Author: Himanshu Sharma

The history of timekeeping goes as far back as ancient civilizations like Sumer and Egypt. Egyptians were the first to divide the day into fixed units of time, allowing them to develop more advanced methods of measuring time than ever before – like the sundial.  From there, civilizations like China, India, Greece, Babylon, and others…

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While Covid has received global attention due to its high death count and infection rates, it’s still only one of the many epidemics of infectious diseases currently ongoing around the world. Many of them fly under the radar due to being limited to small populations or certain regions of the world, even if some -…

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The Golden Age of Islam refers to a nearly six-centuries-long period of renaissance in the Islamic world, beginning with the foundation of the Abbasid Caliphate in the eighth century and ending with the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258. It was a time of unprecedented developments in the fields of geometry, medicine, astronomy,…

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We usually tend to focus on only the dark and gruesome parts of history, though it’s not been all bad. Among all the wars, diseases, and other tragedies of history, there have also been quite a few times of unprecedented peace and prosperity. These are sometimes referred to as a ‘golden age’ by historians, when…

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Throughout the history of slavery, revolts have usually been brutality crushed in order to set an example for the others. Despite that, uprisings have been a regular part of slave societies for as long as one can remember, going as far back as ancient Rome and Persia.  10. Stono Rebellion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pND-9KhM1Xw The Stono rebellion of…

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Space travel is fast coming up as a potential solution to every problem facing Earth, though how achievable is it, really? While recent advances in fields like robotics, artificial intelligence, navigation, communications, rocket design, and others have allowed humanity to explore further into space than ever before, we’d still need to solve many problems before…

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Science and warfare are intrinsically linked. Throughout history, many scientific innovations and discoveries have changed the battlefield in fundamental ways – from antibiotics that massively reduced the number of soldiers dying to disease, to drones that have entirely changed how modern wars are fought. 10. Barbed Wire Barbed wire was originally invented in the 1870s…

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Engineering is the practice of applying scientific and mathematical principles to real-life situations. While scientists usually get all the credit for all of humanity’s scientific achievements, it’s actually engineers who build the things that make all that possible – from intricate lab equipment to large-scale city projects. Some of the best engineers ever also happened…

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History is full of examples of battles that have changed the world – for good or worse. From the WW2 battle at Stalingrad to Napoleon’s infamous defeat at Waterloo, some of them are still remembered as turning points in the course of history. Most, however, remain forgotten outside the countries that fought them, either due…

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It’s often claimed that we’re living in the most peaceful time in history. That even if news reports of violent incidents are clearly going up, it’s only because of a wider dissemination of information through smartphones and social media than any real rise in violence. While it sounds intuitive, this school of thought is actually…

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CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene-editing mechanism derived from a naturally-occurring set of DNA sequences found in bacteria. While still in its infancy, the technology has garnered a lot of attention in the past few years due to its accuracy and flexibility, as well as its relatively-low cost. You can even buy your own CRISPR-Cas9 kit for…

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The advent of the Internet was a pivotal moment in modern history. It was the perfect tool for the increasingly globalized, modern world, which has now turned into an everyday necessity similar to groceries. Sadly, everything comes at a price. The Internet also came with an entirely new type of security threat, one that we…

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The British Empire was the largest empire in history in terms of landmass, as well as one of the most formidable military powers in the world at its peak. From Napoleonic France to southeast Asia to the Americas, Great Britain was known for its spectacular successes on the battlefield, often against much larger, better-armed enemies. …

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The concept of free will dictates most modern human societies, though as science is gradually finding out, it might not be as ‘free’ as we think. Rather than conscious choice, many of our everyday decisions are actually taken by the subconscious part of the brain – a complex network of neural signals and connections we’re…

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There are so many ‘mysterious’ photos and videos around the Internet that it’s hard to take them seriously. While it’s true that most of them are staged or fake, that’s not all of them, as there are still many unsolved photographic mysteries around the world that remain unsolved.  10. The Babushka Lady https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5pGueel-k Babushka Lady…

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The French Empire officially refers to the geopolitical entity set up by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804, though the French colonial empire is way older than that. French colonies started showing up in the Americas and India as early as the 17th century, and some of them still remain under French control. For the purposes of…

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We hear a lot about scientists and their fancy ideas, though it’s actually engineers who put those ideas into practice for real world applications. At its most basic, engineering is the science of building things – like machines – to apply theoretical scientific principles to real life situations. The theoretical system of measuring time, as…

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We think of all microbes as more or less the same species with some variations here and there, when in reality, it’s the oldest and most diverse subgroup of life on Earth. Their contribution to the ecosystem isn’t as apparent as other forms of life – as we can’t see them – though under the…

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