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February 27, 2018

What is Embroidery? Learn the Origins of This Ancient Craft and How It’s Used Today

The story of embroidery is the story of the world. Embroidery has existed, in some form, in every population across the globe. Whether it’s displayed on clothing, home goods, or as an artwork, it’s a timeless craft that is an integral part of our material culture. What is Embroidery? You're already familiar with embroidery—even if you had never realized it. Simply put, the definition of embroidery is the art of working ornamental designs onto fabric.

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February 5, 2018

Photographer Shares Polaroids of NYC’s 1970s Punk Rock Scene on Instagram

A post shared by Julia_gorton_nowave (@julia_gorton_nowave) on Oct 17, 2017 at 5:36am PDT Like many photographers living in 1970s New York City, Julia Gorton used her craft to capture everyday life in the city. What sets her portfolio apart from others, however, is that Gorton's “everyday life” happened to feature some of punk rock's most iconic figures. A transplant from Delaware, Gorton moved to New York in 1976 to study design.

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January 25, 2018

Scientists Piece Together One of the Last Unsolved Dead Sea Scrolls

Researchers have deciphered one of last remaining Dead Sea Scrolls from over 900 that were originally found in the Qumran Caves more than 60 years ago. Since their discovery, these ancient religious texts—which date to at least the 4th-century BCE—have shed new light on how the Jewish religion was practiced and include the oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. Now, Dr. Eshbal Ratson and Prof.

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January 4, 2018

11,500-Year-Old Infant’s DNA Reveals New Surprises About How North America Was Populated

Thanks to the ancient DNA of a six-week-old infant, scientists have a whole new understanding of how—and who—populated North America. In an article published in Nature, researchers revealed surprising new information, which has spawned different theories about how the New World was populated. In fact, they've named a whole new population of previously unknown people—the Ancient Beringians.

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