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Lush Animation Brings This Soulful Poem to Life

Good animation can make tiny details sing. It can invest the most simple objects with life and spirit, expanding them into entire worlds. Like, say, a toothbrush. Read More >>

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Did a Poem About a Horrific Volcanic Eruption Destroy the Norse Gods of Iceland?

New research connects a powerful volcanic eruption—and a medieval poem that conjured memories of the dreaded event—to Iceland’s conversion to Christianity. Read More >>

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Martian Sand Is Swallowing the Phoenix Lander

The Phoenix Lander detected water on Mars during its three-month mission in 2008, and now it is being swallowed by the planet’s sands. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the below two images, one in 2008 and the other in December of 2017: Read More >>

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Computers Suck at Poetry

A poetic Turing test was held at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire this week to pit artificial intelligence against human poets, AP reported. Good news: the computers lost. Read More >>

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Pre-Hobbit JRR Tolkien Poems Uncovered in 1936 School Book

Two early drafts of poems by Tolkien have been unearthed, with a copy of a school annual from 1936 including versions of Noel and the substantially more famous The Shadow Man, both written right before he became the king of Middle-earth. Read More >>

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The Guide to Shakespearean Pronunciation Gives Elizabethan Toilet Humour a Funny Accent

How has it taken us so long to figure out that the key to getting more people interested in Shakespeare is through dirty jokes and funny accents? Linguist David Crystal has painstakingly created The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation, which will present the works of Shakespeare in their original, strange-sounding glory. Read More >>