Rethinking Laws Governing Modern Warfare

Modern warfare and terrorist acts often sees the killing of innocent civilians which presents complex challenges for the international legal framework governing the conduct of armed conflicts. Armed conflict was once mostly confined to warring nations, but increasingly it involves clashes between states and insurgent groups such as terrorists and militants. Read More →

Solving a 300-Year Old Murder With DNA Analysis


A skeleton was found during construction work at Leine castle in Niedersachsen, Germany in the summer of 2016. This is where Swedish count Philip Christoph Königsmarck disappeared 322 years ago – could it be him? Lund University in Sweden follows the dangerous love story between Philip Königsmarck and Georg Ludwig’s wife Sophia Dorothea through the love letters they wrote to each other, currently preserved at the University Library. Read More →

Five Obscure Facts About Albert Einstein


Many people have read that little Albert’s parents thought he was mentally deficient because he refused to talk for the first five or six years of his life. You may even know that he was somewhat of a prankster. But here’s some stuff you may not know about the famous physicist. Read More →

The Last Viking and His Magical Sword?


A deadly weapon and symbol of power – jewelery for a man, with magical properties. The sword gave power to the warrior, but the warrior’s strength could also be transferred to the sword. That is how they were bound together: man and weapon, warrior and sword. This sword below was found in Langeid in Bygland in Setesdal in 2011. It is a truly unique sword from the late Viking Age, embellished with gold, inscriptions and other ornamentation. Read More →

Creating the World’s Largest Music Service


Music is the most popular YouTube content by several measures, including video views and search activity. The world’s first academic study on YouTube music consumption by Aalto University in Finland shows that one reason for its popularity lies in users’ own video. People re-use original music by popular artists to create their own alternative video variations, which may reach an audience of millions and can be found alongside any popular music title. Read More →

Novel Approach to Sex Ed


Sexual Education is a divisive issue which is brought into focus each year as children face a new curriculum, but a university student has set out her own approach to the problem by turning her master’s project into a social commentary on sexuality. Read More →

Could Your Child Kill?

Image Credit: GlobalGrind

Image Credit: GlobalGrind

I’m currently taking a course focused on criminological theory and as I’ve been thinking through the theories, I’ve tried to better understand all of the things that can go wrong in a person that causes him/her to take the life of another. More specifically, how can this happen in the case of a child? Read More →

The Value of Sidekicks

Credit: New Line Cinema

Credit: New Line Cinema

Everybody loves Batman, but you’ll have to look far and wide to find a hardcore Robin fan. It’s understandable. Batman is dark and brooding, swooping in from the darkness on wings black as night to mete out vigilante justice with his fists. Robin, on the other hand, is teenager wearing red and green spandex with a black pair of briefs. Batman’s the triple bacon cheeseburger we paid for. Robin’s the garden salad that came with it. And yet, can we really subtract Robin from the mythos? As much as we love Batman the lone wolf vigilante, a man in a rubber bat suit becomes silly very fast when we don’t have other characters around to assure the audience he’s serious business. Read More →

The Aging Roman Colosseum

Modern Exterior View

Modern Exterior View

Assailed by extreme weather conditions, pollution from a never-ending stream of vehicles, and fractures to its underlying structure, the Roman Colosseum is beginning to feel its age. The ancient monument, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980, has stood its ground for nearly 2,000 years, defying earthquakes, fires, natural elements, and traffic fumes. But there are increasing signs that unless something drastic is done to rescue the amphitheater from the ravages of time, it will eventually crumble into oblivion, along with so many other neglected landmarks from the Roman Empire.  Read More →

Ancient Egypt: Evolution of the Great Pyramids

Six Pyramids of the Giza Necropolis

Six Pyramids of the Giza Necropolis

They started out as mastabas, bench-like burial mounds or tombs for the pharaohs, and ended up as massive structures that inspired our fascination with the ancient Egyptians. Indeed, the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops), built more than 4,500 years ago, is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Today’s post looks at how pyramids evolved, primarily during the Fourth Dynasty (circa 2575 BCE and 2450 BCE), from simple mounds into the audacious monuments we see today. Read More →