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  • The Ancient Peruvian Mystery Solved From Space [Nazca puquios]

    05/03/2016 2:23:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | April 8, 2016 | William Park
    In one of the most arid regions in the world a series of carefully constructed, spiralling holes form lines across the landscape. Known as puquios, their origin has been a puzzle -- one that could only be solved from space. The holes are from the Nasca region of Peru -- an area famous for the Nasca lines, several enormous geometric images carved into the landscape; immaculate archaeological evidence of ceremonial burials; and the rapid decline of this once flourishing society. What adds to the intrigue in the native ancient people of Nasca is how they were able to survive in...
  • Bangkok Racist Tape That Changed Leicester's Fortunes

    05/03/2016 11:14:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    Offending video featured three young players engaging in explicit actsIt was billed as a goodwill trip and a chance to unwind after a heroic relegation escape, instead Leicester City's close-season Thai tour became the turning point in their improbable title charge - all thanks to a racist sex tape. The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with a group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel. Filmed by the players in May 2016, the footage of the sniggering men soon ended up in the British tabloid...
  • First-class cabin fuels 'air rage' among passengers flying coach, study says

    05/03/2016 8:09:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    L A Slimes ^ | Deborah Netburn
    If you've felt your blood pressure rise after seeing passengers being served champagne on the tarmac while you're fighting for overhead space in coach, you are not alone. A new study finds that class division in the skies can have a real and occasionally dangerous effect on passengers in both sections of a plane. And when economy-class passengers are forced to pass through the luxurious first-class area on their way to the cramped economy seats, the rate of air rage incidents is more than seven times higher than if there were no first-class seats at all. Researchers report that the...
  • Better education can decrease wealth inequality

    05/03/2016 7:37:12 AM PDT · by fella · 6 replies
    Peru this Week ^ | 2 May 2016 | Brad Brasseur
    . . . The world’s failure to effectively fight poverty can be significantly attributed to corruption, as most heads of state are more concerned with pleasing their wealthy financiers and retaining power. In addition, global thought leaders use inequality as a quest for global fame and padding their bank accounts. Sadly, the majority of influential global leaders lack sincere passion for the poor and compete for awards or reelection, instead of working together to find legitimate solutions, such as enhancing global education. . . . when implementing new education programs, we must avoid a common mistake made in past poverty...
  • Diner shoots his friend dead at Turkish restaurant because he’d paid for his food

    05/03/2016 2:09:48 AM PDT · by dennisw · 40 replies
    UK DAILIY MAIL ^ | 27 April 2016 | Sara Malm
    Group of friends had enjoyed early morning meal in Istanbul restaurant Ä°dris AlakuÅŸ intended to pay and became angry when Hasan Erdemir did AlakuÅŸ stormed out before returning with a gun, shooting Erdemir dead This is the moment when a Turkish man shot his friend dead after the latter had paid their restaurant bill in Istanbul. Ä°dris AlakuÅŸ shot and killed Hasan Erdemir after an alleged argument over who was to pay for their soup in the capital's Bakirkoy district in the early hours of Sunday. CCTV shows Mr Erdemir paying for the bill, before Mr AlakuÅŸ appears in the...
  • Dogs Get Bathroom Of Their Own At JFK

    05/02/2016 11:33:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 30, 2016
    Dogs and other animals now have a bathroom of their own at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. A new pet relief facility has opened in JFK’s Terminal 4, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported. It allows service and guide dogs, emotional support animals and pets traveling with their owners to go to the bathroom without having to exit the terminal and go through security again. The tiny room is marked with a paw print on the door. It’s outfitted with a red fire hydrant and a patch of artificial turf, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. A federal regulation says all...
  • Cruise passengers welcomed by hundreds of Cubans

    05/02/2016 11:18:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Miami Sun Sentinel ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mike Clary
    A boisterous welcome greeted the first American visitors to walk out the Sierra Maestra cruise terminal. Several hundred Cubans gathered in Plaza de San Francisco to witness the historic arrival. "I am here just to see it," said Mayalin Suarez Rubio, 41, a Cuban whose daughter lives in Hialeah. "We say welcome."
  • Short-eared dog spotted in Peru after 30 years

