From a hunchbacked dwarf to a paranoid poet-assassin, a history of Victorian England as seen through the numerous assassination attempts on Queen Victoria while she ruled the British empire. During Queen Victoria’s 64 years on the British throne, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Murphy follows each would-be assassin and the repercussions of their actions, illuminating daily life in Victorian England, the development of the monarchy under Queen Victoria, and the evolution of the attacks in light of changing social issues and technology.
"a great slice of history book"
On April 26, 1871, a police constable walking one of London's remotest beats stumbled upon a brutalized young woman kneeling on a muddy road - gashes were cloven into her skull, her left cheek was slashed open and smashed in, her right eye was destroyed, and above it a chunk of the temporal bone had been bashed out. The policeman gaped in horror as the woman held out her hand before collapsing into the mud, muttering, "Let me die", and slipping into a coma. Five days later she died, her identity still unknown.
What makes us the way we are? Some say its the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it's the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristicsour health, our intelligence, our temperamentsare influenced by the conditions we encountered before birth? That's the claim of an exciting and provocative field known as fetal origins.
The seven stories that represent Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine's July and August 2003 issues exhibit an unusual diversity of almost familiar worlds.
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb - from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
From the White House to Silicon Valley, the call for all students to learn computer programming is growing louder. Yet some critics of this vision point to logistical hurdles, and others worry about industry dictating the curriculum. Is coding for all a realistic goal - and is it one that American schools should be pursuing?
"Motherly Love" sees a lucky man seduce his friend's mother, after years of pining for her, and in "Sleazy Seduction" a man gets lucky on a trip to a lap-dancing club. "Bossing Me Around" sees a woman get it on with her female boss, while "Scots Mist" is a nostalgic tale of a woman finally finding her fantasy man close to her childhood home. Finally, in "The Business Trip", a woman gets exactly what she wants from a man she's intent on seducing.
The death toll from Hurricane Matthew soared above 100 on Thursday as the scope of the devastation became clearer, officials said, with aid workers finding vast numbers of damaged homes, as well as uprooted palm trees, toppled cellphone towers and downed power lines.
Too often school assessments heighten anxiety and hinder learning. New research shows how to reverse the trend.