A MYSTERIOUS code on the world’s oldest statue is an 11,500-year-old message to ancient spirits, an academic has said. The Shigir Idol, made shortly after the end of the last Ice Age, depicts eight “demon” faces but they may not have been evil, according to Dr Mikhail Zhilin, of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A haunting O-shaped mouth plus its mysterious zigzag etched lines and symbols show that Mesolithic hunter-gatherers had a “rather complicated world view” along with unexpectedly advanced artistic skills. Experts have uncovered new findings about the idol - which was originally more than 17ft high - using the latest scientific techniques. One is that it stood not in the ground but probably leaning against a rock outcrop for perhaps 20 years before toppling into an ancient and long-gone paleo-lake to be preserved for posterity. Found in the Ural Mountains by tsarist gold prospectors in the 19th century, it was encased in peat for thousands of years … [Read more...] about Secret code and ‘eight demon faces’ on the world’s oldest wooden statue likely to be 11,500-year-old message to ancient spirits
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Nykora aims for the bucket … and misses. The man’s bright red nose lights up, and a buzzer sounds. Nyakora jumps, and his friends laugh. Luckily for Nyakora — and the patient, Operation’s “Cavity Sam” — the surgery is only a game, part of a stress-management workshop for freshmen and sophomores in a program for underrepresented students here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The idea, said Ann Swartz-Beckius, interim director of student achievement, is to teach students how to remain calm under pressure, “to tune out the noise in their heads.” The program’s larger goal is much more ambitious: eliminating the nearly 30 percentage point graduation gap, on average, between white students and black and Latino students at this campus of 13,000 undergraduates, 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?
KEVIN Spacey was one of Hollywood's most decorated actors - known for roles in acclaimed films like The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. But following claims he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy, he has faced a wave of further allegations, which he has denied, with some prompting statements that he would be seeking professional help. What is the latest in the investigation? The Los Angeles prosecutors have revealed Spacey is looking at a fresh charge of sexual assault, Sky News reports. LA District Attorney spokesman Greg Risling said: "A sex assault case was presented to us by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department involving Kevin Spacey. "It remains under review." This is the second sexual assault case against Spacey that is being dealt with by LA prosecutors and both cases date back to 1992. Spacey has also been charged with felony and indecent assault in Nantucket, Massachusetts after it is alleged he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man in 2016. London's Met … [Read more...] about What are the Kevin Spacey allegations and who has accused him so far? From Andy Holtzman to Old Vic claims
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 12/12/2018 08:30 am ET Tres DeanGuest Writer If I could find a way to discuss the complexities of men’s ability to admit when they’ve been made victims of sexual assault without actually recounting my personal experience with it, I’d do it. I can’t. I still have trouble referring to what happened to me as assault. In fact, I utilize Olympic-level mental gymnastics to avoid that terminology, usually saying that I was on the receiving end of “inappropriate behavior” or “was taken advantage of physically.” It took me a year-and-a-half to even admit to myself that I wasn’t OK with what happened, and another year for me to acknowledge the same thing to someone else. I was 23 years old, still in college (not-so-fun fact: male college students ages 18 to 24 are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted than members of the same demographic who aren’t in college) and attending a massive event … [Read more...] about I’m A Man And It Took Me Years To Recognize I Had Been Sexually Assaulted
Ben Hohenstatt, Capital City Weekly Published 7:57 am PST, Saturday, November 10, 2018 In this photo taken Oct. 31, 2018, Wayne Price, master Tlingit carver and Associate Professor of Northwest Coast Arts and Sciences, works on a healing pole at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. The pole will be erected with a screen at AWARE's women's transitional housing at Twin Lakes in April. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP) less In this photo taken Oct. 31, 2018, Wayne Price, master Tlingit carver and Associate Professor of Northwest Coast Arts and Sciences, works on a healing pole at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, ... more Photo: Michael Penn, AP Photo: Michael Penn, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this photo taken Oct. 31, 2018, Wayne Price, master Tlingit carver and … [Read more...] about Master Tlingit carver Wayne Price makes healing totem