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Archeological find affirms Heiltsuk Nation's oral history
B.C. archaeologists have excavated a settlement in the area — in traditional Heiltsuk Nation territory — and dated it to 14,000 years ago, during the last ice age where glaciers covered much of North America. 

"This find is very important because it reaffirms a lot of the history that our people have been talking about for thousands of years," Housty said.
canada  history  native-american-tribes  amazing 
september 2017 by iamfantastikate
Long-held theory on human gestation refuted: Mother’s metabolism, not birth canal size, limits gestation
"Under the EGG, babies are born when they're born because mother cannot put any more energy into gestation and fetal growth," Dunsworth explains. "Mom's energy is the primary evolutionary constraint, not the hips."

Using metabolic data on pregnant women, the researchers show that women give birth just as they are about to cross into a metabolic danger zone.

"There is a limit to the number of calories our bodies can burn each day," says Pontzer. "During pregnancy, women approach that energetic ceiling and give birth right before they reach it. That suggests there is an energetic limit to human gestation length and fetal growth."
science  health  amazing  amazing-women 
september 2016 by iamfantastikate
What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?
It stands to reason that such an advanced civilization might use that computing power to run an “ancestor simulation”—essentially, a high-powered version of the video game “The Sims,” focussed on their evolutionary history. The creation of just one such simulated world might strike us as extraordinary, but Bostrom figures that thousands or even millions of ancestor simulations could be run by a single computer in the future. If that’s true, then simulated human consciousnesses could vastly outnumber non-simulated ones, in which case we are far more likely to be living inside a simulation right now than to be living outside of one.
science  futurology  amazing 
june 2016 by iamfantastikate
Bodyhackers are all around you, they’re called women
In the space between my left pointer finger and thumb is an RFID microchip, a small glass capsule about twice the size of a grain of rice, much like the kind you might put in your pet so it can be identified if it runs away. In my uterus is an IUD, or intrauterine device, a small t-shaped piece of plastic that releases hormones into my uterus and keeps me from getting pregnant. The IUD is far more powerful and important in my life than the hand implant, and if I had to give one up it would be an easy choice.

But when I tell people about these implants, one is met with a shrug and the other is met with wide eyes. No one has ever jolted backwards and said, “You have a what in your uterus?” They have at the news of my chip. I call them both cyborg implants, but most people would only consider one of them cyborgian at all.
health  science  futurology  gender  amazing 
april 2016 by iamfantastikate
Edgar Allan Poe Had a Time Machine and I Can Prove It
Curious and tragic, yes, but hardly evidence that the acclaimed horror writer could transcend the limits of space and time. No, my time travel theory concerns the author’s creative output, which you’ll soon see, is so flukishly prophetic as to make my outlandish claim seem plausible—nay, probable!
history  writing  funny  amazing 
january 2016 by iamfantastikate
Cold Case
She started her project by wandering around New York picking up cigarette butts, pieces of chewing gum, and strands of human hair. Then she submitted her biologically marked trash to a laboratory for DNA extraction and analysis. The lab sent back information about the unknown litterers’ sex; ancestry; eye, hair, and skin color; and a variety of facial traits, such as the distance between the eyes and the prominence of the cheekbones. She entered these data into a computer program, which created models of the miscreants’ faces. Finally, she used a 3d printer to produce the wall-mounted objects, eerily like death masks, for her exhibit Stranger Visions.
art  science  amazing  dna 
august 2015 by iamfantastikate
Lani Holmberg: And Holland Has Tulips examines a family's strength during a challenging time
“They hadn’t seen my thoughts, and there is some honest stuff there, and I read it through to them and stopped to explain it. … It was a very emotional day with a lot of tears. I also had a couple of difficult conversations with Alyssa, telling her to her face I had underestimated her and that she had surprised me. I was blown away by her ability to say ‘I understand what you’re saying and I do understand people see Down Syndrome differently, but I’m a real person with real feelings.’ ”
photography  health  disability  amazing  amazing-women 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Flexing New Muscles on the International Space Station
According to Ras Labs studies, Synthetic Muscle can withstand extreme temperatures -- from the cold of space at minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit to well above the boiling point of water at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Robots with these manufactured muscles could be used in areas unsafe for humans, such as potential nuclear disasters. Robots outfitted with hands built using Synthetic Muscle could go into dangerous areas and perform human tasks requiring fine motor skills, like turning knobs or pushing buttons, to mitigate a disaster.
