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History Articles


The Mongol Sack of Baghdad in 1258

February 9, 2017

The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic Golden Age. The Islamic Golden Age—from the 8th to […]

British History

British India: An Era of Economic Uncertainty

February 8, 2017

How did one of the most vibrant commercial centers in the global economy drift toward colonialism, and how did this set the stage for an eventual conquest of India, by both regional Indian and foreign powers? […]

Health and Fitness Articles

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Health & Fitness

Codeine For Children? Just Say NO!

January 24, 2017

Here’s the message to take away – codeine is a terrible choice for treating children’s pain, and we ought to just stop using it. […]


Sleep Patterns across the Human Lifecycle

December 20, 2016

A normal human lifecycle exhibits dramatically different sleep patterns at different points. Previously, we did a virtual experiment in which we profiled normal sleep in young adults. We […]


Classifications of Mental Illness

December 19, 2016

In looking into the history of mental illness classifications, one question to ask is: what is the advantage of being able to classify somebody? Well, […]

Science Articles

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Our Electric Mind: The Neuron Doctrine

February 23, 2017

How do neurons communicate with each other? If there is a gap between them, how is communication possible? Understanding this phenomena took a giant step forward with the discovery that axons actually generate electricity. […]

How Do Your Eyes Work?

December 15, 2016

The human eye is a spectacularly complex organ that is fascinating to behold. Take a closer look at the structure and function of your eyes. The eyes […]

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A History of British India
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A History of British India

February 6, 2017

In the 24 engrossing lectures of A History of British India, Professor Hayden J. Bellenoit of the U.S. Naval Academy, a highly respected expert on colonial India, leads you on a panoramic excursion into the history of British rule of the subcontinent and its repercussions. With a keen focus on the politics and economics of the period, Professor Bellenoit digs deeply into both the British and the Indian points of view, providing a wealth of information and insights that will be new to many in the West. […]

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How to Make Stress Work for You

February 6, 2017

Designed to be your helpful companion in this process, How to Make Stress Work for You elucidates the realities of stress: how it works, why it affects us the way it does, and the importance of managing it. […]

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The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

February 6, 2017

Part science, part history, part archaeology, part cultural anthropology, and part detective story, the study of Ancient Astronomy depends on an astute reading of clues to unravel the complex relationship of ancient people with the sky. […]

The Torch Podcast – Latest Episodes

Health & Fitness

How to Make Stress Work for You: The Torch Podcast

February 8, 2017

On this Episode of The Torch, host Ed Leon and professor Kimberlee Bethany Bonura examine the why, what, and how of stress management. Listen in, and learn how to overcome the negative impacts of stress in many positive ways. […]