The Daily Populous

Sunday August 23rd, 2020 night edition

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Europe alone holds some 35,000 megaliths, including many astronomically-aligned stone circles, as well as tombs (or cromlechs) and other standing stones.

Though still old, at that age, Stonehenge may have been one of the youngest such stone structures to be built in Europe.

But even these primitive sites are at least centuries younger than the world’s oldest known stone circle: Nabta Playa.

Located in Africa, Nabta Playa stands some 700 miles south of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

It was built more than 7,000 years ago, making Nabta Playa the oldest stone circle in the world — and possibly Earth’s oldest astronomical observatory.

It was constructed by a cattle worshiping cult of nomadic people to mark the summer solstice and the arrival of the monsoons.

The statue of Ramses the Great at the Great Temple of Abu Simbel is moved during the construction of the Aswan Dam. »

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Guitarist Jack Sherman dies aged 64

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Image copyright Red Hot Chili Peppers Image caption Guitarist Jack Sherman (left) with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1984.

Jack Sherman, the guitarist who appeared on the debut album of American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, has died at the age of 64.

Sherman replaced Hillel Slovak, guitarist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, in December 1983. »

Altered States or Much to Do About Nothing? A Study of When Cannabis Is Used in Relation to the Impact It Has on Performance

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The current study begins to answer this question by examining the relationship between three temporal-based cannabis measures and five forms of workplace performance.

At the same time, after-work cannabis use was not related (positively or negatively) to any form of performance as rated by the user’s direct supervisor.

This study then uses temporal cannabis items (e.g., how often during the past 12 months have you used cannabis before starting your work day) to predict five forms of workplace performance as rated by the cannabis user’s direct supervisor. »

TIL the first word that Helen Keller learned was water. Her tutor took Helen’s hand, poured water over it, and then spelled out W-A-T-E-R in Helen’s palm. Helen made the association between the writing in her palm and the water. After this breakthrough, Helen learned 30 more words that day.

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Keller was the first of two daughters born to Arthur H. Keller and Katherine Adams Keller.

Keller was born with her senses of sight and hearing, and started speaking when she was just 6 months old.

By the time Keller was 7, they had invented more than 60 signs to communicate with each other. »