Gertjan Filarski

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One in five cannot name a single author of literature, survey shows

One in five British people cannot name a single author of literature, a survey has revealed, as writers warn there is a section of society that is “shut off” from the benefits of reading.<p>The study, from the Royal Society of Literature, revealed that 15 per cent of those surveyed believe that …

Literature

Just who are these 300 'scientists' telling Trump to burn the climate?

As with all such lists, the 300 ‘scientists’ badly lack climate expertise<p>If you read my articles regularly, you may have noticed multiple times I have stated that the scientific argument is over; there are no longer any reputable scientists that deny the overwhelming human influence in our climate. …

Climate Change

I used VR to walk through a $10 million painting, and it was literally surreal

The floorboards creaked under my feet. A cruel wind blew through the open window to my left, billowing the pure white curtains out as I walked slowly …

Virtual Reality

Read the letter sent by 24 senators asking President Trump to keep funding the NEA and NEH

A bipartisan group of 24 US senators, led by New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, have written a letter to President Trump in support of the National …

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah say they have made an unexpected discovery which could help in our understanding of the world’s first empire.<p>The Nebi Yunus shrine - containing what Muslims and Christians believe to be the tomb of Jonah, as …

Archaeology

The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.

Four years ago, in a small warehouse in central China, a team of Chinese archaeologists showed me objects that they had unearthed from a nearby ancient tomb. Laid out on a folding table was an exquisite array of vases, ritual vessels and a set of heart-stoppingly beautiful silver gilt tigers and …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Collaboration is the Enemy of Innovation

Brainstorming, group writing, and "designs by committee" are huge wastes of time and money.<p>For six decades, business pundits have hyped "collaboration" as a way of making your organizations more innovative. They were wrong then and they're still wrong now. Collaboration and innovation are mutually …

Creativity

New DNA Evidence Just Gave Us Unprecedented Insight Into the Mysterious Chaco Civilisation

A female-dominated dynasty.<p>Archaeologists say they've figured out who ruled the ancient Chaco civilisation in New Mexico - thought to be the most …

Archaeology

If AI Can Fix Peer Review in Science, AI Can Do Anything

Here’s how science works: You have a question about some infinitesimal sliver of the universe. You form a hypothesis, test it, and eventually gather …

Research

Early Tech Adopters in Ancient Rome Had Portable Sundials

It’s the four or fifth century and you’re a wealthy, cosmopolitan Roman sightseeing across the empire, or perhaps an armchair traveler entertaining …

Ancient Rome

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In the Age of ‘Alternative Facts,’ Scientists March in Defense of Evidence - Motherboard

Hundreds of scientists and science enthusiasts gathered at Boston's Copley Square on Sunday in a defiant show of support for research, evidence, and facts. Real facts, not the "alternative" kind.<p>As we've been discussing at Motherboard, scientists have assumed a new role after Donald Trump's …

Science

11 random facts about books that are weirdly interesting

There’s nothing better than cuddling up with a good book. Books inherently offer solitude and a temporary escape from your own story. They’re …

Books

Monet glimpsed through his own words, demons and all

The artist has been the shadow behind his paintings. A new film reveals a genius stalked by debt<p>The words are those of a man at the end of his tether. “I must have undoubtedly been born under an unlucky star. I’ve just been turned out without even a shirt on my back from the inn in which I was …

Painting

Are Archaeologists About to Find Nefertiti’s Tomb?

A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch.<p>The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.”<p>A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on …

Ancient History

Virtual Reality Is Bringing These Lost Worlds Back to Life

Stuart Eve thinks that to really understand what it was like to live in the past, you have to see it for yourself. And you have to hear it and smell it, too.<p>Eve is an archaeologist working on something like a low-budget time machine. A few years ago, he made a prototype for an augmented reality app …

Virtual Reality

Nero’s Domus Aurea Receives Virtual-Reality Treatment

ROME, ITALY—<i>CBS News</i> reports that visitors to the Domus Aurea, Emperor Nero’s “Golden House,” can experience how it might have looked 2,000 years ago …

Archaeology

Mummified Monk Found Inside Buddha Statue - Creators

When Buddha said “Peace comes from within,” he probably didn’t mean <i>inside</i> an actual Buddha statue. But Netherlands-based Drents Museum recently discovered that one of their Buddhas was hiding a secret: crouched inside was a monk who had died around the year 1100 AD.<p>The statue (and accompanying …

Art

A museum has removed all art works created by immigrants

In condemnation of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’, a museum in Massachusetts has removed 20 per cent of its permanent collection from display<p>For most of us, the importance of a diverse world doesn’t need to be overstated. For others, it seems that we literally need to write it on the wall.<p>In solidarity with …

Art

4 Steps to Cultivating an Innovation Mindset in Your Organization

Transforming an organization from innovation-averse to forward-thinking isn't always an easy road to navigate.<p>In my work as a marketing consultant, I’m exposed to organizations of all sizes and manners of thinking.<p>Over time, I’ve developed a pretty keen sense of whether or not my efforts will be …

Innovation

5 Python libraries to lighten your machine learning load

Machine learning's exciting, but the work is complex and difficult. It typically involves a lot of manual heavy lifting -- assembling workflows and …

Machine Learning

Natural User Interfaces – What are they and how do you design user interfaces that feel natural?

<i>User interfaces that you interact with using modalities such as touch, gestures or voice are often referred to as Natural User Interfaces (NUI). We</i> …

Interaction Design

Layer by Layer Reconstructions of Old Master Paintings | Conservation Lab - Creators

<i>In art institutions across the globe, time machines and investigation rooms exist behind closed doors. Dusty artworks go in and come out looking centuries younger; artists’ secrets are brought to light; and hidden, unfinished images emerge from behind famous compositions. Every week, we'll peek</i> …

Painting

This incredible tool lets you see how Facebook tracks you online

A browser extension shows you how Facebook infers what content you want to see based on your social media habits and behaviors.<p>Data Selfie is a free …

Machine Learning

Google gives everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0

It wasn’t that long ago that building and training neural networks was strictly for seasoned computer scientists and grad students. That began to …

Machine Learning

Stone sculptures smashed by Isil in ancient city of Palmyra restored to former glory by Italian experts

Priceless stone sculptures that were smashed with hammers by Islamic State extremists in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra have been meticulously restored by Italian experts with the help of laser scans and 3D printers.<p>The 2nd century AD funerary busts – one of a man, the other of a woman – were …

Ancient History

This 3,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword Is Absolutely Incredible

In what archaeologists are calling the “find of a lifetime,” a horde of Late Bronze Age weapons has been discovered at a Scottish construction site. …

Archaeology

A 7-year-old girl asked Google for a job and got a personal response from CEO Sundar Pichai

Chloe Bridgewater, who lives in Hereford, England, has a little more drive than most 7-year-olds.<p>Fascinated by her Kindle Fire tablet and robots — and totally taken by the idea of working somewhere with bean-bag chairs, go-karts, and slides — Chloe decided to apply for a job at Google.<p>Here's …

Google

Two Simple Steps To Sell Anybody On Your Vision

We aren't all motivated by the same things. Here's how to secure everybody's buy-in, in this order.<p>Something needs to change, and you think you know how. In other words, you've got a vision, and now you just need to sell it to other people. To help you out, there are two basic facts of psychology …

Leadership

Historian gathers veterans' war stories before they're gone

Stan Smith is a tireless man on a mission. The 89-year-old Rancho Bernardo resident devotes 30 hours a week chasing down the stories of the nation’s …

San Diego