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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

List of tree deities Yakshi under a stylized ashoka tree. Railing figure at Bharhut Stupa, 2nd century BC, India Examples of tree deities[edit] The Yakshis or Yakshinis (Sanskrit: याक्षिणि), mythical maiden deities of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology are closely associated with trees, especially the ashoka tree and the sal tree. Panaiveriyamman, named after panai, the Tamil name for the Palmyra palm, is an ancient fertility deity linked to this palm that is so important in Tamil culture. In Thailand the village ghosts or fairies related to trees such as Nang Takian and Nang Tani are known generically as Nang Mai (นางไม้).[5] There are also other tree ghosts that are male. Tree deities were common in ancient Northern European lore. List of tree deities[edit] Tree deities in different cultures of the world include: Gallery[edit] In the play "Love Story at the Snow-covered Barrier," the villain's wishes to cut down a giant blossoming black cherry tree are thwarted. See also[edit] References[edit]

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. 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.

We Should Be Able To Detect Spaceships Moving Near The Speed Of Light "According to Yurtsever and Wilkinson's new analysis, each cubic centimeter of space contains over 400 microwave photons. " Question for you, George: would it be possible to collect these microwave photons and use them as fuel? Flagged The problem is that a photons energy is contained in it's momentum - in this case, a good deal of that relative momentum is derived from the fact you're moving so quickly already. On the other hand, there are those baryonic particles - largely hydrogen - in interstellar space, and proposals exist to harvest this to use in fusion reactors.

Crystal Skulls -- National Geograhic By Richard A. Lovett and Scot Hoffman Crystal skulls are not uncommon or terribly mysterious. Thousands are produced every year in Brazil, China, and Germany. There are perhaps a dozen of these rare crystal skulls in private and public collections. Many believe these skulls were carved thousands or even tens of thousands of years ago by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Supernatural Fascination Stories about the skulls focus heavily on their perceived supernatural powers. Joshua Shapiro, coauthor of Mysteries of the Crystal Skulls Revealed, on his Web site cites claims of healings and expanded psychic abilities from people who have been in the presence of such skulls. "We believe the Crystal Skulls are a form of computer which are able to record energy and vibration that occur around them," he writes. " The skull will pictorially replay all events or images of the people who have come into contact with them (i.e. they contain the history of our world)." All Fakes?

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

So why are we even here? Creation Myths Many of you are probably familiar with the Creation stories in the Bible. Even so, I suggest you reread the first three chapters of Genesis to refresh your recollection. If you want to read more, you can find it on the Electronic Bible Page or you may have a copy at home. After reviewing this myth, which is important in Jewish and Christian culture, read some myths from other cultures. Chinese, Choctaw, Comanche, Digueno, The Birth of Hawai'i, and Hindu creation myths. HINT: If you need some ideas in thinking about these myths, you might look creation myths up in an Encyclopedia.