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Thieves Attack Notre-Dame During Paris Lockdown

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:00

A pair of French criminals have been caught trying to cash in on the coronavirus lockdown -stealing stones from Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

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The Pleiades, Blue Print of the Seven Hills of Rome and Other Sacred Cities

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 18:54

Two thousand years after the death of Ovid – the Roman poet who was banished by Augustus from Rome to the remote town of Tomis on the Black Sea in 8 AD – the reason for his exile remains a mystery. 

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Lindow Man – What Killed England’s Oldest Celebrity?

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 17:05

Lindow Man, officially known as Lindow II, is the name given to a bog body that was discovered in Cheshire, North West England. Radiocarbon dating of Lindow Man shows that he lived around the 1st century AD.

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Lockdown is the New Norm, But All is Not Lost As Virtual Museums Open

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:44

With UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructing the closure of museums and galleries across the UK, one by one their doors have shut this week after stringent new ‘lockdown’ measures were implemented aimed at tackling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The Revenge of Pirate Jeanne de Clisson, The Lioness of Brittany

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:31

In the midst of the Hundred Years War between England and France, an enraged French noblewoman turned pirate named Jeanne de Clisson took to the sea with a fleet of warships. She mercilessly hunted down the ships of King Phillip VI to avenge her husband’s death. For her ferocity, she eventually became known as the Lioness of Brittany.

Jeanne and her crew were ruthless in their goal and would slaughter almost all of the crew of the King’s ships, leaving just two or three sailors alive, so that the message would get back to the King that the Lioness of Brittany had struck once again.

A painting by Elsa Millet depicting Jeanne de Clisson, also known as Jeanne de Belleville. (amandakespohl)

Who was Jeanne de Clisson?

Jeanne de Clisson was born into an affluent French family in 1300 and spent most of her life as a noblewoman. She was married off to a wealthy man, Geoffrey de Châteaubriant at the age of 12 and had two children. Sometime after his death, Jeanne remarried, this time to Olivier de Clisson, who was an important Breton noble that spent years in service defending Brittany against the English.

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Cacus – The One Who Dared Cross Hercules

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 07:52

According to Roman mythology, Cacus was a thief who stole from the hero Hercules (whose Greek equivalent was Heracles), which was the action that resulted in the former’s death. There are several versions of this myth, as it has been recounted by different authors.

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Rice-Sized Ancient Worms are the Ancestors of All Animals

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 18:34

Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The ancient worm-like creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and back

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Could Pablo Escobar’s Hippos in Colombia Restore a Lost World?

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 17:03

A study from an international team of researchers including UMass Amherst biologist John Rowan shows introduced species (e.g. hippos in Colombia) can restore a lost world.

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Olympic Games Postponed for the First Time in History

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:57

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has been announced today. This had long been expected because of the global crisis caused by the Covid 19 or Coronavirus outbreak.

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Risky Wealth: Would You Dare to Open the Mysterious Sealed Door of Padmanabhaswamy Temple?

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:20

Ropes of gold several meters long, Napoleonic coins, Venetian jewelry, diamond belts, emeralds the size of ostrich eggs, and barrels of golden rice…these are just some of the treasures said to have been hidden within Padmanabhaswamy Temple. But insufferable dangers may also be lurking for those who dare to open the temple’s mysterious sealed door. Would you take the risk?

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Tests Underway to Solve Enigma of Naked Cerne Abbas Giant

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 08:05

Archaeologists in the United Kingdom have begun tests to determine the age of a giant figure cut into the chalk of a hill. This figure known as the Cerne Abbas Giant has mystified experts and local people for centuries. 

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