What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18


London may now be more dangerous than New York City:

While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim to a robbery.

London has almost three times the number of reported rapes and while the murder rate in New York remains higher, the gap is narrowing dramatically.



Which was more technologically advanced, the Roman Empire or Han China?

It would seem that the Romans were more advanced than their Chinese counterparts in the fields of Metallurgy, Medicine, Military Technology and also slightly when it came to Civil and Structural Engineering.

The Chinese in contrast were more advanced than their Roman counterparts when it came to the fields of Agriculture, Astronomy, Aeronautics and Mathematics.

The two peer empires meanwhile were equals in the fields of Hydraulics and Mechanics, and Materials Engineering.

The author is forced to conclude as such, that the two great fathers of Western and Chinese civilization, Rome and Han respectively were approximately equal with regards to technological advancement.



If birds left tracks in the sky, it might look like this:

Why dolphins are deep thinkers:

At Kewalo Basin Marine Laboratory in Hawaii, Lou Herman and his team set about testing a dolphin’s ability to comprehend our language. They developed a sign language to communicate with the dolphins, and the results were remarkable. Not only do the dolphins understand the meaning of individual words, they also understand the significance of word order in a sentence. (One of their star dolphins, Akeakamai, has learned a vocabulary of more than 60 words and can understand more than 2,000 sentences.) Particularly impressive is the dolphins’ relaxed attitude when new sentences are introduced. For example, the dolphins generally responded correctly to “touch the frisbee with your tail and then jump over it”. This has the characteristics of true understanding, not rigid training.



Area 51 is hiring a flight attendant:

Are you a Las Vegas-based flight attendant looking for work and able to keep a secret(s)? Do you feel positively about working for an airline that sort of doesn’t exist? Happen to have a Top-Secret clearance with the U.S. government, or think you could snag one?

If so, the perfect job just opened up.



Snow in the Sahara.

Photo by Zinnedine Hashas

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