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  • The Mystery of the North Star: Astronomers baffled to find Polaris is getting BRIGHTER

    02/06/2014 12:11:57 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 16:18 EST, 5 February 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    Team found that Polaris is 2.5 times brighter today than in 137CE Experts say find is 'entirely unexpected' Astronomers have discovered that Polaris, the north star, is getting brighter. They say the star has suddenly reversed two decades of dimming. It is expanding at more than 100 times the rate they expected - and nobody is sure why. A team led by Scott Engle of Villanova University in Pennsylvania recalibrated historic measurements of Polaris by Ptolemy in 137 C.E., the Persian astronomer Al-Sufi in 964 C.E., and others. They investigated the fluctuations of the star over the course of several...
  • Obama to address the declining Egypt situation from Martha’s Vineyard

    08/15/2013 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 113 replies
    President Obama will break into his Martha’s Vineyard summer vacation Thursday morning to make a statement on the unrest in Egypt, the White House said.
  • Bloodbath in Cairo: More than 120 dead and 1,000 injured after police 'shoot to kill' in....

    07/27/2013 2:38:48 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 94 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | 27 July 2013 | Rosie Taylor and Anthony Bond
    (original title, had to be shortened to fit):Bloodbath in Cairo: More than 120 dead and 1,000 injured after police 'shoot to kill' in violent clashes which have rocked Egypt More than 120 people are believed to have been killed at a protest in support of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, according to the Muslim Brotherhood. Security forces are reported to have started shooting demonstrators shortly before pre-dawn morning prayers at a round-the-clock vigil in Cairo being staged by backers of Morsi, who was removed from power by the army three weeks ago. Makeshift field hospitals around the area near the...
  • Dozens killed in Egyptian clashes

    07/08/2013 1:16:30 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 43 replies
    WTAE-TV website Pittsburgh/CNN ^ | 07/08/2013 | Carl Penhaul and Ed Payne
    CAIRO (CNN) —The Egyptian military opened fire on supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsy, and the Muslim Brotherhood, early Monday, killing more than 30 people. The health ministry put the number of fatalities at 34, and said 200 others were wounded. CNN counted at least eight bullet-riddled bodies and up to 40 wounded at the chaotic emergency facility in the Egyptian capital, down the street from the site of the shooting. The upper bodies of the victims appeared to be peppered with shotgun pellets and bullet wounds. Doctors tended to the victims, performing surgeries in many cases before shipping...
  • Mending the Morsi Mistake

    07/08/2013 5:51:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 5, 2013 | Noah Beck
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Mending the Morsi MistakePosted By Noah Beck On July 5, 2013 @ 12:32 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments Critics who call the recent coup by the Egyptian army “undemocratic” are placing form over substance and forgetting that the election of Mohamed Morsi was itself arguably undemocratic. Because his Muslim Brotherhood party was the only organized political force running for office, there was little chance of meaningful political competition emerging in the mere six months between Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow and Egypt’s first free elections. That fact might have mattered much less had Morsi used his...
  • The Wikipedia War Over Egypt's 'Coup'

    07/07/2013 9:59:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Sunday, July 7, 2013 | Marya Hannun
    In recent days, the protests and clashes over the Egyptian military's July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsy have transpired amid a parallel battle over semantics -- specifically whether the dramatic events of the past week constituted a "coup." Adopting the loaded word has very real implications for everything from the future of Egypt's fledgling democracy to the more than $1 billion in aid Washington sends to Cairo each year. And, as with past international crises, nowhere is the debate fiercer than in the dark netherworld of Wikipedia forums. The heated back-and-forth over the title for the English-language page "2013...
  • The Egyptian rebel who "owns" Tahrir Square

    07/07/2013 10:24:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 08, 2013 | Yasmine Saleh and Paul Taylor
    Mahmoud Badr "owns" the Egyptian street. The 28-year-old activist in sneakers, jeans and a worn-out polo shirt invented the magic formula that drew millions of Egyptians out to demand the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Now he is determined to ensure all their demands are met. On the day the army stepped in to remove Mursi last week, Badr and his two twenty-something co-founders of the "Tamarud - Rebel!" movement got a phone call from a general staff colonel, inviting them to meet the armed forces commander-in-chief. Speaking to Reuters in a bare suburban high-rise apartment lent to his...
  • Menendez: Egypt aid can be ‘leverage’

