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Lead pollution in ancient ice cores may track the rise and fall of medieval kings

Lead pollution in ancient ice cores may track the rise and fall of medieval...

In medieval times, the picturesque region around Peveril Castle in the U.K.'s Peak District was a center of lead mining and an “industrial landscape.” Robjem/iStock By Ann GibbonsMar. 30, 2020 , 8:01 PM In the Peak District of the United Kingdom, the picturesque village of Castleton nestles at the foot of a limestone outcrop crowned…
Ancient AMD GPUs destroy Nvidia’s when it comes to Doom Eternal

Ancient AMD GPUs destroy Nvidia’s when it comes to Doom Eternal

Home News (Image credit: Bethesda) Doom Eternal benchmarking has again underlined that AMD’s old graphics cards really do age like a fine wine when compared to Nvidia’s GPUs from the same time.A YouTube video from Hardware Unboxed measured the performance of old (and somewhat newer) GPUs in a modern shooter, going back to Nvidia’s 600…
Ancient African skeletons hint at a “ghost lineage” of humans

Ancient African skeletons hint at a “ghost lineage” of humans

Not out of Africa — Our African roots have many branches and interactions. John Timmer - Jan 22, 2020 11:26 pm UTC Enlarge / A 1994 photograph of the excavations that yielded the skeletons at Shum Laka.Understanding humanity's shared history means understanding what happened in Africa. But figuring out what happened in Africa has been…
The Ancient Dodge Challenger Now Sells More Than Twice What It Did When It Was New – Jalopnik

The Ancient Dodge Challenger Now Sells More Than Twice What It Did When It...

Photo: Alanis KingThe Dodge Challenger is a muscle car that’s been around in its current form since 2008, and has roots in 1990s Mercedes-Benz architecture. But Dodge sold more than twice the number of Challengers in the U.S. market in 2019 as it did in 2009, when the car still qualified as “new.” That makes…
A warning from ancient tree rings: The Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts

A warning from ancient tree rings: The Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts

Ongoing drought has dried up a lagoon near Santiago, Chile. RODRIGO GARRIDO/REUTERS/Newscom By Paul VoosenDec. 31, 2019 , 8:00 AM  For 10 years, central Chile has been gripped by unrelenting drought. With 30% less rainfall than normal, verdant landscapes have withered, reservoirs are low, and more than 100,000 farm animals have died. The dry spell…
Long-Hidden 3D Scan of Ancient Egyptian Nefertiti Bust Finally Revealed – Livescience.com

Long-Hidden 3D Scan of Ancient Egyptian Nefertiti Bust Finally Revealed – Livescience.com

Home News The full-color model is made up of more than 6 million triangular polygons — 2D shapes that are the building blocks of a 3D digital object. (Image: © Cosmo Wenman, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) When a German museum scanned a remarkable ancient Egyptian sculpture of the queen Nefertiti the digital files were guarded almost…

Restoring ancient text using deep learning: a case study on Greek epigraphy

(Submitted on 14 Oct 2019) Abstract: Ancient history relies on disciplines such as epigraphy, the study of ancient inscribed texts, for evidence of the recorded past. However, these texts, "inscriptions", are often damaged over the centuries, and illegible parts of the text must be restored by specialists, known as epigraphists. This work presents Pythia, the…
Ancient slag offers insight into the uneven pace of technological advances

Ancient slag offers insight into the uneven pace of technological advances

More metal — The slag heaps of an ancient kingdom show how upheaval fueled technological progress. Kiona N. Smith - Sep 20, 2019 3:35 pm UTC Enlarge / Copper production waste Khirbat en-Nahas, Jordan was piled 6m (18 ft) deep.T. Levy 2019Sometimes, clues about ancient technology are hidden in the most mundane things. In this…
Will Mapping Ancient Rome Save Western Urbanism—and Civilization?

Will Mapping Ancient Rome Save Western Urbanism—and Civilization?

The Atlas of Ancient Rome, ed. Andrea Carandini, Princeton University Press, 2 vols., 1280 pages. Rome holds a special place in the tradition of Western urbanism. Its forms, its colors, and its layout transmit echoes from an ancient past. Its iterations and enclaves are way stations between antiquity and our own time. Today, as ever,…
Ancient Turing Pattern Builds Feathers, Hair — and Now, Shark Skin | Quanta Magazine

Ancient Turing Pattern Builds Feathers, Hair — and Now, Shark Skin | Quanta Magazine

Abstractions blogBy Jonathan LambertJanuary 2, 2019A primordial developmental toolkit shared by all vertebrates, and described by a theory of the mathematician Alan Turing, sets the growth pattern for all types of skin structures.An image of a whole catshark hatchling stained to reveal its “skin teeth” denticle patterning. Two parallel rows near the dorsal fin show…

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World Cup 2nd place finalist Psalm quits Fortnite – Fortnite Tracker

by Michael Hindi, April 05, 2020 Harrison “Psalm” Chang wraps up his Fortnite career and discusses the future Psalm is one of the most renowned Fortnite “boomers,” clocking in at the ripe old age of 24. In a game absolutely dominated by young, responsive, and mechanical players as young as 13, Psalm countered this notion.…

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