The complete Akkadian dictionary

Akkadian, or Assyro-Babylonian, is the oldest attested written language – the code for the cuneiform writing system. Texts written in Akkadian date back as early as 2800 BC, and although it hasn’t been spoken for well over two thousand years, the language can be considered invaluable to the unraveling of the first human civilizations from Mesopotamia. A hundred years in

Iran will launch a monkey into space

Last year, Iran successfully launched a rocket that carried a mouse, a turtle and worms into space. This summer, the Iranian Space Organization is planning on taking its space program one step further by sending a monkey into orbit this summer. This was revealed this Thursday by Iran’s top space official at a press conference  after the launch of the

The White Desert of Brazil [amazing photos]

Usually, deserts are barren, arid wastelands field with sand, all kinds of lizardy creatures and a minimum amount of water – basically, death traps. Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park may very well be the world’s most harmless desert, and if not, it’s the most stunning one for sure. Spanning a mere 1000 square kilometers, the White Desert as it’s referred to

Chinese space program posters

In a recent post I showed you some absolutely stunning Soviet space program posters, and guess what – we’re back with more space posters, only this time, it’s the other communist titan on the planet: China. What is striking about these posters are the children; while the Soviets emphasized on the power of the people and their national heroes (Yuri

Shorties: The woman with the most piercings in the world

How many piercings do you think the most pierced woman in the world has? Fifty, a hundred, two hundred ? When she was examined by the Guinness book of records, Elaine Davidson had 462 piercings, with 192 in her face alone. But that was in May 2000, and things have changed greatly since then. In august 2001, when she was

Woman tattoos facebook friends on her arm

How do you feel about your facebook friends ? I like them; some are my good friends in real life, some are just people I know, and I have only a vague idea who some of my facebook friends are. But this woman loves them all; she loves them so much that she permanently inked them onto her arm. But

Stonehenge-like Structure Found Under Lake Michigan

While scanning underneath the waters of Lake Michigan for shipwrecks, archeologists found something a lot more interesting than they bargained for.

Paper + Microscope = amazing art

  Paper is just paper, right ? Nothing fancy, nothing special, just plain old paper that we see and probably use every single day. Well, for Charles Kazilek at ASU, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth; incredible colours, from orange and purple to vibrant green, amazing textures, all of these were obtained from plain pieces of paper.  

Woman busted for trying to sell ‘moon rock’ for 1.7 million$

  A recent NASA operation (who knew they do this stuff ?) busted a woman who was trying to sell what she claimed was a piece of the Moon for the meager price of 1.7 million dollars. This came as a result of months of targeting her, after rumour spread that she was selling such items. The decisive meeting between

Elephants cooperate to save baby elephant from drowning

It is already known, and proven numerous times that elephants are incredibly intelligent, cooperative, and kind. Here is another video that goes to show how admirable these animals are; when a youngster is in danger of drowning, everybody moves in to help. Breathtaking ! If only more humans were like this…

Google plans world domination: now they’re selling light bulbs

This is already starting to sound like a cartoon world domination scheme; in an obvious plan to take over the world, Google plans to fill your home with electrical producs, including but not limited to light bulbs, dishwashers and thermostats which can be controlled remotely via an Android device. The plan is to create these electrical devices which can communicate

China unveiles detailed plans for its own Space Station

Only a decade since China launched its first human being into orbit, and three years since the first space walk performed by China launched astronaut, Beijing has now unveiled to the world its plans of developing its version of the International Space Station by 2020. China’s space station will be relatively small at size, weighing in at just 60 tones

A third of Texans believe humans lived side by side with dinosaurs… and other stuff

I recently came across this poll, which was conducted about a year ago. Ok, so it’s not extremely actual, but one year can’t change the data significantly. So, almost 1 in 3 Texans believes that humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and over half of them don’t believe humans evolved from some other species. Just so

San Francisco to Paris in 2 minutes [VIDEO]

Here’s another amazing time lapse video which is certain to enchant your senses and entertain equally enough, in which the Beep Show has documented its San Francisco to Paris flight by shooting a photo every 2 miles (clicky clicky every 15 seconds?). The photos were then put together masterfully, resulting in a lovely time lapse view over the American continent,

Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power station – most dangerous in the world?

In light of recent catastrophic events that plagued Japan, and the consequent nuclear crisis recently raised to level 7 on par with Chernobyl, the talk of the day in every scientific and political circle seems to be that of nuclear safety. Armenia’s 31-year old only nuclear power plant located in Metsamor is one of the few remnants of the old

[VIDEO] Watch Yuri Gagarin’s historic orbital flight entirely in “First Orbit”

A few weeks ago I told you a bit about “First Orbit”, a marvelous documentary by Christopher Riley which practically visually recreates the same path Yuri Gagarin undertook exactly 50 years ago when he became the first man ever to go into space. Every six weeks, the International Space Station orbit matches the same arc around the world traced originally

Japan raises nuclear crisis level to that of Chernobyl

Japan’s nuclear crisis level has been regulated from level 5 to 7  by the International Atomic Energy Agency, at the top of the nuclear hazard scale and right on par with the 1986 Chernobyl incident, according to the level of radiation released in the accident. The new ranking signifies a “major accident” with “wider consequences” than the previous level, according

The ghost trees in Pakistan

The unfortunate floods in Pakistan haven’t affected only humans, they also had a truly fascinating “side effect”: millions and millions of spiders have climbed the trees in a desperate attempt to escape the flooding water. Because of the scale of the event and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, they have made cocoons out of

The Futurama theorem

In case you don’t know, Futurama is a popular science fiction – I highly recommend it, as a matter of fact, but that’s more of a personal preference. What’s interesting about it is that a mathematical theory was created especially for it, or for an episode to be more exact. The theory refers to a hypothetical scenario where two persons

Half of Americans see natural disaster as sign of end times

According to more than half of all Americans, God is in complete control of everything that happens on our planet. Slightly fewer people, 44 percent, believe natural disasters, such as the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan are caused by an omnipotent power; but hey, it gets a little better – only 29 percent of Americans believe that God punishes a