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The Fascist History of De-Extinction
20th October 2017 | Animal Life, Humans

Not everyone thinks resurrection of extinct species is a good idea, and recent scientific advances in cloning, genetic engineering, in-vitro fertilization, and captive breeding are driving a roiling debate over de-extinction — from its potential for unintended ecological consequences, to its power to distract from the more immediate perils facing species that are still with us.

Tribes of India Tell Their Own Stories of Celestial Bodies
20th October 2017 | | Humans, Space

Astronomy has benefited from amateur efforts, including myths that seek to explain astronomical phenomena. That is true for tribal lore of India too, researchers have found.  A study of tribal people settled around central India has revealed a rich mythology.

4,000 year old Scandinavian Bronze Age Petroglyphs Became Sacred Symbols of Georgia’s Creek Indians
19th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Scandinavian Bronze Age art is found on most of the famous petroglyphic boulders in the Georgia Gold Belt, a mountainous region in the southeastern US containing the purest gold in the world. Most of Georgia’s petroglyphs are believed to be contemporary with the Scandinavian Bronze Age, although some are definitely Mayan or Arawak in origin.  The most important symbols of the European Bronze Age such as the Sun Wheel, Great Sun (High King), Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Equinox, Solar Eclipse and phases of the Moon are identical in Bronze Age Sweden and the writing system of Georgia’s Creek Indians.

The Secret Language of Siberia’s Salmon Skin Coats
19th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Along the lower reaches of the Amur River, where the water empties into the Pacific Ocean, the climate—unlike most of Siberia—is wet. To keep dry, the indigenous Nivkhi shrugged on fish skin coats. These ingeniously constructed coats are a testament to the people’s holistic approach to natural resources; they also tell the story of a worldly culture and a wild place.

Humpback Whale Saviours and The Power of Compassion
19th October 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans

Compassion, it turns out, is innate. Human beings and other animals have what a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley calls a “compassionate instinct.”  Humpback whales often act as saviors coming to the rescue of other marine life, from sunfish to seals.

How Japan’s Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance
19th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

The Ainu, the indigenous bear-worshipping people of Japan, have fought Japanese domination for centuries. As this century unfolds, their efforts are finally paying off.

Is Weed Legalization the Gateway Drug to Psychedelic Legalization?
19th October 2017 | Earth, Humans

In the 1990’s the legalization of marijuana was still a literal pipe dream. The American consensus at the time categorized weed as drugs. The world wasn’t ready to admit it liked drugs, so we were told to drink booze, and coffee, and smoke cigarettes (obviously all drugs). Things have changed, some people have passed away, and society is at least a bit more reasonable about drug policies.

Pacific Coast First Nations Help Update American Museum of Natural History in New York
19th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Northwest Coast First Nations are helping the American Museum of Natural History breathe life into an antiquated exhibit.  The museum is finally taking the next step in properly reflecting the Pacific Coast Nations as they are: dynamic societies with traditions that stretch back to ancient times.

Scientists Just Restored Breathing After Spinal Paralysis
19th October 2017 | Humans, Tech

Medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University have developed a treatment that could herald a breakthrough for patients with spinal cord injuries. Using a combination of drug and light therapy, researchers successfully activated an alternate nerve pathway in a rat with a severed spinal cord, allowing the animal to breathe without the assistance of a ventilator.

Volcanic Eruptions in Russia and Alaska Could Have Starved Ancient Egyptians
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In a paper published in Nature Communications, researchers show that explosive volcanic eruptions in high northern latitudes of the globe can impact the Nile watershed, causing the flow of one of the world’s mightiest rivers to slow.  This in turn could keep the lower Nile from flooding in the late summer months — a regular occurrence on which Ancient Egyptians relied to irrigate their crops.

A Territorial Land Grab that Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

The 1809 Treaty of Fort Wayne which ceded about 2.5 million acres of indigenous land for two cents an acre and ignited a resistance movement, fueling Chief Tecumseh’s war on whites at the Battle of Tippecanoe is now on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Inventing a Vocabulary to Help the Inuit Tribe Talk About Climate Change
18th October 2017 | | Earth, Humans

One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying language in the process.

The Archaeology of Ancient American Civilisations
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

North and South America were supposedly ‘discovered’ by the Europeans in the late 15th century AD, but people from Asia arrived in the Americas at least 15,000 years ago.  Sample a taste of the complexity of the civilisations of Ancient America.  This article branches off into ten individual articles about each civilization discussed.

Honouring Historic Native Americans Hidden in History
18th October 2017 | | Humans

Representation of Native Americans in history books is historically inaccurate and only covers a small fraction of history during the exploration of Columbus, Thanksgiving, and the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, to name a few events.  This article focuses on a few of those historic Native Americans who influence history but have been omitted from standard history books.

Tezcatlipoca: Aztec God of Night and Smoking Mirrors
18th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

According to Aztec mythology, Tezcatlipoca was a vengeful god, who could see and punish any evil behavior or action happening on earth. For these qualities, Aztec kings were considered Tezcatlipoca’s representatives on earth; at their election, they had to stand in front of the god’s image and perform several ceremonies in order to legitimize their right to rule.

Sitting Up with the Dead: Lost Appalachian Burial Customs
18th October 2017 | | Humans, Weird

Immigrants from Europe began migrating to the area in the 18th century with a large proportion of the population being Ulster Scots and Scotch-Irish. Many pioneers moved into areas largely separated from civilization by high mountain ridges and brought many traditions from the Celtic Old World that is still a part of America’s Appalachian culture today.  Folks in Appalachia are no stranger to death. The Dark Horseman visited so frequently that houses were made with two front doors. One door was used for happy visits, and the other door, known as the funeral door, would open into the Deathwatch Room for sitting up with the dead.

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