider family called Lagonomegopidae, and these specific creatures had huge reflective eyes that allowed them to hunt at night. The spiders were found in the Lower Cretaceous Jinju Formation, a site known for fossils dating to the Mesozoic Era—the geological period between 252 and 66 million years ago. They were uncovered during a construction project and then studied by Paul Selden, from the University of Kansas, and colleagues from South Korea. Spiders are soft-bodied, so it is very rare to find them preserved in rock. Normally, scientists have to study specimens that have become trapped in amber—which can lead to features being overlooked. “Amber fossils are beautiful, they look wonderful, but they preserve things in a different way,” Selden … [Read more...] about 110 Million-year-old Spiders With Eyes That Still Glow in the Dark Discovered