137 - Occupied Territories
Dominique Taléghani is a French scientific journalist by day, a designer of imaginary cartographies by night. On his or her (Dominique is one of those unisex first names) blog, several examples are listed, among which is this one, Territoires occupés
Dominique mailed me to explain his/her fascination with maps – a fascination that most mapophiles understand, if not share:\n
« I’ve always loved maps of all sorts, for their inherent beauty but also as a starting point for intense daydreaming – I remember a map of the Yukon that I scoured for its smallest details for hours on end. »\n
Some of Dominique’s imaginary cartographies can be found on his/her blog, aptly titled Cartomane.\n
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A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
- A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
- The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
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