Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it — Winston Churchill
history : 1. a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes 2. a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary
History is the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. History can also mean the period of time after writing was invented. It is a field of research which uses a narrative to examine and analyse the sequence of events, and it sometimes attempts to investigate objectively the patterns of cause and effect that determine events. Historians debate the nature of history and its usefulness. This includes discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing “perspective” on the problems of the present. The stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources (such as the legends surrounding King Arthur) are usually classified as cultural heritage rather than the “disinterested investigation” needed by the discipline of history. — Wikipedia
- Creepy Old Bots (10/26/2018) - Before there were robots, there were automata. Automata are old-fashioned robot like contraptions, and they tend to make the news from time to time. The latest example is this 360° video featurette from the BBC about The House of Automata. Personally, I found the creatures in the video a bit creepy, and it turns out … Continue reading Creepy Old Bots
- Lunar Landings (7/19/2019) - Saturday, July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and there’s a massive media blitz surrounding the occasion. Pretty much every major news outlet is covering it in some way, and it’s no surprise that NASA is leading the publicity frenzy. On Friday at 1 p.m. (EDT) NASA is broadcasting 50 … Continue reading Lunar Landings
- Maya Megalopolis (2/8/2018) - You may remember learning about the Maya in school, and you may have heard of Chichén Itzá (UNESCO) because it is often included on recent lists of “World Wonders” (as well as being a convenient day drive from Cancún). Here’s a 360° Video that will give you a sense of what it’s like to see … Continue reading Maya Megalopolis
- Méliès Doodled! (5/4/2018) - You’re almost certainly familiar with Google’s Doodles. They’re an excellent, entertaining way to spend some time learning something new, in passing, every day. They also almost always point to some little known, but interesting backstory. Today’s Doodle is a particularly beautiful example of that. It celebrates Georges Méliès, and it is special for many reasons. … Continue reading Méliès Doodled!
- Periodic Party (2/17/2019) - Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time to move on to the next celebration on the calendar. That would be the Periodic Table’s Birthday! Yes, Dmitri Mendeleev sketched his first draft of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements on February 17, 1869. Notice that this year’s a “big one” for the Periodic Table — … Continue reading Periodic Party
- Pyramids & Techies (9/28/2017) - If your a typical person, you probably don’t think about pyramids very much. If they enter your consciousness at all, it’s probably because click bait crosses your screen having to do with how aliens built them or other such nonsense. However, there is a small band of techies who think about pyramids all of the … Continue reading Pyramids & Techies
- Sexagesimal (8/28/2017) - If you don’t happen to know the definition of Sexagesimal (Wolfram, Wikipedia), you might think it could be some strange kind of activity that goes on at festivals like Burning Man (Wired, Wikipedia). If you happen to be a computer geek, you might have guessed it has something to do with numbers (as in binary, … Continue reading Sexagesimal
- The Maya Underworld (8/8/2019) - Chichén Itzá is a fascinating place, and believe it or not, it’s just gotten even more so! But let’s start from the beginning. In case you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a quick 360° video from the The New York Times that will give you a sense of why it is considered a World Wonder. … Continue reading The Maya Underworld
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- DNA Captured From 2,500-Year-Old Phoenicianby Rossella_Lorenzi@discovery.com (Rossella Lorenzi) on May 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Analysis of the ancient man's DNA reveal he had European ancestry.
- Mummy of Egyptian Noblewoman Foundby Rossella_Lorenzi@discovery.com (Rossella Lorenzi) on May 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm
The 3,800-year-old mummy belonged to Lady Sattjeni, a leading figure from the Middle Kingdom.
- 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Had Secret Ingredientby Tom_Metcalfe__Live_Science@discovery.com (Tom Metcalfe, Live Science) on May 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm
Analysis of ancient pottery jars and funnels found at a site in China's Shaanxi province reveal barley was a key ingredient.
- Stonehenge: Easier Done Than Saidby Talal_Al-Khatib@discovery.com (Talal Al-Khatib) on May 24, 2016 at 11:52 am
How hard could it have been for prehistoric Britons to move stones the size of dump trucks?
- Iconic Art Shows Disease Unknown for a Centuryby Rossella_Lorenzi@discovery.com (Rossella Lorenzi) on May 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm
A celebrated painting from the Enlightenment hid clues of real-life pathology.
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