Tambora 1815: History’s Largest Eruption and the “Year Without a Summer”

It’s almost a century since the largest volcanic eruption in historic time. Tambora, in Indonesia, created so much pollution that it caused temporary global cooling – the so-called ‘year without a summer.’


Bunnies, Eggs, and Goddesses: Is Easter a Pagan or a Christian Festival?

The Goddess “Eostre,” pagan symbols, and the Christian holiday are at odds with one another; is Easter a melding of pagan and Christian celebrations?

The First Georgians Art and Monarchy

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy – Queen’s Gallery

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy, at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, looks at tastes and styles of George I and George II, the new dynasty from the House of Hanover.

Buildings in Herculaneum still embedded in tufa. Note: No roofs are in situ The modern town of Ercolano is build directly over the ancient town. Photograph copyright of Natasha Sheldon.

The Destruction of Herculaneum: Vesuvius Claimed More Than One Victim

Experts chart the story of how Vesuvius destroyed Herculaneum in its archaeological remains, showing how they differ from nearby Pompeii.

Suffering Elephant - Musee D'Orsay. "La bestiare du Musee D'Orsay. Photo by Janet Cameron.

Peter Singer on Suffering and the Consequences of “Speciesism”

Would you trade luxury and your Sunday roast dinners to spare the suffering of other species? Many thinkers have challenged Peter Singer’s moral philosophy.