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Indian Boy Had 232 Teeth Removed From His Mouth

A teenager in India, who had 232 teeth growing in his mouth due to a benign dental tumour, has had them removed. Ashik Gavai (17) had a swelling on the right side of the mouth when he came to Mumbai's JJ Hospital in June. This was after several doctors failed to diagnose his condition. A battery of tests later, JJ doctors concluded that it was a rare abnormal growth affecting the second molar tooth on the lower right side of his jaw. He underwent the seven-hour operation on July 21, 2014. 

"We started picking small teeth from the abnormal molar. These pearlies were of varying sizes, some as tiny as a grain of mustard and some almost the size of a marble. At the final count, we had a total of 232 of them," said Dr Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of dental department at JJ Hospital. She said that they were developing as regular tooth and would have got more painful eventually. "The fact that it was coming from a single molar was very unique," she said. 

During the surgery, they also found a rock-like formation inside the affected tooth, which had to be removed with a drill. In the course of surgery, the doctors also crushed an upcoming wisdom tooth. Doctors said that despite the abnormal molar tooth growth, the jawbone had not weakened.

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10,000 Year Old Rock Alien And UFO Paintings Found In Chhattisgarh, India

Indian archaeologists have discovered 10,000-year-old rock paintings that depicts aliens and UFOs in an ancient cave, situated in tribal Bastar region of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. "The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently doesn't have any such expert who could give clarity on the subject," Archaeologist JR Bhagat told Times Of India.

TOI photo by Amit Bhardwaj

TOI photo by Amit Bhardwaj

TOI photo by Amit Bhardwaj

There are several beliefs among locals in these villages. While few worship the paintings, others narrate stories they have heard from ancestors about "rohela people" — the small sized ones — who used to land from sky in a round shaped flying object and take away one or two persons of village who never returned. 

"The paintings are done in natural colours that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits. We can't refute possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but humans usually fancy such things," the archaeologist said.

He added that it is a co-incidence that such ancient images appear to have sharp resemblance to UFOs shown in alien movies. "The fan-like antenna and three legs of vehicle's stand clearly show a similarity to UFO type craft," he said. 

Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from NASA and ISRO for research.

Giant hole appears at Yamal in Siberia

A mysterious giant hole has suddenly appeared at Yamal,translates as the "end of the world", in Siberia, Russia. Yamal holds some of Russia's largest gas reserves and the crater appeared less than 20 miles from the biggest gas field, Bovanenkovo. The hole is about 262 feet (80 meters) in diameter and it certainly doesn't look like a sinkhole, although you can see a large cavern under it. The dark colour of the crater's sides was said in a Zvezda TV report to indicate "temperature processes" or burning. Whatever caused it, it is large enough to comfortably fit several military helicopters in the entrance. 

Some have speculated it could have been made by a meteorite striking earth, an underground explosion, or is a sinkhole caused by collapsing rock, the Siberian Times reported.

Anna Kurchatova from Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre thinks the crater was formed by a water, salt and gas mixture igniting an underground explosion, the result of global warming. She postulates that gas accumulated in ice mixed with sand beneath the surface, and that this was mixed with salt - some 10,000 years ago this area was a sea.

Talking to The Sydney Morning Herald, polar scientist Dr. Chris Fogwill says it's likely to be a geological phenomenon called a pingo—a block of ice that's grown into a small hill in the frozen arctic ground.

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Images Of The Week (06 Jul 14 - 12 Jul 14)

The Northern Patagonian Icefield in the Andes Mountains in Chile is the remaining fragment of an ice sheet that covered the entire region a million years ago. It's one of the biggest remaining glaciers in non-polar temperate regions of the world. Satellite images show that it's been losing a lot of mass in recent years, due to climate change

Etibar Elchiyev poses with 50 metal spoons magnetized to his body during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for 'Most Spoons On A Human Body' on Dec 14, 2011
Photograph by David Mdzinarishvili

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Image Credit : whltravel/flickr

Crescent Moon Tower, Dubai

Awapuhi Trail, Kauai


Mysterious Geoglyphs of Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert, which stretches 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Peru's southern border into northern Chile. This massive, barren landscape consists of expansive salt flats, out of which towering volcanoes extend, reaching twenty thousand feet into the sky. The Atacama Desert is known to be the driest desert in the world, with a landscape resembling that of Mars. 

The Atacama Desert is also famous for geoglyphs - sprawling, puzzling ancient artwork that are drawn into the landscape. Nearly 5,000 geoglyphs have been discovered in the Atacama in the last three decades.  Scientists believes that these ancient artwork may be 2500 years old.The Atacama Geoglyphs are more numerous and widespread than their more famous counterparts at Nazca. They can be found in an area of over 100 square miles . They depict many subjects, Llamas and similar animals e.g. vicunas. Lizards, fish, birds, crosses, humans, chessboards and other geometric designs.

Geoglyphs of Chiza
They can be found alone or in groups some as many as 65 geoglyphs. The smallest figure is about 1m tall and the largest the Atacama Giant 115m high. They are found near major trade routes in the area and like all geoglyphs can only be seen from the air. 

Geoglyphs at Tiliviche
Geoglyphs of Chug Chug
In the specific focus of geoglyphs, there are two techniques by which they are created. The “extractive” technique, the more common of the two, involves scraping away the top layer of soil on the hillside, allowing for the soil beneath to create distinguishing designs on the surface. The “additive” process entails gathering materials such as rocks and piling them on the soil surface to create a raised outline. In the extractive process, the designs will appear lighter than the surrounding soil and in the additive process the designs will appear darker. There is also a third technique that is a complex combination of the additive and extractive processes which allows for a combination of light and dark colored figures .

The Atacama Giant. Image By Emilio
Very less is known about the ways in which they may have been used in the past. The most recent research into the purposes of geoglyphs has revealed that many of the figures can be directly related to migration routes of the early desert peoples.

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