Wake Up and Smell the Coffee – It’s Why Your Cuppa Tastes So Good

The smell of freshly brewed coffee is hard to beat. Michael Yan/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND By Don Brushett / 10.20.2014 Research Associate Southern Cross University Most of what we taste we actually smell. The only sensations that we pick up in our mouth are sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Without its smell, coffee would have only a sour or[…]

Transnational History: Subject and Approach

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Creative Commons By Dr. Klaus Kiran Patel / 12.03.2010 Professor and Chair of European and Global History Maastricht University Abstract This article delineates the subject and approach of transnational history and relates it to European history. It shows that transnational history was neither developed specifically for European history nor had its origins in[…]

The Caucusus as Cultural Transition between East and West

A map of the Russian Caucasus published in Tiflis in 1903 / history.az via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Zaur Gasimov / 11.17.2011 Professor of History Orient-Institut Istanbul Abstract The multi-ethnic Caucasus, an area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, was subject to foreign imperial domination for the great majority of its history, during[…]

Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How the Ancients Invented Prosthetics

By Dr. Jane Draycott / 05.17.2017 Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Classics: Ancient Science and Technology University of Glasgow We are living through an incredibly exciting period for prosthetics. A pioneering brain computer interface that will allow veterans to control artificial body parts with their minds was recently announced by researchers in Virginia in the[…]

Fall of Troy: The Legend and the Facts

Graham Bartholomew/BBC/Wild Mercury Productions How much do we know about this city of legend? By Mariacarmela Montesanto / 03.01.2018 PhD Candidate – Archaeology, Classics, Egyptology University of Liverpool The legendary ancient city of Troy is very much in the limelight this year: a big budget co-production between the BBC and Netflix: Troy, Fall of a City, recently launched,[…]