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American settlers 'turned cannibal'

American settlers 'turned cannibal' | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
Newly discovered bones prove the first permanent British settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the winter of 1609-10, US researchers say.
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Fascinating! Not too surprising considering the circumstances.

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Who, what, why: Why build a ship tunnel?

Who, what, why: Why build a ship tunnel? | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
The Norwegian government has backed a plan to create the world's first ship tunnel. But why has nobody built one before?
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The thought of a 16,000 tonne ship going through a tunnel blasted out of the rock is quite mind-boggling. The Norwegians have done some advanced things with tunnels to link the country so why not a ship tunnel. The design has obviously taken into account the current and likely future size of the Hurtigruten ships operating the daily Norwegian coastal express which takes 11 days to go from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Presumably these would be the tunnel's main large ship users -- two Hurtigruten ships per day going through it; one north and the other south.

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Timbuktu's art of saving its manuscripts

Timbuktu's art of saving its manuscripts | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
South African researchers say most of the priceless ancient manuscripts housed in the Malian city of Timbuktu have been moved to safety, writes the BBC's Peter Biles.
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Crucial that everything is done to preserve this incredible historic treasure trove of manuscripts.

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Manx: bringing a language back from the dead

Manx: bringing a language back from the dead | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
Condemned as a "dead language" by Unesco, Manx, the native language of the Isle of Man is staging a renaissance.
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Fascinating article. Big parallels with Scottish Gaelic in the past 25 years. The Gaelic Resource Database project in Stornoway has done great things to support the preservation of historic language resources and support teaching/learning Gaelic ~ http://www.gaelicresources.co.uk

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The man who stopped Hitler's A-bomb

The man who stopped Hitler's A-bomb | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
The leader of the Norwegian team which carried out the operation to destroy Hitler's nuclear facility returns to London for a memorial.
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What an amazing story! I love Joachim Ronnenberg's comment "the very best skiing weekend I ever had" to describe the 200 mile chase on skis across the Telemark.

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From Apes to Apps

From Apes to Apps | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
Our brains are structured to make sense of the world in the form of narratives – stories. Not only that, we are primed to believe the stories we hear. How could this have happened? And why does it matter?

 

In the easy style of the storyteller, social anthropologist, Trish Nicholson, discusses current research in neuroscience, psychology, archaeology and linguistics to explore these two key questions. It matters because adaptations that enabled us to thrive in prehistoric times leave us vulnerable in the changed environment of our global digital age.


From Apes to Apps: How humans evolved as storytellers and why it matters, is a cautionary tale none of us can afford to ignore.

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This is the latest ebook from Trish Nicholson the author of the acclaimed travelogue "Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon".  "From Apes to Apps" combines her scientific knowledge as a social anthropologist with her easy-to-read writing style.

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Why don't we still drive steam cars?

Why don't we still drive steam cars? | Mike's Miscellany | Scoop.it
Mention steam engines and most people will think of steam trains not steam cars. But at the turn of the 20th century over half of cars on US roads were powered by steam.
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Very interesting. I hadn't realised that steam cars were still being made in the late 1920s. Article seems to ignore the pollution made by whatever is burned to heat the water to make the steam.

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