October 19, 2015Blog
A 16th-Century Church Rises From the Drought + Mars Needs Humans
- A 400-year-old church has risen from a reservoir thanks to a drought in Southern Mexico. The water levels have fallen by more than 80 feet, making the 16th-century building visible from the waterline. The Temple of Santiago, also known as the Temple of Quechula, usually rests under 100 feet of water, but the drought has raised it from the depths. Latin Times reports local fisherman are even taking people on tours to the church ruins via boat. The church hasn’t been seen for 13 years. — Huffington Post
- Is your old laptop about to die? Take it into Microsoft and make some cash. According to InformationWeek, the computer company is currently offering a trade deal and will pay $200 for Windows machines and $300 for Apple ones. The EasyTradeUp deal offers customers a discount on Microsoft computers when they trade in their old laptop. The laptop has to be less than six years old, have a screen that’s at least 11.4 inches, and still be able to turn on. — Fortune
- Segways could take over bikes, with the launch of a $315 Ninebot mini. The small Segway device launched the new self-balancing scooter with similar looks to the original, but at a 20th of the price. The big difference is the size and performance. This one can fit into the trunk of a car, cruise up to 10 mph, easily take on 15-degree hills, and go up to 13 miles on a single charge. The software can also be upgraded via your smartphone. — Engadget
- Google Glass is being used to treat kids with autism. Stanford University researchers have been using the new tech to help autistic children “recognize and classify emotions.” Catalin Voss and Nick Haber launched the Autism Glass Project as part of the Wall Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine. They are pairing the “face-tracking technology with machine learning to build at-home treatments for autism.” — Tech Crunch
- No longer just the stuff of movies, Mars could be the “next logical place” for humans. Since water was discovered on the red planet, NASA has openly declared that “colonizing the planet within the next 20 years as an achievable goal.” The space agency is working toward establishing a “human presence on the planet.” Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin told CNBC, “Mars is obviously the logical next place to expand our capabilities and getting Earth crews there.” — CNBC
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