    04/30/2016 2:51:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Peru This Week (in English) ^ | April 29, 2016 | Hillary Ojeda
    Researchers captured images of the short-eared dog in Puno's jungle regions. For the first time in Peru's history, researchers in the jungles of Puno captured images of an animal that they had long thought to be extinct: the short-eared dog. Also known as the small-eared fox, or Atelocynus microtis, the animal was photographed by camera traps in the Bahuaja Sonene National Park in the Puno jungle, Southern Peru, reports El Comercio. The animal's presence had not been detected in the Peruvian Amazon since 1987 and has been on the red list of threatened species of the International Union of Conservation...
  • Half Of Western European Men Descended From One Bronze Age 'King'

    04/30/2016 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 81 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | April 25, 2016 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age 'king' who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown. The monarch, who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent... It is likely his power stemmed from advances in technology such as metal working and wheeled transport which enabled organised warfare for the first time. Although it is not known who he was, or where he lived, scientists say he must have existed because of genetic variation in...
  • Mom Cries On Dock As Cruise Ship Leaves With Her Kids Still On Board

    04/28/2016 3:15:03 AM PDT · by raybbr · 50 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/27/2016 | N/A
    A desperate mom was filmed as she dropped to her knees when a cruise ship left her and her husband behind while their three children were on board. The incident, which occurred on April 21, was caught on camera by passengers on board the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship in the Bahamas. The 4,000-passenger ship was dockside preparing to depart for New York when the woman’s husband noticed she was missing. He was driven away in a buggy to look for her, leaving their three children on board. Minutes later, the ship’s horn blew as it sailed off. The couple tried...
  • Germany to subsidize electric cars to help own auto industry

    04/27/2016 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 27, 2016 5:40 AM EDT
    Germany plans to subsidize electric cars in a bid to help the country’s auto industry compete in the global market for the growingly-popular and environmentally friendly vehicles. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble says starting May buyers will get €4,000 ($4,514.80) to buy an all-electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrids will receive a subsidy of up to €3,000. The cost will be shared equally by the government and industry. …
  • Modern DNA Reveals Ancient Male Population Explosions Linked To Migration And Technology

    04/26/2016 11:36:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | April 25, 2016 | Mark Thomson, Sanger Institute
    The largest ever study of global genetic variation in the human Y chromosome has uncovered the hidden history of men. Research published today (25 April) in Nature Genetics reveals explosions in male population numbers in five continents, occurring at times between 55 thousand and four thousand years ago... analysed sequence differences between the Y chromosomes of more than 1200 men from 26 populations around the world using data generated by the 1000 Genomes Project... involved 42 scientists from four continents... Analysing the Y chromosomes of modern men can tell us about the lives of our ancestors. The Y chromosome is...
  • High Alpine Dairying May Have Begun Over 3000 Years Ago

    04/26/2016 11:30:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | April 22, 2016 | Beth Jones, PLOS.org
    Dairy fats on Iron Age pottery sherds, evidence of pre-historic origin for dairying. The discovery of dairy fats on ancient pottery may indicate dairying high in the Alps occurred as early as the Iron Age over 3000 years ago, according to a study published April 21, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Francesco Carrer from the University of York, UK, and colleagues. Dairy farming has long been an important economic and cultural tradition in the European high Alps, but little is known about when and how the practice originated. Using organic residue analysis, the authors of the present...
  • FBI: Man urinated on floor of San Francisco-Charlotte American Airlines flight

    04/26/2016 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    About an hour into a red-eye American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Charlotte on Saturday, a passenger pulled his pants down, arched his back, and urinated on the floor of the airplane, according to an affidavit filed by the FBI Sunday. Jordan Gardner, of Ludlow, Ky., was met by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police after the plane landed at 7:45 a.m. Sunday. He is being detained at Mecklenburg County Jail pending a hearing Thursday. He faces a criminal complaint of destruction of aircraft, according to court documents. The passenger sitting next to Gardner summoned a flight attendant, who saw Gardner pulling up...
  • Fiat Chrysler to increase North American factory workers

