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The race to decode a mysterious language - Susan Lupack

Dig into the mysterious Linear B symbols, found on ancient tablets on the island of Crete, which took scholars nearly 50 years to decode. -- In the early 1900s, archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans uncovered nearly 3,000 tablets inscribed with strange symbols. He thought the script, dubbed Linear B, represented the Minoan language, while others came...

What makes volcanoes erupt? - Steven Anderson

Dig into the science of how new volcanoes form, and what causes their unpredictable eruptions. -- In February of 1942, Mexican farmer Dionisio Pulido thought he heard thunder coming from his cornfield. However, the sound wasn’t coming from the sky. The source was a large, smoking crack emitting gas and ejecting rocks, and would come to be known...

What happened when the United States tried to ban alcohol - Rod Phillips

Dig into the Prohibition era in the United States, when the government banned the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol. -- On January 17, 1920, less than one hour after spirits had become illegal throughout the United States, armed men robbed a Chicago freight train and made off with thousands of dollars worth of whiskey. It was a first...

The tale of the boy who tricked the Devil - Iseult Gillespie

Discover the tale of the lovestruck boy sent into Hell to steal 3 hairs from the Devil to appease his true love's father, the king. -- In a small town, a proud mother showed off her newborn son. Upon noticing his lucky birthmark, townsfolk predicted he would marry a princess. But soon, these rumors reached the wicked king. Enraged, the king stole...

The greatest mathematician that never lived - Pratik Aghor

The greatest mathematician that never lived - Pratik Aghor

Dig into the mystery of Nicolas Bourbaki— one of the most influential mathematicians of all time… who never actually existed. -- When Nicolas Bourbaki applied to the American Mathematical Society in the 1950s, he was already one of the most influential mathematicians of his time. He’d published articles in international journals and his textbooks...

The last chief of the Comanches and the fall of an empire - Dustin Tahmahkera

Get to know the story of Quanah Parker, a Native American warrior and leader, and the last chief of the Comanche tribe. -- Late one night in 1871, a group of riders descended on a sleeping army camp, stole about 70 horses, and disappeared. Led by a young chief named Quanah Parker, the raid was the latest in a long series of altercations along...

Can you solve the Ragnarok riddle? - Dan Finkel

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ -- Ragnarok: The fabled end of the world, when giants, monsters, and Norse gods battle for the future. The gods were winning until the great serpent Jörmungandr emerged. It swallowed Valhalla and contorted itself across the land. Odin has just enough power to strike with one final bolt...

What do all languages have in common? - Cameron Morin

Dig into Noam Chomsky’s theory of universal grammar and decide: are there universal grammar rules and are they hardwired into our brains? -- Language is endlessly variable. Each of us can come up with an infinite number of sentences in our native language, and we’re able to do so from an early age— almost as soon as we start to communicate in...

First person vs. Second person vs. Third person - Rebekah Bergman

Discover how point of view can transform a story, and find out how to choose between first, second, and third person in your writing. -- Who is telling a story, and from what perspective, are some of the most important choices an author makes. Told from a different point of view, a story can transform completely. Third person, first person, and...

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