Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Links for Good Reads

Was the Kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire—or just a little cow town? It depends on which archaeologist you ask. Glory is in the eye of the beholder.

The geeks at CERN have managed to trap a bit of antimatter, specifically antihydrogen. I read this to see what kind of bottle they store it in, and the answer blew my mind.

The 7 Deadliest Bacteria on Earth. Excuse me, I feel the need to go wash my hands now.

Read about the lobbying behind the TSA airport backscanners. (via a comment at Cynical-C)

Is legal marriage obsolete in the modern world? TIME looks at statistics on our changing opinions and behavior with regard to marriage and its benefits. (via Metafilter)

Attack of the Vintage Toy Robots! Japan embraced robots early, which both frightened and fascinated us back then -but now they’re just awesome.

I well remember when the Taliban demolished the two 1,500-year-old giant stone Buddhas of Bamiyan. Now archaeologists are looking for a rumored third Buddha, and finding other ancient treasures along the way.

Astronomers have found an exoplanet that belongs to a different galaxy. How it came to be close enough for us to find is a really cool story.

How Chuck Berry Became a Beach Boy (and other copyright infringement cases). Like the horror of the singing Girl Scouts.

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