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  • Amal Clooney should back off. Lord Elgin was a hero who saved the marbles for the world

    10/21/2014 4:44:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-21-14 | Dominic Selwood
    In February 2014, while promoting his World War Two film, The Monuments Men, Hollywood A-List actor George Clooney declared that Britain should send the Elgin Marbles back to Greece. Despite claiming they came from the Pantheon in Rome rather than the Parthenon in Athens (and also that they had been taken by Lord "Eljin"), he felt that returning them was now appropriate. This was fiercely controversial territory. However, once the furore had died down, most people wrote it off as a kooky PR stunt. Until last week, when it emerged that George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Clooney, a lawyer specialising...
  • KLM Lost and Found Service

    10/21/2014 4:06:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10-21-14 | KLM You Tube
    Link only. This will put a smile on your face for sure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-T_t166TY&feature=youtu.be
  • NASA eyes SpaceX soft-landing technology for future Mars missions

    10/18/2014 6:30:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    spaceflightinsider.com ^ | October 18th, 2014 | Jason Rhian
    Because the technologies required to land large payloads on Mars are significantly different than those used here on Earth, investment in these technologies is critical,” said NASA’s Principal Investigator for NASA’s Propulsive Descent Technologies (PDT) project Robert Braun. “This is the first high-fidelity data set of a rocket system firing into its direction of travel while traveling at supersonic speeds in Mars-relevant conditions. Analysis of this unique data set will enable system engineers to extract important lessons for the application and infusion of supersonic retro-propulsion into future NASA missions.” While NASA and other organizations have researched similar technologies – no...
  • Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi

    10/18/2014 7:52:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Maurits Martijn
    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled. In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones. Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack,...
  • St. Mary's doctors determine 2,100-year-old "Mummy Girl" died of appendicitis

    10/17/2014 7:10:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    WPTV ^ | October 17, 2014 | Marisa Gottesman, Sun Sentinel
    Doctors didn't have much of a medical history to help them unwrap the cause of death of their oldest patient, a 2,100-year-old female mummy... Doctors performed a CT scan on the mummy Oct. 10 to come up with the working diagnosis. Relying on the scans, they reviewed her bone structure, size and teeth. They compared their findings to X-rays that were taken of the mummy more than 40 years ago. The older scans had initially led doctors to believe the mummy was somewhere between the age of 4 and 9, and that she had died of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis had been...
  • Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought, new evidence suggests

    10/17/2014 3:37:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    University of Birmingham via EurekAlert! ^ | October 9, 2014 | Stuart Gillespie
    Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization may be incorrect by up to a century, according to new radiocarbon analyses. While historical chronologies traditionally place the end of the Greek Bronze Age at around 1025 BCE, this latest research suggests a date 70 to 100 years earlier. Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham selected 60 samples of animal bones, plant remains and building timbers, excavated at Assiros in northern Greece, to be radiocarbon dated and correlated with 95.4% accuracy using Bayesian statistical methodology at the University of Oxford and the Akademie der Wissenschaften Heidelberg, Germany. 'Until very recently...
  • Ancient Rome’s German, Swiss legacy preserved

    10/17/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | October 10, 2014 | Carl H. Larsen
    More than 1,500 years after its demise, the Roman Empire remains a vibrant part of modern-day Trier. Near the borders of France, Luxembourg and Belgium, today’s city of 105,000 was once the administrative capital of the Western Roman Empire and with its monolithic architecture became known as Roma Segunda — the Second Rome. The Romans brought to Trier a high standard of living, exquisite artwork and their famed architectural and engineering skills. In northern Europe, on an arc from the Alps to the North Sea, in what was once called northeast Gaul and Upper Germania, the remnants of Roman civilization...
  • A New Type of Inscribed Copper Plate from Indus Valley (Harappan) Civilisation

    10/17/2014 10:28:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Ancient Asia Journal ^ | October 8, 2014 | Vasant Shinde, Rick J. Willis
    A group of nine Indus Valley copper plates (c. 2600–2000 BC), discovered from private collections in Pakistan, appear to be of an important type not previously described. The plates are significantly larger and more robust than those comprising the corpus of known copper plates or tablets, and most significantly differ in being inscribed with mirrored characters. One of the plates bears 34 characters, which is the longest known single Indus script inscription. Examination of the plates with x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrophotometry indicates metal compositions, including arsenical copper, consistent with Indus Valley technology. Microscopy of the metal surface and internal structure...
  • Archeologists unearth 3,300 year old complex in Israel

