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Phantom Islands

For map nerds and explorers: an interactive map of islands that have been described and mapped, but that may never have existed in the first place.

Published in Weekly Filet #277

The last man who knew everything

The Week

«It has been a long time since anyone knew anything.» – that’s how I misread the first sentence of this story. Guess it’s not totally wrong, either, but this is the story of the last man who «knew everything».

Published in Weekly Filet #272

The Destroyer of Worlds

Hardcore History

What happens if human beings can’t handle the power of their own weaponry? A six-hour podcast episode on the early days of the nuclear age. Worth every minute of it.

Published in Weekly Filet #268

How Air-Conditioning Invented the Modern World

The Atlantic

How barbed wire created the modern definition of private property. How air-conditioning invented the modern world. And does technology inherently create superstar effects and inequality? Interesting interview with economist Tim Harford, the author of a new book on history’s greatest breakthroughs.

Published in Weekly Filet #249