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The Serpent in the Sword is a paper by Lee A Jones studying early medieval pattern-welded swords.   This video shows how to create a pattern-welded sword that actually has a serpent at its core.   The sword making process while using modern tools is similar to the ones employed by anglo-saxon or viking-age smiths.

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First Etching of an Illerup Adal blade experiment

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Watch me solve the mystery of Wootz steel: https://youtu.be/HvRqYE0ba-A

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Turning ultra-high carbon steel into a crucible steel knife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVuB_0hxE3c

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Another closeup of the Illerup Adal sword. This time the tip which tends to be more interesting.

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"Since 2011, at least three Mexican federal agencies have purchased about $80 million worth of spyware created by an Israeli cyberarms manufacturer. The software, known as Pegasus, infiltrates smartphones to monitor every detail of a person’s cellular life — calls, texts, email, contacts and calendars. It can even use the microphone and camera on phones for surveillance, turning a target’s smartphone into a personal bug."

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A close-up of a typical Illerup Adal blade. Experiments on recreation ongoing.

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"But there are more perverse incentives driving rural counties to increase the size of their jail populations. For one thing, they can make money off by renting out beds to federal and state prisons that need extra capacity. It’s a nationwide problem; about 20 percent of people in jail on any given day are serving time for another jurisdiction. But this displacement is particularly acute in rural counties. Since 1970, the rate of people from other jurisdictions serving time in rural jails has grown 888 percent. By contrast, that rate has grown only 134 percent in urban areas. That may sound like an obscure statistic. In practice, it has resulted in some counties building jails much larger than the local community would ever require. And that can lead to even more incarceration of local citizens, because, as Kang-Brown explains, “There’s a dynamic where you could build excess capacity and get used to it and fill it with locals.”"

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"In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said."
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