Category Archives: History

This document proves how much ear Van Gogh really cut off

A Vincent Van Gogh scholar has found a document explaining exactly how much of his ear the artist cut off back in 1888. Not only does the newlyV found diagram end a longstanding debate over the extent of van Gogh’s … Continue reading

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An ancient cemetery could change how we view the Philistines of the Bible

Call someone a “philistine” and you’re suggesting they’re dumb, or uncultured, or both – but is this view of the Philistines of the Bible actually justified? Thanks to the discovery of an ancient cemetery in Ashkelon in Israel, archaeologists are … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens and the Staplehurst rail disaster

When his train derailed while crossing a bridge, the celebrated novelist confronted death, despair and destruction to save others – and his work. Shortly after 3pm on 9 June 1865, the daily train from Folkestone, Kent, to London chugged past … Continue reading

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Text on Antikythera Mechanism Deciphered

A research project that deciphered text found on pieces of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism has provided a wealth of new insights on the ancient device. Dubbed the ‘world’s first computer,’ the complex system of gears was discovered in 1901 and painstakingly … Continue reading

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Scientists finally know what stopped Mongol hordes from conquering Europe

In 1206, Genghis Khan, a fierce tribal chieftain from northern Mongolia, began to take over the world. The khan’s ruthless tactics and loyal horde swept across Asia. One territory after another fell under the overwhelming force of the Mongol Empire, which … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg ( San Francisco July 4, 1883 – Hawthorne New York December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for … Continue reading

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Scientists have just solved an ancient Peruvian mystery from space

Archaeologists have used high-resolution satellite snapshots to finally piece together a mystery surrounding the ancient people of Peru’s famous Nasca region. The mystery centres around a series of carefully built, spiralling holes called puquios, burrowed into the ground in the Nasca … Continue reading

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Dead Clade Walking

Dead clade walking also known as “survival without recovery” refers to a clade (group) of organisms which survived a mass extinction but never recovered in numbers, becoming extinct a few million years after the mass extinction or failed to recover in … Continue reading

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New evidence of secret chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb hints at royal treasures

It’s been a long time coming and we’re still not inside yet, but radar scans have revealed a 90 percent chance that there are two hidden chambers behind Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt. Describing the new evidence as what could … Continue reading

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On this day in 1983

  It’s 1983 and the CD has arrived! Say goodbye to that scratchy vinyl forever.

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Plutonium, the first synthetic element to be seen by man

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On this day in 1941, Glenn Seaborg and his team discovered element 94, plutonium, at the University of California, Berkeley. “It was the first synthetic element to be seen by man,” Seaborg wrote in 1981, and “the first realization of … Continue reading

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Neanderthals and humans interbred ‘100,000 years ago’

Neanderthals and modern humans were interbreeding much earlier than was previously thought, scientists say. Traces of human DNA found in a Neanderthal genome suggest that we started mixing with our now-extinct relatives 100,000 years ago. Previously it had been thought … Continue reading

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The Elephant Foot Glacier

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The Elephant Foot Glacier in Greenland is almost perfectly symmetrical. So pretty. Image: Kashif Pathan/Flickr. Source: ScienceAlert

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Life on Earth originated 300 million years earlier than we thought, new evidence suggests

Researchers have found evidence of ancient microorganisms that lived in what is now Western Australia at least 4.1 billion years ago. If confirmed, the discovery suggests that life originated on Earth 300 million years earlier than previously thought. This would … Continue reading

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The Earliest American Heroine

On August 11th, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a team of archeologists announced the results of new excavations in a rural, largely swampy area near the two-mile-wide mouth of the Chowan River, at the western end of the Albemarle Sound. … Continue reading

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Amazing Drone Footage of Nubian Pyramids

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Bone fragments found in Italian convent could be the real Mona Lisa

Bone fragments dating back to the 16th century are “very likely” to be that of the actual Mona Lisa, say Italian researchers. According to renowned art sleuth Silvano Vinceti, who has for years led the search to find the owner … Continue reading

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12 Most Famous PhD Theses In History

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Thanks to Phil Krause pointing us in the direction of this great article over at Mr Geek 1. Recherches sur les substances radioactives (1903). In English, this translates to “Research on Radioactive Substances” Marie Curie. Marie Curie’s thesis is perhaps one of the … Continue reading

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A medieval skeleton has been found hanging from the roots of a tree in Ireland

A 1,000-year-old skeleton was discovered dangling from the roots of a beech tree in the Irish town of Collooney, after a strong storm ripped the 200-year-old tree from the ground earlier this year. The remains belonged to a young man, … Continue reading

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The Colour of Dinosaur Feathers

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At this point in science we know for sure that dinosaurs had feathers. We aren’t sure which ones did or did not, we do not know how much of their body was covered, and we have no idea what colours … Continue reading

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