Giving lake monsters the respect they deserve

Plus, a really old map.
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Civilization Trivia:

How old is the oldest-known map?

Hint: less old than the world itself.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

‘Music as medicine’ shows promise as healthcare tool | Athletech News

“The healing power of music has taken on a new meaning with the assistance of artificial intelligence. MediMusic, a British startup centered on AI-based music neuroscience solutions for healthcare patients, is currently raising funds to support the interest it’s received from care providers and institutions. … At the close of 2023, MediMusic made a major move in partnering with Warner Music Group to explore music as a therapeutic tool in care homes and hospitals in the U.K. and U.S., with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group also signing on with the startup and its ‘music as medicine’ concept.”

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2024 is the year of the AI-Driven enterprise reorganization | Pymnts

“Having navigated the various challenges of 2023’s shifting macroeconomic climate, organizations across sectors are increasingly turning their focus toward making changes to become more efficient and work better, and to align their resources to their biggest go-forward priorities. … Agility and efficiency are key drivers of success. The integration of artificial intelligence has become widespread, as the technology can optimize resource allocation and help meet evolving customer demands.”

You can now use a wireless patch to deliver your drugs | Interesting Engineering

“University of North Carolina researchers have introduced a wireless drug delivery system called the Spatiotemporal On-Demand Patch (SOP). This novel technology, resembling a comfortable band-aid, has the capability to receive wireless commands from smartphones or computers, enabling precise scheduling and triggering of drug release through microneedles.”

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Toward a unifying theory of lake monsters | Atlas Obscura

“The fact that there are so many lake monsters to be found speaks, perhaps, to the profound unquiet we have about the waters surrounding us. … Above the surface, we presume complete control over lakes: waterways for commerce, the transportation of goods, recreation, and sports. But the murky depths remain unknown, a foreign terrain. To see a strange animal breaking the surface of a lake is to feel the eerie presence of another realm breaking through, from the unknowable world below, troubling our serene understanding of water.”

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The answer: 600 B.C.

The answer: 600 B.C.

According to the History website: “History’s earliest known world map was scratched on clay tablets in the ancient city of Babylon sometime around 600 B.C. The star-shaped map measures just five-by-three inches and shows the world as a flat disc surrounded by an ocean, or ‘bitter river.’ Babylon and the Euphrates River are depicted in the center as a pair of rectangles, while the neighboring cities of Assyria and Susa are shown as small, circular blobs.”