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  • ‘Switch to that unicorn power’: Obama to announce major escalation of ‘war on energy’

    08/02/2015 10:01:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies ^ | 08/02/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Hope you like increasing prices, everyone! #ForTheMiddleClass … It’s not like Americans weren’t warned. All in the name of fighting “climate change,” of course. Has that ever really been a barrier for this administration?
  • Scientists name the deepest cave-dwelling centipede after Hades—the Greek god of the underworld

    06/30/2015 1:48:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2015 | Provided by Pensoft Publishers
    The newly discovered Hades centipede. Credit: J. Bedek An international team of scientists has discovered the deepest underground dwelling centipede. The animal was found by members of the Croatian Biospeleological Society in three caves in Velebit Mts, Croatia. Recorded as deep as -1100 m the new species was named Geophilus hadesi, after Hades, the God of the Underworld in the Greek Mythology. The research was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Lurking in the dark vaults of some of the world's deepest caves, the Hades centipede has also had its name picked to pair another underground-dwelling relative named after...
  • US Senate panel votes for congressional review of Iran deal

    04/14/2015 8:14:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    i24 News ^ | 4-15-2015 | AFP
    Senator Marco Rubio, who announced Monday he is running for president in 2016, withdrew his amendment that would have required Iran to recognize Israel's right to exist. Some lawmakers warned extraneous elements could upend the bill, and Rubio acknowledged the importance of a securing congressional review of the Iran agreement. Washington's powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC voiced approval of the measure, saying: "Congress should review any agreement to ensure it meets US objectives, and object if it fails to do so." A final deal, the group said, "must be subjected to the constitutional system of checks and balances that is the...
  • Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader, warns against taking victory laps

    03/05/2015 5:46:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | March 5, 2015 | Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden
    Politics and Policy Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader But minority leader warns fellow Democrats against taking victory laps after homeland security win By Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats think they have had a good couple of weeks, including a win in a battle over immigration and homeland security funding, but their leader is warning members of his caucus against taking any victory laps. “We cannot be gloating,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said he told his caucus at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. “We have a lot of things we have to...
  • Should We Buy Speaker Boehner Some Balls?

    12/05/2014 2:23:39 PM PST · by xzins · 84 replies
    CHQ ^ | 12/5/2014 | George Rasley
    Our friend Erick Erickson of Red State set off an amusing avalanche of double entendre in conservative cyberspace by posting an article in which he ridiculed Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner by saying, “I guess Barack Obama took John Boehner’s balls because Boehner is playing with the President’s balls instead of his own,” and then offering a link through which readers could send Boehner some “Blue Bullet balls” from Amazon. After the 13-year-old part of our brain got done laughing at Erickson’s locker room humor, we got to thinking more seriously about the problem of Speaker Boehner’s apparent...
  • Bones found in the Unterberg

    11/16/2014 6:25:30 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies ^ | 15 November 2014 | Sarah Cannings
    "I think this is now no chamois" Students see the Unterberg decades-old skeletal remains of a man. He could have been one of the first skiers. Investigators have even been possible clues to the identity of the dead. By Sarah Cannings Actually, the trip would have in the Unterberg just an exercise should be for students in Tübingen Cave AG, guided by the Salzburg cavers Georg Zagler. "I have them before that said that some people go missing in the lower mountain, and that you can always find bones of animals, so that they are not intended to scare," says...
  • House Delays Recess Until Border Bill Is Passed (Call/Email Your Rep to Oppose Boehner Bill)

    07/31/2014 2:29:35 PM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Jul 2014 04:53 PM | Thompson/Reuters
    The U.S. House of Representatives will delay the start of a five-week recess in order to try to pass a funding bill dealing with an immigration crisis on the southwestern border, Republican lawmakers said on Thursday. The decision comes shortly after House Republicans revolted against their own party's $659 million spending bill, causing House Speaker John Boehner to cancel Thursday's scheduled vote on the measure. Republican lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting telling reporters of the decision and the goal of passing a bill on Friday. It was not yet clear if that bill would be identical to the one...
  • 300,000-year-old hearth found: Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time

