Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Mysterious Medieval grave on channel island puzzles archaeologists

Archaeologists excavating a historic religious retreat have found the grave of a medieval porpoise.
The unusual discovery, was made after three weeks digging on the small island of Chapelle Dom Hue off the coast of Guernsey. , 
The team found evidence of a grave due to a change in the soil and unearthed a skull and other skeletal remains, but were left puzzled when it became clear they were not human.
Quite why the porpoise was buried so carefully on the island, which is thought to have been used by monks seeking refuge, is a mystery.
Dr Philip de Jersey, a research associate at Oxford University who works at Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, said he estimates that the skeleton, which was the first organic matter found on the dig, dated from the 13th or 14th century.
He said it was the most unusual find in his 35-year career. "It's very peculiar, I don't know what to make of it," archaeologist Philip de Jersey from Oxford University in the UK told The Guardian.

Dr Phil De Jersey, right, and Mike Deane alongside the skeleton of a medieval porpoise.
The mystery is all the greater due to the way the animal was buried, which doesn't suggest the dead porpoise was simply disposed of underground.
Instead, it looks like it's been laid to rest, with the body aligned east to west per Christian tradition, and the careful digging of the grave itself suggests it was intended as a solemn resting place.
It's possible that the porpoise was killed for food, since these mammals were eaten in medieval times.
But if that's the case, the researchers say it would have made a lot more sense for people to have disposed of the remains in the sea – located just 10 metres from the site, and the small island is surrounded by water on all sides.

Dr de Jersey added: 'If we were in a church and we found something like this, based on the shape, we would think it was a grave cut.
'That is what puzzles me. 'If they had eaten it or killed it for the blubber, why take the trouble to bury it?'
Dr de Jersey said it appears as if the animal had been buried with care, unlike a donkey skeleton they found which had been dumped in a hole after it died. Dr de Jersey added: 'It was cut down from the medieval layer and we have found medieval pottery in the same film.'
After their discovery, the porpoise bones were removed from their resting place, and will now be studied by a marine expert.
Once that analysis is complete, maybe then we'll get some answers on just how and why this medieval porpoise came to be laid to rest in a monk's graveyard.

Location of Chapelle dom Hue

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Bimini Road Bahamas

One of the most famous attraction in the Bahamas is Birmini road,an ancient underwater pathway discovered in 1930s.The mysterious path makes many wonder if it is remnants of the mythical lost land of Atlantis.

The Road consists of a 0.8 km (0.50 mi)-long northeast-southwest linear feature composed of roughly rectangular to subrectangular limestone blocks.

Bimini is an island in the Bahamas, part of a chain of islands 50 miles east of Miami, Florida.

Possible origin stories for Bimini road have been featured in different mystery pieces on Unexplained MysteriesUnsolved Mysteries in the World, and more. The origin theories include ancient Egyptian divine protectors, the path to Atlantis, and a natural occurrence without any help from humans.

Not all have been satisfied with the mainstream theories, and expeditions have been mounted to solve the riddle of the Bimini Road.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

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An artist's rendering of Mananggal

The Manananggal (sometimes confused with the Aswang) is a vampire-like cryptid creature of the Philippines, an evil, man-eating and blood-sucking monster. 


It is described as hideous, scary, (usually) female, and it is also capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims. The word manananggal comes from the Tagalog word tanggal (cognate of Malay tanggal), which means "to separate" or "to remove", which literally translates as "separator" or "remover". In this case, "one who separates itself". The name also originates from an expression used for a severed torso.

The Manananggal shares some features with the vampire of balkan folklore, such as its dislike of garlic, and vulnerability to sunlight.


According to the legends, they mostly prey on sleeping, pregnant women, using an elongated proboscis-like tongue to suck the hearts of fetuses, or the blood of someone who is sleeping. The severed lower torso is left standing, and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt or throwing crushed garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The upper torso then would not be able to rejoin itself and will die by sunrise. It is known to hide in volcanic caves during daytime.

The legend of the Manananggal is popular in the Visayan region of the Philippines, especially in the western provinces of Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique. There are varying accounts of the features of a Manananggal. Like vampires, Visayan folklore creatures, and aswangs, Manananggals are also said to abhor garlic and salt. They were also known to avoid daggers, light, vinegar, spices and the tail of a stingray, which can be used as a whip. Folklore tales of similar creatures can be found in the neighboring nations of Indonesia and Malaysia. The province of Capiz is the subject or focus of many Manananggal stories, as with the stories of other types of mythical creatures, such as ghosts, goblins, ghouls and aswangs. Sightings are purported here, and certain local folk are said to believe in their existence despite modernization.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Did the Babylonians invent Trigonometry?

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Ancient Babylonians had known about Pythagoras' theorem over 1,000 years before he was even born,
academics in Australia say.

