Neanderthals Hunted with Leaf-Shaped Spears, Archaeologists Say | Archaeology, Paleoanthropology | Sci-News.com

The artifact is 7.6 cm (3 inches) long, 4.1 cm (1.6 inches) wide, 0.9 cm (0.35 inches) thick, and has a mass of 28 grams.

“Our results document how the tool was made, used and why it was discarded,” Professor Conard said.

“Thanks to a series of four ESR-dates the find is securely dated to over 65,000 years ago.”

“Until now finds of leaf points were interpreted as belonging to the period between 45,000 and 55,000 years ago — the last cultural phase of Neanderthals in Central Europe,” he added.

“The new results demonstrate that our assumptions about the dating of the cultural groups of the late Neanderthals were wrong and need revision.”

Using detailed microscopic analyses, the researchers found that the leaf point was mounted on a wooden shaft.

“Damage to the tip indicates that the artifact was used as a hafted spear point, and that the spear was likely thrust into prey rather than being thrown,” they said.

“Neanderthals used plant-based glue and bindings made from plant fibers, sinew, or leather, to secure the leaf point to the spear.”

“They clearly used the spear for hunting. While they re-sharpened the tool it broke, leading to its discard.”
— Read on www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hohle-fels-leaf-point-09905.html

NFTs Seem Like a Frivolous Fad, But They Should Be the Future of Music – Rolling Stone

The wild boom and bust of art NFTs made many onlookers wary of blockchain-based technology — but new developments in gaming, ticketing, and music royalties reveal NFTs’ true power
— Read on www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/crypto-nft-gaming-ticketing-royalties-1197979/

How Archaeology Could Help Deal With A New, Old Enemy: Climate Change

Can we use the lessons of the past to survive the future? An international team of anthropologists and earth scientists believes we can.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2021/07/23/how-archaeology-could-help-deal-with-a-new-old-enemy-climate-change/

Real-World Applications of Blockchain Technologies

Application of blockchain technologies are beyond cryptocurrency and bitcoin. With its ability to develop more transparency, it is impacting a variety of sectors. Read out the real-world uses of blockchain technology.
— Read on www.analyticsinsight.net/real-world-applications-of-blockchain-technologies/

NFT Technology Is Set To Disrupt The Music Publishing Business Forever Giving More Control Back To Artists For Their Music

For over 30 years now, acclaimed guitar hero Joe Bonamassa has paved his own path in the music industry. Now Bonamassa is teaming up for his latest venture with Heritage Auctions, where he and longtime business partner Roy Weisman are changing the rules of the NFT game to offer one of the most intriguing, high value offers out there. The truly unprecedented lot sets Joe as the first musician to sell his music publishing in an NFT as part of this digital + physical collection, which also features his own “Holy Grail” 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst guitar and 1963 Fender Vibroverb amp that were used to record the song. What truly raises the stakes in the world of art and music, is the value. Here the reserve bid is worth the gear alone, yet Bonamassa is giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to ALSO become the owner of the master and publishing for one of his songs, “Broken Record.”
— Read on www.newswire.ca/news-releases/nft-technology-is-set-to-disrupt-the-music-publishing-business-forever-giving-more-control-back-to-artists-for-their-music-843169357.html

Emerging Stronger – Educational Leadership

It’s possible that we’ll return to something closer to normal next year, but from start to end, 2020–2021 has been full of uncertainty, fatigue, fear, and a need for flexibility that’s stretched even the most agile educators. We might be tempted to slam the door shut on this school year and just look forward. However, we should reflect on this year and identify insights gained. We don’t need to find silver linings, and it often doesn’t help to say, “Everything happens for a reason.” But being able to point to learnings builds resilience. And to clarify: Resilience enables us to thrive, not just survive. It’s time we aim higher than mere survival.
— Read on www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/may21/vol78/num08/Emerging-Stronger.aspx

Twitter restricts accounts in India to comply with government legal request | TechCrunch

Twitter disclosed on Monday that it blocked four accounts in India to comply with a new legal request from the Indian government. The American social network disclosed on Lumen Database, a Harvard University project, that it took action on four accounts — including those of hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and singer and song-writer Jazzy […]
— Read on techcrunch.com/2021/06/07/twitter-restricts-accounts-in-india-to-comply-with-government-legal-request/