January 07, 2015

11:20 PM | Egyptian Pharaoh Carved in Quarry: Photos
Archaeologists surveying the sandstone quarries in Egypt discover a rare wall relief showing an unidentified pharaoh.
8:50 PM | Did Beethoven's Sick Heart Set Beat for Music?
Beethoven's irregular heartbeat may have found its way into some of his most emotional works.
7:00 PM | Ancient Roman Fort Designed for Celestial Show
The gateways of an ancient Roman fort in Britain are roughly aligned with the light from the sun during the summer and winter solstices.
5:48 PM | Human Theome Project
This is one of the most serious pieces ever posted on Genotopia. As the shooting at the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo shows, satire can be dangerous business. It is also one of the most important forms of speech—both provocative and healing. We are reposting this feature, originally posted in 2011 and lightly edited, to lock arms with […]
3:52 PM | Human Theome Project
This is one of the most serious pieces ever posted on Genotopia. As the shooting at the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo shows, satire can be dangerous business. It is also one […]
3:48 PM | If you’re going to blog about history of science then at least do the legwork.
In 2012 I found it necessary on two occasions to pour scorn onto the attempts of Esther Inglis-Arkell to blog about the history of science on the io9 website. In the end I gave up having come to the conclusion, … Continue reading →
2:36 PM | Time Capsule, Once Sealed by Paul Revere, Opened
A 1795 Boston time capsule, that had contents assembled by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, was opened Tuesday.

January 06, 2015

11:00 PM | Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck
Divers find nearly 40 metal ingots from a shipwreck off the coast of Sicily that was lost in the sixth century.
9:58 PM | The Academy Award for Best Costuming Goes To...
Jurassic World!I teamed up with Rosemary Mosco of Bird and Moon fame to illustrate this comic she wrote, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the interepid dromaeosaurs who endure hours in stifling rubbery costumes to deliver the awesomebro thrills the world craves. Comic written by Rosemary Mosco and illustrated by David OrrIt was awesome to work with Rosemary! I'm sure many of you are fans of her already; be sure to check out her on-line shop. You can also support her at Patreon.
6:43 PM | Easter Islanders Petered Out After Europeans Came
Obsidian tools tell a different story than the theory that the Rapa Nui civilization collapsed all at once amid mass starvation.
1:13 PM | [Pictures] The spirit of Taizé in Prague
Punctuated by Staňte se solí země echoes, the European meeting of the Taizé Community took place in the city of Prague from Dec. 28th 2014 to Jan. 2nd 2015. The images below summarize the meeting. Part of this collection has been published daily on the Twitter and Facebook feeds of the event. See also the pictures of Taizé Strasbourg (2013).   The post [Pictures] The spirit of Taizé in Prague appeared first on Martin Grandjean.
11:07 AM | January 6, 1912: Happy Birthday Continental Drift!
January 6, 1912 the German meteorologist Alfred Wegener presented in a lecture entitled “Die Heraushebung der Großformen der Erdrinde (Kontinente und Ozeane) auf geophysikalischer Grundlage” (The uprising of large features of earth’s crust (Continents and Oceans) on geophysical basis) for the first time his hypothesis of the ancient supercontinent Pangaea, from which all modern continents split apart.Three years later he will publish his book “Entstehung der […]

January 05, 2015

3:12 PM | Tomb of Previously Unknown Pharaonic Queen Found
The previously unknown queen is believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago.
2:50 PM | Ancient Amulet Discovered with Palindrome Inscription
An ancient, two-sided amulet uncovered in Cyprus contains a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backward as it does forward.
1:50 PM | Hidden World War II Battlefields Reveal Germans' Tactics
The forests of northwestern Europe contain remnants of bomb craters, trenches and the remains of supply depots.
1:35 PM | Explainer: The Rise of Neo-Nazism in Europe
Is there a growing move toward anti-Semitism in European countries and even seats in their governments? Trace examines the re-emergence of national socialism.

