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  • Kingsong S18 Review: The Best Yet! (30 mph Electric Unicycle - mindblowing! - Video)

    07/10/2020 5:41:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Video LinkYouse guys might be familiar with this thing, but I wasn't. Pretty amazing.Here's a link to that point in the video where the narrator actually rides it. VIDEO LINK
  • FCO advises against cruise ship travel (England)

    07/09/2020 1:06:32 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 11 replies
    Cruise Adviser ^ | July 9, 2020 | cruise adviser
    FCO advises against cruise ship travel Statement follows advice in March about over 70s and chronically ill The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a statement advising against cruise ship travel. The move is being seen as the government reinforcing the message that the cruise industry is not part of the wider travel industry being opened up from tomorrow. “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England. “The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel...
  • First Christian Missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands

    07/09/2020 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 7, 2020 | Bill Federer
    In 1778, British Captain James Cook discovered Hawaii, which he named "The Sandwich Islands" in honor of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich -- the acting First Lord of the Admiralty. Captain Cook was killed on his third visit to Hawaii in 1779. When Captain Cook's voyages were read in England they raised awareness of new lands. This inspired a missionary movement, led by William Carey, who took the Gospel to India in 1793. The Hawaiian Islands were united by King Kamehameha I in 1810. In 1819, King Kamehameha I died. His wife, Kaʻahumanu, and his son, Liholiho (King...
  • First Cruise Ship Receives Certification for Infection Prevention

    07/07/2020 1:13:19 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 21 replies
    cruise fever ^ | July 7,2020 | Ben Sousa
    A cruise ship became the first in the world to receive Certification in Infection Prevention for the Maritime industry (CIP-M). The CIP-M certification of Explorer Dream is timely and in conjunction with Dream Cruises’ recent announcement that Explorer Dream will recommence operations in Taiwan from July 16, 2020 onwards, offering “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries. Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic. With the CIP-M certification program for Explorer Dream, Genting Cruise Lines together with DNV GL are paving the way in introducing...
  • GROUNDED Tourist stranded in airport for 100 days due to coronavirus in real-life echo of Tom Hanks film The Terminal

    07/07/2020 12:41:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | Jul 7 2020, 10:07 ET Updated: Jul 7 2020, 11:07 ET | Henry Holloway
    A TOURIST is pleading to be rescued after spending more than 100 days living in an airport in a real life echo of Tom Hanks film The Terminal. Roman Trofimov has been staying in the departures area of Manila airport in the Philippines since he arrived on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok on March 20. The Estonian, who had been travelling around Southeast Asia, said his passport was taken before he went through immigration. The airline was also unable to return him to Thailand amid restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic He was denied entry into the Philippines as entry visas...
  • Iranian cave estimated to date over 63,000 years [Kaldar Cave]

    07/07/2020 10:39:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | June 22, 2020 | AFM/MG
    "After a decade of studying the cultural evidence yielded from the three seasons of archeological excavations at Kaldar Cave, the recent results show that a Paleolithic layer in the middle of this the cave is more than 63,000 years old," CHTN quoted Iranian archaeologist Behrouz Bazgir as saying on Sunday. Kaldar is a key archaeological site that provides evidence of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Iran. The cave is situated in the northern Khorramabad valley of Lorestan province and at an elevation of 1,290 m above sea level. It measures 16 meters long, 17 meters wide, and seven...
  • Changing diets in Pictish Portmahomack

    07/07/2020 10:25:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Current Archaeology ^ | July 1, 2020 | Amy Brunskill
    Interestingly, there is no evidence that this community ate any marine or freshwater fish, despite the fact that it would have been readily available in their coastal location. Archaeological evidence of naval bases, depictions of boats and sea beasts on Pictish stones, and references in literature demonstrate that Pictish communities had a relationship with the sea and would have been able to fish. However, images of salmon in Pictish carvings could indicate that fish had some symbolic importance, and it has been suggested that the consumption of all fish was deliberately avoided, or reserved for a select few. The Picts...
  • Archaeologists Suggest Stonehenge's Huge Blocks Arrived by Land, Debunk Raft Theory

