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Monthly Archives: March 2013

8 Mummy Finds Revealing Ancient Disease

  This perfectly preserved baby from Peru was born with a heart defect Photography by Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images A.R. Williams reports for National Geographic that 8 recent studies of mummies from a variety of regions around the world provide insight into ancient ailments and diseases. “Whether laid to rest in a simple grave or a … Continue reading »

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Don’t let good zoos go extinct

Ruth Padel argues that good zoos, such as London Zoo, are not about entertainment but conservation. Read more here The critically endangered Sumatran tigers at London Zoo’s Tiger Territory have been paired together using genetic software. The London Zoo has field conservation work in key tiger ranges, which “encompasses anti-poaching initiatives, tiger monitoring to reduce human-tiger conflict … Continue reading »

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President Obama ends his tour in the Middle East at Petra

Steve Holland reports, “U.S. President Barack Obama marvelled at the sights of Jordan’s ancient city of Petra on Saturday as he wrapped up a four-day Middle East tour by setting aside weighty diplomatic matters and playing tourist for a day.” (Read more about the President’s trip here)  Petra is an exciting site for a number … Continue reading »

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Word of the Day: εὕρηκα [heúrēka]

εὕρηκα [heúrēka], Ancient Attic Greek, meaning “I have found it” εὕρηκα is the perfect active indicative of the Greek verb, ευρίσκω, meaning “I find” or “I discover.” This is the word where the interjection, “eureka!” comes from, and it has retained its same meaning over the last (at least) 2,000 years. Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, … Continue reading »

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Word of the Day: Danaid

The Danaids were the fifty daughters of king Daneus in Greek mythology who, when forced to marry the fifty sons of King Daneus’ twin brother, Aegyptus, all but one killed their husbands on their wedding night. As punishment, the Danaids were condemned to carry water in an attempt to fill to a perforated vessel for eternity. … Continue reading »

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Pre-Viking tunic found by glacier as warming aids archaeology

GMA News’s Alister Doyle reports that “A pre-Viking woolen tunic found beside a thawing glacier in south Norway shows how global warming is proving something of a boon for archaeology.” The tunic is a “greenish-brown, loose-fitting outer clothing – suitable for a person up to about 5 ft 9 inches tall” and was found in south … Continue reading »

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Crete Wants Minoans on UNESCO List

According to the Greek Reporter, “Crete  is still pushing for Knossos to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is now preparing a new folder titled Minoan civilization, which will include the most important monuments on the island, such as Phaistos, Zakros and the archaeological site of Malia, with Knossos dominating the list.” Read more… Can I get … Continue reading »

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Word of the Day: ῥήτωρ [rētōr]

ῥήτωρ [rētōr], Ancient Attic Greek, meaning “speaker” or “politician” This is the word that we get “rhetoric” from in English. A ῥήτωρ can be translated as both “speaker” and “politician.” In Ancient Athens, a large part of a politician’s power came from his ability to speak well in the Assembly and convince the participating male citizens … Continue reading »

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Living at Peace with Pigeons

Marleen Drijgers reports that pigeon lofts are being used in some European cities as an alternative to extermination. These structures provide a place for the birds to nest and flock and thereby reduce “complaints that droppings and nests are polluting buildings and apartment blocks.” These lofts are a humane solution that have already been incorporated in almost … Continue reading »

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Explaining Nietzche and Existentialism to a group of 5 year olds

Reddit.com has launched a new video series called, “Explain Like I’m Five,” where adults explain philosophy concepts to a group of kids. Hilarity ensues, but they actually get it! Watch Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvz0CjtwH2k

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