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  • Farmer digs up woolly mammoth bones in Michigan soy field

    10/03/2015 12:37:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 2015 | Rachel Feltman
    James Bristle of Lima Township was digging in a soybean field Monday when he and his friend pulled up what they first thought was a bent, muddy old fence post. But it was actually the rib bone of an ancient woolly mammoth... University of Michigan professor Daniel Fisher... believes that the mammoth died between 11,000 and 15,000 years ago. Most mammoths were gone by 10,000 years ago... “We get calls once or twice a year about new specimens like this,” Fisher told The Washington Post. But they’re usually mastodons. It’s a bit more unusual to find a mammoth, the group...
  • The Iceman Cameth [Solutreans, Pre-Clovis]

    10/02/2015 11:41:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Friday, October 2, 2015 | Patrick Hahn
    All early American ancestors hailed from East Asia and Siberia? Not so fast, says a prominent scientist... Stanford shows me some other artifacts. In addition to bifacial spear points, there are bone points, spear throwers, bow drills, hammerstones, scrapers, and flat stones that still retain traces of birch sap, which may have been used to apply waterproof seals to their boats. “Everything the Solutreans had, they have here,” Stanford explains. “Of course, that’s just coincidence.” Then he laughs that infectious laugh of his... Stanford opens another drawer and shows some spear points recovered from Tennessee. The points are over 14,000...
  • Mass Grave Found in California Reveals Prehistoric Violence Against ‘Outsiders’

    10/02/2015 11:34:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Western Digs ^ | September 28, 2015 | Blake de Pastino
    ...Now, chemical analysis has revealed that the men were far from home when they were killed, up to several days’ journey from where they were born and raised. The discovery is only the most recent example of violence among prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the region, anthropologists say. But it bears important lessons about the nature of conflict and warfare in pre-contact California... The grave was unearthed in 2012 during the construction of a shopping center in the town of Pleasanton, in the Amador Valley just east of Oakland... One of the men suffered a severe blow above the left eye, causing...
  • Could Cramond hold the secret of Scotland during Dark Ages?

    10/02/2015 11:26:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    City of Edinburgh ^ | Thursday, 1st October 2015 | unattributed
    The mass burial in Cramond, believed to be the oldest occupied village in Scotland, was uncovered in 1975 during an excavation of a Roman Bathhouse found at the site of a car park. Forty years later, a team led by the City of Edinburgh Council has embraced modern science to examine the remains of nine individuals found in the grave with fascinating results. The evidence has disproved an early theory that the bodies were victims of the bubonic plague, instead dating the individuals back another 800 years to the 6th Century AD. Thanks to state-of-the-art computer programming, researchers were able...
  • Top 10 engines of all time

    10/02/2015 12:59:05 AM PDT · by Cowman · 101 replies
    On all Cylinders ^ | January 26, 2014 | David Fuller
    (#10): Ford 427 SOHC (#9): Ford 351 Windsor (#8): Chevrolet 454 (#7): Cummins 5.9L I6 Turbo Diesel (#6): Chrysler 225 Slant Six (#5): Chevy 427 (#4): Ford 300 I6 (#3): General Motors LS1 (#2): Chrysler 426 HEMI (#1): Small Block Chevrolet (Gen 1) 350
  • 1st Century AD Inscription Found in Ancient Thracian Tomb... Solon's 'Prayer to the Muses'

    10/01/2015 12:31:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | September 25, 2015 | Ivan Dikov
    The 1st century AD inscription which has recently been discovered printed (most likely, by accident) on an ancient vessel in an Ancient Thracian burial mound near the town of Tatarevo in Southern Bulgaria has been found out to be a verse from the poem “Prayer to the Muses” by Ancient Greek poet and statesman Solon. The inscription, which was printed on a clay vessel, was found in August 2015 by the archaeologists excavating a Thracian tumulus (burial mound) repeatedly targeted by treasure hunters in the town of Tatarevo, Parvomay Municipality, in Southern Bulgaria. The vessel with the “printed” inscription in...
  • Hostess with man in toilet on flight Made over $1m sleeping with passengers

