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Month: November 2018

Deinosuchus The Enormous Ancient Crocodile

Deinosuchus was a large crocodyliform that lived from 82 million years ago up until the end-Cretaceous extinction event began. Its main competitors as a large predator may have included sharks, marine reptiles like Mosasaurs, theropods like the Tyrannosaurs and other Deinosuchus. Its main prey were sea turtles and dinosaurs. Deinosuchus is an extinct relative to […]

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Ancient Libraries of the World

Libraries, regardless of whether or not they attach themselves to a university, belong to a public system, or simply sit inside someone’s home, exist as an essential vertebrae in society’s backbone. These intellectual institutions make knowledge and education accessible to individuals, businesses and cities alike, preventing mental — and, subsequently, collective — stagnation. By no […]

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The Illiad

An epic poem by the ancient Greek poet Homer, which recounts some of the significant events of the final weeks of the Trojan War and the Greek siege of the city of Troy (which was also known as Ilion, Ilios or Ilium in ancient times). Written in the mid-8th Century BCE, “The Iliad” is usually […]

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History of Rome

The History of Rome From its founding in 625 BC to its fall in AD 476, the Roman Empire conquered and integrated dozens of cultures. The history of the Roman Empire can be divided into three distinct periods: The Period of Kings (625-510 BC), Republican Rome (510-31 BC), and Imperial Rome (31 BC – AD […]

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Ancient Electricity

So who was it that actually discovered electricity and took the opportunity to create an artificial light source? Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison are the respective gentlemen believed to be the fathers of light or at least that’s the answer that has been accepted as a fact. Curiosity and surprise have been present when trying […]

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The Ingenuity of the Roman Aqueducts

Ever since the human race has lived in communities and farmed the land, water management has been a key factor in the well-being and prosperity of a community. Settlements not immediately near a fresh-water source dug shafts into underground water tables to create wells and cisterns were also created to collect rainwater so that it […]

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Fractals and Dimensions

Fractals are some of the most beautiful and most bizarre geometric shapes. They look the same at various different scales – you can take a small extract of the shape and it looks the same as the entire shape. This curious property is called self-similarity. To create a fractal, you can start with a simple […]

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Canute the Viking King

Canute the Viking King Who was this man, who started his adult life as a Viking warrior and went on to become the ruler of an empire which, at its height, included England, Denmark, Norway and part of Sweden? Canute (who is known as Knud in Denmark and Knut in Norway) was the son of […]

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The Beautiful Barn Owl

Common Barn Owl ~ Tyto alba The Barn Owl is a medium sized owl with no ear-tufts and a heart-shaped face. These pale, nearly worldwide birds are closely associated with man through their traditional use of barn lofts and church steeples as nesting sites. The species name “alba” refers to the colour white. Other names […]

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