French fries. Baked potatoes. Mashed potatoes. Potato chips. Potatoes are everywhere because they’re easy to grow, nutritious, and totally delicious. But they’re also crucially important to the creation of the world as we know it. The modern world was built on potatoes! Ted-Ed explores the history of potatoes and…
No, these aren't natural disasters, craters from a huge meteorite, or the burrows of some massive worm from space. These are mines, created by the Soviet Union to harness the awesome natural resources of Russia and Eastern Europe. But they look like a glimpse of Hell itself.
Chances are you're typing on a keyboard as you read this. But could you imagine typing on a set of keys like the ones above? The typewriter keyboard has a long and colorful history — and here are some eye-opening pictures of typewriters from the past two centuries.
We take economic growth for granted — it's one of the defining characteristics of our economy that it grows, year after year. Any period when the economy doesn't grow is called a recession, and this is a kind of temporary economic emergency.
The industrial revolution is upon us. In many of England's cities, machines are replacing magic as the primary tool of convenience. But in the city of Widdershins, magic is still in great supply. And it's a very strange place for a seer of spirits, a pipe smoking female treasure hunter, and a stage magician afflicted…
In order to understand how the Industrial Revolution affected the air we breathe, environmental engineers need to find pristine air particles. To do that, they have to go 130 feet above the remotest corners of the Amazon rainforest.