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Held every year in New York, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a 25-night-long Halloween event featuring some 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into dinosaurs, witches, zombies, and other spooky forms. Via Instagram:
Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.
A team of astrophysicists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und- Raumfahrt; DLR), together with German and European colleagues, has discovered the most extensive planetary system to date. Seven planets circle the star KOI-351 – more than in other known planetary systems.
They are arranged in a similar fashion to the eight planets in the Solar System, with small rocky planets close to the parent star and gas giant planets at greater distances. Although the planetary system around KOI-351 is packed together more tightly, it provides an interesting comparison to our cosmic home.
Humans have been around a long time, and as it turns out, so has Herpes simplex virus, the virus that causes cold sores. In fact, the virus has been with us from the beginning, and new genomic analysis of 30 Herpes virus genomes shows they are regionally related in the same way that human populations are, meaning they confirm the “Out of Africa” migration hypothesis for the spread of the human population.
The starting point of our work was the large quantity of cigarette butts and ash that we collected from the ashtrays of bars, cafés, and restaurants from the city center of Budapest (VI, VII, and VIII districts). By creatively using this raw material, we constructed the image of a pair of human lungs. We used the colors of the various filters, the dirtiness of the filters, and the grey tones of the ash. I produced this work in collaboration with Máté Bartha.
The Codex is unlike other historically well-known strange books (such as the Voynich Manuscript), in that the author of the book is not only known (Luigi Serafini is his name), he’s still alive. But the book is just so damned strange that it has accumulated a veritable industry of speculation about its meaning, deeper origins, and whether the language in which it is written actually has any syntax or not. Serafini has said relatively little about it himself over the years, and denies that the script has any meaning, but no one really believes that.