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2016 9:41 AM EDT | Colleen Barry and Tom Krisher
    The number of Fiat Chrysler factory workers in North America will increase as the company reduces production of passenger cars and shifts toward trucks and SUVs, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday. […] He (Sergio Marchionne) said new Ram pickup truck will come out at the beginning of 2018. It will be built at two U.S. factories in suburban Detroit, so it won’t cost the company any production of the current model. A factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, that now makes the Chrysler 200 sedan will be retooled to make pickups, he said. The company also plans to build a...
  • Hottest Supercars From the Geneva Motor Show

    04/25/2016 6:10:36 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | 25 Apr, 2016
    A host of new supercars were unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Here’s a look at the eight most innovative and performance-packed automobiles on display there. —Relaxnews Bugatti Chiron The new supercar comes loaded with a 1,500-horsepower W16 engine for 0-62 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 261 mph. It’s expected to sell for around $2.6 million. McLaren 570GT This supercar has a 570-horsepower V8 biturbo engine and manages 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds for a top speed of 204 mph. The McLaren 570GT is already available to order for around $217,000.
  • Ara Pacis Illuminated: 3D models shed light on shadowy theory [update]

    04/25/2016 9:54:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Using NASA data and 3D modeling, Indiana University Bloomington professor Bernard Frischer and his research team have dispelled a long-held theory regarding the relationship between two famous monuments in ancient Rome. The Ara Pacis Augustae, or Altar of Augustan Peace, was built in 9 B.C.E. in ancient Rome's Campus Martius. The marble altar stood as a propagandistic celebration of the peace and prosperity ushered into the new empire by Rome's first emperor, Augustus. Near the Ara Pacis sat a 71-foot-high granite obelisk brought from Egypt by Augustus, which served as the gnomon, or pointer, of a meridian line. Following a...
  • 1,000 year old Hindu 'Shiva linga' unearthed

    04/24/2016 4:54:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Bangkok Post (and the jokes keep writing themselves) ^ | Friday, April 15, 2016 | Nutjaree Rakrun (seriously?)
    An ancient Hindu phallic symbol believed to be more than 1,000 years old has been found at a local temple in Tha Sala district. Anat Bamrungwong, director of 14th Regional Office of the Fine Arts Department in Nakhon Sithammarat, said Thursday the shiva linga or Hindu phallic symbol is believed to be about 1,300-1,400 years old. Hinduism thrived in Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat around the 10th-12th centuries, Mr Anat said... The shiva linga has a base which is about 47cm wide and 1 metre long. Its base has flowers carved in relief which in the Tawaravadee style, Mr...
  • Solar Impulse 2 Lands in California After Pacific Flight

    04/24/2016 12:44:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun April 24, 2016 | David Molko and Euan McKirdy
    An experimental plane flying around the world without a single drop of fuel landed in California after a two-and-a-half day flight across the Pacific. Piloted by Swiss explorer and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Mountain View just before midnight (3 a.m. ET). Images of the elegant solar aircraft, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but only weighs about as much as an SUV, flying over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay mark a significant achievement. The team has seen the project beset with problems and setbacks during its pioneering airborne circumnavigation. "I'm...
  • Diving With Hammerhead Sharks in Bimini Is Unforgettable

    04/24/2016 12:33:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | George Diaz
    Our dive boat, maybe 14 feet long, bounces off the shallow waters in Bimini. The waves provide a melodic cadence, a soundtrack of patience and perseverance, as we wait more than an hour for our divemates to arrive: Great hammerhead sharks. As the waves go splish-splash, the only clear and present danger is upchucking the pancakes, orange juice and coffee I had for breakfast. The sea already has taken one of five divers on the boat. He sits silently, waiting out his misery. We sit quietly as well, waiting for our signal to tumble backward into the clear waters to...
  • Solar Plane Travelling on Around-the-World Journey to Land in Bay Area

    04/23/2016 7:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California's Silicon Valley will help link the daring project to the pioneering spirit of the area. Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hopes to fly over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Mountain View on Saturday night. "Can you imagine crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a solar-powered plane just like ships did in past centuries? But the plane doesn't make noise and doesn't pollute,'' Piccard said a live video feed on the website documenting the journey. It's...
  • Prehistoric Hand Stencils In Spanish Caves Not Randomly Placed, Say Researchers

