Humanities news around the web
(Nobel Institute) The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2003 to Shirin Ebadi from Iran for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children.
Submitted on Oct 10, 2003 by tormod
(Scientific American) People who learn to play an instrument may reap benefits that aren't musical in nature, according to a new study. Findings indicate that children with training in music have better verbal memory skills than do their peers who haven't received musical instruction.
Submitted on Jul 28, 2003 by tormod
(Ananova) Egyptian censors have banned The Matrix Reloaded on religious grounds because it is too violent.
Submitted on Jun 11, 2003 by tormod
(Wired) How does one begin to understand the mind of the man who came up with the theory of relativity? A new website peers into the world and the work of Albert Einstein with a collection of personal correspondence, notes and scientific papers.
Submitted on May 19, 2003 by tormod
(Wired) Six simians given a computer for a month don't even begin to rewrite the works of Shakespeare, as the famous axiom predicts. Instead, they act like, well, chimps.
Submitted on May 11, 2003 by tormod
(New Scientist) The image of a fanged god on gourd fragments from Peru pushes back evidence of religion in the new world by a thousand years
Submitted on Apr 14, 2003 by Noah
(Wired) When Napoleon's troops discovered a granite slab in 1799 containing Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphic translations of ancient text dating back to 100 B.C., they unearthed more than 1,000 years of history. Now, a group of scientists and engineers are crafting a modern Rosetta stone that will preserve more than 1,400 of the world's 7,000 languages on a 3-inch nickel disk.
Submitted on Nov 4, 2002 by tormod