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
It was found in Herculanum and was petrified by the Vesuvius eruption
Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. It is a fairly common phenomenon
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
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"
Carrion provides more than 50% of their diet. These big cats are in competition with spotted hyenas for eating!
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
Protopteris singeri used to live in Central Europe during the Cretaceous period
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.
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
Enoploclythia leachi inhabited the current Central Europe 70 to 100 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous
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