    01/28/2014 3:05:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Weizmann Institute of Science
    Summary: When did humans really begin to control fire and use it for their daily needs? Scientists discovered in the Qesem Cave, an archaeological site near present-day Rosh Ha'ayin, the earliest evidence -- dating to around 300,000 years ago -- of unequivocal repeated fire building over a continuous period. These findings help answer the question and hint that those prehistoric humans already had a highly advanced social structure and intellectual capacity.
  • Sumatra coastal cave records stunning tsunami history

    12/11/2013 8:05:53 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 35 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 11 December 2013 | Jonathan Amos
    A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. The limestone opening, close to Banda Aceh, retains the sandy deposits washed ashore by huge, earthquake-induced waves over thousands of years. Scientists are using the site to help determine the frequency of catastrophes like the event of 26 December 2004.
  • Shameless promotion (but not for me) For John Boehner's Primary Opponent-Vanity!

    10/16/2013 10:03:14 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 21 replies
    N/A ^ | 10/16/13 | JSDude1
    This is just a plug for John Boehner's more organized primary opponent: anyone that feel up to it should send Mr. "Speaker" a message!
  • Get Out Your Checkbook NOW

    10/11/2013 3:44:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies
    The Red State ^ | October 11th, 2013 at 05:36 PM | Erick Erickson
    Republican leaders in Washington, DC are signaling they will cave on the fight against Obamacare.Heck, they are signaling they are caving on everything.Isn’t it interesting that when Ted Cruz and Jim DeMint were touring America to fight against Obamacare, the popularity of the GOP was going up and the popularity of Obamacare was going down.But now that John Boehner and the Orange Man Group of Capitol Hill are the faces of the GOP, Obamacare’s popularity is going back up and the GOP’s popularity is going back down.GOP Leaders, by caving, are signaling they want us to primary them.I am happy...
  • Tea Party Lawmaker Says Debt Deal Worth Yielding on Obamacare (Dennis Ross, FL-15)

    10/05/2013 4:49:59 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies ^ | October 5, 2013 | Michael C. Bender
    U.S. Representative Dennis Ross, a Florida Republican, said he would support a broad spending deal that didn’t include changes to the health-care law, becoming the first Tea Party-backed House lawmaker to publicly back off the fight that has shut down the government for five days. Ross, ranked among the House’s most conservative members by both the Club for Growth and the American Conservative Union, said he shifted his position because the shutdown hasn’t resulted in changes to the Affordable Care Act, which started Oct. 1, the same day government funding ran out. The shutdown also could hurt the party, he...
  • Report: Boehner told group of House Republicans he’ll violate the Hastert Rule to raise the debt....

    10/03/2013 7:37:23 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10-03-13 | Allahpundit
    The lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Boehner had said he would be willing to violate the so-called Hastert Rule if necessary to pass a debt limit increase. The informal rule refers to a policy of not bringing to the floor any measure that does not have a majority of Republican votes. Other Republicans also said Thursday that they got the sense that Mr. Boehner would do whatever was necessary to ensure that the country did not default on its debt.
  • Report: Boehner told group of House Republicans he’ll violate the Hastert Rule

    10/03/2013 6:01:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10-3-2013 | Allahpundit
    Big news — unless, of course, it’s disinformation, which I doubt. With attention shifting to potential consequences of not increasing the debt limit, one House Republican said Thursday that Speaker John A. Boehner had told colleagues in a meeting that he was determined to prevent a federal default and was willing to pass a measure through a combination of Republican and Democratic votes. The lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Boehner had said he would be willing to violate the so-called Hastert Rule if necessary to pass a debt limit increase. The informal rule refers to...
  • The cave so huge it has its own weather system...

    10/02/2013 6:40:15 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 60 replies
    Mail Online ^ | , 2 October 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    Adventurers have stumbled across a cave so enormous that it has its own weather system, complete with wispy clouds and lingering fog inside vast caverns. A team of expert cavers and photographers have been exploring the vast cave system in the Chongquing province of China and have taken the first-ever photographs of the natural wonder. They were amazed to discover the entrance to the hidden Er Wang Dong cave system and were stunned when they managed to climb inside to see a space so large that it can contain a cloud.
  • Newt Gingrich: Republicans, don't cave on shutdown

