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January 22, 2014 at 9:53pm
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Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark

Here’s something very special. In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them. The 915 items are mostly letters, notes and receipts, all written between the 11th and 15th century. Among the more notable scraps is a marriage proposal from a man called Mikita to his beloved Anna: “marry me - I want you and you want me, and the witness to that is Ignat Moiseev” (item 377).

The most special items, however, are the ones shown above, which are from a medieval classroom. In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning to write filled these scraps with alphabets and short texts. Bark was ideal material for writing down things with such a short half-life. Then the pupils got bored and started to doodle, as kids do: crude drawings of individuals with big hands, as well as a figure with a raised sword standing next to a defeated beast (lower image). The last one was drawn by Onfim, who put his name next to the victorious warrior. The snippets provide a delightful and most unusual peek into a 13th-century classroom, with kids learning to read - and getting bored in the process.

More information - On the scraps in general, see here. Here is a full inventory, in Russian. On the excavation, see here and here. More kids’ doodles here and here. Some letters in this Flickr stream. The Leiden scholar Jos Schaeken published a book in Dutch on this material, which can be downloaded for free here (English translation to follow next year). 

A glimpse in to medieval Novgorod.

January 20, 2014 at 11:41pm
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January 19, 2014 at 4:22pm
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According to a 2012 report by the Human Rights and Criminal Sentencing Reform Project for the University of San Francisco School of Law, the United States is one of only 22 countries that doesn’t guarantee what’s called “retroactive ameliorative relief” in sentencing. Which means that when a law such as one legalizing marijuana is passed in America, those already convicted of marijuana crimes don’t automatically have their sentences relaxed. This puts us in the company of such bastions of social justice as Pakistan, Oman and South Sudan.

— Don’t just legalize marijuana, free prior offenders - latimes.com

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January 16, 2014 at 10:00am
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New Fukushima Radiation Study Will Focus on West Coast Kelp Forests
Researchers are launching a new project to monitor California’s kelp forests for radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Scientists will fan out along the California coast to collect kelp and find out if it has absorbed any radiation from the 2011 meltdown.
Learn more from Molly Samuel at KQED Science. 

kqedscience:

New Fukushima Radiation Study Will Focus on West Coast Kelp Forests

Researchers are launching a new project to monitor California’s kelp forests for radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Scientists will fan out along the California coast to collect kelp and find out if it has absorbed any radiation from the 2011 meltdown.

Learn more from Molly Samuel at KQED Science

January 15, 2014 at 12:05am
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Morning On Mars

 Martian sunrises, as seen by the HiRISE orbiter

GUYS I figured these were BS computer renderings and not at all real BUT THEN I LOOKED IT UP AND IT’S 100% REAL

THESE ARE REAL PHOTOS AAAAA

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January 12, 2014 at 11:24am
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xkcd. Filed under: photography

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xkcd. Filed under: photography

January 9, 2014 at 11:17am
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The change is long overdue. No European capital has been quite so ruined by motor vehicles as Brussels, which even last year was scorned by the French as a “sewer for cars.” And the new plan is going over well with locals, meaning Brussels might finally gain its deserved place as a likeable European city.

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Europe’s Most Congested City Contemplates Going Car-Free (via theatlanticcities)

Always nice to see politicians considering well-being as much as wealth. Even better when the public supports them.

(Source: thisiscitylab, via theatlantic)

January 5, 2014 at 12:19pm
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    electricalivia:
    
    
      sageruto:
      
      
        rabbitsnwolves:
        
        
          Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.
        
        
        if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors
      
      
      He was probably drinking that night, alcohol makes you susceptible to fire.
    
    
    If it’s a legitimate inferno, the male body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
  
  
  He shouldn’t be able to get treatment for his burns, everything happens for a reason

c8nt:

transgalacticwanderer:

electricalivia:

sageruto:

rabbitsnwolves:

Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.

if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors

He was probably drinking that night, alcohol makes you susceptible to fire.

If it’s a legitimate inferno, the male body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

He shouldn’t be able to get treatment for his burns, everything happens for a reason

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