Pocahontas’ Wedding Site Found [via Discovery News]
Archaeologists working in the historic site of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia have uncovered what they believe to be the Anglican church where Pocahontas was wed to English settler John Rolfe in 1619. Lead archaeologist Bill Kelso and his team have found a number of deep holes they believe were once used as wooden support columns for the 60-foot-long church. A number of graves found near what is believed to be the alter indicates it is the church; important Anglican settlers would have been buried in that area.
Blind People Perceive Touch Faster Than Those With Sight [via Science Daily]
A new study in the Journal of Neuroscience indicates that people born blind can detect tactile information more quickly than the sighted. The scientists wanted to study whether those who rely more heavily on a particular sense, as the blind do touch, could process such sensory information faster. “Our findings reveal that one way the brain adapts to the absence of vision is to accelerate the sense of touch,” lead researcher Daniel Goldreich said. “The ability to quickly process non-visual information probably enhances the quality of life of blind individuals who rely to an extraordinary degree on the non-visual senses.”
Sterling’s Gold: How Mad Men’s Fake Memoir Became the Real Deal [via New York Magazine]
“Sterling’s Gold,” a fictional memoir featured multiple times throughout the latest season of AMC’s “Mad Men” this summer, has become a real book. “Sterling’s Gold will be subtitled ‘The Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man’ and feature the same kitschily framed front cover seen on the show (except for a prominent John Slattery head shot). The text will consist of many of the one-liners you’ve already heard, divided by chapters on ‘Clients,’ ‘Women,’ ‘Drinking,’ and such. ‘Being with a client is like being in a marriage,’ reads one familiar koan. ‘Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons and eventually they hit you in the face.’”