The Noah's Ark mosaic credit: Jim Haberman .Experts have unearthed stunning mosaics depicting Noah s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea during the excavation of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel.The mosaics were found on the nave floor of the synagogue in Huqoq that dates back to the fifth century when the area was part of the Roman Empire.The vivid depiction of the Red Sea s parting shows Pharoah s soldiers being swallowed by a large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers.Archaeologists working on the Huqoq Excavation Project, which involves the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Baylor University, Brigham Young University and the University of Toronto, discovered the mosaics last month.There are many ancient synagogues from the late Roman Period that do have mosaic floors and sometimes even figured scenes like Biblical stories but there are no other ancient synagogues with the kind of content that we have depicted in our Huqoq synagogue, Excavation Director and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Jodi Magness told
A armed guard walks past a blast-proof 25-ton steel door protecting the Cheyenne Mountain complex, home of NORAD.The sun, not the Soviets, was a provocateur during a little-known Cold War event, a new study reveals.A solar storm of historic proportions in May 1967 interfered with American radar installations and raised tensions, leading to aircraft being prepared for launch, according to the American Geophysical Union AGU .The solar storm was so powerful it disturbed Ballistic Missile Early Warning System sites in Alaska, Greenland, and the U.K. on May 23, 1967.Experts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA , Baylor University, and Boston College contributed to study, as well as retired Air Force personnel.The former Air Force officers describe the event publicly for the first time in the paper.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declared last week that the threat of artificial intelligence taking over American jobs “is not even on my radar screen.” Mnuchin is “not worried at all,” at least not for the next 50 to 100 years.President Obama, for example, opined that “We’ve been seeing specialized AI in every aspect of our lives, from medicine and transportation to how electricity is distributed, and it promises to create a vastly more productive and efficient economy… But it also has some downsides that we’re gonna have to figure out in terms of not eliminating jobs.Here’s a somewhat random collection of recent quantitative and qualitative assessments.Entire jobs and specific work activities will (continue to) be automated…38% of jobs in the United States, 35% of jobs in Germany, 30% of UK jobs and 21% of jobs in Japan could be at potential risk of automation by the early 2030s--PwCMore than 85% of customer interactions will be managed without a human by 2020—Gartner
Common examples include using "Pacific" instead of "specific", or "accept" instead of "except".A specific type of eggcorn happens when someone mishears song lyrics.An amusing selection include Madonna's famous hit Poppadom Preach and, in Bon Jovi's hit Livin' on a Prayer, the words "it doesn't make a difference if we're naked or not."was said by Captain Kirk in the 1968 Gamesters of Triskelion and while the sense is the same, there may be something about the rhythm that makes us more likely to remember the incorrect version.Dr Blaine McCormick, associate professor and chair of the management department in Baylor University, is an expert on Ben Franklin.McCorkmick spoke up in 2015 about many of the sayings we incorrectly attribute to Franklin, such as "a penny saved is a penny earned."
CALGARY, Alberta — About 67,000 years ago, a gigantic mammoth chowed down on enormous mouthfuls of grass in Texas, just west of where modern-day Austin is located, according to new research.The finding is surprising, given that the beast's remains were discovered in Waco, Texas, more than 120 miles (200 kilometers) away from the Columbian mammoth's (Mammuthus columbi) ancient picnic spot near Austin, the researchers said."They really weren't in the Waco area until right before they died, which is a little unexpected," the study's lead researcher, Don Esker, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geosciences at Baylor University in Waco, told Live Science.There are remains from at least 23 mammoths dating to the late Pleistocene in Waco.The prehistoric graveyard was found in 1978 by two local youngsters, Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin, who were searching for fossils and arrowheads when they discovered the fossilized mammoth bones.In 2015, President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation, with bipartisan support, that made the site a national monument, according to the National Park Service.
Despite the pervasive use of the Internet in everyday life, most Americans report they never use it to find religious or spiritual content, and most never use it to share religious views, according to the Baylor Religion Survey.That holds true regardless of religious tradition, said Baylor University sociologists, who recently presented the latest survey findings at the Religion Newswriters Association's annual conference."Even the most religious typically refrain from using the Internet to proselytize, but Evangelicals and Black Protestants are the most likely to share their religious views online," said Baylor sociologist Paul McClure.Of those who attend church weekly, 45 percent said it has no effect, while 50 percent believe the Internet affects their spiritual life positively.Only 4 percent of weekly religious attenders believe the Internet has a negative effect on them spiritually.But younger Americans feel differently, with 43 percent of those ages 18 to 24 reporting that they feel addicted to their technological devices, according to McClure and Baylor co-researcher Justin Nelson.
