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Atomic Bomb Depicted in Ancient Seal? No. Modern Art.

You may see this image on places like Pinterest and Instagram, posted without fact checking as proof of ancient super technology. This is art by Steven Parker. It’s a parody.

The story is fun. There is this video:

…. When I mentioned that I had colleagues in Iraq who could be counted on for logistical support, his encouragement became enthusiastic, and we spent the rest of the evening discussing the creation of such an expedition.  He was especially interested in my ability to travel inconspicuously in areas typically not visited by tourists or scholars. …

I immediately got in touch with a colleague who could not only navigate the difficult paths of government support for my work in Iraq, but also verify the age of any artifacts I would discover.   I engaged the services of Dr. Jemyel Sedyeqh, from the local Carbon Dating Service, and we spent that first evening discussing the goals of my expedition. …

Dr. Sedyeqh  was extremely skilled and knowledgeable, with connections in the highest places.  She related that one of her steady clients was quite a high ranking official who owned a large private collection of artifacts from Mesopotamia which had never been made available to the academic community.   …

The day of my tour arrived, and Dr. Sedyeqh informed me that we would be going to the collection in the late evening for an undisturbed viewing. …  Offering  to show me her client’s favorite piece, Dr. Sedyeqh removed a small object from a case and handing it to me, explaining that it was from the realm of Nebuchadnezzar II, around 600 B.C.E..  At that moment, we heard the sound of a distant door opening, and I saw a look of panic on Dr. Sedyeqh’s face.

She said, in a low and urgent tone, “Hu is at the door!”

I replied, “I don’t know, who is at the door?”

Dr Sedyeqh:  “Yes – it is Sad!”

I did not understand what was so unhappy about the situation, but perhaps Dr Sedyech had forgotten to make all of the proper notifications for our visit.  Cautiously inspecting the hall outside, she quickly brought me back the way we came, out to the car, and back to my quarters.

When we arrived in my rooms, I realized that I still held the object that Dr. Sedyeqh had given me in the gallery, and I asked her to tell me about it.  The panicked look that had almost left her face was replaced by one of abject terror.  She told me that our accidental removal of the piece would be considered theft and an act of espionage, and that her known possession of the keys would implicate her.  She advised me that she was leaving town immediately, and that I should do the same if I valued my life.  …

Not wishing to cause any more trouble for Dr. Sedyeqh, I left Baghdad on the next flight out, without incident, retaining the cylinder seal to guard it against any mishap until I was able to return it safely to the gallery where it rightly belonged. …

Arriving back in my studios in New York, I immediately began a study of the cylinder seal.  The intaglio was carved into a cylinder of gold, capped on one end by polished lapis lazuli (Fig. 1),  and on the other by a flat seal carved in gold with the symbol of Ishtar,  an eight pointed star (Fig. 2).

Here’s an image of the cylinder seal on their web site.

It opens to reveal two more inner seals, one of which has the bomb imprint.

Quite inventive. Nicely done. It would be an amusing piece to own, to perhaps keep in a glass trophy case to show special friends who think you are a world traveling mystery collector.

I do hope you noticed right away that it looks in improbably excellent condition for an artifact that is supposedly 2,600 year old.

Nebuchadnezzar II did rein as a king of Babylon around 605-562 BC, so that small detail was true.

If you read the “About” page on the acmeclockworks web site, however, you see that it is a parody.

Acme Clockworks represents the work of Steven Parker.  As you browse through the site, you will also find pieces that result from collaborative efforts with other artists – the synergy of such creation is incredibly rewarding.

Over the years, Steven Parker has been active in the design and manufacture of product in two industries – toys and jewelry. The work you see here brings together the knowledge culled from that experience with the elements of mechanics, narrative, and an interactive experience woven throughout. Another element present in some of Mr. Parker’s work may be apparent in the discoveries documented here of Mr. Parker’s alter ego, Dr. Kent Streaver – a barely perceptible hint of parody.

We hope you enjoy the work shown here, and look forward to adding more to the mix.

