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Kingdom of Saba

Saba (also given as Sheba) was a kingdom in southern Arabia (region of modern-day Yemen) which flourished between the 8th century BCE and 275 CE when …

What to read this summer: 75 best books, from novels to biographies

<b>Fiction</b><p><b>Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout</b> <i><br>Viking, £12.99</i><p>In Strout’s companion piece to My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016), there is no single presiding “I”. Instead, we find a series of interconnected stories about some of those met in the earlier book: Lucy Barton’s unhappy brother; her …

How the First World War Kicked Off a Century of Conflict and Bloodshed

Americans have no accepted narrative of the Great War. Its causes remain obscure, its ending inconclusive, and its legacies contested. But for good …

Jesus Never Existed: Archaeologists Make a Shocking Discovery

The remains of the first Catholic pope have been exhumed by archaeologists and have been remarkably well preserved, as well as turning up some …

How to Get Stock Android on a Galaxy S8 Without Rooting

The new Galaxy S8 and S8+ from Samsung have some pretty amazing hardware. But what if you're not the biggest fan of the software?<p>Here's how to …

Apps

Obama biography stirs controversy with tales of politics, sex and a rising star

Pulitzer-winning author David J Garrow, facing criticism from colleagues, says Obama is a changed man who has embraced celebrities and ‘big money’<p>An American president’s ex-girlfriend who claims she was written out of history. A scathing review from the New York Times. And a literary feud with a …

Protest

30 Books You Should Read at Least Once in Your Lifetime

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as settling down with an exhilarating new read on a rare day off. But while we’re always on the hunt for brand new books to binge-read, there are certain literary staples that every bibliophile should read at least *once* in their lifetime — plus, it doesn’t hurt …

Saudi Arabia’s silent desert city

Madain Saleh isn’t as well-known as Petra, but the Nabateans’ second-largest city played a crucial role in their mysterious empire.<p>As always, our Saudia Airline flight from Riyadh to Medina started with prayer.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen,” the flight attendant said over the intercom. “The text that you …

Ice age art in Indonesia reveals how spiritual life transformed en route to Australia

Cave discoveries suggest Indigenous Australians’ strong connection with animals may have its roots in the exotic species their ancestors encountered in Sulawesi<p>A cave dig in Indonesia has unearthed a unique collection of prehistoric ornaments and artworks that date back in some instances to at …

Anthropology

Homo_heidelbergensis

<i>Homo heidelbergensis</i> is an extinct species of human that is identified in both Africa and western Eurasia from roughly 700,000 years ago onwards …

The Origin and History of the BCE/CE Dating System

In recent years, a persistent criticism has been leveled against the use of the BCE/CE system (Before the Common or Current Era/Common or Current …

Telegraph logo

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945.<p>Practically every …

The Goddess of Loss

Feb 9, 2017<p>15 Min read time<p>Indian literature in English after Arundhati Roy<p>In June of 1997, on the verge of graduating from high school, I received …

Creativity Frozen? How to Start Writing Again After a Long Hiatus

A confession: I stopped writing fiction for two months recently--the first time I have ever stumbled to a complete halt. Why? The usual reasons:<p>1. THE ELECTION. I couldn't focus on fiction when truth seemed so much stranger.<p>2. HOLIDAYS. Let's admit it: for women writers, holidays are time and brain …

Ancient Terracotta Figurines Reveal Trading Routes Of Prehistoric African Civilisation

Archaeologists and scientists from the University of Manchester located in United Kingdom, have been able to analyze for the first time the pre …

Mikhail Gorbachev is worried about a world war; he hopes Trump and Putin can stop it

The last time Mikhail Gorbachev made American news, the former Soviet dictator sounded upbeat.<p>Of the incoming President Trump, he told the Associated Press in December: "He has little political experience, but, maybe it's good."<p>Of his successor, autocratic Russian President Vladmir Putin: "He is a …

A Clarifying Moment in American History

There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.<p>I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he …

The Underrated Genius of Neanderthals

(This post originally appeared in the online anthropology magazine SAPIENS. Follow @SAPIENS_org on Twitter to discover more of their work.) For the …

If you want to get smarter, speed-reading is worse than not reading at all

We all know that reading is important. But we’re also busy. So we try to optimize by reading more quickly. And in this way, we miss the point of reading entirely.<p>I’ve noticed this tendency since I began posting about what I learn from reading over 100 books a year. One of the most frequent …

Self-improvement

Homo sapiens may have reached India 74,000 yrs ago

The discovery suggests the presence of modern human beings — Homo sapiens — in India much before all the timeline set by genetic clocks.<p>Cutting edge …

Humanity

Homo_erectus

Who were they?<p>In the 1890s CE, fossils found by Eugène Dubois at the site of Trinil on Java, Indonesia, became the first to be classified as</i> …

Humans Settled In North America 24,000 Years Ago, During The Last Ice Age, 10,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought: Study

Apart from a few unsubstantiated theories, it was understood that human settlements in North America, made by settlers who crossed over from Russia …

The fake news that sealed the fate of Antony and Cleopatra

The papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political divide in the US …

Ancient History

Great History Books of 2016

Books about books, class, politics, presidents and consumerism.<p>Last year I inaugurated my list of some of the best history books of the year. With the end of the year upon us, it’s time for a second go-round. Regular readers know that I love history, and that I worry we pay far too little attention …

Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems

Washington State University archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies …

The left is melting down over Trump’s pro-Israel ambassador

There’s something oddly comforting about the unhinged freakout greeting President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for US ambassador to Israel — but …

Israel

These Microfossils Reveal What Our Ancestors Were Eating 1.2 Million Years Ago

Raw meat and grass.<p>Dental analysis of a 1.2-million-year-old tooth that once belonged to one of our early human ancestors has yielded new information …

Archaeologists just discovered an ancient unknown city in Greece

Archaeologists just discovered an ancient city in an area of Greece once regarded as the “backwater of the ancient world.” On a hill at the village …