WEIRD HISTORY

How the Smiths took over Europe

In more than a dozen countries as far apart as Portugal and Russia, ‘Smith’ is the most popular occupational surname. By Frank Jacobs – Image: Marcin Ciura.   ‘Smith’ is not just the most common surname in many English-speaking countries In local translations, …

Chemical secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed

By David Szondy – High-resolution mapping of the distribution of elements in a sample from the 2,000-year-old Temple Scroll, as shown by the colors at the right of this image, is providing insight into the scroll’s ancient fabrication method.  James Weaver. – A …