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  • Secret of the Great Pyramid...hidden chamber is set to be revealed by an inflatable robotic blimp...

    12/14/2017 7:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Thursday, December 14th 2017 | Harry Pettit
    The device enters rooms and chambers through a 3.5 centimetre hole drilled through a wall by researchers outside. It is made up of two robots, a tubular machine equipped with a high definition camera and a probe that explores the structure via a small, inflatable blimp. After the first robot has taken a series of reconnaissance images, the drone is pushed through the drilled hole before inflating itself within the chamber. Packed with an array of sensors and cameras, the remote-controlled device collects data and takes photos or video without causing damage to the fragile building. After it has completed...
  • The tragedy of Palmyra

    12/14/2017 4:25:45 PM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-14-17 | Hollie McKay
    First look inside one of world’s most magical ancient ruins – now utterly destroyed by ISIS Palmyra before and after ISIS PALMYRA, Syria – The Syrian city of Palmyra stood for decades as a shining example of ancient civilization, a caravan stop on the Silk Road that served as the capital of Queen Zenobia’s empire. The city’s meticulously preserved Greco-Roman ruins landed it UNESCO World Heritage Site status, making it a top tourist attraction in the Middle East and a mecca for archaeologists and historians. Now the city once known for its priceless ancient art and artifacts has been ravaged...
  • Polar explorers brought to life in colour

    12/13/2017 3:23:36 PM PST · by mairdie · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 December 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    They were among the bravest and hardiest men of their time, the first to explore the world's polar regions alongside men like Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton. While these men might not have received the same recognition as Scott and Shackleton, they were still worthy of being immortalised in photographs that have now been brought to life in colour for the first time. Among the men pictured here is Tom Crean, and Irishman who served with both Scott and Shackleton including on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole, which he survived. Also pictured is Lawrence Oats, who...
  • Asia's tallest wooden pagoda' burns to the ground after huge fire engulfed the 16-storey tower

    12/13/2017 11:53:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/11/2017 | By Tracy You
    The Lingguan Tower in China was completed destroyed by flames yesterday Fire started from a hall below the pagoda and quickly spread to the structure Two other buildings in Nine Dragons Monastery were also reduced to rubble No casualties was reported and authority is investigating the cause of the fire A huge fire yesterday reduced a 16-storey Buddhist pagoda to rubble in China. The Lingguan Tower, billed as 'Asia's tallest wooden pagoda', burnt to the ground after being engulfed in the flames for about four hours. The fire reportedly started from a hall underneath the pagoda and quickly spread to...
  • Atomic Age Began 75 Years Ago with the First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction

    12/13/2017 11:20:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    www.scientificamerican.com ^ | 12/03/2017 | By Artemis Spyrou, Wolfgang Mittig,
    The finding that fission releases huge amounts of energy launched a scientific and military race to understand and use this new atomic source of power Over Christmas vacation in 1938, physicists Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch received puzzling scientific news in a private letter from nuclear chemist Otto Hahn. When bombarding uranium with neutrons, Hahn had made some surprising observations that went against everything known at the time about the dense cores of atoms—their nuclei. Meitner and Frisch were able to provide an explanation for what he saw that would revolutionize the field of nuclear physics: A uranium nucleus could...
  • 19th-century weapon found in whale

    06/12/2007 3:38:41 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 79 replies · 4,808+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | By ERIN CONROY
    BOSTON - A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt — more than a century ago. Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale's age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old. "No other finding has been this precise," said John Bockstoce, an adjunct curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Calculating a whale's age can be difficult, and is usually gauged by amino acids in the eye lenses. It's rare...
  • Ancient LIVING shark born in 1500s is world's OLDEST vertebrate and could be 512 years old

    12/13/2017 10:56:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 12th December 2017 | Anthony Blair
    A SHARK believed to be the oldest living vertebrate has been discovered in the North Atlantic Ocean. Danish scientists found the ancient creature — which is believed to be 512 years old and is 18ft long. The shark is the world's oldest vertebrate – an animal with a backbone – and may have been born in 1505, when King Henry VIII was just 14 years old. According to the journal Science, Greenland sharks grow at just one cm a year. So when they discovered a female shark measuring a whopping 18 feet, they knew this creature had to be...
  • All Bronze Age Iron Came From Space, New Study Shows

    12/13/2017 6:44:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 11, 2017 | David Grossman
    Despite the name, there was iron in the Bronze Age. It was just extremely rare. Most famously, the pharaoh Tutankhamun had a headrest, bracelet and dagger made of iron. Other iron artifacts from the same time have also been found around the globe. The existence of these artifacts has led to an archaeological debate: was there, in fact, iron smelting in the Bronze Age? According to a new chemical analysis, the answer is no. The iron humans had during the Bronze Age came from space.
  • Saudi Prince Salman Confirmed as 'Salvator Mundi' Buyer

    12/09/2017 5:46:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    RTE ^ | 12/8/17
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the actual buyer of a painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-breaking $450 million at auction last month, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The young crown prince, known by his initials MBS, used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting of Christ, 'Salvator Mundi', the newspaper reported, citing US intelligence and other unnamed sources. The son of Saudi King Salman is seen to be progressively consolidating his power, and is the architect of a wide-ranging plan dubbed Vision 2030 to bring social and economic change to his...
  • Archaeologists discover two ancient tombs in Egypt

