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6-Month-Old Babies Are Now Using Tablets and Smartphones

Babies are using mobile media

Over a third of children under the age of 1 have used a device like a smartphone or tablet, according to a new study.

The study, which was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, showed that by age 2, most kids have used mobile devices. To reach …


Facebook and Google help find Nepal earthquake survivors

The Nepal earthquake has caused an immeasurable amount of tragedy this weekend, but some internet services are offering tools that might provide comfort if you have friends or family in the area. Facebook has rolled out its recently introduced Safety Check feature to tell you if contacts in the …


A Guide to Thesis Writing That Is a Guide to Life

A Guide to Thesis Writing That Is a Guide to LifeIn “How to Write a Thesis,” Umberto Eco walks students through the craft and rewards of sustained …


The 14 best data visualization tools

Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe interesting patterns that wouldn’t be apparent from looking only at stats.

Industrial Design

Stanford scholar unpacks the rhetoric behind extremist politician's mainstream success

A pioneering textual analysis of French political speeches led by Stanford Professor of French Cécile Alduy reveals how Marine Le Pen, leader of …

Stanford University

Evaluating Non-Traditional Digital Humanities Dissertations

Most of the online advice I’ve encountered for evaluating non-traditional scholarly projects seems to focus on seeking jobs or applying for tenure …

Digital Humanities

How Amazon’s Cloud Numbers Stack Up Against Its Competitors’

If it keeps growing at the rate it has from this time last year, Amazon Web Services will finish 2015 with a business approaching $7 billion in revenue. And if it hits the $102 billion in overall revenue that analysts expect, that will make AWS account for about 7 percent of sales overall.

By …


Butterfly wings are the key to glare-free phone displays

Butterflies have proven to be a surprising source of inspiration for technology, and that trend isn't about to slow down any time soon. German researchers have discovered that irregular, nanoscopic structures on the glasswing butterfly's namesake transparent wings eliminate most reflections at any …


Do 'the Risky Thing' in Digital Humanities

Last spring, I gave a talk on the digital future of scholarly publishing at the humanities center of a large research university. The crowd was small …


Draft Guidelines on the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship - American Historical Association

Digital scholarship is having an impact on the discipline of history. Scholars give papers based on digital tools and methods at major conferences in …


Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer

A man in the US city of Colorado faces police action after becoming so frustrated with his desktop computer that he took it outside and shot it eight times with a handgun, police say.

"He was having technology problems, so he took it to the back alley and destroyed it," a police spokesman said.

Lucas …


What Does the Western Look Like? — The Outtake — Medium

What Does A Western Really Look Like?

I watched 50 westerns and compressed them into single frames of form and light.

Not too long ago, I watched 50 …


New program will digitize your family heirlooms for the world to see

If you've got an attic full of old furniture and photos, it might be time to think about giving it a spring clean — its contents could soon be digitized, thanks to a new grant program set up by the US National Endowment for the Humanities. The new "Common Heritage" offers money to historical groups …


Upgrade your brain: Programming resources for coding newbies

“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”— Steve Jobs

Anyone who’s paying attention these days has probably figured out that computer programming is fast becoming the new standard of literacy in our technology-driven economy.

Those with even …


Google wants you to download your web search history

Wondering what you were searching for online a few years ago? You now have a (relatively) easy way to find out. Google has quietly trotted out an option to download your entire search history. So long as you searched using your Google account, you'll have a permanent record. Of course, this is …


An Interactive Map of Shakespeare's London

The project brings 16th century London into the present.

References to cities often make an appearance in Shakespeare's poems and plays. Quick case in point, here's a line from The Comedy of Errors:

Farewell till then: I will go lose myself
And wander up and down to view the city.

To understand these …


Stop making tools! Nobody likes them anyway...

This presentation aimed at DH scholars is about the making of tools with baked in data as compared to making data available via APIs.


Saving history with digital technology

Project Mosul was set up in response to online footage that showed members of Islamic State vandalising the Mosul Museum in Iraq.

The initiative aims to crowd source pictures of items that were on display in the museum and then digitally recreate them in 3D.

Those behind the project hope that by …

Digital Technology

New algorithm could put an end to online trolling

You might want to think twice before posting something vitriolic beneath this story: Researchers from Stanford and Cornell Universities have …


Digital Humanities and Data Science | Digital Humanities at Stanford

I'm proud to announce that Stanford University Library will be bringing on Scott Weingart as a data scientist to help support digital humanities …


Interactive map shows age of any Dutch building

Using the map

Colour-codes ranging from dark red (oldest) to blue (newest) give a sense of the patterns of development Dutch cities and towns have …


Stress caused by bitter rivalry led to premature deaths of leading 19th century composers, study suggests

Competition from just one extra composer working in the same city reduced longevity by more than two years, research showed

Real jealousy, rivalry and bitter competition - the themes of some of the greatest classical music and opera - may have shortened the lives of leading composers.

Stress from …


Texting in Medieval Times

Middle Ages

Similar short logistical messages survive from medieval times, although their manner of survival is different. Fig. 3 shows waste material …

Middle Ages

What's happening with our digitised newspapers?

The KB has about 10 million digitised newspaper pages, ranging from 1650 until 1995. We negotiated rights to make these pages available for research …

Print Media

Oldest globe to depict the New World may have been discovered


Oldest globe with New World discovered

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A globe engraved on an ostrich egg, dated 1504, has emerged as perhaps the oldest known globe to …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Ada Lovelace designed a computer in the 1840s. A cartoonist finishes the project

‘Surely there must be a couple of new Ada Lovelaces lurking in this land?” exclaimed digital doyenne Martha Lane Fox last month, as she issued a call for women to turn their hands to tech – part of her new plan, dubbed Dot Everyone, for an internet-savvy nation.

It’s little wonder that the enigmatic …

Ada Lovelace

Shakespeare in Tehran

Stephen Greenblatt
Marco Moretti/Anzenberger/ReduxSheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, the last stop on Stephen Greenblatt’s trip to IranFor more than …


The Ebook of 1935: An automated reading device using microfilms.From Everyday Science and Mechanics magazine, 1935 http://t.co/DnBeqpE4Kl