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DIY DNA

An interesting story of a DNA test that uncovered a family’s unknown history – and how many more like this will be uncovered?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/she-thought-she-was-irish-until-a-dna-test-opened-a-100-year-old-mystery/?tid=sm_Fb&utm_term=.d3b3e82d2407

Religious Studies sites

A bit of a starting point:

http://www.religionfacts.com/

https://plato.stanford.edu/

http://www.plato-philosophy.org/teaching-high-school-philosophy/

http://hirr.hartsem.edu/ency/index.html

 

School Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society – http://hirr.hartsem.edu/ency/index.html

Teaching High School Philosophy – http://www.plato-philosophy.org/teaching-high-school-philosophy/

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – https://plato.stanford.edu/

 

In-a-forgotten-caucasus-village-its-always-1989

An interesting concept to follow the migration of humans, and this is an interesting look snapshot of life behind the Iron Curtain still into the 21st century

http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/01/in-a-forgotten-caucasus-village-its-always-1989/

How homes kept cool before air-con

A good range of factors in home building that we seem to have spurned in favour of cheap concrete boxes with expensive to run air conditioners….
http://blog.solarcity.com/how-homes-kept-cool-before-the-age-of-ac

And thanks to the wonders of Facebook’s ‘people also shared’ …
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/07/22/europe-to-america-your-love-of-air-conditioning-is-stupid/

Having lived and worked in Brunei and Singapore – on the equator – the difference between Bruneian architecture with verandahs or shades over windows more in the old Malay kampong style, versus Singapore’s ‘modern’ designs which rely heavily on air con was striking. In a new school building (opened 2010) there were no windows to open – and so air conditioning had to run for 7-8 hours a day in 30+ classrooms, plus offices, even if it was comparatively cool outside. In my Bruneian school, air flow plus fans (generally) meant classrooms weren’t too bad. And you get used to it!

Hessians: the best army money could buy

Soldiers for hire in the 18th century, including in the American Revolution. Quite detailed article of this German state which raised money by pimping out its soldiers

http://www.historynet.com/hessians-the-best-armies-money-could-buy.htm

The most famous Hessian, according to the article?

Emperor Hirohito’s WWII poster child

Emperor Hirohito’s WWII poster child

An interesting article from the grand/daughter of a couple with their young child used by the Japanese to show the lovely conditions in a Borneo POW camp.

SIEV X: asylum seeker boat sinks & cover up, ICT 2001

Long, interesting, frustrating SMH report into cover up for PM Howard during 2001 election campaign and subsequently

The Hongi: Maori greeting

A lovely explanation of the hongi, and how it is far more personal and deeply intimate than a handshake.

Hongi – explained

CSU’s HSC Modern History

CSU’s HSC Modern History

Not bad overview

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