When France Extorted Haiti – the Greatest Heist in History

Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France – by Marlene Daut, The Conversation, 2020 Jun 30 (Marlene Daut is Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Virginia.) – In the wake of …

In Search of King David’s Lost Empire

The Biblical ruler’s story has been told for millennia. Archeologists are still fighting over whether it’s true. The evidence of David’s life is sparse. Was he an emperor? A local king? Or, as Israel Finkelstein claims, a Bedouin sheikh?  Illustration by Matteo Berton – …

How Famous Monuments Got Ruined

The Parthenon Blew Up While Being Used For Gunpowder Storage By The Ottoman Military. By Gordon Cameron, 2020 Jun 18 – When we look at old ruins, we may be tempted to think that time steadily wears down structures in an implacable, vague …

Rare Zebra Foal With Polka Dots Spotted In Kenya

White polka-dotted black zebra foal spotted in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. This portrait… Frank Liu – By GrrlScientist, Senior Contributor Science Rare Zebra Foal — With Polka-Dots!! — Spotted In Kenya | @GrrlScientist – A newborn zebra foal with bizarre …

 

Soap bubbles used to pollinate pear flowers

Each bubble carries about 2,000 pollen grains.  Eijiro Miyako – By Ben Coxworth 2020 Jun 18 – Due to the ongoing worldwide decline in bee populations, farmers are increasingly looking to alternative methods of pollinating fruit-bearing plants. As it turns out, the use of …

Compared With Hummingbirds, People Are Rather Colorblind

Experiments reveal the tiny birds can see “non-spectral” colors that blend ultraviolet light with colors humans can see to create distinct hues we can’t. A male Broad-tailed Hummingbird photographed at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado, where researchers conducted field experiments …

When France Extorted Haiti – the Greatest Heist in History

Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France – by Marlene Daut, The Conversation, 2020 Jun 30 (Marlene Daut is Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Virginia.) – In the wake of …

In Search of King David’s Lost Empire

The Biblical ruler’s story has been told for millennia. Archeologists are still fighting over whether it’s true. The evidence of David’s life is sparse. Was he an emperor? A local king? Or, as Israel Finkelstein claims, a Bedouin sheikh?  Illustration by Matteo Berton – …