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  • Stanford archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at... Deir el-Medina

    11/23/2014 3:17:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Stanford Report ^ | November 17, 2014 | Barbara Wilcox
    In many bodies Austin saw evidence of stress from the hard climb – today it's a thousand stone steps – from Deir el-Medina to the Valley of the Kings and back again. As Austin found, incidence of arthritis in the knees and ankles of the men at Deir el-Medina was significantly higher than for working populations from other Egyptian cemeteries. The bones also revealed clues that corroborate other scholars' findings that severely disabled Egyptians were well cared for. "I found the remains of a man who died at the age of 19 or 20 and was born without a useful...
  • Thousands of ancient artifacts uncovered at awesome Mexican temple

    11/23/2014 2:24:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 5, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Mexican archaeologists exploring one of the country's most spectacular ancient temples have uncovered a stash of thousands of artifacts that are estimated to date back as far as 200 A.D. The Temple of the Feathered Serpent sits on the outskirts of Mexico City. The new Lazgo Hal Tladocan project to explore tunnels beneath it is one of the most important archaeological investigations Mexico has ever seen. Sculptures carved in stone, ornamented with pre-Columbian jewelry and elaborate jade and greenstone were found. Unique objects made of amber and thousands of wooden artifacts were also uncovered, hidden along with remains of animals,...
  • Deer Hunting 2014: A Message from Governor Scott Walker

    11/22/2014 4:41:37 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | This Week | Wisconsin DNR
    A wonderful welcome to the 2014 Deer Hunting Season and information for newbie hunters from Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker and our DNR Secretary, Cathy Stepp. Video at link.
  • UK's First 'Poo Bus' Goes Into Service Between Bristol and Bath

    11/21/2014 3:36:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 21, 2014
    0 November 2014 UK's First 'Poo Bus' Goes Into Service Between Bristol and Bath Bio-Bus The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath. The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce. It is run by tour operator Bath Bus Company and will shuttle people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre. The biomethane gas is...
  • Are There Birds In Canada?

    11/19/2014 1:53:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jimbo Duggins
    Are There Birds In Canada? I did not know this; but then, Canada has always been a mystery. Yahoo Answers to the rescue. posted on April 28, 2012, at 8:10 a.m.
  • A Winter Car Survival Kit Will Keep You Warm in Emergency Situations

    11/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PST · by Kartographer · 92 replies
    American Preppers Network ^ | 2/2/13 | Craig Caudill
    When traveling in cold weather it is wise keep a winter survival kit in your car. The most obvious place to put this valuable kit is in your trunk, so unlike other survival kits, a car survival kit can be larger and more bulkier. The focus of a car survival kit is to help maintain your core body temperature to as close to 98.6 degrees as possible. There are a variety of ways this can be done but here is a list of items that should be in your car during the winter in cold climates. This winter kit will...
  • Stranded on a snowy highway? Here’s what to do (but global warming . . .)

    11/18/2014 7:23:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 7:42 PM EST
    Heavy snow has stranded many motorists on a western New York highway. Some tips on what to do if you find yourself stuck in the snow: Pull off the highway and make yourself visible to rescuers. Turn on hazard lights and tie a bright cloth to your antenna or door handle. Call 911 from your cellphone, if you have one. Be prepared to describe the location, the condition of your companions and the trouble you’re having. Don’t hang up until you know whom you’ve spoken with and what will happen next. Stay in your vehicle.…
  • Airbus files patent for 'flying doughnut' plane design which would see passengers board by escalator

    11/18/2014 6:42:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chris Kitching
    t’s a radical aircraft design that could one day see passengers flying in circles. Airbus has filed a patent application for an unusual concept plane that has been dubbed a ‘flying doughnut’. Instead of queuing on a jet bridge, passengers would board the UFO-like aircraft at ground level via an escalator and an ‘access hatch’, and they would enjoy more space on flights.
  • Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

    11/17/2014 5:58:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2014 5:45 PM EST | Scott Mayerowitz
    U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers? Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order. In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren’t going away either. …
  • Pavlof Volcano

