From ancient kings using wooden locks to safeguard their riches to modern survivalists erecting panic rooms, humans realized long ago that they had things worth protecting — and they’ve been devising ways to keep others from stealing them ever since. And as long as there have been locks, there have been people who — for sinister reasons or simply for fun — are intent on defeating them. The war betwee n locks and pickers has waged for millennia, resulting in a long history of improvements and innovations in the security industry. For example, the first Bluetooth-supported locking system, Kwikset Kevo, arrived on t he market in 2013, and it may change the way we think about locks and keys forever.

From Status Symbol to Safeguard: A Visual History of Lock and Key:

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n Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill hole with gunpowder and turned his head to check on his men. It was the last normal moment of his life.

Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.:

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YIKES! Watertown man finds Civil War-era cannonball in his yard & keeps it for a year


WATERTOWN (WITI) — Watertown Fire Chief Gregory Michalek tells FOX6 News a Civil War-era cannonball found in a resident’s yard has been detonated.

Michalek tells FOX6 News the resident apparently discovered the cannonball last year when he was digging in his yard.

The man kept the cannonball until this week — when he was going to donate it to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison.

The man talked with the museum’s curator — who encouraged him to call the Fire Department immediately.

The Watertown Fire Department was called on Wednesday, June 4th, and they contacted Milwaukee’s Bomb Squad.

We’re told the cannonball was made of brass, and contained gun powder.

It was about three-and-one-fourth inches wide, and weighed about five pounds.

The cannonball was detonated in the city’s quarry.

Chief Michalek says anyone that should come upon a cannonball or something like it should leave it alone — and immediately contact…

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Dinosaur thief ‘Jurassic nark’ jailed for three months, even though his tips helped recover a museum full of fossils

Dinosaur thief ‘Jurassic nark’ jailed for three months, even though his tips helped recover a museum full of fossils

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How black land became white sand: The racial erosion of the U.S. coasts


An unidentified couple lounging on Bay Shore Beach, outside Hampton, Virginia.Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke UniversityA couple lounging on Bay Shore Beach, outside Hampton, Va. The property behind them is now a high-end subdivision. The beach is restricted to residents.

In 1910, less than 50 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans owned over 15 million acres in the former slave-holding states. Much of that black-owned property was on the coasts, the geographic margins of the nation, which at the time were some of the most undesirable areas for living or leisure.

That was before the Army Corps of Engineers came along to convert those coastline areas into “flood protection” zones, and beaches. The Corps dumped over 7 million cubic yards of sand in Mississippi to create “the longest manmade beach in the world,” but not for all to enjoy. When the federal government brought the sand to the beach, and a highway…

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