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Archaeology:

Mayan 'nesting doll pyramid' discovered in Mexico - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38008546

Architecture:

Stevenage: The town that aimed for Utopia - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-37826783

Films:

The 21 Documentaries from the 21st Century Everyone Should See - https://www.gq.com/story/21-best-documentaries

Law and Order:

The Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37904263

Medicine:

The Man Who Fixed His Own Heart - http://digg.com/2016/marfans-heart-aortic-sleeve

Miscellaneous:

Why The Heck Do Animals Live In Our Houses? - http://www.popsci.com/why-do-we-have-animals-in-our-houses

11 times 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted the future - http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-simpsons-is-good-at-predicting-the-future-2016-11

My father's double life as a British spy - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37892878

Israel's Arab soldiers who fight for the Jewish state - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37895021

The slot machines that changed bingo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37872831

Is it right to train babies to sleep? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37765001

Politics:

Untangling Trump's Conflicts of Interest - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/trump-conflict-of-interest/508583/?utm_source=twb

The Lessons of Henry Kissinger - https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/12/the-lessons-of-henry-kissinger/505868/

'Crazy' to say Facebook helped Trump win - Zuckerberg - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37946713

US election 2016: The Trump-Brexit voter revolt - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37943072

Science:

Here’s What Happened the Day the Dinosaurs Died - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/what-happened-day-dinosaurs-died-chicxulub-drilling-asteroid-science/

INSIDE THE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY: NASA'S CRAZY, KOOKY, LEGENDARY RESEARCH FACILITY - http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a23666/right-kind-of-crazy-nasa-jpl/

Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37902583

Science Fiction:

FRESHLY REMEMBER'D: KIRK DRIFT - http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/columns/freshly-rememberd-kirk-drift/

Sport:

Rugby Union:

China's drive to become a rugby union superpower - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37836744
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Archaeology:

He was murdered 1,400 years ago - http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/murdered-1400-years-ago/

Food:

Around the World in Pancakes - http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/05/pancakes-around-the-world.html

History:

Laws and Original Order - https://www.foiman.com/archives/2437

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre. -
https://www.vox.com/2016/10/4/13147306/434th-gregorian-calendar-anniversary-google-doogle

Where are the blue plaques for black and Asian people? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37450922

Blundeston Prison: Inside Reggie Kray's old prison cell - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37449347

Languages:

Maltese Phrases You Just Can't Translate
- https://lovinmalta.com/malta/maltese-phrase-you-cannot-translate At least in part because I love the sub-title 'Well, you can... but you'll sound crazy.'

Miscellaneous:

Life on the road as a female lorry driver - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37236082

M6/A38: Why so many road works into Birmingham? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37473710

The MI5 spy who saved children from a UK bomb attack - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504999

Operation Julie: How I infiltrated a drugs gang - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37439797

Politics:

More Wealth, More Jobs, but Not for Everyone: What Fuels the Backlash on Trade - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/business/economy/more-wealth-more-jobs-but-not-for-everyone-what-fuels-the-backlash-on-trade.html?_r=1

Science:

The leap second: why 2016 will be exactly one second longer than expected -
https://www.vox.com/2016/7/12/12148980/leap-second-2016

How We'll Tackle Diseases That Are Becoming Untreatable -
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/antibiotic-resistance-bacteria-disease-united-nations-health/

Sport:

What You Don't Know About Being a GM - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/jim-rutherford-what-you-dont-know-about-being-a-gm/

The NFL Is Losing to English Football in the Export Game - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-30/the-nfl-is-losing-to-english-football-in-the-export-game?utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%253D=socialflow-twitter-business

Figuring out fatigue: A tired brain can hinder performance as much as a tired muscle -
https://www.si.com/edge/2016/09/27/mental-fatigue-sports-tired-athlete-brain-training-warriors-leicester-city

Motorsport:

Mercedes to enter Formula E in 2018 - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-e/mercedes-to-enter-formula-e-in-2018_sto5892535/story.shtml This is big news.

