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A newly released collection of military maps owned by Britain's George III from the Royal Collection Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of his death, making them publicly available for the first time.
Each and every one is a work of beauty. If you have even the scantest interest in such things, prepare to lose yourself for hours.

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From the Guardian:
The collection features material from the 16th to 18th centuries, from highly finished presentation maps of sieges, battles and marcheso rough sketches drawn in the field, depictions of uniforms and fortification plans, providing a vivid contemporary account of important theatres of war in Britain, Europe and America.
The collection also include maps by the Scottish military engineer William Roy, who in 1766 proposed a national survey of Britain, seen as the founding of the Ordnance Survey. George III also acquired maps from other collectors, including 16th and 17th century European military prints. A rare engraving of the Siege of Malta in 1565 shows the Fort St Elmo overrun by the besieging Turkish forces, resulting in the death of 1,300 Christian knights, captains and soldiers.
https://militarymaps.rct.uk/
 

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You've always wondered how the aluminium can you're drinking from was made & why it has that design. Wonder no more as this video from the University of Illinois explains all. It's more interesting than you might think. 15,000 are made every second it's claimed.

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You've always wondered how the aluminium can you're drinking from was made & why it has that design. Wonder no more as this video from the University of Illinois explains all. It's more interesting than you might think. 15,000 are made every second it's claimed.

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That was actually quite fascinating. Who knew?
 

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More wonderful stuff.
Here's a description far better worded than I could ever write:

150,000 Botanical and Animal Illustrations Available for Free Download from Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Billed as the world’s largest open access digital archive dedicated to life on Earth, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is comprised of animal sketches, historical diagrams, botanical studies, and various scientific research collected from hundreds of thousands of journals and libraries around the globe. In an effort to share information and promote collaboration to combat the ongoing climate crisis, the site boasts a collection of more than 55 million pages of literature, some of which dates back to the 15th century. At least 150,000 illustrations are available for free download in high-resolution files.
Source: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/01/biodiversity-heritage-library-free-download/

Visit the Biodiversity Heritage Library directly: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
 

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Everyone's seen Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, filmed by the Lumière brothers in 1895:


YouTuber Denis Shiryaev wanted to update the look of the clip, so — with the help of several neural networks — he upscaled the clip to 4K resolution and 60 FPS:


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That is just downright amazing! The ultimate would be if they coloured it in.
 

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