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'pro gay' german olympic uniforms

canada’s pro gay PSA about olympic luge

google stands up for gay rights in olympic doodle

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holy fuck that Canada one is gold. makes me so proud :,)

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National Geographic - Wild Russia

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Tyungur bridge by Evgeny Molodtsov (Website)

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Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life

A giant lake buried more than two miles beneath the Antarctic ice has been found to contain a “surprising” variety of life.

Analysis of ice cores obtained from the basin of Lake Vostok, the subglacial lake that Russian scientists drilled down to in 2012, have revealed DNA from an estimated 3,507 organisms.

While the majority were found to be bacteria, many of which were new to science, there were also other single celled organisms and multicellular organisms found, including from fungi.

The diversity of life from the lake has surprised scientists as many had thought the lake would be sterile due to the extreme conditions.

Lake Vostok was first covered by ice more than 15 million years ago and is now buried 12,000 feet beneath the surface, creating huge pressures. Few nutrients were expected to be found.

However, samples of ice that had formed as water from the lake froze onto the bottom of the glacial ice sheet above have revealed it is teeming with life.

This will raise hopes that life may be found in other extreme environments on other planets. One of Jupiter’s moons, Europa, for example, is covered with an icy shell that may hide a liqud ocean below where life could exist.

Dr Scott Rogers, a biologist at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio, and led the DNA analysis of biological material found in the ice cores, said:

"We found much more complexity than anyone thought. It really shows the tenacity of life, and how organisms can survive in places where a couple dozen years ago we thought nothing could survive. The bounds on what is habitable and what is not are changing."

Lake Vostok is around 160 miles long and 30 miles wide, covering an area of more than 6,000 square miles beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.

Among the bacteria found in the samples brought to the surface were those commonly found in the digestive systems of fish, crustaceans and annelid worms, raising the prospect there could be more complex life still living in the lake.

Isolated from the rest of the world for 15 million years, some of the DNA sequences were found to be unique to science and may belong to new species that have evolved in the depths.

Writing in the journal PLOS One, Dr Rogers and his colleagues said:

"The sequences suggest that a complex environment might exist in Lake Vostok. Sequences indicating organisms from aquatic, marine, sediment and icy environments were present in the accretion ice. In addition, another major proportion of the sequences were from organisms that are symbionts of animals and/or plants. Over 35 million years ago, Lake Vostok was open to the atmosphere and was surrounded by a forested ecosystem. At that time, the lake, which might have been a marine bay, probably contained a complex network of organisms. As recently as 15 million years ago, portions of the lake were ice free at least part of the time. During these times, organisms were likely being deposited in the lake. While the current conditions are different than earlier in its history, the lake seems to have maintained a surprisingly diverse community of organisms. These organisms may have slowly adapted to the changing conditions in Lake Vostok during the past 15–35 million years as the lake converted from a terrestrial system to a subglacial system."


I reserved posting this immediately because I wanted to give this more attention, visuals and include a link to my other shared posts on Lake Vostok.

Oh and everything you need to know about why this is so incredibly and astoundingly important can be found in the documentary “The Lost World of Lake Vostok”.

Details (via TDF): In 1957 the Russians established a remote base in Antarctica – the Vostok station. It soon became a byword for hardship – dependent on an epic annual 1000km tractor journey from the coast for its supplies. The coldest temperature ever found on Earth (-89°C) was recorded here on the 21st July 1983. It’s an unlikely setting for a lake of liquid water. But in the 1970’s a British team used airborne radar to see beneath the ice, mapping the mountainous land buried by the Antarctic ice sheet. Flying near the Vostok base their radar trace suddenly went flat. They guessed that the flat trace could only be from water. It was the first evidence that the ice could be hiding a great secret.

But 20 years passed before their suspicions were confirmed, when satellites finally revealed that there was an enormous lake under the Vostok base. It is one of the largest lakes in the world – at 10,000 square km it’s about the extent of Lake Ontario, but about twice as deep (500m in places). The theory was that it could only exist because the ice acts like a giant insulating blanket, trapping enough of the earth’s heat to melt the very bottom of the ice sheet.

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Indigenous Cultures of the North Pacific circa 1880. By State of the Salmon.

