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  • China claims it has the world's largest supercave — but there's competition

    10/08/2014 5:37:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 07, 2014 | Yahoo! Travel
    The Miao Room in China’s Gehibe Cave complex. Analyzed with a new laser tracking system, the expanse of this single chamber was recently measured at 380 million cubic feet, making it the world’s largest underground space. To put this in perspective, the single room is nine times the size of the old Houston Astrodome. You could fit four copies of the Great Pyramid of Giza inside it, and still have space for the Washington Monument.
  • Deep hobby: Farmington spelunker owns 40 miles of caves

    11/15/2013 5:12:28 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-14-13 | Jeff Baenen
    John Ackerman is a big-time landlord of subterranean real estate. Ackerman, 59, owns Spring Valley Caverns, the largest private cave in Minnesota but just the beginning of his underground empire, which he calls the Minnesota Cave Preserve. He holds the keys to more than 40 miles of caves hidden beneath the rolling farm fields of Minnesota and Iowa and is always seeking more. "I think it's just to be able to be the first human being to introduce light into the inky blackness of just unknown chambers that may go for miles," he said of his motivation. "And then later,...
  • JUST IN: Per Sen sources, Boehner has agreed to take up the Senate's plan and allow it to pass with

    10/16/2013 6:56:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 310 replies
  • Senate passes government funding measure; House to vote Thursday

    03/20/2013 3:21:29 PM PDT · by Jean S · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/20/13 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    A short-term funding measure that would ensure the government continues operating beyond this month cleared the Senate Wednesday, awaiting only final House passage on Thursday to avert any possibility of a shut-down. The process of approving the proposal has been unfolding remarkably smoothly for a divided Congress that has gone to the brink repeatedly over spending issues.
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...
  • Filibuster Deal Reached in Senate

    01/24/2013 6:14:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Jan. 24, 2013 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senators voted overwhelming Thursday evening to enact a package of modest changes to the Senate’s rules and procedures, adopting an agreement brokered by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Senate voted, 78-16, to adopt temporary rules changes for the 113th Congress, easily clearing a 60-vote threshold set up for the vote. Then, the Senate adopted a change to the chamber’s rules 86-9. As is customary, the chamber set a two-thirds threshold for the vote, since two-thirds of senators voting are required to limit debate on a rules change facing a filibuster under normal circumstances.Neither...
  • #NoBudgetNoPay: With Debt Undermining Our Economy, a Budget Should Be Passed that Cuts Spending

    01/20/2013 4:26:55 PM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    Speaker of The House ^ | January 20, 2013 | John Boehner
    If you think Members of Congress should have to pass a budget before they get paid, watch and share the (weekly Republican address) (with Rep. James Lankford) (R-OK). To give Congress time to pass a budget, the House of Representatives will vote this week on a temporary three-month debt limit increase. But if the House or Senate fails to pass a budget in that time, Members of Congress will not be paid. Here are some facts to remember:
  • Florida Senate caves to CAIR on Shariah law

    03/15/2012 5:04:05 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 21 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    On March 1, BizPac Review published my column titled, “Florida gets it right on Sharia law.” In it, I reported that the Florida Legislature was considering a bill prohibiting use of foreign law in the courts. The bill was quickly making its way through the legislative committees, and passage at that time seemed imminent. It seems I jumped the gun. Although the House version (HB-1209) easily gained approval, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, never brought the Senate version (SB-1360) up for a vote before the close of the 2012 legislative session. Obviously, my crystal ball has run past its...
  • Breaking: Dayton caves, will call special session

    07/14/2011 9:46:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/14/11 |
    Looks like Republicans have prevailed in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton has “reluctantly” agreed to the GOP’s June 30th budget proposal and will call a special session to pass it in three days, ending the state shutdown started by his veto of the budget proposed in May: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he “reluctantly” agrees to accept the Republican budget proposal from June 30 if it will end the government shutdown. Dayton said accepting the offer would bridge a $1.4 billion gap between him and the...
  • Giant rats lead scientists to ancient face carvings (East Timor)