    12/09/2017 1:11:18 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 21 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | 12/09/2017 | AP
    <p>Egypt — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.</p> <p>The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.</p>
  • Fossil hunters find bones of human-sized penguin on New Zealand beach

    12/12/2017 5:38:26 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    The remnants of an ancient penguin that stood as tall as a human have been found encased in rock on a beach in New Zealand. Fossil hunters chanced upon the prehistoric bones in sedimentary rock that formed 55m to 60m years ago on what is now Hampden beach in Otago in the country’s South Island. Measurements of the partial skeleton show that the flightless bird weighed about 100kg and had a body length of 1.77 metres (5ft 10in), equal to the average height of an American man. Emperor penguins, the tallest penguin species alive today, reach only 1.2 metres when...
  • Up for Grabs: In Science, When 'Anything Goes,' Everything Goes

    12/12/2017 11:58:16 AM PST · by Heartlander · 21 replies
    Salvo Magazine ^ | December 2017 | Denyse O'Leary
    Up for Grabs In Science, When 'Anything Goes,' Everything Goesby Denyse O'Leary Family values activist Austin Ruse's new book, Fake Science: Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data (Regnery, 2017), offers a look at a world growing increasingly hostile to evidence-based reasoning. We have not discovered better reasoning methods; rather, many people seem to have decided that reasoning is not relevant to our life together, and perhaps not relevant to the life of the mind generally. Ruse begins his book with a note about polls. Opinion pollsters claim that their work is a scientific enterprise. But in...
  • Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

    12/12/2017 11:09:48 AM PST · by G Larry · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-12-17 | NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR
    Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker’s last supper is remarkable because it is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record. The finding, which was published Tuesday, gives researchers tantalizing insight into the prehistoric diet of one of today’s most prevalent pests.
  • Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber

    12/12/2017 11:08:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    news.nationalgeographic.com ^ | 12/12/2017 | John Pickrell
    Tiny fossils preserved in Cretaceous resin include one parasite that was engorged when it died. Blood-filled parasites trapped in amber have been igniting imaginations since the 1990s, when the resurrected dinosaurs of Jurassic Park burst out of Michael Crichton’s novels and onto the big screen. Now, scientists say they have found the real deal: chunks of Burmese amber carrying ticks that drank the blood of feathered dinosaurs some 99 million years ago. One of these parasites is tangled up in a possible dinosaur feather found encased in a lump of amber. Another was found in a separate piece of amber...
  • Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years

    12/10/2017 8:59:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 9, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    The fearsome roar of Tyrannosaurus Rex as portrayed in film has left many a cinema-goer quaking in their seat. But new research suggests the king of the dinosaurs made a far more sinister sound. For a new BBC documentary, naturalist Chris Packham visited Julia Clarke, professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Texas, to test out a the theory that dinosaurs actually sounded more like birds and reptiles, than today’s predatory mammals. “The most chilling noises in the natural world today come from predators, the howl of the wolf, the roar of the tiger, but experts now doubt that...
  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/10/2017 8:36:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 170 replies
    Squwaker ^ | 12/06/17 | Alisha Sherron
    Who were your ancestors? What is your ethnic background composed of? Sites like Ancestry.com and 23andme have always been some go to sources in answering all of your toughest questions. But how accurate are they? In a recent interview with Cracked, one of the major ancestry testing companies, (which specific company is unknown) spilled the beans on what really happens when you purchase an ancestry kit. While I can’t say I’m surprised, you may be shocked to learn that these ancestry sites aren’t always as accurate as they claim to be. Beyond this, they’ve also admitted to tampering with the...
  • So Much For the Abominable Snowman. Study Finds That ‘Yeti’ DNA Belongs to Bears

    12/09/2017 7:45:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Science ^ | Nov. 28, 2017 | Sid Perkins
    Hikers in Tibet and the Himalayas need not fear the monstrous yeti—but they’d darn well better carry bear spray. DNA analyses of nine samples purported to be from the “abominable snowman” reveal that eight actually came from various species of bears native to the area. In the folklore of Nepal, the yeti looms large. The creature is often depicted as an immense, shaggy ape-human that roams the Himalayan hinterlands. Purported sightings over the years, as well as scattered “remains” secreted away in monasteries or held by shamans, have hinted to some that the yeti is not merely a mythical boogeyman....
  • Ancient forbidden Christian text of Jesus' 'secret teachings' to his 'brother' found

    12/05/2017 11:12:13 AM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-5-2017 | James Rogers
    Biblical scholars have discovered the first-known original Greek copy of an ancient forbidden Christian text that purportedly describes Jesus’ secret teachings to his “brother” James, an early leader of the Church. Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau, religious studies scholars at The University of Texas at Austin, located the rare text in Oxford University archives earlier this year. The experts found several fifth- or sixth-century A.D. Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, one of the books from an ancient collection known as the Nag Hammadi library. Previously, the text was thought to be preserved only via translations in the...
  • Profs Call to Censor Public Art by Removing NYC Statues of Christopher Columbus and [tr]

    12/05/2017 5:24:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 4, 2017 | Daniel J. Flynn
    More than 100 artists and academics call on the city of New York to censor public art memorializing figures they dislike. The petition sent to the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers cited the Big Apple’s professed “tolerance and equity” in justifying the censorship. The signatories include members of the faculty of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, as well as CUNY, Barnard, NYU, and other schools located in the city. The statues the group seeks to remove include ones of Christopher Columbus and Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Sphinx From 90-Year-Old Movie Set Unearthed in California

    12/02/2017 2:10:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments." The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.