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The richest American family hired terrorists to shoot machine guns at sleeping women and children

The Rockefellers took on the striking miners of Ludlow, Colorado but didn’t expect them to fight back<p>The bloody history of the American labor …

Mining

Why 2001: A Space Odyssey was a masterpiece so ahead of its time

<i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece <i>by Michael Benson, a book which</i> …

Literature

The Last Line Of '1984' Is One Of The Most Quietly Heartbreaking Lines In Literature

The year may be 2018, but, as many people have already noted, George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> somehow feels more relevant than ever. Like Margaret Atwood’s <i>The</i> …

Literature

Married couple discover photo of them both from 11 years before they met

Two strangers pose for a photo at the exact same spot, in front of a towering red sculpture in a town square in China. By mere chance they appear in the same photo, their respective gazes trained on the two separate cameras taking their picture. But in a little more than a decade they will be …

China

Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld.<p>They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at its entrance. The cave, named the …

Ancient History

Hilary Mantel's letter to Thomas More: 'We have to lie about you a little in order to like you'

<b>The Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall author turns her forensic eye on Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, in a brand new story inspired by Holbein's portrait</b><p>My dear More… but here’s the first problem. How do I address you? Sir Thomas? St Thomas? Lord Chancellor? I can’t just call you Thomas. Half the …

10 Quotes Illustrating the Power of the Dream Sequence - Signature

Sometimes authors use a dream sequence to help their character discover hidden truths about themselves. Other times, the dream is an opportunity for author to speak directly to the reader, commenting more freely on what the story you’re reading is really about.<p>Unlike in films, which renders dream …

The Importance of the Lydian Stater as the World's First Coin

The Lydian Stater was the official coin of the Lydian Empire, introduced before the kingdom fell to the Persian Empire. The earliest staters are …

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>• Read an interview with Steven Pinker on Enlightenment Now here<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of …

Alexander Hamilton

Petra Lost and Found

In the early 1800s, a Swiss explorer tricked his way into Petra, the ancient oasis whose location had been a closely guarded secret for centuries.<p>Deep within Jordan’s desolate desert canyons and rugged mountains lies an ancient treasure, the stone city of Petra. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one …

Artist Spends Hours Arranging Natural Objects Into Stunning Mandalas, Leaves Them For You To Find

Nature is beautiful as it is, but James Brunt is constantly finding new ways to make it look even more appealing. James creates artworks using …

Leonardo Da Vinci's mysterious 'invisible' drawings on display for first time

To the untrained eye, they look like little more than blank, if rather old, sheets of paper.<p>In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci’s empty pages hold a secret few could imagine: more than a dozen studies of hands drawn in a metal substance turned to invisible ink over time.<p>The two pieces of paper, now known to …

Art

How the Brilliant Colors of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts Were Made with Alchemy

Today the word "alchemy" seems used primarily to label a variety of crackpot pursuits, with their bogus premises and impossible promises. To the …

The insect that painted Europe red

Truly vibrant red was elusive for many years: until a mysterious dye was discovered in Mexico. Devon Van Houten Maldonado reveals how a crushed bug became a sign of wealth and status.<p>Although scarlet is the colour of sin in the Old Testament, the ancient world’s elite was thirsty for red, a symbol …

Mexico City

After 400 years lost, 'cursed' novel of Spain's imperial age is finally published

Four hundred years after it was written, a lost and supposedly cursed Golden Age novel chronicling the splendour, adventure and violence of Spain’s imperial zenith has been published for the first time.<p>Historia del Huérfano, or The Orphan’s Story, charts the progress of a 14-year-old Spaniard who …

Books

Tremulous Hand stars in British Library's web showcase of medieval literature

Annotations of 13th-century reader, known for shaky notes that helped explain Old English to later generations, now survive in cyberspace<p>The shaky writing of the 13th-century annotator known as the Tremulous Hand, who is believed to have made as many as 50,000 notes on Old English manuscripts in an …

Literature

Unexpected Lessons from the Philosopher King About Writing and Creativity

What I learned from Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius was the last of the “Five Good Emperors.” He ruled over the Roman Empire for nearly 20 years with …

Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked Freaky 600-Year-Old Manuscript

Since its discovery over a hundred years ago, the 240-page Voynich manuscript, filled with seemingly coded language and inscrutable illustrations, …

Artificial Intelligence

The 10 Richest People of All Time

A comparison of wealth across history<p>Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan? It’s a simple question with a very difficult …

Income Inequality

Uncovering the Culture of Ancient India

Uncovering the Culture of Ancient India is a book published by Alix Wood Books that belongs to a series about ancient Britain, Egypt, Greece, India, …

China-Bangladesh excavation uncovers the ancient capital of Vikrampur

An aerial view of the excavation site Photos: Courtesy of Guo Weimin<p>Archeologists work at the Vikrampur Ruins excavation site in Munshiganj district, …

Archaeology

German patient is immune to highly poisonous ricin

Ricin is one of the strongest poisons in the world. But not for this 20-year old man in a hospital in Münster. Doctors have found out that an …

Immune System

1,000-year-old Aztec stone shrine discovered in Mexico depicts ancient model of the universe

The stone "tetzacualco" was discovered at the centre of a natural pond below the Iztaccihuatl volcano in Mexico.<p>Archaeologists have unearthed a …

The Surprising Reason You're Not Allowed To Visit This Island

An ancient hunter-gatherer tribe untouched by modernity keeps strangers away.<p>It's hard to believe there's any place left on Earth with people who are untouched by modernity. But there is one tribe that still lives without agriculture, fire, or any real knowledge of the outside world. The …

Andaman and Nicobar

5,000 Year Old Indian Rock Painting May Be Oldest Star Chart, Supernova Depiction

Rock art, dating back 5,000 years, was discovered in India and may be the oldest star chart ever, as well as the very first depiction of a supernova, …

A German cinematographer's love affair with Indian cinema

<b>Even as World War Two broke, Josef Wirsching was busy on the movie sets in Bombay (later renamed Mumbai), often called the Indian city of dreams and home to Bollywood.</b><p>The Munich-born German worked on more than 17 Hindi and Urdu films as the cinematographer of Bombay Talkies, a studio set up by the …

India

This Is How Cops Trick Dark-Web Criminals Into Unmasking Themselves

Dutch cops may have used a booby-trapped file to lure suspected criminals into exposing their IP addresses.<p>Last month the FBI took down AlphaBay, the …

A Solution to Hackers? More Hackers

If there’s a single lesson Americans have learned from the events of the past year, it might be this: Hackers are dangerous people. They interfere in our elections, bring giant corporations to their knees, and steal passwords and credit card numbers by the truckload. They ignore boundaries. They …

Security

‘Remote’: Marc Roussel’s Highly Suspenseful Mixture of Time Travel and Home Invasion

Do you remember Gregory Hoblit’s 2000 science fiction thriller called <i>Frequency</i>, where a present-day son (Jim Caviezel) manages to connect with his …

Horror