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Attenborough’s Ark

If you can save ten animals from extinction, which animals would you pick? Sir David Attenborough shows us his pick in his new TV series Attenborough’s Ark [warning: auto-starting video]. The BBC has the slideshow of the [...]

Columbus’ Confusion About the New World

Smithsonian has several articles today abut Christopher Columbus, one of which explains some of his actions by looking at the mindset of a self-educated person in the 15th century. The unfamiliar things he saw in the New World were filtered through the knowledge of ancient writers, religious authorities, and culture. For example, both Columbus and [...]