    09/30/2013 3:19:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/30/13 | Newt Gingrich
    (CNN) -- The worst possible outcome for the country from the impasse over the continuing resolution that would prevent a government shutdown would be for House Republicans to cave. This is a pivotal conflict that will define the relationship between Congress and the executive branch for the next three years. The country will be much better off if Congress does not abdicate its constitutional role and if the president cannot ignore that role. When President Barack Obama is willing to negotiate with Russian, Syrian and Iranian leaders but unwilling to negotiate with the U.S. House of Representatives, it is time...
  • Barbarians at the Campus Gates: Why colleges cave to the demands of student activists

    05/21/2013 8:49:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/21/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    An all-too-familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4 to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that deal in fossil fuels. As a speaker was beginning a presentation to show how many millions of dollars such a disinvestment would cost the college, student activists invaded the meeting, seized the microphone, and shouted down a student who rose in the audience to object. Although there were professors and administrators in the room — including the college president — apparently nobody had the guts...
  • Conservatives Have Completed Their Cave On The Debt Ceiling

    01/22/2013 1:59:35 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/22/13 | Grace Wyler
    “The Club for Growth will not oppose tomorrow’s vote on the debt ceiling,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in the statement. “The Club for Growth will, on the other hand, strongly oppose any efforts during the upcoming debate over the continuing resolution and sequester that fail to arrest out-of-control spending and put sensible limits on the growth of government.” That's a major reversal for an organization whose primary mission is to force lawmakers to curb government spending. Until now, Club for Growth has demanded that any vote to increase the debt limit include a balanced budget amendment. The...
  • House Republicans back off from fiscal clash with Obama

    01/18/2013 6:15:59 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/18/13 | Kim Dixon, Rachelle Younglai and David Lawder
    Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also said the Republican approach was reassuring. "If the House can pass a clean debt ceiling increase to avoid default and allow the United States to meet its existing obligations, we will be happy to consider it," he said in a statement.
  • Coulter: Republicans Should Cave on Tax Hikes Because "We Lost the Election"

    12/07/2012 9:05:51 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 73 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter SH: So are you saying that, for PR purposes, that they should give in to Obama on the tax rate? AC: Not exactly, I--Well, yeah, I guess I am. SH: You're saying capitulate to Obama? We don't have a revenue problem, Ann. AC: We lost the election, Sean. Hannity seems genuinely flummoxed by Coulter's capitulatory attitude, but does she have a point? Recent polling has been gruesome for Republicans. Not only does an overall double-digit plurality favor raising taxes on "the rich," support for extending all current tax rates has plummeted by nearly 30 percentage...
  • Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line

    11/11/2012 5:54:34 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 90 replies
    WASHINGTON — On a conference call with House Republicans a day after the party’s electoral battering last week, Speaker John A. Boehner dished out some bitter medicine, and for the first time in the 112th Congress, most members took their dose. Their party lost, badly, Mr. Boehner said, and while Republicans would still control the House and would continue to staunchly oppose tax rate increases as Congress grapples with the impending fiscal battle, they had to avoid the nasty showdowns that marked so much of the last two years. Members on the call, subdued and dark, murmured words of support...
  • Pottery 20,000 years old found in a Chinese cave

    06/28/2012 4:37:18 PM PDT · by Dysart · 17 replies ^ | 6-27-12
    Pottery fragments found in a south China cave have been confirmed to be 20,000 years old, making them the oldest known pottery in the world, archaeologists say. The findings, which will appear in the journal Science on Friday, add to recent efforts that have dated pottery piles in east Asia to more than 15,000 years ago, refuting conventional theories that the invention of pottery correlates to the period about 10,000 years ago when humans moved from being hunter-gathers to farmers. The research by a team of Chinese and American scientists also pushes the emergence of pottery back to the last...
  • Spain claims top spot for world’s oldest cave art (Is it a Neanderthal "painting?")