    10/17/2014 9:02:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | October 16, 2014 | Bob Yirka
    Initial examination of the ruins suggests the site was an ancient cult complex—a rather large one at that with side walls measuring up to 52x52 feet. Thus far arch[a]eologists have uncovered mask fragments (parts that covered the nose), connected cups (their purpose has yet to be discovered), scarabs (stone representations of the beetle typically used as an amulet) and very large vessels known as pithoi. The relics suggest the site was use as a cult complex, likely dedicated to the worship of a god, though the researchers can't say with any certainty which one that might have been. The most...
  • Ebola Stricken Cruise Passenger Denied Entry to Belize

    10/17/2014 2:29:49 AM PDT · by eastforker · 73 replies
    Maritime news ^ | October 17, 2014 | World Maritime News Staf
    A Dallas hospital nurse exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms and her husband, travelling on board Carnival Magic, have been denied entry to Belize. The couple has been prevented from entering Belize City to be airlifted to the U.S.A., and is currently on a ship tender unable to return to the cruise ship, according to the Belizean media reports.
  • 2014 Travelers of the Year

    10/16/2014 9:10:25 PM PDT · by tenger · 1 replies
    National Geographic Traveler ^ | October 16, 2014 | George Stone
    11 Individuals, One Inspiring Journey Home is where the heart is. For the Inion family (www.traveldeepandwide.com), that means everywhere. When Brent and Stacey-Jean set out from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on a family road trip in 2007, their goal was to explore the United States. As their itinerary grew to include Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Belize, and Mexico, so did their number. There are now 11 Inions, including four kids adopted from China, India, Egypt, and South Korea. Their ninth child, Jeriah, was born with Down syndrome and a heart condition. Four of their other children have special needs as well, with...
  • Horror Crash Shows Why You Never, Ever Pass A Truck Before Your Exit

    10/16/2014 11:20:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    http://jalopnik.com ^ | october 15, 2014 | Raphael Orlove
    To every single human being I have seen cutting across multiple lanes to rush to their highway exit: this could happen to you. Amazingly the person driving this Ford Focus, 25-year-old Jasmien Claeys, survived the multiple-impact wreck. As Carscoopsreports, she told Belgian HLN that the crash put her in a coma, shattered her hand, and broke her top two vertebrae, but she is recovering.
  • Mars One Dustup: Founder Says Mission Won’t Fail As MIT Study Predicts

    10/15/2014 7:00:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell
    A new study says that the Mars One concept could fail on several points: oxygen levels could skyrocket unsafely. Using the local resources to generate habitability is unproven. The technology is expensive. But the founder of Mars One says the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student study is based on the wrong assumptions. “It’s based on technology available on the ISS [International Space Station],” said Bas Landorp in an interview with Universe Today. “So you end up with a completely different Mars mission than Mars One. So their analysis has nothing to do with our mission.” The mission has sparked...
  • American killed by camel at Mexico beach resort

    10/15/2014 9:47:49 AM PDT · by billorites · 15 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 14, 2014
    A 60-year-old American was killed by a camel which escaped from its pen and attacked him at a wildlife center he owned in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, local emergency services said on Tuesday. Richard Mileski, who was from the Chicago area, was found dead early on Monday, said Antonio Gomez, a Tulum emergency services spokesman. “When we arrived, the people who were there said (the camel) got out of its stable and attacked him,” said Gomez. “It dragged him, climbed on top of him, was kicking him, biting him and sat on top of him.” Gomez said the...
  • New York Times Offers Pricey Reporter-Guided Tour of 'Once-Forbidden' Iran'Accomplishments'

    10/13/2014 10:25:34 AM PDT · by Maceman · 5 replies
    MRC Newsbusters | October 13, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Full Title: New York Times Offers Pricey Reporter-Guided Tour of 'Once-Forbidden' Iran, Review of Ayatollah's 'Accomplishments' Ira Stoll at Smartertimes.com reports that “For the price of $6,995, the New York Times is offering 13-day tours of Iran guided by Times journalist Elaine Sciolino.” It’s a pretty hard sell, but the Times website tries to sell Tehran as a party town with “joie de vivre.” Tehran is an interesting fusion of old meeting new; conservative elders uphold the traditions of the illustrious Persian past while the young and fashionable adopt a new trendy joie de vivre. The city itself may be...
  • Bones discovered could reveal behaviour of extinct relatives

