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Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Bill Gates

Facebook Live Audio elbows in on radio and podcasting

Facebook spent much of 2016 tricking out its Live video broadcasting feature, most recently opening it up to footage shot with 360-degree cameras. But it seems they've been busy bringing another streaming option to professional organizations and amateur users alike. Today, the social titan is …

‘They Will Have to Die Now’

Before dawn on a Sunday late last month, a battalion of pesh merga soldiers — about 600 Kurdish men, along with a few women — gathered in the shadow of Bashiqa Mountain, on the western edge of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. They were sons, daughters, fathers, grandfathers. They wore an …

Clashes, oil blockades over France's economic future

PARIS (AP) — Volley after volley of tear gas poisoned the Paris air Thursday, as authorities struggled against nationwide strikes and a groundswell …

Le Havre

Virginia governor rejects plan to revive electric chair as main execution method

Terry McAuliffe in a last-minute ruling guts bill that would have seen the return of ‘Old Sparky’ when officials cannot find scarce lethal injection drugs<p>The Democratic governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has rejected a revival of the electric chair as the commonwealth’s main method of …

Ancient British DNA Analyzed

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, ENGLAND—An international team of scientists obtained whole genome sequences from ten skeletons unearthed near Cambridge. The …

Striking Graphic Novel Tells The Story Of Brazilian Slavery Through The Eyes Of The Oppressed

Not all slave rebellions made it into the history books. This is one of the main messages communicated by artist Marcelo d’Salete in his historical graphic novel, <i>Cumbe</i>.<p>"The scars caused by slavery are still poorly understood and discussed," the artist explained in an email to The Huffington Post. …

Black History

How the rest of the world learns about the American Revolution in school

The American Revolutionary War is an intensely proud moment in history for most Americans (perhaps too proud). It’s taught as a major subject in history classes as early as elementary school, and it’s brought up again and again in different contexts in middle school, high school, and college. Along …

#3For1HomeRun hashtag on Twitter

0 replies 14 retweets 13 likes<p>2 frames left, will we get a @<b>TMobile</b> #<b>3for1HomeRun</b>? Tweet your prediction for chance to win. http://atmlb.com/1RxOpW6 …

White people want to find heroes among their ancestors and this shapes marketing campaigns, archival practices

TweetAmerican celebrity Ben Affleck was invited to be a guest on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” but the slave-owning ancestory the genealogical …

Genealogy

37 maps that explain the American Civil War - Vox

April 1865 was a momentous month in American history. On April 9, the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union forces of Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War. Then on April 14 — 150 years ago today — the victorious President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The …

War

5 incredible 19th-century black artists you should know

At the drop of a hat, any art buff could name a prominent 19th-century artist, whether it's Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas or Pierre-Auguste …

Trajan's Amazing Column

A War Diary Soars Over Rome<p>The story of Emperor Trajan’s victory over a mighty barbarian empire isn’t just one for the books. It’s also told in 155 scenes carved in a spiral frieze on a monumental column.<p>Story by Andrew Curry<br>Photographs by Kenneth Garrett<p>In back-to-back wars fought between A.D. 101 …

Ancient History

Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah And The Government

More than 70 years ago, the federal government took land from descendants of West African slaves, known as the Gullah, living in Georgia. Now they're fighting to get it back.<p>In 1942, they were given just weeks to leave marsh property on the Georgia coast so that the U.S. military could construct an …

sex Archives

“Robinson’s Band Plays Anything,” F. Bildestein, 1890. From the cover of the New Orleans newspaper the <i>Mascot</i> (November 15, 1890).<p>Musical forms have the life cycle of carnivorous beasts: clumsy in infancy, terrifying in adolescence, fearsome in maturity, fangless in old age, and pitiful in …

Why Are American Schools Obsessed With Turning Kids Into Robots?

Standardized tests aren't the only way of measuring intelligence.<p>Anya Kamenetz is very clear when she says she didn’t set out to write about standardized testing. A 2014 New America fellow and lead education blogger at National Public Radio, she had already written two books about the future of …

Education

How 650 Years of Drought Killed an Ancient City in Mexico

A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.<p>Scientists have long debated whether it was drought or cultural forces that led …

Anthropology