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Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Astronomy

Approaching “societal collapse”: New equation shows how quickly humans are wrecking the planet

Our future appears set for a classic apocalyptic blockbuster<p>It is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed with a bit of good old-fashioned imagination. The result is a sort of trailer, which offers us a glimpse of …

The 1930s were humanity's darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes<p>Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; …

The 5 Biggest Questions About the Universe (and How We’re Trying To Answer Them)

From the discovery of gravitational waves to locating our nearest Earth-like planetary neighbor, 2016 was a banner year for astronomy. In fact, it’s not only been a good year for space science, but a great few decades. Many of the biggest puzzles in astronomy and cosmology have been solved.<p>Take the …

Dark Matter

Are you a budding historical writer? Then enter our inspiring writing competition…

In association with HforHistory, our Inspiring History Writing competition is all about creative, moving writing. In 400 words or less, we want you …

Creative Writing

Top 10 Viking stories

In her new book, <i>Viking Myths & Sagas</i>, Rosalind Kerven reveals how the Vikings’ favourite tales included myths, heroic legends, folk tales, and family …

Archaeology

The Best History Apps

Some of the most exciting research being done today makes full use of modern technological advances which open up new avenues of enquiry. An added …

Libraries