    02/11/2011 9:20:34 AM PST · by decimon · 14 replies
    CSIRO ^ | February 11, 2011 | Unknown
    Ancient stone faces carved into the walls of a well-known limestone cave in East Timor have been discovered by a team searching for fossils of extinct giant rats.The team of archaeologists and palaeontologists were working in Lene Hara Cave on the northeast tip of East Timor. “Looking up from the cave floor at a colleague sitting on a ledge, my head torch shone on what seemed to be a weathered carving,” CSIRO’s Dr Ken Aplin said. “I shone the torch around and saw a whole panel of engraved prehistoric human faces on the wall of the cave. “The local landowners...
  • The 30,000 Year Old Cave that Descends into Hell

    01/21/2011 2:53:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 62 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 1-20-2011 | Jesus Diaz
    There's a cave in France where no humans have been in 26,000 years. The walls are full of fantastic, perfectly-preserved paintings of animals, ending in a chamber full of monsters 1312-feet underground, where CO2 and radon gas concentrations provoke hallucinations. It's called the the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a really weird and mysterious place. The walls contain hundreds of animals—like the typical Paleolithic horses and bisons—but some of them are not supposed to be there, like lions, panthers, rhinos and hyenas. A few are not even supposed to exist, like weird butterflyish animals or chimerical figures half bison half woman. These may...
  • Uncovering Nottingham’s hidden medieval sandstone caves

    05/13/2010 1:06:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 642+ views
    University of Nottingham ^ | May 10, 2010 | Unknown
    The very latest laser technology combined with old fashioned pedal power is being used to provide a unique insight into the layout of Nottingham’s sandstone caves — where the city’s renowned medieval ale was brewed and, where legend has it, the country’s most famous outlaw Robin Hood was imprisoned. The Nottingham Caves Survey, being carried out by archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology at The University of Nottingham, has already produced extraordinary, three dimensional, fly through, colour animation of caves that have been hidden from view for centuries. Below the grounds of Nottingham Castle and across the city there is...
  • Stupak Abortion Language to Be Substituted for Senate Language in Deal to Secure Health Care Votes

    03/19/2010 7:45:03 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 160 replies · 6,547+ views
    FiredogLake ^ | 3/19/10 | Jane Hamsher
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made a deal with Rep. Bart Stupak in order to secure his vote and that of other anti-choice Democrats for the health care bill, which is scheduled to be voted on this Sunday. According to a member of Congress who was briefed on the matter, Pelosi has agreed to let Stupak have a vote on his amendment either before or after the House votes to pass the Senate bill. It instructs the Senate to substitute the language in his amendment for the Senate language on abortion. FDL has obtained a copy of the concurrent resolution...
  • Pakistan's Army takes control of al-Qaeda cave network on Afghan border

    03/03/2010 12:21:21 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 482+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/2/2010 | Zahid Hussain, Damadola
    Pakistani forces have taken control of a warren of caves that served until recently as the nerve centre of the Taleban and al-Qaeda and sheltered Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command to Osama bin Laden. “It was the main hub of militancy where al-Qaeda operatives had moved freely,” Major-General Tariq Khan, the Pakistan regional commander, said as he gave journalists a tour of Damadola yesterday. The village, nestling among snow-capped peaks in the Bajaur region along the Afghan border, has been fought over for 16 months. It is the first time that the Pakistani Army has set foot in the village, which...
  • 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...
  • Bear mauls terrorists in Kashmir

    11/02/2009 10:30:58 PM PST · by raj bhatia · 27 replies · 2,100+ views ^ | 11/02/09 | Mukhtar Ahmad
    Two terrorists were mauled to death and another seriously wounded after a bear attacked their hideout in a forest area in south Kashmir [ Images ], a senior police officer said. He said the bear as per the intercepts of militants attacked a hideout of the Hizbul Mujaheedin outfit in the forest area near Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir Shopian district.
  • Virginia officials trying to solve 'white-nosed bat' mystery

    10/09/2009 4:12:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies · 737+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 9, 2009 | Scott Harper
    BATH COUNTY Breathing Cave is the name of a deep, dark hole in the ground off an unmarked mountain road here in western Virginia, a foreboding place mostly because of what lurks within – bats, hundreds of them. Inside the mouth of the cave, the limestone walls are cool and moist. There is no light, only echoing creaks and clops of water drops – and the unnerving knowledge that somewhere down a blind tunnel ahead, creatures associated with blood and folklore and rabies are alive and close by. As the sun goes down, the winged inhabitants silently emerge, the start...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 4-10, 2009: Cheddar Gorge

