Princess Marie Of Romania, One Of The 20th Century’s Earliest International Icons

August 18, 2014

Princess Marie Of Romania 1905

You’re looking at one of the most powerful women in the early 20th century, Marie of Romania. The future queen was born into the British royal family, and it was she who convinced her husband Ferdinand to declare war on Germany at the beginning of World War One. As the war came to a close, it was also Marie who took her cause for the international recognition of an enlarged Romania to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. An international diplomat and socialite, Marie was loved both at home and abroad, and spent the remainder of her life–after her husband had died–in the countryside.

The Scariest Riots To Take Place In 2014…So Far

August 18, 2014

National and international news sources have spent the past several days keeping a close eye on the riots rocking Ferguson, Missouri, which followed the killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. While fears of the implications of a militarized police state in the US have abounded, perhaps the most troubling aspect of it all is that the Missouri footage doesn’t seem all that new to us.

In 2014, we’ve seen urban and rural zones–from Kiev to Ankara to Caracas–ablaze in protests of corruption, economies in shambles, and abuses of power, among others. We highlight some of the most dramatic of them all below.

Scariest Riots: Ukraine

The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. Given its identity ties and trade deals with Ukraine, the Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea and major propaganda-pumping about…well, nearly everything that’s remotely relevant to the region.

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The Hubble Flickr Stream Is The Most Stunning Thing You’ll See All Week

August 18, 2014
Hubble In Space

Source: NASA

Before Galileo turned his telescope to the skies in 1610, all that we knew of the universe we knew because we could see it with our naked eyes. Little did we know what wonders they hid from us. Galileo’s work sparked a revolution in science and astronomy, and while he may have made vast improvements on the telescope of his day, NASA’s 24,000 lb. space telescope has collected over 100 terabytes of data since its launch in 1990. A large number of these images have been curated to the Hubble’s Flickr stream. They give us an exciting glimpse into what those of Galileo’s time were missing, and what we, too, could miss if we don’t pay attention.

And if these images leave you yearning for some video footage, fear not: we’ve got you covered with the most important image Hubble has ever captured.

Hubble Flickr Homunculus Nebula

Source: Flickr

Huge clouds of matter – known today as the Homunculus Nebula – consist of byproducts from the binary star system Eta Carinae, which experienced a supernova impostor event in 1843. This is the closest star system to Earth which could experience true supernova status in the near future. (The near future in space-time could still mean a million years from now.)

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