University of Toronto: AI-powered archaeology draws out hidden evidence of fire use by early humans

University of Toronto: AI-powered archaeology draws out hidden evidence of fire use by early humans. “The discovery, described in a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests only the sixth location worldwide of evidence of fire more than half a million years old. The researchers employed advanced artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to confirm their hypothesis. The team suggests the method could lead to a more scientific, data-driven type of archaeology, providing a better understanding of the origins of the human story, our most basic traditions and our experimental and innovative nature.”

Ars Technica: Take a peek inside a flickering candle flame with these 3D-printed shapes

Ars Technica: Take a peek inside a flickering candle flame with these 3D-printed shapes. “Markus Buehler and his postdoc, Mario Milazzo, combined high-resolution imaging with deep machine learning to sonify a single candle flame. They then used that single flame as a basic building block, creating ‘music’ out of its flickering dynamics and designing novel structures that could be 3D-printed into physical objects.”

Ubergizmo: Fire Exit Locks Recalled After Faulty Firmware Prevents Them From Opening

Ubergizmo: Fire Exit Locks Recalled After Faulty Firmware Prevents Them From Opening. “Doors open and close, and almost never do they fail to do that unless there’s something physically preventing it from happening. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with around 2,400 fire locks that have been recalled in the US. This is because due to faulty firmware, it prevented the doors from opening.”

Gothamist: Museum Of Chinese In America Archives “Very Much Salvageable” After Fire

Gothamist: Museum Of Chinese In America Archives “Very Much Salvageable” After Fire. “The archives of the Museum of Chinese in America may be in better shape than feared, after a five-alarm fire destroyed part of the Chinatown building where they were kept. City workers began the process of recovering the museum’s boxes from the building at 70 Mulberry Street on Wednesday.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom: Governor Newsom Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs

California Governor Gavin Newsom: Governor Newsom Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs. “RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with information and resources for current incidents, transportation impacts, vital health services information, shelter and housing locations, unemployment assistance and other state information. The website also directs users to Public Safety Power Shutoff information and preparedness tips. As incidents continue to evolve, the portal will be updated to reflect the latest information and any additional resources the state may develop.”

The Atlantic: What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire

The Atlantic: What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire. “Over the past five years, the museum faced severe cuts and didn’t even receive its full allotted funds from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. It was recently forced to crowdfund money to repair the termite-damaged base of one of its grandest mounted dinosaurs. ‘For many years, we fought with different governments to get adequate resources to preserve what is now completely destroyed,’ Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte, the museum’s deputy director, has said.”

Mapping Our Memories: A Digitized Archive of Place and Loss in Sonoma County, California (Smithsonian Folklife)

Smithsonian Folklife: Mapping Our Memories: A Digitized Archive of Place and Loss in Sonoma County, California. “A previous neighbor asked if I knew anything about the house he had grown up in and loved. It didn’t survive the fire, but I realized I had family photos of his house in the mid-1990s. An idea dawned on me: what if there was a central place for Sonoma County residents to upload their own family photos of places that were destroyed? A virtual map allowing people to click through and see collective memories. Here is the result: Sonoma County Fires Community Memory Map. I built this interactive platform so that anyone can upload photographs to the map. The pictures must be linked to a specific address and have a brief caption. The intention is to create a patchwork of community memories of spaces that are no longer there.”