    09/29/2015 6:01:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | 29 September 2015
    A stewardess was caught with a passenger inside the lavatory of an aircraft owned by a Middle East carrier during flight. The airlines immediately sacked the hostess after she admitted to seducing with other passengers during flight to make money, newspapers said, adding that the unnamed stewardess had made more than $1 million (Dh3.7 million) over two years. The papers, citing airline sources, said the passenger admitted that she seduced him into the lavatory for $2,000 (Dh7,400). “She admitted that she had sex with many other passengers during flight and that she preferred long distance flights between the Gulf and...
  • The World's Oldest Papyrus and What It Can Tell Us About the Great Pyramids

    09/29/2015 12:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | Monday, September 28, 2015 | Alexander Stille
    Astonishingly, the papyri were written by men who participated in the building of the Great Pyramid, the tomb of the Pharaoh Khufu, the first and largest of the three colossal pyramids at Giza just outside modern Cairo. Among the papyri was the journal of a previously unknown official named Merer, who led a crew of some 200 men who traveled from one end of Egypt to the other picking up and delivering goods of one kind or another. Merer, who accounted for his time in half-day increments, mentions stopping at Tura, a town along the Nile famous for its limestone...
  • What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and 'paleo' diets

    09/27/2015 12:44:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Berkeley News ^ | September 17, 2015 | Robert Sanders
    The traditional diet of Greenland natives -- the Inuit -- is held up as an example of how high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can counterbalance the bad health effects of a high-fat diet, but a new study hints that what's true for the Inuit may not be true for everyone else... Those genetic mutations, found in nearly 100 percent of the Inuit, are found in a mere 2 percent of Europeans and 15 percent of Han Chinese, which means that these groups would synthesize omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids differently from the Inuit... These genetic mutations in the Inuit have...
  • America's Largest Earthwork, Cahokia's Monks Mound, May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years, Study Says

    09/27/2015 12:35:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Western Digs ^ | September 17, 2015 | Blake de Pastino
    It was ten stories tall, and wider at the base than the Empire State Building. And nearly a thousand years ago, it was the centerpiece of the continent's largest city north of Mexico. Today, the search to determine how native engineers built Monk's Mound -- North America's biggest prehistoric earthen structure -- has turned up some new and crucial, but very small, clues: the seeds and spores of ancient plants. An aerial view of Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in North America. Researchers studying the giant platform mound at the heart of the settlement of Cahokia have studied its...
  • Westminster Abbey Lavatory Block Gives Way To Medieval Burial Find

    09/26/2015 10:54:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | Maev Kennedy
    The bones of men who may have witnessed the tumultuous events of 1066 in Westminster Abbey, when one king was buried and two were crowned in a year, have been discovered along with the skeleton of a three-year-old child buried under Victorian drainage pipes just outside the wall of Poet's Corner... The skeleton, too small and poorly preserved to determine the sex without further scientific tests, appears to have been a person of some status, since he or she was buried in a wooden coffin, unlike some of the monks buried nearby. The child was far too young to be...
  • Stem cell research hints at evolution of human brain

    09/26/2015 10:28:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, September 24, 2015 | unattributed
    The human cerebral cortex contains 16 billion neurons, wired together into arcane, layered circuits responsible for everything from our ability to walk and talk to our sense of nostalgia and drive to dream of the future. In the course of human evolution, the cortex has expanded as much as 1,000-fold, but how this occurred is still a mystery to scientists. Now, researchers at UC San Francisco have succeeded in mapping the genetic signature of a unique group of stem cells in the human brain that seem to generate most of the neurons in our massive cerebral cortex. The new findings,...
  • Marine Archaeologists Excavate Greek Antikythera Shipwreck

    09/26/2015 2:47:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | September 25, 2015
    The shipwreck dates to circa 65 B.C., and was discovered by Greek sponge fishermen in 1900 off the southwestern Aegean island of Antikythera. They salvaged 36 marble statues of mythological heroes and gods; a life-sized bronze statue of an athlete; pieces of several more bronze sculptures; scores of luxury items; and skeletal remains of crew and passengers. The wreck also relinquished fragments of the world’s first computer: the Antikythera Mechanism, a geared mechanical device that encoded the movements of the planets and stars and predicted eclipses... The project is the first-ever systematic excavation of this shipwreck, relying on the precise...
  • terrifying moment world's largest passenger plane lurches to one side as it battles high winds

