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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One | World History | Scoop.it

Via Seth Dixon
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War can disrupt supply chains and also create new modes of production, promote emerging fashions and spur new innovations.  World War I was no blessing, but these inventions are the silver lining. 

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Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking

Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking | World History | Scoop.it
Do not try them at home.
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Who said the Victorian age was stuffy and uptight?
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Mystery of Skeleton Lake solved: Scientists reveal bones found around edges of Indian lake belonged to hundreds of 9th century tribesmen who died in freak hail storm

Mystery of Skeleton Lake solved: Scientists reveal bones found around edges of Indian lake belonged to hundreds of 9th century tribesmen who died in freak hail storm | World History | Scoop.it
Scientists had wondered for decades what killed more than 200 people whose skeletons surround the Lake of Roopkund in northern India and have been dated back to 850AD.
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Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.
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Ancient cemetery provides peek into Philistines’ lives, health

Ancient cemetery provides peek into Philistines’ lives, health | World History | Scoop.it
Burial site offers new look at Israelites’ mysterious enemies.
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People who don't write their own histories are often the victims of those who do. In this case, the Philistines are known mainly as enemies to the Hebrews in the Jewish Torah. What can archaeological evidence reveal that a biased text like the Torah cannot about who the Philistines were?
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Hawaii’s 30-Meter Telescope Could End Up in Spain

Hawaii’s 30-Meter Telescope Could End Up in Spain | World History | Scoop.it
The group behind the contested project is still pushing for construction on the Big Island, but has selected an alternate site just in case.
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History is rarely as irrelevant as student's sometimes suspect it is. Here is an example of how history influences the modern world.
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Terracotta Warriors Inspired by Ancient Greek Art

Terracotta Warriors Inspired by Ancient Greek Art | World History | Scoop.it
The Terracotta Warriors, along with other life-sized sculptures built for the First Emperor of China, were inspired by Greek art, new research indicates.
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Cross cultural exchanges go both ways and, although China was surely the origin of vast quantities of technology and ideas spread to the West, there is scant evidence of the impact of Western ideas on China. The thesis of this article suggests that the impact may have been profound, at least in the way art was produced.
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Ancient Maya codex not fake, new analysis claims

Ancient Maya codex not fake, new analysis claims | World History | Scoop.it
New report suggests an ancient Maya text — the bark-paper Grolier Codex — could be the oldest known document in Americas.
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Before Beijing: A Rare View of China's Last Dynasty

Early photographs of the architecture and culture of Peking in the 1870s
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These are interesting Qing Dynasty photos.
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Why Do So Many Rich People Work So Much?

Why Do So Many Rich People Work So Much? | World History | Scoop.it
The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening. Why?
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Leisure time is something dear to us all. According to social science research, how much we have and what we chose to do with it might be a factor of social class as much as personal choice.
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How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked [Interactive & Infographic]

How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked [Interactive & Infographic] | World History | Scoop.it
We are not biologically identical to our Paleolithic predecessors, nor do we have access to the foods they ate. And deducing dietary guidelines from modern foraging societies is difficult because they vary so much by geography, season and opportunity
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The 5,000-Year History of the Chair

The 5,000-Year History of the Chair | World History | Scoop.it
The world of chairs, from ancient Greece to the modern office
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South Sudan 'back to war', says VP Riek Machar's spokesman - BBC News

South Sudan 'back to war', says VP Riek Machar's spokesman - BBC News | World History | Scoop.it
South Sudan is "back to war", a spokesman for the vice-president tells the BBC, as rival factions clash and hundreds are reported killed.
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New technology reveals cities hidden in Cambodian vegetation for thousands of years

New technology reveals cities hidden in Cambodian vegetation for thousands of years | World History | Scoop.it
“The broad conclusion to draw from this is that we’ve underestimated how much humans have shaped their environments,” lead author Damian Evans said.
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A ‘Stonehenge,’ and a Mystery, in the Amazon

A ‘Stonehenge,’ and a Mystery, in the Amazon | World History | Scoop.it
The conventional belief is that only small tribes could have inhabited the Amazon jungle, but new discoveries call that into question.
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As this article suggests, people of my generation and earlier were taught that there was no large scale human civilization in the vast Amazon basin. New archaeology is challenging that idea.
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Globalization Doesn't Make as Much Sense as It Used To

Globalization Doesn't Make as Much Sense as It Used To | World History | Scoop.it
Since its founding, America has swung from protectionism to free trade. What’s next?
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This is a wonderful economic history of the US.
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They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, an excerpt

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, an excerpt | World History | Scoop.it
An excerpt from They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer. Also available on web site: online catalogs, secure online ordering, excerpts from new books. Sign up for email notification of new releases in your field.
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It is never a bad time to remember the stakes that all democracies are fighting for. Irrespective of the specific individuals or ideologies being argued about in the modern world, one of the greatest cautionary tales we should know is the way that Nazis rose to power in enlightened, democratic Germany.
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The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history

The conflict is really only 100 years old. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Read more about the Israel-Palestine conflict at
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This is a very good 10 minute summary of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It tries very hard to be unbiased.
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How to read a book without opening it

How to read a book without opening it | World History | Scoop.it
New technique allows scientists to read the pages of an ancient text without opening the book.
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The real work of historians requires careful analysis of very old textual sources. Here's how science is helping.
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How Pop Culture Tells Women to Shut Up

How Pop Culture Tells Women to Shut Up | World History | Scoop.it
Sady Doyle’s new book, Trainwreck, explores the many ways the U.S. (and its media, and its paparazzi, and its Donald Trump) continue to demean the ladyfolk.
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America's Monopoly Problem

America's Monopoly Problem | World History | Scoop.it
How big business jammed the wheels of innovation
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Long-term analysis of economic trends is one of the most powerful uses of history.
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Were South Americans wearing blue jeans 6,200 years ago?

Were South Americans wearing blue jeans 6,200 years ago? | World History | Scoop.it
Not Egypt but Peru? A discovery at an ancient temple site in Peru means that indigo dye was used to color cotton at least 1,800 years before scientists had previously believed it was.
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Barack Obama is now alone in Washington

Barack Obama is now alone in Washington | World History | Scoop.it
His Asia pivot is pursuing the U.S.’s deepest interests. But no one else wants to push for it.
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Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them

Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them | World History | Scoop.it
The original genetic modification.
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Humans have been altering food to suit our tastes for millennia. Much of the time the alterations were accidental. Our current biotechnology allows us to speed up and dramatically increase the alterations we can make.
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How an Outsider President Killed a Party

How an Outsider President Killed a Party | World History | Scoop.it
The Whigs chose power over principles when they nominated Zachary Taylor in 1848. The party never recovered.
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In the midst of a frenetic presidential election year, it is sometimes helpful to view current events in comparison to past ones. History does not repeat itself precisely, but lessons for the present can still be learned from the past. 
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