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Soviet space themed Christmas/New years cards.

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Satellite captures Russian lava eruption from space

NBC News: Infrared images from NASA’s Earth Observing 1 satellite have captured dramatic scenes of lava spewing from a volcano in Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula.

Photo: This view of Tolbachik Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula was captured in infrared and visible light on Dec. 1. (NASA / EO-1 / USGS)

Art Show in Space Could Last Billions of Years

A piece of artwork headed into space this week may be on display for the next few billion years.

A collection of images called “The Last Pictures” is hitching a ride on a communications satellite today (Nov. 20) that may well orbit the Earth until our planet’s predicted fiery death 5 billion years or so from now, according to the the project’s creator.

“‘The Last Pictures’ tells a kind of story to the distant future about where these spacecraft came from and what happened to the people that made them,” artist Trevor Paglen, who spent almost five years assembling the collection.

The satellite will launch atop a Russian Proton rocket at 1:31 p.m. EST (1831 GMT) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where the local time will be early Wednesday.

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Paglen’s “The Last Pictures” project

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The Tattoos of Ancient Siberian Princesses

Tattoos as complex and abstract as any modern design have been found on the body of Siberian princess buried in the permafrost for more than 2500 years.

Natalia Polosmak, the scientist who found the remains of Princess Ukok high in mountains close to Russia’s border with Mongolia and China, said she was struck by how little has changed in the past two millennia.

Tattoos of mythological creatures and complex patterns are believed to have been status symbols for the ancient nomadic Pazyryk peple first described by the Greek historian Herodotus in the 5th century BC.

A striking tattoo of a deer with a griffons beak and Capricorn antlers was found on the left shoulder of the ancient ‘princess’, who died about age 25.

The antlers are decorated with the heads of griffons. And the same griffon’s head is shown on the back of the animal. She also has a dear’s head on her wrist, with big antlers.

“Our young woman - the ‘princess’ - has only her two arms tattooed,” Dr Polosmak told the Siberian Times. “So they signified both age and status.”

Buried with the ‘princess’ were six saddled-and-bridled horses, bronze and gold ornaments - and a small canister of cannabis.

She is not known to be a ‘princess’, as her name implies. Experts are divided over whether she was a poet, healer or holy woman.

Two warriors recovered from the same burial site in the permafrost of the Ukok Plateau were similar fantastical creatures. One had an image reaching across his right shoulder from his chest to his back.

The reconstructed tattoos were released to mark the moving of the remains of the princess to a permanent display in the National Museum in Gorno-Altaisk where she will be put on display.

Two warriors recovered from the same burial site in the permafrost of the Ukok Plateau were similar fantastical creatures. One had an image reaching across his right shoulder from his chest to his back.

The reconstructed tattoos were released to mark the moving of the remains of the princess to a permanent display in the National Museum in Gorno-Altaisk.

“Tattoos were used as a mean of personal identification - like a passport now, if you like,” said Dr Polosmak.

“I think we have not moved far from Pazyryks in how the tattoos are made.

“We can say that most likely there was - and is - one place on the body for everyone to start putting the tattoos on, and it was a left shoulder. I can assume so because all the mummies we found with just one tattoo had it on their left shoulders.

“And nowadays this is the same place where people try to put the tattoos on, thousands of years on.

“I think its linked to the body composition - as the left shoulder is the place where it is noticeable most, where it looks the most beautiful.”

Another similarity is how the number of tattoos is linked to age.

Dr Polosmak related the analogy of Greek tourist operators assessing the age of British tourists by the number of tattoos on their body.

But there the similarities end.

The tattoos used by the Pazyryk nomads were intended to help members of the tribe identify each other in the afterlife.


  • TOPThe elaborate tattoo of a deer with a griffons beak and Capricorn antlers found on the body of a Polosmak ‘princess’.
  • MIDDLE: (1) Designs and locations on the princess’s body (2) Thumb and wrist tattoo locations on the “princess” (3) Body of a Pazyryk warrior buried nearby
  • BOTTOM: (1) Design and location on the warrior’s body (2) Design and location on the second warrior’s body

[source] Thanks to @iwillnothangmyselftoday for the tip on this awesome art-historical discovery.

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