Russians unveil radiator monument
Energy workers in Russia have marked the onset of the country's severe winter - with a monument to the world's first radiator. The sculpture, of a cat lying on a windowsill over a heater, was unveiled at a power station in the city of Samara, south-east of Moscow. The sculpture was crafted by local artist Nikolay Kuklev, who used the cat to create an impression of cosiness and comfort. "It is a monument to warmth, a monument to something that brings warmth and comfort. What could be better than that, particularly in winter?" he told NTV television in January.
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ancient phallus unearthed in cave
A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say. The 20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated to be about 28,000 years old, was buried in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura. Its life size suggests it may well have been used as a sex aid by its Ice Age makers, scientists report. "In addition to being a symbolic representation of male genitalia, it was also at times used for knapping flints," explained Professor Nicholas Conard, from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at Tübingen University. "There are some areas where it has some very typical scars from that," he told the BBC News website.Flint knapping, eh?