Believed tomb of Jesus Christ is far older than previously thought

December 7, 2017 by  
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Scientists have discovered that the tomb in which Jesus Christ is believed to have been buried after his crucifixion is significantly older than previously known. According to results given to National Geographic , archaeologists tested a sample of mortar taken from a limestone tomb beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and found the cave dates back 345 CE. Previous evidence had indicated that the cave, the oldest architectural structure on site, was built during the Crusader period, around 1000 CE. According to historical records, the tomb is thought to have been rediscovered, after a period of obscurity, by the Romans in 326 CE. This rediscovery occurred during the reign of Constantine, the Roman leader who converted the Empire to Christianity. The recent discovery was made possible by the tomb’s opening on October 26, 2016. Within the tomb, scientists were surprised to discover an older, fractured marble slab, which rested on the original limestone surface of the “burial bed,” where it is believed that Jesus’s body was placed. Some researchers suspected that this older marble may have been placed during the Crusader Period, while others believed that the slab may have been even older. Upon further testing, it was determined that the slab dated back to Constantine-era Jerusalem. In order to determine the tomb’s age, scientists analyzed chemicals found within the slab to determine how long it is has been since they were last exposed to light. It was also discovered that a significant portion of the tomb remains sealed off. Related: Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the caves below it have undergone great changes over the millennia. Following the discovery and reconstruction of the tomb in the 4th century, the Church was completely destroyed in 1099, then subsequently rebuilt. This destruction led scientists to question whether the site could ever be conclusively identified as the location, as determined by the Constantine-era Romans, of Christ’s tomb. While there is no archaeological evidence to suggest that the historical Jesus of Nazareth was buried in the tomb, the recent discoveries help to clarify the complex history surrounding Christianity’s holiest shrine. Via National Geographic Images via Depositphotos (1)

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IBUKU unveils modular bamboo homes for garbage collectors in Bali

December 7, 2017 by  
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Bali-based IBUKU explores the fantastic potential of bamboo as a sustainable building material – and we’ve featured several of their beautiful buildings in the past. The team’s most recent undertaking is a series of modular bamboo homes for garbage collectors in Denpasar, the capital of Bali and the main gateway to the island. IBUKU was commissioned to develop healthy, well organized homes that would provide a means for social transformation. The project is designed for people who earn their livelihood by collecting and selling recyclable waste . Related: Ibuku founder Elora Hardy on creating incredible buildings with bamboo The project comprises 14 housing units of 193 square feet, and it also includes bathrooms, storage, kitchens and common areas to meet the needs of its inhabitants. Each house is modular, with main living spaces on the first floor and a mezzanine sleeping area above. Room for the safe storage of recycled materials was also integrated into the design. Related: Brilliant bamboo house uses ground water for natural cooling The floors and walls are made of bamboo and prevent wind from penetrating the building. Recycled bottles and tetra pack packaging was used for the roofing and insulation . The houses are meant to provide temporary shelter so that their occupants can increase their income and return to their hometowns. + IBUKU Via Archdaily

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Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

September 4, 2013 by  
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Amid concerns about global climate change and changing weather patterns , one company is trying to find a new way to irrigate crops in an age of increasing water instability. “Solid Rain” is an incredibly absorbent powder that can store enormous amounts of water in the soil, allowing crops to grow easily in arid conditions . The best part? It’s completely nontoxic and biodegradable. Read the rest of Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , arid climates , Climate Change , Drought , dry climates , irrigation , powdered rain , Sergio Jesus Rico Velasco , solid rain , water issues        

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Have Jesus’ Disciples Fattened Up Over the Last 1,000 Years?

March 29, 2010 by  
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Grist points us to a compelling study published by the International Journal of Obesity, which reveals that the portions on the plates of Jesus’ disciples in depictions of The Last Supper have “increased dramatically” over the last 1,000 years. Looking at 52 different paintings produced over the time period, it was discovered that entres grew in size by 70%, the bread by 30%, and that even the plates grew 66%.

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Floating States Of Maldives: 2010 Skyscraper Competition Finalist

March 29, 2010 by  
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The Maldives, a tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean, may be on the fast track to becoming the world’s first country to be submerged by rising sea levels. In response, their government has pledged to become carbon-neutral within the next decade , looked into buying land elsewhere to relocate the entire population – and to top it off,

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Mazda Signs Deal to License Toyota’s Hybrid Powertrain Technology

March 29, 2010 by  
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Images: Toyota and Mazda Prius Inside? Well, it looks like the partnership between Ford and Mazda is further eroding. In 2008, Ford sold a 20% stake in Mazda (keeping 13.4%) and lost control of the company

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Turning Desert into a Garden

November 14, 2009 by  
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About two kilometers from the Dead Sea and two from where Jesus was christened, in the country of Jordan, Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute and his crew created a near miracle turning desert into a lush permaculture garden.

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