After I chose this image it started to feel familiar, so I checked and found that this is the sixth time I have featured a modern image of a minotaur on this blog (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). It seems that the minotaur means something to the kind of modern artists I like.
Gizmodo's Best Archaeological Discoveries of 2023.
Some Swedes thought to test whether poverty causes crime by studying lottery winners. They find that winning the lottery does not decrease the number of crimes people commit, so they reject the hypothesis that lack of money leads to crime in any simple way. (Marginal Revolution)
Stolen artifact from Pompeii found in the house of a Swedish tourist who bought it in the shadiest circumstances imaginable.
Northern College, a small college in central Ontario, once educated the children of loggers and miners, but now the student body is 80 percent from India, and they are transforming the town. (NY Times) A recent audit identified the dependence on students from India as a danger for the Canadian educational system, especially given the political tensions over alleged Indian assassination attempts within Canada.
Fascinating Roman-period grave from southern France with miniature objects.
Marvelous photographs of winter scenes by Mikko Lagerstedt.
Wooden strips bearing signs describing an ancient celestial calendar found in Han Dynasty Chinese tomb.
The year 2023 saw the startup of the first new American nuclear reactor since 2014, and the second since 1997; this a 1,000 MW unit in Georgia that uses a new, much safer design.
Kevin Drum explains the legal question behind the newly Democratic Wisconsin Supreme Court striking down their severely gerrymandered electoral map, which is about "municipal islands": "it's pretty obvious that the previous Republican court ruled in favor of Republicans and the new Democratic court has ruled in favor of Democrats. Neither side is especially imbued with either virtue or villainy here."
About the same number of people migrated to Canada last year (1,131,181) as the US (1,138,989). Canada's population grew 3.1% last year, entirely due to immigration.
Awesome map of world population density.
Map showing the movements of one eagle over 20 years.
Archaeologists in Sweden find the burial of a tall medieval man with a very long sword.
Figurines depicting the fertility goddess Cybele found in Pompeii.
NY Times story describing one part of California where farmers have to pay for groundwater, and the system works fine. But the story notes that this practice has driven low-value agriculture out of the area (e.g., alfalfa), so spreading the practice to other areas would put pressure on farmers growing those crops and maybe drive up food prices. I say, great; we just shouldn't grow low-value crops with irrigated water, period.