The Wadi Sura II was first discovered in the desert of Egypt back in 2002. Researchers have been puzzled by the artistic designs that cover the walls of the cave, which are estimated to be 8,000 years old.
There are drawings of human figures, wild beasts, and other weird headless beings, which is why the cave earned the nickname “Cave of Beasts.”
Archaeologists have also discovered human handprints believed to belong to little children.
Some tiny handprints were even settled within a larger handprint. Oddly, however, a new discovery has found that those handprints don’t actually belong to humans.
The Cave of Beasts is found in a rock art site in the Sahara.
Theses little handprints intrigued the researchers.
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research anthropologist Emmanuelle Honoré first visited the site in 2006 and noticed that the prints were much smaller than an infant’s. Honoré then compared measurements taken from the outlines of the hands of an infant, who were born term and pre-term.
Honoré also gathered a team of medical researchers to help collect information from a neonatal unit at a French hospital. Honoré strongly believes that the prints don’t come from a human. So, where do they come from then?
The anthropologist suspected that they belonged to monkey paws, but somehow the proportions weren’t right. Then, her colleagues at the Parisian Museum of Natural History suggested she should find her answers by looking at reptiles.
So far, the outlines that match the cave prints the closest belong to those of the desert monitor lizard.
The feet of baby crocs were also considered, but this theory is currently being studied, notes National Geographic.
As to what most of the prints, drawings and carvings found in the cave mean, an answer has yet to be revealed. Honoré told NatGeo:
“It’s very challenging for us as researchers to interpret these paintings since we have a culture that’s totally different [from the one that created it].”
H/T: National Geographic
Compelling Ad For Earth Hour 2016 Predicts A Hopeful Future And A Better Earth.
This compelling ad campaign depicts that Earth Hour is more than a “lights-off” event.
The world is changing fast and with this comes some disturbing environmental issues like climate change. Aside from its natural causes are those related to human activity. Hence, making us partly responsible for the destruction of our own planet and sadly, we also reap the wrath of nature.
In celebration of the upcoming Earth Hour 2016, Iris Singapore and World Wildlife Fund collaborated to produce one compelling environmental ad campaign with a tagline that says "The Future Starts Today."
The video begins with an old woman in year 2090 narrating every significant year, event and actions taken by humans towards protecting our planet earth until it backtracks to the present (year 2016). Taking its inspiration from Benjamin Button, the video depicts an old woman transforming to her younger self while a footage is being played in reverse. It ends with a powerful message, claiming that 2016 is the year when people make history and take action to "change climate change."
Awesome Stationary Bike Actually Doubles As A Washing Machine
Now, you can wash your clothes as you exercise.
Clever students from the Dalian Nationalities University in China have designed a very practical equipment that would enable individuals to do two vital tasks simultaneously.
The aptly named BiWa or Bike Washing Machine allows people to have their cardio workout on a stationary bike while they wash their dirty laundry.
The inventors Xuefei Liu, Di Fang, Linhao Su, Zhanbing Li, Xiaoyu Gao Xueyi Wang, Wen Fan, Liying Zhu, Deqian Zhao, Huan Li, Mengmeng Hu, and Weiwei Li ingeniously incorporated the washing machine's drum to the gizmo’s front wheel. Pedaling causes the tub to rotate and produce superfluous electricity. This electricity can then either be used to power the machine’s display screen or just stored for future use.
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Keep your fingers crossed.
Imagine a machine that can suck carbon emissions from the air and turn it into gasoline sounds like a pipe dream. But Carbon Engineering, an independent Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, is actually working on a huge project - a big-ass machine that can absorb massive amounts of CO2 emissions - we're talking about emissions produced of about 300,000 cars. The company has a prototype machine that is housed at the University of Calgary.
A giant, carbon-sucking machine.
Here's how it will work. The absorbed CO2 goes into a container, which has two ends. Air flows through the ends while CO2-absorbent liquid is poured in through the top. The liquid and carbon-laced air gather in a device located at the end of the container. Tightly-corrugated PVC sheets in the container helps in converting CO2 into carbonate. The end product is liquid containing carbonate, which will be disposed using proper methods.
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