It’s not just a method of hunting or a strategy for battle anymore, and the athletes’ training regimen is intense. By Heather Brady PUBLISHED May 22, 2018 An ancient sport is making a comeback among younger generations. Mounted archery, a tradition with roots in empires like the Ottomans and the Mongols, has become popular again in Indonesia. While ancient warriors used the practice of shooting arrows from horseback for hunting and combat, its resurgence has become friendlier: Archers from different countries go through an intense training regimen to compete locally and internationally. The sport involves shooting arrows at a target while riding a horse. Successfully hitting a target with arrows is tricky when an athlete is standing or sitting on stable ground; when an archer is riding a horse, it requires even more balance, a high level of coordination, and a connection between the horse and archer. Mounted archery was used by many ancient cultures around the world, including Native Americans, European nomads, and Asian empires. It appears across cultural images and texts for several millennia and continued to be used until gunpowder and firearms were developed. As guns became popular, using a bow and arrow became less advantageous, and mounted archery was largely abandoned as a battlefield strategy. As communities in countries like Mongolia began honoring their predecessors and history by exploring ancient traditions, and after the sport appeared in mainstream pop culture through franchises like the Hunger Games, […]
One of the world’s most under-exploited waste products – the feathers from poultry farms – is finding a clever new use inside buildings. Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most […]
Leah Kongsrude, St. Albert’s environment director, says she’s seen captured goldfish up to 30 centimetres in length, compared to ones sold by pet stores that measure only about two centimetres Thousands of gold fish have been removed from a pond in Cobourg, Ont. on Friday November 14, 2014. Postmedia ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Workers have dipped nets and a naturally […]
Mystery Sea creature appeared decaying on a Texas shoreline following Hurricane Harvey.
It stands to reason that humans (like all other animals), are continuing to evolve.
This fish is rather interesting.
By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | August 30, 2017 A tusk belonging to the 500,000-year-old elephant that researchers discovered in Saudi Arabia’s Nafud Desert. Credit: Saudi Geological Survey CALGARY, Alberta — Half a million years ago, the Arabian Peninsula wasn’t a sandy desert but rather a lush, wet landscape. There, a gigantic elephant — 50 percent larger than today’s […]
By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | August 31, 2017 After spending nearly 18 years in the Field Museum’s great hall in Chicago, Sue — the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered — will move to an exhibit upstairs, making room for the world’s largest known dinosaur: a titanosaur. Once upstairs, Sue will be reconnected with its gastralia, […]
By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer | August 31, 2017 Fossilized eggs belonging to the Cretaceous dinosaur Heyuannia huangi hold traces of pigment hinting that they were a blue-green color. To the naked eye, they appear blackish-brown. A type of bird-like dinosaur that lived in what is now China during the Cretaceous period — about 145.5 million to 65.5 million years […]
SEEING YELLOW A newly discovered sea snake subspecies (top) is shorter — and a lot brighter — than its yellow-bellied brethren (bottom). BESSESEN With its bright hue, this snake was bound to stand out sooner or later. A newly discovered subspecies of sea snake, Hydrophis platurus xanthos, has a narrow geographic range and an unusual hunting trick. The canary-yellow reptile […]