    04/23/2016 11:54:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Sunday, April 17, 2016 | editors
    Prehistoric cave occupants paid attention to cave wall morphology and touch when creating hand stencils. Human occupants of two caves in Northern Spain put some thought into where they placed their hand stencils on cave walls as much as 37,000 years ago, during Palaeolithic times. The topography and physical characteristics of the walls in the low light conditions of the caves seem to have mattered to them, suggest a team of researchers... What they found was a pattern that indicated selection or attention to certain types of natural cave wall features for placement of the stencils. "In total 80% of...
  • ‘Be cheerful, live your life:’ Ancient mosaic ‘meme’ found in Turkey’s south

    04/23/2016 2:02:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | April 20, 2016 | Anadolu Agency
    Demet Kara, an archaeologist from the Hatay Archaeology Museum, said the mosaic, which was called the “skeleton mosaic,” belonged to the dining room of a house from the 3rd century B.C., as new findings have been unearthed in the ancient city of Antiocheia. “There are three scenes on glass mosaics made of black tiles. Two things are very important among the elite class in the Roman period in terms of social activities: The first is the bath and the second is dinner. In the first scene, a black person throws fire. That symbolizes the bath. In the middle scene, there...
  • Solar Plane Successfully Departs From Hawaii With No Fuel

    04/22/2016 1:15:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/21 | Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones
    The plane was on course to land in Mountain View, California, in about three days Two pilots are slowly carving their way into a new future of solar-powered flight as one embarks on the latest leg of their around-the-world journey in a plane powered only by the sun. After some uncertainty about winds, the Solar Impulse team took off from Hawaii on Thursday, and hours later it was still ascending over the Pacific attempting to reach a high altitude before night sets in. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 was on course to land in Mountain View, California, in about...
  • Egyptian Amulet Bearing Name of Pharaoh Found in Soil from Temple Mount

    04/21/2016 1:29:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | April 19th, 2016 | JNi.Media
    The amulet was discovered by Neshama Spielman, a twelve year-old girl from Jerusalem who came with her family to participate in the Temple Mount Sifting Project. “While I was sifting, I came across a piece of pottery that was different from others I had seen, and I immediately thought that maybe I had found something special,” said Spielman. “It’s amazing to find something thousands of years old from ancient Egypt all the way here in Jerusalem! Celebrating Passover this year is going to be extra meaningful to me.” The Passover festival, commemorating the Biblical account of the ancient Israelites Exodus...
  • Under English Garden, 'Unparalleled' Remains of Roman Villa

    04/20/2016 10:39:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 17, 2016 | Steven Erlanger
    The geraniums grew in an oblong stone vessel, and no one ever thought much about it. But when Luke Irwin, a rug designer in the county of Wiltshire, England, hired workmen to lay electric cables under his yard, so that his son could have light in a barn when the family played table tennis, they uncovered an intricate mosaic floor of red, blue and white tiles only 18 inches down. Mr. Irwin called the local council, which sent archaeologists who discovered the remains of a lavish Roman villa under his extensive yard, and told him that the flowers were growing...
  • Plane forced to change course in mid-flight diversion after copilot ‘breaks leg’

    04/20/2016 7:59:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 19th April 2016
    The flight out of London was diverted somewhere over the US, according to AirLive.net It seems the United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was en-route to San Francisco, but had to stop at New York's Newark Airport. At present the cause of the copilot’s injury remains unknown and reports give conflicting accounts as to what happened. It comes just days after a plane carrying 132 passengers and five crew members was walloped by a drone at Heathrow Airport. While on Saturday passenger’s seats were left caked in blood after extreme turbulence rocked a Thai Airways flight. And the nose of another...
  • Kartchner voted nation's ‘best cave’ in USA Today

    04/20/2016 7:22:23 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    BENSON — Kartchner Caverns State Park has been voted the best cave in the nation as part of the 2016 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Twenty of the country’s top caves were nominated for the distinction. According to a USA Today press release, “Kartchner Caverns’ supporters quickly rallied to take the number one spot, holding there for the majority of the contest,” with voting lasting several weeks. Along with Kartchner Caverns, the Readers’ Choice top five caves include: Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn., with a passage sculptured from an underground spring one mile beneath the earth’s surface; Fantastic...
  • Groom Crashes Ferrari on Wedding Day

