U.S. Archives showcase Magna Carta in new gallery
The only original copy of the Magna Carta in the United States is the centerpiece of a new museum gallery at the National Archives, tracing the evolution of rights and freedoms through present day.
On Wednesday, the archives will open its new “Records of Rights” permanent exhibit in an expanded museum space on the National Mall. Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $13.5 million to fund the project, along with funds from Congress. Rubenstein also is loaning the 1297 copy of Magna Carta to the archives.
Magna Carta was the first English charter to directly challenge the monarchy’s authority. It became a precedent for the concept of freedom under law as envisioned by America’s founding fathers.
The historic document will be surrounded with documents and images exploring the evolution of citizenship, equality and free speech. [x]
Mexico’s president signs energy reform into law; enabling legislation next
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law a sweeping reform that will allow private companies to drill for oil and gas, and end a seven-decade-long monopoly held by the state oil company.
Mexican law previously restricted such work to Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, in constitution articles that have long been considered sacred. The monopoly was seen as safeguarding the country’s patrimony from foreign exploitation after the Mexican Revolution.
Pena Nieto said the new energy laws and other reforms have strengthened confidence in Mexico, citing them as the reason Standard & Poor’s raised the country’s credit rating one step to BBB+.
"We, Mexicans, have decided to set aside myths and taboos, to take a big step forward," said Pena Nieto, who argues that Mexico needs the foreign companies’ expertise and technology to exploit its vast reserves.
He called the energy bill “a fundamental, historic reform” needed for Mexico to speed up the lagging pace of its economic growth.
7inchpistons asked: You guys should really check the sources on some of your posts
There is only one person operating this blog and that is largely due to the fact that I don’t trust anyone else to be as diligent in fact-checking every single story/photo the way I do. Whether it’s something I reblog or upload/copy & paste myself, I source and re-source every single post. I majored in journalism in college so I know a thing or two about looking into the news—positive or negative—before sharing it with anyone else. The media is too biased to take anything on good faith.
If you have a specific post you’ve found fault with, feel free to let me know—blogs cans be removed just as quickly as they’re added.
ETA: I am more than aware that the photo on this post is photoshopped; it’s meant to be a “preview” of what the device might look like, if it were implemented.
The 50-Million-Year-Old 3D Printout
The University of Oregon has a remarkable specimen in its paleontology department: a rare fossil of a fish. In this case, Onchorynchus rasters, the distant ancestor of the salmon you might enjoy draped on sushi rice or served over wilted spinach. The fossil is five million years old. It is seven feet long. It is saber-toothed. And while these features must have made the proto-salmon quite terrifying in life, in death its remains are incredibly fragile. So much so that it’s hard for researchers to examine the specimen without damaging it. As for anyone else interacting with it? Out of the question.
Enter 3D printing.
[Image: University of Oregon]
Google X Is Creating Smart Contact Lenses to Monitor Glucose Levels in Diabetics
"For the first time in two millennia, wild horses are once again galloping free in western Spain, reversing what happened when the Romans moved here and domesticated the animals.”
Waitress who routinely helps the homeless was miraculously given a $1,075 tip when she most needed it -
A Knoxville waitress says she is still in shock after a seemingly normal customer tipped her $1,075 on Wednesday night. Her coworkers say the generous gratuity proves good things happen to good people.
Safe haven for rare parrots doubles in size
A coalition of conservationists has bought nearly 15,000 acres of land in Bolivia, more than doubling a key habitat for the critically endangered blue-throated macaw.
GALLERY: 100-Year-Old Negatives Found in Antarctica
Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators recently made a stunning discovery: a box of 22 exposed but unprocessed negatives, frozen in a block of ice for nearly one hundred years. Take a look at some of the processed pieces of history
[UPDATE: Broken links fixed… apologies! ~Ian]