Dorothy Garrod (1892-1968)Paleolithic archaeologist Dorothy Garrod's work uncovered important findings about early human origins — including the first evidence of the Middle Stone Age, and the first evidence of dog domestication — and she was also the first to use aerial photographs for archaeological work, according to Michigan State University's Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists. Garrod's excavations encompassed 23 sites in seven countries, including Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Lebanon, Bulgaria, France, Gibraltar and Great Britain, and she faced the intense physical challenges of field work with humor, writing about an excavation in 1934, "There was considerable consternation as there had been predictions of a cloudburst, an earthquake and the end of the world," according to a diary excerpt published online by the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. … [Read more...] about Move Over, ‘Tomb Raider’: Here Are 11 Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Even if humans do end up drinking Moon water instead of recycled pee, using astronaut urine for geopolymers may still not be the best choice. Instead, it might be better for growing food. Urea decomposes into ammonia and carbon dioxide, and certain types of microbes are great at converting ammonia into nitrate salts, a common type of fertilizer. This means that it could be used in a closed-loop life support system where the water from urine is recycled and the urea is used as feedstock for vegetable fertilizer. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center have been successfully growing vegetables in human urine for years. In late 2018, they launched a satellite to test a miniature version of their pee-fueled greenhouses in Earth orbit. … [Read more...] about On the Moon, astronaut pee will be a hot commodity
Not yet Sundar Pichai isn't ready for Google employees to work from home full-time Everyone has a lot on their plate right now, including Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. In a recent interview, Pichai talked about Google's response to COVID-19, the company's ongoing work from home plans, and more. … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Mi Band 5 tipped to feature an SpO2 sensor, Alexa support
Sieberg asked about Hollywood, which prompted Gasparav to launch into a rumination about how "it can't be evil," meaning, machines, because "humans still have the monopoly for evil." LeCun observed that people are stuck in scenarios from "Terminator" that he dismissed as unreal. "Ex Machina," he said, is "a beautiful movie, but they get absolutely everything wrong!" Among the things the movie flubs is "this myth of one single genius who will invent AI -- it's just not going to happen that way." … [Read more...] about Artificial general intelligence is a Rorschach Test: Perhaps we need orangutans?
The Sengled smart LED soft white A-19 starter kit 2-pack is down to $29.99 at Best Buy. The sale is part of Best Buy's deals of the day, which means the price is temporary. The Sengled bulbs are only sold at Best Buy, but they usually sell for $40. Right now they're less than half the cost of the multi-color version of this starter kit, so if there's any place you could use some smart bulbs but you don't imagine you'll need to change the color, this is the pack you should get. … [Read more...] about Grab a 2-pack Sengled smart bulb starter kit on sale for $30 today only