Category: History

What was the Chernobyl disaster?

Explore the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident and discover how it has made an incredible recovery When the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in 1986, it released five per cent of its 200-ton...

Explored: The catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa

Discover one of the seven wonders of the Middle Ages On the northern coast of Egypt, in the bustling city of Alexandria, lay the catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa. The tomb’s Arab name was given...

The History of Notre Dame

The most magnificent church in Paris throughout the Gothic age, Notre Dame defined what a cathedral should be The Cathedral church of Our Lady, normally referred to simply as ‘Notre Dame’, stands on the...

Top 5 most deadly cosmetics

Discover some of history’s most ill-advised beauty secrets Lead makeup During the Roman Empire, and in England until the 19th century, women would whiten their faces with a lead mixture called Ceruse. The resulting...

Prehistoric giants of the sky

Credit: Johnson-Mortimer The huge aerial predators that brought death from above Jumbo raptor Haast’s Eagle ▶ 1.8 MYA-1400 CE With talons the size of tigers’ claws, these monstrous eagles preyed on helpless herbivores of...

Meet the world’s biggest sloth

One of the biggest land mammals that ever existed, the giant ground sloth roamed the Earth for millions of years Towering over the Cenozoic flora of South America, a sloth the size of an...

7 Amazing Everyday Inventions

We take them for granted, but modern life depends on these incredible discoveries and inventions 1. Electricity: By discovering how to manipulate the flow of electrons, we triggered a technological revolution Almost everything we...

The birth of blue jeans

The ‘riveting’ story of how two visionary immigrants created an American classic Denim jeans are a fashion essential around the world, but their origins are much more humble. During the late 1800s, America was...