    11/16/2014 10:02:13 AM PST · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 2014 | Hobart King
    Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in North America. In the past 100 years, Pavlof has erupted at least 24 times and may have erupted on several other occasions. The remote location and weather with limited visibility, combined with the fact that there are few local inhabitants, may have allowed some eruptions to go unconfirmed. Today, daily satellite monitoring and real-time data from instruments around the volcano bring a continuous stream of information to scientists. [1] Although there is very little human activity on the land immediately surrounding Pavlof, the sky above is heavily travelled. Each day at...
  • Hallucinogenic Plants May Be Key to Decoding Ancient Southwestern Paintings, Expert Says

    11/16/2014 9:42:34 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    Western Digs ^ | October 17, 2014 | Blake de Pastino
    Dozens of rock art sites in southern New Mexico, recently documented for the first time, are revealing unexpected botanical clues that archaeologists say may help unlock the meaning of the ancient abstract paintings. Over a swath of the Chihuahuan Desert stretching from Carlsbad to Las Cruces, at least 24 rock art panels have been found bearing the same distinctive pictographs: repeated series of triangles painted in combinations of red, yellow, and black. And at each of these sites, archaeologists have noticed similarities not just on the rock, but in the ground. Hallucinogenic plants were found growing beneath the triangle designs,...
  • Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old footprints [Denmark]

    11/15/2014 5:07:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Copenhagen Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Magnus Strøyer Rasmussen
    Archaeologists working on the excavations for the Femern Bælt Tunnel have discovered several well-preserved footprints dating back to the Stone Age. The prints were left by fishermen looking to safeguard their weirs (river barriers used for fishing) in a storm 5,000 years ago, announced Lolland-Falster Museum. "It is quite surreal to have found human footprints," said archaeologist Terje Stafseth in a press release. "We normally find historical clues in the form of human waste, but here we have found an entirely different clue and a first in Danish archaeology: a physical print left behind by a human." Prints belonged to...
  • Mycenean artifacts found in Bodrum [Halicarnassus]

    11/15/2014 4:54:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Hürriyet Daily ^ | Saturday, November 15 2014 | Mugla -- Anadolu Agency
    New artifacts have been found during excavations in Bodrum’s Ortakent and Gümüşlük neighborhoods. The artifacts will shed light on the history of Bodrum Peninsula, according to officials. The Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum Director Emel Özkan said that they had discovered 49 artifacts from the Mycenean era. “The number of Mycenean artifacts increased to 248 with these ones. This made our museum the richest one in terms of Mycenean artifacts among the Turkish museums,” she said. Özkan said that the artifacts, which date back to 3,500 years ago, were very important for Anatolian history, adding, “The amphora and gifts found in...
  • Archaeologists Investigate Underground Pyramidal Structure Beneath Orvieto, Italy

    11/15/2014 4:41:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tue, Nov 11, 2014 | editors
    Calling it the "cavitá" ('hole' or 'hollow' in Italian), or hypogeum, the archaeologists have thus far excavated about 15 meters down. They marked their third year at the site in 2014. By then they had uncovered significant amounts of what they classify as Gray and Black bucchero, commonware, and Red and Black Figure pottery remains. They have dated deposits to the middle to the end of the 6th century BCE. "We know that the site was sealed toward the end of the 5th century BCE," George, et al. continue. "It appears to have been a single event. Of great significance...
  • Who built this Siberian summer palace… and why?

    11/15/2014 4:35:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 12 November 2014 | Derek Lambie
    Outer walls standing 10 metres tall and 12 metres wide formed a rectangular shape... Walls on the inside were smaller, at about one metre-tall, forming the outline of buildings, with a large building in the centre of the site. Some of the walls and panels were covered with lime plaster painted with horizontal red striped... 'The building was most likely of the post-and-beam construction characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty,' wrote head archaeologist Irina Arzhantseva in a report published in The European Archaeologist in 2011. 'Finds of burnt timber fragments point to the use of the typical Chinese...
  • Scientists: Glass dish unearthed in Nara came from Roman Empire

