By Gertjan Filarski | Books, museums, arts & the humanities with steps into archeology. Classic and digital methods. Twitter: @GertjanF
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Paris is the City of Love and the City of Light, but is it a city where newbies should attempt to speak the language? When I booked my first-ever trip to France, I wanted to have the most authentic Parisian experience possible. Though I’ve traveled …French Language
In a previous post I suggested that historians should use quantitative methods less to answer existing questions than to pose new ones. Such a …Traffic
Map: The remarkable distances you can travel on a European train in less than a day - The Washington Post
Tourists visiting Europe are often advised to travel by train rather than plane or car. Trains are considered reliable, fast and relatively cheap. But as a new research project shows, there are major differences within Europe: Whereas you can travel from London to Paris in less than four hours, …Europe
A scholar took an irreverent stand against a common academic criticism and watched his paper go viral. But there’s a serious point in the paper’s …
If you’re an aspiring data scientist, you’re inquisitive – always exploring, learning, and asking questions. Online tutorials and videos can help you …Python Programming
Can you guess someone’s age when all you know is their first name? That was the crazy idea behind one of FiveThirtyEight’s articles last year, and …Calculators
For the last nine months I’ve spent much of my time exploring digital history. Part of becoming director of RRCHNM involved familiarizing myself with …
A group of German researchers have created an algorithm that basically amounts to the most amazing Instagram filter ever conceived: a convolutional neural network that can convert any photograph into a work of fine art. The process takes an hour (sorry, it's not actually coming to a smartphone near …Art
Cecilia Gaposchkin is an associate professor of medieval history at Dartmouth College and assistant dean of faculty for pre-major advising, as well as a Public Voices Fellow. Gaposchkin wrote in an e-mail that people who work at at liberal arts institutions often do “a terrible job” educating their …Liberal Arts
A technology anthropologist and a sound artist from the University of Sussex have collaborated on a ‘major commission’ for the UK’s biggest digital …Artistry
When Gartner published its latest “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” last week, there was a notable absence of one broad class of technology in …Big Data
NEW YORK — Through the lobby thronged with tourists, the line for tickets, the line for the cloakroom, and the line for the ticket taker, up the …Painting
Last spring, I taught a literature seminar called “Before Wikipedia.” The subject was the history of encyclopedic writing, from ancient times to the present day. We read excerpts of Isidore of Seville’s “Etymologies” and Diderot’s “Encyclopédie” alongside works by Calvino, Sebald, and Flaubert.
Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel.
The extent of the damage at the Roman-era structure in the central desert city was not known, …Islamic State (ISIS)
Walbrzych in western Poland has been gripped by the decades-old mystery of missing Nazi gold trains
Experts in Poland have claimed that the apparent discovery of a Nazi train thought to be packed with looted treasures could be the first of many, suggesting just a fraction of Hitler's vast tunnel …Poland
The days of coders being shackled to Monaco or Courier New ends now. At SourceFoundry.org this week, programmer Chris Simpkins debuted the 2.0 …Open Source
The neurologist and author has died at age 82
High-profile scientists and writers honored the life of Oliver Sacks on Sunday, tweeting quotes, memories and farewells to the neurologist and acclaimed author who has died at 82, months after announcing his diagnosis with terminal cancer.
Sacks was …Oliver Sacks
Back in 2004 as I stood in the hot summer sun of the Syrian desert, a German archaeologist told me something that I thought, at first, I had misunderstood. He was explaining that the Palmyrenes had imported dates from Egypt. Turning and surveying the vast expanse of date-palm groves that wrapped …Palmyra
Prepare your grains of salt
One of the pillars of scientific research--perhaps the one that makes science as definitive as it is--is that any study should be capable of being repeated under the same methods and conditions and if the research holds true, the same result will be found every time the …Psychology
Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the …Maps
The remains of a 6th-century Roman sanctuary has been unearthed on the Palatine Hill in Rome.Archaeologists working on the Palatine Hill here this …Rome
How many of the 1,000 new words added to oxforddictionaries.com do you know?
Words, senses, and phrases that have widespread currency in English have been added to the the online dictionary in their latest quarterly update.
Fiona McPherson, senior editor of Oxford Dictionaries, said the addition of …Linguistics
Dusting off 15 Roman-era Egyptian mummy portraits—mostly untouched for 100 years—has revealed a 2,000-year-old surprise.
Researchers discovered that …Egypt
It is frequently interesting, and sometimes appalling, to see how a court that does not usually deal with copyright issues reacts when confronted …Creative Commons
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …Psychology
IVETTE FELICIANO: This video appears to show members of the Islamic State, or ISIS, using sledgehammers to destroy artifacts at a museum in …Historical Photography