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I write on science, history, nature, climate change, feminism, religion, politics & digital marketing. Check out my science and history blog: 360onhistory.com
Uranus in X-ray by NASA CXO University College London W. Dunn et al Optical by W.M. Keck Observatory

Right, I know this post is going to be the “butt” of a lot of giggles but here goes anyway.

When you look at images of planets in our solar system, they all seem to follow a certain design. The rocky ones are round with a few moons, while the gas giants and the ice giants have rings. But one of them is different. It seems to be tilted on its side, with its rings nearly at right angles to its equator. That planet is Uranus.

Until 1781, we all thought that there were only six planets in our solar…


Tomb of the Lionesses by Al Mare (Public Domain)

Everyone knows about the Roman Empire — and why not, they ruled over a large part of the world and immensely influenced western civilisation. But Italy existed before the Romans made it their own and it comprised of a variety of cultures and people.

One of these were the Etruscans — a culture that flourished in Italy between the 9th and 3rd century BCE and formed the most powerful nation in pre-Roman Italy. They deeply influenced the Romans and their influence on present-day western cultures is also now being recognized. …


Photo by Amador Loureiro on Unsplash

Humans have always expressed themselves through various forms, starting with pictograms, such as handprints, cave art and pictures that represented animals or plants that they saw around them. How did we get from there, to the plethora of languages, scripts and alphabets that we see around us? Here is the story.

Thousands of years of expression on cave walls, on stones and on shells were followed by word-based writing systems and sound-based syllabic writing systems, which are written symbols that represent syllables that make up words. …


Photo by Markus Spiske (Pexels)

Nature and environment seemed to get a bit of a reprieve from lockdowns during this pandemic. Images and stories of wild animals and birds visiting more areas because of low human activity abounded. We all thought that perhaps the Earth would heal a bit because humans were unable to continue their destructive activities.

Two researches say otherwise. New data from EU satellites shows that 2020 is close to 2016 as the warmest year on record, and was 1.24 dedgrees Celsius above average from the pre-industrial period (1850–1900) according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service. Europe was 0.4 degrees warmer than…


Painting of Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie 1797
Painting of Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie 1797
Painting of Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie 1797 (Public Domain)

We have all heard of Frankenstein, a novel that can be considered the first true science fiction story, written by Mary Shelley in 1818. Perhaps not many of us will know of Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer, philosopher and most importantly, an advocate for women’s rights, regarded as one of the founding feminist thinkers.

Born on April 27, 1759, she was the second of seven children and her father was a farmer. Although, her family had a comfortable income, her father squandered it all and their financial situation became unstable. He was also abusive to her mother…


First image: Pluto in true color. Second Image: Pluto in false color. Credit: NASA/JHAPL/SwRi/ New Horizons (Public Domain)

It used to be a planet and then it wasn’t. Pluto’s demotion to a dwarf planet has been a bone of contention amongst many. This fight has overshadowed a milestone in human space travel. We have actually sent a spacecraft that has flown by Pluto, has made scientific observations and sent back images that have changed our understanding of this solar system object.

How was it discovered? In the 1840s, astronomers noticed that the orbit of Uranus was being disturbed by something other than Neptune and the hunt for a ninth planet was started. The job of locating this Planet…


History of Life on Earth Geological Time Spiral
History of Life on Earth Geological Time Spiral
History of Life on Earth Geological Time Spiral USGS (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

Our planet is currently going through an environmental and climate disaster, to the extent that many scientists now believe that Earth is experiencing a sixth mass extinction event, caused by human activity — what we call anthropogenic impacts. A mass extinction event is one where there is a widespread and rapid decrease in biodiversity.

If this is the sixth mass extinction, when were the previous five? That’s what we are going to talk about.

We have to go very far into Earth’s history to start, when a lot was happening on the planet, with plate tectonics, volcanoes and asteroid strikes…


Ligo Caltech (Public Domain)

In 2016, two scientists at the California Institute of Technology, Mike Brown and Konstantin Baytgin, hypothesized the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system. With mass ten times greater than that of Earth, this planet could explain the weird orbits of some objects far beyond the planet Neptune. Since then they — and other scientists — have been looking for Planet 9 to no avail. …


Our feature this week is on Mother Goddesses throughout the ages and across the globe.

https://medium.com/360-on-history/mother-goddess-when-women-were-worshiped-81ba106f7d4b

The obligatory blog on Covid19 and the Conspiracy Theorists

https://medium.com/@triggerfishwriting/covid-19-and-the-conspiracy-theorists-1dabb5d95d4d

Also check out the blog on the difference between Comets, Asteroids and Meteors

https://medium.com/360-on-history/comets-asteroids-and-meteors-whats-the-difference-bf68b3915190

And finally, here is a post on the medieval witchtrials across Europe and Salem, Massachusetts.

https://medium.com/360-on-history/burn-the-witch-a-brief-history-of-paranoia-2a8b51da9c7c

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