    09/25/2015 4:21:03 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 Sept 2015 | J. Huchinson
    'All crosswind landings are amazing but seeing an A380 fighting against the wind was something special. In addition to that the runway was very wet and the A380 touched down a little late.'
  • Good luck in economy!Air India proposes world's longest non-stop flight-an 18-hour 8,700mile maratho

    09/25/2015 6:08:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 25, 2015 | Katie Amey
    Now this is what we call a long-haul flight. Air India has recently proposed a new flight route linking the IT hotspots of Bengaluru and San Francisco, located a staggering 8,699 miles (14,000km) apart. If approved, this particular path would be the world's longest non-stop commercial route with an estimated flight time of between 17 to 18 hours.
  • Police chase with combine ends in gunfire (Kansas)

    09/23/2015 10:57:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 35 replies
    KSN ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | KSN
    The combine was reported weaving from ditch to ditch on U.S. 56 highway. It struck a guy wire and caused damage to power poles near the intersection of Southeast 10 Road and U.S. 56 Highway. It then continued West and entered the city of Ellinwood around 10:47 p.m. The driver drove through a residential neighborhood, striking several power poles and a 2005 Cheverolet pickup truck parked on the road. The pickup truck sustained extensive damage and the 8-row combine header was torn from the combine. An Ellinwood police officer attempted to contact the driver around 10:52 p.m. While doing so,...
  • Alberta town's tourism campaign slogan earns ribbing online

    09/24/2015 3:08:18 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 1 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 24, 2015 | Shawn Logan
    OKOTOKS, Alta. -- It’s an admittedly underwhelming slogan that seems to be provoking more interest online than the standard tourist-targeting buzz words. “There are a number of things to do in Okotoks,” is the tagline on an advertisement spotted on a Calgary CTrain, promoting the town south of Calgary that earned some gentle ribbing on social media Wednesday. Shane Olson, Okotoks’ economic development manager, noted the photo making waves on social media cuts off the main slogan that reads, “Let your summer unfold in Okotoks.” “The slogan that’s out there is really without context,” he said. And while he acknowledges...
  • Apple car might be a disaster

    09/23/2015 5:16:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/23/2015 | By Richard Read
    Yesterday morning, we reported that Apple had discussed requirements for testing autonomous cars on California's public roads with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. At the end of that article, we made some predictions about Apple's automotive plans, and we guessed that, based on Apple's track record with making sleek, desirable consumer goods, it was probably planning to make cars, too. (Unlike Google, which may be just about the software.) Within moments, our hunches were confirmed. Citing everyone's favorite sources -- "people familiar with the matter" -- the Wall Street Journal reported that that Apple plans to complete its first...
  • New Yorkers might need their passports to fly in 2016

    09/23/2015 1:42:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2015 | 11:11am | Yaron Steinbuch
    State driver’s licenses are among those from four states that will no longer cut it for clearing airport security under tightened measures that will go into effect sometime in 2016. But travelers may not face any obstacles anytime soon. The DMV has asked for an extension from Homeland Security for the Real ID Act, which calls for the extra ID measures in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. “We have no reason to believe that any New Yorker will have a problem using their current state-issued ID card to get on a plane come January 2016,” the DMV said...
  • Tomb of the Maccabees keeps its secrets despite new dig by Israeli archaeologists

    09/23/2015 10:35:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    ArtDaily ^ | Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    Israeli archaeologists had hoped to finally uncover the mystery of the ancient tomb of the Maccabees -- but they have been thwarted once again. Archaeological authorities said Monday they had carried out another excavation at a site near Modiin northwest of Jerusalem to determine "once and for all" whether the tomb was indeed there. The tomb of the family that led the Jewish revolt against the Greek dynasty of the Seleucids in the 2nd century BC is believed to have been among ancient Judea's most impressive structures. "We exposed again the base of what survived from this magnificent building --...
  • Forget camper vans... meet the camper TANK: 18-tonne, £585,000 vehicle that looks ideal [tr]