    07/07/2020 9:51:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | July 2, 2020 | maybe Chris J Ratcliffe
    Last year, scientists from Newcastle University in the UK suggested that pig fat could have been used to move the stones to create Stonehenge. Archaeologists may have debunked the theory that stones for the world famous Stonehenge were sent via rafts from Wales to Salisbury Plain, a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science says. The recent study using chemical analysis showed that the six-tonne sandstone from Stonehenge matches rocks in Abergavenny, just a few miles from the English border. Thus the study shows that the stones could have been carried overland, debunking the theory that they were taken...
  • Women, teenagers worked as potters in ancient Israel, scholars show [Gath]

    07/07/2020 9:28:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 1, 2020 | Rossella Tercatin
    Over 3,500 years ago, a potter finished shaping a new jug in Gath, a settlement in the Judean foothills overlooking the southern coastal plain of Israel. Before firing the vessel in the kiln, maybe the artisan looked at it, even touched it one last time, perhaps feeling proud of the work, without imagining that a couple of millennia later, a group of researchers would not only find the artifact, but also identify the fingerprints on its surface, reconstructing the age and gender of the jug's ancient manufacturer. As explained to The Jerusalem Post by Bar Ilan University archaeologist Aren Maeir,...
  • Archaeologists Think They've Found The Oldest Viking Longhouse In Iceland

    07/07/2020 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    LADbible ^ | June 24, 2020 | Tom Wood
    Archaeologists have unearthed what could potentially be the oldest Viking settlement in Iceland. It's an ancient longhouse that is reckoned to have been built in around 800 AD, which is decades earlier than the Vikings were thought to have colonised that part of the world. Oh, and it was found beneath another slightly less old longhouse that was packed with treasure, according to archaeologist Bjarni Einarsson, who was in charge of the excavations at the site. He told Live Science that the longhouse above was probably that of a chieftain, saying: "The younger hall is the richest in Iceland so...
  • Archaeology breakthrough: How NASA satellite exposed 8,000-year-old 'lost civilisations'

    07/07/2020 7:46:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Express UK ^ | Monday, June 29, 2020 | Callum Hoare
    The small communities were hiding in the overgrown landscape of the Middle East, but scientists say they hold vital clues to ancient civilisations that once inhabited this area. By combining spy-satellite photos obtained in the Sixties with modern satellite images and digital maps of Earth's surface, the researchers created a new method for mapping large-scale patterns of human movement. The approach, used to map sites spanning eight millennia across 23,000km of northeastern Syria, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jason Ur, an archaeologist at Harvard University and study co-author, said in 2012: "Traditional archaeology goes...
  • Israeli Archaeologists Find Ancient Artifacts from the Time of Ezra, Nehemiah

    07/07/2020 7:26:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies ^ | June 30, 2020 | Emily Jones
    Excavators uncovered a seal and a bullae -- a seal impression use to sign documents or containers during ancient times -- in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation of the City of David in Jerusalem. These two artifacts were found next to the rubble of a structure that was destroyed during the 6th century BC by the Babylonians... The researchers said the finding was very rare and reveals just how badly Jerusalem was damaged during the Babylonian destruction. "The finding of the stamp and seal impression in the City of David indicates that despite the city's dire situation after the destruction,...
  • Yet Another Brazilian Museum Suffers Fire, Loss Of Specimens

    07/07/2020 7:14:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Lisa Winter ^ | July 3, 2020 | The Scientist
    Early on the morning of June 15, a fire broke out in an annex of the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Though quickly contained, storage rooms that housed portions of the museum's 260,000 piece collection were affected. The cause of the fire is not known. The museum, known as MHNJB, is part of the Federal University of Minas Gerais and is home to archeological artifacts (including human skeletons that are thousands of years old), archival documents, Brazilian folk art, plants, insect specimens, and more. Two of the affected rooms were severely damaged by smoke and...
  • Renovations at Historic York Guildhall Reveal Human Remains, Roman Artifacts

