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Daughter of Amenophis IV or Akhenaten (1351-1334), Egyptian, limestone/ red paint.
This female head has an elongated skull, and is probably a child of Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten (1351-1334 BCE). The eye is hollow for inlaying. The piece is broken across the neck, and is a forgery executed in the 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period style.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA.
When he wasn’t envisioning space cannons and figuring out what holds the universe together, Isaac Newton applied his considerable intellect to other problems — possibly including ways to keep the cat from scratching on the door.
Born the son of an uneducated farmer, Newton died a true polymath — a celebrated master of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and theology. His many inventions, discoveries, and harebrained notions provide a glimpse into a legendary mind. Here are our 10 favorites.
Stories to Watch: 6/17/13.
Ted Cruz says he’ll file an amendment to the immigration bill that requires states to demand proof of citizenship before registering a voter — despite the fact that the Supreme Court had ruled such a requirement illegal earlier in the day. SCOTUS ruled that Arizona’s law with that requirement conflicted with federal law, so Arizona’s law had to give. Cruz thinks he can remedy that, but his amendment will likely never see the light of day. He’s grandstanding and wasting everyone’s time.
Lindsey Graham warns that without immigration reform, the GOP is circling the drain.
Texas Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant doesn’t support immigration reform because he’s pretty sure he’d lose in a heartbeat if more Latinos voted. We’ve all heard this argument plenty of times and here’s the thing: if someone started on the path to citizenship tomorrow, they wouldn’t have the right to vote for thirteen years or more, the way the bill is written. In other words, people like Kenny don’t think thirteen years is enough time to mend fences with Latino voters and be competitive with that demographic. My guess is because they don’t even want to try.
As is the case with every other issue, John Boehner steadfastly refuses to try to lead on immigration in the house.
Rand Paul is no friend of democracy. And people who aren’t friends of democracy — no matter how much they pretend otherwise — are not friends of freedom. Rand thinks the proles (meaning you) don’t know what’s good for them.
An example of the sort of thing that makes Paul leery of democracy: voters — by healthy margins — believe protecting public lands is more important than “drill baby, drill!” The horror.
Gun lobbyist Larry Pratt is starting to get really Nazi-ish.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry tries to reignite the Benghazi hysteria and winds up reminding everyone that he’s a boob.
Finally, a McDonald’s worker sues when she recieves her first paycheck in the form of a “Chase Bank debit card with instructions on how to use it and the fees attached.” She was told her options were enrich JP Morgan Chase with pointless fees or… OK, I’m lying, there was no other option.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
The Astonishing Annual Red Crab Migration
Named one of the planet’s most breathtaking migrations, the Christmas Island red crab exodus is a natural phenomenon that continues to astonish.
Making it onto CNN Travel’s recent list of the “10 most spectacular wildlife migrations,” the island’s annual red crab migration is an astounding event that involves the movement of millions of vividly colored crabs as they leave their in-land homes to breed and release eggs into the sea.
An Australian territory, Christmas Island lies some 2,600 kilometers north-west of Perth in the middle of the Indian Ocean. While just 1,500 people live there, it is home to an estimated 120 million crabs.
June 18, 1983: Sally Ride Becomes First American Woman in Space
On this day in 1983, at the age of 32, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Her voyage came 20 years after Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. After the voyage, Sally Ride received many honors for her contributions to the field of science and space exploration.
In May 2012, Sally Ride became the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
On July 23, 2012, Sally Ride died at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Visit PBS NewsHour to learn more about Sally Ride.
Photo: Courtesy of NASA