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The Indo-European Language, Pt. 1 | Curious Minds

A surprising discovery made by a William Jones, British judge in India uncovered the existence of an ancient language, the ancestor of an amazing variety of modern languages - from English and French, to the Persian Farsi and Indian Sanskrit. The speakers of this language didn't leave any written evidence behind, but researchers were able to reconstruct it never the less. How? it's a kind of a fairy tale, really... ;-) The post The Indo-European Language, Pt. 1 | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

34mins

15 Apr 2016

Rank #1

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The Bubonic Plague | Curious Minds

The Black Death that swept across Europe in the 14th century wasn't the first time nor the last that the Bubonic Plague decimate large cities and brought empires to their knees. For many thousands of years, its cause and way of spreading was totally unknown - until two brave (and some might say - insanely brave) French physicians took to the streets of Hong Kong and Bombay, and risked their own lives in the name of ridding Mankind - and the fleas - from their worst nightmare: The Plague. The post The Bubonic Plague | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

32mins

9 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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The Indo-European Language, Pt. 2: Linguistics & Genetics| Curious Minds Podcast

In the previous part of the episode we learned how linguists were able to reconstruct bits of the ancient & long lost Indo-European language. In this episode we'll discover what can these words tell us about life in the Bronze Age, family ties and nomadic relationships. We'll also learn about the links between Genetics & Linguistics: a recent genetic finding that explains the unprecedented success of that language: a single lucky mutation that enabled the Yamna People, as they are called today, to digest milk. The post The Indo-European Language, Pt. 2: Linguistics & Genetics| Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

35mins

9 May 2016

Rank #3

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LSD History | Curious Minds

A 2-parts series on LSD history: it's discovery, it's initial uses by psychologists and the CIA and it's role in the 'hippie revolution' of the 1960's. Also, how does LSD affects the brain? The post LSD History | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

32mins

4 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense (SDI) Initiative, AKA – “Star Wars” | Curious Minds Podcast

In 1983, president Ronald Reagan shocked the world when he announced that the United States was developing an ultra-modern defense system against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Hundreds of billions of dollars were invested in the system’s development - But then, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and with it – the Star Wars initiative. Was Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative the reason for the Soviet Union’s collapse? The post Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense (SDI) Initiative, AKA – “Star Wars” | Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

26mins

18 Dec 2016

Rank #5

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LSD History, Pt.2: Timothy Leary | Curious Minds

Dr. Timothy Leary help kickstart the LSD's involvement in the Hippie movement of the 1960's - and was imprisoned for it. But what really makes LSD so dangerous? We'll delve deep into the effects of LSD on the human brain. The post LSD History, Pt.2: Timothy Leary | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

20mins

17 Jan 2016

Rank #6

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The Longitude Problem (Maritime History) | Curious Minds

How a single navigation error cost the Royal Navy Four battle ships and 1,505 men - and led a humble carpenter to solve one of the most difficult & important engineering challenges of the last 300 years. The post The Longitude Problem (Maritime History) | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

32mins

21 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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The History of File Sharing, Part 1 (of 2): The Rise & Fall of Napster | Curious Minds Podcast

Napster, a revolutionary Peer-to-Peer file sharing software, was launched in 1999 - and forever changed the media world. In this episode, we'll tell the story of Sean Fanning and Sean Parker, its creators, and talk about the legal battle it fought with the record companies - and Metallica. The post The History of File Sharing, Part 1 (of 2): The Rise & Fall of Napster | Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

39mins

2 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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The History of Open Source & Free Software, Pt. 2 | Curious Minds Podcast

In 1998, a group of people broke away from the Free Software Foundation and created instead the Open Source Initiative. What were their motives? Richard Stallman, the founder of the FSF, and Tim O'Reilly who helped popularize the term 'Open Source' discuss the history of Open Source & Free Software. The post The History of Open Source & Free Software, Pt. 2 | Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

40mins

27 Jun 2016

Rank #9

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The History of File Sharing, Part 2: Grokster & BitTorrent | Curious Minds Podcast

The fall of Napster (see Part I of this series) has left a vacuum in the world of file sharing - and as the saying goes, the Internet abhors vacuum... Various File Sharing programs such as Gnutella, Kazaa and others quickly filled the void. In this episode, we'll describe Grokster's legal battle against the Record Companies, the sinister poisoning of file sharing networks by OverPeer - and the rise of BitTorrent. The post The History of File Sharing, Part 2: Grokster & BitTorrent | Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

38mins

16 Nov 2016

Rank #10

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U Boats in WWII, Pt. II: Wolf Packs and Floating Coffins | Curious Minds

A 2-part series, exploring the role of technology in the Battle of the Atlantic in WW2. How did technical innovations by German, American and British engineers determine the ebbs and flows of the naval battles and the ultimate fate of the German U-Boats fleet? Read the Full Text or Listen to the Podcast Subscribe: iTunes … Continue reading U Boats in WWII, Pt. II: Wolf Packs and Floating Coffins | Curious Minds → The post U Boats in WWII, Pt. II: Wolf Packs and Floating Coffins | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

39mins

4 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Arsenic Poisoning – A History | Curious Minds

Arsenic Poisoning was the weapon of choice for many women over the centuries. Find out Arsenic's deadly history - and how it kills. The post Arsenic Poisoning – A History | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

29mins

4 Nov 2015

Rank #12

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The History of Open Source & Free Software, Pt. 1, w/ Special Guest: Richard Stallman| Curious Minds Podcast

In the early 1980's Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation (FSF): a socio-technological movement that revolutionized the software world. In this episode we'll hear Stallman himself talking about the roots of the movement, and learn of its early struggles. The post The History of Open Source & Free Software, Pt. 1, w/ Special Guest: Richard Stallman| Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

34mins

3 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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Heroes Of Podcasting #5: Aaron Mahnke, Lore Podcast | Curious Minds Podcast

Heroes of Podcasting: An interview with Aaron Mahnke about the role of storytelling in podcasting, his inspirations and how he started Lore. The post Heroes Of Podcasting #5: Aaron Mahnke, Lore Podcast | Curious Minds Podcast appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

24mins

4 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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Digital Preservation & The Domesday Project | Curious Minds

What can we learn from the BBC's failed Domesday Project about the digital preservation of the wealth of information we produce each year? The post Digital Preservation & The Domesday Project | Curious Minds appeared first on Curious Minds Podcast.

36mins

12 Oct 2015

Rank #15