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West Asian environment – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2018-04-25T23:39:43-07:00September 13th, 2017|Environment, West Asia|

Snow in Afghanistan Afghanistan West Asia is a dry place, where it's always hard to get enough water and there are a lot of fights over water. The easternmost part of West Asia is Afghanistan, which is mountainous and cold in the winter. On the other side of Afghanistan is China, and for the [...]

History of Bicycles – Steel and feminism

By |2019-02-13T20:34:07-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|

A velocipede Early wooden bicycles Bicycles were invented bit by bit in many different countries. They grew out of earlier inventions like wheels (from Central Asia) and wheelbarrows and cranks (from China), but Karl von Drais, a German inventor, built the first riding machine with two wheels, one in front of the other, that you had to balance on, [...]

History of Democracy: Who invented democracy? Athens and Italy

By |2018-06-11T18:36:14-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government, Greeks|

Democracy history: The Pnyx, where Athenian men debated issues and voted What is democracy? Democracy means the rule of the people (in Greek). That is where each individual person has a vote about what to do. Whatever the most people vote for wins. There is no king or tyrant, and anybody can propose [...]