#Norway; #GlacierArchaeologyProgram; #BreheimenNationalPark; #500YearOldCandleBox
Norway/Canadian-Media: A team of archaeologists with the Glacier Archaeology Program in Innlandet has discovered a candle box in the Lendbreen glacier in Norway’s Breheimen National Park. The team has been posting its findings on its Facebook page.
The find was one of the hundreds the team has reported as they scour the edges of the melting glacier. Prior to finding the candle box, the team found objects such as spears, horse snowshoes, walking sticks, dog leashes, mittens, and in one case, the remains of a pet dog. Some of the items have been dated as far…
#UNHCR; #UNRefugeeAgency; #Twitter; #EmojiDesign
NEW YORK — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Twitter have teamed up with a refugee to design an emoji honoring the millions of people forced to flee war and persecution.
UNHCR and Twitter commissioned Afghan-Canadian artist Hangama Amiri to create the emoji for World Refugee Day, celebrated each year on 20 June. It is the first time the emoji has been designed by a refugee. The design features a blue heart cupped between two hands to symbolize protection and solidarity. …
#UN; #InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDay, #Demystifying; #Discrimination; #Solidarity
New York/Canadian-Media: On International Albinism Awareness Day, Sunday, the UN chief reiterated his “solidarity with persons with albinism”.
Albinism, a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition found in both men and women, presents as a lack of melanin pigmentation in hair, skin, and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and bright light.
As a result, almost all people with albinism are visually impaired and are prone to developing skin cancer.
Secretary-General António Guterres said that this year’s theme, Strength Beyond All Odds, reflects the “resilience, perseverance and achievements” of people with albinism in the face of…
#WHO; #Covid19; #SinovacCoronaVacCOVID19Vaccine; #Sage
WHO today validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies, and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy, and manufacturing. The vaccine is produced by the Beijing-based pharmaceutical company Sinovac.
“The world desperately needs multiple COVID-19 vaccines to address the huge access inequity across the globe,” said Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant Director-General for Access to Health Products. “We urge manufacturers to participate in the COVAX Facility, share their know-how and data, and contribute to bringing the pandemic under control.”
WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is a…
#HealingAmerica; #SkyBreathMeditation; #OnlineMeditationTechnique; #AOLF; #IAFHV
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: A nationwide online program ‘Healing America’ focused on promoting healing across the country aims to revitalize communities where participants will learn evidence-based SKY Breath Meditation techniques.
A comprehensive range of benefits from practicing SKY Breath Meditation such as reducing stress, relieving anxiety, improving sleep, enabling a calm state of mind while making people feel happier and more optimistic have been demonstrated by over 100 independent studies (including ones from top-rated universities such as Yale, University of Arizona, and Harvard) published in peer-reviewed journals. …
This is a guest post by John Hessler, a specialist in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, focusing on computational geography and geographic information science. He’s also the Library’s curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection.
Recently, the Library’s Geography and Map Division acquired a rare 18th-century carving of a Theravãda Buddhist cosmography that originated in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
The panel, which is more than 9 feet high when its three parts are fully assembled, shows the many levels that are the temporary resting places for living beings as they make their way to the ultimate goal of…
#ESA; #Moonlight; #Connectivity; #Moon
New York/Canadian-Media: As international teams across the world forge plans to revisit the Moon, ESA is elaborating how best to facilitate this exploration. As part of its Moonlight initiative, the agency is encouraging European space companies to put a constellation of telecommunications and navigation satellites around the Moon.
To succeed, the proposed lunar missions will require reliable navigation and telecommunication capabilities. Building these independently would be costly, complex, and inefficient.
If this work were outsourced to a consortium of space companies, each individual mission would become more cost-efficient.
Having one system dedicated to lunar telecommunications…