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Lana del Rey premieres the longest song of her career

Lana del Rey premieres the longest song of her career

Lana del Rey has announced the title of her next studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell on the same day that the American artist has released a new song, Venice Bitch which has drawn attention to its duration: almost 10 minutes. "In summer people sometimes just […]

'Roma' by Alfonso Cuarón, wins the Golden Lion of the Venice Mostra

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The cannibals of the Franklin expedition?

The cannibals of the Franklin expedition?

They left the mouth of the Thames (England), in the summer of 1845. A total of 128 people, including officers and crew, divided into two ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror . Its destination was North America and, more specifically, the Northwest Pass the sea route that traverses the ocean Arctic and connects the Strait of Davis and the Strait of Bering .

They were directed by Sir John Franklin Rear Admiral of the British Navy, 59 years old, besides experienced scout, who had already participated in up to three arctic expeditions. The boats spent the first winter in the small Beechey Island located in the Canadian Arctic archipelago, very close to the west coast of Devon Island. Three of the crew died and were buried there.






The Erebus and the Terror were found under the sea in 2014 and 2016, respectively

A year later, the situation was much worse. The Erebus and the Terror – found under the sea in 2014 and 2016, respectively – were stranded on the ice off King William Island, north of the Adelaide Peninsula and west of the Boothia Peninsula. They remained there until April 1848, when the men who were still alive (a little over 100) made a desperate attempt to reach the mainland.

They went south along the western and southern coasts of the island. His goal was to reach the mainland and, through the Back River, get help at a post from the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), which had a monopoly of trade over the region bathed by the rivers and streams that flow into the bay of Hudson. Nobody survived.

The route of the Franklin expedition
(Wikipedia)

Years later, in 1854, the scientific expedition led by the Scottish explorer John Rae met with Inuits who still kept personal belongings of the crew. They also explained that they had found lots of human remains in the same area, which gave rise to the hypothesis that the sailors had opted for cannibalism to survive as long as possible.





Precisely this is the detail that highlights the series The Terror recently premiered by AMC and produced by Ridley Scott. But it is not the only theory that was used for years to explain how all men perished, one by one. The most accepted hypothesis proposed that they died of poisoning with lead.

 Some of the objects recovered from the Franklin expedition
Some of the objects recovered from the Franklin expedition
(Wikipedia)

In 1984, the mummified body of John Torrington, one of the crew of the expedition, was found. After analyzing the bone, hair and soft tissue samples from the remains, it was found that there were elevated levels of lead. It was also believed that it was the fault of the canned foods, which had been badly canned.

At least until a group of researchers from the MacEwan, Lakehead, Trent, Waterloo and Saskatchewan Universities just demonstrated that the sailors " they were not exposed to a higher level of lead than any other sailor of that time, "explains Professor David Cooper, one of the authors of the study.





 Rear Admiral John Franklin
Rear Admiral John Franklin
(Wikipedia)

The analysis published in the journal PLoS ONE
the experts found that the distribution of lead in the samples from two different sites in which remains of the Franklin expedition were found were similar. They compared tissues from people who survived the longest with those of the crew members who perished on Beechey Island.

Their goal was to rule out three possibilities. First, if the crew experienced high exposure to lead during the expedition, the team assumed that the longest-surviving sailors (King William Island versus Beechey Island) would exhibit more of that metal residue distributed in their bones.

 relics of Franklin's expedition, published in the 'Illustrated London News' in 1854
The relics of Franklin's expedition, published in the 'Illustrated London News' in 1854
(Wikipedia / AMC)






Second, it was suggested that lead levels would be elevated in the bones that form during or near the time of death, compared to the older tissues of the body. Finally, if exposure to lead metal played a key role in the failure of the mission, the samples would show a more extensive absorption than the British sailors of the same period buried in the Royal Navy cemetery in Antigua (Antilles).

"Taken together, skeletal microstructural findings do not support the conclusion that lead played a critical role in the death of Franklin and his crew," the researchers write.

The deaths of Beechey – who probably died at home from pneumonia and tuberculosis – and King William contained similar lead distributions, implying exposure well before the expedition. And the comparative analysis with the samples from Antigua "did not support the hypothesis that the distribution of lead among Franklin's sailors was unusual for that time."


The distribution of lead among the Franklin sailors was not unusual for the time






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The 'Ecce Homo' Navarre suffers irreversible damage, according to a report

The 'Ecce Homo' Navarre suffers irreversible damage, according to a report

The San Jorge de Estella of the church of San Miguel de Estella (Navarra), is irretrievable. This is confirmed by a report that the Government of Navarre has sent to the Office of the Superior Prosecutor, which investigates the intervention carried out in the sixteenth-century polychrome carving, reminiscent of Borja's 'Ecce Homo', by a handicraft workshop. the population of Navarre. The study finds that some of the actions that the piece has suffered are "irreversible."

