The mummification technique, which is used to preserve the body after death, has been used by several different civilizations throughout history, including the mummies of Anatolia.
During antiquity and the Middle Ages (5th-15th Century), mummification was a common…
Due to a combination of diversion of sediment, disruption of the ecosystem by man, and sea level rise, the marshlands in Louisiana in the Mississippi River Delta system are rapidly disappearing, at rates of like a football field per hour.
As I covered a couple days ago while discussing peat bogs, these areas serve as natural protection for the surrounding land and cities as well as stores for large amounts of carbon dioxide.
This animation should make the point of how rapidly the area is flooding.
Chinese Bronze Zhou Dynasty Helmet, c. 800-500 BC
A cast bronze helmet of unusual design, with D-shaped openings to front and rear; the bowl formed with longitudinal ribbing, reinforcing plates and simulated rivet detailing; above, a pierced rectangular finial or plume-holder; attachment loops to the lower edge.
The Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC) followed the Shang and preceded the Qin dynasties. This period of Chinese history produced what many consider the zenith of Chinese bronze-ware making.
Wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan
The Wisteria “tree” is actually a vine in the same family as legumes (beans). The vines will grow and wrap themselves around anything that can support the plant’s weight.
This particular plant is called by some on the internet the most beautiful Wisteria plant in the world. It is found in Ashikaga Flower Park, in Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan.
The tree dates back to approximately 1870 and today covers nearly 2000 square meters. It is supported by a series of manmade structures that allow it to grow without collapse and also allow visitors to walk beneath the flowers.
The tree is the largest in Japan, but not the largest in the world. A Wisteria planted in Sierra Madre, California, in about 1890, covers more than twice the area.
Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sutterview/14288231742
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Patio de los Jaguares: Teotihuacan, Mexico
These symmetrically positioned jaguars are donned with elaborate, feathered headdresses. Over their backs are a line of sea shell trumpets that extend to their tails. Each jaguar also holds in one paw a snail-trumpet decorated with long tail feathers of the quetzal bird. The sounds of these musical instruments are represented by two flowery speech-glyphs emerging from them with water droplets falling from them. This is a Teotihuacan evocation of that life-giving element. The jaguars above and at the sides are framed by a pair of alternating symbols: an elaborate, plumed headdress in front view and the split-tongued face of the rain god, Tlaloc, placed within a star.
Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe a monster galaxy that was hidden behind walls of dust.
The discovery offers important clues about an early phase of galaxy development, from a time just 3 billion years after the Big Bang.
The research appears in the journal Nature.
Galaxy formation theories have suggested that the universe’s heaviest galaxies develop from the inside out, forming their star-studded, central cores during early cosmic epochs. But scientists had never been able to observe this core construction until now.
“It’s a formation process that can’t happen anymore,” says Erica Nelson, a Yale University graduate student who was lead author of the paper. “The early universe could make these galaxies, but the modern universe can’t.
“It was this hotter, more turbulent place—these were boiling cauldrons, forging stars.”
Click the link. There is video. You will die from the cute.
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