Statistics:

McKenzie: The real story of how Corsi got its name - http://www.tsn.ca/talent/mckenzie-the-story-of-how-corsi-got-its-name-1.100011

Technology:

These unlucky people have names that break computers - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160325-the-names-that-break-computer-systems Not so much her name, but my Mum once caused problems because her father's DOB was 1909 and the pulldown box at her job's HR system only went back to 1920. It was hilarious.

Links

Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:32 pm
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Animals:

Urban kingfishers making a home on London's waterways - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29204055

US reroutes flights around Alaska beach in attempt to avoid walrus stampede - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/01/walrus-alaska-beach-trampled-death Walruses are the latest victims of global warming (via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte)

The freedivers who swim with whales - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29209139

Archaeology:

Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29239529

Temple of Mithras: How do you put London's Roman shrine back together? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29309824

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29245289

Data Visualisations:

Mapping Murder - http://imgur.com/gallery/fo63erj - American homicide rate per 100,000 people (2012) I just really like the way they've visualised the data.

Map: Most Popular Female Names by State - http://i.imgur.com/DQ2Jhp3.gif From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.

Map: Most Popular Male Names by State - http://i.imgur.com/xQeel1x.gif From 1960 - 2012 Useful for the writers out there.

History:

Day out at the gallows and other bygone photographic oddities - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29246071 - Selections from Victorian and Edwardian era photography from the Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.

The UK was home to 250,000 Belgian refugees during World War One, the largest single influx in the country's history. So why did they vanish with little trace? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28857769

Language/Dialects/Etc:

Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29307916

The rich: Exactly what does the terminology mean? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15822595

Miscellaneous:

Battle horse roundabout in Tewkesbury 'best in Britain' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-29407943

Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! - http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/page/8/ - Or which photographs (including manufacturer, time and device) make you more likely to get OK Cupid hits.

Taboola: The internet firm at the forefront of 'click-bait' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29322578 Interesting stuff, certainly more interesting than the click-bait they produce.

Does job success depend on data rather than your CV? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29343425 Or companies doing ever wierder things to choose candidates.

Trying to improve childhood survival rates in Africa - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29045065

Games for doctors - how the computer games industry is turning its attention to helping doctors improve their performance - http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5642

Wasabi: Why invest in 'the hardest plant to grow'? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29082091

The father of 26 children who's helping to preach birth control - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29258844

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood - http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Buddha-seems-to-bring-tranquillity-to-Oakland-5757592.php

The NSA claimed that it was only collecting metadata—a fact we now know is false—but even metadata can tell an intimate story - http://www.scottogle.net/my-most-intimate-self-portrait.html

Science:

Plutonium: The scary element that helps probe space's secrets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29274491

Can Memories Be Implanted and Then Removed? - http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/can-memories-implanted-removed

Terry Fox's cancer now highly curable researcher says - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/terry-fox-s-cancer-now-highly-curable-researcher-says-1.2765316 Or science, we're working on it.

Sport:

Football:

Premier League: Chelsea and the madness of the loan game - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29280337 In short, Chelsea are up to something and whether it works or not could change how the Premier League does business (possibly turning it's business model closer to that of Italy).

Enner Valencia: West Ham striker on milking cows and Green Street - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29354623

Links

Sep. 18th, 2014 12:50 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
History and Archaeology:

Archaeologists Train "Monuments Men" to Save Syria's Past - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140903-syria-antiquities-looting-culture-heritage-archaeology/ Amid the devastation and danger of civil war, Syrian archaeologists and activists are risking their lives in the battle against looting.

Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29108764 A Chinese boy has made the discovery of a lifetime by stumbling across a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in a river in Jiangsu Province.

Miscellaneous:

The elephant that flew - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29060814 - The elephant story is somehow actually the least interesting bit.

Chocolate teapot proves useful - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-29126161 York-based chocolate experts were challenged to prove the sarcastic phrase "as useful as a chocolate teapot" wrong. Or, don't challenge Yorkshirefolk. They will go to extreme lengths to prove themselves right.

