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The Scientific Accomplishments of Ancient China’s Guo Shoujing
With an asteroid and a lunar crater named in his memory, there is no doubt that Guo Shoujing’s legacy was remarkable to posterity. Raised and inspired by his grandfather to study mathematics, astronomy, and hydraulic...
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History Reveals an Ancient Digital Device Stored in the Pocket: The Human Hand
While the human hand is the obvious tool of choice for an astounding number of physical tasks, it was once commonly used as a mnemonic device. Historical records demonstrate the utility of our five fingers...
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The Sacred Caves of Ajanta, Housing Ancient Buddhist Artifacts
Deep within an isolated part of India, there lies a collection of 30 caves that, for centuries, was an integral part of sacred tradition. Far from an adventure movie’s deadly cave, the Ajanta caves offer...
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Opal – The Queen of Gems
The name "opal" derives from the Latin word opalus, which means "precious gem," as well as from the Greek word opallios, which means "to see a color change.”  This prized gemstone has inspired fantastic folktales,...
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Lost Civilizations – Were There Industrialized Prehistoric Cultures?
Could this planet have harbored lost civilizations similar to our own in the remote past? To truly understand Earth's history, we must first answer the centuries-old enigma of prehistoric cultures. This fascinating subject is addressed...
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Recent Sauropod Discoveries Validate Brontosaurus, Reveal Respiratory Problems and Introduce New Species
For the great size and magnitude of the beasts that walked our earth hundreds of millions of years ago, relatively little is known about their existence. Over a century’s worth of fossil discoveries seem to...
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Australian Scientists Announce Discovery of Captain Cook’s Endeavour
A team of Australian scientists recently announced that they have discovered the last resting place of the British explorer Captain Cook’s Endeavour, a research ship that made multiple trips to Australia. However, the group has...
The Legacy of China’s First Emperor
China has a history of around 5,000 years, but prior to the Qin Dynasty that began in 221 B.C., the concept of “China” was totally different than the one with which we are now familiar....