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Pages from History – 1947 August 15 : Some Documents that explain the Transfer of Power

<b>Lord Mountbatten, then Viceroy of India, describes the 15th August as ‘the most remarkable and inspiring day of my life’…. He was asked to become the</b> …

India

How Can We Understand India's Fractured Independence?

<i>Wherever you find free soul–</i> <i><br>that’s my home.</i><p>∼ Amrita Pritam<p>August 15 – my childhood memories take me to those moments which, it seems, I have lost. A …

India

The Tswana: challenge and triumph in precolonial South Africa

In the heart of the African bushveld, thriving communities competed for land and luxuries before the arrival of European missionaries and traders. …

Archaeology

In 2011 Preston hit rock bottom. Then it took back control | Aditya Chakrabortty

In a new series looking at how to make the economy work for everyone, Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty finds out how Preston turned its fortunes around by spending locally<p>The city of Preston in Lancashire dates back to Roman times. It is listed in the Domesday book as Prestune. It’s where …

Tony Blair

The history of our world in 18 minutes

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 …

Our Idea of Healthy Eating Excludes Other Cultures, and That's a Problem

Google the term “examples of healthy recipes” and you’ll notice there’s very little variety in what healthy eating looks like, and that the …

Nutrition

Beautiful Maps of the World’s Watersheds

Nothing is more fundamental to life than water – and this is particularly evident in a country like Egypt, which has been aptly described by Greek …

Forgotten Lessons From a 1970s Fight Against Gentrification

How a decades-old tenant battle in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood is still shaping the city today.<p>The Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, D.C., gets pretty crowded on weekends. If you walk down 18th Street at night, you have to dodge hordes of drunken 20-somethings between their …

Housing

Visualizing the Hidden ‘Logic’ of Cities

Some cities’ roads follow regimented grids. Others twist and turn. See it all on one chart.<p>In Chicago or Beijing, any given street is likely to take you north, south, east, or west. But good luck following the compass in Rome or Boston, where streets grew up organically and seemingly twist and and …

Data Visualization

Scientists revived tiny Siberian worms that had been frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years — and they started moving and eating

A group of Russian scientists have successfully revived two species of tiny worms that they discovered suspended in an icy chunk of Siberian permafrost.<p>The worms, known as nematodes or more commonly as roundworms, had been frozen for up to 42,000 years, since a time when much of the planet was …

Biology

August 2018) Cartography & Power

<b>COVER | U.S. AIRFORCE SOLDIER USING SURVEY EQUIPMENT IN OCCUPIED IRAQ</b> <br>Andrew Lee (2011)<p><b>2 | HOW TO (RE)EXIST IN ENEMY TERRITORY: MARIELLE FRANCO</b> …

Ecology: The Keystone Science

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters | CC BY 2.0A missing piece from most critiques of modern capitalism revolves around the …

A better measure of research from the global south

COMMENT<p>04 July 2018<p>Funders Jean Lebel and Robert McLean describe a new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve …

Google Scholar

The Real Reason for Germany's Industrial Expansion?

Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian argues that the massive …

Why smart mobility is not always about infrastructure

<i>Jonathan Andrews met with Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic and Transport, City of</i> …

Urban Design

Why we explored an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. …

These Long-Lost Images Have Finally Been Brought To Life Thanks To New Scientific Technique

Like a ghost lurching out of the woodwork, these forgotten images have been brought back to life after being lost to the forces of time.<p>Using a …

In South Africa, Digging for Clues to an Ancient Extinction — and the Planet’s Future

If volcano-driven climate change was behind the Permian-Triassic land extinction, scientists might learn something crucial about our own fate.<p>In …

Empire and Multitude: Shaping Our Century | Michael Hardt

<i>Twenty-first-century crises demand twenty-first-century social movements. What would such movements look like, and how might they align to foster a</i> …

What do we mean by “data”?

Some technical terms are so ubiquitous and (apparently) unambigious, that they almost become a transparent fluid: always used but never much …

700,000-Year-Old Stone Tools Point to Mysterious Human Relative

Someone butchered a rhinoceros in the Philippines hundreds of thousands of years before modern humans arrived—but who?<p>Stone tools found in the Philippines predate the arrival of modern humans to the islands by roughly 600,000 years—but researchers aren’t sure who made them.<p>The eye-popping …

The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of DNA

Carl Zimmer’s sprawling new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, forces readers to reconsider what they think they know about genetics and heredity.<p>In 1555, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V announced his plans to abdicate, and his 28-year-old son, Philip II, became the king of Spain the following year. …

Genetics

Ancient Tamil Civilization - Truths Hidden by The Indian Government

Unlocking the hidden life of Frida Kahlo

An exhibition in London displays thousands of the iconic artist’s clothes and possessions alongside her paintings.<p>“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best,” said the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. And Kahlo’s iconic, cult status owes much to her striking …

Art

Fearless Cities: the new urban movements

As dusk sets on a warm June evening in Barcelona, an enthusiastic crowd of activists, young people, pensioners and political tourists settles down to …

20+ Simple Yet Powerful Comics By Venezuelan Artist That Will Make You Think, And Chuckle Too

<i>The Unspoken Truth</i> is a series of comics created by Venezuelan artist Maria Guadarrama that feature a unique blend of emotional humor, taking the …

Ethnicity in the Muslim caliphates: To be a son of Quraish

All Muslim sects and factions deemed the Caliph a particularly prestigious position that had complex doctrinal requirements, with origins regarded as …

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

Mistaken Identity by Asad Haider review – the best criticism of identity politics

The US left is showing signs of life, but to defeat its enemies requires ideas – Haider’s riveting book offers several<p>A boy speaks one language at home and another at school. The white kids want to know where he is from. The answer is “here”, same as them, but that’s not what they’re asking. After …

How We, The Indians, Came to Be - The Quint

A breath-taking new study, with some of the most well-regarded names in population genetics, archaeology and anthropology as authors, unpeels the …

Anthropology