Exploding star recorded in Aboriginal Dreamtime
LONG BEFORE THE WORD astronomy was even coined, Aborigines were gazing into the night sky and documenting its events, weaving them into their Dreamtime stories.
Australian researchers have recently discovered that the eruption of a huge star 150 years ago was recorded and incorporated into the traditions of an Australian Aboriginal community living near Lake Tyrell in north-western Victoria.
It's late afternoon on the Colorado plains, and the sun is disappearing behind the ridge of mountains to the west of us, but all I can see is darkness.
I'm in a traditional Lakota sweat lodge, a 15-foot-wide dome of willow branches covered in thick moving blankets and canvas.
Inside the tiny lodge, 20 of us are shoulder to sweaty shoulder in burning pain. The ceremony leader sings a traditional song, pouring cup after cup of water onto the still-glowing rocks, increasing the heat until voices break the darkness in anguish. Mine would join them if I could, but the heat is like a hundred pounds of sand, pressing me down into submission.
The woman lies asleep next to her husband in a lovely house in the Scottish countryside.
She is a film maker. She has made several award-winning documentaries about science. Her three children are abed. She is dreaming. Suddenly, she wakes up, feeling very scared. In her dreams, her horse, George, has spoken to her. He has told her that he is dying. Trembling, she ventures outside in the dark night. George is lying on the ground. He is dead.
The American Psychological Association new survey now shows evidence that Americans are simply stressed out.
The survey which was conducted online from August 3 to August 27th of 1,134 adults aged 18 and older. The survey consisted also of 100 adults with children aged 8 to 17. In addition to this survey another survey which they had conducted of 937 adults who had children. Also, included in this report are results from a different survey conducted August 19th to August 24th of 1,136 young persons age range from eight to seventeen years old.
Recently I traveled to the South American country of Ecuador, where I continued a long-time passion, investigating cocoa. This has been a subject of great interest to me, and I wanted to see for myself the legendary cocoa plantations of Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador, where some of the world’s finest cocoa beans originate.