Music:

Mary Poppins songwriter 'thrilled' at Proms singalong - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29160738 Alongside regular fixtures such as Land of Hope and Glory, this weekend's Last Night of the BBC Proms will feature a first - a massed audience singalong to the classic Disney score for Mary Poppins.

Songwriter Richard Sherman says he's delighted at the accolade - but that without Flanagan and Allen and Noel Coward none of it might have happened.

Science:

The Poison Squad: An Incredible History - http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/poison-squad The early days of the proto-FDA.

What People Cured of Blindness See - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/people-cured-blindness-see?src=mp

Deep sea 'mushroom' may be new branch of life - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29054889

Spinosaurus fossil: 'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29143096

Dreadnoughtus - Enormous New Dinosaur as Formidable as Its Namesake Battleship - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140904-giant-sauropod-dinosaur-dreadnoughtus-argentina/

DNA evidence overturns 30-year convictions in US case - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29039964

The Science of Raspberries - http://chempics.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raspberry-rubus-idaeus/

Sports:

Premier League: What happens to footballers after being rejected? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28950665 Or, oh boy do the Prem clubs ever need a better plan than just leaving their academy products out in the cold. Wigan, mysteriously, are the only club with a plan. I am having to be nice about Wigan!

Schalke unveil their new tunnel. It is awesome - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/early-doors/see-the-most-amazing-tunnel-in-football-as-schalke-unveil-masterpiece-162042500.html#more-id

Footballers (and families thereof) adapting to life in foreign countries - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29085943 I am not surprised that Kevin Keegan was one of the first English managers to understand this kind of problem.

Some Links

Mar. 18th, 2013 12:22 pm
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Younger members of the armed forces returning from duty are more likely to commit violent offences than the rest of the population, a study suggests - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21790348

'Black Death pit' unearthed by Crossrail project - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21784141

Residents on the Orchard Park estate in Hull say this is one of the hardest places in the UK to find a job. The statistics back their theory up. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21755034 Or those job-seekers the right don't want you to hear about.

Which football team does the Pope support - http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/football-team-does-pope-support-103603336.html Apparently Viggo Mortensen is also a fan. (Although actually getting divine help seems like cheating - http://preview.tinyurl.com/miraclegoal)

The Eurosport/Yahoo boxing blog have a post up about Clarissa Shields - http://preview.tinyurl.com/clarissashields

Richard III

Feb. 5th, 2013 02:06 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Whose body has indeed been found (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882) and now identified.

I'm torn about this. My inner imp of peevishness wanted it not to be him, and just some other poor bugger, mostly on the principle that we're all equal and doesn't that other poor bugger deserve a name and a face and a decent burial.

On the other hand, it's doing wonders for Leicester Uni's image. I do love the number of posts in places like the Guardian where some archaeologist are all "no, horribly flashy and showbiz" where all the comments are "you're just jealous is was Leicester that got him, not your uni." Because Leicester, despite Evil Bob's herculean efforts, are still not held in the regard it deserves.

Links

Oct. 1st, 2012 04:56 pm
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Jaime Algesuari manages to explain the why of football supporting better than anyone else I've ever seen try - >>
You might wonder how I'm from Barcelona and ended up supporting the 'little' team, when Barcelona are much more successful.

I have big respect for Barcelona and all the players there. They are incredibly talented and it is probably the best football club in the world.

But my passion for Espanyol started because they were playing in the first football match I watched, with my dad. So they became my team.

I always felt very associated with them. They were always struggling for budget, fighting to succeed, to stay in the Primera Liga, and I just fell in love. That's how it is with football sometimes.<<

Full link - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19732939

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No hard feelings after dog shoots huntsman in France - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19630411

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Spanish swimmer Sebastian Rodriguez triumphs over dark past - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/19529780

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Richard III dig: How search reached Leicester car park - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-19474848

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An olympic summer, a cultural parade - A blog post by one of London2012's translators - http://wiredintowords.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/an-olympic-summer-a-cultural-parade/

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