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How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost
I was curious if others felt the same way, so I set about collecting more of these moments—memories of the last times people felt really, truly lost.

“I can sympathize with that romantic notion that wandering in an unfamiliar place is great because you never know what you might stumble on,” Mathis says. “But in practical terms, as a woman who often is out walking alone, I do have my guard up. I have my city face on. And the technology that we have now does make me feel like I can be self-sufficient almost anywhere. And that’s something I value.”

There are many ways to be lost. Some have declined due to technology; others are newly born. But in every situation, to be lost is to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is frightening, often dangerous, but it also breeds connection—with people, and with places. The maps people carry in their pockets can be a barrier to that connection, but they are also safety nets. And it’s easier to take a leap if you know there’s something at the bottom to catch you.
russia  story  travel  GPS  discovery  safety  street  city  night  lost  female  stranger 
february 2018 by aries1988
What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

Science fiction is sometimes described as a literature of the future, but historical allegory is one of its dominant modes. Isaac Asimov based his Foundation series on classical Rome, and Frank Herbert’s Dune borrows plot points from the past of the Bedouin Arabs. Liu is reluctant to make connections between his books and the real world, but he did tell me that his work is influenced by the history of Earth’s civilizations, “especially the encounters between more technologically advanced civilizations and the original settlers of a place.” One such encounter occurred during the 19th century, when the “Middle Kingdom” of China, around which all of Asia had once revolved, looked out to sea and saw the ships of Europe’s seafaring empires, whose ensuing invasion triggered a loss in status for China comparable to the fall of Rome.

Every so often, a Hans Zimmer bass note would sound, and the glass pane would fill up with the smooth, spaceship-white side of another train, whooshing by in the opposite direction at almost 200 miles an hour.

seti does share some traits with religion. It is motivated by deep human desires for connection and transcendence. It concerns itself with questions about human origins, about the raw creative power of nature, and about our future in this universe—and it does all this at a time when traditional religions have become unpersuasive to many.

China could rightly regard itself as the lone survivor of the great Bronze Age civilizations, a class that included the Babylonians, the Mycenaeans, and even the ancient Egyptians. Western poets came to regard the latter’s ruins as Ozymandian proof that nothing lasted. But China had lasted. Its emperors presided over the planet’s largest complex social organization. They commanded tribute payments from China’s neighbors, whose rulers sent envoys to Beijing to perform a baroque face-to-the-ground bowing ceremony for the emperors’ pleasure.
astronomy  seti  china  alien  chinese  project  state  scientist  scifi  technology  development  2017  future  human  discovery  history  Space  interview 
november 2017 by aries1988
Conquerors has 734 ratings and 104 reviews. Sebastien said: I really enjoyed this read. Excellent use of primary texts, told in a narrative type way that...
history  discovery  war  india  portugal  book  lisbon  16C 
october 2017 by aries1988
征服者 - 图书
征服者豆瓣评分:8.9 简介:通过“地中海史诗三部曲”(《1453》《海洋帝国》《财富之城》),《纽约时报》畅销书作家罗杰•克劳利确立了自己的地位:他是我们这一代研究欧洲伟大航海帝国的卓越历史学家,也是十字军东征之后东西方冲突领...
book  reading  portugal  war  discovery  history  death  lisbon 
october 2017 by aries1988
Why Land on the Moon? - The Atlantic
THOUGHTFUL critics, concerned over the allocation of limited national resources, ask whether this is a good way in which to spend funds that might otherwise be used for the betterment of man's lot on the surface of the earth. Could some of the money going into space research be diverted into other programs of public interest -- medical research, education, housing, technical aid to emerging nations -- a variety of projects contributing to the welfare of our society?

But if space money cannot readily be rerouted into other channels, that negative consideration in itself is not a reason for these large expenditures. What are the positive values which we derive from this investment?

