Yesha Patel

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Agents of Empire by Noel Malcolm, review: 'a quite miraculous feat'

Noel Malcolm’s magisterial history of the Renaissance uncovers the forgotten frontier where East met West<p>Since at least the Greeks, history has been written by the victors. It is only relatively recently that the so-called “history from below” has challenged the winners’ stories with alternative …

Sex, sea air and stupidity: 5 things we learned about Jane Austen

Here are the key things we learned about the novelist from Professor John Mullan's insightful talk at the Hay Festival<p>It's 200 years since Jane Austen's Emma was first published. As he marked the bicentennial in a talk at the <b>Hay Festival</b>, John Mullan - professor at University College London and …

The Women's Institute: 100 years of ballsy, brilliant women who quietly changed Britain

For 100 years the Women’s Institute has been quietly fighting to change all parts of society. Emma Barnett highlights some of the organisation's more unexpected and groundbreaking campaigns<p>I am 12 minutes late for a meeting with the <b>Women’s Institute</b>. This is not the done thing: what happens when …

So you’re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European…

The advent of cheap genetic sequencing has given birth to a burgeoning ancestry industry. But before you pay to spit in a tube, let me give you a few facts for free<p>Sometimes I get asked if I’m related to the great physicist Ernest Rutherford. His discoveries about the atomic nucleus gave birth to …

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

The Scientific Reason Why Airplane Food Tastes Bad

Why does airline food taste so lousy? A new study from Cornell University has come up with an answer, and it ain’t bad cookin’.<p>Turns out, the noisy …

35 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women

Words of wisdom from the trailblazers who make us proud to be women.<p>To all the women and men continuing the fight for feminism in 2017, get inspired by the words of the trailblazing women who've said it best. From Hillary Clinton to Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Rihanna and all the unapologetic, …

Reading Harry Potter novels may make you a better person: New Study

Reading Harry Potter novels or watching movies based on the boy wizard can make children more sympathetic and understanding of others, international …

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