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Why ‘Planet Earth II’ is required viewing now more than ever

  • Since the last Planet Earth series aired, we’ve had to face a tremendous amount of discouraging news on the environmental front.
  • We’ve seen several international climate-change accords come and go without much consequence;
  • We’ve lived through three of the hottest years on record back-to-back-to-back
  • And we’re witnessing the rise of a president who believes climate change — alongside his tie line — is manufactured in China.
  • The stakes have been raised, and the tone of Planet Earth II has taken on a gravity to match them. Read more

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In 2007, archaeologists discovered the 2,200-year-old remains of a man with a deformed knee attached to a prosthetic leg tipped with a horse hoof, in a tomb in Turpan, China. They uncovered that the man’s leg was extremely deformed with the patella, femur, and tibia fused together at an 80 degrees angle with the prosthetic leg attached. Wear indicated that the prosthetic had been used for a prolonged period.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' Casts 'Walking Dead' Actress as Star: Exclusive
Huge news, Star Trek fans: The first new Trek series in a decade has found its star.

Sonequa Martin-Green, well known to genre fans for her role on AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead, has been cast as the lead of Star Trek: Discovery.

The casting ends meticulous search to find the ideal actress to anchor the eagerly anticipated new CBS All Access drama. Martin-Green will play a lieutenant commander on the Discovery

Martin-Green represents the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a Trek ensemble, fulfilling a years-long goal by the project’s original showrunner Bryan Fuller. The series will also have the TV franchise’s first openly gay character, a lieutenant played by Anthony Rapp.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.
—  Stephen Hawking; on hope for the future of space exploration and discovery.

The Salt Men of Iran - By 2010, the remains of six men were discovered in the Chehrabad salt mines, located in Hamzehlu Village. Most of the men had been accidentally killed while working in the mines. The first man was discovered in 1993 and was accompanied by some artefacts which included three iron knives, a silver needle, some pottery and some other things. Over the forthcoming years, five more bodies were found, all in outstanding preservation. The oldest is estimated to date back to 9550 B.C.