The current discussion of these values of the space program has served the United States well in directing its attention to questions of national purpose. But, however we may try to break the program down into its elements and to attempt a detailed balancing of debits and credits, the fact remains that the space effort is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a great adventure and a great enterprise, not only for the United States but for all humanity. We have the power and resources to play a leading role in this effort, and it is inconceivable that we should stand aside.
science  politics  policy  discovery  state  moon  astronomy  nasa  space 
october 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Dunking

Those first few dips completely changed the way I eat at family meals. Part of what won me over was the pleasure of the thing itself: Wine-soaked bread is sharp, puckery and delicious, a double hit of fermented tang.

Rather than yielding to temptation for a second helping of anything, it’s far wiser to melt a bite of Chianti on your tongue instead.

the first time I watched my teacher at weekend Spanish school do the same with pieces of cheese and hot chocolate — a popular Colombian treat — on a recess break, I nearly gagged.
food  experience  experiment  culture  fun  family  gaijin  drinking  idea  discovery 
october 2017 by aries1988
Musée de l'Homme
Inauguré en juin 1938, le musée de l’homme présente l’évolution de l’homme et des sociétés, en croisant les approches biologiques, sociales et culturelles selon la pensée de Paul Rivet : « l’humanité est un tout indivisible, non seulement dans l’espace, mais aussi dans le temps ». Situé dans l’aile Passy du Palais de Chaillot (Paris 16e) dans un bâtiment construit à l’occasion de l’Exposition Universelle de 1937, il rouvre en 2015 après 6 ans de travaux en réaffirmant le concept de musée-laboratoire voulu par son fondateur.
kid  paris  discovery  idea  moi  human  history  museum 
may 2017 by aries1988
Shaking Up the Dinosaur Family Tree

After analyzing 32 billion trees, the computer spat out the best possible arrangement of Mr. Baron’s three years’ worth of data collection. The run took just five minutes.
taxonomy  dinosaur  data  theory  discovery  biology 
march 2017 by aries1988
‘I’m the world’s foremost cryptozoologist’

The goal of cryptozoology is to discover new species. The giant panda, the megamouth shark, and the Komodo dragon were all cryptozoological until the 20th century. People had seen them, but their reports were dismissed as fantastical. Now, they’re zoological.
animal  discovery 
march 2017 by aries1988
The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth - The New York Times
Widowhood was like a new universe for Seager to explore. She had never understood many social norms. The celebration of birthdays, for instance. “I just don’t see the point,” she says. “Why would I want to celebrate my birthday? Why on earth would I even care?” She had also drawn a hard line against Christmas and its myths. “I never wanted my kids to believe in Santa.” After Wevrick’s death, she became even more of a satellite, developing a deeper intolerance for life’s ordinary concerns.
female  scientist  planet  life  story  research  discovery  family  couple 
december 2016 by aries1988
Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

Snow's study began more than a decade ago when he came across the work of John Manning, a British biologist who had found that men and women differ in the relative lengths of their fingers: Women tend to have ring and index fingers of about the same length, whereas men's ring fingers tend to be longer than their index fingers.

Hand stencils and handprints have been found in caves in Argentina, Africa, Borneo, and Australia. But the most famous examples are from the 12,000- to 40,000-year-old cave paintings in southern France and northern Spain. (See "Pictures: Hand Stencils Through Time.")
archaeology  cave  prehistory  culture  female  discovery 
august 2016 by aries1988
An Exoplanet Too Far - The New Yorker
Anglada-Escudé and his colleagues estimate that Proxima b is at least 1.3 times as big as Earth and is most likely a terrestrial planet, with a surface. It orbits its star at a dizzying pace, once every eleven days, at a distance twenty times closer than Earth is to the sun. But, because the star is much dimmer than the sun, the average temperature on Proxima b could potentially be temperate and the orbit “is within the range where water could be liquid on its surface,” the researchers write in their Nature paper.

The planet is also likely tidally locked, like our moon, with one side permanently in light; good luck to anyone doomed to live on the frigid dark side.

