Milankovitch Cycles

Milankovitch Cycles

Transcript The Earth takes a year to go around the sun, and a day to turn on its axis.  It is tilted 23.5 degrees which is what causes the seasons.  All of these facts which you learned in school are true, but they are not permanent. They change, very slowly, over time.  One astrophysicist in …

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Project MK ULTRA

Project MK ULTRA

Transcript After the end of World War II, the newly created Central Intelligence Agency investigated anything and everything which could give the US an advantage in the Cold War.  That included investigating UFO’s and levitation, as well as creating exploding cigars for Fidel Castro. One such idea was mind control.  Learn more about Project MK …

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The Year of The Five Emperors

The Year of The Five Emperors

Transcript Every so often, the series Dr. Who would have a special episode where multiple versions of the time-traveling Doctor would appear on the same episode.  I think they probably ripped the idea off from the Roman empire, where they had several years with multiple emperors.  So, fresh off talking about the year of four …

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The Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary

Transcript In 1844, the Philological Society of London began investigating the creation of a new English dictionary. This initial foray would lead to a dictionary that would be unlike any other dictionary ever created.  It would not just give the definition and spelling of a word, but a complete history of each word and where …

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The Great Crash at Crush

The Great Crash at Crush

Transcript In 1896, the United States was experiencing what we now call a recession. The Panic of 1896 had made life tough on everyone, and many of the companies in the highly competitive railroad business were looking for new ways to make money.  One man, William George Crush, came up with a smashing idea.  His …

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All Rats Must Die! The Story of Rat Eradication on South Georgia Island

All Rats Must Die! The Story of Rat Eradication on South Georgia Island

Transcript Humans and rats have lived in an uneasy relationship for millennia. Rats have spread diseases like the bubonic plague, destroyed grain harvests, and stolen our pizzas.  In return, rats have given humans……pretty much nothing.  As such, humans have waged a relentless war against rats, which for the most part has gone nowhere. However, there …

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