Category Archives: History

A Love to the Moon and Back

All his life, Gene Shoemaker dreamed of stepping foot on the moon. A geologist known for his work with craters, Gene was set to be one of the first astronauts aboard Apollo 11. But, a failed medical test cut his … Continue reading

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Countries Which Changed Their Names

 

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2 – Manchester / Salford History Timelapse – Various building’s 2 – Old Streets – Time Travel

Various animations of streets and buildings in Manchester and Salford showing how they once looked.

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Here’s what kids chose from the Mary Rose collections for Takeover Day

As part of the brilliant Kids in Museums takeover day in November 2018, a group of Year 8s selected their seven favourite objects from the Mary Rose Museum collection; here’s what they chose “We chose these objects from the Mary … Continue reading

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How aspirin was discovered – Krishna Sudhir

4000 years ago, the ancient Sumerians made a surprising discovery: if they scraped the bark off a particular kind of tree and ate it, their pain disappeared. Little did they know that what they’d found was destined to influence the … Continue reading

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How Class Works — by Richard Wolff

Economist Richard Wolff explains our class society.

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The First Human Cannonball- Neatorama

Her name was Rossa Matilda Richter, but she was known as Zazel, the human cannonball. Zazel was a trapeze performer and walked a tightrope, but became famous for performing a new stunt on April 2, 1877, at the Royal Aquarium … Continue reading

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A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian doctor – Elizabeth Cox

It’s another sweltering morning in Memphis, Egypt. As the sunlight brightens the Nile, Peseshet checks her supplies. Honey, garlic, cumin, acacia leaves, cedar oil — she’s well stocked with the essentials she needs to treat her patients. Elizabeth Cox outlines … Continue reading

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The Weird Truth About Arabic Numerals

Hank unravels the fascinating yarn of how the world came to use so-called Arabic numerals — from the scholarship of ancient Hindu mathematicians, to Muslim scientist Al-Khwarizmi, to the merchants of medieval Italy.

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Haunting, 9,000-Year-Old Stone Mask Discovered in a Field in the West Bank

With oval-shaped holes for eyes and a small ridge for a nose, the mask resembles something a 1970s hockey goalie (or Jason in “Friday the 13th”) might have worn. But this mask was carved out of stone 9,000 years ago, … Continue reading

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