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What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario : Krulwich Won...

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario : Krulwich Won...
We all know the story, or think we do. Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most. Robert Krulwich/NPR First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. These settlers were farmers, practicing slash-and-burn agriculture, so they burned down woods, opened spaces, and began to multiply. As Jared Diamond tells it in his best-selling book, Collapse, Easter Island is the "clearest example of a society that destroyed itself by overexploiting its own resources." When Captain James Cook visited there in 1774, his crew counted roughly 700 islanders (from an earlier population of thousands), living marginal lives, their canoes reduced to patched fragments of driftwood. And that has become the lesson of Easter Island — that we don't dare abuse the plants and animals around us, because if we do, we will, all of us, go down together. A Story Of Success? Success? I wonder. Related:  mithScience Curriculum Context

Aztec Mythology: Gods and Myth The first sun, the watery sun, was carried off by the flood. All that lived in the world became fish. The second sun was devoured by tigers. The third was demolished by a fiery rain that set people ablaze. The fourth sun, the wind sun, was wiped out by storm. People turned into monkeys and spread throughout the hills. Sources "Aztec Gods and Religion."

They Did It To Pluto, But Not To Pink! Please Not Pink! : Krulwich Wonders... Pluto isn't a planet anymore. It's been demoted. Now it's pink's turn. I'm talking about the color pink. It turns out (and this is not a new development, it's just something I didn't know), there is no pink in a rainbow. It isn't there. Red is there. iStockphoto.com Curiously, however, when you look at a rainbow, you will notice that red is on one side, violet on the opposite side. This is a problem. I am shocked. This minute-long animation has the details. I know, of course, that all colors are just waves of light, so every color we "see," we see with our brains. So when we look at puffy clouds at sunset, at a carnation, this color we talk about when we say pink slip, pink collar, pretty in pink, tickled pink, in the pink, Pinky Lee, Pink Panther, Pink Floyd — this color doesn't exist, except in our brains. I had no idea.

IMDB Top 250 Movies of All Time The top 250 movies of all time as voted by IMDb users. This list reflects the list in mid-2013. It changes over time, so we will release updated versions each year. This list is currently the most popular list on listchallenges.com, so take the challenge and then share your score on Facebook to see if you are the biggest movie buff of all your friends! 65,243 users · 345,792 views Required scores: 1, 56, 81, 105, 136 How many have you seen? The Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Godfather (1972) The Godfather, Part II (1974) Pulp Fiction (1994) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly The Dark Knight (2008) 12 Angry Men (1957) Schindler's List (1993) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Fight Club (1999) Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The Fellowship Of The Ring One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Inception (2010) Goodfellas (1990) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Seven Samurai (1954) Forrest Gump (1994) The Matrix (1999) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Dr.

Norse Mythology | The Ultimate Online Resource for Norse Mythology and Religion Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From hide captionYellowfin tuna; Chinook salmon; lingcod; Pacific halibut. Chang/iStockphoto; Debbi Smirnoff/iStockphoto; via TeachAGirlToFish; Andrea Pokrzywinski/Flickr Yellowfin tuna; Chinook salmon; lingcod; Pacific halibut. From red to white to orange to blue, fish flesh can land almost anywhere on the color spectrum. What's behind this huge variation? hide captionA yellowfin tuna caught in the Gulf of Mexico; a yellowfin tuna steak. NOAA/Flickr;Chang/iStockphoto A yellowfin tuna caught in the Gulf of Mexico; a yellowfin tuna steak. Red yellowfin tuna: A classic of the sashimi counter, the yellowfin tuna is also the Michael Phelps of the fish world. Bruce Collette, a zoologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, tells The Salt that the endurance-swimmer tuna need lots of oxygen to feed their muscles. "It's true of land animals, too: If they're walking around a lot, they'll have more myoglobin and their meat will be darker," Collette says. Ed Bierman/Flickr; Via TeachAGirlToFish

9 Things Extremely Successful People Do After Work 'Have No Regrets' --Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group"The best advice I ever received? Simple: Have no regrets. Who gave me the advice? Mum’s the word. "If you asked every person in the world who gave them their best advice, it is a safe bet that most would say it was their mother. I am no exception. Ancient Viking code deciphered for the first time An ancient Norse code which has been puzzling experts for years has been cracked by a Norwegian runologist - to discover the Viking equivalent of playful text messages. The mysterious jötunvillur code, which dates to 12th or 13th-century Scandinavia, has been unravelled by K Jonas Nordby from the University of Oslo, after he studied a 13th-century stick on which two men, Sigurd and Lavrans, had carved their name in both code and in standard runes. The jötunvillur code is found on only nine inscriptions, from different parts of Scandinavia, and has never been interpreted before. "The thing that solved it for me was seeing these two old Norse names, Sigurd and Lavrans, and after each of them was this combination of runes which made no sense," said Nordby, who is writing his doctorate on cryptography in runic inscriptions from the Viking Age and the Scandinavian Middle Ages. "I thought 'wow, this is the system, this is the solution, now we can read this text," said Nordby.

10525854 822321491120259 2201627173920433702 n A Killer In Your Fridge ~ Sweet Poison…A MUST READ | Rhonda Gessner In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain. By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of. She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19, I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda! Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! Yes! Dr. Dr.

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