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J.M.W. Turner

This excerpt is from a  documentary chronicling the rise of one of the greatest landscape painters of all time, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), who rendered the subtle effects of light and atmosphere in revolutionary ways. Other Turner related posts … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (H)

This essay is the eighth in a series of twelve, describing some of the places associated with Jane Austen, although it is not a comprehensive gazetteer. H. WINCHESTER DAYS (i) Medicine in the Early Nineteenth Century Jane Austen’s health was … Continue reading

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It’s amazing what you can make in your shed!

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Pyramid Construction

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Programmers who use spaces ‘paid more’

Computer programmers who use spaces as part of their coding earn $15,370 (£12,000) more per year than those who use tabs, a survey of developers has revealed .The survey found the salary difference stretched across different languages, countries and experience … Continue reading

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3-in-1 device offers alternative to Moore’s law

In the semiconductor industry, there is currently one main strategy for improving the speed and efficiency of devices: scale down the device dimensions in order to fit more transistors onto a computer chip, in accordance with Moore’s law. However, the … Continue reading

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A Billion Degrees of Separation

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The Phaistos Disk

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The oldest living thing on Earth

Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we’re lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task. Under the boughs of a … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (G)

This essay is number seven in a series of twelve, about places associated with Jane Austen, although it does not claim to be a comprehensive gazetteer. G. RETURN TO HAMPSHIRE Jane Austen was born in rural Hampshire, in the village … Continue reading

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Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Heafield Hamilton (born August 17, 1936) is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program. … Continue reading

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Scientists discover 300,000 year old Homo sapiens fossils

An international research team led by Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer of the National Institute for Archaeology and Heritage (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco) uncovered fossil bones of Homo sapiens along with … Continue reading

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Historians Draw Closer to the Tomb of the Legendary King Arthur

The deceased King Arthur before being taken to the Isle of Avalon For many decades, researchers have tried to confirm the existence of King Arthur of Camelot, the legendary ruler that was said to have led the defense of Britain … Continue reading

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National Geographic Tesla Motors Documentary

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SolarCity and Tesla Tau Microgrid

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This New Study Might Actually Explain The Weirdness That Is Déjà Vu

In French, déjà vu literally translates to “already seen”, and describes the phenomenon of having the strong feeling that the experience you’re having right now has already been experienced by you in the past. It’s clearly not a glitch in … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (F)

This is essay is number six, in a series of twelve, about places associated with Jane Austen, although it does not claim to be a definitive gazeteer. F. THE WARWICKSHIRE AVON AND THE COTSWOLDS Given that Jane Austen (1775 – … Continue reading

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When a star meets a black hole

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Survival of the fittest

“Survival of the fittest” is a phrase that originated from Darwinian evolutionary theory as a way of describing the mechanism of natural selection. The biological concept of fitness is defined as reproductive success. In Darwinian terms, the phrase is best … Continue reading

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The Top Five Misconceptions About Evolution

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