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Roman Siege Warfare

In ancient warfare open battles were the preferred mode of meeting the enemy, but sometimes, when defenders took a stand within their well-fortified …

Rise of human civilization tied to belief in punitive gods

Beliefs in all-knowing gods that punish wrongdoers helped enable the rise of modern civilizations, a new cross-cultural study suggests.<p>Cooperation …

First footage of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' released, new cast members confirmed

There has been an awakening...on the set of the highly anticipated sequel to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."<p>Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Co. announced that production has begun on "Star Wars: Episode VIII," the follow-up to the 2015 film, with a video teaser featuring two faces, one new and one …

How did the Romans celebrate ‘Christmas’?

It is today associated with decorations, gift giving and indulgence. But how did the Romans celebrate during the festive season? Dr Carey Fleiner, a …

Jupiter's great red spot turns orange as storm abates, Hubble images reveal

Most recent images from Hubble space telescope show giant red spot on planet’s atmosphere has continued to shrink and has become more circular<p>The raging storm that creates Jupiter’s great red spot has waned and turned the planet’s famous blemish to orange, according to the most recent images from …

Astronomy

10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.

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 …

Black Holes

Scientists Find A Double Black Hole Inside A Nearby Quasar

Two holes in one!<p>The brightest objects in the universe have massive black holes at their hearts.<p>Quasars (“quasi-stellar radio sources”) can be brighter than entire galaxies, and they’re thought to be fueled by the friction and heat of stuff that’s getting swallowed up by a black hole. (Although …

Black Holes

Terms And Conditions Are The Biggest Lie Of Our Industry

THE LEGAL AGREEMENTS SET OUT BELOW GOVERN YOUR USE OF THIS TECHCRUNCH POST (“TECHCRUNCH”). TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS, CLICK “AGREE.” IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT CLICK “AGREE,” AND DO NOT USE THE SERVICES.<p><b>A. TERMS & CONDITIONS ARE WAY TOO LONG SO THAT YOU DON’T READ THEM AND JUST CLICK</b> …

Giant Galaxies May Be Better Cradles for Habitable Planets

Galaxies like the Milky Way may not be the best cradles of life in the universe — giant galaxies devoid of newborn stars and at least twice as …

The Roman invasion: Whose side were the Britons on?

The display of the Hallaton helmet reconstruction in 2012 sparked debate about how far Britons colluded with the Romans on their invasion in AD 43. …

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows …

Windows 10

In pictures: kings and queens through history

From William I 'the Conqueror' to Queen Victoria, we round up some of history's most famous monarchs in pictures…<p><i>From the Historia Anglorum, Chronica</i> …

Ancient Egyptian underwater treasures to be exhibited for the first time

Artefacts discovered amid submerged ruins of cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus to be unveiled in major Paris exhibition<p>Spectacular ancient Egyptian treasures are to be exhibited for the first time having been discovered underwater in the submerged ruins of the near-legendary cities of …

Archaeology

Did American volcanoes trigger fall of Roman Empire?

American volcanoes sparked a huge dust cloud triggering catastrophic climate change which could have dealt the final blow to the Roman Empire<p>On March 24 536AD the sky suddenly darkened across continental Europe as a thick dust cloud rolled in and stayed put for 18 months.<p>Historians such as …

World History

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to the late Nelson Mandela, has died …

Days of Destiny: 5 key moments of the Battle of Britain

Kate Moore picks out five key moments from that fateful summer when a group of Allied pilots were engaged in desperate battles with their German …

The lost art of fighting like a Medieval man

Hand-to-hand combat in the 15th century was more gruesome than vanilla Hollywood reconstructions would have you believe, writes Toby Clements<p>The late Medieval period wasn't the easiest of times in which to live.<p>Famines and plagues took a heavy toll on the European populace during the 14th century, …

British History

Here's What JURASSIC PARK Would Look Like in Different Geologic Eras

Germans occupy Paris: from the archive, 18 June 1940

Off duty German troops are behaving like tourists, going everywhere with cameras<p>A neutral journalist who entered Paris shortly after its fall to the Germans writes:<p>The city has begun to struggle back to comparatively normal life as far as a city can be normal with a foreign army in occupation. Food …

France

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17 Android-only apps that will make your iPhone friends jealous

Some of the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn't allow.<p>With apps like the one that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix or one that lets you hack your smartphone's LED lights for custom notifications, you're guaranteed …

Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Short — THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY

Ancient Greek democracy: as similar to ours as we think?

Ancient Greece’s most famous export to this day is arguably democracy. America, alongside many nations, recently celebrated the 2500th ‘anniversary’ …

Leaked Sony emails reveal 'Peter Rabbit' feature film is in the works

The email discussions took place late last year and in 2013, however, some plans for the film may have changed since then.<p>The film, as detailed in the emails, would be a mixture of animation and live-action. It'd be based on Beatrix Potter's children's book character, Peter Rabbit. The antagonists …

A Look Back at STAR WARS Teaser Trailers

What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Physics

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

For years biologists have been wary of applying the strange world of quantum mechanics, where particles can be in two places at once or connected over huge distances, to their own field. But it can help to explain some amazing natural phenomena we take for granted<p>Every year, around about this time, …