Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.

March 4, 2024

Researchers Discover Bronze Age Treasure Made of Meteorite

Meteorites—meteors which survive their plummet through the atmosphere to collide with Earth—are fascinating. They can contain substances not found on Earth, they might hold traces to the origins of life, and they can even be worth money. Their worth and special mystique has been recognized since ancient days. For example, a dagger crafted from iron with roots in space (hence from a meteorite) was found in King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt.

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February 29, 2024

Conservationists Have Released 136 Juvenile Galápagos Tortoises Into the Wild

The Galápagos are known as one of the most incredible natural environments on Earth. Full of rich flora and fauna, conservationists are particularly interested in preserving the incredible species found there. Among the most famous are the giant tortoises which roam the islands. These sweet, slow-moving creatures come in 13 species indigenous to the island and can live extremely long lives.

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February 20, 2024

Ancient Roman Scroll Burned by Mount Vesuvius Eruption Is Now Readable Thanks To AI

Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79 CE. Lava coursed down the slopes while ash erupted into the sky, blanketing the nearby region in a veil of scorching death. Civilians in Pompeii were drowned in the ash, their bodies found many centuries later as cavities in the calcified layers of ash that preserved their crouched and protective stances. Frescoes on building walls were also perfectly preserved.

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February 17, 2024

New Study Finds That Earth’s Core Wobbles on Its Axis Every 8.5 Years

The Earth spins around an axis that is roughly vertical, and as it spins, we move through day and night. When the seasons change, the angle of the axis also moves. But occasionally, something strange can be observed. Some days are ever so slightly longer or shorter than others. Similarly, tracking the motion of Earth's pole, scientists have long observed slight shifts in its location once every 8.5 years.

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