Illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible (1411) The Black Death is thought to have originated in the arid plains of central Asia, where it then travelled along the Silk Road, reaching the Crimea by 1346. From there, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships. Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population. All in all, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century.
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Vinča symbols The Vinča symbols, sometimes called the Vinča signs, Vinča script, Vinča-Turdaș script, Old European script, etc, are a set of symbols found on Neolithic era (6th to 5th millennia BCE) artifacts from the Vinča culture of southeastern Europe. The symbols are mostly considered as constituting the oldest excavated example of "proto-writing" in the world; that is, they probably conveyed a message but did not encode language, predating the development of writing proper by more than a millennium. Discovery A modern drawing of a clay vessel unearthed in Vinča, found at depth of 8.5 meters.
LG15: The Resistance LG15: The Resistance (September 20, 2008—December 12, 2008) was a web television series produced by EQAL that took place within the LG15 Universe. The series was first announced on July 4, 2008 via the official behind-the-scenes LG15 blog, Inside. It premiered on September 16, 2008 at the New York Television Festival, and was first uploaded for public viewing on September 20, 2008. The show continued upon the mythology established by lonelygirl15 and KateModern. Two main characters from the lonelygirl15 series, Jonas (Jackson Davis) and Sarah (Alexandra Dreyfus), were also carried over. Daily content was provided in the form of video blogs, images, text blogs, and other information posted daily from the characters at LG15.com.
Quantum cosmology In theoretical physics, quantum cosmology is a field attempting to study the effect of quantum mechanics on the formation of the universe, or its early evolution, especially just after the Big Bang. Despite many attempts, such as the Wheeler-deWitt equation, and more recently loop quantum cosmology, the field remains a rather speculative branch of quantum gravity. An important problem in this field is the origin of physical information in the universe.
COMMUNE : 60 min – Networks | Social Terrain | Society – 11. June 2010. A certain kind of perspective on [the terrible community] has to be taken up, a “thief’s gaze,” which from the interior of the apparatus materializes the possibility of escaping it. COMMUNE – a Film about the Free Spaces of Olympia, WA « UTOPIA or: BUST
| Browse the Best of RHF: "General Jokes 87-89" | (smirk, sexual) The Preying Mantis Syndrome Many lower life forms demonstrate qualities that, at first, don't seem very good for survival. Preying Mantis Syndrome [rec.humor.funny]
In non-relativistic classical mechanics, the use of Euclidean space instead of spacetime is appropriate, as time is treated as universal and constant, being independent of the state of motion of an observer.
Countdown Timer is just the countdown taken out of the usual online-stopwatch.com stopwatch and countdown gadget. It makes it easier to get to the countdown – Much better if the countdown is the only part you ever use. Soon the new countdown timer will replace the one you see here - it will allow you to use your keyboard to enter the numbers, and to start or stop the timer.
Vauxhall/Opel will reveal an interesting new concept that blends elements of an electric car and a motorbike Image Gallery (3 images) Vauxhall/Opel will reveal an interesting new concept that blends elements of an electric car and a motorbike this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Vauxhall/Opel to unveil two-seater EV Concept
Dhul-Qarnayn is thought to refer to Cyrus by some recent Quranic commentators. A "two horned" Elamite figure wrestling with serpents. Cyrus the Great in the Quran is a theory that holds that the character of Dhul-Qarnayn, mentioned in the Quran, is in fact Cyrus the Great. Dhul-Qarnayn (Arabic for "the two-horned") is mentioned in the Quran. The story of Dhul-Qarnayn appears in sixteen verses of the Quran, specifically the 16 verses 18:83-98 (Al Kahf). Cyrus the Great in the Qur'an
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Mediumship Séance conducted by John Beattie, Bristol, England, 1872 Mediumship, or channeling, is the practice of certain people—known as mediums—to purportedly mediate communication between spirits of the dead and other human beings. Attempts to contact the dead date back to early human history, with mediumship gaining in popularity during the 19th century. Investigations during this period revealed widespread fraud—with some practitioners employing techniques used by stage magicians—and the practice started to lose credibility. The practice still continues to this day, and high profile fraud has been uncovered as recently as the 2000s.
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