relating to or constituting new growth.
Etymology: Greek neos (new) + blastos (germ, germinate).
Anthony van Dyck, The Prefect Raffaele Raggi (detail), ca. 1625
NASA has confirmed the discovery of a real-universe analogue of Gallifrey, the home planet of the Time Lords in Doctor Who.
According to a recent article, NASA came across what it calls a “transiting circumbinary multi-planet system” – in layman’s speak, “two worlds orbiting two suns” – using its Kepler planet-hunting telescope, and the Register likens to “Doctor Who’s Time Lord homeworld, Gallifrey.”
The new system, which has been named Kepler 47, has two stars circling each other every 7.5 days. One of them is similar in size to our sun, whereas the other is approximately one third its size.
Doctor Who fans have started a petition to rename the newly discovered planet, named “HD 106906 b” to Gallifrey in honour of the show.
"A member of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition plays the bagpipe for an indifferent penguin, 1904."
Greek mythological figures
↳ Athena (Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnâ)
Goddess of intelligence and skill, warfare, battle strategy, handicrafts, and wisdom. According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus’s head fully formed and armored. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and a spear, and wearing the aegis over a long dress. Poets describe her as “grey-eyed” or having especially bright, keen eyes. She was a special patron of heroes such as Odysseus. She was also the patron of the city Athens (which was named after her) Her symbol is the olive tree. She is commonly shown accompanied by her sacred animal, the owl. The Romans identified her with Minerva.
Members of the Hoya genus (also known as waxflowers) are commonly epiphytic on trees in tropical regions in mid to southwestern Asia. They are often pollinated by moths due to some variations lacking color and possessing a strong sweet fragrance. Hoya may also be pollinated by ants or flies; multiple pollinators interact with this genus due to the substantial quantity of nectar each flower tends to produce.
History Meme [1/?] moments: Caesar’s Dying Words
On the Ides of March which falls on March the 15th, Julius Caesar, the dictator perpetuo of the Roman Republic at the time was stabbed to death in a location adjacent to the Theatre of Pomepy in a conspiracy theory at the hands of men who called themselves the Liberators. Among the conspirators was one of the leaders; Marcus Junius Brutus who led the assassination plot alongside a man called Gaius. The sight of his friend amongst the conspirators had shocked the emperor, and he was stunned with grief as he cried out, “Et tu Brute?” And as popularised by the Shakespeare play, he followed out with “Then Fall Caesar!”
The popularisation of “Et tu brute?” in popular culture can be attributed to William Shakespeare’s play about the emperor, Julius Caesar. However, according to ancient historians Suetonius and Plutarch, Caesar did not say the famous words. Suetonius reports that others claim Caesar said, “Kai Su Teknon” which could be roughly translated to mean “You too son?” Or the fiercer “Screw you kid!”
To add to the possibility of Caesar uttering the Ancient Greek words is the fact that old patriarchal families in Rome were often raised with Greek as a mother tongue, so in his moment of death it is plausible that he would switch from Latin to Greek. The argument is further reinforced as “teknon” is colloquial and not the classical form that an educated Roman would use when speaking Greek.
Caesar’s last words remain a contested subject amongst historians and scholars. Suetonius himself, the historian who brought to light the possible Greek words Caesar uttered claims that the emperor said nothing, as does Plutarch. Plutarch also reports that once Caesar caught Brutus amongst the conspirators, he simply pulled his toga over his head, electing to say nothing.
History meme > 2/10 moments | The Sultanate of Women:
The time period commonly referred to as ‘The Sultanate of Women' took place during the height of the Ottoman Empire. Starting with the accession of Nurbanu, born Cecilia Baffo, to the position of Queen Mother (known as Valide Sultan in Ottoman Turkish) it was a time within Ottoman history where true political power wavered from the emperors themselves and was increasingly placed in the hands of their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. Many of the emperors during this time were minors and thus, the empire was effectively ruled by women, most of whom were of slave origin. Nurbanu was succeeded by Valide Safiye Sultan and each woman who followed exercised unprecedented authority within the empire. The Sultanate of Women came to an end with Kosem Sultan (born Anastasia of Tinos) who ruled through her sons and grandsons and was assassinated by her daughter-in-law Turhan Hatice Sultan in 1651. After her death laws and regulations were put into place to put an end to the Sultanate and the decline of the empire began.
history meme - three presidents (1/4)
Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). Based in frontier Tennessee, Jackson was a politician and army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814), and the British at the Battle of New Orleans (1815). A polarizing figure who dominated the Second Party System in the 1820s and 1830s, as president he dismantled the Second Bank of the United States and initiated forced relocation and resettlement of Native American tribes from the Southeast to west of the Mississippi River. His enthusiastic followers created the modern Democratic Party. The 1830–1850 period later became known as the era of Jacksonian democracy. Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory" because of his toughness and aggressive personality; he fought in duels, some fatal to his opponents. He was a wealthy slaveholder. He fought politically against what he denounced as a closed, undemocratic aristocracy, adding to his appeal to common citizens. He expanded the spoils system during his presidency to strengthen his political base. Elected president in 1828, Jackson supported a small and limited federal government. He strengthened the power of the presidency, which he saw as spokesman for the entire population, as opposed to Congressmen from a specific small district. He was supportive of states’ rights, but during the Nullification Crisis, declared that states do not have the right to nullify federal laws. Strongly against the national bank, he vetoed the renewal of its charter and ensured its collapse. Whigs and moralists denounced his aggressive enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, which resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Historians acknowledge his protection of popular democracy and individual liberty for United States citizens, but criticize him for his support for slavery and for his role in Indian removal.