    06/15/2012 8:06:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Nature ^ | 6/14/12 | Ewen Callaway
    Archaeologists say red disk that is more than 40,000 years old could have been painted by Neanderthals. [Snip... Photos at link] It’s no Mona Lisa, but a smudged red disk in northern Spain has been crowned the world’s earliest cave painting. Dated to more than 40,800 years ago, the shape was painted by some of the first modern humans to reach the Iberian Peninsula — or it may have been done by Neanderthals, residents of the Iberian peninsula for more than 200,000 years. “There is a very good chance that this is Neanderthal,” says Alistair Pike, an archaeological scientist at...
  • Experts Baffled by Mysterious Underground Chambers

    07/26/2011 11:28:17 AM PDT · by Palter · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 22 July 2011 | Matthias Schulz
    There are more than 700 curious tunnel networks in Bavaria, but their purpose remains a mystery. Were they built as graves for the souls of the dead, as ritual spaces or as hideaways from marauding bandits? Archeologists are now exploring the subterranean vaults to unravel their secrets. Beate Greithanner, a dairy farmer, is barefoot as she walks up the lush meadows of the Doblberg, a mountain in Bavaria set against a backdrop of snow-capped Alpine peaks. She stops and points to a hole in the ground. "This is where the cow was grazing," she says. "Suddenly she fell in, up...
  • BREAKING: Republicans to Vote on $2.4 Trillion in Cuts With Debt Ceiling Increase

    07/15/2011 10:07:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 175 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7/15/11 | Katie Pavlich
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting House Republicans will vote next week to cut $2.4 trillion over the next ten years while increasing the debt ceiling by a $2.4 trillion. House Republicans said Friday that they planned to vote next week on a proposal to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion, with matching cuts and guidelines to control future government spending. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said at a news conference Friday that the House next week would vote on a "cut, cap and balance" approach. The House plans to separately vote on a measure that would...
  • McConnell's Plan Shows Weakness

    07/13/2011 4:07:41 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 18 replies
    EIB Network ^ | 13th July 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, we knew it was gonna get to this point. The Republicans are nervous, some of them are very nervous, and a few of them are outright paranoid. Hi, folks, great to have you back, Rush Limbaugh, already the middle of the week here on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. Our telephone number is 800-282-2882. You want to send an e-mail, the address, About this time yesterday we quoted Senator Mitch McConnell as saying nothing substantive will ever get done in this country until Barack Obama is removed from the Oval Office. As long as Obama's in the...
  • Fear: GOP Will Cave on Sunday, Agree to Hike Taxes with Fake Cuts

    07/11/2011 3:36:46 AM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | July 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There's a lot of deciphering that has to be done over that meeting yesterday on the debt ceiling. There's some really potentially disastrous things that could happen from this. I haven't been able to confirm 'em, and Boehner's denying it, but there are too many indications coming out that the House Republicans are going to cave on a number of things, such as more defense cuts than even Obama wants. Now, I'm hoping it isn't true, but I'm hearing it from too many different places. So we'll get into that in detail. Now, Boehner, I was heartened by this...
  • Cave Researchers Explore Stream-Filled Cavern at Entrance to Jerusalem

    06/21/2011 6:51:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06-19-2011 | Staff
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have conducted an initial survey of what appears to be an important, ancient water source in a cave that was been discovered during excavation work for a new train station being constructed at the entrance to Jerusalem. The work was done by members of the Cave Research Unit of the university, headed by Prof. Amos Frumkin of the Department of Geography. The cave was exposed near the base of a deep service shaft that was dug for the train tunnel leading into the new station, located opposite the main bus station in Jerusalem. The full...
  • Cave Church: The Church of St. Samman the The Tanner [Egypt]

    06/12/2011 10:04:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The church was named after Saint Samaan the Tanner whom the Lord used in the miracle of moving the Mokkatam mountain on Nov. 27, 979 A.D from the boundaries of the Elephant Lake (now known as the New Helmeia) to its present location; during the time of the 62nd Patriarch, Bishop Abram Ibn Zaraa the Syrian in the reign of Al Muiz Ledin Illah the Fatimid , the first ruler of the Fatimid dynasty in Egypt. Ministry in this church started by Divine Providence in April 1974 with a small children’s meeting, then a general women and men’s meeting...
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    05/17/2011 8:45:28 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 26 replies
    In a film that blends paleontological wonders with existential pondering, Cave of Forgotten Dreams asks the question, "What constitutes humanness?" German director Werner Herzog creeps deep into Chauvet Cave in southern France, where researchers say they have found the earliest known cave paintings. The charcoal paintings etched on the curved walls of the cave—some say from 32,000 B.C., others say 10,000 B.C.—look as though someone scratched them there last week. A landslide sealed the cave thousands of years ago, creating a perfectly preserved time capsule until explorers discovered it in 1994. Only a few scientists are allowed inside, and Herzog...
  • Bear DNA is clue to age of Chauvet cave art

