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Nefertiti’s Face by Joyce Tyldesley review – the creation of an Ancient Egyptian icon

Why did the bust of a queen carved more than 3,000 years ago achieve such fame when it was exhibited in 1924?<p>Even with her blinded left eye, Nefertiti has come to epitomise female perfection. Uncannily symmetrical, and with the second most famous half-smile after the Mona Lisa, her image has been …

Ancient History

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Astrophysics

Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs. Now We Know What They Were Hiding.

The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practices that could put patients — and convicts — at risk.<p><b>The state of</b> …

Pharma

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire is one of the largest empires in history. In existence for 600 years, at its peak it included what is now Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, …

World History

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

Writing

In Sudan, Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late

Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilization.<p>…

Archaeology

Jason Hernandez

Secret to Great Pyramid's Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found

Though it's slightly lopsided, the towering Great Pyramid of Giza is an ancient feat of engineering, and now an archaeologist has figured out how the …

Ancient History

Abandoned Berlin: an urban explorer reveals 10 secret places

Berlin and its surroundings play host to a mind-boggling number of abandoned buildings – old military camps, former factories and enterprises, …

Germany

The Best Scotch Whiskies Under $100

<i>This definitive guide to affordable Scotch explores everything you need to know about the world’s most popular single malt whisky, including</i> …

Whiskey

Go for gold! Vintage portraits of California prospectors – in pictures

Young gold-rush prospectors stare down the camera in these striking daguerreotypes and tintypes of the 1850s, from a time before California boomtowns became ghost towns<p>• Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush is at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, until 2 April. Luce …

Canada

73 years ago, Allied bombers obliterated one of Europe's most beautiful cities — here are 18 photos of the bombing of Dresden

World War II was more than three years old when Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and other Allied leaders met at Casablanca in January 1943, but the decisions made there would shape the rest of the war in Europe.<p>During the conference, Allied leaders settled on a policy of unconditional …

World History

Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped

Archaeologists have never before encountered this grisly phenomenon in Mesolithic Scandinavia, and they're hard-pressed to explain it.<p>In 2009, a new railway bridging southern Sweden's Motala Ström River was slated for construction. But then, archaeologists began turning up artifacts there that were …

Archaeology

Here’s what happened the last time the living things in our oceans and lakes died

On January 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are …

Lake Erie

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Loneliness

What you should know about scalp reduction surgery and Donald Trump’s hair

There’s a lot to criticise President Donald Trump for (his views about women, the accusations of sexual assault, the number of golfing trips he’s …

Hair

Top 10 Treasure Hunters Who Met An Untimely Fate

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins, but the thought of stumbling upon buried treasure is seductive to everyone. There are far more people …

‘Suddenly my world would flip’: the woman who is permanently lost

Sharon’s world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Now neurologists, and Wonder Woman, have come to the rescue<p>In 1952, when she was a child, Sharon was playing in the front garden. She was blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of …

The Brain

Massive US Counterstrike Against Assad's Forces Signals New Stage Of Syrian Civil War

Three hour battle with Assad's forces is a reminder that other parties may not give the US the choice of staying out of Syria's civil war.<p>Tech. Sgt. …

Middle East

Has Anyone Seen the President?

Michael Lewis goes to Washington in search of Trump and winds up watching the State of the Union with Steve Bannon.<p>Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. …

Donald Trump

How to tackle London's 10 best museums – from 'secret' exhibits to dodging the crowds

Planning a trip to one of London's museum heavyweights? Already hyperventilating at the thought of having to contend with selfie-snapping tourists and rambunctious school groups? Look no further than Telegraph Travel's guide to how to visit London's best museums like a pro. Here you'll find the …

England

Hitler's Last Gamble: How the Battle of Kursk Sealed Nazi Germany's Fate

Had the Germans succeeded in grounding down the Russians while retaining their fighting strength, they still wouldn’t have won the war, but they …

World War II

This new multiverse theory will blow your mind

You’ve read about them in sci-fi novels, seen them in sci-fi movies, and virtually entered them through sci-fi video games, but is there any way …

Physics

The Middle Ages Were Pretty Interesting, Actually

The summer before tenth grade, I was assigned a book to read for AP European History called <i>A World Lit Only By Fire</i>. It was written by an elderly …

British Philosophy

How Nakam And Abba Kovner Tried To Kill 6 Million Germans After WWII

Led by Abba Kovner, the Nakam group of Jewish vigilantes hatched an audacious plan to kill 6 million Germans as revenge for the Holocaust.The post …

New York Times

blueblackdream:Paul Cava, Denise (Map Red), 2003

Paul Cava, <i>Denise (Map Red)</i>, 2003

Lefties, you should feel very special

Only 1 in 10 humans are left handed. So why does it happen at all?<p>In graduate school, I earned beer money by modeling for life drawing classes in various art departments. (Don’t judge, grad school doesn’t pay well and beer isn’t free.) In the long hours standing around, I would survey the room and …

Biology

European history and population mapped by year

Cottereau: This video shows the borders and populations of each country in Europe, for every year since 400 BC. Vassal states and colonies are not …

Geography

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

The United States is preparing for a war with North Korea that it hopes never to have to fight, says Senator Tammy Duckworth.<p>When Senator Tammy Duckworth returned from a recent trip to South Korea and Japan, she brought back a sobering message: “Americans simply are not in touch with just how close …

North Korea