    11/15/2014 4:26:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | November 13, 2014 | Kazuto Tsukamoto
    -A glass dish unearthed from a burial mound here is the first of its kind confirmed to have come to Japan from the Roman Empire, a research team said... The dish and bowl were retrieved together from the No. 126 tumulus of the Niizawa Senzuka cluster of ancient graves, a national historic site. The No. 126 tumulus dates back to the late fifth century... According to the team’s analysis, the chemical composition of the clear dark blue dish is almost identical to glasswork unearthed in the area of the Roman Empire (27 B.C.-A.D. 395). Measuring 14.1 to 14.5 centimeters in...
  • German labor chief: VW must halt anti-union group

    11/14/2014 8:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 3:52 PM EST | Erik Schelzig
    The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee. In a statement issued Friday in Frankfurt, Germany, IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel called on Volkswagen to “show its true colors” in officially recognizing the United Auto Workers union as its bargaining partner at the Chattanooga factory once the union proves it has signed up a majority of workers there. “It is our objective to guarantee also under the politically difficult circumstances in the United States that labor union rights are respected and co-determination in the plant...
  • Roman skeletons found in Worcestershire

    11/13/2014 5:00:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Worcester News ^ | Friday 31 October 2014 | James Connell
    The two incomplete adult skeletons, an adult female and a younger adult male, during building works at Overbury Primary School, near Bredon in February this year. Experts from the Worcestershire County Council Archives and Archaeology Service have now confirmed that remains are from Roman times. The adult female, aged over 50, was found with hobnails, which are associated with rural Roman agricultural burials. The other was an adult male, aged 25 to 30 who had signs of degenerative joints and osteoarthritis. Also found were a selection of Roman pots. Archaeologist Tom Vaughan said: "The remains have been thoroughly examined and...
  • Gov’t tells US drivers to get used to cheap gas

    11/12/2014 10:41:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 13, 2014 12:08 AM EST | Jonathan Fahey
    Those low gas prices on station signs aren’t going away soon, the government says. In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be below $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year. Rising oil production, particularly in the U.S., and weak spots in the global economy have led to a sharp reduction in oil prices over the past...
  • "Amazing" Bronze Age burial in Buckinghamshire contained skeletons of two children...

    11/09/2014 2:53:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Culture24 ^ | November 05, 2014 | Ben Miller
    The skeletons of two pre-pubescent children have been discovered by archaeologists during an “amazing” dig at the back of an antiques shop which has also revealed pottery suggesting their bones could come from a Bronze Age burial. The bodies, whose teeth pinpointed their owners’ ages to between ten and 12, contained 250 bones and fragments. Experts in Marlow say the pit they were found in, which was originally opened up in March 2013, included a burial mound disturbed during the 12th century. “Local historians will know that the earliest recording of the town of Marlow dates from 1015AD, where it...
  • Population boom, droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire

    11/09/2014 1:06:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Phys Spam Org ^ | November 05, 2014 | unattributed
    In the 9th century BC, the Assyrian Empire of northern Iraq relentlessly started to expand into most of the ancient Near East. It reached its height in the early 7th century BC, becoming the largest of its kind in the Near East up to that time. The Assyrian Empire's subsequent quick decline by the end of the 7th century has puzzled scholars ever since. Most ascribe it to civil wars, political unrest, and the destruction of the Assyrian capital, Nineveh, by a coalition of Babylonian and Median forces in 612 BC.... Recently published paleoclimate data show that conditions in the...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Massive Fortifications in Ancient City of King Midas

    11/08/2014 11:06:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | unattributed
    A team of archaeologists have unearthed new evidence of massive, monumental defensive works at the Citadel Mound site of ancient Gordion in Turkey. Excavations have also revealed ancient industrial activity dating back to the 11th century BCE... Brian Rose of the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues have uncovered massive defensive walls, part of a road, and industrial work spaces dated back to some of the earliest periods of the site... "Gordion’s historical significance derives from its very long and complex sequence of occupation, with seven successive settlements spanning a period of nearly 4500 years," says Rose. "What we discovered was...
  • Archeology: Evidence scant for ancient Muslims in America

