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ChronoScribe – The Future of History

ChronoScribe – The Future of History

(stone scraping) (continues scraping, music begins to play) (indistinct voices murmuring in the distance) History is the living, breathing story of us understanding history is key to the progress of mankind, whether its history on a global scale, or our own personal journeys… if we don’t know where we’ve been how can we possibly know …

Why Does “Straight” Mean Heterosexual?

Why Does “Straight” Mean Heterosexual?

Look at this ruler. You might describe it as something with no curves and swerves, or long and straight. But then again you might also use the same word “straight” to describe someone’s sexuality when they’re attracted to someone of the opposite sex. Wait…what? This doesn’t quite add up. So today let’s get to the …

That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared

That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared

In 2011, paleontologists working on the Spanish island of Minorca announced the discovery of some very odd fossils. They were the bones of a rabbit, but it wasn’t like any rabbit you’ve ever seen. For one thing, this bunny was a giant, up to six times heavier than your average cottontail. It also had short …

Are We Living In the Sixth Extinction?

Are We Living In the Sixth Extinction?

[MUSIC] The California Golden Bear The Great Auk The Passenger pigeon The Tasmanian tiger The Pinta Island tortoise The Golden toad All dead. And the killer is right there in the room with you. [MUSIC] The walls of France’s Lascaux cave hold some of humankind’s earliest art, almost mythical species: a wooly rhinoceros, enormous-antlered Megaloceros …

The Fuzzy Origins of the Giant Panda

Thanks to LEGO.com and the LEGO Store—presenting the LEGO Ideas Tree House—for their support of PBS. The mountain forests of China are the last home of a very peculiar bear indeed: the giant panda. It’s one of the most recognizable mammals in the world, with its distinctive black-and-white coat and its adorably round physique. And …