Gertjan Filarski

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Poland vs. History

In early 2017, Poland was supposed to unveil what is perhaps the most ambitious museum devoted to World War II in any country. A striking …

Poland

IBM launches quantum computing for the rest of us

Soon Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t be the only semi-average person who can talk a good quantum computing game.<p>On Wednesday, IBM unveiled the world’s first cloud-based quantum computing experience. Starting today, regular humans will be able to access real quantum computing hardware …

IBM

Academic publishers and competition

Scholarly journals, on the face of it, emerged in the 17th century as a medium to facilitate communication of scientific discoveries among interested …

Norfolk Broads: Bronze Age world revealed from the air

Historians are questioning the dating of hundreds of archaeological sites in the Norfolk Broads following new evidence that Bronze Age families lived and grazed animals in the area.<p>The Broads present a challenge to archaeologists because much of the landscape is either flooded or intensively farmed …

Prehistory

IBM Just Put A Quantum Computer On The Cloud For Anyone To Use

As IBM’s research division pursues a multi-year quest to build a universal quantum computer more powerful than any supercomputer in the world, it’s sharing its latest progress with smaller quantum processors on the cloud for the world to join in.<p>Tucked off a nondescript hallway in IBM’s sprawling …

IBM

Rök runestone: New interpretation of ancient text sheds light on Viking culture

A new interpretation of the text engraved on one of the world's most famous runestone - the Rök runestone – offers another vision of Viking …

Sweden

Robot artists compete for cash

While people sometimes worry about robots taking away human jobs by automating and executing various tasks, it's been generally accepted that in the …

Robots

This Man Wants $420,000 Compensation for Being Bored to Death at Work

A Frenchman believes that his company wanted him to be bored.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>When you interview for a job, they tell you it's going to be exciting.<p>Companies, though, are venal entities.<p>If you get on their wrong …

Compensation

The Outlines of Continents Can Be Visualized By Shipping Routes

With a few notable exceptions, The map above shows the outline of the world’s continents simply by visualizing shipping routes.<p>The map was created by …

Shipping

Archaeologists May Have Found Captain Cook's Ship off Rhode Island's Coast

During his historic 1769 to 1771 voyage, English explorer Captain James Cook became the first European sea captain to chart New Zealand and explore …

Rhode Island

5 Inns for your D&D Campaign

A remote inn, deep in the mountains.<p>Players meeting up in an inn or tavern to go adventuring is one of the staples of D&D. Most often or not, the …

Construction workers in Spain unearth 1,300 pound trove of ancient Roman coins

Some 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries have been unearthed by construction workers digging ditches in Spain.<p>The find, in 19 amphoras — storage containers — is unique not only because of the volume of coins but because the coins appear to have never been in …

Spain

The Aztec Calendar

The Aztecs of ancient Mexico measured time with a sophisticated and interconnected triple calendar system which adhered to movements of the celestial …

Mythology

The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Laura Mandell - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>FOR AT LEAST THE PAST DECADE, the term “digital humanities” (DH) has captured the imagination and the ire of scholars across American universities.</i> …

Humanities

Robert Motherwell And The Preservation Of The Past

“I’m such a sucker for the back of artworks,” Eric Gleason, a director at Paul Kasmin Gallery, told me. The gallery’s new exhibition, <i>Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage</i>, was slated to open in two days, and I was previewing the works. Gleason showed me the back of one of them, which displayed …

Art History

How Experian Built A Business Around Data

When Eric Haller graduated with a degree in finance from San Diego State University in 1990, he didn’t have any clear idea of what he wanted to do. If he was on the east coast, he probably would have went to work at an investment bank, but he ended up taking a job as a statistical analyst at Visa …

Experian

Sicily: Culture and Conquest review – the original treasure island

Archimedes had his eureka moment in a bath in Syracuse in Sicily. Antipholus, protagonist of Shakespeare’s <i>The Comedy of Errors</i>, comes from the very same place. Cicero described Syracuse as the greatest and most beautiful of all Greek cities, when it was not so much an outpost as a grand imperial …

Sicily

How Shakespeare was turned into a German

An over 200-year-old German translation of Shakespeare's works made him seem more German than he was. Later, the Nazis insisted that version be kept, says Shakespeare expert Hans-Jörg Modlmayr.<p>April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The bard is widely known and enjoyed in …

Playwrights

How Velasquez Quenched My Grief - The Daily Beast

Diego Velasquez/Public Domain<p>Transformative<p>How Velasquez Quenched My Grief<p>Grieving after the death of her father, a painter, the author vowed not to even look at art ever again. Then she found herself standing before ‘Las Meninas,’ and everything changed.<p>My father died quite suddenly when I was in …

Painting

Shakespeare and the Nazis

On April 23rd, 1940, St George's Day, as Hitler's armies were preparing for their westward drive towards the Channel ports, the leading lights of …

Great Books

19th century treatments of palimpsests with chemicals

April 23rd, 2016 by Roger Pearse<p>The British Library assigns its Syriac manuscripts to the “Asian and African Studies” department. The people there …

Manuscripts

A new discovery sheds light on ancient Egypt’s most successful female pharaoh

Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.<p>After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn't just keep the "throne" warm for her stepson to come of age. She became a pharaoh in her own right, and in doing so, became one of ancient Egypt's first female rulers. While there were likely two or three female …

Egypt

‘Vindictive’ Polish leaders using new war museum to rewrite history, says academic

A spectacular new museum of the second world war is at the centre of an extraordinary row between international academics and Poland’s political leadership, amid claims that the country’s ruling Law and Justice party is putting history at the service of politics.<p>Due to open in December in the …

Holocaust

A clever algorithm generating millions of random ideas is turning the tables on patent trolls

Sometimes the only way to beat a troll is to troll even harder.<p>Artist and engineer Alexander Reben has written an algorithm that exploits the convoluted US patent system in order to mess with patent trolls—people and organizations who file for patents on trivial concepts without any intention of …

Programming

DNA sat nav uncovers ancient Ashkenaz and Yiddish origins

UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD—The origin of Yiddish, the millennium old language of Ashkenazic Jews, is something which linguists have questioned for …

Ancient DNA

No money for old books: Surakarta manuscript digitization left in limbo

The digitization of manuscripts at the Radya Pustaka Museum in Surakarta, Central Java, has been halted as a Rp 300 million (US$22,731.60) grant …

Manuscripts

Israel’s state archivist confirms that nearly half a million pages have been sent to the IDF Censor, which has redacted historical documents that already saw the light of day, and talks about why he didn’t…

<i>Israel’s state archivist confirms that nearly half a million pages have been sent to the IDF Censor, which has redacted historical documents that</i> …

Israel

6 Lesser Known Python Data Analysis Libraries

Python offers a great environment and rich set of libraries to developers while working with data. There are tons of useful libraries out there for …

Like being there: Walking through an ancient Roman town

The development of new technologies and techniques, combined with the increasingly interdisciplinary approach of archaeological investigation, are …

Archaeology

Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It

Since World War II, the U.S. has been an innovation superpower. In virtually every advanced field, whether it’s information technology, biotechnology, agriculture, or renewable energy, America holds a leading position. Other nations may challenge in one field or another, but no one can match its …

Academia