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Was Genghis Khan history′s greenest conqueror? MNN - Mother Nature Network

Monday, June 4, 2012
Category: History

From www.mnn.com

Unlike modern day climate change the Mongol invasion cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

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So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews? The Jewish Chronicle

Monday, June 4, 2012
Category: History

From www.thejc.com

Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth.

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Nicotine and the Chemistry of Murder Wired Science Wired.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Category: History

From www.wired.com

It’s not famous because it was such a classic high society murder. The killers were the dashing, expensive, and deeply indebted Comte and Countess de Bocarmé. The death occurred during a dangerously intimate dinner at their chateau, a 18th century mansion on an estate in southern Belgium.

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Mechanical Matchmaking: The Science of Love in the 1920s Paleofuture

Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

The April 1924 issue of Science and Invention magazine ran an article by Hugo Gernsback, the magazine’s publisher, which examined the different “scientific” ways to determine if a marriage will succeed or fail.

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Darwin′s Creepiest Experiment Brought Back to Life Wired Science Wired.com

Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.wired.com

Charles Darwin liked to freak out his friends—for science. Guests visiting the famed naturalist in 1868 were shown a set of "ghoulish" photos of a guy being prodded in the face with an electrical current.

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Hitler’s Very Own Hot Jazz Band Past Imperfect

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

Goebbels knew he needed to engage—with an increasingly war-weary German public, and with the Allied servicemen whose morale he sought to undermine. This clear-eyed determination to deal with reality, not fantasy, led him to some curious accommodations.

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The peculiar legacies of Walter Scott TLS

Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: History

From www.the-tls.co.uk

It was Scott who, to add “aboriginal” colour to George IV’s “jaunt” to Edinburgh in 1822, invented the cult of the clan tartan (“the ancient Highland costume”) " arguably one of his finer works of fiction.

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Phillip Knightley: When is a terror threat not a terror threat? Let′s ask a man called Felix... - Commentators - Opinion -

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: History

From www.independent.co.uk

Dzerzhinsky took over anti-terrorism duties in the newly-emerged Russia at the end of the First World War when the country was riven with revolt and violence. He realised that he had no chance of identifying all the terrorist threats and those planning to perpetrate them.

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Target man The Spectator

Friday, May 18, 2012
Category: History

From www.spectator.co.uk

Spencer Perceval, the only British prime minister to be assassinated, had made an army of enemies. Not only was he prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer, but, thanks to the insanity of George III and the loyal support of a majority of MPs, he had achieved a unique degree of political power.

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Anne Boleyn: witch, bitch, temptress, feminist Books The Guardian

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Category: History

From www.guardian.co.uk

Henry VIII′s second wife is one of the most controversial women in English history. Hilary Mantel, who has made her the subject of the sequel to Wolf Hall, examines her rise and her downfall.

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