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Corn and Maize Mountain – A Mayan story

By |2017-09-09T23:42:29+00:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, Literature|

A bolt of lightning in the sky Maya people liked to tell a story about how people first got corn (maize) to eat. There were a lot of different versions of this story. But they mostly had the same basic idea. They said that at one time all the corn was hidden inside a mountain, and [...]

History of Electricity – Science of shocks

By |2017-09-05T08:39:33+00:00September 5th, 2017|Science|

A bolt of lightning in the sky Like other inventions, electricity took thousands of years to develop, as scientists all over the world investigated first one idea and then another. Scientists grouped together unseen forces - both magnetism and electricity - and tried to figure out whether these forces were inside the attractor, [...]

Jupiter – Roman god – Roman religion

By |2018-04-16T23:51:47+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Jupiter (fresco from the House of the Dioscuri, Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Jupiter was the chief of the gods for the Romans, the way Zeus was for the Greeks and Thor was for the Germans. In fact, they must have all originally been the same Indo-European sky god. Jupiter and Zeus really have the same name - Jupiter comes from Ju-pater, [...]

Tower of Babel – Bible stories

By |2017-10-09T17:17:39+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Breughel's medieval painting of the Tower of Babel According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, after the Flood people again began to get wicked. Then they had an awful idea. They wanted to build a tower that would go all the way up to Heaven. They wanted to be famous. These people called [...]

What makes thunder and lightning? – Weather science

By |2018-04-24T15:20:20+00:00August 20th, 2017|Physics|

A bolt of lightning in the sky Hot air and cold air are constantly moving around the Earth, as the hot air rises and the cold air sinks - that's what makes wind. Sometimes as this airmoves around, it gets more exciting than just wind, though. A thunderstorm begins when the wind picks up a lot of water from the [...]

What is electricity? Physics

By |2018-06-01T10:27:39+00:00August 16th, 2017|Physics|

What is electricity? A bolt of lightning in the sky What is electricity made of? Everything in the universe is made of atoms.  Those atoms are made of electricity. Atoms are made of even smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons. Electricity is electrons that have gotten loose from their atom. (More about electrons) The protons and neutrons [...]

Who was the Norse god Thor?

By |2017-06-29T02:32:30+00:00June 29th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Viking Bronze, from Iceland, 1000 AD Thor was the German god of strength, and the god of thunder and lightning (like Jupiter or Zeus). These three gods of the Greeks, Romans, and Germans were more or less the same because they all came from the same older Indo-European god. But there were some [...]

Golden Hall – Wudang Mountain – Chinese Architecture

By |2018-04-18T09:53:24+00:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China, Medieval|

Golden Hall (Wudang Mountain, 1416 AD) Ming Dynasty emperors built the Golden Hall palace on the slopes of Wudang Mountain in 1416 AD. The Golden Hall was part of the Ming emperors' addition to a group of buildings that were already there. Wudang Mountain had been an important religious center for Taoists since the 600s [...]