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The term ‘Dark Ages’ may have fallen out of favour in recent years, but our understanding of the period it describes is still mostly blank. It is considered a lost age, a time of barbarianism and basic survival
The death last July of Jume Tahir, the Imam of China’s biggest mosque, was a violent reminder of tensions in China’s vast borderlands, where Beijing rules, sometimes uneasily, over dozens of ethnic groups
Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on the epic Endurance expedition a century ago, calling the first coast-to-coast crossing of the Antarctic the ‘last great expedition that can be made’. It would be over 40 years before Shackleton’s dream became a reality
In the early 19th century, the Englishman Matthew Flinders and the Frenchman Nicolas Baudin were charged with the same momentous task: to complete the charting of Australia’s coast
Disposing of human bodily waste as quickly and efficiently as possible might strike you as the most obvious idea in the world. The problem is that, for all our technological savvy, we are still not very good at it
A post-university job servicing photocopiers is a disappointing introduction to the world of work for a young marine biologist, so when the opportunity arises to act as an observer on an Antarctic-bound fishing vessel, Matt Lewis jumps at it
From 1888 to 1924, the Detroit Publishing Company was the most significant producer of photographs in North America. It sent staff across the continent to capture pictures to satisfy a growing audience hungry for images of their world
Staying grounded is always a laudable ambition; taking it literally can be an adventure in sustainability. For Ed Gillespie, the challenge of circumnavigating the globe by any means but flight was a way of experiencing travel rather than transit

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