amazing  science  futurology  robots 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Anglo-Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA
If the 9th Century recipe does lead to new drugs, they might be useful against MRSA skin infections such as those that cause foot ulcers in people with diabetes. "These are usually antibiotic-resistant," says Diggle. However, he doesn't recommend people try this at home. It wouldn't be the first modern drug to be derived from ancient manuscripts – the widely used antimalarial drug artemisinin was discovered by scouring historical Chinese medical texts.
health  history  science  drugs  amazing 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa
The giant robots are solar-powered, have chests that rotate and are equipped with cameras that send real-time information back to the police station, AFP reports. It's unclear why this is any different than having traffic cameras — besides the fact they look much cooler (and more intimidating) — but the robots appear to be having the desired effect.
drc  robots  amazing  amazing-women  futurology  transportation 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
BBC News - The girl who gets gifts from birds
She didn't gather this collection. Each item was a gift - given to her by crows. She holds up a pearl coloured heart. It is her most-prized present. "It's showing me how much they love me." Gabi's relationship with the neighbourhood crows began accidentally in 2011. She was four years old, and prone to dropping food. She'd get out of the car, and a chicken nugget would tumble off her lap. A crow would rush in to recover it. Soon, the crows were watching for her, hoping for another bite. As she got older, she rewarded their attention, by sharing her packed lunch on the way to the bus stop. Her brother joined in. Soon, crows were lining up in the afternoon to greet Gabi's bus, hoping for another feeding session.
seattle  washington-state  children  uplifting  animals  amazing  amazing-youngsters  environment 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
A Few Words on Russell Tovey and Why If It Weren't for My Father, I Wouldn't Be a Faggot
My own truth is that I went down the very path that Tovey claims he was able to avoid: I was an extremely effeminate boy. A sissy. A faggot. I know some of you are recoiling at the sight of that word. I am using it on purpose. It symbolizes everything that Tovey and his father were terrified of seeing materialize before their eyes and everything I was because I didn't have a choice in the matter -- or a father with a plan to prevent it. I wasn't merely gay or just a boy attracted to other boys, I was a swishing, prancing princess wagging my penis at the garbage man and waving a My Little Pony figurine like a scepter as I sashayed through my neighborhood. I was the very embodiment of everything our society worries could go wrong with a little boy, and in my small Midwestern town in the early '80s, I was every father's nightmare awoken and menacingly mincing my way through our local mall's food court.
lgbt  amazing  amazing-men  equality  gender  equality 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Philadelphia Pizza Lovers Pay It Forward One Slice At A Time
Over the past nine months, Wartman says, clients have bought 8,400 slices of pizza for their homeless neighbors. He kept track of the prepaid slices with Post-it notes on the walls until he hit about 500 free slices. Then the accounting system became untenable. He now keeps track at the register.
uplifting  food  pennsylvania  poverty  homelessness  amazing  amazing-men  u.s.a. 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
HIV and syphilis biomarkers: Smartphone, finger prick, 15 minute diagnosis
A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes. The device replicates, for the first time, all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a lab-based blood test. Specifically, it performs an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) without requiring any stored energy: all necessary power is drawn from the smartphone. It performs a triplexed immunoassay not currently available in a single test format: HIV antibody, treponemal-specific antibody for syphilis, and non-treponemal antibody for active syphilis infection.
health  science  amazing  futurology 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum
Life-size sculptures of slave children haunt the clapboard church on the grounds of the old sugar cane plantation, where ceramic heads of black men will soon sway on pikes in the Louisiana breeze. Unlike other plantation museums along the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the newly opened and under-construction Whitney Plantation focuses squarely on the plight of slaves.
history  u.s.a.  louisiana  racism  equality  art  amazing  amazing-men 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Classical Portraitist Emile Klein Rides His Bicycle Across the US, Painting Working-Class People
This attitude reflects Klein's disdain for the exclusivity of classical portraiture. Klein intensely dislikes the aristocratic aura associated with his style of art. He's especially offended by artists who profit by painting and photographing the poor, then selling their work to wealthy private collectors or esteemed galleries. "There are a lot of projects that document people who can't afford to be documented," Klein later told me. "Like going into a favela and taking pictures and putting it in an exhibition. Or writing a song like Sufjan Stevens about an 'other.'" You're US is intended as "reparations for a longstanding offense" of the wealthy and well-connected profiting from depicting the type of poor and working class people Klein often paints. To subvert this tradition, Klein gives complete ownership of the finished works to the subjects themselves, only requiring them to occasionally loan the paintings to Klein for You're US exhibitions.
