The monks of medieval Ghazali (Sudan) enjoyed high social status. Some of them came from distant regions of Africa. They were not affected by metabolic diseases related to malnutrition, because they had access to fresh fruit and vegetables, and they ate meat in quite large quantities and regularly.
It was not in all places where agriculture appeared, that local populations quickly noticed its benefits. In the areas from today's Lithuania to Finland, for about half a millennium, hunter-fishermen-gatherers lived alongside the first farmers, and these worlds merged very slowly, scientists' analyses show.
Archaeologists from the University of Wrocław and the Polish Academy of Sciences will conduct unique research in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Among lions, rhinos and herds of zebras, they will search for the remains of the first humans and traces of their life in areas considered the cradle of humanity.
The digital revolution does not spare museums, which are starting to change from static to interactive. However, research by scientists from the University of Lodz and the Catholic University of Lublin shows that Polish museum employees are afraid of introducing new technologies, including social robots.
Researchers from the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences have discovered large fragments of a 17th-century iconostasis in the attic of a church in Nowoberezowo (Podlaskie). In their opinion, it is the oldest such work of art in the region; a unique one, as evidenced by its originality and state of preservation.
One hundred and twenty years ago, Maria Skłodowska-Curie and her husband Piotr Curie received the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the phenomenon of radioactivity and research on it. The other half of the prize went to Henri Becquerel, who was the first to observe the penetrating radiation of uranium ore. Skłodowska was the first woman to be honoured in this way.