    04/19/2011 8:30:29 PM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies
    NewScientist ^ | 19 April 2011 | Michael Marshall
    Exploring a gorge in south-east France in 1994 for prehistoric artefacts, Jean-Marie Chauvet hit the jackpot. After squeezing through a narrow passage, he found himself in a hidden cavern, the walls of which were covered with paintings of animals. But dating the beautiful images - which featured in Werner Herzog's recent documentary film Cave of Forgotten Dreams - has led to an ugly spat between archaeologists. Could the bones of cave bears settle the debate? Within a year of Chauvet's discovery, radiocarbon dating suggested the images were between 30,000 and 32,000 years old, making them almost twice the age of...
  • Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?

    04/12/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies ^ | 4-12-11 | Nir Hasson
    Journalist Simcha Jacobovici believes that the nails discovered in a Jerusalem cave are revolutionary in their implications regarding the birth of Christianity. The Peace Forest is a small grove of pines sandwiched between the Abu Tor neighborhood and main promenade in Jerusalem. Anyone walking along the road that snakes through the grove can see a green pipe rising from the ground and reaching a height of several meters. This pipe, if journalist Simcha Jacobovici is to be believed, this is the physical tip of an archaeological detective story in the style of the Da Vinci Code. And this pipe is...
  • Plato's Cave, 2011

    04/11/2011 12:04:49 PM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 3 replies ^ | 04/08/11 | Ellis Washington
    Socrates: We are gathered here today at my Symposium to discuss part of a major work by my student, Plato, namely his venerated parable, the Allegory of Plato's Cave, which appears in Book 7 of his "Republic." This opus examines the form and essence of the ideal state and its ideal ruler – the philosopher king. Plato's justification for placing the controls of government in philosophers is based on his comprehensive study of truth and knowledge, and it is in this background that the Allegory of the Cave is created.
  • Limbaugh says GOP caved on budget deal

    04/11/2011 10:41:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 63 replies
    Limbaugh says GOP caved on budget deal By Daniel Strauss - 04/11/11 01:05 PM ET Rush Limbaugh said Monday that Republican leaders "caved" on the budget deal they struck with the White House on Friday night. On his radio show, the conservative firebrand said he was less than enthusiastic about the $38.5 billion federal spending compromise. Limbaugh said he wished the spending cuts had been larger. "We've shown that we'll cave. We have demonstrated that we will cave if they threaten something like government shutdown," Limbaugh said. He added that a handful of Tea Party Republican freshmen in the House...
  • Rant against the machine

    04/09/2011 8:42:31 AM PDT · by austingirl · 79 replies
    my tortured brain | 04/09/2011 | austingirl
    This is the email I am attempting to send to Boehner's email: I am stunned that you caved into the radical leftists that have hijacked our republic, especially after the 2010 election results. The Tea Party principles are the majority view of the working slaves that fund your excesses. You are now part of the problem. An income tax is immoral. A tax on spending, called the Fair Tax, which actually taxes wealth, the underground economy and criminals is the moral way to fund the federal government. Repeal the 16th amendment, dismantle the Department of Education, Energy, Fannie and Freddie...
  • Budget Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal To Avert Government Shutdown (RINOS Cave, No $100M Cuts)

    03/30/2011 4:21:47 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 112 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 3/30/2011
    ources tell me that budget negotiators on Capitol Hill have tentatively agreed on a deal that would involve at least $33 billion in spending cuts from this year’s budget. That’s $23 billion dollars more than Democrats have previously agreed to in short-term continuingresolutions, and $28 billion less than Republicans previously passed in the House. Members of the House Appropriations Committee will begin discussing how to hit that number with their Senate counterparts as soon as tonight, and Vice President Biden is heading to Capitol Hill for a 6pm meeting with the Senate Democratic leadership.
  • Wisconsin Police Cave to Protesters

    02/28/2011 6:14:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/28/11 | David A. Lieb and Dinesh Ramde
    he occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol by protesters fighting efforts to strip public workers of union bargaining rights carried on Sunday after police decided not to forcibly remove demonstrators and end a nearly two-week-long sit-in.
  • CNN Refuses to Cave to Media Matters’ Ongoing Crusade to Blacklist the Right

