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9 Record-breaking royals

Meet the richest, deadliest and longest-lived monarchs and find out who has the most wives, most money and the most heirs

Animation before the invention of film

Some of the very first inventions that simulated movement by tricking our eyes. Although this may come as a surprise to some, the animation industry was once a field dominated by mathematicians and physicists. Rather than attracting purely creative minds, … Continued

Heroes in History: Mary Anning

Born into poverty on 21 May 1799, Mary Anning had to work hard from a young age. She didn’t have a formal education and was only taught to read at Sunday school. Raised in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis … Continued

Timeline: The Evolution of Charles Darwin

As the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Robert Darwin is the most famous and influential naturalists of his time, if not of all time. Dedicating his life to the study of the natural world and the processes that drive it, … Continued

Mummies and Daddies: Egyptian Family Tree Revealed

A new DNA study has revealed that a pair of ancient Egyptian mummies, known as the Two Brothers, are actually half-brothers. The priests Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh were discovered in Egypt during an excavation led by British archaeologist Flinders Petrie in 1907. Their tomb was … Continued

Challenger 2: Life Extension Project

The Challenger 2 is the main battle tank in service for the British Army and was designed and manufactured by BAE Systems. This military beast has a 12-cylinder, 1,200hp Perkins CV12 diesel engine, which can propel the 62,500 kg tank … Continued

How Did People Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs?

The last known hieroglyphic inscription from ancient Egyptian times in the Temple of Philae in southern Egypt. It was written approximately 1600 years ago. Shortly after, this written language was lost to history forever and only lived on as the … Continued

The history of Edinburgh Castle

The scene of numerous sieges, Edinburgh Castle still stands proudly today as a symbol of military might