The Deadly Global War for Sand | WIRED

Our civilization is literally built on sand. People have used it for construction since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians. In the 15th century, an Italian artisan figured out how to turn sand into transparent glass, which made possible the microscopes, telescopes, and other technologies that helped drive the Renaissance’s scientific revolution (also, affordable windows). Sand of various kinds is an essential ingredient in detergents, cosmetics, toothpaste, solar panels, silicon chips, and especially buildings; every concrete structure is basically tons of sand and gravel glued together with cement.

Source: The Deadly Global War for Sand | WIRED

Berenst(e)ain Bears and Walkers Crisps

Wow, first I learn it is Berenstain bears, not Berenstein Bears, all along! And then in the comments I learn that Walkers Salt and Vingear crisps have always been green.

Seems like there is some collective cognitive fault here (see the misspelling in the old newspaper too), or at least a brillant ad campaign by Golden Wonder crisps in the case of the later.

Article below explains the wilder theory, read with caution….. Who would have thought those cuddly Berenstain Bears and the home comforts of Walkers crisps could be quite so disturbing. Next I am going to find out that Rudolf does not have a red nose and every year Santa comes dressed in green not red….

Too much time on my hands this morning….. need to get some air! 🙂

The Bears are communicating these newfound realities to us through their name. Take a cold hard look at the wording above. Does something look wrong to you? Do you remember it being Berenstein with an E, not Berenstain with an A?If you do, you’re not alone. There are many who remember it this way. In fact, there are so many Berenstein believers that people in the know will cite that as proof that this is a glitch in the matrix. I’ve dubbed these individuals Berensteinites. I talked to quite a few people I know, and most of them remember the bears surname being spelled with an E.

Source: The Berenst(E)ain Bears Conspiracy Theory That Has Convinced the Internet There Are Parallel Universes | VICE | United Kingdom

Map displays spread of European language – Business Insider

The origin of Indo-European languages has long been a topic of debate among scholars and scientists.In 2012, a team of evolutionary biologists at the University of Auckland led by Dr. Quentin Atkinson released a study that found all modern IE languages could be traced back to a single root: Anatolian — the language of Anatolia, now modern-day Turkey.

Source: Map displays spread of European language – Business Insider

Cassini finds global ocean in Saturn’s moon Enceladus | Astronomy.com

A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA’s Cassini mission.Researchers found that the magnitude of the moon’s slight wobble, as it orbits Saturn, can only be accounted for if its outer ice shell is not frozen solid to its interior, meaning a global ocean must be present.

Source: Cassini finds global ocean in Saturn’s moon Enceladus | Astronomy.com

Whiteout: new Scottish thesaurus has 421 words for snow | Books | The Guardian

The claim that the Inuit have 50 words for snow has endured for decades, but it now looks as if the Scots have beaten that figure. Researchers on a new Scots thesaurus say they have found more than 400 Scots words for the white stuff, from “feefle” to “flindrikin”, “spitters” to “snaw-pouther”.

Source: Whiteout: new Scottish thesaurus has 421 words for snow | Books | The Guardian

HubbleSite – NewsCenter – NASA’s Hubble Finds Supernova Star System Linked to Potential ‘Zombie Star’

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for the first time have spotted a star system that later produced an unusual supernova explosion of a white dwarf, the stripped-down core of an ordinary star at the end of its life.

Source: HubbleSite – NewsCenter – NASA’s Hubble Finds Supernova Star System Linked to Potential ‘Zombie Star’ (08/06/2014) – The Full Story

How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First | WIRED

On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready. With a click of the mouse, they hoped to unmask a fundamental particle that had eluded physicists for decades: the Higgs boson.Of course, these men weren’t the only physicists in pursuit of the Higgs boson. In Geneva, a team of hundreds of physicists with an $8 billion machine called the Large Hadron Collider also was in the hunt. But shortly after starting for the first time, the LHC had malfunctioned and went offline for repairs, opening a window three guys at NYU hoped to take advantage of.The key to their strategy was a particle collider that had been dismantled in 2001 to make room for the more powerful LHC. For $10,000 in computer time, they would attempt to show that the Large Electron-Positron collider had been making dozens of Higgs bosons without anybody noticing.

Source: How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First | WIRED

Thousands of microbes found in house dust – BBC News

The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different species of microbes, a study suggests.Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder analysed the dust found in 1,200 households across the United States.They discovered that the types of bacteria and fungi varied depending on where the home was located, who lived there and whether pets were present.

Source: Thousands of microbes found in house dust – BBC News