History

3:06pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Science

A 20,000 Year Rewrite Of Human History

New analysis of artifacts from Border Cave indicate that the Later Stone Age in South Africa began roughly 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than originally thought.
Paola Villa University of Colorado

It turns out the Later Stone Age wasn’t quite so late. A University of Colorado archeologist has just completed a new analysis of artifacts that has pushed the period back by 20,000 years. The work may resolve one of the long-running paradoxes of human history—but in the process, it has created a new one.

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8:59am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Salt

Canning History: When Propaganda Encouraged Patriotic Preserves

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:11 am

During World War II, the government used posters to encourage Americans to grow and preserve their own foods as a way to aid the war effort. Produced by the Office of War Information in 1943.
Northwestern University Libraries

Recently, home canning has seen a rush in popularity, and even upscale retailers like Williams-Sonoma want a share of the idea that a pint of home-canned jam is a fun gift idea. But during both world wars, canning saw another surge, this time prompted by colorful propaganda sponsored by the United States government.

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4:21am

Sat July 28, 2012
Author Interviews

Before The D-Day Invasion, Double Talk And Deceit

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 5:52 am

Allied troops invade Juno Beach on D-Day. Ben MacIntyre's latest book, Double Cross, recounts the grand deception beforehand that helped make the invasion a success.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Early in 1944, Southern England bristled with 150,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers gathered for an invasion the Allies hoped would end World War II.

The soldiers, pilots, sailors and Marines knew they were there to be launched into Nazi-occupied Europe. But surely the Germans knew also. It's hard to hide the largest invasion force in history. LIFE Magazine even ran photos of GIs in Piccadilly.

The question was: Where would they attack?

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4:49pm

Wed July 18, 2012
History

Leadville Sinkhole Reveals Town’s Mining Heritage

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The town of Leadville has a growing problem. A 100-foot deep sinkhole has shut down traffic between the city and the Vail valley where many residents commute to work every day. But this is more than your average sinkhole.

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10:10am

Wed July 11, 2012
History

Sinkhole Near Leadville Turns Out To Be Century-old Railroad Tunnel

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With the summer travel season well underway in Colorado, US24 north of Leadville is now closed by a little bit of history. A long forgotten and collapsed railroad tunnel finally revealed itself with a sinkhole.

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