And it is the Jews who give the world an astounding legacy, the belief in one God.This belief will become the foundation of two other great monotheistic religions, Christianity and Islam.The monuments built by laborers to honor pharaohs stand to this day, testament to the vast resources at their command.But the architectural excess hid a crippling weakness. To support a population that numbered in the millions, large-scale agriculture was vital, and for that you need water, and therefore, the Nile.From beneath the sand, appears the corner of a royal monument, carved in stone.Dedicated in honor of Pharaoh Merneptah, son of Ramesses the Great, it became known as the Merneptah Stele. Most of the hieroglyphic inscription celebrates Merneptah's triumph over Libya, his enemy to the West, but almost as an afterthought, he mentions his conquest of people to the East, in just two lines.In the UK, fish pedicures are booming, which is great for beauty clinics because the procedure costs upwards of £50 ( U. Visitors place their feet in a tank full of fish—a variety of Turkish toothless carp—and sit back while the fish eat away their dead skin.
In addition to the Editors' Picks at left, see the original program website for more related features.The well-established Egyptian chronology gives the date as 1208 B. Merneptah's Stele is powerful evidence that a people called the Israelites are living in Canaan, in what today includes Israel and Palestine, over 3,000 years ago.The ancient Israelites are best known through familiar stories that chronicle their history: Abraham and Isaac, Moses and the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath. Through writing the Hebrew Bible, the beliefs of the ancient Israelites survive to become Judaism, one of the world's oldest continuously-practiced religions.The vagaries of the climate can have very real effects on people’s lives however, especially when those people are part of a populous nation perched near the only fresh water source for hundreds of miles around.An ill-timed eruption could conceivably tip the scales. Some 70 percent of the world’s population today depends in some way on monsoons.Shifting the pattern of rainfall that people have spent tens or hundreds of years living with and adapting to can cause real harm, whether you’re in Bangladesh or Houston. Climate change is altering weather conditions all across the globe at a rate much quicker than many can adapt to.When we assess how a changing planet could affect us, let’s take a lesson from the Egyptians.The next time fish-pedicure enthusiasts dunk their feet in a vat of squirming, skin-nibbling, toothless carp, they may get more than they bargained for—especially if those fish just feasted on diseased skin.Health officials, fearing the spread of infections, have now launched a major investigation into this allegedly fishy beauty technique.The sulfur also serves to cool the planet by reflecting sunlight, and this likely starved the Nile of rainwater during the monsoon season by shifting weather patterns, leading to parched fields come summer.Readings from Nilometers, ancient observatories on the Nile that tracked yearly water levels, confirmed reduced flooding during these times, depriving the Egyptians of their main food source.