The Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib) is situated in Amristar, India and attracts Sikhs from not only all over India but also the entire world. The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, and during the daily meal time an estimated 80,000 people receive free food. The Golden Temple is open not only to the Sikhs but people of all other religions. On average, 350,000-400,000 people visit the Golden Temple every day. On occasions like Amavasya, Sakranth, Diwali, Vaisakhi, and Guruparv, the turnout increases considerably. According to temple officials, around 1 to 1.5 million people visit the temple on these days. The Sikh religion, which emerged in the Punjab region about 500 years ago, rejects the social hierarchies of caste, a precept of Hinduism. The four entrance doors (North, East, South, West) of the Golden Temple signifies Sikhism’s acceptance of people of all walks of life regardless of caste, race, or religion. The principle of equality is enshrined in the langar, where everyone eats together sitting on the floor, regardless of social status. The Golden Temple’s dome is said to be gilded with 750 kilograms of pure gold.
In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.
Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.
And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.
Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.
Robert Hazen at Aeon. Mineral fodder
We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons(via protoslacker)
— Woodrow Wilson (via infamoussayings)
This is a Judean date palm, once the staple crop of Judea and renowned for everything from its cooking oil to its aphrodisiac powers. But the Romans tried to destroy the date palm after the Jewish Revolt, and hurt the Judean economy. It worked — by 500 CE the once plentiful date palm was gone completely. How do we have this tree then? A jar of dried-out date palm seeds were found while excavating Masada, declared interesting, and then kept in a university professor’s drawer for four decades. Until 2005 when a botanical researcher decided to try planting one. And wonder of wonders, a leaf sprouted
Ink Calendar designed Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.
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