    11/08/2014 10:50:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Columbus Post-Dispatch ^ | Saturday November 1, 2014 | Bradley Lepper
    Francaviglia does not dispute that Muslims could have beaten Columbus to the New World. They certainly possessed the technological expertise to have done so; but, so far, there is no reliable evidence that they did. There are, however, very good reasons for thinking that they didn't. Arab maps were the best in the world, but none of the existing early maps demonstrates any knowledge of the Americas. Arabs also were prolific writers. Francaviglia thinks it’s virtually impossible that Arab explorers discovered the Americas and made no mention of the fact. Why then is the supposed pre-Columbian Muslim discovery of America...
  • Get the Purrr-fect Snack in These Cat Cafés Around the World [w/pix]

    11/08/2014 10:10:17 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies
    Yahoo! Travel ^ | November 3 | Andrew Villagomez
    The popular global cat café trend has finally clawed its way to the U.S. this fall with the recent opening of a new establishment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cat Town Café, in Oakland, Calif., is a hybrid café and free-roaming cat area, called the Cat Zone, where kitty enthusiasts can play with the felines for hours and even adopt them — which is the main goal of the nonprofit organization running this quirky place. The hybrid concept is a bit different from that of both established locations in Japan — where the trend has been made popular and grown...
  • Traveling Man

    11/07/2014 6:37:50 PM PST · by yetidog · 28 replies
    November 7, 2014 | Vanity
    I like to travel – domestic, international – I don’t care.
  • British Robinson Crusoe builds floating paradise off coast of Mexico out of 150,000 recycled bottles

    11/07/2014 10:33:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jenny Awford
    No man is an island: British DIY Robinson Crusoe builds his own floating paradise off the coast of Mexico out of 150,000 recycled bottles – and finds a former model to share it with He spent the past seven years carefully constructing a floating eco-paradise - complete with a hot tub and Internet connection - out of 150,000 recycled bottles. But Richart Sowa, 61, started to feel the only thing missing from his idyllic life on Joyxee Island near Cancun, Mexico, was someone to share it with. The artist, originally from Middleborough, Yorkshire, met former model Jodi Bowlin, 47, from...
  • New mosaics unearthed in ancient city of Zeugma

    11/06/2014 7:49:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | November 4, 2014 | Anadolu Agency
    Three new mosaics have been unearthed during the Muzalar House excavations in the ancient city of Zeugma in Turkey's southern province of Gaziantep. The uncovered mosaics were displayed at a press conference attended by Gaziantep Mayor Fatma Şahin and the head of the excavations, Professor Kutalmış Görkay... “There are still unexcavated areas. There are rock-carved houses here. We have reached one of these houses and the house includes six spaces. We have also unearthed three new mosaics in this year’s excavations,” he said. Görkay added that with the end of the excavation season, the most important stage had now started....
  • Archaeologists studied 6 thousand years old settlement

    11/06/2014 8:51:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Naukaw Polsce ^ | 2 November 2014 | PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland
    Archaeologists in Browina (Kujawsko-Pomorskie) discovered objects attesting to far-reaching contacts of the first farmers living in the area of todayÂ’s Poland... It turned out that within the settlement of first farmers, people had also lived in the Iron Age - 1st millennium BC. The latest fragments of ceramic vessels come from that period. Researchers focused their efforts on the analysis of the oldest objects. In addition to storage pits, inside which food had been stored, archaeologists discovered numerous fragments of vessels, flint and stone tools and animal bones. These objects belonged to the agricultural communities, known as Linear Pottery culture...
  • Building A Space Base, Part 3: Making Remote Robots Smart

    11/05/2014 9:35:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    In the last of a three-part series on getting a base ready on the moon or an asteroid, Metzger talks about the steps to get robots ready for the work and what barriers are standing in the way of accomplishing this. UT: A table in your 2012 paper talks about the steps of lunar industry, starting with tele-operation and an “insect-like” robotic intelligence and then progressing through a few steps to “closely supervised autonomy” (mouse-like) and eventually “nearly full autonomy” (monkey-like) and “autonomous robotics” (human-like). What sorts of developments and how much time/resources would it take to progress through these...
  • MacKay Trophy For AFSOC Osprey Crews: A Tale Of Bullet Riddled Planes

