Oxford University academic Dr Stephanie Dalley believes she has identified the precise location of the fabled Hanging Gardens of Bablyon: near Nineveh, hundreds of miles north. Dalley's hypothesis has the gardens built not by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, but by Assyrians under Sennacherib about 2,700 years ago. Nineveh's ruins now lie on the city limits of modern-day Mosul.
This animation shows how the 14th-century Charles Bridge was built in Prague. Here's the video description, machine-translated: The digital model "Charles Bridge – construction of a pillar and vaulted field in the 14th century" was created for the project of the virtual exhibition Prague of the time of Charles IV. The project is supported by… READ THE REST
Nantes, France's Château des ducs de Bretagne museum of history delayed its exhibition about Genghis Khan after the Chinese government insisted that the words "Genghis Khan" not appear anywhere in the show. Same goes for "Empire" and "Mongol." From The Guardian: The exhibit was planned in collaboration with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But… READ THE REST
In the 1980s, Infocom popularized the term "interactive fiction" and turned the text adventure into a profitable medium. Ingenious programming and broad literary horizons brought it (and one or two rivals, such as Magnetic Scrolls) explosive success, for as long as it lasted. Andrew Plotkin's Obsessively Complete Infocom Catalog, building on archiving work by Jason… READ THE REST
Shopify got started by a trio of Canadians back in 2004 when they got frustrated trying to sell snowboarding equipment online. More than 15 years later, Shopify is one of the biggest names in e-commerce, the engine behind nearly 1 million different digital storefronts that have generated nearly $1 billion in sales worldwide. Shopify's power… READ THE REST
Back in the early 1800's, Russian physicist Emil Lenz noted an interesting phenomenon. When he dropped a magnet through a pipe, the magnet's magnetic field created counter-rotating currents in the copper or aluminum pipe. To the naked eye, that dropped magnetic ball falls a whole lot slower when it's inside the pipe than outside. It… READ THE REST
If there was ever a better endorsement for making sure your resume skills are just as good as you say they are, look no further than Great Britain. Last week, Public Health England used an outdated Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, which inadvertently underreported the number of positive COVID-19 diagnosed cases during the week. Because of the… READ THE REST