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The Antikythera Mechanism

A paper on the Mechanism appears in tomorrow’s Nature. In brief what it is these days is a rather unimpressive looking lump of heavily corroded metal. I have a photo of it somewhere, but it’s a very bad blurry photo which doesn’t do justice to its...

Not Big, Not Clever

…but five minutes of fun. Knife Throw 2. The aim is to hit the numbered targets and miss the celebrities including Dubya, Blair and Britney. Be careful not to accidentally throw a chest or headshot as you’ll kill them in one blow. Share &...

Style Obscuring Content

This was written well over a year ago and offered to a site. I assume it’s not coming out there, so I thought I’d put it up here before I lose it. “Imagine a widely used and expensive prescription drug that promised to make us beautiful but didn’t....

Social Evolution by Mark Pluciennik

[Cross-posted to Revise & Dissent] I think one of the most depressing seminars I ever had on my Master’s course was one on Evolutionary Archaeology. My introduction to evolution was generally through books like those of Richard Dawkins. So what I was expecting was...