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Snowball Earth

There is a theory that was once considered to be quite controversial, so much so that scientists labeled it absurd. It claimed that for millions of years the our planet Earth was covered entirely by ice, every inch smothered by nearly a one kilometre thick sheet. The temperatures would have been -40ºC all over, even in the tropic regions located along the equator. If this was indeed the case then

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Vikings Unearthed

The Vikings, Scandinavian warriors who plundered and pillaged over a thousand years ago, their brutality became legendary as they left a trail of violence across Europe. For centuries viking longships terrorised people from Ireland to the Caspian Sea, however they were not just raiders they were also traders and explorers who ventured further than any Europeans before them. Now archaeologist ar

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Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered

In 1922 Howard Carter and George Herbert discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, it was found nearly entirely intact and instantly received worldwide press coverage sparking a new public interest in ancient Egypt for which the mysterious mask of Tutankhamun remains the popular symbol. However since the discover of his tomb, one question in particular has hung over the tale of Tutankhamun and that i

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The Library of Alexandria

Constructed and established in the 3rd century BC, The Royal Library of Alexandria located in Alexandria, Egypt was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was dedicated to the nine goddesses of the arts known as the Muses. Throughout the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty the ancient library flourished and became a major center of scholarship and included man

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The Brain: With David Eagleman

The most complex thing that we have discovered in the universe is the human brain and for the past 20 years American neuroscientist, Dr David Eagleman, has been attempting to understand how what happens in just three pounds of jello like material somehow becomes us. In a cubic centimeter of brain tissue there are as many connections as stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, what we feel, what matters t

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Wild Kalahari

Wild Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert is located in Southern Africa and covers much of Batswana, parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is roughly 900,000 kilometres squared and is considered to be more of a semi-desert as it is scattered with massive tracts of excellent grazing grounds which allow for it to support far more animals and plants than other deserts do, such as the Namib Desert located to the west. T

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Britain’s Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues

Crime was endemic for a period of time in the British 18th century, on the open road thieves and robbers would rob with impunity, on the high seas pirates roamed and closer to home rogues threatened the lives and livelihoods of your ordinary citizens. Nowhere was safe, least of all towns and cities where from their own underworld felons robbed, burgled and cheated. Across the country there was

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Decoding Neanderthals

They were the brutes of Ice Age Europe, although a branch of our human family tree they were still viewed upon as a dead end. Deep in our prehistoric past they were called Neanderthals. They carved out a marginal existence hunting by brute force with only simple stone tools, they were considered primitive with no language, art or the higher level thinking of an advanced species such as ourselves.

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First Peoples: Europe

Today we have Europe to ourselves we are all modern humans but when we first arrived in this land it was already a home for our cousins, the Neanderthals. We used to think that we were so much more advanced that we killed them off but that may be wrong. In reality we were so similar in make up that we could interbreed with them and share out DNA. The old story has collapse and we need to now tell

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