Annenberg Media Exhibits: Collapse Hundreds of years ago in what is now modern Honduras, Copán was a thriving civilization, a center of the cultural life of the Maya. Tens of thousands of people made their home in the Copán Valley. Yet despite its importance, Copán went into decline. Across the vast territory of the ancient Maya, other important sites were sharing a similar fate. Why did this great civilization fall? can combine with external causes (such as war or natural disaster) to bring about a collapse. Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. Ready to get started? "Collapse" is inspired by programs from Out of the Past, a video series from Annenberg Media.
Wind Map An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. We've done our best to make this as accurate as possible, but can't make any guarantees about the correctness of the data or our software. Please do not use the map or its data to fly a plane, sail a boat, or fight wildfires :-) If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.
ETUDES ARCHEOLOGIQUES Archaeologists uncover evidence of large ancient shipyard near Rome University of Southampton Source - CGI of shipyard building - Graphic simulation by Archaeological Computing Research Group, Southampton University of Southampton and British School at Rome (BSR) archaeologists, leading an international excavation of Portus – the ancient port of Rome, believe they have discovered a large Roman shipyard. The team, working with the Italian Archaeological Superintendancy of Rome, has uncovered the remains of a massive building close to the distinctive hexagonal basin or ‘harbour’, at the centre of the port complex. University of Southampton Professor and Portus Project Director, Simon Keay comments, “At first we thought this large rectangular building was used as a warehouse, but our latest excavation has uncovered evidence that there may have been another, earlier use, connected to the building and maintenance of ships.
Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni The Hypogeum of Paola, Malta, (Ipoġew in Maltese) literally meaning "underground" in Greek, is a subterranean structure dating to the Saflieni phase (3000-2500 BC) in Maltese prehistory. Thought to have been originally a sanctuary, it became a necropolis in prehistoric times and the remains of more than 7,000 individuals have been found. It is the only known prehistoric underground temple in the world. The Hypogeum was depicted on a 2 cents 5 mils stamp issued in the Maltese Islands in 1980 to commemorate the acceptance by UNESCO of this unique structure in the World Heritage Site list. It was closed to visitors between 1992 and 1996 for restoration works; since it reopened only 60 people per day are allowed entry. It was discovered by accident in 1902 when workers cutting cisterns for a new housing development broke through its roof. First Level The first level is very similar to tombs found in Xemxija in Malta. Second Level Hal Saflieni The Main Chamber Third Level
The Beat - Instagram Photos and What's Around Them - by the Rutgers Social Media Information Lab About the Beat We use Instagram pictures users added to their map, and combine them with the corresponding Google StreetView location to help explore topics in a new way. Feel free to explore your own beat by putting a new topic in the search box. Privacy This project uses entirely public Instagram information, available from the Instagram API and viewable in various way in many other Instagram applications.Street addresses are only proximate, and the photo location is randomly altered within a small radius. Contact For press inquiries contact Ken Branson at kbranson AT ur.rutgers.edu. Credits This is a project of the Social Media Information Lab (SMIL), at the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers University, led by Mor Naaman. Read more about SMIL at sm.rutgers.edu or The app was built by Jerry Reptak (@JetFault) , Abe Stanway (@abestanway) , and Ian Jennings (@sw1tch). The Beat, Instagram and Your Privacy Protect Your Privacy Protecting Your Privacy on Instagram: A Guide
Herodotus Place in history Herodotus announced the size and scope of his work at the beginning of his Researches or Histories: Ἡροδότου Ἁλικαρνησσέος ἱστορίης ἀπόδεξις ἥδε, ὡς μήτε τὰ γενόμενα ἐξ ἀνθρώπων τῷ χρόνῳ ἐξίτηλα γένηται, μήτε ἔργα μεγάλα τε καὶ θωμαστά, τὰ μὲν Ἕλλησι, τὰ δὲ βαρβάροισι ἀποδεχθέντα, ἀκλεᾶ γένηται, τὰ τε ἄλλα καὶ δι' ἣν αἰτίην ἐπολέμησαν ἀλλήλοισι. Herodotus of Halicarnassus, his Researches are here set down to preserve the memory of the past by putting on record the astonishing achievements of both the Greeks and the Barbarians; and more particularly, to show how they came into conflict. His record of the achievements of others was an achievement in itself, though the extent of it has been debated. His place in history and his significance may be understood according to the traditions within which he worked. His work is the earliest Greek prose to have survived intact. Homer was another inspirational source. Life The statue of Herodotus in Bodrum
History - Ancient History in depth: The Story of Carbon Dating Domestic Violence: Can your smartphone save your life? Erasing domestic violence with a swipe of the finger? There’s an app for that. From apps to combat cyberstalking and real life domestic abuse, to using existing popular Facebook features, hundreds of volunteer developers contributed their time and talent to create online solutions against domestic violence during a weekend hackathon spanning two continents. The leading cause of injury for women - more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined - domestic violence claims more female victims than any of the main threats to women’s wellbeing in the world. Latin America -and Central America in particular - are no strangers to this issue. To further raise awareness of the challenge posed for the region, the first Domestic Violence hackathon took place across Central America and Washington DC January 26-27. Digital Solutions ‘In Guatemala, violence is a significant problem. A selection of the winning prototypes: A web app to combat cyber stalking, in Washington. What is the Bank doing?