    10/08/2009 10:28:25 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 997+ views
    Cheddar Gorge I heard about this place recently in a news article about a bicyclist that survived falling 80 feet off the Cheddar cliffs. I guess I had heard about it several years ago when they found "Cheddar Man" and genetically connected him to a local resident. I didn't realize it was an English scenic landmark. There are also some small caves, which is where "Cheddar Man" was found. For a satellite view, can't beat Google Maps. British teacher finds long-lost relative: 9,000-year-old man" click for larger click for larger click for larger Aerial More about Cheddar (the village, and...
  • Cave Complex Allegedly Found Under Giza Pyramids

    08/14/2009 10:09:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 2,079+ views
    Vorchester | Discovery News ^ | 8/13/09 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Aug. 13, 2009 -- An enormous system of caves, chambers and tunnels lies hidden beneath the Pyramids of Giza, according to a British explorer who claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs. Populated by bats and venomous spiders, the underground complex was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza. "There is untouched archaeology down there, as well as a delicate ecosystem that includes colonies of bats and a species of spider which we have tentatively identified as the white widow," British explorer Andrew Collins said. Collins, who will detail his findings in the...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 12-18, 2009: Above and Below

    07/15/2009 8:00:18 PM PDT · by cogitator · 4 replies · 768+ views
    CaveClimber,com, NASA Earth Observatory
    First, just a striking view of the Capitol Reef National Park from space. The picture below is labeled; the linked picture is bigger and isn't labeled. The link goes to the explanatory article. Big Thomson Mesa, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Second, a couple of amazing photos from the Oasis Room in the unreal Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Somewhere out there there's a 360-degree picture of this room. (Someone find it, post the link here.) There's more pictures at the link. 360 Degrees Of Lechuguilla Cave: Photo Shoot at Oasis
  • Incredible Discoveries Made in Remote Caves

    08/02/2008 2:58:56 AM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 36 replies · 378+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 31 July 2008 | Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience Managing Editor
    Scientists exploring caves in the bone-dry and mostly barren Atacama Desert in Chile stumbled upon a totally unexpected discovery this week: water. They also found hundreds of thousands of animal bones in a cave, possibly evidence of some prehistoric human activity. The findings are preliminary and have not been analyzed. The expedition is designed to learn how to spot caves on Mars by studying the thermal signatures of caves and non-cave features in hot, dry places here on Earth. Scientists think Martian caves, some of which may already have been spotted from space, could be good places to look for...
  • Balkan Caves, Gorges Were Pre-Neanderthal Haven

    06/27/2008 2:45:44 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 217+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-27-2008 | Ljilja Cvekic
    Balkan caves, gorges were pre-Neanderthal haven Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:25am EDT By Ljilja Cvekic BELGRADE (Reuters Life!) - A fragment of a human jaw found in Serbia and believed to be up to 250,000 years old is helping anthropologists piece together the story of prehistoric human migration from Africa to Europe. "This is the earliest evidence we have of humans in the area," Canada's Winnipeg University anthropology professor Mirjana Roksandic told Reuters. The fragment of a lower jaw, complete with three teeth, was discovered in a small cave in the Sicevo gorge in south Serbia. "It is a pre-Neanderthal...
  • Unseen World

    02/21/2008 4:58:17 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 196+ views
    The News-Enterprise ^ | 2-20-2008 | Rachel Tolliver
    UNSEEN WORLD By RACHAEL TOLLIVER Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:58 PM CST JILL PICKETT/The News-Enterprise George Crothers, director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology and Office of State Archaeology, finishes collecting ash from torch remains for radiocarbon dating during a February trip into the cave in Hardin County. Local cave enthusiasts chart discovery of pristine formations, prehistoric Indians HARDIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY — Mankind has always dreamed of discovering the unknown — being the first to do something or arrive somewhere — and from those quests leave a legacy that those who follow will envy. Such finds are rare....
  • Global warming pact set for 2009 after US backs down (Pres Bush caves to PC crowd again)

