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Slaughterbots

Small drones that neatly fit in the palm of a hand can be unleashed at the push of a button and will unfailingly find their target - humans. They are killer robots, writes [...]

Hinkley Point: a nuclear mystery

Further to his article on the impact of the Fukushima disaster, Surendra addresses the ongoing dramatic concerns about the global nuclear industry which are widely being kept mum [...]

The swarm! The swarm!

Having taken care of bee hives for many years, Rashid relates his latest adventure with bees on the summer solstice.

Rivers no longer considered living entities

In an unexpected turn of events, India's Supreme Court has ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers are not 'living entities', revoking a recent decision by a High Court in [...]

Climate change – not for the first time

Climate change has become a huge catchphrase. Concerned individuals and environmental groups, politicians, big businesses and the often anonymous ‘stakeholders’ have joined the [...]

UFOs

A brief look at their well-documented history and the ongoing denial by most governments that they exists; by Bhagawati.

Windows 10

This is not another joke on the new Windows version but a quite alarming and sinister bit of information, writes Bhagawati.

Reverence for life: rivers are declared human

Whanganui River in NZ, Ganges and Yamuna in India have been granted legal status of a person, writes Bhagawati.

Crop Circle Mystery

The mystery isn't going away - on the contrary, more and more elaborate and stunning 'drawings' appear in fields, more often than not in the British countryside. Article by [...]

The Forest Man of India

Naina interviews and writes about the life of Jadav 'Molai' Payeng, an exceptional and compassionate man who surrendered his life to giving.

2000 Year-Old Lead Tablets Speak of Jesus

Carved lead codices found in Jordan in 2008 and said to contain references to Jesus, have now been authenticated.

This precious moment!

Article 50 (last of the series): As far as we know, it is for the first time in the 13,8 billion years of the history of our universe, that through a Life’s form the Universe is [...]

Timeline of our even more distant future

Article 49: It may take a couple of ‘years’, but the Sun’s luminosity will burn down the Earth, the present Stelliferous Era will end and all stars in the universe will have [...]

Timeline of our far future

Article 48: It may take a couple of ‘months’, but Africa's collision with Eurasia will close the Mediterranean Basin and create a mountain range, similar to the Himalayas, and [...]

Timeline of our near future

Article 47: It may take a couple of ‘weeks’, but there will be a new glacial period, Betelgeuse will explode in a supernova, the coral reef ecosystems will recover and the [...]

Is there a Plan B for ‘Our Common Future’? Yes! – Here is Lester R. Brown’s Plan B 4.0!

Article 46: "Lester Brown tells us how to build a more just world and save the planet from climate change in a practical, straightforward way. We should all heed his advice,” [...]

“My dear Earthling, how many Earths do you see rising?”

Article 45: Last call of our astronomer - and of the international scientific consensus as well - this time about the shocking effects of (over-)population and (over-)consumption [...]

Our astronomer’s analysis of the population on Earth’s continents

Article 44: Your human population has been growing continuously since the end of the Black Death, around the year 1350, although the most significant increase has been in the last [...]

Another three free hints from our senior friend

Article 43: Declare the Earth ‘Common Heritage of Mankind, walk your own talk and above all, remember your humanity!

The Milky Way astronomer makes his comeback

Article 42: This is the time either to destroy your whole Earth or to destroy all these arbitrary conceptions of nation, race and religion, to rebuild humankind and to make the [...]

“The Gods themselves are later than creation”

Article 41: As societies evolved from family-groups and tribes to chiefdoms and states, the power elite created the gods to glue the people together as “brothers and sisters”, [...]

Everything for one little girl or how the universe created man

Article 40: We have seen by now how the universe created man. No, nothing mentioned in the earlier contributions can be left out! Everything is needed for that one little girl, for [...]

The Anthropocene and what happened around 1950?

Article 39: The most striking observation is that in the mid-20th century, humanity’s effect on the Earth crossed a tipping point. This happened when post-World War II production [...]

The Anthropocene, the epoch shaped by man

Article 38: What if Earth, as a system, is operating now in a quantifiably new state, because of the profound changes humans are making to Earth’s natural systems?

The Holocene Period, the Human Era

Article 37: The Holocene is the name given to the last 12.000 years of Earth's history. The Holocene is witnessing all of humanity's recorded history and the rise and fall of all [...]

Homo sapiens and his extended family

Article 36: The genus ‘Homo’ is the youngest twig from a 2.5 million year old branch from a 4.6 billion year old tree, a seedling in a 13.8 billion year old universe. You and I [...]

Pokémon Go

Beware, zombies rising! - a short essay by Bhagawati

The Pleistocene Period, Baby it’s cold outside!

