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Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon. Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots.
 fairy tale history story
Many of today's global problems are hangovers from bad, ungenerous decisions at the end of previous conflicts, writes Jeffrey Sachs. This has been a year of great geopolitical anniversaries.
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"Ring a Ring o' Roses" or "Ring Around the Rosie" is a nursery rhyme or folksong and playground singing game. It first appeared in print in 1881, but it is reported that a version was already being sung to the current tune in the 1790s and similar rhymes are known from across Europe.
 plague song history
One of the fundamental and intriguing questions, at least for me, is that what are, precisely or likely, the triggers or starting point behind a certain decision problem or an event.
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Five lines of ancient script on a shard of pottery could be the oldest example of Hebrew writing ever discovered.


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Explore Afghanistan through the eyes of the Western photographers and artists who visited the country in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.


 Afghanistan history
A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active now than it has been at anytime in the previous 1,000 years. Scientists based at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich used ice cores from Greenland to construct a picture of our star's activity in the past. They say that over the last century the number of sunspots rose at the same time that the Earth's climate became steadily warmer. The warming is being amplified by gases from...
 Sun history climate 2040706 spot
Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient, dating back tens of thousands of years.


 English linguistics history etymology
The Correlates of War project seeks to facilitate the collection, dissemination, and use of accurate and reliable quantitative data in international relations. Key principles of the project include a commitment to standard scientific principles of replication, data reliability, documentation, review, and the transparency of data collection procedures. More specifically, we are committed to the free public release of data sets to the...
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Around 3,000 re-enactors from all over the world gathered in Belgium on Sunday to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.


 Waterloo history Napoleon