    11/05/2014 2:26:35 PM PST · by SZonian · 16 replies
    Military.com ^ | Nov. 3, 2014 | Richard Whittle
    Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Shea sensed no danger as he stood with his .50 caliber machine gun ready at the open ramp of his CV-22 Osprey coming in to land on a small, rutted airstrip in Bor, South Sudan. A crowd of up to 10,000 people milled about a United Nations compound 200 feet below, where 30 U.S. citizens were waiting that sunny Sunday morning for the Ospreys to evacuate them from a country slipping into civil war. The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) crews and 21 Navy SEALs on board to protect the operation had been told...
  • Who Cruised the a Blvd in What Car and What Music Playing? 1960's and '70's? (Vanity)

    11/03/2014 11:45:09 PM PST · by A Navy Vet · 71 replies
    11/3/2014 | A Navy Vet
    Hey guys and girls. Who here has cruised a Blvd or Ave while you were a teen? Do you remember what that meant to you and the fun of just looking next to the other car? Who has dragged raced when the light hit green?
  • Let there be light: Sistine Chapel gets LED makeover

    11/03/2014 6:10:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Visitors to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel will now be able to see its world-famous frescos in a new light – 7,000 new LED lights to be exact. ... “This type of LED lighting guarantees a homogeneous lighting, which is very precise and allows us to understand the Sistine Chapel as a whole and each fresco individually, in minute detail,” says the Director of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci. The non-intrusive, energy-saving bulbs have been concealed along the edges of the ledge which runs around the chapel. Positioned to match the frescoes’ pigments, they can be adjusted to different levels. “This...
  • Hippos-Sussita excavation: Silent evidence of the earthquake of 363 CE

    11/03/2014 3:59:15 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 23, 2014 | University of Haifa
    The city of Hippos-Sussita, which was founded in the second century BCE, experienced two strong and well-documented earthquakes. The first was in the year 363 CE and it caused heavy damage. The city, did, however, recover. The great earthquake of 749 CE destroyed the city which was subsequently abandoned completely. Evidence of the extensive damage caused by the earthquake of 363 was found in earlier seasons... [This year, to] the north of the basilica... the dig's senior area supervisor Haim Shkolnik and his team unearthed the remains of several skeletons that had been crushed by the weight of the collapsed...
  • 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered

    11/02/2014 8:37:53 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    LiveScience ^ | October 20, 2014 | Owen Jarus
    A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. Built before writing was invented, the temple is about 60 by 20 meters (197 by 66 feet) in size. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko... Inside the temple, archaeologists found the remains of eight clay platforms, which may have been used as altars, the finds suggested. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of...
  • Ancient Europeans remained intolerant to lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted agriculture

    11/02/2014 8:20:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    University College Dublin ^ | 22 October 2014 | UCD University Relations
    By analysing DNA extracted from the petrous bones of skulls of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified that these peoples remained intolerant to lactose (natural sugar in the milk of mammals) for 5,000 years after they adopted agricultural practices and 4,000 years after the onset of cheese-making among Central European Neolithic farmers. The findings published in the scientific journal Nature Communications (21 Oct) also suggest that major technological transitions in Central Europe between the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age were also associated with major changes in the genetics of these populations. For the study, the international team of scientists examined...
  • Virgin Galactic Crash Probe Focuses on Possible Structural Failure

    11/02/2014 8:18:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2014 9:04 p.m. ET | Andy Pasztor
    Early analysis suggests that a violent structural failure rather than an engine explosion may have caused the crash of Virgin Galactic LLC’s experimental rocket ship Friday, according to safety experts and one person familiar with details of the investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board’s probe of the accident is just beginning and it could change direction, these people said. But based on video footage and preliminary data analysis, they said, investigators are focusing on aerodynamic forces that could have caused the dramatic in-flight rupture of the craft, which killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. Because some engine malfunctions...
  • A Monumental Task [Mount Rushmore]