Article 35: During the present Ice Age, temperate zones are alternately covered by glaciers, during glacial periods, and uncovered during interglacial periods, when the glaciers [...]

The Pleistocene Period, Homo sapiens appears on stage, inhabited by giants!

Article 34: The Pleistocene is characterized by the presence of large land mammals, like mammoths and mastodons. This period also sees the evolution and expansion of our own [...]

The Pliocene Period, the sprouting of the human branch

Article 33: During the Pliocene, large polar ice caps start to develop. Some apes come down from the trees and start to exist on the plains in Africa. Australopithecus afarensis, [...]

The Miocene Period, the first hundred species of apes appear on stage

Article 32: The overall pattern of biological change is one of expanding open vegetation systems, at the expense of diminishing closed vegetation. The apes arise and diversify, [...]

The Oligocene Period, horses, deer, camels, elephants, primates, cats and dogs

Article 31: On land, mammals begin to dominate in this period, except in Australia. They continue to grow larger and larger, in good harmony with the expansion of grasslands and [...]

The Eocene Period, birds ruling a warm world

Article 30: In the Early Eocene, the Earth is a greenhouse world. Life is small and living in cramped jungles. There is nothing over the weight of 10 kilograms. At the top of the [...]

The Paleocene Period, mammals growing bigger and occupying new niches

Article 29: The Early Paleocene sees the recovery of the Earth, after the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous. During this period mammals grow bigger and occupy a [...]

Road Signs Warn Pedestrians Not To Use Smartphones

Swedish artists design and erect signs in Stockholm to stop people endangering themselves and others, reports Chris Graham in The Telegraph, UK, on May 27, 2016.

Smartphones: Are you a User or an Addict?

Some thoughts about the 'escape from reality', illusions and health risks provided by the use of smartphones.

The NoPhone

A satirical security blanket that phone addicts are really taking seriously. Jessica Leber reports on fastcoexist.com.

The Cretaceous Period, the first days for flowers and the last days for the dinosaurs

Article 28: A most important event in the Cretaceous, at least for terrestrial life, is the first appearance of flowering plants. At the end of the period, volcanic eruptions are [...]

The Jurassic Period, a festival for the dinosaurs and for the first birds flying in the skies

Article 27: During the Jurassic Period, the supercontinent Pangea splits apart. The period is a golden age for the large herbivorous dinosaurs. The Jurassic also sees the first [...]

The Triassic Period, new life in-between two major extinctions

Article 26: During the Triassic, the survivors of the Permian extinction spread and recolonize. Coelophysis is an early dinosaur. Near the end of the period, the first mammals [...]

The Permian Period, supercontinent Pangea and Earth’s largest mass extinction

Article 25: By the beginning of the Permian, many of the continents of today meet in supercontinent Pangea. The end of the Permian is the largest mass extinction recorded in the [...]

The Carboniferous Period, the building of coal beds and the invention of the egg

Article 24: The Carboniferous Period answers the question "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" definitely. This period is famous for its vast swamp forests, the primary [...]

The Devonian Period, the age of the fish

Article 23: The Devonian is notable for the rapid diversification in fish. Near the end of this period, a mass extinction event occurs, considered to be the second of the 'big [...]

The Silurian Period, the first vascular plants

Article 22: The Silurian sees the healing of the Earth. The warm, stable climate provides for one of the most significant developments: the arrival of the first plants to colonize [...]

The Ordovician Period, the beginning of the colonization of the land

Article 21: Perhaps the most groundbreaking occurrence of the Ordovician is the colonization of the land. The end of the Ordovician is a ‘Snowball Earth’ period, the first mass [...]

The Cambrian Period, springtime in the history of life on our planet

Article 20: The Cambrian is the springtime for life on our planet. It is the time when most of the major groups of animals first appear in the fossil record.

The Proterozoic Period, cradle of early life

Article 19: Many of the most exciting events during the history of the Earth and of life occur during the Proterozoic. Stable continents first appear as well as the first living [...]

The Archean Period, the era of the bacteria

Article 18: If you were able to travel back, in order to visit the Earth during the Archean, you would likely not recognize it as the same planet we inhabit today.

The Hadean Period, the birth pangs of our Planet Earth

Article 17: The name ‘Hadean' comes from Hades, the underworld of the Greek mythology. It refers to the hellish conditions of the Earth during the earliest part of its history.

Big History in 25 Volumes, volumes 17 – 25

Article 16: In volume 17, page 350 - at about 2/3 of the distance between the Big Bang and Now - we come across the birth of our Sun, of our Solar System and of our planet Earth.