Have you ever smelt that distinctive fragrence when the rain falls after a dry period? Have you ever wondered what it was called?
Well, wonder no more! The word you are looking for is 'Petrichor'.
Petrichor is a combination of the Greek word 'Petros' meaning 'stone' and the word 'Ichor', which in mythology was the blood of the Gods.
The word particularly describes the release of oils from vegitation, which is then absorbed by the surrounding rock and earth. It is this process that produces the distinctive smell.
No more fumbling for adjectives the next time you want to describe that smell to people!
Stile Galante baroque orchestra, conducted by Stefano Aresi, and Ann Hallenberg are going to record a new CD featuring original cadenzas from one of the most famous, celebrated and important castrato singers of Mozart's age.
After many years of painstaking reseach, Stefano Aresi has compiled the most extended collection ever found of original embellishments, da capos, cadenzas, variations connected to a single castrato's repertoire.
The castrato, whose name is yet to be announced, was one of the most famous, celebrated and important castrato singers of Mozart's age.
Ann and Stefano plan to produce a CD to showcase the sensational discoveries, and also to create a 50 minute documentary to describe in detail the significance of the haul of information they have gathered.
Click on this link to the project's gofundme page to give what you can to this extraordinary endeavour.
A gripping tale, steeped in mythology, enriched with historical detail, and bound together with fantastic artwork and an engaging concept: Alex Anstey's graphic novel, Nine Tenths - The Slider, makes for a gripping read which you will not be able to put down.
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Scientists from Newcastle University, the University of Bristol's Glaciology Centre, the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Edinburgh, Exeter, and York have discovered a massive trench under the ice covering the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands, a region of Western Antarctica.
The Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands are a line of subglacial highlands in West Antarctica that extend WSW from central Ellsworth Mountains to the vicinity of Mount Moore and Mount Woollard. The scientists researching the area have discovered "a massive subglacial valley up to 3 kilometres deep, more than 300 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres across. " The bottom of the valley is, in places, more than 2000m below sea-level.
The discovery has given a fascinating insight into the life-cycle of this ancient and intriguing ice-sheet. Due to the "low ice velocities and limited present-day change in the ice-sheet interior," areas in Western Antarctica such as the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands are key to "establishing the locations from which the West Antarctic Ice Sheet originated and grew." They can also help us to understand the possible effects of Climate Change upon the ice sheet.
 PhysOrg: Scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice. 14/01/2014
 Geological Society of America Bulletin: The Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands: Inception and retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. 20 September 2012
Sergej Eisenstein's classic masterpiece The Battleship Potemkin has to be one of my favourite films, based as it was on the December Revolution in Tsarist Russia in 1905. I will never forget the iconic Odessa Steps sequence: one of the most celebrated scenes in the film. I am happy to say that the whole film is on YouTube: check it out below. For those who have never seen a silent film before, do watch it: it is an amazing piece of cinematography.
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