New Pictish symbol stone discovered in Aberlemno, Scotland.
Fascinating tomb of a mummified freedman in Pompeii.
Excellent 1922 prediction of the world 100 years in the future, by W. L. George.
Curator's Corner with the Bush Barrow Chieftain, "Stonehenge's Richest Man," 8-minute video.
As if deer weren't enough of a menace, now they're infected with Covid-19, serving as a reservoir and developing new mutations.
Creeks, which developers used to consider nuisances and put underground whenever possible, are now seen as key amenities that can raise the price of nearby real estate. Better check the 500-year flood line before you buy, though. (NY Times)
Japanese officials confirm that Sessho-sekithe, a stone said to contain the spirit of a deadly nine-tailed fox demon sent to kill Emperor Toba, has split in half, potentially releasing the demon from its 899-year confinement.
Review of The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas by Gal Beckerman, which looks at the cultural developments that take place in obscure intellectual circles before revolutionary change burst on the world. In Beckerman's view the Arab Spring failed because not enough of this quiet foundation-laying had taken place.
Long, interesting review of a new biography of John von Neumann, towering genius and, some say, moral monster.
Meta-study of walking and mortality finds "Taking more steps per day was associated with a progressively lower risk of all-cause mortality, up to a level that varied by age." For older people like most of us at this blog that threshold was 6,000 to 8,000 steps per day.
Some winners of the Sony World Photography Awards.
Drone video of Ukrainian artillery ambush of Russian armored column NE of Kyiv. Authenticated by a bunch of Osint experts.