In fact, it wouldn’t even be there by the time we arrived. Stars wander ever so slightly, and the cosmos as a whole is expanding; in the next eighty thousand years, Proxima Centauri and its planet will have moved two light-years farther from Earth, adding another forty thousand years to the trip. “The universe is moving,” Pedro Amado, of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, said yesterday.
cosmos  opinion  human  earth  discovery  future 
august 2016 by aries1988
Scientists Confirm China's Legendary Ancient Flood Was Real
Around 4000 years ago, an earthquake rumbled through central China, creating a massive landslide in deep, narrow valley with rocky, steep sides. That landslide corked up the gorge, forming a pyramid-like dam of rock and dirt that blocked the Yellow River. Wu's team believes that for somewhere between 6 to 9 months, that dam held. As the riverbed downstream turned dry, a tenuous lake of 4 cubic miles of water—half the size of Lake Mead behind the Hoover Dam—was growing.

But, as the rising lakewater eventually spilled over the new dam, it wasn't just a trickle. The whole thing broke, releasing a horrific torrent of destruction. "It's among the largest known floods to have happened on earth during the past 10,000 years. And it's more than 500 times larger than a flood we might expect on the Yellow River from a massive rainfall," says Darryl Granger—a geologist at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana—with the research team.
geology  earth  china  history  discovery  disaster 
august 2016 by aries1988
From Pokémon Red to Pokémon Go, How Nintendo's Video Game Franchise Captured the Experience of Leaving Home - The Atlantic
The original Pokémon (first released for the Game Boy in 1996) is a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age-story, disguised as a bug-collecting challenge.

It works because it captures the original game’s spirit of exploration, even if its players said goodbye to their childhood home years ago.

The way Tajiri describes his childhood in that interview alludes to the game’s bildungsroman quality, that of a child learning about the world around him by physically grappling with it. “If I put my hand in the river, I would get a crayfish. If there was a stick over a hole, it would create an air bubble and I'd find insects there,” he said. “In Japan, a lot of kids like to go out and catch beetles by putting honey on a piece of tree bark. My idea was to put a stone under a tree, because they slept during the day and like sleeping under stones. So in the morning I'd go pick up the stone and find them. Tiny discoveries like that made me excited.”

it’s still managed to turn its fans into a nation of Dr. Bugs, even if we aren’t turning over stones or baiting trees with honey. At its best, it can evoke a little wonder in the mundane world around us—or force us to realize the world we live in was never mundane in the first place.
game  children  iOS  animal  insect  discovery  nature  nostalgia  city  essay  neighborhood 
july 2016 by aries1988
10 Months, 45 National Parks, 11 Rules -
I knew I would learn from every moment and every mile, but only if I paid attention to what was happening around me. So I adopted a series of daily practices — I called them my roadtripology rules — to force myself to be as deliberate as possible about the trip.

I rarely felt the temptation to accelerate. I made peace with my pace, accepting that I would get there when I got there.

When I permit myself to follow that blue line, I sometimes lose track of where I am and forget the bigger picture. I was not going to let that happen on this trip.

It was one of the most memorable detours of my entire trip, but the blue line of a digital map would have ignored it.
story  usa  nature  park  camping  howto  driving  tips  car  advice  discovery  travel 
july 2016 by aries1988
From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee | Aeon Videos
From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee — via @aeonmag
Physics  coffee  talk  life  discovery  thinking 
june 2016 by aries1988
Searching for Signs of Hannibal’s Route in DNA from Horse Manure - The New Yorker

