History

Who Was Alexander von Humboldt?
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Smithsonian curator Eleanor Jones Harvey explains why this revolutionary 19th-century thought leader is due for a reconsideration

The Myth of 'Bloody Mary'
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History remembers the English queen as a murderous monster, but the real story of Mary I is far more nuanced

Here be dragons
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"Here be dragons" means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps where potential dangers were thought to exist.

This 7,000-year-old well is the oldest wooden structure ever discovered, archeologists say
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Archeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old Neolithic well in eastern Europe, which they believe is the oldest wooden structure in the world. The well was built by farmers around 5256 B.C., researchers said. (University of Pardubice)

These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent
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They needed something other than water to sustain them, so the monks turned to a common staple of the time of their region – beer. They concocted an “unusually strong” brew, full of carbohydrates and nutrients, because “liquid bread wouldn’t break the fast,” Zuber noted.

Ancient Roman Valves
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MuseumThe story of water supply in the ancient Roman Empire is grand. The transport and hydraulic control of large quantities of fresh water was one of the factors in the immense, unprecedented success of the Roman Empire.

How Presidents Have Communicated with the Public—From the Telegraph to Twitter
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From carefully staged speeches to radio to TV to Twitter, U.S. presidents have always leveraged the cutting edge to connect directly with voters.

Colin Steer Finds Medieval Well and Sword Under His Plymouth, England, Home
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For 25 years, Colin Steer was bewildered by a sunken portion of the floor under the couch in his Plymouth, England, home. At one point, he dug about a foot under the floor, but his wife, Vanessa,

Ancient shell shows days were half-hour shorter 70 million years ago - AGU Newsroom
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Earth turned faster at the end of the time of the dinosaurs than it does today, rotating 372 times a year, compared to the current 365, according to a new study of fossil mollusk shells from the late Cretaceous. This means a day lasted only 23 and a half hours, according to the new study in AGU’s journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.

A History of the Wolf
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The most maligned of creatures, since ancient times, wolves have played a central role in mythology.

Lost world revealed by human, Neanderthal relics washed up on North Sea beaches
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On a clear, windy autumn afternoon last October, Willy van Wingerden spent a few free hours before work walking by the sea not far from the Dutch town of Monster.