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Ancient Rome rebuilt, virtually

Ancient Rome rebuilt, virtually

Not only was Rome not built in a day, but a digital model took 10 years to construct. A team of archaeologists, architects and computer specialists from Italy, the United States, Britain and Germany has just unveiled a sprawling 3D digital simulation of the ancient city as it appeared at the height of its development(…)

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The mystery of how an animal has survived for 80 million years without sex has been solved by UK scientists

The mystery of how an animal has survived for 80 million years without sex has been solved by UK scientists

There could be some benefit to millions of years without sex after all—Dr Alan Tunnacliffe, University of Cambridge Clip from article: A Cambridge team says the creature owes its existence to a genetic quirk that offers some recompense for its prolonged celibacy. Many asexual organisms have died out because they cannot adapt to changes in(…)

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Will the San Francisco Chronicle be the first newspaper to kill print in favor of its online sfgate.com?

Will the San Francisco Chronicle be the first newspaper to kill print in favor of its online sfgate.com?

photo: in2jazz From article: Why the San Francisco Chronicle is a candidate to exit print Play with me on this one: Which major American newspaper should be the first to throw up its hands and stop publishing a print product? It’s a question worth asking. This could be the worst year for newspapers since the(…)

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Secret Service Codenames

I like that Ted Kennedy is 'Sunburn'! Secret Service codenames are a throwback to the period before electronic transmissions were encrypted. Although they serve no practical security function today, the US Army Signal Corps still assigns codenames (mostly out of tradition). John Anderson Miracle, Starburst, Stardust   Keke Anderson Scarlet   Howard Baker Snapshot  (…)

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Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

From The Ottawa Citizen: VANCOUVER — Today Hunter S. Thompson is remembered as a literary icon, whose classic works and impetuous personality firmly stamped his place into the hearts, minds and graphic T-shirts of a malleable generation. With his seminal classics — Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail(…)

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

From Sky News: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after the first election there in two decades, officials say. The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country’s last poll in 1990. Unnamed sources told the AFP news(…)

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“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

Each picture represents a before and after ‘the dissapearance’ shot. Picture above (1970): Maria Irma Ferreira, Maria Susana Ferreira; picture below (2006): Maria Susana Ferreira From Zeit Online: During the military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983 nearly 30,000 people disappeared without trace. Der Fotograf Gustavo Germano gehört zu den Opfern des Staatsterrors. The(…)

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Jazz artist portraits by William P. Gottlieb, circa 1938 to 1948.

Jazz artist portraits by William P. Gottlieb, circa 1938 to 1948.

Portrait of Slam Stewart, Three Deuces(?), New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946 Click images for larger. Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946 Portrait of Kaiser Marshall, Art Hodes, Sandy Williams, Cecil (Xavier) Scott, and Henry (Clay) Goodwin, Times Square, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947 Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat(?),(…)

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