    11/02/2014 8:06:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Advanced Imaging Magazine ^ | September 2010 | Lee J. Nelson
    An imaging project is designed to help save the iconic Mount Rushmore from the effects of weather, physical erosion and more... I always have been fascinated by the Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Keystone, S.D.); ever since noted New York Times Magazine photographer Sam Falk gave me an image he took of Gutzon Borglum’s sculpture. When Falk presented me with his photograph in the 1960s, little did anyone realize that the effects of erosion—although not yet readily apparent—already had taken hold. Carving of the monument actually began in 1927 and finally was completed in 1941. Although jurisdiction over Mount Rushmore was...
  • Roman gums 'healthier than ours'

    11/02/2014 7:47:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 October 2014 | James Gallagher
    People living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants, a feat of archaeological dentistry shows. A team at King's College London and the Natural History Museum found only 5% of adults had gum disease in the Roman, and certainly pre-toothbrush, era. Modern day smoking and type 2 diabetes are blamed for a figure of nearly one in three today. But ancient Britain was certainly not a golden age of gleaming gnashers. The smiles of our ancestors were littered with infections, abscesses and tooth decay, the study showed... The research group analysed 303 skulls from a burial ground...
  • Giza men arrested after digging up ancient temple under house

    11/02/2014 7:40:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 | Nevine El-Aref
    Seven residents of a Giza district have been arrested after they illegally excavated the area beneath their home and found the remains of an ancient Egyptian temple. The huge limestone blocks, engraved with hieroglyphic texts, date from the reign of the New Kingdom's King Tuthmose III, and were found in the Hod Zeleikha area of Al-Badrasheen district. The find was made two weeks ago, according to Major General Momtaz Fathi, an aide to the interior ministry and a director in the tourism police. A unit from the tourism and antiquities police heard of the illegal excavation work and arrested the...
  • Fossilized maize, rice found in Temanggung

    11/02/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Agus Maryono
    Liyangan archaeological site on the slope of Mount Sindoro in Temanggung regency, Central Java, has again proven its position as home to one of main archeological findings in Indonesia after archeologists from the Yogyakarta Archeology Agency found the fossilized remnants of staple foods, comprising maize and rice, still inside a bamboo basket at the site. The archeologists said the finding indicated that Indonesia had long been part of an international agriculture network because maize was not endemic to Java and at the site they had also found many artifacts from other countries, especially China. Head of the Yogyakarta Archeology Agency,...
  • Rewriting history: 400-year-old battle in County Fermanagh

    11/02/2014 7:16:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 October 2014 | Julian Fowler
    In 1594, soldiers loyal to Queen Elizabeth I, sent to relieve a garrison besieged by Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire in Enniskillen Castle, were ambushed as they crossed the Arney River... and their supplies were thrown into the river. It became known as the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits. According to the history books it took place near Drumane Bridge, close to the modern main road between Enniskillen and Dublin... Local people, like farmer Maurice Owens, thought they knew otherwise from the stories passed down through the generations. "We were always told that the battle took place down here...
  • Thailand’s famous moon parties banned in drug and alcohol crackdown

    11/01/2014 6:57:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | November 01, 2014
    Thailand’s famous moon parties banned in drug and alcohol crackdown This story was published: 1 day ago November 01, 2014 12:00AM THAILAND’s fun police are likely to throw the plans of thousands of Australian backpackers into turmoil after banning three of the four main monthly “moon” parties. Half and Quarter Moon shindigs — along with some supplementary jungle parties — will no longer be staged on the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, near Koh Samui, for ‘drug and alcohol’ reasons. The only beach rave left standing is Koh Phangan’s original Full Moon Party which last month attracted about...
  • China celebrates successful Moon probe

