This new crop circle is from the Netherlands, and it comprises some 15 acres. Now as an adolescent I lived on a farm Kansas, and I know the size of an acre of ground, and fifteen acres is one big assed area.
Who made it, and how was it constructed? The perfection and execution of the design rules out amateurs, and the Dutch guy who claimed credit for making it has been debunked by other locals.
So I guess, lacking any definitive proof as to how it came into beiing, we will just have to accept it as a rather wonderful piece of art. .
'The Machine That Made Us' is a documentary in which Stephen Fry examines the story behind the printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg, to find out why he did it and how, a story which involves both historical inquiry and hands-on craft and technology.
Fry travels across Europe to find out how Gutenberg kept his development work secret, about the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors and why Gutenberg’s approach started a cultural revolution. He then sets about building a copy of Gutenberg’s press.
If you have seen the National Geographic's TV series "Doomsday Preppers" it becomes immediately evident that there is large subculture of the USA addicted to fear. I would agree that it is important to prepare for the occasional natural disaster, but as the title of this series states these people are actaully gleefully watiing for the end of the world.
And for almost everyone of them, it's a question of when, not if, the world will end. Every hour segment begins with the subjects stating the particular scenario they're prepping for, which naturally comes across as myopic. The likelihood of the various scenarios range from "possible but unlikely" to near-impossible to "hard to be sure without more data" to "you're paranoid and need help". But the thing about obsessing about the apocalypse is that you might end up looking forward to it. There's more than a hint of glee in many of the interviewees as they envision themselves and their [mainly nuclear] families safely tucked in their bunkers while the rest of society goes to hell in a handbasket.
And for some of them, this may be more than a figure of speech. While the series stays clear of discussing their political and religious beliefs, most of them are Caucasians who think that social collapse is inevitable, whatever their preferred catalyst: EMP pulse, thermonuclear war, mega-earthquake, global pandemic, hyperinflation. It all leads to the same thing, and they want to be counted among the chosen few, not just another "victim".
Not surprisingly for this "us vs. them" mode of thinking, a lot of preppers are armed to the teeth and trained in hand-to-hand combat. It's almost like they're chomping at the bit for the day when they can unload hot lead on someone for merely stepping on their lawn. One married couple practices navigating their home in the dark like some TV SWAT team, which is stashed throughout with various hidden caches of firearms. One man accidentally blows-off his thumb with his gun during a training exercise. Good thing the camera crew was there that day, or he'd still be missing his entire digit. Another household wants to turn their two pet German Shepherds into attack dogs. They watch as an actual trained dog is let loose on a simulated attacker, who is rather unfortunately cast as African American.
They seem to have a toggle switch, black or white, "us vs them", mentality that I am simply not comfortable with. [And fortunately it is not a part of daily life here in Thailand].
New scientific research points to the possible causes of the 'Dark Ages' which affected not only Europe, but the entire planet.
Did a cataclysmic event plunge humankind into the period known as the early Dark Ages? Scientists now believe the early Dark Ages may have triggered by a natural event that occurred around 535 A.D.
"Science writer David Keys is convinced that the cause was a phenomenon of cataclysmic proportions. At the center of a complex chain of events seems to "a loud bang" — a volcanic explosion equal to "two thousand million Hiroshima size bombs." The subsequent environmental calamity, Keys believes, affected human civilization from Mongolia to Constantinople, precipitating plague, famine, death, great migration, the fall of the Mexican city of Teotihuacán, the Anglo-Saxon victory over the Celts, and even perhaps the rise of Islam."
Last year on Oct. 5, Apple announced the passing of their beloved co-founder and chairman of the board, Steven P. Jobs , sparking an unstoppable flow of tributes coming from all corners of the world.
This touching logo tribute, simply named “Thanks, Steve.” was created by Jonathan Mak Long, a 19-year-old designer living in Hong Kong. Jobs’ face appears to be taken from the cover of ‘Inside Steve’s Brain’, a book about Steve Jobs written by Leander Kahney.
"Where did we come from? Spencer Wells, a 33 year old population geneticist, has closed the door on his laboratory and is embarking on the biggest adventure of his life. His mission to retrace the most extraordinary journey of all time, a journey that involves every man, woman and child alive today. He offers his thoughts on this puzzling question, employing the latest in DNA research and technology to track the migration of humanity across the globe.
By collecting blood samples from thousands of men living in isolated tribes around the world and analyzing their DNA, Spencer and his colleagues discovered that all humans alive today can be traced back to a small tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago. Following this genetic trail, Spencer has charted the ancient journey of our ancestors as they populated the planet.
Spencer scours the world for indigenous people with deep roots in one place, asking for samples of DNA to test, in order to piece together our "big family" genetic tree. In Indiana Jones mode, Wells tacks down common ancestors and comes up with some surprising candidates. He shows with DNA results the diverse ways in which people and tribes react to the news of what science says about their arrival and relations. View this as adventure travel or as a painless way to begin your genetic literacy."