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From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a “post-truth era” and putting out “alternative facts” long before...<p>On July 8, 2018, …

Salisbury District Hospital

Why Abraham Lincoln Refused to Respect Jefferson Davis

Why Abraham Lincoln Refused to Respect Jefferson Davis<p>Updated on December 9, 2017<p>History records that Jefferson Davis was the first president of the …

The first colour photographs of Russia

10 Classic Books That Have Been Banned

Starting in 1906, photographer Edward Curtis spent decades traveling across America to chronicle Native American populations, publishing 20 volumes …

Literature

Isis admits 'minister for war' Omar the Chechen is dead

Pentagon and Syrian monitor announced in March that Abu Omar al-Shishani was killed in a US air strike in Syria, but Islamic State says he died near Mosul<p>Isis has admitted a senior leader known as Omar the Chechen is dead, months after the Pentagon and a British-based monitoring group said he was …

Middle East

The Atomic Cannon was a thing during the Cold War

On May 25, 1953, the US military tested a 280 mm atomic artillery shell over Nevada it codenamed Grable. The round was fired from the Atomic Cannon—one of the largest ever produced by the US—to a target seven-miles away.<p>The US made 20 of these cannons during the Cold War in case it came to blows …

Cold War

Scientists answer odd question about Moby Dick

A multinational team of researchers set out to settle what has oddly been a longstanding dispute in scientific circles: whether, in Moby Dick-esque fashion, sperm whales could use their heads to bash seagoing vessels.<p>And it seems that Herman Melville got it right. Writing in the journal <i>PeerJ</i>, …

See Hitler's Horrifying 1920 Political Platform

Hitler had joined one of the many small right wing political groups in Munich, the German Workers’ Party, in September 1919. Germany was a country in …

Mysterious giant sphere unearthed in forest divides opinion

This round rock could be the oldest stone sphere made by human hands, says Bosnian archaeologist Semir Osmanagic.<p>Discovered in a forest near the Bosnian town Zavidovici, the ball has a radius of between four and five feet, and an "extremely high" iron content.<p>Dr Osmanagic believes the sphere proves …

Napoleon on Elba, 1814

The Treaty of Fontainebleau saw Napoleon exiled to Elba. Why was he treated so lightly?<p>After losing the Battle of the Nations (or Leipzig) in October …

​The Ancient Poop Trail of Conquerors

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps? Follow the trail of ancient horse poop.<p>The Carthaginian general Hannibal lived over 2,200 years ago, yet his legacy continues to cast an immense shadow over modern history and culture. Brimming with hatred for Rome, the charismatic commander staged an invasion in …

How human sacrifice propped up the social order

James Frazer’s classic anthropological study <i>The Golden Bough</i>1 contains a harrowing chapter on human sacrifice in rituals of crop fertility and …

Anthropology

Mass Grave From War Of 1812 Gives Archaeologists First Evidence Of Buckshot Injuries

The night of June 6, 1813, was dark and chaotic. As American troops advanced into the Niagara Peninsula, a battle ensued between them and the British army attempting to raid their camp at Stoney Creek in Ontario. Unable to coordinate a standard infantry line, both sides launched into close-range, …

Emperor Hadrian's villa yields posh, arty apartment

A 1,900-year-old building that would have served as an apartment within the estate of Roman Emperor Hadrian has been discovered in Tivoli, Italy. The building is full of lavish artwork, archaeologists said.<p>"The exceptionally well-preserved decoration of the rooms includes mosaic floors with both …

Builders find remnants from Byzantine period in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) - Construction workers in Gaza have discovered ancient ruins that archaeologists say may be part of a Byzantine church dating from around 1,500 years ago, the Palestinian tourism and antiquities ministry said on Monday.<p>Palestinian boys look on in front of an excavator at the site …

How ancient horse-dung bacteria is helping our team locate where Hannibal crossed the Alps

Despite thousands of years of hard work by brilliant scholars, the great enigma of where Hannibal crossed the Alps to invade Italy remained unsolved. …

Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border

A dispatch from one of the least secure, most arbitrary frontiers in the world.<p>TAMARASHENI, Georgia—The farmers awoke to find their wheat ripening inside another country.<p>South Ossetian troops and their Russian allies had worked through the night, sinking new border-marking poles across fields …

The tumultuous life and times of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s creative output embodied everything from love poetry to history, fantasy, tragedy, comedy and magic. But little of what he wrote was an explicit commentary on contemporary events at the time he was writing, despite it being a fascinating and turbulent period in history: a time …

William Shakespeare

How Poland Saved the World from Russia

In the summer of 1920, Russia seemed poised to take over Europe.<p>Newly victorious in the Russian Civil War, but convinced that the capitalists were …

Modern Humans May Have Caused The Extinction Of Real 'Hobbits'

Watch how scientists use 3D imaging to examine when -- and why -- this ancient hominin species became extinct.<p>Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a mysterious human "hobbit" species once thrived. They sustained themselves off fauna, and even slew dragons -- well, Komodos.<p>It sounds like a …

Anthropology

The U.S. Navy’s Improbable Rise to Power

From the very first, when it punched well above its weight in the Revolution, America’s seagoing military has enjoyed an almost unblemished rate of …

Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World

POINT ROSEE, Canada<p>Guided by ancient Norse sagas and modern satellite images, searchers discover what may be North America's second Viking site.<p>It’s a two-mile trudge through forested, swampy ground to reach Point Rosee, a narrow, windswept peninsula stretching from southern Newfoundland into the …

Brasidas

Brasidas (d. 422 BCE) was an enterprising and successful Spartan general during the early years of the second Peloponnesian War (431-404 BCE) between …