Stephen Clyde Sanders

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Ancient Rome’s sinful city at the bottom of the sea

Baia was the Las Vegas of the Roman Empire – the place where the rich and powerful came to carry out their illicit affairs.<p>Rome’s ultra-wealthy took weekend trips here to party. Powerful statesmen built luxurious villas on its beach, with heated spas and mosaic-tiled pools where they could indulge …

Ancient History

The alt-right is creating its own dialect. Here’s the dictionary

Vocabulary pop quiz. Define the following words: “hypergamy,” “femoids,” “meeks.” If you got all of those right, you’re on your way to becoming fluent in alt-right.<p>No political movement has created an internet dialect with the speed and scale of the alt-right. Comprised of conspiracy theorists, …

Feminism

Boston, New York, Texas: The Origins of These and Other Great American Accents

What does Boston have against the letter "R"? Why do Minnesotans sometimes drag out the "O" sound? And where on earth did the Texas twang come from? …

Belfast city council to hire Irish language and Ulster Scots officers

Belfast city councillors have voted to hire language officers for Irish and Ulster Scots, after a public consultation found support for the …

United Kingdom

Maya Writing

The celebrated hieroglyphic writing system of the Maya was a sophisticated combination of pictographs directly representing objects and ideograms (or …

Scientists discover 'master gene' crucial for successful pregnancy

Scientists have edited human embryos for the first time in the UK to discover a “master gene” that underpins successful pregnancies. The “game-changing” research promises improved IVF outcomes and a breakthrough in understanding why so many pregnancies fail.<p>The Government-funded investigation, …

A Kerfuffle About Diversity in the Roman Empire

How a children’s cartoon ignited a debate about skin color in Roman Britain, and what it has to do with genetics<p>Okay so, it all started with a children’s cartoon.<p>In December, the BBC released on YouTube an old animated video about life in Roman Britain, which featured a family with a dark-skinned …

Anthropology

28 Beautiful German Names and Their Meanings

To learn more about Germany, it helps to understand the country's nomenclature.<p>German, unlike the neighboring Romance languages, is famously able to …

Language

Build a Cross Platform Command Line Executable in Node.js

Before we begin, this article assumes you know a couple of things: Javascript, Terminal, and Node.js.<p>Creating a command line tool in Node.js is …

JavaScript

4 Lesser Known but Powerful Web Developer Tools that Increase Productivity

As a web developer, you want to deliver high quality content while maintaining efficiency and expediency.<p>The problem? Marrying these three qualities …

Web Design

Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you'll always have a job

Someone has to write that software. Why not you?<p>There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others.<p>When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — even as relatively …

Programming Languages

New DNA test IDs potentially harmful medication for ADHD, cancer, heart conditions

Montreal-based BiogeniQ has pioneered genetic tests that help doctors select the right medications more quickly. It’s a futuristic approach that’s …

Genomics

How the Huns influenced Romans at the frontiers of the Empire 1,500 years ago

Roman settlers nay have borrowed subsistence strategies from nomadic groups.<p>In historical sources, mentions of the Huns often evoke scenes of terror …

How to revive a 500-year-old dying language

<b>Until two years ago, university student Kevin Martens Wong had never even heard of his ancestral tongue, let alone spoken it.</b><p>The Singaporean linguist was researching endangered languages when he stumbled upon Kristang in a book. As he dug deeper, he realised it was the language of his maternal …

Language

Skulls found in China were part modern human, part Neanderthal; possibly new species

Modern humans outlasted the Neanderthals by about 40,000 years and counting. But don’t pat yourself on the back too firmly for outliving those troglodytes. Neanderthals crafted tools and tamed fire. They cared for their dead. Animal horns and blackened fire pits encircling the remains of a …

Asia

The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.<p>In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington …

The Brain

The psychology of punishment is key to why people vote against their own interests, says an Oxford neuroscientist

Donald Trump would not be US president without the votes of many, including Obamacare enrollees and immigrants, who are likely to find themselves worse off because of his policies. To some Democrat supporters, this widespread voting against self-interests can seem impossible to understand. To Molly …

Psychology

License Plate Tracking Has Gone Open-Source

OpenALPR makes it all so, so easy.<p>Computer vision-assisted license plate reading seems to be a favorite spectre of a certain sort of privacy worrier, at least anecdotally speaking. Something to do with its potential for tracking and profiling an activity that seems to make Americans in particular …

License Plates

Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas<p>Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click …

Archaeology

George Orwell Explains How “Newspeak” Works, the Official Language of His Totalitarian Dystopia in 1984

As we noted yesterday, and you likely noticed elsewhere, George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel <i>1984</i> shot to the top of the charts—or the Amazon …

Literature

The GOP of 2017 is the most extreme party coalition since the Civil War.

The Republican Party in 2017 isn’t an ordinary political party. It is an ideological outlier, the most extreme party coalition since the Civil War. …

War

Artificial intelligence makes shocking advance

Computers can already hold a massive amount of instantly retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually …

AI software is figuring out how to best humans at designing new AI software

Who programs the programmers? Soon enough, it might not be people behind the development of advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence tech, but other AI. MIT looks at the most recent work done by a range of different organizations, including Google Brain, who are working on AI that can …

Artificial Intelligence

A Search Engine for Programming Language Syntax Is a Pretty Good Idea

Coding very often means Googling.<p>The current search engine for programming language syntax is Google. Knowing how to search for information is a key skill in knowing how to program at all. You can know all of the algorithms and a half-dozen programming languages inside-out, but you will nonetheless …

Stack Overflow

Talking to In-laws Can Be Hard. In Some Languages, It’s Impossible.

In-laws may be universally intimidating, but in some cultures, the deference paid them rises to a whole new level, at least linguistically.<p>A geographically widespread practice known as avoidance speech, or “mother-in-law languages,” imposes strict rules on how one speaks — or doesn’t — to the …

Linguistics

A world without the Mac Pro

It’s looking increasingly likely that there will never be another Mac Pro. Here’s why that would be a shame.Pro buyers depend on Apple to make the …

MacBook Pro

How climate change triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes

Global warming may not only be causing more destructive hurricanes, it could also be shaking the ground beneath our feet<p>Devastating hurricane? More than 1,000 lives lost? It must be climate change! Almost inevitably, Hurricane Matthew’s recent rampage across the Caribbean and south-eastern US has …

Climate Change

The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest (11th Century) on the English Language

<b>The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest (11th Century) on the English Language</b><p>By Azhar A. Alkazwini<p><i>International Journal of Linguistics</i>, …

Language

Top 10 Programming Language and their Inventors Name

Top 10 Programming Language and their Inventors Name<p>Here is a list of top 10 programming language and their inventor’s name. Languages are listed in …

18 Haunting Photos Of An Abandoned Nazi Hospital

A young Hitler was treated at Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital.<p>While most abandoned buildings looks like they're haunted, they're really just the derelict remains of mansion that a family struggled to sell or the shell of an old warehouse. But the history behind Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital is actually …