History Archive

May
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Octopus use specialised skin cells called chromatophores to change colour. These cells also allow them to make changes to the opacity and reflectivity of their body. The shifts can take place in a fraction of a second.

Part 2: Replicants of the Reef

On a rocky stretch of coastline on Hawaii’s Big Island a group of marine biologists are studying the lifecycle of the octopus – a creature that lives fast and dies young. Read more…

Apr
13
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Looking up through the rocks near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island.

Violence in the Aloha State

I knew that Hawaii was part of America but I still didn’t expect it to be so American.
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Mar
02
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The former pirate radio broadcasting platform that was confiscated by the Dutch government in 1964.  It was salvaged and towed into Amsterdam in 2011 and now serves as an upmarket restaurant.

The Pirates of REM Island

On a cold day in December in 1964 three helicopters belonging to the Royal Dutch Navy set out across the north sea towards a tiny speck in the ocean about ten kilometers west of Noordwijk on the Dutch coast.
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Jan
25
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Remembering Cummeragunja

Studying Australian history often feels more like uncovering some sprawling conspiracy. Buried underneath all the accounts of white explorers, convicts, bushrangers, miners and diggers is a vast bedrock of black history. The more you dig the more connections you find but the full story always seems to remain hidden.

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Nov
09
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Photo of Schloss Itter taken before the war.

The Battle for Schloss Itter

Tucked away on a forested hillside in Austria’s Tyrolean alps is a château called Itter with a long history and one remarkable footnote. Read more…

Jan
18
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The Women of Rojava

Photos by Asmaa Waguih and Joey Lawrence of Kurdish fighters provide a face for a revolution that is quietly taking place behind the front lines of the war with ISIS.

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Sep
11
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Pool used by the LTTE to test submarines and train divers for guerrilla warfare.

Sea Tigers of the LTTE

In a lagoon north of Mullaitivu is a gold-painted ‘victory monument’. It presides over the area where the ‘Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam’ (LTTE) made their last stand against the Sri Lankan army in 2009.

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Aug
26
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Tuk Tuk parked on the wall of the Kumbichchan Kulama 'Tank'.  These enormous reservoirs began to be built in the 3rd century BC using sophisticated techniques not acquired by western engineers until the 18th century.

Conflicting Stories in Sri Lanka

A couple of chance encounters highlighted the dueling narratives of Sri Lankan history and the tensions that still remain following the end of the civil war.

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Apr
16
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December 1994

The Art of Amistics

Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag paints images of suburban Sweden in the 1980s transformed by some unexplained technological breakthrough.

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Apr
21
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View of the streets below the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka.

Osaka and the Dekasegi

While wandering Osaka looking for the famous Umeda Sky building in Osaka I met my first talkative local.

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Apr
16
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Customers browsing the stalls for fresh seafood at the Tsukiji fish market.

Tsukiji Fish Market

One out of every five fish caught on planet earth is sold at Tsukiji fish market.  Every day more than 2000 tons of fish pass through the market in Tokyo’s Chūō district.

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Mar
20
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Skytree is hundreds of meters higher than any other building in metro Tokyo. the contrast is especially apparent in Sumida which is made up of mostly low-rise apartments.  The tower has an immense presence at ground level that's hard to convey in photographs.

Tokyo’s Indestructible Skytree

2015 led me back to Tokyo. This time I spent most of my time in the district of Sumida in Tokyo’s Northeast.
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Mar
20
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The Nagakin Capsule Tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is a run-down testament to the ambition of some of Japan’s most celebrated post-war architects.

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Mar
12
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Joestu tetrapods

The Dogs and Demons of Joetsu

The small coastal city of Joetsu on Japan’s north coast highlights some of the problems facing modern Japan.

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Sep
12
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Tiered reading room in the National Library of China in Beijing.

China’s Firewall and the Siku Quanshu

The National Library of China holds an artifact that represents what must be the most ambitious attempt to control information in history.

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Aug
30
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A neon box-canyon in Yanta district of Xi'an.

China’s Frenemies

Beijing incorporates all of the contradictions of Chinese society.

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Aug
18
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The tiny photo booth built into the wall of the Cliffside Plank path on the south peak of Mt Huashan.  Below is a thousand meter drop.

Mt Huashan, China

Huashan is a mountain located  about 120 kilometres east of Xi’an- China’s old capital.  It’s home to some very dicey walking tracks, a really spectacular set of cable cars, a tea house perched on a cliff face and a photo studio with some genuine occupational health and safety issues.

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Aug
12
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Workers outside a department store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Chengdu & the Chinese Dream

The entry point for my brief tour of China was the southern Province of Sichuan-famed for its incredibly spicy food and baffling theatrical performances.  I flew into the capital Chengdu at the start of October and explored the city between bouts of rain before venturing out into the nearby mountains.

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Nov
27
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Ceres Mountains from the Fynbos Nature Reserve in South Africa.

Ceres Valley, South Africa

Another bleary-eyed morning spent rock-hopping in the pre-dawn light to get to a vantage point before sunrise.

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Nov
08
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A view from Uçhisar castle.

Byzantine Bunkers

Across Europe and Russia you can find the remains of bunkers and air-raid shelters- a legacy of the Second World War and the Cold War that followed. In Cappadocia, in central Turkey, you can find much older and much more extensive underground shelters.

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