    12/15/2007 9:22:53 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 115 replies · 313+ views
    AFP ^ | December 15, 2007
    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) — World climate negotiators set a 2009 deadline Saturday for a landmark treaty to fight global warming after two weeks of intense haggling led to a climbdown by an isolated United States. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the Indonesian island of Bali for a late appeal for flexibility, praised the deal as a "pivotal first step" to confront climate change, "the defining challenge of our time." Following gruelling all-night talks, the conference of 190 nations finally launched a process to negotiate a new treaty for when the UN Kyoto Protocol's commitments expire in...
  • Ice Age Australians Sheltered In Caves

    09/24/2007 10:07:17 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 91+ views
    ABC Science ^ | 9-24-2007 | Anna Salleh
    Ice age Australians sheltered in caves Anna Salleh ABC Science Online Monday, 24 September 2007 Why would Aboriginal Tasmanians flock to one of the coldest parts of the island during an ice age? One researcher says it was to shelter from the wind in caves and steep valleys (Image: Ian Gilligan) Ice age Aboriginal Australians protected themselves from bitterly cold winds by flocking to caves in one of the most inhospitable parts of the continent, says an archaeologist. Ian Gilligan, a postgraduate researcher from the Australian National University, lays out his argument in the current issue of the journal Antiquity....
  • NASA spacecraft finds possible Mars caves

    09/22/2007 8:13:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 102+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/07 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An orbiting spacecraft has found evidence of what look like seven caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano, the space agency NASA said on Friday. The Mars Odyssey spacecraft has sent back images of very dark, nearly circular features that appear to be openings to underground spaces. "They are cooler than the surrounding surface in the day and warmer at night," said Glen Cushing of the U.S. Geological Survey's Astrogeology Team and Northern Arizona University. "Their thermal behavior is not as steady as large caves on Earth that often maintain a fairly constant temperature, but it...
  • Windows onto the abyss: cave skylights on Mars

    05/27/2007 1:21:33 PM PDT · by Renfield · 72 replies · 2,666+ views
    Planetary Society ^ | 5-23-07 | Emily Lakdawalla
    Today's set of image releases from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE team included this one, of a fairly bland-looking lava plain to the northeast of Arsia Mons. Bland, that is, except for a black spot in the center. What's that black spot? It's a window onto an underground world.....
  • Exploring Caves From 30 Feet In The Air

    05/02/2007 12:36:04 AM PDT · by DTAD · 1 replies · 491+ views
    It was Thursday morning, just after dawn. A group of about 20 of us had been driving through the Mojave Desert since 4:30 am, in the dark, and we had finally arrived at our destination: a large flat parking area near the top of a volcanic cinder cone, a short ways up a makeshift road from an abandoned mine. Before us stretched the vast black Pisgah Lava Beds, home to more than 300 lava-tube caves. We were there as part of Spaceward Bound, a NASA program that brings elementary-, middle- and high-school teachers together with scientists to do field research...
  • Cavemen Chose Caves On Five Criteria

    04/09/2007 2:16:57 PM PDT · by blam · 83 replies · 2,666+ views
    Discovery ^ | 4-9-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Cavemen Chose Caves on Five Criteria Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsLocation, Location, LocationCave With A View April 9, 2007 — House buyers today usually peruse properties with a checklist of desired features in mind. This aspect of human behavior has apparently not changed much over the millennia, according to a new study that found prehistoric cave dwellers in Britain did exactly the same thing when choosing their homes. The recently released three-year-long survey of approximately 230 caves in the Yorkshire Dales and 190 caves in the northern England Peak District determined that people there from 4,000 to 2,000 B.C. selected caves...
  • Possible New Mars Caves Targets in Search for Life (NASA and ASU's latest THEMIS discovery)

    04/02/2007 7:09:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 662+ views on Yahoo ^ | 4/2/07 | Ker Than
    A Mars-orbiting satellite recently spotted seven dark spots near the planet's equator that scientists think could be entrances to underground caves. The football-field sized holes were observed by Mars Odyssey's Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) and have been dubbed the seven sisters --Dena, Chloe, Wendy, Annie, Abbey, Nikki and Jeanne--after loved ones of the researchers who found them. The potential caves were spotted near a massive Martian volcano, Arisa Mons. Their openings range from about 330 to 820 feet (100 to 250 meters) wide, and one of them, Dena, is thought to extend nearly 430 feet (130 meters) beneath the...
  • JAPAN TO REVISE TEXTBOOKS: "Japanese Soldiers Did NOT Force Okinawa Civilians Into Suicide in WWII"

