Black Holes are Simpler than Forests and Science has Its Limits

Complex nature. Photo by Alan L/Flickr By Dr. Martin Rees / 12.01.2017 Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics University of Cambridge Albert Einstein said that the ‘most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is comprehensible’. He was right to be astonished. Human brains evolved to be adaptable, but our underlying neural architecture has barely changed since[…]

Rising Seas Threaten Archaeological and Historic Sites

“We will lose much of the record of the last several thousand years of human occupation in coastal areas.” By Marlene Cimons / 11.29.2017 Extreme weather events powered by climate change already have shown how rising seas threaten coastal communities: flooding and destruction of homes followed by widespread migration and resettlement. That’s horrible enough. But sobering new[…]

Venus of Willendorf

From Khan Academy By Dr. Bryan Zygmont / 11.21.2015 Associate Professor of Art History Clarke University Venus of Willendorf, c. 24,000-22,000 B.C.E., limestone, 11.1 cm high (Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna) Can a 25,000-year-old object be a work of art? The artifact known as the Venus of Willendorf dates to between 24,000-22,000 B.C.E., making it one of the oldest and most[…]

Prehistoric Women’s Manual Work was Tougher than Rowing in Today’s Elite Boat Crews

The first study to compare ancient and living female bones shows that women from early agricultural eras had stronger arms than the rowers of Cambridge University’s famously competitive boat club. Researchers say the findings suggest a “hidden history” of gruelling manual labour performed by women that stretched across millennia.   A new study comparing the bones[…]