    04/19/2016 2:10:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Accidently steps on the acceleratorA British groom crashed a rented Ferrari into his friend’s home in Lancashire on his wedding day. Riding with his bride, the man crashed the $342,000 Ferrari 458 Spider after his foot slipped onto the accelerator, reported The Daily Mail. He now faces an insurance cost of $28,000. Neither of them were hurt in the incident, however.
  • FedEx employee falls asleep, is shipped with packages to Texas

    04/18/2016 3:09:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Fox4kc ^ | 04/18/2016 | Stephen Ganey
    <p>LUBBOCK, Texas — There are probably more than a few of us out there who have nodded off at work. For one sleepy FedEx employee, a seemingly harmless nap landed him in a bit of a bind when he woke up several states over.</p>
  • Moss Frozen for 1500 Years. . . It’s Alive!

    04/18/2016 10:08:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Mysterious Universe ^ | March 19, 2014 | Paul Seaburn
    We’ve all found wrapped-but-unlabeled steaks that have been buried in a deep, dark crevice of a freezer for an unknown number of years and have attempted to revive them to a state where they can be grilled and served with copious amounts of steak sauce. Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Reading would scoff at this trivial effort. They dug into the Antarctic permafrost and extracted frozen moss that they determined, using carbon dating, to have been frozen for over 1500 years. The icy moss was placed in an incubator, given an ideal environment and, within...
  • Chauvet Cave: The Most Accurate Timeline Yet Of Who Used The Cave And When

    04/18/2016 8:22:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Science Now ^ | Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Deborah Netburn
    The cave, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site two years ago, was discovered in the south of France in 1994... Now, scientists have assembled more than 250 radiocarbon dates made from rock art samples, animal bones and the remains of charcoal used by humans... The newly synthesized data suggest the first period of human occupation lasted from 37,000 to 33,500 years ago. The second prehistoric occupation began 31,000 to 28,000 years ago and lasted for 2,000 to 3,000 years, the researchers wrote... The two groups, separated by millenniums, had no connection with each other, they said. The first round of...
  • OU anthropologists reconstruct mitogenomes from prehistoric dental calculus

    04/17/2016 2:17:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | March 28, 2016 | U of Oklahoma
    ...In recent years, dental calculus has emerged as an unexpected, but valuable, long-term reservoir of ancient DNA from dietary and microbial sources... Very little dental calculus was required for analysis--fewer than 25 milligrams per individual. This makes it possible to obtain high quality genetic ancestry information from very little starting material, an important consideration for archaeological remains... Although dental calculus preserves alongside skeletal remains, it is not actually a human tissue. Dental calculus, also known as tartar, is a calcified form of dental plaque that acquires human DNA and proteins passively, primarily through the saliva and other host secretions. Once...
  • Passenger dies on QANTAS Airways flight to Dubai

    04/15/2016 1:35:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 37 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 4/10/2016
    Qantas Airways has had more than its share of problems over the past couple of weeks. It has been confirmed that an unidentified passenger died on a Qantas Airways flight bound for Dubai on Saturday. The airline states that the apparent cause of death was a heart attack. Flight QF9 originated from Melbourne on Friday but was diverted to Muscat, Oman, to address the medical crisis. They were, unfortunately, unable to land in time. According to Yahoo News, the airline says that their crew did everything that they could to assist the gentleman. “Our crew did everything they could, including...
  • Employees at Kentucky's new Noah's Ark attraction must be Christian and 'profess Christ as [tr]

    04/15/2016 6:10:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    AP ^ | April 15, 2016 | Staff
    Want to serve food or operate rides at Kentucky's new Noah's Ark attraction? Then you must first pledge your Christianity. The theme park will be searching for 300 to 400 workers to fill food service, ticketing and other theme park-related positions at the 510-foot long Ark Encounter before it opens in July. Ken Ham, founder of the ministry Answers in Genesis, says employees will be required to sign a statement saying they're Christian and 'profess Christ as their savior'.
  • Buddhist monk kept Korean woman as slave in Queens NY for 12 years

