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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.


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In the Valley of Orion

This exciting and unfamiliar view of the Orion Nebula is a visualization based on astronomical data and movie rendering techniques. Up close and personal with a famous stellar nursery normally seen from 1,500 light-years away, the digitally modeled frame transitions from a visible light representation based on Hubble data on the left to infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope on the right. The perspective at the center looks along a valley over a light-year wide, in the wall of the region’s giant molecular cloud. Orion’s valley ends in a cavity carved by the energetic winds and radiation of the massive central stars of the Trapezium star cluster. The single frame is part of a multiwavelength, three-dimensional video that lets the viewer experience an immersive, three minute flight through the Great Nebula of Orion. via NASA

What does the term “fake news” really mean?

What does the term "fake news" really mean?

January 17, 2018
US President Donald Trump’s favourite phrase is being adopted and weaponised by a growing number of leaders around the world – many of them authoritarian.

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“Fake news”. If you tweet, watch TV or talk politics with your friends, it’s a phrase you can’t escape.


Though its first uses can be traced back more than 100 years, its current popularity is down to one man: US President Donald Trump. He first started using it as a cudgel with which to beat his critics while campaigning and, since his election, he has forced it into the popular lexicon. Not only in the US, but internationally.


Trump has said he plans on Wednesday to hand out awards for “fake news”. The announcement prompted ridicule from many, with several comedians actively campaigning to be nominated.


But is the growing popularity of the term not funny, but sinister? A Politico tally at the end of 2017 found that Trump’s preferred insult has become a favourite of authoritarian governments around the world, with leaders or state media in at least 15 countries using it to attack the media.


So, what does “fake news” really mean? Is its use as a slur here to stay? And is it even a useful description?


The Stream discusses with a panel of experts.


Read more:

Trump’s ‘fake news’ mantra a hit with despots – Politico

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online – Pew Research Center


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