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Probably the oldest mask in the world

1 hour agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

From the collections of the Musée "Bible et Terre Sainte" -This stone mask from the pre-ceramic neolithic period dates to 7000 BCE and is probably the oldest mask in the world. Happy Halloween to all. Via Unexplained Spoopies.

Minnesota considering ban on neonicotinoids

2 hours agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

This summer the StarTribune carried a long feature article on the possible role of neonicotinoids in the delcine of bees.A new class of insecticides first introduced in 1994 that is relatively harmless to people and animals — neonicotinoids. Show More Summary

Solar eclipse as seen from space

2 hours agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

From NASA's series of APOD photos, this one taken from the Mir space station.The shadow of the moon can be seen darkening part of Earth. This shadow moved across the Earth at nearly 2000 kilometers per hour...

The Yazidis

2 hours agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

The plight of the Yazidis achieved international attention several months ago:Fears are growing for the 300 Yazidi women reportedly kidnapped by Islamic State fighters last week amid claims they would be used to bear children to break up the ancient sect's bloodline. Show More Summary

The epitome of "cheerful"

2 hours agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. I created a "cheerful" category for blog posts (now with 200+ entries) because some days after surfing the internet for news and stories, one needs some lighter fare.Bryan College (a Tennessee Christian liberal arts college)...Show More Summary

The "Pillar portrait" of the Bronte sisters

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"Anne is on the left with Emily in the centre and Charlotte on the right. Originally, their brother, Branwell, had begun painting himself in the picture but ultimately decided to paint himself out by replacing his image with a 'pillar'. Show More Summary

Dunes on a comet

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Not something I would have expected to see. Embedded image cropped from the original for emphasis of the dunes feature. These were photographed on c omet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft. More photos here.

Eagle-eye view

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"A white-tailed eagle, extinct in France for over 50 years, soared from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and flew over the Seine with a Sony camera mounted on its back." From a gallery at The Guardian. Credit Sony/

King Tut's poor health

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Dozens of websites have posted the results of Tutankhamun's virtual (CT-scan) autopsy. The best (most concise, least sensational) I've found has been the report at National Geographic's Education Blog:What have these CT scans revealed...Show More Summary

Sunlight reflected onto a brick wall

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Looks like chromosomes in metaphase. Found at Reddit.

The world asks the U.S. to end its embargo of Cuba

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

(Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd time to condemn the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, with many nations praising the island state for its response in fighting the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa. Show More Summary

"Catcalling." What it's like being a girl in New York City

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. This young woman volunteered to walk around the streets of New York for ten hours, walking behind a companion who had a GoPro camera mounted on his backpack. She is holding a microphone in both hands to record the comments directed at her during her walk, which have been clarified with captions in the 2-minute video. Show More Summary

Firefighters' rescue masks

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

From France " between the mid-1800s and World War I." I see adapters designed to fit onto some type of tubing, presumably leading either to fresh (?compressed) air since an oxygen source would have been exponentially risker to a firefighter. Via Not In The History Books.

This is an average American man

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"Todd is the most typical of American men. His proportions are based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. As a U.S. male age 30 to 39, his body mass index (BMI) is 29; just one shy of the medical definition of obese. At five-feet-nine-inches...Show More Summary

A "hundred" used to mean 120

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

A reminder that the English language evolved at a time when the counting system involved a "long hundred" equal to 120.The long hundred, a unit of count = 120, appears to have arisen out of an ancient Germanic way of counting, one which is echoed in modern English. Show More Summary

Iraqi girls on their way to school

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Credit: Ahmad Al-rubaye/AFP/Getty Images, via The Guardian.

Salamander traffic jam

3 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Posted because this photo brings back pleasant memories of my childhood in Minnesota. Every fall tiger salamanders by the dozens would accumulate at the base of our outside basement stairwell. It was my not unpleasant chore as a youngster to corral them before they desiccated, and transfer them back to the nearby woods. Show More Summary


6 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

As reported in The Huffington Post:In Maine, an elementary school teacher was recently put on paid leave for up to three weeks after parents complained that the teacher had traveled to Dallas, where there have been a few Ebola cases....Show More Summary

Two more weeks of this...

6 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

The "caller ID" no longer works on my office phone, so yesterday when I answered it, I heard "Hi !! This is [politician]. I know everybody hates robocalls, but..." [click]I have grown not to just despise the politicians, but to hate the process.

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