Rothschilds Liquidate Last Piece of Land in Austria After 200 Years of Ownership

After more than 200 years, the Rothschild family is leaving Austria — selling its last piece 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of forest in the Lower Austria region. The plot of land — around 20 times the size of New York’s Central Park, was sold to Vienna-based packaging company Prinzhorn Holding GmbH according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the deal. It was part of an estate bought by Baron Albert von Rothschild in 1875, seized by the Nazis after the German occupation of Austria in 1938 — along with a collection of artworks, and partially returned to the family after WWII. Rothschild heir Bettina Looram [Burr] — who moved back and lived on the land until her 2012 death, recovered the artwork from the Austrian state which later sold for nearly £57.7 million in 1999. The two branches of the family split the land after her Looram’s death […] Read More

2017: Scientists Just Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down for 14 Generations

Scientists have made some incredible new discoveries on how our minds can literally affect our biology, especially through the study of epigenetics, the branch of science that looks at how inherited changes of phenotype (appearance) or gene expression are caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Instead of looking at DNA as the only factor controlling our biology, scientists are also looking at what’s actually controlling the DNA, which includes our thoughts. We receive genetic instructions from our DNA, passed down through generations, but the environment we live in can also make genetic changes. One of the more recent studies that explored this concept was conducted by a team led by scientists from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Spain. Scientists Prove How Far Environmental Genetic Changes Can Be Passed Down Through Generations To figure out how long the environment can leave a mark […] Read More