One look at the wedge-shaped rows of plants and anyone could tell the circular garden was not grown under normal conditions. Plants sown in concentric circles displayed wildly different vitality and viability.
Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of ‘dreams’. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not
In 2002, the retired Bedfordshire policeman – who’d had a long-running interest in the Ripper case – decided to sift through the evidence, see what could be discounted, and determine what facts remained. "When I looked through it, I thought, '
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recruited the public for a massive, Antiques Road Show-style project
It began with a shoot-out at the Circle K Ranch. The 12 best marksmen would ride shotgun as the world’s largest, privately owned stockpile of silver was secretly transferred into secure vaults.
Among dinosaurs, the biggest of the big is Argentinosaurus. This long-necked, puny-headed creature is a member of a group of giants called sauropods. This particular extinct creature measured as much as 140 feet (43 meters) long and weighed up to 90
[mesmerizing; h/t Lew Rockwell] "2053" - This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe between 1945 and 1998.
On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launched into orbit on the Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft (Vostok 1).
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes.
The bones of a soldier with leprosy who may have died in battle have been found in a medieval Italian cemetery, along with skeletons of men who survived blows to the head with battle-axes and maces. Studying ancient leprosy, which is caused by a
Grabbing other people’s land and interfering in their affairs became as American as apple pie before the annexation of Texas, and “Manifest Destiny” as the engine of U.S. foreign policy.
The four men wading ashore on a Florida beach wearing nothing but bathing trunks and German army hats looked like an unlikely invading force. They were trained in bomb-making, supplied with explosives and instructed in how to make timers from "easily
....his book also suggests that the New York City Police Department and the F.B.I. had advance knowledge of Malcolm X’s assassination but allowed it to happen and then deliberately bungled the investigation....
A 2,500-year-old human skull uncovered in England was less of a surprise than what was in it: the brain.
Ancient images that creationists claim are evidence of humans living alongside dinosaurs are at best just smeared pictures, scientists find.
The parallels aren't perfect, but there is much to contemplate about America when reading about the fall of the Roman empire. Some of my recent background reading includes Christopher S. Mackay’s The Breakdown of the Roman Republic: From Oligarchy
A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Fre
The team's findings will be unveiled on Sunday in "Finding Atlantis," a new National Geographic Channel special.
Fifty years separate us, now, from the 1960s. For many who are college-age students, today, it all must seem like ancient history. And even for those of us who are old enough to have lived a part of our young lives in that decade, it seems a long tim
Almost 2,000 years ago, 19 Roman soldiers rushed into a cramped underground tunnel, prepared to defend the Roman-held Syrian city of Dura-Europos from an army of Persians digging to undermine the city's mudbrick walls. But instead of Persian soldier
As popular respect for political systems continues to erode, you may have noticed the statists frantically trying to deflate emerging inquiries and debates on the topic of secession.
Today, Democratic Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown got up on the Senate floor and declared: “As a nation, I look back in history and some of the worst governments we’ve ever had, you know one of the the first thing they did? They went after the trad
Frank W. Buckles died Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused. In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial
Dozens of Thomas Jefferson's books, some including handwritten notes from the nation's third president, have been found in the rare books collection at Washington University in St. Louis.
February 17 is the anniversary of the official end of the worthless, destructive and unnecessary War of 1812, which was a product of the treasonous betrayal by the Jeffersonian Republicans of their anti-federalist principles, and the total defeat of
Sunday, February 6, marked the birth centennial of Ronald Reagan. As a Reagan biographer, I’m often asked how Reagan was different from his predecessors, Republican and Democrat, and especially in the area of foreign policy. There were many ways, but
Dominant Social Theme: Events spin out of control. We are all bystanders to history.
On March 9th, 1861, the United States was on the verge of disillusion when Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington D.C for his first inaugural address. The states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida had all voted to
Health to the Body Politick Lecture 3 [Steven Alvis' lectures are OFF the Chart ED] America’s Civil Religion Acknowledgments of God’s Hand in American History: Columbus’s Book of Prophecies Pilgrims’ Plymouth Colony A City upon a Hil
Martin Luther King Jr. could hardly believe his eyes when he left the segregated South as a teenage college student to work on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. "On our way here we saw some things I had never anticipated to see," he wrote his father