Scuba Diving History: A Deep Dive into the Depths

History of Scuba Diving

The name Jacques-Yves Cousteau is synonymous with scuba diving’s history, and you are forgiven if you’re under the impression that the story started with him.  In 1942, Jacques, along with Emile Gagnan, redesigned a car regulator to function as a demand valve, and a device that provided divers with a supply of compressed air delivered …

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Mary Todd Lincoln: Managing Home, Husband, and Children

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On the morning of Thursday, November 2, 1854, Mary Lincoln was up at dawn. Overnight the fickle Springfield weather had turned cold and damp, and to make matters worse, the fire in the Lincoln’s new Thompson stove had gone out. Now Mary could only hope that she could get another started in time for the …

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Early Humans

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Recent discoveries have provided much new information on the emergence and spread of modern humans.[1] Scholars in the field of genetics have established that Homo sapiens originated in Africa in about 200,000 B.P., and that our species subsequently displaced all previous hominid species. Recent results in paleontology have gone far toward confirming these views.[2] Further, …

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History of Space Exploration

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The moon, for early modern Englishmen , was comfortingly familiar yet achingly distant. Countrymen looked to the moon, “the queen of heaven,” to understand “alterations and changes of humors, times, seasons,” and perturbations of “man’s body, the air, and all other things under her orb.” The moon and its phases helped regulate mundane activities, from …

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Mao and Fanon: Competing Theories of Violence in the Era of Decolonization

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The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon offers a powerful critique of colonial rule, while at the same time providing a call for violent and revolutionary struggle against European imperialism. Written in 1961 and in the context of the Algerian War of Independence, Fanon extols the virtues of violence as a means to liberate …

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