The other day I outlined the final chapter of my book on Confederate body servants and the myth of the black Confederate soldier. The chapter focuses specifically on the rise and spread of this narrative leading to and especially through the sesquicentennial years. It’s by far the most interesting chapter and will likely be a […]
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Commenters on my recent posting about using graphics as effectively as the Forces of Darkness do, but to use them to tell the truth, said they would like a smarter version of the 99.5% no-consensus … Continue reading ?
Don't say science never did anything for you, spicy food lovers. Last week researchers published the full genome for the hot pepper (Capsicum annuum), a discovery that, according to LiveScience, could have a very practical application: even hotter peppers. The findings will "help breeders accelerate the research of new breeds...
Tonight sees the reboot on Fox of what the New York Times calls "arguably the most successful popularization of science since Albert Einstein roamed Princeton without his socks": the miniseries Cosmos, originally hosted on PBS in 1980 by Carl Sagan. Now, Neil deGrasse Tyson leads us on a tour of...
We’ve talked several times about robots and ethics in the past. Now I see via MLU that Selmer Bringsjord at Rensselaer says: “I’m worried about both whether it’s people making machines do evil things or the machines doing evil things on their own,” Bringsjord is Professor & Chair of Cognitive Science, Professor of Computer Science, […]
Many of us grew up in religions that warned about the perils of desire. Greed and gluttony are two of the seven deadly sins that imperil our soul. Buddhism, which many view as a psychology more than a religion, is often understood as teaching that desire is the root cause of suffering; the path toward […]
On Feb. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m......
Last week, a journalist asked me a question in connection with the recent flurry of stories on changes in childhood obesity percentages in the period from 2001 to 2012. When I looked into it, what struck me was that a category defined as "at or above the 95th percentile" applied to about 15-17% of the […]
The US Navy (USN) will continue to fund the acquisition of two Virginia-class fast attack submarines per year from fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015) through FY 2019 while it ramps up design work on the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine replacement programme. link.
China Daily Under the China-US memorandum, the US has returned an ancient stone coffin of the Imperial Concubine Wuhu (d. 737) dating to the Tang Dynasty to China. It marks the culmination of a four-year investigation.Some two and half...Show More Summary
Summarizes the paper of Kelly and Street "Review of the elements of 2-categories" containing common background material for papers in the Sydney Category Seminar Lecture Notes 420
Archaeologists from the Decentralized Department of Culture of Cuzco, Peru, have unearthed the first human remains ever discovered from the pre-Incan Marcavalle culture which flourished in the area around 1000 B.C., the first known human settlement in the Cuzco Valley. Digging on the grounds of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center of Marcavalle 20 minutes south of [...]
Paul Peachey, 'Ex-BBC man attempted to sell artefact plundered in Arab Spring ', Independent, Friday 07 March 2014. This is a followup to an old story (see: 'Today, Egypt Challenges Christie's ', Thursday, 2 May 2013; ' Ahram, English...Show More Summary
In a statement that has been widely interpreted as signifying Chinese support for the Russian position on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on March 3 that the foreign ministers of the two countries had expressed “broadly coinciding views” in a telephone conversation (South China Morning Post (SCMP), March 4). Show More Summary
West Sussex tekkie, 'Detectorbloke' starts his "The Responsible Detectorist" blog with a candid text on "Why did I start metal detecting?" Worth a read.
'The Gorge' at low tide (the History Blog) UK metal detectorist Andy Baines has obviously decided that one way to attract readers is to provoke what many of them see as "enemies of detecting" such as that Mr B over in Poland. His blog and the comments are full of references to the guy. Show More Summary
Dimitri Nakassis ('Papyrus, clay, and the market ', Aegean prehistory March 6, 2014) discusses two articles about the publication of ancient texts of unknown provenance and the ethical issues of publication. The first was Doug Boin’s...Show More Summary
Nine Palmyran style sculptures "seized from looters" in Syria have been publicised on the DCAM site. They are rather clumsy and one wonders whether these are not fakes that have been produced to take advantage of the no-questions-asked market that has arisen for Syrian combat antiquities.
March 10, 241 BC - The Roman fleet defeats the Carthaginians at the Battle of the Aegates Islands. In 242 BC, Rome constructed a new fleet with the goal of regaining naval supremacy and isolating the Carthaginian army of Hamilcar Barca on Sicily. Show More Summary