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Rich Text 30: Bonus Links

Some stuff there wasn’t space for in my Rich Text newsletter No. 30:

  1. Origin of the world map
    Mythical creatures and mathematical precision met in the Catalan Atlas, a world map that fused Christian and Muslim knowledge.
  2. Chance, choice, and the avocado: the strange evolutionary and creative history of Earth’s most nutritious fruit
    How a confused romancer that survived the Ice Age became a tropical sensation and took over the world.
  3. Great auks and seal-headed men: a window into ice age Provence
    The Cosquer Cave near Marseilles astonished the diver who discovered it with its ancient depictions of sea and land animals. Now it has been painstakingly recreated.
  4. The Maintenance Race
    The world’s first round-the-world solo yacht race was a thrilling and, for some, deadly contest. How its participants maintained their vessels can help us understand just how fundamental maintenance is. (Thanks to Dave W. for the link.)
  5. Drone footage reveals hidden 17th Century garden
    The recent heatwave has parched grass lying over a formal garden, which dates back to 1699.
  6. How ancient Roman souvenirs made memories and meanings
    Ancient Romans bought mementos to commemorate their travels. These speak eloquently of their world, if we care to listen

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Rich Text 29: Bonus Links

Some stuff there wasn’t space for in my Rich Text newsletter No. 29:

  1. The swashbuckling, philosophical alchemist
    A typically well-researched, profusely illustrated piece by my mate science historian Thony Christie on Sir Kenelm Digby, ‘one of the most fascinating figures of the seventeenth century’.
  2. Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Pompeii victims
    Researchers studying human remains from Pompeii have extracted genetic information from the bones of a man and a woman who were buried when the Roman city was engulfed in volcanic ash.
  3. How do we solve the paradox of protection in Antarctica?
    The most protected place on Earth has become one of the most threatened—and threatening.
  4. Supermassive black hole at centre of Milky Way seen for first time
    The Event Horizon telescope has captured an image from the turbulent heart of our galaxy.
  5. Where science meets fiction: the dark history of eugenics
    Scientist and author Dr Adam Rutherford looks at how the study of genetics has been warped for political ends.
  6. Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur
    YouTuber Tom Scott takes on British Museum curator Irvin Finkel in the world’s oldest playable board game. (And what a fantastic game it is!)
  7. Are you eating a credit card of plastic every week?
    (Spoiler alert: Nope!) A nice piece of sceptical investigation, showing how genuine scientific studies can be accidentally misrepresented in the re-telling.

Filed under: Writing

Rich Text 28: Bonus Links

Some stuff there wasn’t space for in my Rich Text newsletter No. 28:

  1. In Search of Troy
    It wasn’t just a legend. Archaeologists are getting to the bottom of the city celebrated by Homer nearly 3,000 years ago.
  2. Autopsy on Adam & Eve - Objectivity 256
    A look at an incredible selection of paper instruments at the Royal Society.
  3. Bats
    Quick facts about bat species from around the world. From egalitarian relationships to vitamin synthesis.
  4. On Antibiotic Resistance
    Writer and general practitioner Gavin Francis on the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
  5. Why birds migrate vast distances – and how you can help during their breeding season
    Birds are master navigators, negotiating journeys of thousands miles each year.
  6. Dire straits
    A review of ‘Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan’ by Felipe Fernández-Armesto.
  7. Most UK national parks deliver ‘negligible benefits’ for wildlife
    Report says land should only be classed as protected if wildlife is proved to be recovering over long-term.
  8. The 50 best albums of 2021
    A list from the Guardian’s assorted music journos.

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