Supporting women to overcome life changing events
June 12, 2017
In April 2015, four British women, the Coxless Crew team, got into a boat under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to start a nine-month journey across the Pacific Ocean. Before arriving in in Cairns in north-east Australia, they covered 8,446 miles to support women who have had to face adversity and overcome life changing events.
Tested by sledgehammers and cars
June 7, 2017
A 430-meter-long glass bridge was constructed across a deep canyon in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and opened in summer 2016. Designed by architect Haim Dotan, the bridge is believed to be the world's longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge. Glass panels are set into its walkway, giving visitors vertigo-inducing views and photo opportunities of the canyon below.
Crawling ants and wriggling fish
June 5, 2017
Officially stated, food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the cells to provide energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth. People usually consume food of animal origin after cooking, but there are some who prefer it ‘live’. In 2007, a newspaper reported that a man from south east China claimed that eating live frogs for a month cured his intestinal problems. He also eats live mice and rats.
What’s happening in South Sudan
May 31, 2017
Tom Catena, an American physician, has been practicing in Gidel in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan since 2008. Known by locals as “Dr. Tom”, he has been on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital to care for the more than 750,000 citizens of Nuba amidst ongoing civil war between the government of Sudan and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement. On May 28, 2017, he was announced the laureate of Aurora Prize for rekindling faith in humanity.
Cannibalism as cultural norm
May 25, 2017
Cannibalism is as old as the hills. It is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. The expression cannibalism has been extended into zoology to mean one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food, including sexual cannibalism. It has been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia and Congo. It was still practiced in Papua New Guinea as of 2012 for cultic reasons and in ritual and in war in various Melanesian tribes.
Courageous flight attendants
May 24, 2017
The life of flight attendants is often glamorized: they travel to faraway countries, get to know different people and wear a beautiful uniform. However, not everyone comprehends that this occupation is dangerous as well. Besides flying high in the sky, these slender in build young women sometimes risk their lives saving passengers.
Evolution of anesthesia
May 15, 2017
Attempts at producing a state of general anesthesia can be traced throughout recorded history in the writings of the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese. It is generally agreed that certain scientific discoveries in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were critical to the eventual introduction and development of modern anesthetic techniques.
Black turtle’s curse
May 10, 2017
The remote Chinese village known as Yangsi that has baffling scientists for decades is located in the country’s southwest Sichuan Province. It’s a very unusual place, as around 40% of its population are dwarfs, who were all born and raised there. Because of the large number of height-challenged residents, Yangsi is known as the ‘Village of Dwarfs’.
The Great Wall of China
May 2, 2017
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, rammed earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.
Passion for ecclesiastical architecture
April 20, 2017
There are millions of churches across the world, each of them being unique. Church architecture evolved over the two thousand years of the Christian religion, partly by innovation and partly by imitating other architectural styles as well as responding to changing beliefs, practices and local traditions. Traditional church is constructed with stones, but New Zealand can boast a real Tree Church.