What We’re Reading: August 21, 2014

Today’s What We’re Reading features the real-life “Rosies” of WWII, why it’s so hard to catch your own typos, the DPLA’s exhibition on the history of activism, and much more!

History Links

Real-Life “Rosie the Riveter” Women Share Their Stories and Philosophy

Real-life “Rosies” recount their experiences (and challenges) as women working during WWII.

200-Year-Old Alcohol Found in Shipwreck Is Still Drinkable

A corked bottle found within a shipwreck originally thought to be naturally carbonated spring water, is actually a 200-year-old drinkable bottle of booze!

Mad Evolutionists and Missing Links: Evolution in Cinema

In wake of several summer blockbusters, this article highlights some of the more obscure cinematic depictions of evolutionary biology throughout the 20th century.

European Achievements and Space Milestones

As the European Space Agency celebrates its first 50 years of cooperative space exploration, an interactive timeline highlighting achievements and milestones has recently debuted online.

News In and Around the Humanities & Higher Education

Video Greeting from NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams

Reddit, Imagur, and Twitch Team Up as “Derp” for Social Data Research

The partnership will offer social data to academics at select universities for advanced study.

Writing Corner

What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos

According to psychologist Tom Stafford,your brain generalizes simple, component parts (like turning letters into words and words into sentences) so it can focus on more complex tasks (like combining sentences into complex ideas).”

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