    02/17/2011 4:50:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    big journalism ^ | 2/17/11 | John Nolte
    Something strange happened today. Something, in fact, I never thought was possible. I not only gained some respect for a cable news network not named FOX, but I have, of all organizations, the George Soros-funded, 501(c)(3) Media Matters to thank for it. In Media Matters never-ending crusade to purify the news into their unholy Leftist vision, we here at the Bigs all knew that once our very own Dana Loesch was hired by CNN as a political contributor, that Soros’ minions would then set out to do what they always do, and that’s find a way to convince CNN to...
  • Explorers discover spectacular caves in Vietnam (world's largest?)

    01/03/2011 2:37:01 PM PST · by americanophile · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Brett Michael Dykes
    For decades, geologists have known that Vietnam is home to some of the world's most spectacular caves, many of them largely unexplored. Now husband-and-wife cavers have documented perhaps the world's largest: Hang Son Doong, big enough in places to accommodate a New York City block of skyscrapers. The cave in the Annamite Mountains contains a river and jungle (its name translates to "mountain river cave") and even its own thin clouds, and its end remains out of sight. It's part of a network of about 150 caves in central Vietnam near the Laotian border.
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, Dec. 26, 2010 - Jan. 1, 2011: Three for the End of the Year

    12/30/2010 8:35:35 PM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 171+ views
    National Geographic & Patrick Smith Photography | Various
    Since I have not managed to post every single week this week, I'm trying to finish the year strong. Hope you agree. Click for full size. Cave of Crystals Arizona Butte "Library of Ages" (Montana de Oro State Park, California)
  • Megafauna cave painting could be 40,000 years old

    05/31/2010 1:31:34 AM PDT · by Palter · 23 replies · 717+ views
    ABC ^ | 31 May 2010 | Emma Masters
    Scientists say an Aboriginal rock art depiction of an extinct giant bird could be Australia's oldest painting. The red ochre painting, which depicts two emu-like birds with their necks outstretched, could date back to the earliest days of settlement on the continent. It was rediscovered at the centre of the Arnhem Land plateau about two years ago, but archaeologists first visited the site a fortnight ago. A palaeontologist has confirmed the animals depicted are the megafauna species Genyornis. Archaeologist Ben Gunn said the giant birds became extinct more than 40,000 years ago. "The details on this painting indicate that it...
  • Unemployed US labourer redefines 'man cave' by building extreme igloo complete with cable TV

    02/15/2010 5:12:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,061+ views
    cbc news ^ | 2/15/10 | ap
    AQUILLA, Ohio - It's quite the man cave. Jimmy Grey says he's been out of work for almost a year and needed a project to stay busy. So with the heavy snowfall this winter, the 25-year-old labourer got to work on an extreme igloo in his family's yard in Aquilla, about 30 miles (50 kilometres) east of Cleveland. His four-room creation has 6-foot (nearly 2-meter) ceilings and an entertainment room. He powers the TV with an extension cord plugged into an outlet in the garage. He also ran wires for cable television with surround-sound stereo. Grey told The Plain Dealer...
  • Magnificence on Cave Walls

    01/25/2010 9:46:02 AM PST · by Palter · 11 replies · 827+ views
    WSJ ^ | 23 Jan 2010 | MICHAEL FITZGERALD
    Inanke's prehistoric paintings are a celebration of life The trail to the great cave of Inanke in southern Zimbabwe begins confidently with arrows painted on bare patches of granite and soon vanishes into four miles of often pathless wandering through fields of shoulder-high grass, dense scrub forests and formidable thorn bushes. Without the direction of our guide, the archaeologist Paul Hubbard, our group would never have found this cave containing some of the most magnificent prehistoric paintings in the world. But reach the approximately 30-foot-long frieze of intricately varied paintings and you will find it free of the man-made barriers,...
  • Mystery of the Narara caves

    12/18/2009 1:05:16 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 913+ views
    Fiji Times ^ | 13 Dec 2009 | Fred Wesley
    Thirteen stones sit hidden in the dense jungles of the range of mountains that make up Nakauvadra in Ra. Caves with drawings sit below them. They remain a mystery for the people of Narara Village. Deep in the jungles above the village of Narara in Ra stand 12 stones of similar size and shape. The thirteenth is a little longer then the rest. They stand as monolithic reminders of an era the people of Narara are struggling to understand. It takes about six hours on foot to get to these ancient monuments at the top of the range of mountains...
  • Egypt’s Cave Underworld Under Investigation – Egyptian archaeological team move in to find answers

