This week holds a bumper collection of videos, articles, and podcasts that I’ve found interesting during the week. Enjoy!

Podcasts of the Week:

Everything Floats by Lore –

The older the city, the more stories there seem to be. Some places are home to tragedy, while others have played host to disaster or war. Few cities have it all, though, and judging by the pain those stories often reveal, that might be a good thing.

The Element of Humor by Writing Excuses –

What is the driving force that gets readers to turn pages in a book that is primarily a work of humor?

Videos of the Week (Yes, three!):

A Brief History of Life Series – by SciShow

Ending the Age of Outrage (at least in ourselves, if not in the world) by Vlogbrothers

Foot of the Mountain – by A-ha (Just because I love this song and video)

Articles of the Week:

MGK Collection available online

For the first time, MKG Collection Online makes the objects of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg publicly available on a digital platform. 

Muziris: did black pepper cause the demise of India’s ancient port?

In the first century BC it was one of India’s most important trading ports, whose exports – especially black pepper – kept even mighty Rome in debt. But have archaeologists really found the site of Muziris, and why did it drop off the map?

A possible cause of the Big Bang and current acceleration of the Universe

In the words of the late Sir Terry Pratchett – “In the beginning there was nothing and then it exploded”. (Very interesting article – although they don’t cite Pratchett.)

Walking in a winter wonderland of words

Winter is also a marvelous time for words, as a number of them were devised for winter alone. Some have long lexical histories. Others are comparatively new. 

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