    03/30/2007 6:02:02 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies · 667+ views
    Just saw this on National live Japanese TV a few minutes ago. Our mouths dropped open in partial disbelief, but also with a cynical sense of "well, there they go again".The Japanese Government announced tonight that they are instructing all Japanese textbook publishing companies who produce history books for school children, to specifically take out an reference to "Japanese Imperial Army forcing Okinawa civilians to commit mass suicide during the Okinawa Campaign". This, however, is a historic truth, and well documented by the American military forces and Japanese/Okinawan survivors and eyewitnesses. It is history. But now the current Japanese...
  • 'Cave entrances' spotted on Mars

    03/17/2007 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 23 replies · 690+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 17, 2007 | Paul Rincon
    Nasa release on the topography of the south polar region of Mars Scientists studying pictures from Nasa's Odyssey spacecraft have spotted what they think may be seven caves on the surface of Mars.The candidate caves are on the flanks of the Arsia Mons volcano and are of sufficient depth their floors mostly cannot be seen through the opening. Details were presented here at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas. Temperature data from Mars Odyssey's Themis instrument support the idea. The authors say that the possible discovery of caves on the Red Planet is significant. The caves...
  • Pics from my travel to Mammoth Cave and nearby Caves in Kentucky !

    09/22/2006 5:23:55 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 24 replies · 879+ views
    09-22-2006 | sergey1973
    Hello fellow Freepers. First, I want to apologize to those in my ping list that I didn't find a time to post the pics or let everybody know that I'm back for almost 3 weeks. I could make excuses of being getting caught in the work, etc, but I won't do that. Anyway, I hope my Picture treat of my trip to Mammoth Cave and other Caves in Kentucky in late August/Early September will be enjoyable as the trip was immensely enjoyable for me. I'll post in a few batches, so more to come on this thread. Historic Entrance to...
  • Mazandaran setting up Iran's first cave museum-(ahm no joke but it should be fun)

    07/21/2006 9:50:17 PM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 366+ views
    iran mania ^ | July 22, 2006 | LONDON, July 22
    LONDON, July 22 (IranMania) - The first Iranian cave museum will be set up in the Huto and Kamarband caves of Mazandaran Province’s Behshar region, the Persian service of CHN reported. Based on an agreement with the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO), the two caves will be converted into museums, the director of the research foundation of the Mazandaran ancient caves said. Ali Mahforuzi added that the topography survey has been completed and the design of the museum, which is to cover an area of 13 hectares, is the next step to be implemented. The two caves, which are...
  • Neanderthals Lived In Iran's Kermanshah Caves

    04/27/2006 12:19:25 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 797+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 4-27-2006
    Neanderthals Lived in Iran's Kermanshah Caves Apr 27, 2006 The latest excavations by Iranian and French joint team at prehistoric caves of Kermanshah, west of Iran, revealed them to have been early settlements of Neanderthals who used to live there about 85000 to 40000 years ago. The joint team was to continue its studies on other Paleolithic caves in Kermanshah province, but as the term of the agreement has reached an end, the French team have returned back home. This team is to resume its activities in March 2006 in prehistoric caves in Kermanshah province if the agreement is renewed...
  • Gym agrees to changes after complaints by Muslims about privacy

    04/26/2006 2:33:31 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 117 replies · 2,152+ views
    LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A chain of fitness centers has put up partitions in response to complaints by Muslim women about a lack of privacy while they work out. Fitness USA agreed to the changes at its Lincoln Park gym after meeting with a concerned Muslim member of the gym and Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Some Muslim members of the gym said they need to work out in single-sex rooms to meet Islam's standards of modesty. They said they joined Fitness USA because it accommodated this need. But the...
  • Two Ancient Caves Discovered In Qasr-e-Shirin (Iran/Iraq)

