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A thousand-year-old Viking sword discovered in Finland

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An amateur archaeologist has discovered in Finland, in a very good state of conservation, a millenary sword dating back to the Viking era announced the National Office of Antiquities, which plans to expose it.

The discovery was made in spring in a tomb explored by a man who used a metal detector on his land, the organization said in a statement Tuesday without giving any information on the size of the weapon that dates back to the end of the Viking age, around the year 1000.

“The grave was exceptionally intact,” he said.

The amateur archaeologist Tuomas Pietilä saw the blade of the sword flush with the ground, reported public television Yle.

A knife, a circular brooch and a comb made of animal bone were also be found with the weapon, which is to be displayed at the National Museum of Helsinki in 2018.

Rare, this kind of discovery is not without precedent. In Norway at the beginning of September, a Viking sword dating back to around 850-950 was found in the mountainous region of Oppland, about 270 kilometers north of Oslo.

And the Vikings never stop surprising. A recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has shed new light on Viking societies by revealing, in support of genetic testing, that a famous warrior was, in fact, a woman.

“Already at the beginning of the Middle Ages, we found stories about Viking women who were cruel and fighting alongside men,” the magazine said.

“Yet, relentlessly in art and poetry, warrior women have generally been classified as mythological phenomena,” she says.

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The most beautiful pictures in the annual “National Geographic” competition

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National Geographic magazine has launched its annual 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year, setting the deadline for submissions on November 17.

The winner of the grand prize will receive $ 10,000 and professionals and enthusiasts alike can participate in the competition and win the prestigious prize by offering a unique view of wildlife and landscapes.

A series of competing images were published through National Geographic, as well as on its official Web site and on its official accounts on social networking sites. Photo taken from several regions around the world using high-tech cameras, as well as aerial snapshots of aircraft, helicopters, and drones.

The following is a collection of photos in the National Geographic Contest for the best nature photographer of 2017:

National Geographic / Florian Ledoux

National Geographic / Stefan Thaler

National Geographic / Wojciech Kruczynski

National Geographic / Florian Ledoux

National Geographic / Magali Chesnel

National Geographic / (Nick Johanson

 

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The finest microscopic photos ever!

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Surrounded by a strange and hidden world of wonderful objects and shapes, can only be detected using a microscope.

To honor the beauty and the scientific importance of microscopic images, the ” Nikon Small World ” competition was launched. The awards were awarded to researchers and photography enthusiasts who took a collection of the most impressive photos ever.

The top 20 entries were selected on the basis of technology, subject matter, and image aesthetics, displaying more than 2000 photographs taken around the world.

The following are some of the most beautiful pictures of the winner:

 

Pollen germs

Dr. David A. Johnston / Nikon Small World (Pollen germs)

 

Two eggs of the butterfly Maestra

David Millard / Nikon Small World (Two eggs of the butterfly Maestra)

 

Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo, and Dr. Rahul Tare / Nikon Small World (Colored cartilage tissue is like a Christmas tree)

 

Steven Simon / Nikon Small World (Close-up of the 3D credit card logo)

 

Levon Biss / Nikon Small World (A variety of bees radiates as the minerals)

 

Christian Gautier / Nikon Small World (Structures of sea cucumber)

 

Jean-Marc Babalian / Nikon Small World (The picture won the third place prize, representing a colony of vulva algae, a multiracial race of green algae)

 

Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Nicole Schwarz, and Dr. Reinhard Windof (This image won first place, showing keratin structures in skin cells)

 

Tracy Scott / Nikon Small World (Colony of fungi in soil)

 

Dr. Csaba Pinter / Nikon Small World (Licorice insects)

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The strangeness of the lost tribes! (photo)

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Photographer Tariq Zaïdi, who lives in London, took pictures of the hairstyles of the isolated tribes in the countryside of Angola.

Zaidi obtained the photos during his tour of the southern African country in search of “lost tribes.”

Through his footage, the photographer sought to show the lifestyles and customs of people living in these isolated rural communities.

There are prominent features in the images are the hats and exotic hairstyles adopted by women and how they represent their status within their groups.

Tariq Zaïdi

Zaidi found that women are very proud of the hairstyles and traditional clothes they wear.

Tariq Zaïdi

Hairstyles can take hours to get to the final look because of the many details they include, including hair curls with straw, and goat-like hair with some other additions to decorate.

The rapid development of Angola thanks to oil has raised many fears that isolated tribal communities are at risk of vanishing.

Tariq Zaïdi

Tribes and different ethnic groups tend to gather in certain areas of the country, preserving all their customs, languages and history.

There are in Angola more than 90 different ethnic groups, located on the border with Namibia and Botswana from the south and east of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north.

Tariq Zaïdi

Among the communities that appeared in the images: Hemba, Mwila, Mukoroka and the Mukos tribes.

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