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Nefertiti Was an Aging Beauty

Nefertiti, one of the ancient world’s legendary beauties, may have had wrinkles and bags under her eyes, according to a new investigation into the famous bust bearing her likeness. Since its discovery in 1912 at Tel-El-Amarna in what used to be the workshop of the sculptor Thutmose, the 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust has become an . . . → Read More: Nefertiti Was an Aging Beauty

Goddess worship in ancient times

Most researchers currently accept the belief that modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 to 250,000 years ago. Until about 8000 BCE, our ancestors organized themselves into hunter-gatherer societies. Humans alone have developed the realization that their life was finite; that they would all die. This resulted in the development of the primitive religious beliefs. . . . → Read More: Goddess worship in ancient times

Savant Syndrome – Island of Genius

I met my first savant my first day on the job as a psychiatrist. And I have been intrigued with that extraordinary condition ever since. I had just completed my residency at UW Hospitals and was assigned, under the Career Plan, to start a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute. I had developed an . . . → Read More: Savant Syndrome – Island of Genius

Bewitched by the fire

By Stephen Krcmar First captivated at Burning Man, newcomers now spin their own poi. It’s a traditional practice — set aflame. STANDING barefoot and nervous on the beach, just minutes after the sun has slipped past the horizon, Iris Perez takes a deep breath and slides her fingers through the loops attached to two 21-inch . . . → Read More: Bewitched by the fire

Scientists Ponder Releasing Virus to Kill Carp

Australian scientists have a new strategy for dealing with carp that have invaded their waterways: a virus that, if unleashed, could kill the fish. While carp, also called koi, are considered a valuable resource in many Asian countries, in Australia the fish is generally viewed as a major pest, according to the new project’s leader, . . . → Read More: Scientists Ponder Releasing Virus to Kill Carp

Ancient, Unique Arctic Petroglyphs Destroyed

by Austin Cline Canada has – or had – just one major petroglyph site in the Arctic. Now the 1,500-year-old images of faces have been destroyed and Christian zealots are suspected. Located on Qajartalik Island, off Quebec’s northern coast, the carvings have been damaged by Christians before but now deep gouges have basically ruined them . . . → Read More: Ancient, Unique Arctic Petroglyphs Destroyed

Cosmic Energy Rune Set

by Karen Glasgow All energies form an interconnecting matrix that embodies the entirety of the universal One. The cyclic movement of stars, planets, suns and moons create a cascading interplay of cause and effect potential that has been observed and analyzed since the most ancient of our ancestors looked to the sky. From those early . . . → Read More: Cosmic Energy Rune Set

Pagans show pride

by Joshua Curtis Pagan Sterling Kyle said monotheistic religions view their god as being one pane of glass. Pagans see that glass as broken into many pieces, he said. “I look at Christianity, Islam and paganism. When you strip all the dogma, don’t harm your neighbor,” he said. “Be a good person – someone supportive . . . → Read More: Pagans show pride

Sun in Virgo – Return to Mother Earth

by Donna Juzva As the summer season, passes its apex of maturity and we prepare for the changes to come, the sun moves into the sign of Virgo. Feminine Virgo rules the zodiac from August 23 to September 22 each year, bringing with it a return to stability. The sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo . . . → Read More: Sun in Virgo – Return to Mother Earth

Pope assails Canada’s laws allowing same-sex marriage and abortion

By CHINTA PUXLEY TORONTO (CP) – Pope Benedict sparked a debate about the place of religious beliefs in Canadian politics Friday, telling Ontario bishops Canada has excluded “God from the public sphere” with laws supporting same-sex marriage and abortion. The pontiff told a group of seven visiting bishops in Vatican City that Canadian Catholic politicians . . . → Read More: Pope assails Canada’s laws allowing same-sex marriage and abortion