    11/01/2014 5:25:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9:20AM GMT 01 Nov 2014 | Tom Phillips
    The “Xiaofei” or "Little Flyer" lunar orbiter began re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere at 6.13am on Saturday and subsequently landed in Inner Mongolia, state media reported. The probe was launched eight days ago and travelled more than 520,000 miles during its mission around the Moon. The mission to the Moon was “another step forward for China's ambition that could eventually land a Chinese citizen there,” Xinhua, China’s official news agency, said. It was “the world's first mission to the Moon and back for some 40 years”. Saturday’s landing is the latest advance for a space program that China’s leaders see...
  • 'We fell short' Emotional Richard Branson vows space mission WILL go on despite crash

    11/01/2014 3:12:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | November 1, 2014 | Aaron Brown
    ... He said: "We would love to finish what we started some years ago and I think pretty well all our astronauts would love us to finish and would love to go into space. "I think millions of people in the world would one day love the chance to go to space and this is the start of a long programme."
  • Cruise Ship Stuck off Norway, No Damage

    11/01/2014 8:08:06 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    ABC ^ | Nov. 1, 2014 | AP
    A Bahamas-registered cruise liner that ran aground in northern Norway a few months ago did it again on Saturday, in sight of the pier where it was to be moored. The Norwegian rescue services say passengers had been allowed to leave the "Marco Polo" cruise ship, which was carrying more than a thousand people when it ran aground in the Lofoten archipelago early Saturday. Rescues services said they were hoping to pull the 176-meter (580-foot) "Marco Polo" free at high tide late Saturday. Tugboats and a coast guard vessel had tried in vain to free the vessel by pushing it...
  • Worst Places I've Ever Visited - From the Man Who's Been Everywhere

    10/31/2014 7:00:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 100 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2014 | Lee Abbamonte
    Many of us say, "That was the worst place in the world!" But really: How many of us truly have the authority to say that? Lee Abbamonte does. He's the youngest American to visit all 193 member nations of the United Nations, and he's well on his way to visiting all 324 on The Travelers’ Century Club list, which includes territories and unique destinations in addition to nations. (Lee expects to have 321 of the 324 countries checked off by the end of the year).
  • Orion Spacecraft Complete

    10/30/2014 1:14:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Oct 30, 2014 3:15 p.m. ET | PRNewswire
    <p>NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November.</p> <p>"An empty shell of a spacecraft arrived to Kennedy Space Center two years ago, and now we have a fully assembled Orion standing 72 feet tall," said Michael Hawes Lockheed Martin Orion program manager. "We're ready to launch it into space and test every inch."</p>
  • Fiat Chrysler to spin off luxury brand Ferrari

    10/29/2014 7:42:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 29, 2014 4:56 PM EDT | Colleen Barry
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Wednesday it will spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a move to unlock the luxury brand’s value and distinguish it from its mass-market parent. The spinoff aims to raise money to support the newly-merged carmaker’s plans to invest €48 billion ($61 billion) over five years to compete with global giants Toyota and Volkswagen. Shares in Fiat Chrysler soared on the news. “I think we are doing the right thing by giving Ferrari a proper, unique place in the capital markets to be evaluated and valued as a luxury automaker,” Marchionne told an...
  • IDAHO Teen Missing-Please Help!

    10/29/2014 12:52:34 PM PDT · by ClearBlueSky · 44 replies
    Missingcases.com ^ | 10/29/14 | Clear Blue Sky
    All Freepers in Idaho/Oregon/West Coast area. Please help find the daughter of my neighbor. She is missing from Mountain Home, Idaho since September 24th.
  • Small Spacecraft Ejected from Space Station Airlock Will Provide Same-Day, On-Demand Parcel Delivery

    10/27/2014 7:58:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Matt Williams
    The TRV represents a collaborative effort between NASA and CASIS, the non-profit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which was recently endowed with the responsibility of making sure that we make good use of the US laboratory aboard the ISS. Towards this end, they have contracted with Intuitive Machines – a Texas-based private space firm – to create a return vehicle that will enable the on-demand, rapid return of experiments from the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. “I believe with this new ‘on demand’ delivery capability for returning scientific samples to earth we will extend the viability...