    12/03/2009 7:34:35 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 1,288+ views
    Response Source ^ | 02 Dec 2009 | Andrew Collins
    Cairo, December 2nd, 2009 – Egypt’s leading Egyptologist, Dr Zahi Hawass, has revealed that an excavation team under his charge are investigating an ancient tomb at the centre of claims regarding the alleged discovery of a cave underworld beneath the Pyramids of Giza. In August British writer and explorer Andrew Collins announced that he had rediscovered the entrance to a previously unexplored cave system, entered via a mysterious tomb several hundred meters west of the Great Pyramid. The cave entrance was found following clues left in the 200-year-old memoirs of British diplomat and explorer Henry Salt, who recorded how in...
  • Maha group finds cave paintings in Satpura ranges[India]

    12/03/2009 7:09:40 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 487+ views
    Sakaal Times ^ | 30 Nov 2009 | Sakaal Times
    MUMBAI: A group of naturalists from Amravati districts has discovered a set of 17 unique cave paintings in the nature-rich Satpura range of Madhya Pradesh – which opens up new avenues of research as this art form are believed to be of Paleolithic period. The group call themselves, ‘Hope’, and has been working since the last six years on this project. The group include scientist Dr V T Ingole, wildlife writer PS Hirurkar, Padmakar Lad, Shirishkumar Patil, Dnyaneswar Damahe and Manohar Khode. They are a group of nature and bird lovers, and luckily chanced upon these unique paintings. Ingole said...
  • Man happy with simple life in Utah cave

    11/23/2009 11:55:24 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 85 replies · 3,735+ views
    upi ^ | Nov. 22, 2009
    MOAB, Utah, A 48-year-old man who has not used money in nine years and resides in a desert cave in Moab, Utah, said he loves his simple existence. Daniel Suelo said while he shops for clothes by going through garbage, he is content with living an existence where he does not have to worry about a job, mortgage or other concerns that plague most U.S. residents, The Denver Post reported Sunday. "The understanding that, really, we all possess nothing is the cornerstone of all spiritual endeavors and religions," Suelo said. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Suelo said he also will...
  • Roman Statues Found in Blue Grotto Cave

    09/28/2009 3:45:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,574+ views ^ | 9/28/09 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sept. 28, 2009 -- A number of ancient Roman statues might lie beneath the turquoise waters of the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri in southern Italy, according to an underwater survey of the sea cave. Dating to the 1st century A.D., the cave was used as a swimming pool by the Emperor Tiberius (42 B.C. - 37 A.D.), and the statues are probably depictions of sea gods. "A preliminary underwater investigation has revealed several statue bases which might possibly hint to sculptures lying nearby," Rosalba Giugni, president of the environmentalist association, Marevivo, told Discovery News. Carried out in...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 26-Aug 1, 2009: Amazing Jeita Grotto

    07/30/2009 8:17:33 PM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 665+ views
    I found out about this place because of a news item about the "New 7 Wonders" of the world. It's a nominee. Now, I don't expect that I'll have any travel plans that take me to Beirut, but if for some strange reason I ended up there, I would have to see this place. I think one of the amazing things about the Internet is that it allows us to see places that we'll probably never have a chance to visit. I've posted a lot of those as these Geology Pictures of the Week. I hope I'll get to see...
  • World's Biggest Cave Found in Vietnam

    07/26/2009 8:10:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 966+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7/24/09 | James Owen
    A massive cave recently uncovered in a remote Vietnamese jungle is the largest single cave passage yet found, a new survey shows. At 262-by-262 feet (80-by-80 meters) in most places, the Son Doong cave beats out the previous world-record holder, Deer Cave in the Malaysian section of the island of Borneo. Deer Cave is no less than 300-by-300 feet (91-by-91 meters), but it's only about a mile (1.6 kilometers) long. By contrast, explorers walked 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) into Son Doong, in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, before being blocked by seasonal floodwaters—and they think that the passage is even...