It’s been a banner year for snowfall in 2015, with February being recorded as Boston’s snowiest month ever. It doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon, with another two storms making their way North this weekend. People from Baltimore to Maine are really feeling the freeze, and we’ve got the photos to prove it:
For 135 million years, dinosaurs were the undisputed rulers of the Earth, and might still be today if they weren’t wiped out by a cataclysmic event 65 million years ago. However, our…
Thomas Edison’s first light bulb illuminated New York City in 1879, and humanity rapidly connected the dots between towns and cities with streetlights, illuminated billboards, and economic growth. Lights paved the way for bigger business, more usable time and entertainment late into the night. They also made us safer. Criminal elements often use darkness as a means to strike and disappear, so the emergence of lighted pathways and street corners has also had a deterrent effect on crime.
A plague to rule them all, leprosy is very likely the oldest infectious disease in human history. Written accounts of the disease — sometimes referred to as Hansen’s Disease—date as far back as 600 B.C., and the genetic evidence alone supports the existence of Leprosy infections in 100,000 year-old remains.
While many other human diseases have been around as long as human beings have–such as nutritional night blindness, tuberculosis and of course sexually transmitted infections (syphilis)–Leprosy’s social history is the one that is most inextricably linked with human evolution.
They have an undeniable splendor. Something about the markings on their skin – the way the thatched white lines and hundreds of white dots shout out from the blue-slate canvas of their bodies and the dark waters surrounding them – suggests artistry, as if these designs have been painted on them for a ceremony.