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A poached pangolin being freed after Indonesian authorities shut down a smuggling operation in Sumatra in 2015. In 2016 all eight species of pangolins were placed under the highest level of protection of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Deadly Animals

We can thank animals for spreading some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Fruit bats host the Ebola virus, fleas transmit plague, and rats…well, where do we start? They’ve been linked to plague, salmonellosis, tularemia, and leptospirosis, to name a few. Recently, pangolins have been blamed for the coronavirus. Learn more about some small but deadly animals.



Did Nero Really Fiddle as Rome Burned?

It depends on how you define “fiddle.”

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Travel back to a time when when doing laundry was a multi-day task, the United States did not exist, and electricity was a new discovery. Digitized for our valued subscribers, we’ve curated some of the best of the original 2,500 pages, with articles and engravings.

7 Suffragists You Should Know

“The best protection any woman can courage.”

In 2020 Britannica is celebrating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification. To mark the landmark event, we highlight a few of the suffragist who led the 72-year fight to win the vote for women.

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