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Urbanization and the future of cities – Vance Kite

Today ,more than half of all people in the world live in an urban area. By mid-century, this will increase to 70%. But as recently as 100 years ago, only two out of ten people lived in a city, and before that, it was even less. How have we reached such a high degree of …


The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang

The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang

Consider the classic white t-shirt. Annually, we sell and buy two billion t-shirts globally, making it one of the most common garments in the world. But how and where is the average t-shirt made, and what’s its environmental impact? Clothing items can vary a lot, but a typical t-shirt begins its life on a farm …


A day in the life of a Roman soldier – Robert Garland

A day in the life of a Roman soldier – Robert Garland

The year is 15 CE and the Roman Empire is prospering. Most of the credit will go to the emperor, but this success wouldn’t have been possible without loyal soldiers like Servius Felix. Servius enlisted as a legionary eight years ago at age 18, the son of a poor farmer with few prospects. Unlike the …


From slave to rebel gladiator: The life of Spartacus – Fiona Radford

From slave to rebel gladiator: The life of Spartacus – Fiona Radford

As the warrior slept, a snake coiled around his face. Instead of a threat, his wife saw an omen– a fearsome power that would lead her husband to either glory or doom. For now, however, he was only a slave – one of millions taken from the territories conquered by Rome to work the mines, …


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

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. Peseshet is a swnw, or a doctor. In order to become one, she had to train as a scribe …


A day in the life of an ancient Athenian – Robert Garland

A day in the life of an ancient Athenian – Robert Garland

It’s 427 BCE and the worst internal conflict ever to occur in the ancient Greek world is in its fourth year. The Peloponnesian War is being fought between the city-states of Athens and Sparta, as well as their allies. The Athenians can’t match the formidable Spartan army on land. So they’ve abandoned the countryside and …


A day in the life of a Mongolian queen – Anne F. Broadbridge

As dawn breaks over a moveable city of ten thousand yurts, Queen Boraqchin is in for a rude awakening. A rogue sheep has slipped past her servants and guards and bolted into her yurt, where he springs into bed and bleats in her ear. Although she’s the formidable khatun of the Golden Horde, a huge …


How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar Feathers are some of the most remarkable things ever made by an animal. They are gorgeous in their complexity, delicate in their construction, and yet strong enough to hold a bird thousands of feet in the air. Like all things in nature, feathers evolved over millions of years into …


The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey

The evolution of the human eye – Joshua Harvey

The human eye is an amazing mechanism, able to detect anywhere from a few photons to direct sunlight, or switch focus from the screen in front of you to the distant horizon in a third of a second. In fact, the structures required for such incredible flexibility were once considered so complex that Charles Darwin …


Can wildlife adapt to climate change? – Erin Eastwood

Can wildlife adapt to climate change? – Erin Eastwood

Rising temperatures and seas, massive droughts, changing landscapes. Successfully adapting to climate change is growing increasingly important. For humans, this means using our technological advancement to find solutions, like smarter cities and better water management. But for some plants and animals, adapting to these global changes involves the most ancient solution of all: evolution. Evolutionary …

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