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A Pre-Hispanic Mural Has Been Rediscovered in Northern Peru After Being Lost for More Than a Century
The Huaca Pintada temple, built by the Moche civilization over a thousand years ago, has been rediscovered by archeologist Sâm Ghavami. The 100-foot-long mural is exceptionally well-preserved and may offer a glimpse into the culture's worldview, which was based on ancestor veneration and nature worship. The painting is thought to date back to around the middle of the 9th century when the Moche were transitioning into another pre-Incan culture, the Lambayeque.
Thailand is Bringing a Digital Twist to Its Ancient Floating Basket Festival
In a creative and environmentally friendly twist on Thailand's traditional Loy Krathong festival, children crafted virtual rafts and sent them floating down digital rivers. The Loy Krathong festival involves sending small baskets, known as 'krathongs,' down waterways with flowers, candles, and bamboo to make wishes and pay respects to water spirits. This year, participants drew about 3,000 pictures of krathongs, scanned them into computers, and projected the designs onto a representation of the water's surface, reducing waste and the need for cleanup.
The James Webb Telescope's Newest Image Reveals New Details About a Special Protostar
The James Webb Space Telescope, in its latest Picture of the Month, provides a detailed view of the Herbig Haro object 797, revealing intricate details of the luminous region surrounding newborn stars. These Herbig-Haro objects are formed when stellar winds or jets of gas from protostars create shockwaves colliding with nearby gas and dust. The image shows that what was previously thought to be one outflow is actually two almost parallel outflows, shedding light on the complexities of star formation and outflows in the Perseus dark cloud complex.
Inside Carnegie Hall's New Concert Series Designed for Mental Health
Carnegie Hall's Well-Being Concerts, designed to maximize health benefits through live musical experiences, are providing a unique and therapeutic approach to mental health. The concerts, featuring soft lighting, floor cushions, and a circular audience setup, aim to reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness. Initial responses from attendees, including health care workers and those impacted by the justice system, have been positive, emphasizing the potential impact of such initiatives on mental well-being.
This 104-Year-Old WWII Veteran Celebrated His Birthday With a Special Guitar Performance
Nick Kazuska, a 104-year-old World War II veteran and former grain elevator operator, celebrated his birthday by playing the upright bass with a band at his retirement home in Saskatoon. Friends, family, and bandmates gathered to mark Kazuska's milestone as he performed several songs and took a break to chat with attendees. Despite hearing damage from his time in the war, Kazuska continues to enjoy music and, with his band, brings joy to various retirement homes in Saskatoon.
This New Bluetooth Alternative Could Revolutionize Wireless Communication
Researchers at the University of Sussex have developed a low-cost, energy-efficient alternative to Bluetooth that uses electric waves for data transfer at close range. The technology, based on electric field modulation instead of electromagnetic modulation, offers improved battery life for wearable devices and home assistants. If mass-produced, the solution could be miniaturized to a single chip, costing just a few pence per device and potentially revolutionizing how we interact with technology in smart homes and beyond.
NASA's Lucy Mission is Studying Unexplored Objects In This Icy, Doughnut-Shaped Region
NASA's Lucy mission has moved closer to investigating Trojan asteroids near Jupiter. Lucy, launched in October 2021, aims to study seven Trojan asteroids to uncover mysteries about the outer reaches of the Solar System. This mission follows the discovery of Kuiper Belt objects, fundamentally changing the scale of the Solar System, and scientists hope Lucy will reveal the connection between Trojans and Kuiper Belt objects, providing insights into the formation of our cosmic neighborhood.
This Deaf Football Team Just Won Their Second Consecutive State Championship
The California School for the Deaf football team turned a 14-0 deficit into a stunning 54-42 victory, clinching their second straight high school state championship! Coach Keith Adams, through an ASL translator, shared his amazement, calling it a surreal, near-miraculous feat. Despite the challenges, they found strength in adversity, leading to a well-earned parade celebration. Their achievement is not just a win but a beacon of resilience and teamwork and overcoming the odds.
A Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhino Just Gave Birth to a Baby in Indonesia
A critically endangered Sumatran rhino was born in Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park, marking the second such birth in the country this year and contributing to the species that currently numbers fewer than 50 animals. Delilah, a 7-year-old female, gave birth to a 55-pound male calf fathered by Harapan, the last Sumatran rhino to be repatriated to Indonesia. This success emphasizes the government's commitment to rhino conservation, with the population facing threats from habitat destruction and poaching.
This Musician Mesmerizes Animals With His Incredible Tunes
Musician Warren Ruiz brings joy to animals by playing soothing songs on the handpan for cows, horses, and other creatures, capturing their enraptured reactions in delightful videos on Instagram. Warren sees this musical connection as a way to unite all forms of life in a shared symphony, creating ephemeral moments of harmony. His posts showcase the joy of sharing melodies with animal friends and express gratitude for the love animals give to humans, emphasizing the beauty of this unique and heartwarming connection.
Dolly Parton Just Hit Another Career Milestone With Her New Rock Album
Dolly Parton just added another miletone achievement to her list with her new debut rock album, "Rockstar." The album, a contrast to her country hits, debuted at Number 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making it her highest-charting album ever. "This is a big thrill," she exclaimed, thanking all her fans for their support, as well as her producer and the artists who collaborated with her on the album. Parton's previous top 10 albums include 2014's "Blue Smoke" and 1987's "Trio."