Posts Tagged 'Italy'

Charles Babbage Left A Computer Program In Turin In 1840

According to Wired –

In autumn of 1840, Charles Babbage arrived in Turin for a meeting of Italian scientists, where he gave the only public explanation of the workings of his “Analytical Engine.” This machine was the mostly-imaginary upgrade of Babbage’s failed “Difference Engine.” At the Accademia della Scienze di Torino (which was once run by Babbage’s host in Turin, Prof. Giovanni Plana), they still have all the paperwork that Babbage brought with him to Turin, which Babbage left behind as a gift for Plana and his associates. These documents includes charts, engineering plans, lecture notes, a bunch of pencil-scribbled calculations on what seems to be leaves neatly sliced out of Babbage’s own notebooks, and, well, also these punch-cards.

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Car Recently Found In Storage For 90 Years

MSN reported –

Research by the experts confirmed that this Isotta Fraschini is probably the first Tipo 8A–the company’s flagship car–built. It was the product of two different coachbuilders which is also something quite remarkable. This particular car was ordered by a man named Filippo Bolzari of Milan but for reasons lost to history, he may never have taken delivery. The factory kept it and used it as a trainer for drivers who needed to learn how to pilot such a car. Not long after, the car was placed in storage away from the factory, which turned out to be a good thing. World War II saw the Isotta factory flattened, but it didn’t kill the storage facility.

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There Is A Bank That Accepts Parmesan Cheese as Collateral [video]

Band Of 1000 Plays ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ [video]

Hayley Ashburn Between The Vajolet Towers In Italy [video]

BuzzFeed’s Photos Of The Week

From BuzzFeed –

Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and beautiful pictures from the past week.

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Before And After Photos Of The Earthquake In Italy

Rescuers carry a stretcher following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) NYTCREDIT: Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press

Towns in a mountainous stretch of central Italy were severely damaged by an earthquake that killed hundreds of people and trapped scores under debris.

The New York Times published this photo essay.

 


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