(Digital) Humanities

By Gertjan Filarski | Books, museums, arts & the humanities with steps into archeology. Classic and digital methods. Twitter: @GertjanF

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

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 …

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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 …

Augmented 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

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

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

Spanner, the Google Database That Mastered Time, Is Now Open to Everyone

About a decade ago, a handful of Google’s most talented engineers started building a system that seems to defy logic.<p>Called Spanner, it was the first …

Google

Gamalon leverages the work of an 18th century reverend to organize unstructured enterprise data

It’s hard to fathom that the work of Reverend Thomas Bayes is still coming back to drive cutting edge advancements in AI, but that’s exactly what’s happening. DARPA-backed Gamalon is the latest carrier of the Bayesian baton, launching today with a solution to help enterprises better manage their …

Machine Learning

The lack of women in tech is getting worse

There has been a lot of talk about how to get women into tech, particularly on company boards and into leadership positions.<p>Yet despite the scrutiny, the number of boards with no women increased in 2017, according to Silicon Valley Bank's 2017 "Startup Outlook" report.<p>More than 70% of the 941 …

Silicon Valley

Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth's Magnetic Field — By Accident

About 3,000 years ago, a potter near Jerusalem made a big jar. It was meant to hold olive oil or wine or something else valuable enough to send to the king as a tax payment. The jar's handles were stamped with a royal seal, and the pot went into the kiln.<p>Over the next 600 years, despite wars …

Geology

Virtual Reality App 'Art Plunge' Takes You Inside Your Favorite Paintings

A new app will let you dive headlong into the enigma that is the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. Art Plunge is a virtual reality gallery that allows users to get an …

Virtual Reality

Your Coding Mentor Is Waiting: Extensive 12-Week Online Program to Learn to Code. Love Your Job, Work Flexible Hours, & Get a Raise.

Phase 1: Become a Full-Stack Web Developer<p>Start IMPORTANT: Read first!<br>• Preview What We'll Cover In This Course (4:11)<br>• Start Syllabus<br>• Start Discussion …

Programming

Hunt for 'discovery of the 21st century' to start again at King Tut's tomb

Once again, the question seeks an answer: Is there a secret chamber inside what is arguably the world's most famous tomb?<p>Later this month, a team of Italian researchers is expected to enter the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun in Egypt's famed Valley of the Kings. Once inside, they will use …

Ancient History

Have fast Wi-Fi? Help back up the government from your living room.

In the last couple of months a bunch of volunteers have started to work on saving publicly funded research, especially climate data, from being …

Wi-Fi