Discover Ancient Ukraine! [PHOTOS]

Five Things You Might Not Know About Ukraine:

1. It was at the center of Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe.

2. At 603,550 square km, it’s only slightly smaller than Texas.

3. Ukrainian tradition dictates that it’s capital city, Kiev, was founded by Vikings.

4. It boasts this stunning castle, which you can now eat Italian food in.

5. Stunning artifacts from Ukraine’s long – as home to one of the world’s oldest recorded cultures – and rich history are currently on display here at HMNS, in our new, two-part exhibition, Ancient Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations.

Just how stunning? I am so glad you asked. We’ve just posted a new Flickr set that gives you a sneak peek into this fascinating exhibition.

Ancient Ukraine Exhibit at HMNS
The Glory of Ukraine: Sacred Images from the 11th to the 19th Centuries
The Glory of Ukraine: Sacred Images from the 11th to the 19th Centuries
Ancient Ukraine Exhibit at HMNS
Ancient Ukraine Exhibit at HMNS

Want to see more? Check out new Flickr set and visit the museum to experience Ukrainian history for yourself!

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.9.08)

So here’s what went down since you logged off.

Creative Commons License photo credit: PPDIGITAL

Well, you can’t fault his logic. Oh wait. Yes, you can. Man whose house has been hit five times by meteorites: “I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials.”

Disney’s unveiled their animation plans for the next decade or so – and Pixar’s next original film will be about a lizard “cooling his heels in a community college science lab.” It’s called, creatively, “Newt.” They don’t say much more than that, but I’m pretty sure this crazy chameleon is destined to become entangled in some sort of hijink, causing a headache/inspiring a breakthrough/saving the day for his caretakers; hilarity ensues.

Those Vikings really got around. In addition to wandering over to the new world and terrorizing most of Europe, they were apparently trading with the East as early as the 9th century. A huge hoard of coins has been found in a Bronze Age tomb in Sweden – it’s made up of coins minted in Iraq and Syria dating to AD 840.

New research looks at…you! Researchers at UV Irvine have just announced the results of a study of blog readers’ online habits and experiences.

Instead of a black hole that swallows the Earth, CERN has created a new Internet.

In non-science news…Tired of visiting Mission Control for the 67th time? (No, Grandma, I never met Lisa Nowak.) Now you can throw one of these at your out-of-town guests as soon as they drop their luggage. Who knows? You might discover something new about your own city.

And, finally, thanks to Houstonist for spreading the word about BEYONDbones yesterday.  They have one of the best blogs in town (Seriously – are you a subscriber? No? Well, we can’t force to to be that super-cool, but trust me when I say you’re missing out) so we were thrilled to be featured. Thanks, guys!