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Forget Sykes-Picot. It’s the Treaty of Sèvres That Explains the Modern Middle East. Ninety-five years ago today, European diplomats gathered at a porcelain factory in the Paris suburb of Sèvres and signed a treaty to remake the Middle East from the ashes of the Ottoman empire. The plan collapsed so quickly we barely remember it anymore, but the short-lived Treaty of Sèvres, no less than the endlessly discussed Sykes-Picot agreement, had consequences that can still be seen today. We might do well to consider a few of them as the anniversary of this forgotten treaty quietly passes by. In 1915, as British troops prepared to march on Istanbul by way of the Gallipoli peninsula, the government in London printed silk handkerchiefs heralding the end of the Ottoman empire. Within a year of signing the Treaty of Sèvres, European powers began to suspect they had bitten off more than they could chew.

Ice Tray Battery - Kids' Science Wrap a nail with a piece of copper wire, leaving a section of wire extending from below the head of the nail. Repeat Step 1 with the remaining 4 nails and 4 pieces of copper wire. Fill 6 wells of an ice tray with distilled white vinegar. Create a circuit by inserting each nail into a well of vinegar while placing the extended wire into the next well.

The Year in Pictures: 2014 When you look back at the past year in space, one achievement stands out: the unprecedented touchdown of the Philae lander on a comet hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, at the climax of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Don't just take our word for it: Last month's landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is already figuring prominently in year-end roundups, including Nature's top 10 people who mattered in science, Science News' top 25 stories of the year, Euronews' top people of 2014, Physics World's 2014 Breakthrough of the Year, Discover magazine's top 100 stories of 2014 and more. The best thing is that the $1.7 billion (€1.3 billion) mission is far from over: During this week's American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, scientists showed off new pictures and talked about the next phase of the journey for the car-sized Rosetta spacecraft that's tailing the comet. ESA / Rosetta / Philae / CIVA

English: what you need to know about the language english, english language, english lingusitics, english as a second language, english as a foreign language, english as the world What are the world's most widely spoken languages?In which countries is English the language spoken by the majority as a first language?In which countries is English an official language?How many people speak English as a second language?

Read Brothers Grimm fairy tales online! The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known story tellers in the world. Many years have passed since the time Jackob and Wilhelm Grimm released their "Children's and household tales". The first Volume of Grimms' fairy tales was released in 1812, and the second - in 1814. The first edition and was very modest, both in appearance and capacity - there were only 83 fairy tales, compared to the 200 we know today. The foreword to the collection was signed by the Brothers Grimm on October 18th, 1812.

Rare and Amazing Historical Photos September 1933 - Adolf Hitler breaks ground on his ambitious plans to link all major German cities with highways. This ceremony kicked off construction of the Frankfurt-am-Maine - Darmstadt/Mannheim highway. Betty White at home with her dog in 1952 An iceberg photographed in 1912 bearing an unmistakable mark of black and red paint. It is believed that this is the iceberg that sake the Titanic. Ham the chimp returns to Earth following his historic 16 minute space flight in 1961.

2,000 Ping-Pong Balls And Mouse Traps Create An Extreme Chain Reaction In New Pepsi Ad Pepsi is using a stunning chain reaction involving 2,014 mousetraps and 2,015 ping-pong balls to mark the arrival of a new year with the end result captured in a single take lasting just 15 seconds in real time. The idea for the online film, for Pepsi Max, was inspired by generations of science teachers’ use of mouse traps to demonstrate the basics of nuclear fission. The impact was heightened by staging the stunt within a mirrored tunnel. The mouse traps took almost five hours to set up leaving the 42-strong production team little leeway if things went wrong. The ad, created by AMV BBDO, was directed by Julian Harriman-Dickinson through London-based art directors and filmmakers HarrimanSteel.

25 Easy Art Techniques for Preschoolers It’s no secret – my daycare hooligans love creating art! For me, the funnest thing about art for kids, is finding unique and interesting ways for my toddlers and preschoolers to get creative. The kids and I have tried a lot of creative processes over the years, and today, I’m sharing with you, 25 easy art techniques for kids! They’re easy, inexpensive, super-cool, and each of these projects can be done using things you have in your kitchen cupboards and around your home! The School System A child may begin schooling with grade 0 (also called reception, or grade-R) from the age of four. Grades 1 to 9 are compulsory and classified as General Education and Training (GET). Grades 11 and 12, Further Education and Training (FET), are non-compulsory; qualification at this level with a matriculation certificate is required to enter tertiary education. Some schools offer a post-matric/sixth-form level which allows students to sit for A-level exams. The three-tier system of education is as follows: Primary school: Grade 0/1 to grade 6/7 Secondary school: Grade 8 to 9 (compulsory); grade 10 to 12 (non-compulsory) Tertiary education: Universities, technical colleges

On the pleasing violence of fairy tales Traditional fairy tales are so steeped in blood it’s astonishing that children didn’t all grow up to become deranged in days gone by. Take, for example, the popular Japanese fable “Shita-kiri Suzume” (literally, “Tongue-Cut Sparrow”), which tells the tale of a kind old man, his avaricious wife and an injured sparrow. Some versions of the fable end with the greedy woman being tortured to death by demons, serpents and skeletons. Horror is by no means limited to Japanese fables — it’s a universal revulsion. The original versions of fairy tales that were penned by the Brothers Grimm are full of gore.

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