January 03, 2015

6:40 PM | A redesign for 2015
With a new year comes a new design for LITC, keeping up with our roughly two year schedule for such things. I decided to go in a pop art direction this time around, after playing with different treatments, all centered around the new logo design. That logo, as revealed a few weeks back, is a sort of "back-to-basics" approach which places a big-headed chasmosaurine in a heart. When working on the header, I liked the idea of using multi-colored, comics-inspired panels and it worked nicely with a […]
4:00 PM | Top Archaeological Finds Expected in 2015
From a mysterious Greek tomb to the search for Amelia Earhart, a handful of surprising finds are likely to be uncovered in 2015.
10:15 AM | Physics Week in Review: January 3, 2015
Welcome to 2015 and take a moment to bask in The Beauty of a Grain of Sand on a Cosmic Beach. You, too, can start off the new year admiring a gorgeous photo of a barred spiral galaxy, along with... -- Read more on

January 02, 2015

6:19 PM | Preach truth – serve up myths.
Over Christmas I poked a bit of fun at Neil deGrasse Tyson for tweeting that Newton would transform the world by the age of 30, pointing out he was going on forty-five when he published his world transforming work the … Continue reading →
3:11 AM | John Blackburn’s Dead Man’s Handle
This post marks a minor personal milestone: with the book featured in it, I have now read all of John Blackburn‘s published works.  I put off reading this one for quite some time for a reason that I’ll explain at the … Continue reading →

January 01, 2015

2:52 AM | My Favorite Physics Books of 2014
Sneaking in at the last couple of  hours of 2014, here’s the promised list of Jen-Luc Piquant’s favorite popular physics books of 2014 — although as always, the definition of... -- Read more on

December 31, 2014

10:32 PM | The Magic Arrow: Penicillin & the Recurrin’ Urine
In March of 1942, a young woman was dying of sepsis in a New Haven hospital. In just one day, she would be miraculously revived by a newly discovered experimental drug, seemingly by “black magic” as one consulting physician would mutter. The woman’s full recovery with the new antibiotic known as penicillin was the very first occasion of its usage in the United States and would jump-start the pharmaceutical industry’s interest in and manufacture of the drug (1). At the […]
12:00 PM | Earhart-Searcher Ric Gillespie: DNews Person of the Year
DNews recognizes Gillespie for the decades he has spent investigating one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries: the fate of Amelia Earhart.
11:37 AM | Algunos libros de divulgación que he leído en 2014
Cómo pasa el tiempo, quién lo diría... Finaliza otro año y toca la tradicional foto de la pila de libros que he leído durante estos doce meses acompañada de un pequeño comentario con mi opinión. Sin más pretensiones. Este año han caído 8 libros en formato electrónico y 28 en papel. 36 en total. No está mal.Circunstancias encadenadas (Roberto Laborda)Interesante libro. En realidad es una novela y no un […]

December 30, 2014

5:57 PM | A tribute to the Year of Crystallography - Haüy´s Models
"It would be good if the readers, who wish to follow the details of these demonstrations, make themselves or have made, in cardboard or any other materials, solids that represent the principal varieties of crystals" Haüy, 1784 The Danish anatomist and naturalist Nicolas Steno (1638-1686) was the first to note in 1669 that the faces of a crystal are always arranged in specific angles and crystals display a characteristic symmetry. French mineralogist René-Just Haüy […]

December 29, 2014

5:23 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art...Guide? How to Draw Dinosaurs
Merry cold snap, everyone! If you're stuck in the same rubbish hemisphere as me, you may well deem it a good time to hunker down and take up a new, indoor hobby. While gorging yourself on whatever highly calorific confectionery and ethanol-heavy beverages you've recently acquired is certainly an option, far healthier and more creative choices are available. Perhaps, as a fan of artwork depicting prehistoric animals, you'd like to consider creating your very own 'palaeontography' with which to […]
1:00 PM | Bell’s math showed that quantum weirdness rang true
50 years ago, John Bell proved a theorem that led the way to establishing the weirdness of quantum physics.
8:00 AM | Chinese Civilization's Mysterious Disappearance Solved
An earthquake nearly 3,000 years ago may be the culprit in the disappearance of one of China's ancient civilizations, new research suggests.
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