Funny Old Bone
Tue, 2010-06-22 06:26 -- John Hawks [seems like a thoroughgoing in depth academic kind of blog]
.. a funny-looking foot bone from a 67,000-year-old site on an island, ...
..Journal of Human Evolution, Arnand Mijares.. a third metatarsal from Callao Cave, on .. Luzon... the oldest human bone known from the Philippines, or indeed from anywhere not reachable by land from Asia
-- except for the deepest bone elements from Liang Bua cave on Flores
..smaller ..than the small metatarsal of OH8, generally assigned to Homo habilis.
..Sadly, there is no direct comparison to the foot bones of LB1, the skeleton from Flores that started the Homo floresiensis craze...
The Callao MT3 is humanlike in being relatively straight and thinning from proximal to distal, ...estimated length just a hair longer than ..LB1 MT3.
..dating of the site, a mean of 67,000 years ago..uranium-series dating of two cervid teeth in the same stratigraphic unit
...very unlikely to have been deposited as recently as 40,000 years ( age.. occupation of Niah Cave, Borneo
...as I think we'll need to revise much about the timing of dispersal of mtDNA lineages from Africa. And don't forget that mtDNA doesn't tell the important story anymore
Habitable Zone in Vela
HD 85512b, 36 light-years in the constellation Vela.
Orbit 1/4 AU period 58 days.. in the habitable zone, if the planet is rocky and has atmosphere and +50% clouds ..
50 new exoplanets... news conference on Monday... University of Geneva .. European Southern Observatory in Chile. 16 with masses less than 10 times the Earth,
spectrograph Harps ( High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher) to detect wobble.. only reveals the masses Without further info like the size .. Kepler ..measures by seeing the shadows ... or the composition... cannot say for sure whether the Vela planet is made of rock..Kepler will be of no help ... different swath of sky.
HD 85512, or Gliese 370.. orange, 2/3 as massive 1/8 as luminous as our Sun.
Sydney Oyster/Opal 2014 $1B
Sydney's version of a universal public transport card .. will be called Opal...
The card will first be introduced on Sydney Ferries by December next year, she said.
.. following year it will be trains, the following year after that it will be buses " ..
She said the system had been bought from and would be operated by the people behind London's Oyster card, and would cost just over $1 billion. NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says.
September 13, 2011 AP
Historypin map has 1000s of images and stories pinned to it and the app allows you to browse this by date and location, using your location to find the nearest content..
..- holding your phone up to the street, ..your camera view to display nearby images... can be overlaid onto the modern view to create an historical comparison.. toggle or fade between.
..- images taken with the app are immediately pinned to the Historypin map, with any captions ..
Digitise an old photo -.. to the Historypin map.
..explore selected Collections from Historypin.com [so far thin]
Shake history up - a simple shake of the app brings up a random piece ..
-there's a lot of talk avout this kindtechnology
see Vernor Vinge "Rainbows End" which was once (and surely somewhere still is) free html download