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Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of unified China, was buried with an army of thousands of life size terracotta soldiers to guard him in the afterlife (read more)

Featured Article: Basketball

Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs attempts a layup
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a basketball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. It was created by James A. Naismith in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world. There are professional and amateur basketball leagues in many countries and it is one of the most popular Olympic sports as well. Like other team sports, basketball stresses not only athletic agility but also team work and competition.

Popular Article: Mummy

Mummy in the British Museum
A mummy is a dead body whose skin and dried flesh have been preserved over an extended time period. This may be accomplished by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, very low humidity, or lack of air when bodies are submerged in bogs. Taken from the medieval Latin word “mumia,” this process was practiced in ancient Egypt upon the higher ranked populous. Other cultures have also been known to practice mummification, and a number of examples exist from a variety of locations and time periods.

The findings of mummies from different cultures and time periods has been of great value to science, providing a source of information about the health and lifestyles of the various peoples. Their existence, and the continuing interest in the process of mummification or modern equivalents, also provides interesting insights into beliefs regarding death and what comes after it.