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fabforgottennobility:

Portions of a Ceremonial Armor

Date: ca. 1575–80
Culture: French
Medium: Steel, embossed, with traces of gilding
Dimensions: Weight, 17 lb. 7 oz. (7910 g)
Classification: Armor for Man-1/2 Armor
Credit Line: Armor: Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1950 Mail Sleeves: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928

source: Metropolitan Museum, NY (Permalink)

fabforgottennobility:

Portions of a Ceremonial Armor

Date: ca. 1575–80
Culture: French
Medium: Steel, embossed, with traces of gilding
Dimensions: Weight, 17 lb. 7 oz. (7910 g)
Classification: Armor for Man-1/2 Armor
Credit Line: Armor: Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1950 Mail Sleeves: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
source: Metropolitan Museum, NY (Permalink)
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rhamphotheca:

Sex? It all started 385 million years ago

It may not have been love as we know it, but around 385 million years ago, our very distant ancestors—armoured fish called placoderms—developed the art of intercourse.

So suggest a team of evolutionary scientists, who point to the fossil of a placoderm species blessed with the name of Microbrachius dicki.

Measuring about eight centimetres (four inches) in length, M. dicki lived in habitats in modern-day Scotland—where the first specimen was found in 1888—and in Estonia and China.

Placoderms have previously been found to be the most primitive jawed animal—the earliest known vertebrate forerunner of humans.But they now have an even more honoured…

(read more: PhysOrg)

illustration: Dr. Brian Choo/Flinders Univ.

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IAI Academy Now Offers Free Courses: From “The Meaning of Life” to “A Brief Guide to Everything”

rhamphotheca:

This month, The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI), an organization committed to fostering ‘a progressive and vibrant intellectual culture in the UK,’ launched IAI Academy — a new online educational platform that features courses in philosophy, science and politics.

  • A Brief Guide to Everything – Web Video – John Ellis, King’s College London, CBE 
  • The Meaning of Life – Web Video – Steve Fuller, University of Warwick
  • New Adventures in Spacetime – Web Video – Eleanor Knox, King’s College London
  • Minds, Morality and Agency – Web Video – Mark Rowlands, University of Miami
  • Physics: What We Still Don’t Know – Web Video – David Tong, Cambridge
  • Sexuality and Power – Web Video – Veronique Mottier, University of Lausanne…

(read more)

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Paul Krugman Reveals How Conservative Economists Are Like Superstitious Medieval Crusaders

The market is treated like a God, whose will only they can divine.

In his Friday column, Paul Krugman delves into the irrationality of economists who have gotten everything wrong about austerity and the perceived threat of hyper-inflation in the past few years, and yet still cling to their quasi religious reverence for the wisdom of the markets. Economists like Alan Greenspan, for instance…

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historical-nonfiction:

The Egyptian Mau is probably the oldest breed of cat. In fact, the breed is so ancient that its name is the Egyptian word for “cat.”

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scientiflix:

Misconceptions You Learned in School

A weekly show where we debunk common misconceptions. This week, Elliott Morgan discusses some misconceptions you might have learned in school.

By: Mental Floss.
Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)

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marauders4evr:

It’s just a flesh wound.

The single greatest scene in cinematic history.

Posted 4 days ago

Introducing 18 New Specializations in High Demand Fields Such as Entrepreneurship, Software and Healthcare

coursera:

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Learners now have the opportunity to enroll in 18 new Specializations—a targeted sequence of courses designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise. Specializations were introduced in January 2014 as a solution to rethink how individuals seek timely, relevant education…

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ritasv:

Back view of armor by Helmschmied by ellenm1

(Source: Flickr / ellenm1)

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notfoundfile:

cumberbuddy:

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petitbear:

skittleoakley:

Daughter tells her Dad he’s going to be a Grandpa [x]

When he says “really” ;’)

Never leave this un-reblogged

What a dear human being he is. 

He looks so genuinely happy

(Source: skttle)

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daughterofprometheus:

deducecanoe:

ruthpower:

Bill Nye is my favorite
Dawkins needs to get over himself

Bam. Dawkins is a jerk.

Dawkins looks like he is being physically repelled by Bill Nye’s presence. Like Bill has this aura that pushes back assholes or something.

daughterofprometheus:

deducecanoe:

ruthpower:

Bill Nye is my favorite

Dawkins needs to get over himself

Bam. Dawkins is a jerk.

Dawkins looks like he is being physically repelled by Bill Nye’s presence. Like Bill has this aura that pushes back assholes or something.

(Source: scienceing)