Archive - Jan 16, 2013

Tolkien-inspired "Hobbit House" graces Chester County, Pennsylvania

A devoted collector of J.R.R. Tolkien memorabilia, having spent thirty years accumulating a private collection, wanted an appropriate house to showcase the collection. Architect Peter Archer overcame surprising engineering challenges to bring the house to reality.

The medieval arms race

Modern people think of an "arms race" as a competition between superpowers to see who can create the biggest and deadliest weapons, but the Middle Ages had an arms race of its own. Mark Teppo of Wired Magazine looks at weapons escalation in the medieval world.