As Europe expanded its overseas colonies, fixed ideas of racial differences took hold. But for a brief period, European notions of ethnicity were relatively fluid and settlers believed that non-white inhabitants could be ‘civilised’ and ‘improved’.
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Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier.
How the act of trapping fish and making beautifully engineered fishing dams shapes the minds, bodies and relationships of people in this community.
Beards may be back in fashion but today’s styles are very different from the ‘performances of hair’ which reflected the profound religious and social changes sweeping through Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The e-book has made continued inroads into the publishing world but the printed book has defied predictions of its death.
Smartphones and social media have made it easy for accidental witnesses to capture and share violations and crimes. But how can we tell what’s real and what’s fake?
How close are we to having effective treatments – and could we even prevent dementia from occurring in the first place?
The gene, called CYP2J19, allows birds and turtles to convert the yellow pigments in their diets into red, which they then use to heighten colour vision in the red spectrum through droplets of red oil in their retinas.
India’s sophisticated laws and progressive policies fail with startling regularity. A new study locates a possible reason as to why in the convoluted bureaucratic system of the Indian state and its obsession with paper.
Some researchers think that the cities of the future need to go back to nature if they are to support an ever-expanding population, while keeping carbon emissions under control.
The results are a first step in establishing the properties of comet clouds around Sun-like stars just after the time of their birth.
‘The Channel’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of the ‘English’ Channel during the 18th century, and also tackles some of the big questions about identity and sovereignty that continue to be pertinent today.
It’s said that great science fiction has a basis in good science, but it is also true that good science can be inspired by great science fiction.