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World’s Biggest Diamond Heist

Joshua Davis wrote an amazing article for Wired – The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist – about the biggest successful bank robbery in history: how was it accomplished, why the perpetrators got caught in the end, and how come nobody still knows all the details (including the Big Question: where on Earth…

History of Mammoth discoveries in Asia

John McKay has been blogging his research on the early days of mammoth discoveries in Asia and it is an amazing read! Who ever said that academic writing has to be dull!? Fragments of my research – I: Studying early knowledge of mammoths presents two problems. The first, is that the people who found mammoth…

Humanity’s Path (video)

This shows how waves of humans spread throughout the world from their origins in Africa over a period of some 50,000 years. The video was created by geneticist Daniel Falush of University College Cork in Ireland and colleagues. For more info, go here: http://www.plosgenetics.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pgen.1000078 Soundtrack courtesy of Garageband

A History Lesson

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Semlin Judenlager

This is a website worth spending some time on and looking at every page: This website is linked to a British Academy funded research project on the post-World War Two memorialisation of one of the main sites of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Serbia, the Semlin Judenlager. Established by Nazi Germany in December 1941 on the…

The End Of The World Is Over!

How many moles of Guacamole did Bishop Ussher consume on this day? How about Samuel S. Snow on the same day some years later? Not that this Epic FAIL is going to deter the True Believers – dealing with them is a “a repetitious and futile task” and they’ll keep coming up with fresh dates.…

This was first posted on http://www.jregrassroots.org/ forums on July 10, 2004, then republished on Science And Politics on August 18, 2004. That was to be just the first, and most raw, post on this topic on my blog. It was followed by about a 100 more posts building on this idea, modifying it, and changing…

Art History bloggers?

I asked if anyone knows any art history blogs? I am aware of many history blogs, and some art blogs, but no art history blogs. Neil responded with the discovery of this post – why have there been no great art history bloggers? And then found two: Your Daily Art and The Art History Blog.…

William James – The PhD Octopus

A century ago, yet nothing has changed: William James, March 1903: …………..Human nature is once for all so childish that every reality becomes a sham somewhere, and in the minds of Presidents and Trustees the Ph.D. degree is in point of fact already looked upon as a mere advertising resource, a manner of throwing dust…