Most heirs to the throne navigated the dangers of infant mortality, rampant disease and bloody battlefields to take their anointed place in history. A few unfortunate ones didn’t make it.… Continue Reading
A source of inspiration for alternate historians is making early brushes with death (e.g. when a young Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates) go wrong. Here are 10 famous lives that turned on a dime.… Continue Reading
Normally tagged with magnificent concepts like ‘era’ or ‘thinking’, the award of an eponymous adjective – derived from a person’s name – can either be the ultimate accolade or ultimate condemnation. … Continue Reading
Forget bread, rice and potatoes – we look at the cost around the world of life’s REAL essentials: internet and cell phone connection, gasoline, cigarettes and the rent on a city centre apartment. … Continue Reading
Our species first tagged itself Homo sapiens (wise man) in 1758, but Homo nominans (naming man) may have been more apt given our attempts to label the plants and animals with which we share the planet.… Continue Reading
Testing the funny bones of Isaac Newton, Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.… Continue Reading
DNA evidence plus sediment cores from Alaska and the Bering Sea suggest that humans inhabited the Beringian land bridge for up to 10,000 years before heading into the New World, according to a new study.… Continue Reading
Time-lapse video of ice crystals forming on the surface of water shows how snowflakes form in mid-air. Enjoy this 2 minute clip of one of nature’s most fragile, but near perfect formations.… Continue Reading
ScotlandsDNA believes that everyone who carries one of 3 variants of the red-hair gene is a direct descendant of the first redhead ever to have it - two variants originating in West Asia around 70,000 years ago, and a younger variant originating in Europe around 30,000 years ago.
Earth’s history and future in a 2 year timeline. The evolution of humans has been astronomically unlikely, and the odds are that our species will blink out of existence, just like all of our closest relatives.
The sad death of actor Charles Durning on Christmas Eve brings into focus the wartime service of the ever dwindling 'greatest generation'. Here is a list, by no means definitive, of 50 notable people who served (with varying degrees of distinction) in uniform in WW2.
It is said that everyone on the planet is just 6 steps away from knowing every one else. Images of history's biggest icons show some very unlikely links, including Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria, and Marilyn Monroe and Rasputin.
The press recently hailed the 'remarkable discovery' by a 12 year-old genealogist that 42 out of 43 US presidents have King John as a common ancestor, but the most remarkable aspect of this story would be the odd one out who isn't descended from him.
From the first appearance of Ice Age artefacts, throughout the art of all civilisations, the human face has been preserved in defiance of space and time. This timeline shows our long fascination with our own image...