If you're a Dish Network subscriber with a 4K TV and a Hopper 3, sports will finally be coming to your living room in 4K Ultra HD, including NCAA football games.While Dish Network has offered 4K-ready set-top boxes like the Hopper 3 for nearly three years, the amount of live 4K programming available to users has been minimal at best.That is slowly beginning to change, though, and Dish Network’s latest announcement will be an exciting development for sports fans with 4K UHD TVs.Starting this weekend, Dish Network will begin airing coverage of select NCAA football games on the Fox Sports channel FS1 in 4K UHD.The first game to be delivered in the resolution will be the University of Oklahoma versus Baylor University, which airs at 6:30 p.m.ET on Saturday, September 23.
A healthy baby has been born at a Dallas, Texas hospital to a mother who received a uterus transplant.It’s a medical first for the United States, and an important milestone in the battle against infertility.As Time magazine reports, the landmark birth happened at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.The sex, weight, and exact date of birth were not disclosed, and the new mum, along with her husband, have asked to remain anonymous.A 36-year-old registered nurse who has two children of her own donated the uterus, which was transplanted as part of a trial being conducted by the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute.It’s the first time a baby has been born in the US after a uterus transplant, with several prior live births having successfully taken place at Sweden’s Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.
Contrary to what you might assume after hate-browsing Facebook, it seems the internet may have actually made people less dogmatic about religion.A recent study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion has found evidence that the more we use the internet, the less likely we are to have a specific religious affiliation or to believe in and practice one religion exclusively.Paul McClure, a doctoral student in sociology at Texas’ Baylor University, decided to take a broad look at how the internet has influenced our religious proclivities.He was inspired, in part, by previous research that suggested the rise of the internet since the 1990s has contributed to an increase of people becoming religiously unaffiliated (a group otherwise known as “Nones,” which includes, but isn’t limited to, atheists and agnostics).He analysed data from an ongoing project that’s been managed by his university since 2005, the Baylor Religion Survey.He specifically relied on the 2010 version of the US-centric nationally representative survey, conducted by the Gallup Organization, which was the first to feature questions about people’s use of the internet as well as how they felt about religion.
Retail giant Walmart now thinks of itself as a tech company — but it’s not putting all its eggs in Silicon Valley.The company announced today that it is opening an emerging technologies office in Dallas, Texas.Thirteen employees have already been hired at the office, and the company expects to hire roughly 32 more by year’s end.Walmart’s vice president of tech modernization Chris Enslin made the announcement onstage at VentureBeat’s Blueprint conference in Reno, Nevada.“We have a vast amount of data that we haven’t truly democratized or captured the value out of it to create new products,” Enslin said, discussing the opportunity Walmart sees in investing in these emerging technologies.In a phone interview last week week discussing the new office, Walmart director of engineering and Dallas office lead Carlos Riojas told VentureBeat that the company chose Dallas due to its proximity to a number of universities, including the University of Texas at Dallas and Baylor University, its attractiveness to young professionals, and Walmart’s preexisting presence in the city.
All couples fight and argue, but it is how they communicate during their conflict that can determine whether they will stay together or not.Dr. Keith Sanford, a clinical psychologist and an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, and his research team, studied dozens of couples as they communicated through a fight.The most interesting finding is that negative emotions can in fact be a good thing.Sanford described two types of negative emotion, “hard” and “soft”.Hard emotion is associated with asserting power.Sanford and his team found that hard emotion escalated fights, and that soft emotion is beneficial for relationships.
Teams from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Peking University and The University of Tokyo placed in second, third and fourth places and were recognized with gold medals in the prestigious competition.ACM ICPC is the premier global programming competition conducted by and for the world's universities.For more than four decades, the competition has raised the aspirations and performance of generations of the world's problem solvers in computing sciences and engineering.The team that solves the most problems in the fewest attempts in the least cumulative time is declared the winner.Now in its 42nd year, ICPC has gathered more than 320,000 students from around the world to compete since its inception.As computing increasingly becomes part of the daily routines of a growing percentage of the global population, the solution to many of tomorrow's challenges will be written with computing code.
The battle lines over net neutrality are firmly drawn."He can give a presentation to a complete neophyte and get them to join the parade because he makes it so compelling."Lessons From the Soviet BlocWhile other Republicans, such as FCC chair Ajit Pai, see net neutrality regulations as government interference in the free market, Pickering sees such rules as necessary to preserve competition on the internet.After returning to the US, Pickering received an MBA from Baylor University, where he served as a graduate assistant to a comparative economics professor who studied Western and Soviet-bloc economies."I hate to see the consequences of monopolies, and I love what happens when you unleash free-market competition," he says.