The groundbreaking claim is based on a new analysis of a 3,700-year-old clay tablet known as 'Plimpton 322' which is inscribed with a demonstration of Babylonian mathematics.

According to researchers at the University of New South Wales, the tablet shows a highly sophisticated form of trigonometry that wouldn't be developed by the Ancient Greeks for another ten centuries.

The city of Babylon in Mesopotamia, an early cradle of human civilization in what is now Iraq, was known for its Hanging Gardens, said to be one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

Mathematician Dr Daniel Mansfield suggested its people developed trigonometry to help their architects design the city’s major buildings.Their complex system of counting enabled them to perform complicated calculations more easily than mathematicians today.

"Our research shows it's a trigonometric table so unfamiliar and advanced that in some respects it's superior to modern trigonometry," said mathematician Dr Daniel Mansfield.

"We've discovered these lines represent the ratios for a series of right-angled triangles ranging from almost a square to almost a flat line. This makes Plimpton 322 a powerful tool that could have been used for surveying fields or architectural calculations to build palaces, temples or step pyramids."

"The Babylonians unique approach to arithmetic and geometry means this is not only the world's oldest trigonometric table, it's also the only completely accurate trigonometric table on record."

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Tomb of 'China's Shakespeare' discovered

Many of Tang Xianzu's plays are still performed today. 

The tomb of legendary Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu has been unearthed in Fuzhou.

Famous for writing the popular Ming Dynasty play 'The Peony Pavilion', Tang is widely celebrated as one of China's most distinctive playwrights and has often been referred to as 'China's Shakespeare'.

The precise location of his tomb had long remained something of a mystery, but now, following excavations at a site in the city of Fuzhou in the eastern region of Jiangxi, archaeologists have announced that they have finally succeeded in pinpointing his final resting place.

He and his third wife Fu are now believed to have been buried within a plot marked "M4" while a second plot marked "M3" is thought to contain the remains of his second wife, Zhao.

"This discovery is significant, because it tells us more about Tang's life, his family tree and relationships with other family members," said Ming Dynasty historian Mao Peiqi.

"Besides, by learning about the status and lives of Tang's family, we can learn about education, culture and agriculture in the Ming Dynasty as well as the development of society."

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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$1 Million Prize is being offered for capture of Bigfoot

The huge cash prize has already fired quite a buzz in Ohio where a new photograph has emerged.

Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. is offering the chance to win a $1 million 'Bigfoot Bounty' in exchange for "information leading to the capture or delivery of a bona fide Bigfoot."

The controversial challenge runs from April 2nd until December 25th.

So lucrative is the sum of money on offer in fact that the team behind the challenge have already found themselves being called out to Ohio to investigate a reported Bigfoot sighting in Girard.

The witness was Youngstown resident Xavier King who claimed he had been driving home recently when he caught sight of a strange creature.

"I had seen something, I don't know what it was, I had seen something, that's all I know. I got out and took a picture," he said.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that it has been submitted as part of the $1M challenge, the photograph has not been released to the public and probably won't be until the end of the year.

Whether anyone will have been able to claim the prize by then is yet to be seen.

Do you think Bigfoot is a real creature? Do you think Bigfoot is currently in Ohio? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section found down below.
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Best ever image of a Distant Star Revealed

The image shows Antares in extraordinary detail. 

A team of astronomers, led by Keiichi Ohnaka, of the Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile, has now used ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile to map Antares’s surface and to measure the motions of the surface material. This is the best image of the surface and atmosphere of any star other than the Sun.
The VLTI is a unique facility that can combine the light from up to four telescopes, either the 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes, or the smaller Auxiliary Telescopes, to create a virtual telescope equivalent to a single mirror up to 200 metres across. This allows it to resolve fine details far beyond what can be seen with a single telescope alone.
“How stars like Antares lose mass so quickly in the final phase of their evolution has been a problem for over half a century,” said Keiichi Ohnaka, who is also the lead author of the paper. “The VLTI is the only facility that can directly measure the gas motions in the extended atmosphere of Antares — a crucial step towards clarifying this problem. The next challenge is to identify what’s driving the turbulent motions.”
The astronomers found turbulent, low-density gas much further from the star than predicted, and concluded that the movement could not result from convection, that is, from large-scale movement of matter which transfers energy from the core to the outer atmosphere of many stars. They reason that a new, currently unknown, process may be needed to explain these movements in the extended atmospheres of red supergiants like Antares.
“In the future, this observing technique can be applied to different types of stars to study their surfaces and atmospheres in unprecedented detail. This has been limited to just the Sun up to now,” concludes Ohnaka. “Our work brings stellar astrophysics to a new dimension and opens an entirely new window to observe stars.”
To the unaided eye the famous, bright star Antares shines with a strong red tint in the heart of the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). It is a huge and comparatively cool red supergiant star in the late stages of its life, on the path to becoming a supernova.
A 3D animation of Antares can be viewed below.

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