Layers of London, online digital map that allows you to overlay maps of different periods to see how the city has changed. They have a ton of maps, and if you are busy you should be warned that this is a major potential distraction.
Mystery stone-lined tunnel accidentally discovered in Wales. Part of medieval abbey? Or an 18th-century ironworks?
Petrified tree with branches and roots, 60 feet tall, 17-20 million years old, found on Lesbos.
Dunnotar Castle and the Pictish Hill Fort at Dunnicaer in a 3 minute 30 second video.
Harvard is hiring a post-doc to help with mammoth de-extinction.
Among the several thousand provisions in the stimulus bill is a little change that will discourage for-profit colleges from harassing veterans. (New York Times) Veterans groups have been pushing this for a decade but it took a giant omnium gatherum like the stimulus bill to get it slipped through.
Nicholas Kristof on the transformation of Bangladesh, which in the 1970s was pretty much synonymous with "Third World Disaster Zone" but is now thriving, thanks largely to universal education and a major investment in poor women (New York Times)
Matt Yglesias uses the Dr. Seuss brouhaha to attack America's absurd copyright laws. Life of the author plus 70 years is ridiculous.
Dr. Robert White's quest to transplant a human head, giving the patient an entirely new body (Washington Post)
Renaissance breastplate and helmet stolen from the Louvre in 1983 spotted at estate auction, seized by police.
Phrenology is back: facial recognition software has been trained to guess your party affiliation with 72% accuracy.
A route to socialism you might not have considered: what if one giant investment firm owned so much of so many companies that it started pushing them to work together for the good of all? "BlackRock is actually calling drug companies and telling them to cooperate to find a cure without worrying about credit or patents or profits."
Related: "in the near future roughly twelve individuals will have practical power over the majority of U.S. public companies."
US military thinking about a potential conflict with China over Taiwan; war games in 2018 and 2019 showed China winning such a war.
A surviving "birth girdle" from late medieval England.
Mapping the holy wells of Northern Ireland.
Leigh Stein follows a lot of spiritual "self care" gurus on Instagram but is unsatisfied and wonders about joining a church. (New York Times)
Tesla is installing huge batteries all over the country, including a major new site in Texas, intended to help stabilize ERCOT's grid. Energy storage is now the fastest growing part of the company.
The rise of ironclad warships in the mid 19th century, an international perspective.
Private cities in India and China.
Review of a new, unexpurgated version of the diaries of Chips Cannon, who was a "a snobbish, sexually voracious Tory who revered Hitler" and eventually left his heiress wife for their male gardener. The diaries are full, it seems, of observations like this, penned after a visit to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin:
It is curious the division of racial mentality, and it reduces itself to a question of sex; all people, whether male or female, who are attracted by men and force are pro-German. The ‘softies’ like Hubert Duggan, who make a cult of female-worship, are pro-French. Duff Cooper, who adores women to an almost insane pitch, and is always trying to rape them in taxis etc, is immeasurably pro-French. Sometimes I wonder whether he is not also a bit pro-war?