A New York Times best-selling culinary, cultural and criminal history of olive oil, one of the world's most marvellous and murky substances. See my website www.truthinoliveoil.comfor more about the book and the world of olive oil, both grand cru and criminal.
Extra Virginity has also been published in Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Finnish, and other languages are forthcoming.
How computer programs are changing chess. (Photo by Peter Rigaud.)
Below the high altar of St. Peter's, investigators have found sheep bones, ox bones, pig bones, and the complete skeleton of a mouse. Was Peter himself ever there? Read article here.
(Image credit: "Plan of the Necropolis" by digitalisiert von Mogadir - Pietro Zander; Fabbrica di San Pietro (Hrsg.): The Necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.2010, ISBN 978-88-7369-081-8.. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.)
A good way to study ancient Rome is to explore the cellars -- and subcellars -- of modern Rome. Read article here.
Smithsonian: Renaissance CSI
Inside a lab in Pisa, forensics pathologist Gino Fornaciari and his team investigate 500-year-old cold cases. Read article here. (Photo by Dave Yoder.)
Smithsonian: Under the Coliseum
Heinz-Jürgen Beste decodes the labyrinth of passages, rooms and lifts beneath the floor ofthe Coliseum. Read article here. (Photo by Dave Yoder.)