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Monday, 17 June 2024

Ancient DNA Illuminates the History of Malaria, One of the World's Deadliest Diseases

quote [ Researchers extracted parasitic DNA from preserved teeth and bones, revealing how malaria spread across the globe in a new study ]

Wanna let you know you're giving me malaria
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:06amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 13 June 2024

From Fire Hazards to Family Trees: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

quote [ Created for US insurance firms during a period of devastating fires across the 19th and 20th centuries, the Sanborn maps blaze with detail ? shops, homes, churches, brothels, and opium dens were equally noted by the company?s cartographers. Tobiah Black explores the history and afterlife of these maps, which have been reclaimed by historians and genealogists seeking proof of the vanished past. ]

Now let's share the fire hazard
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

The Ni?an Ta?? of Istanbul

quote [ Scattered throughout the old neighborhoods of Istanbul, particularly in an area known as Okmeydan?, are several stone steles erected in the 18th and 19th centuries during the Ottoman era. ]

Buras? okmeydan?
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:00amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 9 June 2024

Drama on the Seine: A Compendium of Watery Turmoil

quote [ "The Seine is a great place to have a crisis, since it clearly embodies the strength and the uncertainty, the beauty and the challenge of Paris itself." ? James Baldwin ]

Paris liegt an der Seine
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:51amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 7 June 2024

England's Mysterious 'Seahenge' Monument May Have Been Built to Prolong Summer

quote [ One researcher thinks the structure was used for ancient rituals during a period of bitter cold ]

Summer's gone and no songbirds are singing
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:40amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 5 June 2024

Before ?Fans,? There Were ?Kranks,? ?Longhairs,? and ?Lions?

quote [ How do fandoms gain their names? ]

This is the anthem for fandom
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:46amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 1 June 2024

Árbol de la Noche Victoriosa, Mexico City

quote [ In the Popotla neighborhood of Mexico City, there is an ancient cypress tree called Árbol de la Noche Victoriosa (Tree of the Victorious Night). ]

The cypress tree stands all alone
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 30 May 2024

?You Are My Friend?: Early Androids and Artificial Speech

quote [ Centuries before audio deepfakes and text-to-speech software, inventors in the eighteenth century constructed androids with swelling lungs, flexible lips, and moving tongues to simulate human speech. Jessica Riskin explores the history of such talking heads, from their origins in musical automata to inventors? quixotic attempts to make machines pronounce words, converse, and declare their love. ]

I fell in love with a talking head.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Defeating Mouse Lint

quote [ The rise of the optical mouse, a device so good at its job that it effectively killed off the rubber ball, and the at-times questionable people who invented it. ]

With your Microsoft optical mouse
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:24amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 27 May 2024

The Supermarket Scanner Changed the Way We Buy Groceries Forever

quote [ Invented 50 years ago, the curious box deciphered an arcane kind of code to offer shoppers a trip into the future ]

I walk into my local Supermarket
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:36amGMT] [5 comments]

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