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  • Meet The Man Who Saved 62,000 People During The Holocaust

    01/27/2020 9:33:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    The Fedealist ^ | January 27, 2019 | Amy Lutz
    This International Holocaust Remembrance Day, take time to remember the victims, remember the survivors, and remember Carl Lutz, the man responsible for the largest civilian rescue mission of the entire Holocaust.As the world observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27, victims and survivors will be honored with incredible stories of bravery and sacrifice. This year marks the 75th anniversary of liberation and the end of the Second World War, plus the 125th anniversary of the birth of Carl Lutz, a man whose story remains mostly lost to history. LutzÂ’s actions toward the end of the war make him responsible for...
  • Study reveals that felines BULLY other pets because they are not as well domesticated as their [tr]

    07/24/2018 11:44:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2018 | Victoria Allen
    Cats like to act like they rule roost – as anyone who lives with one will tell you. And now scientists have found that it really is the cat, and certainly not the owner, who is responsible for harmony in the home. Experts at the University of Lincoln have discovered cats are the 'key player' in maintaining good karma when its sworn enemy, a dog, is brought into the household. For although they may be descended from wolves, with big, loud barks and fearsome teeth, dogs are likely to find themselves bullied mercilessly if they live with a cat.
  • How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

    06/19/2017 8:25:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 19, 2017 | Sarah Zhang
    Sometime around the invention of agriculture, the cats came crawling. It was mice and rats, probably, that attracted the wild felines. The rats came because of stores of grain, made possible by human agriculture. And so cats and humans began their millennia-long coexistence. This relationship has been good for us of course—formerly because cats caught the disease-carrying pests stealing our food and presently because cleaning up their hairballs somehow gives purpose to our modern lives. But this relationship has been great for cats as species, too. From their native home in the Middle East, the first tamed cats followed humans...
  • Goats Form Intense Connections with Humans, Too

    07/07/2016 4:46:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 61 replies ^ | 7-5-16
    Goats Form Intense Connections with Humans, Too It's the first time a creature raised for food has evolved intense, meaningful connections with people. Photo: A goat relaxes at the Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, United Kingdom. Credit: Christian Nawroth Goats have surprisingly just been added to the very short list of animals that are known to communicate in very direct and complex ways with humans. The other two animals, dogs and horses, are often raised as companions to humans, so the goat findings -- reported in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters -- mark the first time that an animal...
  • A Gene Tied To Facial Development Hints Humans Domesticated Themselves

    01/26/2020 10:50:14 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Science News Magazine ^ | 1-27-2020 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Called BAZ1B, it may also help explain why domesticated animals look cuter than their wild kin Domestic animals’ cuteness and humans’ relatively flat faces may be the work of a gene that controls some important developmental cells, a study of lab-grown human cells suggests. Some scientists are touting the finding as the first real genetic evidence for two theories about domestication. One of those ideas is that humans domesticated themselves over many generations, by weeding out hotheads in favor of the friendly and cooperative (SN: 7/6/17). As people supposedly selected among themselves for tameness traits, other genetic changes occurred that...
  • Tree Rings Show A Period Of WideSpread Warming In The Medieval Age

    03/26/2002 5:46:53 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 304+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3-26-2002 | Kenneth Chang
    March 26, 2002 Tree Rings Show a Period of Widespread Warming in Medieval Age By KENNETH CHANG A new study of old tree rings shows that 1,000 years ago, long before power plants and sport utility vehicles, temperatures across North America, Europe and Asia rose in a period of unusual warmth. In warm weather, trees thrive and grow a thick ring of wood in their trunks for that year. In cold years, growth slows and the tree ring is thin. Temperatures were known to be warm in Europe between 900 and 1100, what is known as the Medieval Warm Period....
  • Sacsayhuaman. A Look from Inside

    01/24/2020 12:16:45 PM PST · by wildbill · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/18/2018 | igor Alexsegev
    Lecture by Igor Aleksejev, the author of the film "The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman". Details about archaeological objects and working with the GRP group. (Followup to The Living Stones documentary with total coverage specifically on one site)
  • 'Witch Bottle' Discovered Under Virginia Highway

    01/24/2020 10:16:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 23, 2020 | WTVR CBS 6
    A glass jug found under the median of Interstate 64 in York County is believed to be a "witch bottle" left by Union soldiers during the Civil War, according to researchers.
  • Mount Vesuvius eruption melted victim's brain to glass

    01/23/2020 9:08:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.23.2020 | lc/rc (AFP, AP)
    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an ancient victim’s brain into glass, according to Italian anthropologists. The finding, dubbed as “sensational” and published on Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, marks the first time that scientists have verified such a phenomenon. […] The remains of a man found lying on a wooden bed were discovered in Herculaneum in the 1960s. He is believed to have been the custodian of the College of Augustales, a place of worship that was at the center of the cult of Roman Emperor Augustus. The glassy substance found inside of the victim’s skull...
  • Coins suggest Islam began MUCH later - a Synopsis

    01/23/2020 9:56:21 AM PST · by fishtank · 10 replies
    PfanderFilms ^ | 1-12-2020 | Jay Smith
    " PfanderFilms 26.5K subscribers Earlier in the week Jay and Hatun did a 'livestream' entitled "7th century Coins tell another story of Islam' beginnings". It was almost 2 hours long, much too long for most people to sit through. So, Jay decided to record another much shorter video, around 45 minutes long, which went through the stages of the coins evolution, for those who wanted it more 'Quick, Concise, yet Comprehensive' (the 3 C's)."
  • This newly restored 15th-century lamb is worrying art lovers