Mesopotamian Astronomy - Babylonian and Persian History Ever since man first looked up at the stars and asked the question, “Are we Alone?” the history of astronomy has shaped the course of human society, connecting science with the inbuilt human spirituality and sense of wonder at the unimaginable vastness of the cosmos. Now seen as the domain of loveable eccentrics, such as Patrick Moore, the late, great Carl Sagan, and Brian May, it is easy to forget how the science of astronomy has pervaded nearly every aspect of human history, and oversaw the rise and fall of great civilizations. The History of Astronomy - Shaping Human History Many notable events in history were shaped by conjunctions of stars and astronomic events, such as the star (supernova) that guided the Magi to Bethlehem. People tend to judge astrology by the poorly written, generic horoscopes in newspapers and internet sites but, back in the time of the ancients, it was a genuine proto-science. Ancient Astronomy and the Sumerians, the Foundation of Civilization Suggest changes
Livius. Articles on Ancient History Iran: A Crime on YouTube, an Execution in Public Two young men, Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad Ali Sarvari, were executed by hanging in Tehran, Iran in the early hours of January 20, 2013 before the eyes of public spectators [warning: graphic photos] who had gathered to watch, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Crime and YouTube The hunt for the alleged muggers was given top priority after security camera footage was posted on YouTube towards the end of 2012 showing four youths on two motorbikes who ambushed a pedestrian, threatening him with a knife and taking his belongings. Four men were soon arrested and tried. Over a fistful of dollars Amirhadi from Tehran writes about this photo in his blog [fa]: Look at this photo, it is as if the accused has laid his head on the shoulder of the very agent who is to carry out the [death] sentence. Kill us. Spectator sport Reacting to the news, Dara writes in his blog called [fa] ‘Words from the depth of my heart‘:
6 People Who Secretly Ruled The World Hey, remember that Dick Cheney guy? You know, the shadowy old man lurking behind George W. Bush and tugging on the strings that jerkily moved Bush's limbs? He still turns up on Fox News sometimes? Well, it turns out that history is full of those guys, the power behind the power whose names don't come up in history class, but who were happy to change history from the shadows. #6. The Figurehead: Alexander the Great was, well, great (there was very little tendency towards sarcastic monikers in ancient times). The Woman Behind the Scenes He was also a momma's boy. Beautiful, powerful and heavily involved in a snake-worshiping cult of Dionysus, Olympias is regularly depicted as sleeping with snakes. When questions came up about Alexander's claim to the throne, she claimed that the god Zeus himself impregnated her under an oak tree, a legitimate claim to any damn throne Alex could point a finger at. When her husband, Phillip, took a new wife and divorced Olympias, she had him assassinated. #5.
Smithsonian X 3D H. G. Wells Herbert George "H. G." Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. Early life A defining incident of young Wells's life was an accident in 1874 that left him bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time he started reading books from the local library, brought to him by his father. No longer able to support themselves financially, the family instead sought to place their sons as apprentices in various occupations. Teacher H. H. He soon entered the Debating Society of the school. During 1888 H. Upon leaving the Normal School of Science, Wells was left without a source of income.