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This is So Cool

From DailyKos:

Canadian William Gadoury invested a lot of time looking at diagrams of constellations and maps of known Maya cities in what is now Mexico and Central America. He noticed two of the brightest stars of the constellations overlaid perfectly with the locations of the largest Maya cities. No scientist had ever made this connection previously. He then studied 22 other constellations and found that they meshed with the locations of 117 Mayan cities. Looking at a 23rd constellation, he matched two stars to known cities but could not match a third star with any city. Using Google maps, Gadoury found a location on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, once the heart of Classical Maya culture, where he thought there should be a city. He persuaded the Canadian Space Agency to train its satellite telescopes on the spot. This returned photos of of geometric shapes in the jungle, what appears to be an ancient Maya pyramid surrounded by 30 smaller structures. Gadoury has named the city K’aak Chi, which means “Mouth of Fire.” The site has not been verified on the ground yet, and it is in a very remote, expensive to reach area. But if Gadoury’s research proves accurate, K’aak Chi could be one of the largest Maya cities ever found.

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This is a Crying Shame

…Because we need more and better sex research, rather than this drivel, which Dan Savage helpfully deconstructs.

“I spoke with Helen at a conference once,” a researcher who did not wish to be identified told me in an email. “Helen said there is a single gene that will determine whether a man cheats or not. We carefully explained why this couldn’t be so.”

Fisher, like so many other hacks in the love-and-relationship racket, wants sex and love and marriage to work in a certain way—they insist it only works this one way—and this monogamist bias informs and distorts Fisher’s work.

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A recent discovery:

ASASSN-15lh is the most luminous supernova ever detected; at its brightest it was approximately 50 times more luminous than the whole Milky Way galaxy, with an energy flux 570 billion times greater than the Sun. …According to Krzysztof Stanek of Ohio State University, one of the principal investigators at ASAS-SN, “If it was in our own galaxy, it would shine brighter than the full moon; there would be no night, and it would be easily seen during the day.”

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