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Historic Aztec codex enters the digital age with interactive app

B821835977Z.1_20150119163752_000_G151DHE8Q.6_Gallery.jpgWaterloo Region Record

MEXICO CITY — A 16th-century document considered one of the most important primary sources on the Aztecs of pre-Columbian Mexico went digital this month with a new app that aims to spur research and discussion.

The Codex Mendoza is a 1542 illustrated report ordered by Spanish viceroy Antonio de Mendoza that details sources of riches, Aztec expansion and territorial tributes, and chronicles daily life and social dynamics.

The new interactive codex lets users page through the virtual document, mouse-over the old Spanish text for translations into English or modern Spanish, click on images for richer explanations and explore maps of the area.

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Ancient clay seals found in Israel may shed light on biblical era

3798653882.jpgThe findings could indicate that biblical accounts of David and Solomon described real kings rather than the backwater chieftains considered more likely by some archaeologists.

AP - Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin.

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Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams

Salvatore Laporta/Associated Press

Researchers have found a key that may unlock the only library of classical antiquity to survive along with its documents, raising at least a possibility of recovering vanished works of ancient Greek and Roman authors such as the lost books of Livy’s history of Rome.

The library is that of a villa in Herculaneum, a town that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that obliterated nearby Pompeii.

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Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary

14093346445_209b3a58dc_z.jpgIn the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like broadband?

Since 2007, Oxford University Press has removed the names of at least 30 plants and animals from its Junior Dictionary in favor of modern words like “broadband” or “cut-and-paste”; and although these changes might reflect the inevitable evolution of the English language, Margaret Atwood and 27 other prominent naturalists, writers and media personalities are concerned that omitting the natural world from children’s vocabularies will have dire consequences.

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It shouldn't be man vs. machine

logo.pngIn 1811, British factory workers literally “fought the machine,” protesting against technology under the banner of mythical figurehead King Ludd. Upset about being replaced by more efficient machinery, cost-ineffective factory workers rebelled against the installation of threshing machines and other force-multipliers.

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