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Video shows mysterious lights in sky over Tucson, Arizona

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You may have heard of the Phoenix Lights, mysterious lights in the sky that sparked speculation and even documentaries over the years. Now, Tucson may have had its own version of the phenomenon.

A video posted to Twitter and viewed more than 13,000 times shows mysterious lights in the night sky in an area just south of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The video, taken shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, shows a string of reddish lights in the sky move slightly before blinking out. Below, three evenly spaced lights shine in a horizontal line. Isaiah Alvarez, who shot the video, said these lights became very bright and left.

Alvarez said he often sees strange things in the sky in that area; this was just the first time he was able to catch it on video.

A spokesperson for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base said they are not aware of anything that would cause the strange lights.

Unidentified, check. So we may have ourselves a UFO here. The question is: Are these lights truly out of this world?

Take a look at the video for yourself and see what explanations you can come up with.

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Impossible Foods Is Trying to Make Fake Fish Now

Fishy Smell

Impossible Foods, the meatless meat company behind the plant-based Impossible Burger you’ve probably seen at trendy gastropubs, is moving into the fake fish market.

The company is reworking its recipe for plant-based beef to recreate a fishy flavor and texture, according to The New York Times. The move makes Impossible Foods the latest to enter the race to develop convincing and tasty artificial fish, either through concoctions of plant proteins or lab-grown cells.

Dirty Water

Replacing fish with fake meat could benefit the environment, as fisheries pollute and deplete wild populations of some species, per the NYT. But that may not drive customers to buy filets from Impossible Foods or any of the other companies working on fake fish — much of the boon for the fake beef market came from people who were worried about the health impacts of eating too much red meat.

“A lot of people will simply say if you eat meat, you’re increasing your risk of cancer,” Tom Rees, a food industry expert at the market research firm Euromonitor International, told the NYT. “There isn’t an equivalent of that for fish.”

READ MORE: The Fish Is Boneless. (Fishless, Too.) [The New York Times]

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NASA records a strange formation of clouds on Mars

According to a new study conducted by a team at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), the formation of clouds in the thin atmosphere of Mars are caused by meteors.

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The “meteor smoke,” which is the icy dust that remains when a meteorite burns in the atmosphere of Mars, is what partially creates the cirrus-like clouds that are placed about 18 miles above the surface of the planet.

Since the clouds here on Earth are made up of particles, like dust grains or sea salt, which are transported into the air by the wind and then the water molecules condense around them, which causes the clouds to form and grow up.

Mars, on the other hand, barely has floating particles, since the atmosphere is very thin. But when small meteors enter the atmosphere of Mars, they often burn, creating fine dust or “meteorite smoke,” which are the necessary particles for clouds to develop.

The Earth has noctilucent clouds that are created from the dust of meteors and are seen at an altitude of about 50 miles in the atmosphere. After the sun sets on the Earth, the clouds still reflect sunlight, so they can be seen shining bright blue.

While meteor dust helps create Martian clouds, the thin atmosphere only allows certain types of clouds to form. The clouds are usually very faint and resemble pieces of cotton, very similar to the cirrus clouds of Earth.

“But just because they are thin and can not really be seen, it does not mean they can not have an effect on the dynamics of the climate,” said Victoria Hartwick, a graduate student at CU Boulder.

formation of clouds

In fact, temperatures at the same height as clouds could fluctuate warmer or colder at 18 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Brian Toon, who is a professor at CU Boulder:

“More and more climate models are discovering that the ancient climate of Mars, when rivers flowed through its surface and life could have originated, warmed with high-altitude clouds. It is likely that this discovery will become an important part of that idea to warm Mars. “

While Martian clouds are too weak and the atmosphere is too thin to produce rain, snow fell near the North Pole in 2008 and was witnessed by the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Frost and fog have also been seen on the red planet due to a water cycle that occurs even without water on the surface and an extremely thin atmosphere.

No doubt the red planet in its past could have life, but it should be noted that this discovery makes the idea that Mars is terraforming so that there may be optimal conditions in the upper part of the planet for life, in the way that we know her.

It should be noted that by official means it is known that there is life inside, but deny that there is life at the top. What’s your opinion about it? Watch the following video and leave us your comment below.

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