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Auroras – The Northern or Southern Lights

Northern Lights, Alaska - Auroras - The Northern or Southern Lights – Greetings from the Past

Auroras – The Northern or Southern Lights are named for the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora.

The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis from Estonia Photo by Kristian Pikner- Auroras - The Northern or Southern Lights – Greetings from the Past
The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis from Estonia
Photo by Kristian Pikner

The Northern Lights are called the Aurora Borealis, Latin for Northern Dawn. Continue reading Auroras – The Northern or Southern Lights

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The Mystery of Nan Madol

Columnar basalt built by in a header-stretcher technique, Nandowas Islet World Heritage Centre International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) Report - The Mystery of Nan Madol – Greetings from the Past
Columnar basalt built by in a header-stretcher technique, Nandowas Islet
World Heritage Centre International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) Report

About 3000 miles southwest of Hawaii, near the equator, lies the island of Pohnpei and one of the world’s most mysterious archaeological enigmas, Nan Madol. Continue reading The Mystery of Nan Madol

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Descartes’ Daughter and Doctor Who Clockwork Repair Droids

Automata, Ancient Clockwork Mechanical Men

Clockwork Monk at the Smithsonian
Automaton figure of a monk: south Germany or Spain, c. 1560
Figure: head of poplar wood; head and limbs rendered naturalistically; modern habit.
Movement: iron; height: 39 cm. (15 3/8 in.)

There is a clockwork monk at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian. He winds up with a key, then walks about, moving his arms, eyes and head. The mouth moves as if it is praying. He is about 15” tall and is likely over 450 years old. Continue reading Descartes’ Daughter and Doctor Who Clockwork Repair Droids