    10/11/2014 9:09:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Friday, October 10, 2014 | Leon Siciliano
    Pre neanderthal bones 200,000 years old have been discovered on a building site, and could shed light on every day behaviour of our extinct relatives It is thought that these pre neanderthal bones could shed light on the everyday behaviour of our closest extinct relative. They were discovered in Northern France by chance on a building site and it is though the arm bones could be as much as 200,000 years old. It is a rare find, only 12 other sites in Europe have discovered such significant archeological remains. The bones are of particular scientific interest because they hint at...
  • Ebola outbreak: Canadians in 3 West African countries advised to leave

    10/10/2014 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    Health Minister Rona Ambrose is urging Canadians in three countries in West Africa where the Ebola virus is raging to consider leaving now. The federal government issued a travel advisory Friday aimed at 216 Canadians who live in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. "Today we are asking Canadians living in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to consider leaving by commercial means while they are still available," Ambrosa said in Edmonton Friday.
  • CD Lewis on "A Voyage to Arcturus" (David Lindsay, 1920)

    10/10/2014 3:47:47 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 10 replies
    Ben Crowder blog ^ | 19 Dec 1942 | CS "Jack" Lewis
    Mary, as for yo¯ hono¯s metaphysick mistresses, beatificall bona robas, hyper-uranian whoores, and transcendentall trulls, not oonlie my complexioun little delighteth in them but my ripe and more constant ivdgement reiecteth, esteeming them in truth no more but what Geo: Macdonald bringeth us in as Lilith in his nobly inuented but ill-languaged romans of the same name, or David Lyndesay of late, under the name Sullenbode, in his notable Voiage and Travell to Arctur¯.
  • Astrophysicists Reveal Amount of Dark Matter is Less Than Previously Thought

    10/10/2014 1:00:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    SciTech Daily ^ | 10/09/2014 | Source: International Center for Radio Astronomy Research
    New research from the University of Western Australia reveals that the amount of dark matter in the Milky Way is half as much as previously thought. Australian astronomers used a method developed almost 100 years ago to discover that the weight of dark matter in our own galaxy is 800,000,000,000 (or 8 x 1011) times the mass of the Sun. They probed the edge of the Milky Way, looking closely, for the first time, at the fringes of the galaxy about 5 million billion kilometers from Earth. Astrophysicist Dr Prajwal Kafle, from The University of Western Australia node of the...
  • Plane Cleaners Strike At NY Terminal Over Ebola Fears

    10/09/2014 7:57:01 AM PDT · by wtd · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/09/2014 | AP
    Plane Cleaners Strike At NY Terminal Over Ebola Fears. FoxNews 10/09/2014 Plane cleaners strike at New York airport terminal over Ebola fears Published October 09, 2014Associated Press NEW YORK – Airplane cabin cleaners have set up pickets outside a LaGuardia Airport terminal over health and safety issues.
  • Scientists say Indonesia cave drawings the same age as those in Europe

    10/09/2014 6:36:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 10-09-2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe, according to a new study that shows our ancestors were drawing all over the world 40,000 years ago. And it hints at an even earlier dawn of creativity in modern humans, going back to Africa, than scientists had thought. Archaeologists calculated that a dozen stencils of hands in mulberry red and two detailed drawings of an animal described as a "pig-deer" are between 35,000 to 40,000 years old, based on levels of decay of the element uranium. That puts the art found in Sulawesi,...
  • The Top 28 Farms for Fall Fun in the US (2014)

    10/08/2014 4:52:46 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    Funtober LLC ^ | Oct 4, 2014
    It’s the first weekend in October and, with rain in the local morning forecast, I set out to find the nation’s classic fall traditions. The farms that are packed with families willing to drive an hour because that’s where they’ve always gone. The cider mills that are cranking out the fresh apple cider and donuts that you will be hankering for every fall for the next thirty years. The locations that draw giant pumpkin farmers and guests from across the region to see who has the heaviest pumpkin. From farms which could be best characterized as amusement parks, to classic...
  • Touchdown! Virgin Spacecraft Prototype Soars Over Mojave, Testing Re-Entry System

    10/08/2014 9:36:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    The company is among a handful of firms competing to bring well-heeled tourists into suborbital space. There are more than 700 people signed up to take a flight on SpaceShipTwo, with tickets running at $250,000 per seat. The spacecraft is put into the air using a carrier aircraft called WhiteKnightTwo, then will separate for a brief flight in space. Exact timing for the first flight has not been disclosed yet, but it is expected to be in the coming months. “SpaceShipTwo is safely back on the ground after her 54th test flight, including her tenth test of the feather system,”...
  • 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.
  • 19th America's Challenge Balloon Race

