Paleobotany and Terracotta army

The BBC reports on an article from the Journal of Archaeological Science about research on the clay that was used to make China’s Terracotta army. They have recovered pollen from the clay and hope to find its source. An interesting part is that different statues may have come from different source materials, or maybe different times of years, based on different pollen content.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Pollen clue to clay army origins

Virtual Worlds 2007 Fall conference

We recently had a chance to talk to Chris Sherman, the organizer of the Virtual Worlds 2007 conference taking place this week in New York. He mentioned that the conference had come together in a really short time, just a couple of months, but had gotten a lot of interest. In fact, the conference sold out the venue, with 600 attendees. With all the interest and buzz surrounding virtual worlds, that’s probably not a surprise.

We just got an announcement from Chris that a second conference, Virtual Worlds Fall, will be held October 10-11th, in San Jose, California. So, if you didn’t get a chance to attend the New York conference, you might want to look into the new conference. No info is up yet on the conference web page, but there will be an upcoming press release and email notification list.

GIS… .but in Space!

The good folks over at MIT are coming up with clever things again. They have developed what is essentially a route analysis to figure out the most effective paths/lanes for transporting goods and supplies between the Earth, the International Space Station, the Moon, and Mars. They have taken in account the average amount of supplies needed for X number of days, figured out the most efficient travel paths, and created a schedule for deliveries. All that’s left is to call UPS, I guess.

Via BoingBoing