Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The BroomHandle Mauser

In military service for more than fifty years, the C96 Mauser Military Pistol ushered in the era of semi-automatic weapons on the modern battlefield. In...

Maglev: Long science fiction, maglev trains are becoming reality

First conceived around 1907, Mag-lev did not become a practical reality until 1984. But, the age of the mag-lev rail is coming soon. As a...

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...

Aromatics in the Ancient World: History Of Aromatherapy

Plants were treasures of the ancient world. Their uses were wide and varied from culinary herbs, perfumes and cosmetics to medicines and incense for...

The World of Pirates

For decades and even centuries, the human race has been interested in pirates, they are portrayed in movies, in books, and children pretend play...

The Birth of Airmail: On May 15th 1918 the Army Air Corps Began Carrying...

The Army had been detailed to help the Post Office with an experimental project to inaugurate airmail in America. This was the first regular...

Railroads and the Market Economy: Economy of Scale and Regulation

Businesses having a large number of customers can dramatically increase profits with small changes to the price. This simple economic fact led to railroad...

A Short History of Opium

In recent years, the so-called Golden Triangle of parts of Laos, northern Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) has become well-known as a leading exporter of...

The History and Mythology of Amber

Michael Crichton’s brilliant book may have popularised amber, but this gemstone has featured in man’s culture and history since the beginning of time. Amber...

Who Discovered Australia?: Did The Dutch or Portuguese Arrive in Australia First?

The British explorer Captain James Cook is often mentioned as the person who discovered Australia. But this is not correct. Although Captain James Cook discovered...