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How Did The Ancient Vikings Make This Super-Strong Sword?

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When we look at the history of new technologies, we tend to think of only our most recent past. But more than a thousand years ago, blacksmiths succeeded in making a set of ultra-strong swords — that are tricky to re-create even today. Read more...

The 30-Day Learning Challenge

By Leo Babauta There are probably a dozen items on your lifelong list of things to learn: a foreign language, guitar, martial arts, yoga, a sport, chess/poker/billiards, programming, html/css, drawing/painting, ancient history … the list is endless! Now is the time to do it. I hereby challenge you to tackle one of your learning projects […]

Cameron and Merkel Meet to Rekindle Ancient Alliance

UK Prime Minister David Cameron meets Germany's Angela Merkel on Friday for crucial talks over Britain's membership of the European Union. Both leaders know they will have to make compromises, but history is on their side.

Soccer, International Criminal Law, and Thucydides

What ancient history teaches us about the FIFA indictments.

Learning from an Artist’s Early Experiments with AbEx

4 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

For young painters today, Abstract Expressionism is ancient history; a few rooms in MoMA’s permanent collection galleries, a handful of images from the pages of Gardner or Janson, all set before a backdrop of a now mythical Downtown Manhattan of $200-dollar-a-month lofts. And yet there is a commonality to be found between painters today, struggling […]

In a Cave, Evidence of 'History's First Murder'

An examination of ancient remains from a cave in Spain turned into an episode of CSI: Middle Pleistocene when scientists found evidence of what they say is the first known murder. The skull found in the "Pit of Bones" site belongs to a young adult who lived around 430,000...

A history of cups and balls magic

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Even when you know how it's done, a well-performed cups-and-balls routine is pure magic. Enjoy this entertaining history of one of the world's oldest (it dates backs to ancient Egypt) and most enduring tricks. My favorite part of this excellent presentation is the video of magic great Dai Vernon's routine (Click on the Performances section).

This Is Why Palmyra Is Important To World History

“It would be folly to believe that the survival of archaeological reports and photographs could in any way compensate for the destruction or looting of the ancient remains. The preservation of buildings and objects that managed to survive for two thousand years of Palmyra’s history has to be a priority wherever civilization is cherished.”

Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year – then the frackers fought back

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The framed newspaper article in Adam Briggle’s office with the headline “Fracking banned” is from last November. It already reads like ancient history. The north Texas city of Denton became a beacon for the anti-fracking movement when residents voted to prohibit the practice inside city limits....

Palmyra, ISIS' Latest Conquest, Has Dark History Of State Torture And Abuse

ISTANBUL -- When Dr. Bara Sarraj heard that Islamic State militants had overrun the city of Palmyra and its ancient desert ruins, he began to cry. But he wasn’t crying over the World Heritage Site that now may be destroyed by hardline fighters keen on erasing history and selling off antiquities. Show More Summary

Shavuot 2015: Celebrating The Giving Of The Torah

History Shavuot is a Jewish holiday which celebrates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. It is also known as the "Feast of Weeks." It has connections to an ancient grain harvest festival and is one of three...Show More Summary

This 'Crater' Might Actually Be an Ancient Martian Supervolcano

A crater on the northern face of Mars could be hiding a violent history. New images from the European Space Agency (ESA) provide more evidence that the crater might actually be the site of an ancient martian supervolcano. On Thursday,...Show More Summary

Dogs split from the wolf pack earlier than thought, DNA analysis suggests

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed new light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago -- not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed.

The History of Palmyra, ISIL's New Victim

On Wednesday, the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria fell into the hands of Islamic State militants after an almost week-long battle.

Ancient Cannibals Smothered Their Meals in Bone-Staining Spices

We know that, over history, humans have eaten each other. But we now know more about how ancient cannibals liked to dine: They spent lots of time prepping elaborate feasts with actual recipes calling for exotic ingredients. Read mor...

10 Famous People Who Were Afraid They'd Be Buried Alive

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

The fear of being buried alive may be an ancient obsession—Pliny the Elder recorded cases among the Romans in his Natural History, written in 77 CE. But the golden age for this particular phobia was the Victorian era, when a sensationalist...Show More Summary

Archivist wants you to mail him AOL CDs so he can preserve history

“It belongs in a museum!” Indiana Jones might have said that about ancient, mystical artifacts, but Jason Scott Sadofsky would agree on the sentiment regarding something most of us have long discarded: old […]


SO HILLARY’S SCANDALS ARE ANCIENT HISTORY, BUT SLAVERY IS AS FRESH AS TODAY! DOJ Official: Slavery to Blame for Riots in Ferguson and Baltimore.

We Tried The Ancient Egyptian Beauty Routine

I wanted to see what would happen if I switched out my usual routine for two weeks and adopted the habits of a famous lady in history. And, who better to kick things off with than the OG beauty, Cleopatra? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. Show More Summary

The Overdue, Under-Told Story Of The Clitoris

From ancient history to the modern day, the clitoris has been discredited, dismissed and deleted — and women’s pleasure has often been left out of the conversation entirely. Now, an underground art movement led by artist Sophia Wallace...Show More Summary

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