Quaternary

The Quaternary (/kwəˈtɜːrnəri, ˈkwɒtərnɛri/ kwə-TUR-nə-ree, KWOT-ər-nerr-ee) is the current and most recent of the three periods of the Cenozoic Era in the geologic time scale of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS). It follows the Neogene Period…

17,000 year old DNA in America

A Native American man in Montana has what may be the oldest DNA native to the Americas, according to news reports. After…

Anna May Wong – “willow frost”

Wong Liu-tsong (January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961), known professionally as Anna May Wong, was an American actress, considered the first Chinese…

Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu – a hero

Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu (January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005) was an American civil rights activist who resisted the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Shortly…

Comancheria – ‘Comanche land’

The Comancheria or Comanchería (Comanche: Nʉmʉnʉʉ Sookobitʉ, ‘Comanche land’) is the region of New Mexico, west Texas and nearby areas occupied by the Comanche before the 1860s. Pekka…

Tiguex War – the first war

The Tiguex War was the first named war between Europeans and Native Americans in what is now the United States, although the De Soto expedition fought numerous battles earlier. It…

Ama-gi is a word for freedom in 3500 BC

Ama-gi is a Sumerian word written 𒂼𒄄 ama-gi4 or 𒂼𒅈𒄄 ama-ar-gi4. It has been translated as “freedom”, as well as “manumission”, “exemption from debts or obligations”, and “the restoration…

Iranrud

Iranrud (Persian: ایران‌رود) which means Iran River in Persian, was a plan to build a canal from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf or the Gulf of Oman. The former Soviet…

Kingdom of Aksum

The Kingdom of Aksum (Ge’ez: መንግሥተ አኵስም), also known as the Kingdom of Axum or the Aksumite Empire, was a kingdom centered in Northeast Africa and South Arabia from Classical antiquity to…

Selaginella lepidophylla and Anastatica

Selaginella lepidophylla (syn. Lycopodium lepidophyllum) is a species of desert plant in the spikemoss family (Selaginellaceae). Known as a “resurrection plant”, S. lepidophylla is renowned for its ability to survive almost…

A resurrection plant 

A resurrection plant is any poikilohydric plant that can survive extreme dehydration, even over months or years. Examples include: Anastatica hierochuntica, also known as…