Mass grave of at least 35 people, likely victims of violence, found at Neolithic site in Slovakia.
A documentary about a terrorist rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia gets initial praise but then makes Arab filmmakers mad; from this NY Times article it seems like they are mainly cranky that Americans still want to talk about terrorism all the time.
Kevin Drum asks an important question: everyone knows the "referendums" Russia is holding in occupied Ukraine are fake and the outcome predetermined, so why do they bother? Why do dictatorships do this sort of thing? Is it a sort of legal formalism? Or is essentially for the regime's own internal scorekeeping?
Roman era sundial found in Ephesus.
This Alabama state legislator voted for a law requiring a photo ID to vote in elections, but now most of his family won't vote because they think photo IDs are "the mark of the beast."
According to this study, which I can't read, rising death rates among white Americans over the past 20 years are heavily concentrated among the least educated.
Genetic analysis confirms that the 17 bodies dumped in a well in Medieval Norwich were Jews, likely victims of a massacre, possibly a known one related to Crusading.
The history of sunflowers: the large flower heads we are used to seeing now are the product of millennia of breeding for more of the oily seeds.
Anxiety over the push button, which at one time symbolized the replacement of humans by machines.
Thread on the ammunition orders the Pentagon reported in August, presumably to replace stuff that had been sent to Ukraine. Includes about 1080 GMLRS rockets for HIMARS. It also includes nearly half a billion to increase production of 155 mm artillery shells, including new factories. Another signal that the US is in this war for the duration.
Excellent feature at The Economist on Ukraine's September offensive, following the route to Kupyansk kilometer by kilometer.
Someone tried to hold a rally against Ukrainian immigration to Poland, but nobody showed up.
Global opinion is turning more and more against Russia, as leaders from nations that often support Russia denounce the war at the UN and other venues.
Western intelligence agencies estimated that the Russian force arrayed to attack Ukraine in February contained 1200 tanks; Russia is now visually confirmed to have lost 1211 tanks, so the entire attacking tank force has been wiped out.
The captured Russian bridgelayer that played a role in Ukraine's early September offensive.here, here, here) say that Russian forces in Lyman are surrounded: since Russia lacks the forces for a major counter-attack to rescue them, the town will certainly fall soon, with many hundreds of prisoners. The only estimate I have seen says there are 2,000-3,500 Russian troops there. Another major victory for Ukraine – "worse for the Russians than Balakliya, Kupyansk and Izyum together" – but the real question will be whether this generates any momentum for further advance. Yesterday people said Russia was trying to form a new line along the Zherebets River, anchored at Zarichne, but now reports say Ukrainian forces have already crossed the river and flanked the town.