    04/14/2016 11:21:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies
    nypost.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | By Selim Algar
    Maybe now she can regain her Zen. A modern day slave who sued a Buddhist monk and his family for forcing her to work for more than a decade without pay has won $933,345 in back pay and damages, The Post has learned. After finally escaping the nightmare in 2011, Oak Jin Oh, a Korean national, sued Queens holy man Soo Bok Choi, claiming she was forced to relentlessly cook, clean, and sleep on a cement floor under threat of violence. Oh said Choi hired her through a South Korean employment agency and that she was promised about $1,000 a...
  • The Real Reason for the Tragedy of the Titanic (Government Regulation)

    04/14/2016 10:15:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 12, 2012 | Chris Berg
    In the 1958 Titanic film "A Night to Remember," Captain Smith is consulting with the shipbuilder Thomas Andrews. After the two realize that the Titanic will sink and that there are not enough lifeboats for even half those aboard, Smith quietly says "I don't think the Board of Trade regulations visualized this situation, do you?" In the run-up to the 100th anniversary of this tragedy this weekend, there's been a lot of commentary about who and what were to blame. Left unsaid is that the Titanic's lifeboat capacity is probably the most iconic regulatory failure of the 20th century. The...
  • Welcome to cat island! Felines outnumber humans by six to one on Japanese island after [tr

    04/13/2016 6:00:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2016 | Harvey Day
    WITH no shops, cars, restaurants or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is not the ideal hotspot for tourists. But cat lovers are not complaining. Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen 'cat islands' around Japan - small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people.
  • Nepali textile find suggests Silk Road extended further south than previously thought

    04/12/2016 12:47:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2016 | University of Cambridge
    The first results of textile and dye analyses of cloth dated between 400-650 AD and recovered from Samdzong 5, in Upper Mustang, Nepal have today been released by Dr Margarita Gleba of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. Identification of degummed silk fibres and munjeet and Indian lac dyes in the textile finds suggests that imported materials from China and India were used in combination with those locally produced. Says Gleba: "There is no evidence for local silk production suggesting that Samdzong was inserted into the long-distance trade network of the Silk Road." "The data reinforce the...
  • New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists

    04/11/2016 5:41:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 11, 2016 | Isabel Kershner
    Based on a statistical analysis of the results, and taking into account the content of the texts that were chosen for the sample, the researchers concluded that at least six different hands had written the 18 missives at around the same time. Even soldiers in the lower ranks of the Judahite army, it appears, could read and write... The study was based on a trove of about 100 letters inscribed in ink on pieces of pottery, known as ostracons, that were unearthed near the Dead Sea in an excavation of the Arad fort decades ago and dated from about 600...
  • Researchers link climate changes, Pueblo social disruption

    04/11/2016 5:29:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Washington State University ^ | April 1, 2016 | Eric Sorensen 9posted by Cynthia King)
    Washington State University scientists... say the region saw three other cultural transitions over the preceding five centuries. The researchers also document recurring narratives in which the Pueblo people agreed on canons of ritual, behavior and belief that quickly dissolved as climate change hurt crops and precipitated social turmoil and violence... Bocinsky, WSU Regents Professor Tim Kohler and colleagues analyzed data from just over 1,000 southwest archaeological sites and nearly 30,000 tree-ring dates that served as indicators of rainfall, heat and time. Their data-intensive approach, facilitated by climate reconstructions run at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of...
  • South America's prehistoric people spread like 'invasive species'

    04/11/2016 8:23:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | Will Dunham (ed by Sandra Maler)
    When the first prehistoric people trekked into South America toward the end of the Ice Age, they found a wondrous, lush continent inhabited by all manner of strange creatures like giant ground sloths and car-sized armadillos. But these hunter-gatherers proceeded to behave like an "invasive species," with their population surging then crashing as they relentlessly depleted natural resources. Only much later did people muster exponential population growth after forming fixed settlements with domesticated crops and animals... The researchers identified two distinct colonization phases: the first unfolding about 14,000 to 5,500 years ago, with the human population hitting around 300,000; the...
  • US Navy rescues men from deserted Pacific island after spotting 'help' on beach

