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Hidden Beached Whale Revealed in 17th-Century Dutch Painting

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When art conservators in the United Kingdom were cleaning a 17th-century Dutch seascape, they found a surprise: an image of a beached whale that had been hidden for at least 150 years.

Until recently, the painting — “View of Scheveningen Sands,” created by Hendrick van Anthonissen around 1641 — simply showed groups of people gathered on a beach in The Hague in the Netherlands.

"It seemed a very unassuming painting depicting a very calm beach scene set in winter," Shan Kuang, a conservation student at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, said in a video explaining the strange find. Read more.

Surprise whale!

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Battered pot found in Cornish garage unlocks Egypt excavation secrets

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A battered pot found in a garage in Cornwall, broken in antiquity and broken again and mended with superglue some 5,500 years later, was treasure – but the scruffy little cardboard label it held is now unlocking a lost history of finds from excavations in Egypt scattered across the world in the late 19th century.

The pot came with an odd family legend that back in the 1950s it was accepted in lieu of a fare by a taxi driver in High Wycombe. Alice Stevenson, curator at the Petrie Museum in London, which among its 80,000 objects has the original excavation records and hundreds of pieces from the same Egyptian cemetery, believes the story is true and may even have identified the mysterious passenger. Read more.

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Maude Callen delivered hundreds of babies over 60 years as a nurse midwife in South Carolina. She also provided general health care to her poverty-stricken, mostly black Pineville community.

A spread in LIFE magazine by W. Eugene Smith inspired thousands of dollars in donations to support her work, which she used to build a clinic in Pineville. She served there until her retirement in 1971.

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Mehmet Kuşman, 74, is one of the 38 people in the world who can speak, write and read the Urartian language.

Kuşman has served for 40 years as the watchman of Çavuştepe Castle, an Urartian castle in the eastern province of Van’s Gürpınar district. He still voluntarily keeps watch on the…

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the yellow river | 黄河

The Yellow River, so named because of the loess that colours the waters  of the lower river yellow, is one of the most important rivers in China. It has its origins in the Bayan Har Mountains of Qinghai in western China and empties into the Bohai Sea in Shandong, and is known to the Chinese as the (supposed) cradle of the Chinese civilisation, as the Wei River Valley is the location of the earliest Chinese civilisations that prospered. 

It made the soil of North China arid and fertile and farmable, leading to the development of the majority agriculture-based civilisation we have today, and allowed for the food production necessary to a quickly growing population.

Despite this, the Yellow River has a sorrowful history as well. Very prone to flooding (estimates put it as having flooded around 1,600 times in the 2,540 years before 1946), it is also known as “China’s Sorrow” (in conjuncture with “Mother River” and “China’s Pride”) and the “Scourge of the Sons of Han,” and has changed its course 35 times (9 times severely). In part because of the high erosiveness of soil of the Loess Plateau through which it flows, the river is also known for its high level of silt.

The Yellow River has influenced and become a very large part of Chinese culture and the national psyche, and is the subject of many poems and allusions and stories. For example, the Tang Dynasty poet Wang Zhihuan wrote,
白 日 依 山 尽,
黄 河 入 海 流。
欲 穷 千 里 目,
更 上 一 层 楼。

The provinces of Hebei (lit. “north of the river”) and Henan (lit. “south of the river”) are both in reference to their positions to the north and the south of the Yellow River. 

It was once believed that the Yellow River was a continuation of the Milky Way, which we called the 银河, or the Silver River. Legend goes that when the famous explorer Zhang Qian, who made the first extensive voyages outside of China, was commissioned to find the source of the Yellow River, he found instead a cowherd and a beautiful girl, who was spinning something. She made no reply when he asked her where he was, and instead presented him with her shuttle to give to an astrologer at court. The astrologer recognised it as the shuttle of the Weaving Girl, the deity who was separated from her lover by the Milky Way.

The modern river offers a far less romantic view, however, as the overfarming and the factories that spill their sewage and toxic waste in the river are quickly rendering the river unfit for agricultural or industrial use, and it’s likely that the deserts that have already started to reach across North China will spread into the region if measures are not taken. 

Oh, Huang He.

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In 1873, Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke wrote that women who went to college risked “neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system.” In his words, a woman’s “system never does two things well at the same time.”
Meet Anandibai Joshi, Keiko Okami and Sabat Islambouli, three women who defied gender norms and became the first licensed female doctors in their respective countries: India, Japan and Syria. They graduated  from the first women’s medical college in the world — the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania — at a time when women in America couldn’t vote. Joshi, the best known of the three, was married off at the age of nine, to a 20-year-old man. After losing her 10-day-old baby at the age of 14, she decided to pursue a career in medicine to “render to my poor suffering country women the true medical aid they so sadly stand in need of and which they would rather die than accept at the hands of a male physician.” 
Read more via The Huffington Post.

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In 1873, Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke wrote that women who went to college risked “neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system.” In his words, a woman’s “system never does two things well at the same time.”

Meet Anandibai Joshi, Keiko Okami and Sabat Islambouli, three women who defied gender norms and became the first licensed female doctors in their respective countries: India, Japan and Syria. They graduated  from the first women’s medical college in the world — the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania — at a time when women in America couldn’t vote. Joshi, the best known of the three, was married off at the age of nine, to a 20-year-old man. After losing her 10-day-old baby at the age of 14, she decided to pursue a career in medicine to “render to my poor suffering country women the true medical aid they so sadly stand in need of and which they would rather die than accept at the hands of a male physician.” 

Read more via The Huffington Post.