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This is the reconstruction of René Descartes' brain
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This is the reconstruction of René Descartes’ brain


Using a state-of-the-art scanning system, a French team of researchers has successfully reconstructed Descartes' brain from the philosopher's skull. Their findings were published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences on July 2017

 



Burned bread, put into the oven 2000 years ago
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Burned bread, put into the oven 2000 years ago


It was found in Herculanum and was petrified by the Vesuvius eruption

 



Beautiful iridescent clouds
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Beautiful iridescent clouds


Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. It is a fairly common phenomenon

 



Astronaut McCandless, 30ft from his space shuttle, on February 12th, 1984!
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Astronaut McCandless, 30ft from his space shuttle, on February 12th, 1984!


 



The southern pole of Jupiter, taken by Juno
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The southern pole of Jupiter, taken by Juno


Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought

 



At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London
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At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London


Their presence is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it"

 



Lions are great hunters... but even bigger scavengers!
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Lions are great hunters… but even bigger scavengers!


Carrion provides more than 50% of their diet. These big cats are in competition with spotted hyenas for eating!

 



Flying fish or kingfisher?
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Flying fish or kingfisher?


 



Roermond grave connects 2 lovers despite differing beliefs
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Roermond grave connects 2 lovers despite differing beliefs


Joesphina van Gorkum wouldn't let tradition and religion get in the way of her marriage to her protestant lover (she was a catholic). She even found a way for them to remain together in death, despite their tombs being in different sections of the graveyard

 



A spectacular 100 million years old tree ferm stem
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A spectacular 100 million years old tree ferm stem


Protopteris singeri used to live in Central Europe during the Cretaceous period

 



A red kite catching fish
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A red kite catching fish


The red kite (Milvus milvus) lives in Europe and North Africa. At signs of danger, a mother will signal the young who will "play dead" when a predator is near.

 



The resplendent quetzal is the sacred bird of the Maya
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The resplendent quetzal is the sacred bird of the Maya


It is the national bird of Guatemala, and its image is found on the country's flag and coat of arms. It also lends its name to the country's currency, the Guatemalan quetzal

 



This lobster is as old as dinosaurs
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This lobster is as old as dinosaurs


Enoploclythia leachi inhabited the current Central Europe 70 to 100 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous

 



The standard treatment for the guinea worm is 3500 years old
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The standard treatment for the guinea worm is 3500 years old


The method still used today consisting in wrapping the worm around a stick and pulling it out is found in the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical papyrus dating to around 1550 BC

 



Swans trying synchronized swimming
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Swans trying synchronized swimming