The ability to test soil directly for genetic material has extended archeology beyond the quest for the usual biological suspects, such as microscopic fossils. The whole business of looking at sediments is bubbling up now—it is taking off because of advances in DNA sequencing, Pallen said. There is a realization that the environment is full of DNA . . . and you can detect it in sediments even in the absence of fossil remains.
genetics  discovery  alpe  italia  spqr  war  warrior  antiquity  animal  archaeology 
may 2016 by aries1988
Canadian teenager 'discovers ancient Mayan city lost in jungles of Mexico'
Telegraph News The Descending God's Temple which is on the Mayan site of Tulum. It is located on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Credit:…
civ  discovery  maya  teenager  stars  city  map  archaeology 
may 2016 by aries1988
New Biggest Prime Number = 2 to the 74 Mil ... Uh, It’s Big
Prime numbers are crucial to fields like cryptography, but this one is so big that it has no practical use, at least not anytime soon. (The Gimps software does have a practical use, playing a key role in uncovering a flaw in Intel’s latest Skylake processors.)
maths  discovery 
february 2016 by aries1988
Obscure truths
Air pollution seems to speed birds up, not slow them down
discovery  pollution  bird 
january 2016 by aries1988
How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity
A surprising number of the conveniences of modern life were invented when someone stumbled upon a discovery or capitalized on an accident: the microwave oven, safety glass, smoke detectors, artificial sweeteners, X-ray imaging. Many blockbuster drugs of the 20th century emerged because a lab worker picked up on the “wrong” information.

While researching breakthroughs like these, I began to wonder whether we can train ourselves to become more serendipitous. How do we cultivate the art of finding what we’re not seeking?

Most interesting were the “super-encounterers,” who reported that happy surprises popped up wherever they looked. The super-encounterers loved to spend an afternoon hunting through, say, a Victorian journal on cattle breeding, in part, because they counted on finding treasures in the oddest places. In fact, they were so addicted to prospecting that they would find information for friends and colleagues.

That’s why we need to develop a new, interdisciplinary field — call it serendipity studies — that can help us create a taxonomy of discoveries in the chemistry lab, the newsroom, the forest, the classroom, the particle accelerator and the hospital. By observing and documenting the many different “species” of super-encounterers, we might begin to understand their minds.
discovery  invention  serendipity 
january 2016 by aries1988
Afrique du Sud: la découverte homo Naledi - RFI
Retour un événement important en Afrique du Sud. La découverte d’un nouvel ancêtre de l’homme, baptisé homo Naledi, qui a été présenté à grand public il y a quelques...
paleo  human  origin  discovery  africa 
january 2016 by aries1988
Pluto dazzles in first new images downloaded since July's flyby | New Scientist
The highlight of the high-resolution pictures released so far is a soaring view that shows Pluto’s icy north-eastern expanses (pictured). Other images feature what could be windswept dunes, glaciers of solid nitrogen and valleys that look like they have been carved by flowing ice.
discovery  planet  sand  phd 
september 2015 by aries1988
ButtonMasher: The gamers who only want to explore virtual worlds - New Scientist
Bigger and more complicated games have spawned a new way of playing – where finding and sharing images is more important than completing a mission
game  world  discovery 
august 2015 by aries1988
Human nature: Being scientific - New Scientist
Crucially, this understanding allows us to use what we have learned in one domain to make causal predictions in another – so, for example, we can predict that something that goes "bam!" will sink, whereas something that goes "click" may well float. Our nimbleness at abstract causal reasoning is tied up with our facility with language and probably underlies many of our other social skills, such as rituals and rules of behaviour, too. Povinelli believes this is what really sets humans apart from even the brightest apes.
science  discovery  nature  animal  comparison  analysis 
august 2015 by aries1988
Meet the Comical Opah, the Only Truly Warm-Blooded Fish
There’s nothing about the opah that says “fast-moving predator”. Tuna, sharks, and swordfish are fast-moving predators and accordingly, their bodies look like streamlined torpedoes. By contrast, th...
biology  fish  discovery  ocean 
may 2015 by aries1988
Bound for Pluto, Carrying Memories of Triton -
Triton was a fitting capstone to the Voyager adventures, at least here in the solar system. Voyager 2 and its twin, Voyager 1, were launched in 1977 to take advantage of a rare once-in-175-year alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune to tour the outer solar system. In addition to cameras and other gear, each carried a gold record (and instructions on how to play it) with sights and sounds of Earth, including a kiss, as greetings for whoever or whatever was Out There.

