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First Ancient African Genome Reveals Vast Eurasian Migration

First Ancient African Genome Reveals Vast Eurasian Migration | JWK World History | Scoop.it
DNA from Ethiopian man predates the movement of Eurasian farmers "back to Africa"
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This jawbone may change everything we know about early human history

This jawbone may change everything we know about early human history | JWK World History | Scoop.it
Human evolution had a nice clear line from Lucy 3.2 million years ago to Homo habilis to Homo erectus and finally Homo sapiens -- us. Or so it seemed. A new jawbone shows that humans evolved earlier than we thought, and we had more early cousins than direct ancestors.
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Sobering Images Show Famous World War I Battle Sites A Century Later

Sobering Images Show Famous World War I Battle Sites A Century Later | JWK World History | Scoop.it
The Great War may have ended nearly a century ago, but its legacy lives on. As these remarkable images taken by Irish photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil illustrate, it's going to take a very long time for the scars of this war to completely heal.
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The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI

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The Harlem Hellfighters broke barriers as the first African-American infantry unit to fight in World War I. Their story is retold in a new graphic novel written by Max Brooks, author of World War Z.
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The Columbian Exchange and the Real Story of Globalization

The Columbian Exchange and the Real Story of Globalization | JWK World History | Scoop.it
Trade is an economic activity, but its greatest impact may turn out to be biological. Charles C. Mann, author of 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, on the world made by Columbus and his seafaring heirs.
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No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death : NPR

No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death : NPR | JWK World History | Scoop.it
Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.
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Nuclear Detonation Timeline "1945-1998"

The 2053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 are plotted visually and audibly on a world map. As the video starts out detonati...
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Forget Edison: This Is How History's Greatest Inventions Really Happened

Forget Edison: This Is How History's Greatest Inventions Really Happened | JWK World History | Scoop.it
The myth of the solitary inventor -- in 8 stories...
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Sense of Place - Week 8 Gallery - Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Sense of Place - Week 8 Gallery - Traveler Photo Contest 2012 | JWK World History | Scoop.it
Submit your entry online to the 2012 Traveler Photo Contest in any of these four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Prizes include a Galapagos Photography Expedition, photo workshops, and more.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drones

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drones | JWK World History | Scoop.it

The new face of warfare...

 

"The Obama administration has made drone warfare a centerpiece of its counterterrorism strategies, so here's a rundown of the essentials."

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Tip of the Week – The eight most important places in history

Tip of the Week – The eight most important places in history | JWK World History | Scoop.it
A year or so ago I wrote about photos that changed the world. Truly important images that impacted how we live, how we think, and what we believe. And a week ago, I posted a quick little blurb abou...
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This Animated Data Visualization Of World War II Fatalities Is Shocking

This Animated Data Visualization Of World War II Fatalities Is Shocking | JWK World History | Scoop.it
It’s difficult to conceptualize excessively large numbers, particularly when they pertain to human tragedies. But this highly-engaging animated data visualization by Neil Halloran makes WWII-related deaths all too comprehensible.
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The First Victims of the First Crusade

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A bloody story of medieval violence against Jews in the name of the Christian god.
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Early humans lived with Neanderthal neighbours

Early humans lived with Neanderthal neighbours | JWK World History | Scoop.it
A new study has dated the final days of the Neanderthals and found they lived at the same time as the earliest modern humans in Europe. Rather than seeing Neanderthals suddenly vanish at the time modern…
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This Is Roughly 200 Years Of American History In One Mesmerizing GIF

This Is Roughly 200 Years Of American History In One Mesmerizing GIF | JWK World History | Scoop.it
It's like watching the U.S. eat North America.
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A Field Guide To Anti-Technology Movements, Past And Present

A Field Guide To Anti-Technology Movements, Past And Present | JWK World History | Scoop.it
"Major anti-technology movements will be active in the U.S. and elsewhere by 2030," Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, predicted back in 2001.
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A Map of the World's Slave Workforce

A Map of the World's Slave Workforce | JWK World History | Scoop.it
According to a new estimate, there are 30 million forced laborers in the world. Some reports show they're involved in making everything from iPhones to chocolate. 
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Albert Einstein Expresses His Admiration for Mahatma Gandhi, in Letter and Audio

Albert Einstein Expresses His Admiration for Mahatma Gandhi, in Letter and Audio | JWK World History | Scoop.it
In 1931, Albert Einstein wrote to Mohandas K. Gandhi to express his great admiration for the Indian leader’s methods. Translated from German, the letter reads in part:
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The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism by Susie Linfield - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism by Susie Linfield - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics | JWK World History | Scoop.it
What Martha Gellhorn teaches us about the morality of contemporary war reportage...
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Trinity: the birth of nuclear weapons in graphic novel form

Trinity: the birth of nuclear weapons in graphic novel form | JWK World History | Scoop.it
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Trinity is a nonfiction book-length comic for adults about the birth of nuclear weapons.
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Visualizing How A Population Hits 7 Billion : NPR

Excellent explanation of population expansion.

 

The U.N. says today symbolically marks the moment when the world's population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast?

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Play Caesar: Travel Ancient Rome with Stanford’s Interactive Map

Play Caesar: Travel Ancient Rome with Stanford’s Interactive Map | JWK World History | Scoop.it
IT experts at Stanford University have collaborated to create a novel way to study Ancient Rome. ORBIS, a geospatial network model, allows visitors to experience the strategy behind travel in antiquity.
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