Here are some things that I found interesting over the last couple of weeks.
Archaeology and History:
- I linked to the World Digital Library in my previous collection, and would now like to follow up by discussing the specific items to be found there. Feel free to mention your favourites in the comments. Browsing the items that are written in modern English, I enjoyed an 1883 book of poetry about London and a 1911 edition of Hans Christian Andersen.
- From Babelstone, a discussion of the ancient Chinese board game of Liubo – including historical context, literary references, evidence pertaining to rules, etc – followed by lots of pictures.
- New archaeological dating method for ceramics.
Astronomy and Technology:
- Life on Earth may have existed during the Late Heavy Bombardment.
- A new twist (literally) for space elevators.
- Via Catalyst, an article on robotic cockroaches. (This one’s for Itai, who is bound to dismiss it as mere tikanetics.)
- A tale of two viruses: how being resistant to an extinct ape virus makes us vulnerable to HIV.
- An iceberg ecosystem.
- Whatever you may have read in Douglas Adams’s Last Chance To See, it turns out that Komodo dragons actually use venom.
- Some answers to the questions that really matter.
- A study of how corals are adapting to warmer temperatures.
Geology, Oceanography and Palaeontology:
- The Andes Mountains turn out to be much older than previously believed. (On a personal note, one of the dating methods mentioned in the article is part of my father’s line of work.)
- When I started university in the mid nineties, my original plan was to study oceanography. The conveyor belt model of ocean circulation was no small part of the course, but reality now seems to be more complicated.
- Fossils of giant trilobites.
Photography and Visual Psychology:
- Photo gallery of the Cloud Appreciation Society.
- Winner of an optical illusion contest, with real world applications.