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June 15, 2022

Giant sinkhole discovered in China


From LiveScience:

A team of Chinese scientists has discovered a giant sinkhole with a forest at its bottom. 

The sinkhole is 630 feet deep, according to the Xinhua news agency, deep enough to just swallow St. Louis's Gateway Arch.

A team of speleologists and spelunkers rappelled into the sinkhole last month, discovering that there are three cave entrances in the chasm, as well as ancient trees 131 feet tall, stretching their branches toward the sunlight that filters through the sinkhole entrance. 

The exploration of the cave was conducted under the aegis of the Institute of Karst Geology of the China Geological Survey.


Just in: file under "science imitates nature":

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Has China's FAST telescope detected alien intelligence?

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In 1972 the Polaroid Corporation commissioned the Eames Office to produce a film introducing the new and revolutionary SX-70 instant-photography camera developed by Edwin Land.

The film demonstrates several potential uses for the camera and shows how it operates.

It was first shown at a Polaroid stockholders meeting and later used within Polaroid as a sales tool.

The Eames Office used live-action footage as well as animated segments to create the film.

SX-70 was the first of four films that Charles and Ray made for Polaroid.

The film won a Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film Festival in 1975.

June 15, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Once Upon a Time in America


In the early 1950s Wonder Bread


built strong bodies 8 ways.

After a few years, by dint of some serious alchemy known only to Mad Men and their ilk, 

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8 became 12.

No BBQ joint worth its pink smoke ring would dream of serving anything else alongside its main event.

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10 Authors Whose Next Books Can't Come Soon Enough

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In alphabetical order:

 Charles Cumming

 Jennifer Egan

 Jonathan Franzen

 Lauren Groff

 David Ignatius

 Emily St. John Mandel

 Thomas Powers

 Gerald Seymour

 Neal Stephenson

 Paul Vidich

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Doormat made from 100% natural coir fiber.


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June 15, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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