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News of the Old, Talk of the New

Published: 2013-12-04T11:36:44-05:00


What happened to Cronaca?


Too much to do, too little time. And Facebook. Once I started sharing links on Facebook as well as posting them here, something had to give. Automatically synchronizing the two sites seemed to be an

Townsville mutiny


An Australian historian has uncovered hidden documents which reveal that African American troops used machine guns to attack their white officers in a siege on a US base in north Queensland in 1942. Information about

No good deed unpunished


Five thousand Irish soldiers who swapped uniforms to fight for the British against Hitler went on to suffer years of persecution. One of them, 92-year-old Phil Farrington, took part in the D-Day landings and helped

Not-so-charitable book boxes?


You’ve probably seen them on a street corner or in a parking lot somewhere. Popping up like big blue mushrooms over the past two years are giant metal bins labelled “Books For Charity.” Unfortunately,

Bronte manuscript sale


A French museum has won a bidding war for an unpublished Charlotte Bronte manuscript, dashing hopes that it could return to the author's former home. The Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits in Paris bought

Crusader inscription in Arabic found


Israeli archaeologists have discovered the first ever Arabic Crusader inscription, they announced on Monday. The epigraphic evidence emerged from a 800-year-old inscribed marble slab which originally sat in Jaffa's city wall. Bearing the name

Deep-sea fishing Down Under, 42,000 years ago


An archaeologist from The Australian National University has uncovered the world’s oldest evidence of deep sea fishing for big fish, showing that 42,000 years ago our regional ancestors had mastered one of our nation’s

Deciphering nixies at the Post Office


In the '90s, computers needed remedial reading, stumped as they were by nine addresses in 10. The Postal Service hired 32,000 clerks at 55 RECs to make sense of them. Computers have since learned

Unlikely correspondents


THE second volume of T.S. Eliot’s letters was recently published by Yale University Press, with new materials and previously unpublished missives. This is as good a time as any to reflect on Eliot’s most

Ancient dapples


In previous work, Dr Ludwig, and his colleagues, recovered only the DNA of black and brown coat colours from the prehistoric horse bones. But the dappled coats of the 25,000 year horses depicted at

Curators in glass houses . . .


France has laid claim to a 17th Century painting currently being displayed by a London gallery at an art fair in Paris. The Carrying of the Cross by the French master Nicolas Tournier was

Indian martial art, on verge of extinction


The basis of shastar vidya, the "science of weapons" is a five-step movement: advance on the opponent, hit his flank, deflect incoming blows, take a commanding position and strike. It was developed by Sikhs

Hangar One under threat


Hangar One's massive rib-cage-like doors were designed to split open to accommodate aircraft of giant proportions like the U.S.S. Macon airship. But for the first time since the hangar's construction in 1933, a simple

Red tape strangles "lost city" excavation


A project to excavate a small portion of a 1923 silent-movie set buried in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes — already derailed Sept. 30 by a Santa Barbara County permit snafu — will not happen this

"Kraken" silliness


Once again, news outlets uncritically repeat a ridiculously far-fetched yarn, this time speculation about a giant Jurassic cephalopod. But kudos to National Geographic, which treats the story with the skepticism it deserves. Note too the