Good morning. Get ready for a blast from the past. Jurassic Parktopped this weekend’s box office for the fourth time since its 1993 release, thanks to its popularity at drive-in movie theaters.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Age Of Discovery
Over the past month, new technology has enabled two significant discoveries that upend what we previously thought about historical civilizations.
Aguada Fénix In Tabasco, Mexico, researchers uncovered a 3,000-year-old Mayan ceremonial center, the largest and oldest structure of its kind, seemingly designed for astronomical observations. They named the site Aguada Fénix.
Archaeologists used lidar technology – short for “light detection and ranging” – to bounce lasers off the ground’s surface and create high-resolution maps.
Researchers theorize that ancient residents used the structure to perform rites and track the sun’s seasonal movement.
Due to the lack of statues or sculptures in honor of their leaders, scientists inferred that the community did not have marked social inequality – a common trait found in other societies of that era.
Stonehenge On Sunday, a separate team of archaeologists announced the unexpected discovery of a large circle of shafts at the site of an ancient village near Stonehenge, making the landmark the most massive prehistoric structure in Britain.
Researchers believe the 4,000-year-old structure acted as a ritual boundary between Stonehenge and the Durrington Walls henge monument (built by Sun-worshippers).
The discovery was made possible by remote sensing technology, which scientists used to identify enhanced magnetic readings coming from the shafts.
Experts say the find could unlock more about the larger Stonehenge area, including where the builders lived and dined.
What’s next? As technology is increasingly applied to archaeology and other sciences, other significant discoveries are expected to emerge. Stay tuned.
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Protests & Coronavirus Updates
Global cases rose to nearly 9.34 million yesterday (up ~165k from yesterday), with almost 478,800 deaths (up ~5.5k). The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose above 2.42 million (up ~30k), with 123,463 confirmed deaths (up ~854).
The FDAwarned against the use of nine different hand sanitizers due to the presence of methanol – a toxic substance that can be lethal if consumed in large doses.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondosigned an executive order on Tuesday to remove the word “plantations” from all state documents and symbols.
The Louisville police chief officially fired one of three officers involved in the March killing of Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock warrant.
Federal authorities and NASCAR on Tuesday said the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage was in fact a garage door pull that had been there since 2019.
Bill Cosby Allowed To Appeal Conviction
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing Bill Cosby to appeal his sexual assault convictions on Tuesday. The court will hear arguments on whether other women besides the victim should have been allowed to testify at his trial, and will examine Cosby’s claim that he had an immunity deal with the former prosecutor in the case.
More: Cosby has served two years of a 3 to 10 year sentence after being convicted in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman back in 2004.
A U.S. District Court judge upheld a Trump administration rule that would require hospitals to publicize rates for all services they negotiate with insurance companies. The ruling went against the American Hospital Association (AHA), who sued to try and block the administration’s pre-disclosure requirement.
Luggage startup Away has closed a funding round of $30 to $40 million, per Axios.
Twitter flagged a tweet from President Trump concerning a potential D.C. “autonomous zone” on Tuesday. The company added a label telling users the post violated the company’s rules for abusive behavior. View the tweet in question here.
Capital For Climate Change
Amazon announced a $2 billion venture capital fund that will back companies developing “sustainable and decarbonizing technologies” on Tuesday. The fund is part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge – the company’s commitment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement by 2040, a decade ahead of the climate accord’s goal.
Mercedes-Benz announced a partnership with Nvidia to develop the car company’s next generation of in-vehicle computing systems. Nvidia’s technology will be responsible for providing remote updates and enhancing automated driving capabilities. Vehicles with such technology will be available starting in 2024.
Tell Me A Story
At 7:30 p.m. each evening, seven-year-old Bryan Rumfelt of Brooklyn, NY, video chats with his grandmother to read her a story. Bryan – who loves to read – has missed their daily routine since his school closed in March.
With his grandmother’s encouragement, Bryan started the Facebook group Bryan’s Book Corner, where he posts videos of himself reading picture books such as “The Pigeon Needs a Bath” and “Dragons Love Tacos.” The young storyteller takes suggestions from his audience – composed of children and grandparents alike – and concludes his videos by telling his listeners how much he loves them.
Nancy Connors of Pawtucket, RI, lived through World War II, yet she has never seen the people on her street look as sad as they have during the pandemic. Determined to go out and spread cheer – but hindered by a handicap – the 86-year-old has spent every cent of her $1,200 stimulus check on an effort to bring smiles to her neighbors’ faces.
Over the past two weeks, Nancy has created a “zoo” made out of dozens of stuffed animals on her front lawn. With another Amazon shipment of faux furs on the way, the octogenarian enjoys sitting on her front porch, waving to passerby as they delight in seeing her growing collection.
Save The Date: An Update
Last month, we brought you the story of Robert Conlin, an Illinois man who held romantic dinners for his pregnant wife from outside her hospital room window. Robert’s wife, Shona, entered the hospital when her water broke just 20 weeks into her pregnancy. The baby survived, but Robert was not allowed to visit his wife due to concerns about the virus.
On Saturday, almost 70 days after Shona’s arrival at the hospital, Robert was allowed to be by his wife’s side as their son, Forest, was born. Although he is premature and must spend time in the NICU, baby Forest arrived just in time for Robert to celebrate his first Father’s Day.
🛵 They (Won’t) See Me Rollin’… Segway will reportedly cease production of its iconic Segway PT self-balancing scooter model. The company will instead focus on electric scooter production, where it supposedly has a 70% global market share.
🌋 Roman Candle… an international team of researchers linked a huge volcanic eruption in Alaska to the rise of the Roman Empire in a new study published Monday.
📱The Invisible Man… a recent report shows how Morrocan journalist Omar Radi’s phone was hacked by a new ‘invisible’ technique. All Radi had to do was visit a single website – any website – for his phone to be compromised.
Sleep Is For The Weak
What is the longest recorded time a human being has gone without sleep?
A) 216 hrs (9 days) B) 264 hrs (11 days) C) 180 hrs (7.5 days) D) 300 hrs (12.5 days)
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In 1963, 17-year-old Randy Gardner came up with the idea to stay awake for 11 straight days (setting a world record) in order to win the San Diego Science Fair that year. He recruited two friends to stay with him in shifts to make sure he followed through. The trio ended up winning first prize in the fair.