    10/07/2014 11:56:48 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    ABQ Int. Balloon Fiesta ^ | October 7, 2014 | ABQ Int. Balloon Fiesta
    The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race was founded by the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1995 due to the vision and efforts of Mark Sullivan, former Balloon Fiesta President and recipient of the Montgolfier Diplome (one of ballooning's highest honors), who saw the need for America to be identified with the world's most prestigious ballooning sport. The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race is modeled after the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, but it differs from the older event in allowing balloons from all countries, without limits on the number of entries from each. The team that travels the longest distance wins.
  • Here’s What It Looks Like To Build The Lynx Spacecraft

    10/07/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 7, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Hot off the news that XCOR is partnering with Mars One to offer joyrides in space, the company announced this week that it has mated the cockpit to the fuselage on the prototype — which they classify as a major milestone in construction. Check out pictures of the team at work below. “The team at XCOR has been working a long time to reach this goal,” stated XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. “We always knew there would be a day when we could see a spacecraft forming in our hangar. Today is that day. These pictures show our ongoing journey to...
  • Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

    10/07/2014 9:40:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 10:44 AM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many of these systems are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less, according to studies released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the...
  • VW says robots to replace retiring boomers

    10/06/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | Published: 06 Oct 2014 16:02 CET | (DPA/The Local)
    Volkswagen hopes to put more robots to work as it says goodbye to its retiring baby boomer employees, the company’s chief of human resources wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday. […] “In the German auto industry, labor costs are more than €40 per hour; eastern European labor costs €11; in China, it’s still than less than €10,” (Horst) Neumann wrote. “A current robotic replacement for assembly work currently costs around €5 an hour. Predictably, next-generation robotics will be even cheaper. We have to take make the most of this price advantage.” …
  • 10 mile spacecraft and 60 mile highway discovered in 1968 moon photo?

    10/06/2014 8:15:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 97 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/05/14 | Staff
    A 1968 photo taken during a Lunar Orbiter mission to the moon shows what appears to be a spacecraft that is at least 10 miles (16 km) long resting inside the Crater Manlius. The photo was the subject of a Youtube video that was released on October 4 that shows various close ups and light contrasts of the apparent spacecraft. Most of the object is well illuminated by the sun, but the rest is in the shadows of the crater which is approximately 20 miles (34 km) in diameter, What appears to be a spacecraft cockpit is in shadows. According...
  • Hilton to sell Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurer

    10/06/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by illiac · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/6/14 | Karmin/Calia
    Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell its most prestigious hotel, Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria, for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company, the hotel operator said Monday. The sale price is among the highest ever for any hotel and represents the latest sign of intense international demand for luxury hotels and other trophy properties in major global cities. The Waldorf Astoria’s price of $1.3 million a room is also among the highest ever paid in the U.S. on a per-room basis. The acquisition is the first major deal in the U.S. for Anbang Insurance Group Co., which beat out...
  • The search for MH370: Next phase poised to begin

    10/05/2014 1:36:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:04 AM EDT, Sun October 5, 2014 | Euan McKirdy,
    On Sunday, the search vessel GO Phoenix is expected to arrive at its designated search area in the southern Indian Ocean to begin the next phase of the search. The ship, and two others which will arrive within the month, will conduct detailed sonar sweeps in an attempt to locate wreckage of the plane. ... The existing data for the sea floor in that area is at a very low resolution, says Stuart Minchin, head of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia, the agency overseeing the mapping process. Getting an accurate picture is crucial as the drones that will...
  • Contacts for a class trip to New York for a student who is exceptional

    10/03/2014 6:38:28 PM PDT · by trussell · 42 replies
    My son's school is taking a trip to New York in May. All students are invited to attend. I asked the counselor if there were any grants available for students who were part of families who couldn't swing it and was told there were no grants available for this trip, unfortunately...so I was wondering if anyone would have any suggestions for contacts who would want to encourage a student who is such a gifted student. The boy is in Advanced placement classes (since the 4th grade), he is on the A/B honor roll. He has medical issues such as JRA(since...
  • 10 U.S. Destinations They Never Told You About In Geography Class

