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Is it possible to destroy the Earth with a laboratory black hole?: “Since it began to operate in 2008, some people belonging to the scientific community and other curious people have wondered if it could open microscopic black holes. After its ignition, NASA released a report directly attacking the sensational news that claimed that the ignition of the Large Hadron Collider would be the end of the Earth and humanity. However, the chances of the Large Hadron Collider creating microscopic black holes are not zero.”
What Big Oil Knew About Climate Change, In Their Own Words: “Four years ago I traveled through America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that could reveal the hidden history of climate change, and in particular when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem and what they knew about it. I studied boxes of papers, thousands of pages. I began to recognize typewriter fonts from the 1960s and 1970s and marveled at the legibility of past calligraphy, and got used to squinting when it wasn’t so clear.”
Tarkovsky in science-fiction mode, the film that was ahead of Chernobyl: “In 1979 the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky premiered what is considered one of his crowning works and one of the 30 best films in history, according to the British Film Institute: Stalker. A film that in an almost prophetic way anticipated the atmosphere and even the anguish that would surround the Chernobyl events years later, to the point that even the popular term to refer to the exclusion territory created by the Soviet authorities, The Zone, was taken out of the film and the guides who venture into the territory are known as stalkers.”
Reveal the original color and new inscriptions in the temple of Esna in Egypt: “The joint Egyptian-German archaeological mission working on the Temple of Esna succeeded in revealing the inscriptions, images and colors on the temple ceilings and walls, after completing their cleaning work within the temple restoration project. Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the works resulted in the recovery of the original inscriptions and bright colors of the decoration located below the middle ceiling above the entrance to the temple, at a height of about 14 meters.
What ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ shows us about man-made changes to the landscape: “Almost imperceptibly, we are witnesses day by day of a new revolution in the landscape: the natural recovery and spontaneous colonization of the forest, which gradually recovers spaces that man once snatched from it. The sources for documenting changes in the landscape are very varied: written documentation, images (charts and photographs), the analysis of pollen stored in the soil (paleobotany), the analysis of the growth rings of the trunks (the dendrochronology), historical cartography and inventories, archeology and cinematography.”
Severance – When work is a nightmare: “Imagine that you spend hours inside an office, all the hours you are conscious, and that you don’t know anything beyond the corridors of the company where you work. When it’s time to go home, she gets into the elevator and her mind switches off; what will happen outside the office will not be recorded in that part of your memory. The hours of rest and free time will pass beyond the scope of your consciousness: when you return to the office, those hours of rest will simply seem to have not existed and you will find yourself about to start a new workday. His whole world is an endless working day.”
Clearbot, the aquatic drone governed by Artificial Intelligence capable of collecting a ton of plastic daily: “Every year that passes, millions of tons of plastic waste float in rivers, waterways and oceans. This fact, instead of going down, is constantly increasing. It is estimated that by 2040, if everything remains the same, the volume of plastic garbage in the oceans will triple, reaching the amount of 50 kilos per meter of coastline. To try to solve this situation, Open Ocean Engineering, a startup operating in Hong Kong, has developed Clearbot Neo. It is an aquatic drone that is governed by artificial intelligence and is responsible for collecting tons of floating garbage in the water.
The “door” on Mars: the explanation about the mysterious formation in a photo of the red planet: “With a striking rectangular shape, and a smooth cut that contrasts with the rough rock around it, a geological formation on Mars has generated questions for several days. Some have found the shape of a “door” and others have ventured theories about whether an extraterrestrial civilization could create a “passageway” on the neighboring planet. But what is shown in the photo taken by the Curiosity robot, which has been sending information about Mars from the ground since 2012, has a more logical explanation. According to NASA, it’s all a matter of perspective.”
The Hindsgavl dagger, an amazing prehistoric flint object inspired by bronze designs: “Humans created flint tools from the Palaeolithic more than 10,000 years ago until the end of the Neolithic, when the technical level was already very high, and just when the diffusion of metallurgy and bronze working began to spread. The Bronze Age, which began in Asia Minor around 3300 BC, would still take approximately 1,500 years to reach present-day Denmark. By the year the Dagger of Hindsgavl is dated, the first imported bronze daggers were beginning to appear, and the craftsman who made it out of flint attempted to imitate its shape.”
This store is located on a cliff and hangs 120 meters high: “Nothing can beat the small local located on the side of a mountain in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in Hunan province. As you can possibly imagine, its location offers the main clue to its existence: the store run by intrepid workers serves to offer supplies to climbers. And it is that the place is hanging from the side of a cliff 120 meters high. A location so unique that it gives meaning to its function, as its owner offers all kinds of refreshments, such as drinks and snacks, while “customers” climb the wall in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in Hunan province.
‘RUR’, the Czechoslovak futuristic dystopia in which the term “robot” was first used: “Considered by the Gestapo as “public enemy number two”, the Czech writer Karel Capel in 1920 wrote RUR, a play that first introduced and popularized the term robot, which came from the term servitude in Slavic languages. The story told of life in a robot factory designed as an advanced, cheaper and more docile proletariat. Dystopia was the usual, at a given moment, they ended up rebelling. Now, a Czech graphic novel has rescued this work on its centenary”
Minuet to a pixelated castle – 25 years of Castlevania Symphony of the Night: “Perhaps Symphony’s greatest legacy…is its sequels on handheld consoles, Game Boy Advance or Nintendo DS, which were best sellers and produced on a shoestring budget. In addition, between the celebrated Super Metroid and this Konami title, the “Metroidvania” genre would be consolidated, which has given rise to dozens of Western games where platforms and adventure come together with the same ambition. These combined elements, nuanced the excesses of one genre or another, made many people pass the title and remember it with real fervor.
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