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'Pompeii:' 10 Strange Facts About the Roman Empire - Discovery News

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'Pompeii:' 10 Strange Facts About the Roman Empire
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History nerds should enjoy all the big-budget production values detailing the ancient Roman Empire.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, February 21, 2014 11:11 AM

Ok - I hate "historical" movies because history is frequently thrown out the window for Hollywood story.  But what I do like is that so many different places start giving more details about what was life like during the time period.  I love the fact that Romans had central heating.

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Oldest human DNA sequence yet confuses our picture of pre-modern humans

Oldest human DNA sequence yet confuses our picture of pre-modern humans | History tells us.... | Scoop.it
DNA looks like a Denisovan; bones look like a Neanderthal.
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Sutured Infection

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A doctor and patient demonstrating the use of an electricity machine to produce an escharotic spark against enlarged tonsils. From Samuel H. Monell’s High frequency electric currents in medicine and...
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Nobel Prize Winners Hate School

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Nobel Prize winners' descriptions of why school destroys learning and wastes time.
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Interesting read:  What do Nobel Prize winners say about our school system?

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Dark Power: Pigment seems to put radiation to good use: Science News Online, May 26, 2007

Dark Power: Pigment seems to put radiation to good use: Science News Online, May 26, 2007 | History tells us.... | Scoop.it
The pigment melanin may enable certain fungi to convert dangerous radiation into usable energy.
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"......biology never wastes any energy source."

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Thanksgiving’s Racist Roots

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1 Native Americans Became infected With Small Pox The story of Thanksgiving is not the story we’ve been told throughout the years. In fact, the Pilgrims [...]
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Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, oh my! - OUPblog

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With the 31st of October quickly approaching, scores of costumes and vast amounts of candy are disappearing from stores as we prepare for Halloween.
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How much do you really know about Frankenstein, Dracula and the Witches of Salem??

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LOOK: Gruesome War Tactic Has Ancient Roots?

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Even as Syrian President Bashar Assad faces international criticism over allegations of illegal chemical attacks, it appears the region may have seen chemical warfare as far back as 1,700 years ago.
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Chemical Warfare dates back to Ancient Times

 

In fact, there is evidence of both biological and chemical weapons in the ancient world as far back as 189 B.C.  "Petrochemical fires were a common tool in the Middle East, where flammable naphtha and oily bitumen were easy to find."

Archeological excavations that began in the 1920's uncovered skeletons of 19 Roman soldiers and one Persian soldier who were fighting over the Roman-held Syrian city of Dura-Europos. A few years ago, the scientists' findings of their extensive studies were released, and provided the first physical evidence of ancient poison gas attacks that dated back to 256 A.D.

According to the evidence, the Persian soldier may have ignited the deadly fire to which he added a compound of burnt bitumen and sulfur, giving off a dense fog of poison gas that turned into sulfuric acid in the lungs of the soldiers.  Archeologists suggest that the Persian soldier may have "lingered too long to ensure it was alight, and was himself overcome by fumes ......"

....or it may be evidence of an ancient 'suicide bomber'....

 

see also 

http://www.livescience.com/13113-ancient-chemical-warfare-romans-persians.htm

 

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