    02/18/2006 11:32:33 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 789+ views
    Pendar/CHN ^ | 2-17-2006
    Two Ancient Caves Discovered in Qasr-e Shirin 2006-2-17 - 22:11 - CHN Archeological excavations in the city of Qasr-e Shirin led to the discovery of two caves belonging to the Neolithic and Middle Elamite periods. Tehran, 16 February 2006 (CHN) -- Archeological excavations in the city of Qasr-e Shirin resulted in the discovery of two caves belonging to the Neolithic epoch and the Middle Elamite period. “Two caves were discovered in the southern foothills of Bazidar Mountains, one of them dates back to some 9000 years ago that is Neolithic epoch, and the other belongs to the Middle Elamite period...
  • Japanese Researchers Find Buddhist Stone Caves In Afghanistan

    11/09/2005 4:38:04 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 635+ views
    Kashar News ^ | 11-9-2005
    Japanese researchers find Buddhist stone caves in Afghanistan KABUL, November 9 (SANA) – A team of Japanese researchers has found Buddhist stone caves believed to date back to the eighth century about 120 kilometers west of the Bamiyan ruins in central Afghanistan, the team said Wednesday. The team, headed by Ryukoku University professor Takashi Irisawa, confirmed in late October the discovery of a group of caves built on cliffs located 1 km west of the Keligan ruins in the upper Band-e-Amir River area. The discovery indicates the possibility that the influence of Buddhism may have extended to the area of...
  • Andritsa Cave's Chamber Of Secrets

    10/09/2005 2:24:01 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 808+ views
    Athens News ^ | 10-9-2005 | Christy Papadopoulou
    Andritsa Cave's chamber of secretsLate 6th-century finds retrieved from the Argolid cave and exhibited at theByzantine and Christian Museum begin to unfold the story of a group of peoplewho sought refuge there and slowly starved to death CHRISTY PAPADOPOULOU A large number of transporting and storage vessels from clay were found in the cave (above). Bronze processional cross with the Sunday prayer engraved on both its sides A NATURAL shelter in case of inclement weather and dangerous situations, and occasionally the place to practise cult rituals, caves often keep their secrets hermetically sealed. The Andritsa Cave in the Municipality of...
  • U.S. authorities unearth smuggling tunnel under B.C. border

    07/20/2005 6:46:01 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 64 replies · 3,828+ views
    U.S. authorities unearth smuggling tunnel under B.C. border SEATTLE (AP) - U.S. government agents have shut down a drug-smuggling tunnel built under the Canadian border near Lynden, Wash., a government source said Wednesday. Authorities had been monitoring construction of the tunnel for eight months and sealed it Wednesday, shortly after it opened, making three to five arrests in the process, said the source, a government employee who had been briefed by local law-enforcement officials. The exact length of the tunnel was not known. It ran from a building on the Canadian side to a house on the U.S. side, 90...
  • Mexico Discovers Islam

    01/23/2005 3:12:28 AM PST · by Calpernia · 163 replies · 3,194+ views
    Referenced from: ^ | Unknown | Michelle Al-Nasr
    Mexico may be well on its way to a monotheistic revolution. This new trend is emerging from recent developments, and reflects a similar change evident in other South American nations - people are embracing Islam by the thousands, jettisoning the Catholicism imposed upon their ancestors in Spain. The prayer congregation has tripled since Mexico City's Centro Cultural Islamico de Mexico (CCIM) first opened its doors 6 years ago. The numbers could be even higher. However, most Mexicans still have almost no knowledge of Islam. CCIM is spreading the Oneness of Allah at all levels of society and translating Islamic publications...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, June 26-July 2, 2005: Karst Arches in Great Basin NP

    06/27/2005 9:55:00 AM PDT · by cogitator · 3 replies · 507+ views
    Bob's Arches ^ | The Archman
    According to the text of the page, this feature can be seen on a hike to Lexington Arch in Great Basin National Park. I actually was looking for pictures of Lexington Arch, and there are a few, but this one seemed more interesting. The site is nice if you like arches (I do).
  • Smoking out the terrorists.. (customized bomb being developed for Afghan caves)