amazing  amazing-men  u.s.a.  politics  art  poverty  money  equality 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
World Access for the Blind
World Access for the Blind is a non-profit organization that facilitates the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness, and increases public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people.
charity-nonprofit  education  amazing  disability 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Kenyan grandmother at school with her great-great-grandchildren
She joined Leaders Vision Preparatory School five years ago and has also served her village of Ndalat in the Rift Valley as a midwife for the last 65 years. In fact, she has helped deliver some of her own classmates, who are aged between 10 and 14. Affectionately known as "Gogo", which means grandmother in the local Kalenjin language, she says at 90 she is finally learning to read and write - an opportunity she never had as a child.
uplifting  kenya  amazing  amazing-women  education 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Woman shoves would-be robber, vows to 'kick his ass'
Instead of giving up her property, police say the victim pushed Tavares and said she "wasn't putting up with this (expletive)" and she was "going to kick his ass," according to court documents.
funny  washington-state  amazing-women  amazing  crime  u.s.a. 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Wojtek (bear)
Wojtek (1942–1963; Polish pronunciation: [ˈvɔjtɛk]) usually spelled Voytek in English, was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. The name "Wojtek" is a diminutive form of "Wojciech", an old Slavic name that is still common in Poland today and means "he who enjoys war" or "smiling warrior".[1]
wikipedia  funny  animals  amazing  war  poland  history 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Here Are the Latest Photos of the Satanic Statue Being Made for Oklahoma’s Statehouse
Two weeks ago I found myself in the backwoods of rural Florida standing in front of a ​bronzed bust of the pagan idol Baphomet. A few days later it would be attached to its eight-and-a-half-foot cloven-hoofed body and put to rest on a throne flanked on either side by a small metallic child. Eventually, its creators hope, it will be whisked away to Oklahoma, where it will be placed next to a Ten Commandments monument on the front lawn of the state capitol.
amazing  funny  religion  u.s.a.  oklahoma  christianity  atheism  politics 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Peace and Paws
Our mission here at Peace and Paws is to match the world’s best dogs with the world’s best people. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer, foster-based rescue committed to saving our treasured friends from homelessness and high-kill shelters.  With your support, we have rescued and rehomed more than 2,000 dogs.
charity-nonprofit  animals  amazing  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
This 77-year-old grandma can lift more than you
In addition to lifting more than twice her weight, Murphy can do one-handed pull-ups, one-handed pushups, fingertip pushups, and the pushups where you put your fingers in diamond formation and press your nose all the way to the floor. Murphy is quick to point out that her strength is all natural. "None of those steroids for me," she said, setting down a barbell.
amazing  amazing-women  sports  new  york  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Libraries helping the homeless
He shuffled between shelters until he found refuge at the Edmonton Public Library. He began to "fake read and sleep" to compensate for the poor sleep he received at shelters. His relationship with the library only grew from there. A social worker, Jared Tkachuk, was hired to wander the library and offer support to people in need, such as Colin. He started working with Colin and "he and the library became a safe place." Colin took advantage of the programs and support the library offered him and is now studying for his BA at the University of Alberta, and has already completed a diploma in social work.
canada  books  health  psychology  amazing  homelessness 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Study Investigates How Men and Women Adapt Differently to Spaceflight
“This is the first major integrated examination of the issues of sex and gender in relationship to space exploration,” said Dr. Mark Shelhamer Chief Scientist for NASA’s Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center. “There are, in many cases, sex-based differences in the response to the stressors of space flight.” He believes that is important to recognize—not ignore—such differences, and to provide countermeasures that are appropriate for each subpopulation or even to each individual.
health  science  space  equality  amazing  statistics  study 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Killer whales learn to communicate like dolphins
All three killer whales that had been housed with dolphins for several years shifted the proportions of different call types in their repertoire to more closely match the distribution found in dolphins -- they produced more clicks and whistles and fewer pulsed calls. The researchers also found evidence that killer whales can learn completely new sounds: one killer whale that was living with dolphins at the time of the experiment learned to produce a chirp sequence that human caretakers had taught to her dolphin pool-mates before she was introduced to them.
animals  science  language  amazing 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11
The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft. Except her own plane. So that was the plan.
war  history  amazing  amazing-women  u.s.a. 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Grow on Trees
Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii (CRIP-to-cock-us  GAT-ee-eye).