    07/07/2013 6:18:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Sunday said the U.S. could use its foreign aid package for Egypt as “leverage” to push the country back to democracy, days after the military ousted elected President Mohamed Morsi. Menendez did not call for suspending aid, but said it could help “ensure we end up with an Egypt for all” by pressing the military to transition quickly back to civilian rule and free elections.
  • Egypt overthrow shakes Islamists in the region

    07/07/2013 6:15:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    KWWL-TV / The Associated Press ^ | July 7, 2013 | Paul Schemm
    The military's overthrow of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood's fall from power in Egypt have sent Islamist parties around the region scrambling to preserve gains made in the Middle East and North Africa as a result of the Arab Spring uprisings. The stunning reversal has instilled caution among some Islamists against pushing their agenda too hard, but it has also strengthened hard-liners long opposed to democracy....
  • Egyptian Military Takes over Egypt's TV

    07/03/2013 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 85 replies
    CTV News ^ | July 3, 20013 | Jeff Head
    Latest Egypt News: July 3, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Egyptian Military Occupies TV Stations 10:05 EDT CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt's military moved to tighten its control on key institutions Wednesday, even putting officers in the newsroom of state TV, in preparation for an almost certain push to remove the country's Islamist president when an afternoon ultimatum expires. Mohammed Morsi has vowed not to step down in the face of millions of protesters in the streets in the biggest anti-government rallies the country has seen. His Islamist supporters have vowed to resist what they call a coup against democracy, and have...
  • Supporters Of Egyptian President Say Military Coup Is Underway

    07/03/2013 10:10:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | Richard Engel, Charlene Gubash, Erin McClam
    CAIRO — An adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said Wednesday that a military coup was underway, that tanks were on the move outside Cairo and that communication with the president had been cut off. As a military deadline came and went for Morsi to step aside, the army took control of state television, and boisterous crowds opposed to the regime cheered and danced in Tahrir Square.
  • Overthrow Morsi

    07/03/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT · by National Review · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | July 3, 2013 | National Review
    And end the Muslim Brotherhood's dictatorial rule in Egypt. By The Editors Egypt’s ongoing crisis has taken its latest turn with a dramatic showdown between the Morsi regime, beset by massive street protests, and the Egyptian military, which has given it an ultimatum to accommodate the protesters — or else. The so-called Arab Spring has perpetually presented devilish choices between different sorts of malign actors, but this confrontation isn’t a hard call. We should encourage the military to act to end the dictatorial rule of Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi has made Hosni Mubarak look like a paragon of good...
  • Egypt's president refuses to step down

    07/03/2013 6:32:11 AM PDT · by bert · 4 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 07/03/13 | staff
    Mohammad Morsi says he is the country's "guardian of legitimacy", as protests claim more lives and army deadline looms. Cairo - Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has rejected calls for his resignation, saying that he is Egypt’s "guardian of legitimacy" after three days of nationwide pro- and anti-government demonstrations, that have drawn millions to the streets. His speech was a response to the protests, and to an ultimatum from Egypt’s military, which on Tuesday said it would issue a political "road map" unless Morsi resolved the crisis in 48 hours. Morsi had earlier dismissed the ultimatum, demanding in a message posted...
  • Live Thread: Egypt Revolution 2.0

    07/03/2013 5:56:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 1,107 replies
    Various sources | Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | Kristinn
    The Egyptian army has set a deadline of 4 p.m. Cairo time for the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Morsi to compromise with the people of Egypt (by stepping down.) Morsi refuses. 18 people were killed and 200 were wounded in clashes at Cairo University last night.A Washington Post report from Cairo on dueling statements from Morsi and the army: Waving his hands and shaking his fists in a 45-minute speech on national television late Tuesday, Morsi swore that he was committed to the democratic process that brought him to power and said that any attempts to subvert the constitution...
  • Tense Egypt awaits army move after deadline