Voyager 1 departed the tour early, having detoured to inspect Saturn’s misty moon Titan, and then headed for the stars. Voyager 2 kept going past Uranus and Neptune before looping outward past Triton. The Voyagers cruised on, during wars, recessions, the inauguration of the space shuttle, the crack cocaine epidemic and Ronald Reagan’s “morning in America.” At every planetfall the Voyager scientists, like a graying tribe, reassembled at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for a refresher course on nature’s repertoire.

Today astronomers agree that the leading candidates besides that old standby Mars for harboring life outside Earth – at least in our solar system – are moons of Saturn or Jupiter: the ocean of Europa, jets of water squirting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus, or even in the methane snowdrifts and lakes of Titan.
story  nasa  cosmos  discovery 
november 2014 by aries1988
‘Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’
This animated documentary celebrates the 17th-century citizen scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discovery of microbes would change our view of the…
animal  biology  discovery  netherlands  scientist  moment  history 
october 2014 by aries1988
Our Understanding of Giraffes Does Not Measure Up

Or maybe the giraffes are worried about tripping over their own feet. Heather More and Shawn O’Connor of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and their colleagues measured so-called sensorimotor responsiveness in the giraffe: how long it takes a nerve signal to travel from a muscle in the ankle up to the brain and back again. Reporting in The Journal of Experimental Biology, the researchers found that the nerve conduction rate in the giraffe is pretty much the same as it is in a shrew, rat or any other mammal.

Given the comparatively greater distance a nerve signal has to travel in the giraffe, Dr. More said, it’s possible the giraffe faces real challenges in reacting quickly to events down under — a rock beneath its hoof, or a bite to its ankle.
animal  discovery  biology 
october 2014 by aries1988
UnFacebooking, Randomizing, and Other Ways to Burst the Filter Bubble | Motherboard
“The laws of Facebook have one intent, which is to compel us to use Facebook,” Schuster-Craig explains. “It believes the best way to do this is to assume it can tell what we want to see based on what we have seen. This is the worst way to predict the weather. If this mechanism isn’t just used to predict the weather, but actually is the weather, then there is no weather. And so Facebook is a weatherless world.”

But although the choice profile gets to know me, Random never turns into a filter bubble, because it perpetually injects the irrational into my experience—those wildcards in the cluster—in a cocktail of relevancy and serendipity. Koponen explains, “the system needs to learn and understand your interests in order to know what is unexpected and surprising for you.” Call it randomizing.
idea  reading  howto  discovery 
august 2014 by aries1988
My European Ritual

I call this outing my monthly “bulle de bonheur” — “bubble of happiness” — unscheduled time and as many books as I want for free.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month, a group of retirees takes over a corner of the Rue des Martyrs in my neighborhood in the Ninth Arrondissement. It’s time for Circul’Livre, a volunteer operation dedicated to the preservation of the book. Circul’Livre was created in 2004 and now operates in about 20 locations throughout Paris. Used books are classified by subject and displayed in crates. They are not for sale. Customers take as many as they want as long as they adhere to an informal code of honor neither to sell nor destroy them. They are encouraged to drop off their old books.
paris  secret  discovery  local  travel  idea  london  budapest  granada  italia  buy  athens  amsterdam 
april 2014 by aries1988
PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies - Technology Review
这个文章好有创意,介绍使用PageRank算法研究球队战术——”PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies“: 。
data  analysis  discovery  google  science  sports 
august 2012 by aries1988
Software reveals the most influential Victorian novelists - tech - 16 August 2012 - New Scientist
THINK of the great 19th-century novelists and names like Dickens, Hardy and the Brontës immediately spring to mind. In terms of influence on other writers, though, the biggest hitters of the era were behind what some call sigh-worthy romance novels and a boyhood adventure yarn.
googlereader  data  howto  literature  art  discovery 
august 2012 by aries1988
language  discovery  world  modelisation 
august 2012 by aries1988
A Brief History of the Brain
New Scientist tracks the evolution of our brain from its origin in ancient seas to its dramatic expansion in one ape – and asks why it is now shrinking
discovery  brain  biology  future 
august 2012 by aries1988

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