The Association of Conservative Conservators of Spain filed a complaint against the company Karmacolor Estella, a craft workshop where the carving was painted without follow the procedures and mandatory techniques in cataloged artistic and historical objects, so that the report recognizes that the piece can not be returned to the state it was in.

Photograph provided by the Government of Navarra of a group of workers translates the polychrome carving of San Jorge, from the church of San Miguel de Estella, to the warehouses of Archeology Historical Heritage of Ge General Culture
(EFE)

The Navarre Executive has not initiated a sanction procedure for the intervention in the polychrome carving of San Jorge de Estella, given that the Public Prosecutor's Office is carrying out proceedings to verify the fact and the criminal responsibility of the participants.

According to the first studies conducted by the Historical Heritage Service, "taking into account the high percentage of polychromy eliminated, and the performance of irreversible treatments such as 'hydrate' the wood with flaxseed oil, it will be impossible to reach the objectives of integral and respectful conservation of this important piece. "

 Photograph provided by the Government of Navarra of an X-ray image of the polychrome carving of San Jorge
Photograph provided by the Government of Navarra of an image obtained with X-rays of the polychrome carving of Saint George
(EFE)

"A scientific restoration in the state in which the piece is now can return part of its historical artistic value, but without reaching the point of departure, since several of the actions have been irreversible," he says.

After the finalization on July 5 of the radiological studies (photos with X-rays) of the piece to evaluate the conservation of the layers with historical polychromies, it is expected that this Tuesday the tastings and tests will be started to assess the cost of withdrawal of materials added, fixation and recovery of historical layers.

The cost of the process of recovery of the piece will be borne by the parish

Later, the reversion of the sculpture to the state prior to the intervention will be faced and it will be in that moment when the damages that the original polychromies have suffered can be assessed, and then the best possible restoration will be assessed. The cost of the actions aimed at the restitution and restoration of the stature of San Jorge are borne by the parish of San Miguel de Estella.

The carving of Saint George on horseback was made around 1500, in the Hispano-Flemish Gothic style, and it is part of the Registry of Cultural Heritage of Navarra as an Inventory Good. It is a sculpture of large size (200×150 centimeters), made of walnut and weighing about 250 kilos, representing the saint on horseback slaying the dragon and whose author was probably the teacher Tarin or Terin, a native of Zaragoza and settled in Estella.

The Navarrese Executive has not initiated a sanctioning procedure for the time being

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The Medina Azahara de Córdoba, declared a world heritage by Unesco

The Medina Azahara de Córdoba, declared a world heritage by Unesco

The Committee of World Heritage of Unesco has resolved this Sunday, in the framework of its 42nd summit – which is celebrated until July 4 in Manama (Bahrain) -, to register Archaeological Ensemble of Medina Azahara ( Córdoba ) in the World Heritage List . After this recognition, Córdoba becomes the only city in the world with four heritage declarations .

As has been amply explained La Vanguardia the Caliphate city of Cordoba was built in the middle from the tenth century by an Umayyad western dynasty to be the seat of the Caliphate of Abd al-Rahman III and his private residence. The city grew in a short time, but later it was destroyed and the archaeological remains remained hidden for almost 1,000 years, until they were rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century.





From an artistic point of view, it is one of the monumental complexes more original within Hispano-Muslim architecture, because neither its structure nor ornamentation have been altered. The Bright City for Muslims consists of three terraces surrounded by a wall and would have worked on it about ten thousand people. A millennium later is still surrounded by legends and stories, the best known of which is that it was built for the love of a woman, who would have been called "Azahara".

The Medina Azahara was known by the Muslims of the tenth century as 'the bright city'
(Rafa Alcaide / EFE)

 Cordoba will now be the only city in the world with four sites declared heritage
Cordoba will now be the only city in the world with four declared heritage sites
(Rooms / EFE)


The 16th recognition of Andalusian heritage

With that of Medina Azahara, Andalusia will have 13 enclaves recognized as heritage of which nine are world heritage sites . It is the Mosque of Cordoba; the Alhambra and Generalife of Granada; the Cathedral, the Alcázar and Archivo de Indias de Sevilla; the Doñana National Park; the Albaicín de Granada -extension of the Alhambra-; the Historic Center of Córdoba -extension of the Mosque-; the Rock Art of the Mediterranean Arc of the Iberian Peninsula; the Monumental Renaissance Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza (Jaén); and the Dolmen Site of Antequera (Málaga).





To these are added three more than intangible cultural heritage which are flamenco, the revitalization of the traditional knowledge of the artisan lime in Morón de la Frontera and the Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba. Only two properties in Spain have managed to enter the list of world heritage in the last six years and both are Andalusian: the Dolmen Site of Antequera (Malaga) and now the Califal City of Medina Azahara (Córdoba).

