In Norway, a repaired arrow from an unlucky hunter was found that had melted from under the ice.

Archaeologists have discovered in Norway the shaft of a medieval arrow, the broken shank of which was repaired by a hunter using sinew. However, apparently, then he was unsuccessful again and his shot missed the target, burying the arrow for several centuries under snow and ice. As the Secrets of the Ice project team reports… Continue reading In Norway, a repaired arrow from an unlucky hunter was found that had melted from under the ice.

“Ghost Ships: The Feat and Tragedy of the Arctic Convoys of World War II”

During World War II, under the Lend-Lease agreement, the Allies sent planes, tanks, trucks, fuel and much more to the USSR. Cargo was delivered, among other things, using Arctic convoys that went through the Barents Sea to Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. In the book “Ghost Ships: The Feat and Tragedy of the Arctic Convoys of World… Continue reading “Ghost Ships: The Feat and Tragedy of the Arctic Convoys of World War II”

“Romanian myths. From vyrkolak and pharaohs to Muma Paduriy and Dracula”

On the territory of modern Romania, three mythological eras took place: Thracian, Roman and Christian. Their mutual influence, as well as the influence of neighboring cultures, has formed a pantheon that combines seemingly incompatible elements. For example, Christian saints and God coexist here with the devil, who is one of the creators of the world… Continue reading “Romanian myths. From vyrkolak and pharaohs to Muma Paduriy and Dracula”

You look like shit

Imagine yourself as a bird from the rainforest. All day long you scurry around in the treetops, looking for insects and other small prey. Suddenly, out of the corner of your eye, you notice movement. Did something small and tasty move on a branch?! But when you turn to the potential victim, you only see… Continue reading You look like shit

“Dinosaurs of Russia: Past, Present, Future”

They began to seriously study the remains of dinosaurs in Russia relatively recently. However, in just a few decades, scientists have discovered five large sites and made important discoveries – for example, they found the remains of the oldest feathered dinosaur to date. In the book “Dinosaurs of Russia: Past, Present, Future” (Alpina Non-Fiction Publishing… Continue reading “Dinosaurs of Russia: Past, Present, Future”

“Octopuses, cuttlefish, hellish vampires”

Cephalopods appeared on Earth about 500 million years ago, took over ancient seas and survived several mass extinctions. Their descendants – octopuses, squids and cuttlefish – are among the most intelligent and complex animals known to man. In the book “Octopuses, cuttlefish, hellish vampires: 500 million years of history of cephalopods” (Alpina Non-Fiction Publishing House),… Continue reading “Octopuses, cuttlefish, hellish vampires”

Meet the animals

The fourteenth of February has arrived, and you have no one to spend it with? Try looking for a match on our animal tinder! Here you can get up close and personal with birds, spiders and fish – and find out what awaits you if you go on a date with one of them. Just… Continue reading Meet the animals

Spare parts for people

“Doctors are those who prescribe medicines about which they know little, to treat diseases about which they know even less, in people about whom they know nothing at all.” These words belong to Voltaire. The classic of the French Enlightenment had a low opinion of the possibilities of medicine, but over 300 years it has… Continue reading Spare parts for people

“Cloudy with a Chance of Orcas”: Marine biologist explains how they live and communicate with each other

Killer whales have a lot in common with humans. They recognize themselves in the mirror, speak different dialects, need to communicate with their relatives and unite in social groups: families and clans. In the book “Cloudy with a Chance of Orcas” (Alpina Non-Fiction publishing house), biologist, specialist in the field of acoustic communication of mammals… Continue reading “Cloudy with a Chance of Orcas”: Marine biologist explains how they live and communicate with each other

“The Boy Who Never Stopped Growing… and Other Stories about Genes and People”

Sometimes we inherit serious diseases: cystic fibrosis, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and many others. Unfortunately, we do not yet know how to eliminate their causes, but we can find out which mutations that cause diseases we are carriers of. And in some cases even be cured. In the book “The Boy Who Never Stopped Growing… and… Continue reading “The Boy Who Never Stopped Growing… and Other Stories about Genes and People”