    07/07/2020 6:57:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | July 2, 2020 | Nora McGreevy
    Last spring, York's Guildhall found itself in dire straits. Water dripped from the 15th-century meeting hall's ceiling, and cracks in one of its walls were so large that visitors could stick a hand straight through them, reported David Dunning for local radio station Minster FM at the time. That fall, the local government launched a Ł16.5-million construction project aimed at restoring the historic building -- which has stood on the banks of the River Ouse in the northeastern English city for more than 500 years -- to its former glory. But the work has revealed more than just dilapidated walls:...
  • Amber fossils unlock true color of 99-million-year-old insects

    07/06/2020 10:38:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 30, 2020 | Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters
    To understand how and why color is preserved in some amber fossils but not in others, and whether the colors seen in fossils are the same as the ones insects paraded more than 99 million years ago, the researchers used a diamond knife blades to cut through the exoskeleton of two of the colorful amber wasps and a sample of normal dull cuticle. Using electron microscopy, they were able to show that colorful amber fossils have a well-preserved exoskeleton nanostructure that scatters light. The unaltered nanostructure of colored insects suggested that the colors preserved in amber may be the same...
  • Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily, Italy in 4K (UHD) HDR

    07/05/2020 7:55:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 22, 2019 | Ttvtraveller
    Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily, Italy in 4K (UHD) HDR
  • ‘Racist’ Berlin underground station to be renamed [Mohrenstrasse/Moor Street]

    07/05/2020 7:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 4 July 2020 11:26 CEST+02:00
    Berlin’s Mohrenstraße (Moor Street) underground station is set to be renamed due to racism concerns. While the name of the station has been criticized for decades, the debate came to a head in recent weeks on the back of Black Lives Matter protests across Germany and the world. During one Black Lives Matter protest, demonstrators covered the station’s name with cardboard to “rename” it as “George Floyd Street”. BVG, the city’s transit authority, announced on Friday said the time for the debate surrounding the station’s name has come to an end. …
  • Why New York City will never build another subway station

    07/05/2020 2:03:42 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | $ July 2020 | Reed Tucker
    ...“I called yesterday,” Plotch told me in March. “They said they’d start building it next year.” Not only is the Second Avenue Subway unlikely to pick up construction again next year, continuing progress of the 8.5 miles of track running down Manhattan’s east side from 125th street to Hanover Square, it’s not particularly likely to be completed in many of our lifetimes The Second Avenue Subway, which was originally meant to include 16 stations, so far only includes three — 72nd, 86th and 96th streets. But that 1.5-mile “stubway” alone cost $4.6 billion (from an original budget for the entire project...
  • What To Watch For in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.

    07/04/2020 8:34:02 PM PDT · by mabarker1 · 34 replies
    Formula One back to Racing (about time) ^ | 07/03-05/2020 | Chris Medland
    Austria Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis Der Steiermark 2020. The first race of the 2020 season is not until Sunday, but Mercedes have already achieved a victory of sorts after the stewards in Austria rejected a protest lodged by rivals Red Bull against their innovative Dual Axis Steering System (DAS). Following two Mercedes-topped practice sessions at the opening round in Spielberg, it was announced Red Bull were protesting the legality of the system, which Mercedes first debuted in pre-season testing back in February, and which will be banned from 2021 onwards. READ MORE: Hamilton heads another Mercedes 1-2 with Racing...
  • Airport offering flights to nowhere for people who want the illusion of travel [Taipei Songshan Airport, Taiwan]

    07/03/2020 9:51:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/2020 | Alexandra Deabler
    If your favorite part of taking a trip is going through the airport, then you’re in luck — a Taiwanese airport has created an experience for TSA-starved travelers to check in for a flight, go through security and then board the aircraft … and sit. Taipei Songshan Airport began offering passengers a trip to nowhere in early July, and received about 7,000 interested guests, the New York Post reported. Only 60 were chosen from the pool for the half-day airplane “trips” that will continue in the next couple of weeks. […] Those who took part in the gimmick practiced safe...