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Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Universe

50 great quotes about Europe and Europeans

February 2016

April 17th 1986: 335 Year War ends

On this day in 1986, the alleged three hundred and thirty five year war between the Netherlands and the British Scilly Isles officially ended. During …

In pictures: Celtic art and identity

The first British exhibition on Celtic art and identity in 40 years opens at the British Museum in September. Here, we give you a sneak</i> …

British Museum

1984? Brave New World? Why I love a little dystopia

Huxley and Orwell tapped into an enduring theme – the innate, unconquerable desire to be left alone<p>How awful is the future? Thomas More attempted an imagined (if to our eyes pretty odd) reorganised society in his Utopia, but once his word was adopted to mean a perfect society, we seized on it to …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Sesame Street Rehearsal 1980’s unknown photographer via reddit

Sesame Street Rehearsal 1980’s unknown photographer

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.<p>The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, …

The Man Who Disobeyed His Boss And Opened The Berlin Wall

To many Germans, Harald Jaeger is the man who opened the Berlin Wall.<p>It's a legacy that still makes the former East German border officer uncomfortable 25 years after he defied his superiors' orders and let thousands of East Berliners pour across his checkpoint into the West.<p>"I didn't open the …

Germany: a united country, a divided left – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

In the summer of 1951 an 11-year-old East German boy returned home to find that his father had disappeared without a trace. Two years later it …