Neo-liberalism, human hands, anti-capitalist culture, graphene desalination, Pluto flyby and medieval leather shoes

The clear implication is that what governments do under ‘neo-liberalism’ is not simply to withdraw and allow markets to operate unfettered, but rather to interfere with them in different kinds of ways. This prompts the obvious yet important question: ‘different from what?’ – and we shall return to that below. But first, it is worth our considering another thing that neo-liberalism is not: the Eurozone.

http://kingsreview.co.uk/magazine/blog/2015/06/04/what-is-neo-liberalism-part-i/


“The inevitable implication is that when hominins (the extended human family excluding apes) started producing flaked stone tools in a systematic fashion, probably as early as 3.3 million years ago, their hands were—in terms of overall proportions—pretty much like ours today,” Almecija told AFP by email.

“Another important take-home message is that if are largely primitive, the ‘relevant’ changes promoting the emergence of widespread reliance on stone tool culture were probably neurological” and not manual—meaning it was our brains that allowed for adaptation.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-07-human-primitive-chimp.html#jCp


In The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Ludwig von Mises described this cultural anti-capitalism:

As John Doe sees it, all those new industries that are supplying him with amenities unknown to his father came into being by some mythical agency called progress. Capital accumulation, entrepreneurship and technological ingenuity did not contribute anything to the spontaneous generation of prosperity. If any man has to be credited with what John Doe considers as the rise in the productivity of labor, then it is the man on the assembly line. …

The authors of this description of capitalistic industry are praised at universities as the greatest philosophers and benefactors of mankind and their teachings are accepted with reverential awe by the millions whose homes, besides other gadgets, are equipped with radio and television sets.

https://mises.org/library/greece%E2%80%99s-biggest-problem-its-anti-capitalist-culture


While more work is required to build a robust and cost-effective filtration system, the new ability to align sheets of graphene so that water but nothing else is transmitted may be the simple game-changer that allows the world to finally address the growing water crisis.

https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/07/can-graphene-make-the-worlds-water-clean/


“The most striking thing geologically is we have not yet found a single impact feature on this image,” says New Horizons science team member John Spencer. “Just eyeballing it we think it has to be less than 100 million years old, which is a small fraction of the age of the solar system — it could be active right now.”

And the high-resolution image is only one of many that are still to come.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/07/15/pluto-charon/#.VabdgPl_NBc


Experts uncovered 50 medieval leather shoes and a bag as well as a wooden bowl and timber posts at the Westgate Shopping Centre excavation.

The objects which “tell us about everyday people” have been so well preserved because the Thames floodplain area is below the water level.

Project director Ben Ford said: “These finds are as rare as gold.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-33539442

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