health  science  teens  education  amazing  amazing-women  amazing-youngsters 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
Meet the Australian Who's Saved 160 People from Suicide
Don Ritchie lives across the street from the most famous suicide spot in Australia: A cliff known as "The Gap." Most people would move, but Ritchie's stayed for almost 50 years—saving an estimated 160 people from suicide.
amazing-men  amazing  psychology  australia  uplifting 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
New Type Of Computer Capable Of Calculating 640TBs Of Data In One Billionth Of A Second, Could Revolutionize Computing
The result is a system six times more powerful than existing servers that requires eighty times less energy. According to HP, The Machine can manage 160 petabytes of data in a mere 250 nanoseconds. And, what’s more, this isn’t just for huge supercomputers- it could be used in smaller devices such as smartphones and laptops. During a keynote speech given at Discover, chief technology officer Martin Fink explained that if the technology was scaled down, smartphones could be fabricated with 100 terabytes of memory.
futurology  amazing 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Army veteran risks life to save injured beagle
Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports. Schneider waited nearly three hours in the rain by the dog’s side and was able to gain enough trust with the beagle to get him onto a makeshift stretcher and into the back of a friend’s pickup truck.
amazing  amazing-men  u.s.a.  war  animals  uplifting  missouri 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Growing Number of Stay-at-Home Dads
While most stay-at-home parents are mothers, fathers represent a growing share of all at-home parents – 16% in 2012, up from 10% in 1989. Roughly a quarter of these stay-at-home fathers (23%) report that they are home mainly because they cannot find a job. Nearly as many (21%) say the main reason they are home is to care for their home or family. This represents a fourfold increase from 1989, when only 5% of stay-at-home fathers said they were home primarily to care for family.
gender  equality  amazing  amazing-men  parenting  children  u.s.a.  politics  sexism 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre
The most striking memorial is called Memory Wound. The 43-year-old artist has sliced a three-and-a-half-metre-wide slit into the Sørbråten peninsula, which faces the island of Utøya where Breivik killed 69 people. It marks a "symbolic wound" in the landscape.
norway  history  art  amazing 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Chicago Restaurant Takes Pride In Its Pork Belly–And Immaculate Dumpster
If Justin is anything, it’s astutely resourceful, and this knack is showcased in his ability to minimize garbage. It all begins with his menu–he meticulously maps it out so that he doesn’t waste even a morsel of food. “Everything coincides,” he said. “The crispy smoked skins of the chicken go onto the Cobb salad and the chicken bones make the broth for the chicken soup.” If he has a certain vegetable left over from a given day, it goes into the black-bean burger. Every scrap is artfully used.
food  health  environment  illinois  u.s.a.  amazing  amazing-men 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Seattle man’s frugal life leaves rich legacy for 3 institutions
Only a tight circle of family and friends knew that MacDonald was nurturing a secret fortune. When he died in September at the age of 98, he left in his will a $187.6 million charitable trust to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army.
seattle  amazing  money  good-rich-people  washington-state  u.s.a.  health  education 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Floating in Space
“SuitSat was a Russian brainstorm,” said Frank Bauer of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “Some of our Russian partners in the ISS program, mainly a group led by Sergey Samburov, had an idea: Maybe we can turn old spacesuits into useful satellites.”
amazing  science  space 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Man Gets First Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
Researchers embedded electrodes in Sørensen's arm, and touch sensors in a prosthetic hand to stimulate his remaining nerves. With the hand, Sørensen was able to recognize different objects by their feel, and grasp them appropriately, according to the study detailed online today (Feb. 5) in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
denmark  switzerland  amazing  health  science  futurology 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Neerja Bhanot
The hijackers were part of the terrorist Abu Nidal Organization and were backed by Libya. They shot and killed a passenger who identified himself to them as an American. The terrorists then instructed Bhanot to collect the passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the Americans. Bhanot and the other attendants under her charge hid the passports of the 19 (18 passengers + 1 crew) Americans on board - some under a seat and the rest down a rubbish chute. After 17 hours, the hijackers opened fire and set off explosives. Bhanot opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape. She was unable to escape herself and became a martyr while shielding three children from a hail of bullets. Bhanot was recognised internationally as "the heroine of the hijack" and is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time.[3]
wikipedia  amazing-women  india  u.s.a.  amazing  politics  crime 
december 2013 by iamfantastikate

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