An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc—has sprung up around sleep.Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or eight hours a night, you should be.And since you’re probably not sleeping seven or eight hours a night—since, in all likelihood, you can barely focus on this sentence, having sacrificed one or two or all of your needed eight hours to soothing your newborn, or streaming bad TV, or snorting cocaine—what all this stuff is really saying is: sleep more.As we learned from the host of sleep experts we reached out to for this week’s Giz Asks, this is a somewhat controversial question in the field of sleep studies.But the good news is that if you’re worried you’re sleeping too much, you probably aren’t—unless you’re still always tired, in which case you very well might have a severe clinical disorder.Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, Neurology and Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center
Ancient tools that may give historians a glimpse into America's history were recently discovered just feet below the surface in Texas.Researchers with Texas A University made the stunning discovery during a dig at the Debra L. Friedkin site, located just 40 miles northwest of Austin.Archaeologists have been searching for artifacts at the site near Buttermilk Creek for more than a decade — but this may be their most important find yet.Michael Waters, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A, and staff from Baylor University and the University of Texas described the various ancient items they found in a study published in the latest issue of Science Advances.The team reveals they found 3 to 4-inch weapons, including spear points made of chert, under sediment they believe to be at least 15,500 years old.MYSTERY OF 3,000-YEAR-OLD EGYPTIAN MUMMY WITH 'MAGICAL' TATTOOS SOLVED
However a recent multi-institutional study, led by Rockefeller scientists, has produced a new blueprint of the Aedes aegypti genome that vastly improves upon its predecessor.aegypti carries pernicious pathogens, including Zika, dengue, and yellow fever, and transmits these diseases to hundreds of millions of people annually.Though results of this effort enabled over a decade of mosquito genetic research, the techniques of the time were limited and the genome had significant shortcomings."And if you can't trust that the DNA sequence was correctly assembled, you're not going to get very far."Matthews recalls meeting mosquito researchers from other institutions whose projects had become excessively time consuming, or outright impossible, due to a lack of reliable genetic information.The team first sent a sample of Ae.
For the first time, archaeologists have released detailed images of stunning biblical mosaics discovered at the site of an ancient synagogue site in Northern Israel.The mosaics depict Noah’s Ark, the parting of the Red Sea, Jonah and the fish and the Tower of Babel, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Discovered between 2014 and 2017 at the fifth-century synagogue in Huqoq, the panels paint a fascinating picture of life at the ancient site.“The Huqoq version is unusual in showing three large fish swallowing Jonah, and representing the storm winds (in the upper left corner) as Harpy-Sirens – half-female, half-bird creatures from Greek mythology.”Magness also notes that the panel depicting the Tower of Babel shows different construction activities around the tower, such as the quarrying of stone, woodworking and the use of a giant pulley.Additionally, the panel’s depiction of the Tower’s workers is noteworthy.
Facebook political memes of Donald Trump in the 2016 election were more likely to focus on his hairstyle and facial expressions, while those of Hillary Clinton were more likely to center on the email scandal and her relationships -- a contrast to historical gender stereotypes in politics, a Baylor University study has found.Previous research indicates that typical coverage of male political candidates focuses on their policy and history in office, while coverage of females focuses more on their personality and appearance as a frame for their ability to hold political office in terms of their roles of mothers and wives.Facebook-meme pages and profile photos, used by grassroots groups in the most recent election, also were more likely to be negative in tone, said lead researcher Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., director of graduate studies, director of American studies and professor of journalism, public relations and new media in the Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences."This study is one of the first to offer a glimpse at the type of Facebook pages that emerged during the political race, profile photos use, popularity of the pages and an examination of how citizens used humor during the 2016 election," she said.Previous studies of U.S. presidential candidates emphasized newspaper and television portrayals, and "traditionally, media outlets have operated simultaneously as gatekeepers and interpreters of political themes by selectively choosing to cover one or both sides of an issue, often putting forth their own interpretations," Moody-Ramirez said."Our findings indicate Facebook political-themed meme pages enable average citizens to bypass traditional gatekeepers ...
ICPC is the oldest and most prestigious competitive programming event worldwide.The announcement was made at the Alfândega Congress Center in Porto, Portugal, where this year's ICPC finals end April 5.ICPC Executive Director Bill Poucher, who is also a professor at Baylor University and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, congratulated Moscow on being selected: "We are here at ICPC 2019 Porto meeting the MIPT delegation planning ICPC 2020 Moscow for June 2020.We will bring together the most gifted students of computing who have the capability of inventing software solutions to the problems of tomorrow.I look forward to having the greatest World Finals in ICPC history in Moscow when I have the opportunity to welcome everyone by saying in Russian 'Dobro pozhalovat!'"Moscow has never been the venue of ICPC, though the competition was previously held in St. Petersburg in 2013 and in Yekaterinburg the following year.
Soon after conception, an embryo's circulatory system connects to that of its mother.Complications that occur at this critical time can result in miscarriage or birth defects with long-term chronic conditions.Researchers from the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine are developing a new technology to allow simultaneous imaging of both embryonic structural development and the molecular underpinnings that occur in the developing circulatory system.David Mayerich, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, is leading the $3.7 million project funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, with Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering at UH; Mary Dickinson, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at Baylor; and Joshua Wythe, assistant professor of molecular physiology at Baylor."When you look at an embryo, things happen at two scales, structural and molecular," Mayerich said.Even a short time lag between images taken with OCT and microscopy can make it impossible to synchronize the structural and chemical changes, said Mayerich, whose work involves the application of data science to microscopy, allowing for high resolution imaging at massive scales.