    10/02/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hyundai
    There’s more to this country than just knowing your capitals!
  • College student who plunged to death on cruise was watching Miami sunrise

    10/01/2014 8:25:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    ·FoxNews.com ^ | October 01, 2014
    Kendall Wernet, 20, who was originally from South Carolina, was with a group of about five who climbed the mast on the ship, The Ecstasy, and sat there for about 45 minutes talking about life and their future. One person in the group said no drinking had been involved. Wernet was standing when a radar dish on the restricted platform started to rotate, Steve Acorn, a mentor who was with the group, told the station. The student was knocked over to the runner's track below ... "He was the kind of guy, that if you had a daughter, you'd want...
  • Ebola: At what threshold do you self quarantine~ Vanity

    10/01/2014 12:34:14 PM PDT · by GraceG · 113 replies
    So at what level/number of ebola cases in the USA should people consider self quarantining themsevles in order to either avoid getting infected or in order to wait out a few weeks in case you may have picked it up to prevent spreading it. Here is what I have a framework: 1. 1,000 cases in the United States with 0 in your own state. 2. 500 cases in the United States with 1 or more in your home state. 3. 250 cases in the United States with 1 or more in your home city/town. 4. 10 cases in the united...
  • Do you pack weeks ahead for a long trip.. Or wait until the last minute?

    09/30/2014 6:42:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies
    NR | 9/30/14 | Vanity
    In less than three weeks, we hit the airways and cruise the Asia waters and gateways not Asia, Singapore and Beijing... I haven't started packing. I am notorious for over-packing.. I may use foam inserts next time to fill the suitcase out and leave some of the stuff home. Anyone have any packing tips?
  • World's Largest Passenger Plane Lands at DFW (Video)

    09/29/2014 4:28:48 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 33 replies
    5 NBCDFW.com ^ | Monday, Sep 29, 2014 | Brian Curtis and Frank Heinz
    The largest passenger jet in the world, the Airbus A380, landed Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, completing the longest currently flown nonstop route in the world.
  • Cities to visit in Europe??

    09/29/2014 9:05:14 AM PDT · by babylon_times · 84 replies
    Me and a few friends will be spending 3 weeks in Europe Early next summer.... Has anyone here been over there? What are a few things "We shouldn't miss"?
  • Travel to Mexico

    09/28/2014 6:05:57 PM PDT · by bushwon · 136 replies
    Me | 09/28/2014 | Bushwon
    Daughter is traveling to Mexico City, and I am looking for some useful travel references...some first-hand Freeper info/advice, or books/websites that have a "step-by-step" account of what to expect when she arrives at the airport. She has never traveled to a Mexico (or any other country forthat matter), and it has been a long time since I traveled to Mexico, so I am looking for the latest information to provide to her. Thank you for your help.
  • Brian Howard vs Chicago Airport. System Vulnerability, Face Pic, as yet Unseen.

    09/28/2014 4:40:06 PM PDT · by lee martell · 6 replies
    Sept. 28 2014 | lee martell
    By all appearances, Brian Howard acted alone, and brought both of Chicago's Airports to a stand still. The information is sketchy and still coming in. Brian Howard was an eight year independent contracting employee working at the Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill. He started a fire which resulted in over 2000 flights being grounded. This actually does look like the work of one deranged individual and not terrorism, although we have not been told very much about this man. In fact, as of now, I have not even seen his photo posted. Makes you...
  • Italian-Spanish archeologists to launch dig into Luxor tomb

    09/27/2014 10:00:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | September 26, 2014 | Claudio Accogli
    An Italian-Spanish archeological team on Friday prepared to launch a dig in an extraordinary tomb whose discovery was announced six months ago. The tomb belongs to May, an important government officer of the XVIII dynasty, an era ruled by pharoahs such as Tutankhamon and the "heretic" pharoah Akhenaton, who established a sun cult dedicated to the sun disk Aton, among others... The team came upon the tomb of May through a horizontal tunnel located within the Min, which was also visited two centuries ago by the legendary Jean Francois Champollion, considered the father of Egyptology... The few images available show...
  • The trouble with keeping commercial flights clean

    09/27/2014 8:58:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Published September 19, 2014
    Some airlines are reluctant to discuss how much cleansing airliners get. Typically, planes get a once-over straightening-up between flights and usually a more thorough cleaning overnight or between long international flights. Periodically planes get scrubbed from nose to tail when they undergo major maintenance work. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines say their aircraft that fly into and out of hot spot zones such as western Africa, where several countries are under the threat of the Ebola virus, get a thorough cleaning with disinfecting solution per guidelines issued by the WHO. Because of the Ebola threat, United increased its cleaning...
  • A Viking Burial Described by Arab Writer Ahmad ibn Fadlan

