Backgrounding Marx is hard to do, especially when 2018 is the 200th anniversary of his birth and a huge number of global events are focusing on the great man. This … Continue Reading Everyone Knows About Karl Marx, But What About Friedrich Engels?
According to The Times the late Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, was a Soviet “confidential contact” on the payroll of the KGB to the tune of £37,000 (in today’s money). This might come as something of a shock to followers of British espionage news, who have long assumed that such claims were nonsense – especially after this was found to be the case in the High Court in 1995.
It should not be a surprise that East Africa was a hotbed of evolution, because over the last five million years everything about the landscape has changed. The extraordinary forces … Continue Reading How a Changing Landscape and Climate Shaped Early Humans
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is at it again. He recently issued a blistering rebuke of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”
We often associate virtual reality (VR) with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life – such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or … Continue Reading How Virtual Reality Is Opening Up Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Sites
What makes us human? Whatever it is, it can be found in Syria. When the earliest hominids first came from Africa they passed through Syria, and their remains, together with … Continue Reading In Syria’s Ruined Relics Lies The History of Human Civilisation
Researchers, including Australian maritime archaeologists, believe they have found Captain Cook’s historic ship HMB Endeavour in Newport Harbour, Rhode Island. An official announcement will be made on Friday.
The “Mandela and Me” exhibition at the British Council in London marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in 1918. The exhibition is sponsored by Anglo American, the mining giant that was the biggest corporation in South Africa during apartheid and has, since 1999, been headquartered in London.
It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to … Continue Reading Germany’s Heated Asylum Debate Has Dark Parallels To Events 30 Years Ago
Archaeologists working at the Kom Ombo Temple in Egypt have discovered an ancient sandstone sphinx, the second sphinx discovered in the country this year. Experts believe the statue dates to the Ptolemaic era.
Think of rainforests and the picture is inevitably one of a dark and forbidding realm where life is abundant, yet alarmingly cryptic. Rather than the sense of space offered by … Continue Reading Human Evolution: Secrets of Early Ancestors Could Be Unlocked By African Rainforests
On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium and proceeded to blow everyone’s … Continue Reading In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How The ‘Mother of all Demos’ Changed The World
With the return of age-old allegations about Michael Foot appearing in the press again a few days ago, allegations widely debunked and mocked online and from senior Labour figures, we … Continue Reading Was Michael Foot a Soviet Agent? No, But Such Smears Are Common
A huge variety of Viking artefacts have been uncovered by archeologists working at the ancient Danish town of Ribe, the first Viking town that was ever established in Scandinavia. Working … Continue Reading Treasure Trove of Ancient Artefacts Discovered In Scandinavia’s First Viking Town
Science fiction may seem resolutely modern, but the genre could actually be considered hundreds of years old. There are the alien green “children of Woolpit”, who appeared in 12th-century Suffolk … Continue Reading Science Fiction Was Around In Medieval Times – Here’s What It Looked Like
When the Australian Ballet premieres its new production of Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus this week, it will be another moment in an extraordinary story of rehabilitation. Spartacus, a lowly barbarian slave … Continue Reading Spartacus: The Rise and Rise of An Unlikely Hero