Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.
Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.
According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, who co-authored the study that revealed the bead's true nature, the finding offers a clue about the beginnings of the Egyptian religion. “The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” she points out. “Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”
I am on a guided nature hike with a small group. Nature has been enhanced with some colored lights under the stream. In flying mode, I hover above the stream and spiral up and down the banks, all the while watching as the lights swirl. Finally, tiny lights like fireflies flutter down creating a fake gentle rain.
This cool, six inch-long walking stick has been hanging out on a shaded fence in my backyard since last night. He looks like desert brush.
Video of a Sandoval County deputy stun gunning a 16-year-old girl for disobeying him.
Rep. Weiner is resigning post-Twitter scandal.
Naked beluga whale taming.
UNM football player arrested for refusing to pull up his saggy pants, according to airplane crew.
Monsoons supposed to follow dry winters. WTF New Mexico weather?
What is a bohemian rhapsody?
Life expectancy of women declines in U.S.
Two people making out during a riot.
Conan O’Brien’s honest commencement speech: “No specific job or career goal defines me or should define you.”
Home to landmark institutions like the Ayurvedic Institute and the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, Albuquerque is a mecca for alternative medicine. Scores of students from all over the world make a pilgrimmage to the Duke City, often becoming temporary or permanent residents during their studies.
Albuquerque's Ayurvedic Institute is one of the pre-eminent voices in Ayurveda, a form of traditional medicine in India. Through his many books, clinics, and impecable reputation Dr. Vasant Lad, the institute's founder, is well-respected throughout India and the world as one of the Ayurveda's foremost experts.
The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics gives their students a firm foundation in a variety of therapuetic styles. Although the school draws heavily from many indigenous medicinal traditions, its teachings focus primarily on the western cannon of natural medicine which includes luminaries like Paracelsus, John Harvey Kellog (inventor of corn flakes), Dr. Henry Lindlahr (founder of American Naturopathy), Dr. Randolph Stone (founder of Polarity Therapy), and Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (father of Homeopathic medicine). Many of these great minds became largely disenfranchized by the politics surrounding the development of the American Medical Association. Their practices, however, continued outside the mainstream. Today alternative medicine is experiencing an explosive resurgence in popularity.
This week is a good week to learn more about natural healing.
• The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics is offering a free class this Thursday morning (at the school or via webcast) an introduction to the Philosophy to Natural Therapeutics.
• And the Ayurveda Institute will be having a free lecture by Dr. Robert E Svoboda, the first westerner to receive a doctorate in Ayurveda in India. In addition to penning many popular books on Ayurvedic medicine, Dr. Sovoboda is known for his Aghori books detailing his many adventures with his mentor.
Natural Therapeutics: An Introduction to the Philosophy
Dr. Robert Stevens
Thursday, November 11, 2010
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MT)
Understanding the Omens in Life
Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
Friday, November 12, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (MT)
40 new plant and animal species discovered off the coast of Indonesia. Think: giant sea spiders and carnivorous flower sponges.
Where did the stimulus money go?
Glenn Beck to host a rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered "I Have a Dream" on the speech's anniversary.
Ex-RNC chair and Bush's campaign manager reveals that he's gay.
Women of Wal-Mart join together in a class-action discrimination suit.
German singer won't do jail time for exposing two men to HIV.
Cigarettes will no longer be free for those over 54 in Cuba.
Uranium drilling starts near Grants.
Old man in Santa Fe says the 15-year-old girl was teasing him.
Federal money will help New Mexicans buy food from farmer's markets.
President Obama will be in El Paso on Tuesday.
Rio Rancho may outlaw selling cats and dogs in pet stores.
Journal apologizes to Juarez, which is not the murder capital of the world.
Burger King's 2,500-calorie pizza burger.
The jewel of the City of Belen is nestled behind a Taco Bell.
It’s the Belen Marsh, an accidentally made salty wetland where nearly 100 species of birds come to entertain bored photojournalists.
Legend has it the Belen Marsh was created when road crews dug out a large amount of earth to build a freeway bypass. They ended up hitting the water table and brackish water filled the hole in the ground, forming an ideal place for shorebirds to hang out.
Many amazing birds can be found in the marsh: Snowy Egrets, Ibis, Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Kill Deer and a bizarre duck called Ruddy which has a turquoise bill. There are also muskrats in a nearby irrigation canal and a clutch of burrow owls is roosting in a nearby field. It’s a great place to take children who will find the large shorebirds reminiscent of dinosaurs.
The marsh has, unfortunately, been used as a dumping ground, but a local environmental organization has gone out and cleaned up some of the wreckage. It sits on private property so it is probably wise to stay on the street, unless, of course, you are daring.
It has been a source of contention, as one group wants to see the marsh drained and filled to make way for a parking lot. Another wants it left alone as it is a unique miniature ecosystem.
To get to the marsh, take I-25 south to the first Belen exit. Head east. Once you see the Taco Bell, take a right. It is to your left. It’s buggy down there so bring mosquito repellent. A camera wouldn’t hurt either, and it’s a good place to practice taking action shots. Those birds move.
Enjoy. And hurry before some oil company comes along and starts drilling and there are no more birds to enjoy. It could happen.