    09/27/2014 2:26:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Thor News ^ | May 12, 2012 | unattributed
    ...A 10th century Arab Muslim writer named Ahmad ibn Fadlan produced a description of a funeral of a Scandinavian, Swedish, chieftain who was on an expedition on the eastern route. The account is a unique source on the ceremonies surrounding the Viking funeral, of a chieftain. The dead chieftain was put in a temporary grave which was covered for ten days until they had sewn new clothes for him. One of his thrall women volunteered to join him in the afterlife and she was guarded day and night, being given a great amount of intoxicating drinks while she sang happily......
  • Home owner discovers ancient underground city beneath his house in Anatolia

    09/27/2014 2:17:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | August 25, 2014 | April Holloway
    A home owner living in the Melikgazi district of Kayseri province in Anatolia made a surprising discovery while clearing out an area under his house – a subterranean city, of which 4,000 square metres have been excavated so far, according to a report in Hurriyet Daily News. The region of Anatolia in Turkey is famous for its underground cities, particularly in the region of Cappadocia where more than 40 complete underground cities and 200 underground villages and tunnel towns complete with hidden passages, secret rooms, and ancient temples have been found. Mustafa Bozdemir, 50, was bequeathed a house in Melikgazi...
  • Iberian pig genome remains unchanged after five centuries

    09/27/2014 1:49:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 17, 2014 | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    A team of Spanish researchers have obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig found at the site of the Montsoriu Castle in Girona, the data obtained indicates that this ancient pig is closely related to today's Iberian pig. Researchers also discard the hypothesis that Asian pigs were crossed with modern Iberian pigs. The study, published in Heredity, sheds new light on evolutionary aspects of pig species, and particularly on that of the Iberian breed, considered to be representative of original European Mediterranean populations... The sample dates approximately from the years 1520...
  • Museum Day Live: Free admission at Participating Museums Saturday

    09/26/2014 9:55:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 9/27/2014
    The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free. Click here to view the list of 2014 participating museums. Read about some of the participating museums here.
  • Snake slithers out of dashboard, forces driver off I-95

    09/26/2014 9:00:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    CBS 6 WTVR.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Scott Wise and Wayne Covil
    JARRATT, Va. — A man on his way from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare driving down Interstate 95 in Virginia on Friday morning when a snake slithered out from the dashboard of his U-Haul truck. The driver and his passenger pulled off I-95, entered the town of Jarratt, parked the U-Haul at a car dealership and asked for help. “I was sitting at my desk,” Owen Ford employee Jason Lowery said. “A traveler came in and hollered at one of the service technicians ‘I got a snake coming out from behind the dashboard.'” When Lowery jumped up...
  • One of "world's most destructive insects" found at Philadelphia airport[arrived from Saudi Arabia]

    09/25/2014 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 70 replies
    bizjournals ^ | Sep 24, 2014 | Jared Shelly
    The khapra beetle is one of the most destructive insects in the world. It's hard to eradicate because it can go for long periods without food or water, making it a menace to the grain and seed industry (since it likes the dry conditions afforded by large stocks of grain.) So kudos to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Philadelphia who intercepted a khapra beetle in a passenger’s baggage at Philadelphia International Airport. The Dept. of Homeland security provided the details in a statement: CBP officers referred a family that arrived from Saudi Arabia via Qatar to a secondary...
  • This is what it takes to outfit an airplane with WIFI. (video)

    09/25/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | United Airways
    http://www.dump.com/airplanewifi/https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/products-services/pages/united-installs-satellite-wi-fi.aspx
  • Racy photos of scantily-clad VietAir flight attendants stir controversy

    09/24/2014 6:29:58 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 September 2014 | Fox News
    Airlines like Air New Zelanad and RyanAir have come under fire for their less-than-family friendly promotions, but the Vietnamese low-cost carrier, VietJetAir, is facing backlash over racy publicity photos that weren't part of an official ad campaign. Ngoc Trinh, a Vietnamese lingerie model, recently posted pictures of herself along with other women wearing skimpy bikinis in the VietJetAir’s colors to her Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. They were allegedly captioned: “Just finished shooting promo photos for VietJet Air for 12 hours nonstop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.”