    07/03/2013 6:22:19 AM PDT · by bert · 11 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 07/03/13 | staff
    Army ultimatum to resolve political crisis expires at 14:30 GMT with leaks projecting draft constitution to be scrapped. Egypt is bracing for a showdown between the military and President Mohammed Morsi, who has rejected an army ultimatum to end a political crisis with his opponents, vowing to stay in office. The ultimatum expires at 4:30pm (14:30 GMT) on Wednesday but the army said on its Facebook page that it had set no times for issuing statements or speeches. The political wing of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood refused an invitation to meet the armed forces commander on Wednesday, hours before deadline....
  • Egypt army plan to sideline Morsi if no deal reached soon

    07/02/2013 11:57:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    JPost/Reuters ^ | 7/2/2013
    CAIRO - Egypt's army has plans to push President Mohamed Morsi aside and suspend the constitution if he fails to strike a power-sharing deal with his opponents within 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Egypt's first freely elected leader was still clinging to power with tens of thousands of people on the streets from rival factions. There were some clashes between Morsi's Islamist supporters and those who want him forced out after only a year in office. Military sources told Reuters that once a two-day deadline set by the head of the armed forces expires at 5 p.m....
  • Berlin Researchers Crack the Ptolemy Code

    10/04/2010 7:07:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 01 Oct 2010 | Matthias Schulz
    A 2nd century map of Germania by the scholar Ptolemy has always stumped scholars, who were unable to relate the places depicted to known settlements. Now a team of researchers have cracked the code, revealing that half of Germany's cities are 1,000 years older than previously thought. The founding of Rome has been pinpointed to the year 753. For the city of St. Petersburg, records even indicate the precise day the first foundation stone was laid. Historians don't have access to this kind of precision when it comes to German cities like Hanover, Kiel or Bad Driburg. The early histories...
  • Ptolemy Tilted Off His Axis (lost celestial secret found)

    03/30/2005 10:35:09 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 63 replies · 2,557+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 30, 2005 | John Johnson
    Studying a statue of Atlas holding the sky, an American astronomer finds key evidence of what could be a major fraud in science history. In a sunlit gallery of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Italy, astronomer Brad Schaefer came face to face with an ancient statue known as the Farnese Atlas. For centuries, the 7-foot marble figure of the mythological Atlas has bent in stoic agony with a sphere of the cosmos crushing his shoulders. Carved on the sphere - one of only three celestial globes that have survived from Greco-Roman times - are figures representing 41 of the 48...
  • CLEOPATRA WAS A BLONDE - (terrific brief history of Egypt's rich past; optimistic democratic future)

    03/26/2005 1:14:24 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 93 replies · 7,824+ views
    TO THE POINT.COM ^ | MARCH 24, 2005 | DR. JACK WHEELER
    No, this is not a blonde joke. If you want one of those, go to this week’s Humor File. Cleopatra was in fact a blonde. That’s because she was not Egyptian. She was a Macedonian Greek, with hair as blonde as Alexander’s. Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 BC, then went on to subdue all of the Middle East. When he died nine years later, his just-conquered empire was fought over and carved up by his generals. The one who ended up running Egypt was Ptolemy (367-283 BC). Declaring himself Pharaoh, he founded the Ptolemaic Dynasty, with twelve Ptolemies in succession,...
  • Vast and Deadly Fleets May Yield Secrets at Last

    07/25/2004 6:26:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 691+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2004 | William J. Broad
    The Persian Wars may be famed in history, but few artifacts and material remains have emerged to shed light on how the ancient Greeks defeated the Asian invaders and saved Europe in what scholars call one of the first great victories of freedom over tyranny. It is well known that a deadly warship of antiquity, the trireme, a fast galley powered by three banks of rowers pulling up to 200 oars, played a crucial role in the fierce battles. Its bronze ram could smash enemy ships, and armed soldiers could leap aboard a foe's vessel in hand-to-hand combat with...