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Limericks have been on my mind f the last couple of months. It started when I discovered a Twitter account called @Limericking, which puts out a constant stream of limericks based on the news, usually better than the ones featured each week on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”. Show More Summary

Moldy beer and pungent salt beef: a 17th c. sailor’s diet

Preserving stores of food and drink on a ship during the long and treacherous ocean voyages of the 16th and 17th century was such a challenge that we still think of scurvy, rotten meat and brandy rations in place of water when we think of the sailor’s life before refrigeration. Actual scientific data on how […]

Music for the Space Age Houseplant

1970 called—it wants its plant playlist back -- Read more on

Local social history museum acquires Iron Age gold coin hoard

Eden Valley Museum in Edenbridge is acquiring an Iron Age hoard of gold coins that was discovered by metal detector hobbyist Jonathan Barber in October of 2016 near the village of Chiddingstone in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The exact find site has not been disclosed for its own protection. The 10 coins were […]

5 mirror frames found in Roman villa in Bulgaria

Archaeologists excavating an outbuilding of a Roman villa near the town of Pavlikeni, northern Bulgaria, have unearthed five lead mirror frames dating to the late 2nd or early 3rd century. The small round frames suggest there’s more to this villa than archaeologists realized. The villa, thought to have belonged to a Roman Army veteran, was […]

Four brilliant podcasts

As voracious corporations suck the lifeblood out of print newspapers, a golden age of creative online journalism is also blooming. The art of podcasting is one example, with diverse content increasingly accessible via an abundance of free apps. Show More Summary

Famed archaeologist forged murals, inscriptions for decades

In a shocking development, researchers have discovered that James Mellaart, the archaeologist who first excavated one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, the 9,000-year-old Neolithic proto-urban settlement of Çatalhöyük...Show More Summary

Another awesome feature for Unicheck & Canvas Native Integration – Course Copy

11 hours agoAcademics : Unplag Blog

It’s finally here – new helpful functionality for Unicheck & Canvas Native Integration. Creating new courses becomes an effortless two-clicks routine instead of a boring continued generation of similar course structures. Canvas Copy Course feature is all about creating a brand new course by copying from the existing similar one. Show More Summary

The Turtle Extinction Crisis

Nearly half of all freshwater turtles and tortoises are at risk of disappearing forever, a new report warns -- Read more on

Mary Rose cannonballs meet synchrotron X-rays

When Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose sank off the Portsmouth coast on July 19th, 1545, it was carrying 1248 cast iron cannonballs, all lined up next to each other, ready to be deployed. They slumbered under 14 meters (46 feet) of sediment, a virtually oxygen free environment, along with about 19,000 other artifacts and […]

Why are these men downloading child pornography?

… And how much risk do they pose to a fearful public? Teachers. Businessmen. Military members. Politicians. Every week there’s another headline about a seemingly upstanding citizen caught with child pornography. The natural assumption is that the man is a closet pedophile, hiding his deviant desires behind a façade of normalcy. Show More Summary

Seven tips to improve your spoken English and gain the confidence to join in with conversations

In January we challenged you to make a New Year resolution to improve your English grammar. Hopefully our five top grammar tips are already having the desired effect. However, no matter how good your written English, it is often when speaking English that people make mistakes that cause them...

Can Unicheck Be a New Alternative to Turnitin?

11 hours agoAcademics : Unplag Blog

A recent survey conducted by the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics, reports that half of the learners are cheating regularly, while others are not aware they plagiarize at all. Dealing with cheating from the disciplinary perspective...Show More Summary

The Surprising Ways Tigers Benefit Farmers and Livestock Owners

A recent study finds that the often-feared big cats actually help keep crops and domesticated animals safe from other threats -- Read more on

2018 Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics

11 hours agoAcademics / Physics : CERN

Nick Ellis (On behalf of the International Organising Committee) The fourth Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics, AEPSHEP2018 (, to be held in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, 12-25 September 2018, is open for applications (deadline 1 April 2018). Show More Summary

Keen-eyed Hearst Castle guides spot key to painting’s long-lost author

The large painting of the Annunciation had been hanging on the walls of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, since 1927 when newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst bought it the California decorating company Cannell and Chaffin. Other than the obvious — its subject and impressive size (8.5 feet high by five feet wide) — nothing […]

Revamping conventional assessment process: Unicheck Announces Partnership with eThink Education

11 hours agoAcademics : Unplag Blog

Unicheck steps up to another level with gaining a new powerful partner, eThink Education, fully-managed eLearning model for open-source Moodle and Totara LMS. Known for its deep expertise in the implementation of  LMS software, cloud...Show More Summary

Roman cemetery found at Netherlands highway site

An archaeological survey at the site of new highway construction in Bemmel, in the southern Netherlands’ province of Gelderland, has unearthed a large Roman cemetery with an intriguing mystery about it. There are 48 graves dating to the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D., some with stone funerary caskets intact and containing very high quality grave […]

3-16-18 San Juan Channel - A Busy Whale Corridor

...catching up - March 12 - 16...on March 12 the T2Cs were off the southwest side of San Juan Island, not ever coming up as far as Lime Kiln...late in the day the T18s were also off the west side of San Juan Island - BUT they were miles...Show More Summary

Universal Linguistic Decoders are Everywhere

Pereira et al. (2018) - click image to enlarge No, they're not. They're really not. They're “everywhere” to me, because I've been listening to Black Celebration. How did I go from “death is everywhere” to “universal linguistic decoders are everywhere”? I don't imagine this particular semantic leap has occurred to anyone before. Show More Summary

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