Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Astronomy History: The Dark Night – Reinventing Astrophysics

It seems that every week scientists are making new and profound discoveries about the universe, but that’s really not quite the case. Despite all...

The History of Computer Games

The exact year of the first game played on a computer is a little hard to pin down. Many people think that it was...

Origin of Weekday Names for Latin-based Languages: Learning How the Days of the Week...

Astronomy defines most of the major units of time used in daily life: a year is the time Earth takes to orbit the sun...

A History of Dentures: The Ancient Origins of Dental Hardware

In 2006, archaeologists in Mexico discovered the skeleton of a 4500 year old man. These archaeologists were shocked to realize that this ancient human...

The TIGHAR Project – What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. It is a non- profit foundation whose activities include all...

In the Last Days of Sail: From Clippers to Steamships

The result took the clippers slicing through the oceans on runs that were, for their time, astounding and consequently newsworthy. In 1845, when the...

What If Adolf Hitler Defeated the Soviet Union in World War II?

A political science professor recently posed a question to me. He wanted me to examine a scenario where Hitler defeated the Soviet Union...

Piracy, a Daunting Feature of Life at Sea Since Early Times

In the sentimental glow of hindsight, pirates have typified freedom, romance and adventure. Suffering their depredations was a totally different matter. In the 7th and...

The History of New Year’s Resolutions: How and Why the Tradition of Making Resolutions...

The history of making New Year’s resolutions dates all the way back to the time of ancient Rome. The Romans are responsible for the...

Female Pirates and Their Lovers: Finding Time for Love While Leading Busy Lives As...

Juliet had Romeo. Tristan had Isolde. Abelardo had Heloise. Elizabeth Barrett had Robert Browning. And Don Jose had his Carmen, if only briefly. Love...