10 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

This week, we learned …

… there is a Museum of Endangered Sounds that preserves all those obsolete ’90s tech noises.

The Antikythera mechanism of the future. Photograph by secretlondon123, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.0

The Antikythera mechanism of the future.
Photograph by secretlondon123, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.0

  • How many sounds in the museum can you identify?
  • What are some everyday sounds you think might be obsolete in 20 years?
  • Resource: Sound out your city!

 

 

… why buyers shunned the world’s largest diamond.

 

 

… Italian parents who force a vegan diet on their children could go to jail.

This vegan dish is Belgian, not Italian, but looks pretty good to us. Photograph by Keenpress, National Geographic

This vegan dish is Belgian, not Italian, but looks pretty good to us.
Photograph by Keenpress, National Geographic

 

 

… facial-recognition software is ten years behind the “super-recognizers” of Scotland Yard.

 

 

… the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone could become the world’s largest solar farm.

 

 

… Neanderthals’ lack of sewing skills could have killed them.

This Neanderthal (sometimes called Neandertal) family was modeled by researchers at the University of Illinois using anatomical data collected from modern humans and comparing it to cranial landmarks on Neanderthal skulls.  Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic

Researchers have found little evidence that our old friends Homo neanderthalensis were able to make nice fur-lined parkas, leaving them in loincloths, capes, and frostbite.
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic

 

 

… a space mining company will start prospecting asteroids by the end of the decade.

 

 

… the definitive oral history of the lobster roll.

Not vegan, so Italian parents can feed this to their kids. Photograph by Amy Toensing, National Geographic

Not vegan, so Italian parents can feed this to their kids.
Photograph by Amy Toensing, National Geographic

 

 

… the first Americans may have arrived by sea, not a land bridge.

This spectacular map traces Y-DNA haplogroups around the world. Kennewick Man’s Y-DNA haplogroup is Q-M3. Gorgeous map by Chakazul, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

How much do we love this map? Find the dotted lines to follow possible coastal migration routes of ancient populations.
Gorgeous map by Chakazul, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

 

… how woodpeckers will save football players.

4 responses to “10 Things We Learned This Week!

  1. Technology is going too far.. We challenge nature at every forwarding step towards technology.. Now search on asteroid for minerals!! Space Deep is launching Prospector -1 but too much interference in nature is really not good.. Technology is responsible for many disasters.. Guys wake up and find out ways to reduce effect of technology.. Save our planet….

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  2. It’s a good idea to use waste land of chernybol for making solar panels.. But it’s completely radio effective land would it be safe for workers to work their? That place is inhabitable for humans and for animals and plants!!! Chernybol is in North of Ukraine which receives less amount of sunlight as compared to South so will this task become successful???

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  3. Finally Mcnulty was arrested.. Thanks to that taxi driver who locked him.. And that time he could not misguided the cops afteral they were super recogniser.. The way Mcnulty hide the things was something impressive maybe at least in my perception.. He could deceive anyone in front of their eyes.. He should use this talent in something else instead of theft…

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  4. The world is actually a very strange place.. Different people, different rules anything can happen anytime anywhere.. Sending parents to jail by Italian parliament just to force children to be a vegetarian.. There gesture is good to save children from malnutrition but still it’s quite funny… There could be a different way to make parents aware but sending jail it’s not an option..

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