Archaeology, Chemistry, News

Bronze Age Priestess Traveled Huge Distances

Image via Wikipedia.

In 1921, archaeologists found the remains of a Bronze Age priestess, dubbed the Egtved Girl. Now, a new study reveals that the priestess, who was found in Denmark, likely traveled hundreds of kilometers and was born somewhere in Germany. The Egtved Girl was, according to all clues, an extraordinary person. She only lived to be 16-18. She was slim, 160 cm tall

Climate, News

Even more glaciers in Antarctica set to melt in the near future

Image via Slashgear.

Just a few days ago were telling you about a huge, 10,000 year old ice shelf that is set to collapse in less than 10 years and now… the same thing is happening again, a bit more to the south.

Videos

Watch: two men flying with jetpacks in Dubai

Screenshot from Youtube.

The future is here – bring me my jetpack. Yves “the Jetman” Rossy and his protege, Vince Reffet do a fantastic job at illustrating that, pushing the limits of jetpack technology; and what better place to do it than Dubai? Warning – this video isn’t for the faint of heart, nor for those afraid of heights. Proceed at your own risk.

Art

98 Unprocessed Foods Cut Into Perfect Cubes

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When design studio Lernert & Sander were commissioned by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant to make a photograph for their special issue about Food, they went for something absolutely exceptional, and I’d dare say they nailed it. The studio transformed 98 unprocessed foods into perfect cubes of 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm (.98x.98x.98 in). How many of these foods can you identify? The

Great Pics

Picture of the day: A world inside a bottle

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Reddit user kidgalaxy discovered an impromptu terrarium inside an old bottle while he was cleaning his yard. Using only his smartphone, he managed to snap this surprisingly crisp close-up. It seems like the bottleneck is creating the illusion that you’re actually peering into another world. To make things even cooler, another reddit user Your_Post_As_A_Movie stayed true to his name and photoshopped the image as

Inventions, Technology

The future is now: meet the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera

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Meet Lily. I think Lily’s pretty awesome – after all, she’s the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. All you have to do is throw it in the air, and it just starts following you and shooting. It’s waterproof, it’s compact, it can take both HD photos and videos, and it lands in your hand after flying up to 20 minutes.. Check out

Great Pics

Picture of the day: up close with a strawberry

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  This spectacular image was taken by photographer Alexey Kljatov; he explains how he took the photo: “Focus stacking + averaging (10 groups with different focus, each group contains 8 identical shots for averaging). The problem with this shot was that strawberry is too glossy (I put white plastic bag around berry to diffuse daylight).” OK, now it’s biology time –

Biology, News

Snakes evolved on land, possibly with toes and feet

Image via Smithsonian.

A new analysis conducted by Yale researchers revealed that the first snakes may have actually evolved on land, not in water. These proto-snakes were likely night hunters that might have had hind legs and even toes. “We generated the first comprehensive reconstruction of what the ancestral snake was like,” said Allison Hsiang, lead author the study published online May 19

Animals, Biology, News

Panda poo shows they shouldn’t munch on bamboo so much

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Giant pandas love to feast on bamboo – it’s their favorite food, and they easily make quick work of it, using their powerful jaws to peel the plant’s tough bark and get to its tender core. But even though the pandas love it, their stomachs don’t – a new study has revealed that the panda’s stomach is not adapted to a completely herbivorous diet, and still craves for an omnivorous meal, like other bears.

Feature Post, Great Pics

The California Drought in Pictures

Before: the Green Bridge passes over Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in 2011.  Note all the vegetation.

California is experiencing the most severe drought in the last millennium, with extreme measures being taken to preserve water, though some believe the state is already heading towards an unmitigated disaster. We’ve already discussed that in depth several times before (1, 2, 3), but we’re not going to do that here. They say an image is worth a thousand words,