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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the American War of Independence

The American Revolutionary War (1775-83) began when representatives from 13 North American colonies of the kingdom of Great Britain sought more …

World History

Monte Cassino: The hope that bloomed in the rubble of war

A few minutes before 11 in the morning, Waclaw Fieglar walked slowly into the heart of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Monte Cassino, pushing a walker to steady himself. His smart blue blazer was festooned with eight war medals; a pin on his right lapel depicted the Polish and Canadian …

Why These 3 Annoying Cover Letter Blunders Make Recruiters Cringe

If you want your cover letter to be read, then avoid doing the following.<p>With unemployment at an all-time low, many employers are complaining they're struggling to find the talent they need. Meanwhile, millions of job seekers are frustrated by the lack of responses they're getting from applying to …

Employment

17 words everyone spells wrong

You may have noticed that there are lots of dictionaries to choose from, both the old-fashioned printed kind, and the new-fashioned online kind. Whether it's Merriam-Webster or dictionary.com or Black's Law Dictionary— or any one of the others — you have plenty of places to turn when you want to …

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

MacBook Pro

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.<p>In the beginning was … well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave? Or an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingness? In the beginning was the Word, says the …

New Testament

Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing

In the last five years, biology has undergone a seismic shift as researchers around the globe have embraced a revolutionary technology called gene …

How Neolithic farming sowed the seeds of modern inequality 10,000 years ago

The prehistoric shift towards cultivation began our preoccupation with hierarchy and growth – and even changed how we perceive the passage of time<p>Most people regard hierarchy in human societies as inevitable, a natural part of who we are. Yet this belief contradicts much of the 200,000-year history …

Hunter Gatherers

Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

A 100-year-old US riot only now being talked about

<b>It's almost 100 years since 19 African-American soldiers were executed following a violent mutiny in Texas. Why is the US only now coming to terms with what happened?</b><p>For decades, no name appeared above the grave of Corporal Jesse Moore, only the number seven.<p>The figure corresponded to noose number …

The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance. Many live with worm-like …

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

In September 1847, the Mexican-American War essentially ended when the American army captured Mexico City after the Battle of Chapultepec. With the …

Mexico City

After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed<p>One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat …

Mosul

74 years ago, US Marines waded into 'the toughest battle in Marine Corps history' — here are 25 photos of the brutal fight for Tarawa

By the fall of 1943, Japanese forces had been ejected from Alaska's Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific, and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific were on the verge of capture.<p>US forces now had to push into the central Pacific, from which they could target Japanese strong points and …

Terror in Northern California town as gunman goes on rampage, kills 5

A gunman’s deadly rampage through rural Rancho Tehama on Tuesday was stopped when police rammed his vehicle and exchanged shots in a fierce gun battle, authorities said.<p>“The suspect was actually shooting at the police vehicle, back at them, the officer rammed the vehicle, forced it off the road, an …

Northern California

Stunning before-and-after photos show the hell WWI unleashed

Every November 11, a two-minute silence is observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in honor of Armistice Day, an annual event …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

Ancient Egypt: Predynastic Period

(5500-3100 BCE)<p>The Predynastic Period of Ancient Egypt corresponds to the Late Neolithic (Stone Age), and covers the cultural and social changes …

Ancient History

Gruelling life of tank crews battling to win Second World War brought to life in powerful colour photographs

The gruelling life of tank crews taking part in the final stages of the Second World War have been brought to life by a set of carefully remastered …

The great Viking terror: how Norse warriors conquered the Anglo-Saxons

Until AD 865, Viking raiders' modus operandi in the British Isles was simple – they came, they saw, they plundered, and then they sped away back over …

12 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Want to Avoid at All Costs

Nobody expects you to be perfect all the time. However, there are some really glaring writing mistakes that when done repeatedly can seriously undermine your credibility, reputation and personal brand.<p>But many of these mistakes are easy to avoid. For instance, misspelled words, excessive …

Linguistics

The True Story of the Death of Stalin

Near the end of his life, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin had taken to spending almost all of his free time at his <i>dacha</i> in the Moscow suburb of …

Hey America, my ancestor didn't cause your failings

We're quick to rewrite history and accuse Christopher Columbus of decimating Native Americans when the truth is so much more complex.<p>As the descendant of both Christopher Columbus and Montezuma II, the Aztec emperor, it is only natural that I would be interested in the debate over Columbus’ legacy …

1066: A Timeline of the Norman Conquest

Norman knights and archers at the Battle of Hastings depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry<p>To help you get ready for our <b>Special Issue on the Norman Conquest</b> …

World History

A Centuries-Old Frieze, Newly Deciphered, Tells the Story of the End of the Bronze Age

A great prince, an almost-forgotten ancient script, and whisperings of a forgery.<p>A limestone slab, 31 yards long, may have related the story of the …

The secret story of how Soviet satellites helped sink British warships in the South Atlantic - Russia Beyond

On April 2, 1982, Argentina’s military junta seized the British-controlled Falkland Islands, located about 500 kilometers off the Latin American country’s southernmost coast in the South Atlantic. Three days later, London responded by sending a naval task force to remove the Argentinians.<p>Soviet …

These Five Apps Will Give You A History Fix

History isn’t dry, dusty books. It’s a living thing, that surrounds us and defines us in ways we may not expect. It’s just a question of learning it. While there’s a lot out there, from ebooks to podcasts, these five apps will help you get a better sense of history and start digging into the …

Agent Orange, exposed: How U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam unleashed a slow-moving disaster

Agent Orange, the poisonous spray used in the Vietnam War, has caused catastrophic environmental and health issues<p>In the end, the military campaign was called Operation Ranch Hand, but it originally went by a more appropriately hellish appellation: Operation Hades. As part of this Vietnam War …

As much as 2.6% of your DNA is from Neanderthals. This is what it's doing

Modern humans are a little more Neanderthal than we thought.<p>A highly detailed genetic analysis of a Neanderthal woman who lived about 52,000 years ago suggests that our extinct evolutionary cousins still influence our risk of having a heart attack, developing an eating disorder and suffering from …