Mapping Lactase Tolerance

January 17, 2014

Lactose Tolerance Map

Lactase, the enzyme that allows individuals to digest lactose–a sugar found in dairy products–is, for the most part, on the evolutionary decline.

What We Love This Week, Vol. XLVIII

January 17, 2014

The Child Whisperer

In a sleepy Russian town where forests seem more abundant than its dwindling population, Elena Shumilova has used her camera to capture innocence, intimacy and humankind’s connection to nature in a soft, understated and moving way. After receiving her first professional camera in 2012, Shumilova spent the past two years documenting her children Yaroslav and Vanya’s growth–and budding relationship with nature. To see the entire spread, be sure to visit The Daily Mail.

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The 7 Craziest Dictators In History

January 14, 2014
Craziest Dictators Hitler

Source: The Mirror

Picking the seven craziest dictators in history is, unfortunately, quite the task. There are so many of them to choose from, and the atrocities they committed should have had them committed to a psych ward. How can one compare Adolph Hitler’s extermination of more than six million people to another despot’s decision to name a country’s capital airport and streets after himself as well as changing the names of the months, including one for his mother?

Craziest Dictators: No Bones About It

Craziest Dictators Turkmenbashi

Source: Flickr

Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan is often cited as one of the world’s most deranged dictators. Among his actions after naming himself Turkmenbashi (Leader of All Ethnic Turkmen) and declaring himself president of Turkmenistan for life after the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, Niyazov set out to create a new image for his country of five million by quite literally making it in his own image.

Craziest Dictators Turkmenbashi Face

Source: CDN

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Codex Seraphinianus, Bizarre And Beautiful Art From An Alien World

January 7, 2014

Codex Seraphinianus Rainbow City

Codex Seraphinianus is the fantastical brainchild of Luigi Serafini. An artist, architect, and designer, Serafini drew on his multidisciplinary background to craft an encyclopedia of a world of impossibilities. Published in 1981, Codex wowed readers with its intricate illustrations and its original premise. The book first appears as completely nonsensical – an encyclopedia about an alien world complete with alien handwriting – but there is a method to the madness. Creator Serafini took two and a half years to complete the project, and since then there have been numerous academic papers and essays written about it.

Codex Seraphinianus Eye Fish

As with other encyclopedias, the pages of Codex Seraphinianus exhaustively detail the world’s various elements, except in this instance said world does not physically exist. Flora are shown as diagrams reminiscent of classical botanical illustrations. Fauna are playfully portrayed as otherworldly versions of animals we have on Earth.

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The World’s 7 Ugliest Animals

January 5, 2014

Though most of us have browsed the web cooing at pictures of baby giraffes and have visited the zoo to gawk at the regality of lions and tigers, not all animals are cute and cuddly. Take, for instance, this list of the world’s seven ugliest animals, which ranges from sea creatures to bugs to domesticated pets.

Ugliest Animals: The Naked Mole Rat

Ugliest Animals Naked Mole Rat

Source: Alpha Coders

Naked mole rats had their fifteen minutes of fame when one was featured as Rufus, a beloved pet in Disney’s cartoon series, Kim Possible. Since then, this wrinkly, hairless creature hasn’t spent much time in the spotlight, aside from topping a number of “ugliest animal” lists like these.

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Rome, The Super City

January 3, 2014

Rome Super City

Shopping malls, apartment buildings, running water and more: Rome was the height of prosperity, power and decadence for ages, but eventually such splendor was their very undoing.