    06/25/2005 12:44:14 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 10 replies · 874+ views
    Smoking out the terrorists.. Drawing lessons from the Afghan war where US forces had to ferret out the Taliban from caves and bunkers, India's leading defence explosives laboratory in Pune has developed specialised bombs to deal with terrorist hideouts. While the high-penetration smoke-spewing incendiary ammunition developed by the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) is ready for production, work has been initiated on oxygen-depleting thermobaric warheads. "The earlier version of the suffocating smoke-spewing incendiary ammunition did not have a high penetration capability. Our latest version can penetrate 9-inch-thick walls and then explode inside, releasing suffocating smoke to ferret out terrorists,"...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, June 19-25, 2005: Spider Rock and Bicentennial Column

    06/20/2005 2:18:19 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 754+ views
    Link post: please post any commentaries on the thread below. The purpose of this post is to alert interested FReepers to the post in the General/Chat section. (Ping list membership available on request.) Geology Pictures of the Week, June 19-25: Spider Rock and Bicentennial Column
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, June 19-25, 2005: Spider Rock and Bicentennial Column

    06/20/2005 2:10:48 PM PDT · by cogitator · 14 replies · 840+ views
    Variations on a theme (I like themes): Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona Bicentennial Column, Ogle Cave, New Mexico
  • CIA attacks al-Qaeda with prescription drugs - (Andy Borowitz! Funny!)

    01/18/2005 8:04:09 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 358+ views
    The Central Intelligence Agency has implemented a new plan to destroy the al-Qaeda terror network by convincing the terrorists to start taking hazardous prescription drugs, the agency confirmed today. Within the intelligence community, hopes are high that evildoers will begin taking the medications and will soon afterwards suffer from a broad range of serious side effects, including heart attacks and death. According to one CIA source, agency analysts developed the prescription drug strategy after they viewed a video of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden walking in mountainous terrain and noticed that he seemed to be experiencing "a certain degree of...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2004: VOTE for the best U.S. cave (+ WhereIsIt?)

    11/02/2004 7:52:46 AM PST · by cogitator · 1 replies · 157+ views
    That would give it away | Not known | Not given
    The link below is to the article in the FR "chat" section, which is where all discussion, voting, and commentary should bed posted. I always provide this link so that interested FR who may not be on my ping list can find the Geology "Picture of the Week". Geology Picture of the Week, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2004: VOTE for the Best U.S. Cave (+WhereIsIt?)
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2004: VOTE for the Best U.S. Cave (+ WhereIsIt?)

    11/02/2004 7:47:16 AM PST · by cogitator · 22 replies · 1,611+ views
    That would be telling | Don't Know | Secret
    Here's the set-up; my toddlers are getting old enough to go to some interesting geological sites/sights. Because school's out for Election Day, we planned on taking them to Luray Caverns in Virginia (about 2.5 hours from here), but plans changed. Anyway, I came up with the idea to take a very unscientific poll about what are your favorite caves (mainly public access; I'd love to do Lechaguilla at Carlsbad, but that's not happening with kids and it's unlikely to ever happen for me.) Here are caves that I've actually visited - not a real long list, which is why I'd...

    10/31/2004 9:59:03 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 701+ views
    I have had reports Bin Laden made a deal with China and had been hiding in Turkestan with an agreement to wipe out anti-Beijing rebels in exchange for sanctuary. Have also heard US Special Forces and Pakistani special ops soldiers have been waiting at the border just waiting to pounce after diplomacy arranges an okay to strike across the border. The ten-car convoy was spotted by a couple of cruising Indian Air Force jet pilots, who went in for a closer look. Between October 17 and October 19, an Indian air force reconnaissance plane picked him up in the Tibet-Laddakh...

    10/25/2004 2:01:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 2,151+ views
    Is Osama bin Laden alive or dead? And if Osama is alive, where is he? "President Bush knows damn well that (bin Laden) has been dead for quite some time," said former Navy SEAL Matthew Heidt, echoing the sentiments of many in the special operations community. "(Bin Laden) has not been heard from since Tora Bora despite developments in the Global War on Terror that make it unthinkable for him to remain silent," Heidt said in his web log, "Froggy Ruminations." The last audiotape purportedly from bin Laden (but not authenticated) was issued on May 7th of this year. But...