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Book Recovered From Wreck Of Blackbeard’s Ship

How cool is this? Archaeological conservators found 16 tiny fragments of paper in the ruins of Blackbeard’s Ship. The book bits were housed in the chamber of a cannon. After months of work spent conserving the fragments, the researchers have determined that they came from Captain Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711.

Black Widow Is Getting A Movie And A Woman Is Writing It

Marvel Studios has picked Blacklist Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write Black Widow, the first solo film featuring the superhero played by Scarlett Johansson. Schaeffer directed and wrote for the 2009 Tribeca film TiMER. She also wrote the The Shower a female-centric sci-fi action comedy with Anne Hathaway attached to star, and Nasty Women, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence And Brain Function

Ever wonder just how reading improves your mental state? Open Culture rounded up and summarized some recent scientific studies on the effects reading has on emotional intelligence and brain function. These studies ponder how reading might represent an important intervention into developmental disorders, how the act can result in greater levels of empathy, and how we can “live several lives while reading.”


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