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How Chopsticks Were Invented

Created roughly 4,000-5,000 years ago in China, the earliest versions of something like chopsticks were used for cooking (they're perfect for …

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Tolkien gesture – scientist maps climate of Lord of the Rings

Mount Doom is like LA and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author's famously detailed maps<p>Climate sceptics regularly work themselves into a lather dismissing mainstream climate science as fantasy – but for once they have a point.<p>A researcher at Bristol University has …

What Wide Origins You Have, Little Red Riding Hood!

An anthropologist chases down a tale told around the world.<p><b>It's a story told around the world. Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother, only to discover that a wolf has eaten the old lady, dressed in her clothes, and now plans to eat the little girl too.</b><p>What happens next depends on …

Anthropology

Oil worker finds a nearly intact WWII-era Kittyhawk deep in the Sahara

Doctor Who: the Day of the Doctor – as it happened

Every twist and turn of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode with Neil Perryman, the man behind the Adventures with the Wife in Space blog

Tom Baker: how I made Doctor Who

Timelord Tom Baker recalls introducing jelly babies to the Doctor's diet, how the Daleks were darlings, and why his scarf kept getting longer<p><b>Tom Baker, the Doctor</b><p>I was an unhappy, out-of-work actor in 1974, working on a building site where they all took the mickey and called me Laurence Olivier. In …

Vatican displays Saint Peter's bones for the first time

Pope Francis holds relics thought to belong to the apostle during mass at St Peter's Square<p>The Vatican has publicly unveiled bone fragments purportedly belonging to Saint Peter, reviving the scientific debate and tantalising mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the …

Christianity

Wind in the Willows river 'risks running dry' if new water bill is passed

New laws allowing water industry to take more out of rivers and sell privately would pose a grave threat to wildlife and habitats<p>Rivers including the one Ratty rowed Mole along in Wind in the Willows face running dry far more often under new laws that will increase the water taken from them, …

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone voted UK's favourite children's book

Poll conducted by Booktrust shows JK Rowling's wizard still has nation's young readers bewitched<p>He "captured the imaginations of a generation of readers" and now Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has been chosen as the nation's favourite children's book, with The Hunger Games by Suzanne …

Folk Alley Sessions: Mandolin Orange - "Darling Girl"

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NASA Delivers Precipitation Satellite to Japan for 2014 Launch -- An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan, where it now will undergo launch preparations. A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport, about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 23. The spacecraft, the size of a small private jet, is the largest satellite ever built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. It left Goddard inside a large shipping container Nov. 19 and began its journey across the Pacific Ocean Nov. 21 from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, with a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska. From Kitakyushu Airport, the spacecraft was loaded onto a barge heading to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA's) Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan, where it will be prepared for launch in early 2014 on an H-IIA rocket. Credit: JAXA #nasagoddard #jaxa #gpm

Court battle over burial of Richard III adjourned

<b>The legal battle over where the remains of Richard III should be buried has been adjourned at the High Court.</b><p>A judicial review will decide whether the procedure that led to his bones being excavated in Leicester and the decision to reinter them at the city's cathedral, was conducted correctly.<p>The …

Archaeology

Could Franz Ferdinand Welbeck gun accident have halted WWI?

<b>Could a hunting accident in Nottinghamshire have delayed - or even prevented - the killing fields of World War One?</b><p>The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 started a chain of events leading to the conflict which cost millions of lives.<p>But exactly 100 years ago, and just months before …

World History

Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal May Push Back the Buddha's Birth Date

Excavations uncover a shrine dating to the sixth century B.C.<p><b>Time to push back the Buddha's birth date a century or so? Archaeologists may have uncovered evidence of the oldest Buddhist shrine yet discovered, dating to around 550 B.C.</b><p><b>Located at Nepal's Lumbini pilgrimage center, the legendary site</b> …

Archaeology

Around The World In ... A Lot Of Steps

Paul Salopek has discovered that the best way to take in information, to be a journalist and a storyteller, is not flying around the world with the latest technology. It's by walking.<p>"There's something about moving across the surface of the earth at 3 miles per hour that feels really good," he …

Jumbo jet safely takes off from tiny Kansas airport

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1030000/1030290_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518121772_59d27b1a14c35c7c49d03a36ee9584cd<p><b>A gigantic Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane has safely taken off from a tiny airport in Kansas after it landed there by mistake.</b><p>The huge cargo jet had …

Airplanes

American Korean War Vet Detained in North Korea

An elderly Korean War veteran is being detained in North Korea after a trip to the country last month.<p>The man was identified as Merrill Newman, 85, …

North Korea

Monty Python to reunite for live one-off show in London

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/entertainment/1030000/1030126_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518093927_f2e6ffe381b9cd6fc60adc6296a84575<p><b>The surviving members of comedy group Monty Python have announced their reunion will be a live, one-off show in London next July.</b><p>At a press …

Monty Python

How Three Decades of News Coverage Has Shaped Our View of the World

Mapping millions of news events makes one thing clear: Some countries are getting a whole lot more press attention than others.<p>Head to the homepages of major news sites today, and you'll get the impression that the bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut, the early warnings about …

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Star Wars original art by Walt Simonson

An Incredible Archive of American Folk MusicOAKLAND, Calif

An Incredible Archive of American Folk Music<p>OAKLAND, Calif. — I’m remembering a quote from television producer David Simon (<i>The Wire</i>) who when…

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