 View of the Caliphal city of Medina Azahara, located in the foothills of the Sierra de Córdoba
View of the Caliphate city of Medina Azahara, located in the foothills of the Sierra de Córdoba
(Rooms / EFE)


Extensive political follow-up

Until the capital of Bahrain have been moved as part of the Andalusian delegation, among other authorities, the Minister of Culture, Miguel Ángel Vázquez; the mayor of Córdoba, Isabel Ambrosio, and the president of the Provincial Council, Antonio Ruiz.

 The Minister of Culture of the Board, Miguel Ángel Vázquez (2i), the mayor of Córdoba, Isabel Ambrosio (2d), the president of the Diputación Cordoba, Antonio Ruiz (d) and the delegate of the Andalusian government in Cordoba, Esther Ruiz (i), before leaving for Bahrain
The Minister of Culture of the Board, Miguel Ángel Vázquez (2i), the mayor from Córdoba, Isabel Ambrosio (2d), the president of the Cordoba Provincial Council, Antonio Ruiz (d) and the Andalusian government delegate in Córdoba, Esther Ruiz (i), before leaving for Bahrain
(City of Córdoba / EFE)





 Family photo of the candidacy of Medina Azahara as a UNESCO heritage
Family photo of the candidacy of Medina Azahara as UNESCO heritage
(Rooms / EFE)

For its part, in the same Cordovan archaeological site have met on the morning of Sunday, to witness the retransmission of the decision of UNESCO, the Andalusian Councilors of Justice and Interior, Rosa Aguilar, and Health, Marina Álvarez, as well as the president of the Andalusian Parliament, Juan Pablo Durán, among other authorities.

 The Caliphate city of Medina Azahara de Córdoba has triggered the number of visitors in the months prior to the recognition of Unesco
The city caliphal de Medina Azahara de Córdoba has triggered the number of visitors in the months prior to the recognition of Unesco
(Rooms / EFE)





Quim Gutiérrez will make the leap to Hollywood

Quim Gutiérrez will make the leap to Hollywood

The Spanish actor Quim Gutiérrez will make the jump to Hollywood with the Disney movie Jungle Cruise which will be directed by his compatriot Jaume Collet-Serra, as reported by specialized means Variety . Gutiérrez (Barcelona, ​​1981) will join the cast of this film in which […]


The best speed reading apps of 2017

The best speed reading apps of 2017

If you know the benefits of reading and you want to get the most out of it, it pays to actually be good at reading. Good at reading means being able to read text fast but also having the ability to comprehend and understand the text as the same speed as you are reading it. With these apps you will improve your ability to pack your head with as much books as possible in your spare time.

  1. Spreeder CX

Spreeder CX Pro is one of the most popular and best rated speed reading apps currently on the market. The app comes with training and warm-up modes to get you to speed reading as fast as possible. It costs $37 but with that price you get a license which allows you unlimited installs of the software on your desktop, iPad and iPhone. The package also includes access via your web browser. Logging in with your account on different platforms allows for cross-synchronization of your information and activities. Furthermore 3 years of updates are included in the price.

This app teaches you proper reading techniques and eliminates bad habits such as regression and restless eye fixations. This will allow you to read through entire eBooks in a fraction of what it usually takes because of your improved productivity and ability to comprehend the content.

The app is also customizable. You can pick to read using different fonts sizes, color schemes and speeds. You also get four reading modes which displays content to suit your need.

Over 20,000 books are included in this app and you can also upload your own text in any file formats.

Price: $37.00

  1. Acceleread App

This is another great app especially if you are planning on doing your speed reading on an iPhone or iPad. The app uses different techniques to make you a faster reader in a short amount of time. It works by making sure you a constantly focused on the comprehension so you remember most of what you are reading. The same techniques you learn in this app that enables you to read eBooks fast can also be applied to any other paper book or text you may want to read.

The app tailors a course which is made on the capabilities of the individual reader. This means you start at a level that is just right for you which will lead to you picking up fast reading as soon as possible.

To see your progress you can use the speed test the app comes with. You can take the test every week or so to see how much you have progressed over the course of your training.

A great thing about this app is that it has customer support 24/7, which is something many costumers value.

Price: $9.99

  1. Acereader iPad

Acereader has already made its name with the AceReader program and now has come out with a version for the iPad. The focus of this app is to help readers with digital content and improving comprehension. The app will teach you not only to read faster but also how to retain more information as you read so that you don’t have to keep re-reading everything.

The app uses Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) technology which highlights words as you should be reading them to help you reach your goals fast.

There are two modes which the app operates in – training and reading. What they do speak for themselves. The training mode includes many exercises so you can practice reading faster. The reading mode is where you do actual reading while still using techniques to keep improving. You can always use your own text in reading mode.

The app furthermore tracks your progress and shows you how well you are progressing. This will surely encourage anyone who can see that the more they use the app the better they become at reading on a fast pace.

You can also pick different fonts and colors for your most comfortable reading experience.

Price: $19.99