    01/22/2020 8:19:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | 22nd January 2020 | Rob Picheta
    "There are no words to express the result" was the beaming reaction of Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, after a 15th-century masterpiece -- painted over shortly after completion -- was restored to its former glory. And they were right -- commentators have been left speechless by one particular aspect of the newly revealed painting. The latest panel of the "Ghent Altarpiece," a large work by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, was unveiled in December as part of an ongoing project to restore the painting to its original design. The painting -- also known as "The Adoration of the Mystic...
  • Vikings may have predicted climate change on ancient stone carving

    01/21/2020 5:35:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 21, 2020 | Chris Ciaccia
    A startling message on a 1,200-year-old granite slab created by the Vikings appears to predict climate change, experts say. The research, published in Futharc: International Journal of Runic Studies, looks at the message that was written after Viking warrior Varin’s son died in battle in the 9th century, foreseeing a new “climate crisis,” similar to the weather conditions that happened nearly 300 years prior. “This study proposes instead that the inscription deals with an anxiety triggered by a son’s death and the fear of a new climate crisis similar to the catastrophic one after 536 [AD],” researchers, led by Per...
  • Benjamin Franklin and the Glass Armonica

    01/18/2020 12:33:57 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 17, 2020 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    On February 18, 1762, at Spring Gardens in England, a 19-year-old musician named Marianne Davies gave a concert that introduced the world to a brand new, fascinating musical instrument: a row of delicate tuned glass bowls in a beautifully-finished wooden chest, mounted horizontally on a long spindle, called a glass armonica. As she came from a musical family, Miss Davies herself was already somewhat well known around London’s musical circles. Her father was a composer and flautist, and she and her sister had been performing – both singing and playing instruments – since childhood. But this particular concert was news:...
  • Peru to deport tourists over Machu Picchu damage

    01/17/2020 5:02:59 PM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 49 replies
    AFP ^ | 1/15/2020 | AFP
    Five tourists arrested for damaging Peru's iconic Machu Picchu site will be deported to Bolivia later on Wednesday, police said.A sixth was released from custody and ordered to remain in Machu Picchu pending trial after paying bail of $910. The six tourists -- four men and two women -- were arrested for damaging Peru's "cultural heritage" after being found in a restricted area of the Temple of the Sun on Sunday. They were also suspected of defecating inside the 600-year-old temple, an important edifice in the Inca sanctuary.
  • The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman

    01/17/2020 6:47:08 PM PST · by wildbill · 20 replies
    The documentary "The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman" At the beginning of July 2012 the Ministry of Culture of Peru invited a group of Russian geophysicists to research the issues dealing with the soil of the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman. In the course of completing this task there were collected interesting historic and archaeological data and a substantial amount of photo and video materials that were provided the basis for production of this movie.
  • Neanderthals dived for shells to make tools, research suggests

    01/16/2020 4:47:28 PM PST · by blueplum · 35 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 15 Jan 2020 | Nicola Davis
    Neanderthals went diving for shells to turn into tools, according to new research, suggesting our big-browed cousins made more use of the sea than previously thought. The study focuses on 171 shell tools that were found in a now inaccessible coastal cave in central Italy, known as the Grotta dei Moscerini, which was excavated in 1949. Dating of animal teeth found within layers alongside the shell tools suggest they are from about 90,000 to 100,000 years ago – a time when only Neanderthals are thought to have been present in western Europe....(snip) ...The team reported another surprise: the discovery of...
  • Painting uncovered under centuries of dirt on the wall of a Viennese cathedral could be a lost work by Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer

    01/14/2020 2:42:50 PM PST · by mairdie · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2020 | Terri-ann Williams
    A painting thought to be the work of a famed Renaissance artist has been uncovered beneath centuries of dirt on the wall of a cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Found in St Stephen's Cathedral, the large wall painting was discovered on a wall that now sits above the cathedral's gift shop. Experts said the painting, which depicts Saints Catherine and Margaret, is the work of German artist Albrecht Dürer. Dürer worked as a theorist of the German Renaissance and also produced many prints.
  • The Mysterious Shark Attack in Lake Michigan

    01/15/2020 10:09:20 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 70 replies
    Mysterious Universe ^ | June 23, 2018 | Brent Swancer
    According to the 1975 book Man Eating Sharks! by Felix Dennis, on a beautiful, clear summer day in 1955, one beach along the shores of Lake Michigan was packed with people looking to cool off and enjoy the sunny day, and one of these was George Lawson, a boy from Chicago. Lawson was out with many others splashing about and swimming off a boat near the beach when witnesses allegedly saw him pulled underwater, seemingly by something yanking him under and accompanied by the boy's panicked screams. Shockingly, a dorsal fin was reported by several others on the boat as...
  • Victorian-era £5 gold coin showing the 20-year-old Queen leading a lion representing the burgeoning British Empire sells for a record £530,000

    01/15/2020 6:24:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 14, 2020 | Staff
    A rare Victorian gold coin considered to be one of the most beautiful ever produced has fetched a record £532,000. The 1839 'Victoria Una and the Lion' five pound coin shows the 20-year-old queen leading a lion representing the British Empire. It depicts Victoria as Una, from the Elizabethan poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser.
  • Christie’s to Offer Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’

    01/14/2020 11:18:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    PENTA ^ | Jan. 10, 2020 | Fang Block
    William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, known as the First Folio, could fetch between $4 million and $6 million at an upcoming auction at Christie’s New York. The book was published in 1623 by his friends and fellow actors John Heminges and Henry Condell after Shakespeare died in 1616 at age 52. Containing 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, the First Folio is the first authoritative collection of his plays and ranks as one of the greatest works of world literature. The copy was offered for sale from the collection of Mills College in Oakland, Calif. It’s one of only six complete...