Francis Galton pioneered scientific advances in many fields – but also founded the racist pseudoscience of eugenics
Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton's concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.
Jan. 15, 2021 • ~9 min
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The UK's marshes, bogs and fens provided the bare necessities of daily life for many centuries.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~8 min
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Wildlife television as we know it was constructed around Attenborough. Take him away and the whole thing needs to be reinvented.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~7 min
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In a time of social and environmental crisis, Aldo Leopold's call for a 'land ethic' is still relevant
Jan. 11 marks the birthday of conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), who called for thinking about land as a living community to protect, not a resource to exploit.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~9 min
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Food shortages, festivities and far-off fighting – Britain's coldest winters were among its most memorable.
Dec. 23, 2020 • ~7 min
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The dark green mineral has been called kernowite as the rock comes from a mine in Cornwall.
Dec. 23, 2020 • ~2 min
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Archaeologists link the destruction of a "high status" village to the uprising in Roman Britain.
Dec. 20, 2020 • ~2 min
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