    04/10/2016 8:43:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    Abc.net.au ^ | April 10, 2016
    A United States aircrew helped rescue three stranded men from a deserted Pacific island after the sailors used palm fronds to spell the word "help" and waved their lifejackets at rescuers. A Navy P-8 aircrew based out of Japan and vessels had been searching for the men, reported missing after failing to arrive in their 19-foot craft at the island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to catch an early morning flight on Monday. Bulk carriers Brilliant Jupiter and Ten Yu Maru were also engaged, conducting 17 hours of search across nearly 300 square kilometres of ocean....
  • 90-Year-Old Woman Chooses Epic Road Trip With Family Over Cancer Treatment

    04/08/2016 6:58:09 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 26 replies
    Twisted Sifter ^ | February 29, 2016
    In July of 2015, 90-year-old Norma’s husband, Leo, passed away; they had been together for 67 years. During that same period, Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer and given her treatment options. She told her doc: “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.” Read More Here
  • How Ancient Rome's 1% Hijacked the Beach

    04/08/2016 2:06:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Hakai Magazine ^ | April 5, 2016 | Heather Pringle
    About 400 years ago, a throng of dusty workmen laid down their shovels and huddled around an ancient painted wall -- a fresco, technically -- unearthed in a tunnel near Italy's Bay of Naples. The men were at work on a massive construction project, burrowing through a hill to build a canal for a local armament factory and mill. No one expected to find fine art. But as the workmen dug deeper into the hill, they encountered wonder upon wonder -- house walls painted blood red and sunflower yellow, fragments of carved inscriptions, pieces of Roman statues. The architect supervising...
  • 2000-year-old temple found underwater off Indian coast

    04/08/2016 1:59:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 2, 2016 | Sravanth Verma
    The ruins are located close to the popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mamallapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Just before the devastating 2004 Asian Tsunami hit, the ocean receded several hundred feet, and tourists reported glimpsing large stones and boulders in the distance. A 10-member team from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) surveyed the area from March 10 to 18, and have found the ruins of one of six ancient temples that are thought to have been swallowed up by the ocean as sea levels rose. The team, comprising of divers, geologists and...
  • Easy as Alep, Bet, Gimel? Cambridge research explores social context of ancient writing

    04/08/2016 1:50:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 5, 2016 | University of Cambridge
    The project, called Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS)... is led by Dr Philippa Steele of the University's Faculty of Classics... For instance, today the notion of "alphabetical order" is used to arrange everything from dictionaries to telephone books, but why is the alphabet organised the way it is? Alphabetical order as we would recognise it first appeared over three thousand years ago in Ugaritic, written in a cuneiform script made of wedge-shaped signs impressed on clay tablets. The Ugaritic alphabet was in use in the ancient city of Ugarit, uncovered at Ras Shamra in modern Syria....
  • The Abba Cave, Crucifixion Nails, and the Last Hasmonean King

    04/08/2016 1:34:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    James Tabor 'blog ^ | April 3, 2016 | James Tabor
    Few have heard anything about the "Abba Cave," discovered in 1971 in the north Jerusalem suburb of Givat Hamivtar-not far from the tomb of "Yehohanan," the famous "crucified man," discovered in 1968-about which much has been written. The Abba cave held the remains of another "crucified man," with three nails-not just a single one in the heel bone-that clearly pinned the hands (not the wrists, as some have argued) in hook-like fashion to a cross beam. It was assumed back in the 1970s that these bones were buried and no longer available for analysis-but it turns out this is not...
  • Star of David found engraved into an ancient Temple arouses bustle in Egypt

    04/08/2016 7:11:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 3, 2016 | Maayan Groisman
    Egypt has recently been witnessing a great commotion following the archeological discovery of two Star of David engravings in an ancient Temple in the southern city of Aswan. The Roman Temple, which dates back to the 3rd century B.C, is located in the Elephantine Island in Aswan. Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities branch in the Antiquities Ministry, said that he noticed a stone with two Star of David engravings in the Roman temple. Afifi accused the delegation of German archaeologists that has been working on the site's reconstruction of engraving the Stars of David into the...
  • New York City will set rules to regulate costume characters and topless women at Times Square

    04/07/2016 7:31:24 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    NY Dailynews ^ | 7 Apr 2016 | ERIN DURKIN
    The plan arose out of complaints that overly aggressive topless women...