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Confirmed! Bones of King Richard III Found

The body of the lost and vilified English king Richard III has finally been found. Under a parking lot in Leicester, UK. What he was doing hanging out in an ancient parking lot is beyond me… ;)


Amazing map of the world with each country depicted in its national currency. More striking currency art here.

our money is so green. we should throw a bit more color in there.

(via explore-blog)

Skulls from Sacrificial Rituals Found at Temple

Archaeologists have unearthed gruesome evidence of brutal Aztec rituals by uncovering 50 skulls and over 250 jaw bones at the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City).

Found at one sacrificial stone below a ceremonial platform called the “cuauhxicalco,” the human remains date back more than 500 years and represent the largest number of skulls ever found in one offering.

Each of the five skulls had holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a skull rack on which the crania of sacrificed people were hung and displayed near temples or at other locations.

get this through your head…

i’m not sure if i should be laughing or crying.


Haitians read #FirstWorldProblems tweets out loud . The result is decidedly unfunny.

it’s not just a civil war day, but also  a “We the People” day!


September 17, 1787: The U.S. Constitution is adopted.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


What makes people go bad?

What is evil? Where does it come from? Does everyone have a dark side? These questions have been keeping scientists busy for quite a while. Does evil arise through a neurological process in our brains? Or does it have to do with the psychological circumstances of our daily lives?
Where is the tipping point?

Philip Zimbardo, whom most of us probably know from the Stanford Prison Experiment (1971), has been exploring these issues for more than 30 years. 
In this video he explains his theory about why ordinary people can suddenly turn evil, or on the contrary: do good.
He hereby introduces the concept of a tipping point. A critical moment where the decision of doing good or doing evil is made, and how it works. 

Philip Zimbardo has broadly explained this groundbreaking theory in his book, The Lucifer Effect (2007).  

(via holymoleculesbatman)

Twenty-nine of history’s most iconic scientists in one photograph – now in color!

can we do this to all old photos?


I can’t get over how fantastic this image is. It was originally captured in 1927 at the fifth Solvay Conference, one of the most star-studded meetings of scientific minds in history. Notable attendees included Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac and Louis de Broglie — to name a few.

Of the 29 scientists in attendance (the majority of whom contributed to the fields of physics and chemistry), over half of them were, or would would go to become, Nobel laureates. (It bears mentioning that Marie Curie, the only woman in attendance at the conference, remains the only scientist in history to be awarded Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields.)

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The people of this island learned to catch and communicate with sharks in the Pacific from the creator of all things, Moroa. In a world where most humans view sharks with a mix of fear and loathing, Papua New Guinea is one of the few places where people embrace them.

'Shark Callers of Kontu' Feel at One with Sharks

Moroa made Lembe the shark before he made man but after he had made the sun and the moon and put fish and dolphins in the sea.

After creating [Lembe the shark], Moroa held Lembe by his tail (Papua New Guineans say you can still see the mark of Moroa’s thumb and forefinger on every shark in the sea) and explained to the shark the conditions on which he could approach man…

call it…

Population to Bulge, Will Hit Ceiling

Speculation about population numbers raise questions about whether the planet can sustain us all.

Ugh. I hate to think of the subways in 2050. L train, I am talking to you!