    09/23/2015 8:05:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 23, 2015 | Julian Robinson
    Painted in military green, weighing in at 18-tonnes and fitted with a giant set of wheels, this supersized camper van would not look out of place in a warzone. The massive vehicle, produced in Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria, has a 720-horsepower engine and comes with a £585,000 price tag. But despite its tank-like appearance, the Action Mobil Global XRS 7200 - described as a 'motor home for global cruises' - is also built for comfort and comes with 23 sq ft of living space.
  • New York's Egyptian artefacts triumph over Paris's Mona Lisa as TripAdvisor reviewers name the [tr]

    09/22/2015 8:43:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    A massive art museum that is home to an Egyptian stone temple, King Henry VIII’s field armour and a fascinating medieval sculpture hall has been named the best museum in the world by tourists. New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the largest art museum in the US – edged top attractions in Paris and London for top spot in TripAdvisor’s travellers’ choice awards. Home to some of the greatest artefacts, sculptures or paintings, these are the 10 most popular museums in the world based on TripAdvisor reviews from the last year.
  • Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance

    09/21/2015 9:14:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | September 21, 2015
    Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance is the 31st season of Survivor (for those unfamiliar with the show, there are two seasons each year). It begins Wednesday, September 23, 2015 on CBS at 8/7c.I'm sorry for the late ping. I've been waiting - in vain - for CBS to finish updating the Survivor page. According to my DVR setting, the season premier is going to be a 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be two teams of ten players each. The producers selected 32 previous cast members - 16 women and 16 men. The selection...
  • The George 1 Antarctic Repatriation Project [Operation Highjump]

    09/20/2015 8:40:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    North South Polar ^ | since 2012 | unattributed
    Working at the request of the surviving families nearly 75 years after the crash, a specialized NSP team is planning an expedition to Antarctica to perform a site survey in order to locate the preserved frozen bodies of (3) US Navy air crewmen from a depth of up to 150 feet under the glacier’s surface. Following the extremely hazardous survey expedition, NSP will work with the U.S. DoD to repatriate the men with proper honors. The men died when their converted reconnaissance patrol bomber, a U.S. Navy Martin Mariner PBM-5 flying boat codenamed George 1, grazed a ridgeline, then exploded...
  • Pictured: The seven California hikers swept to their deaths by flash floods in Utah's Zion [tr]

    09/18/2015 9:08:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2015 | Darren Boyle
    Search teams have recovered the body of a missing hiker who was killed by a flash flood in Utah's Zion national park in Utah. The group, identified late Thursday, were washed away soon after they secured a permit to explore the canyon. The men and women were washed away on Monday afternoon. Search teams have found the body of a seventh hiker killed in a rain-swollen canyon of Utah's Zion National Park hours after the ill-fated group obtained a park permit to venture into that area despite forecasts of probable flash flooding, park officials said on Thursday.
  • Fisherman reels in SUPER-FISH off the coast of Japan near Fukushima plant

    09/17/2015 10:46:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Updated: 18:47 EST, 16 September 2015 | By Corey Charlton
    Visibly straining as he holds it aloft, a Japanese fisherman grimaces as he proudly displays a terrifyingly large fish caught in the waters off Japan. With a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a small child, this creature - believed to be a wolffish - would not look out of place in a science fiction film. The massive catch was reeled in by Hirasaka Hiroshi, a fisherman who has made a career of landing and then eating unusual fish. Normally growing to about 1.2m in length, the wolffish Hirasaka caught measured close to two metres
  • Air Canada Pilot Diverts International Flight to Save Dog

    09/16/2015 2:49:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    A French bulldog named Simba is probably alive today because of the attentiveness of an Air Canada pilot. Simba was flying via Air Canada Flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Toronto when the pilot noticed a problem with the cargo area’s heating system, according to CNN Canadian affiliate City News. Simba’s owner, German Kontorovich, was in the cabin. “As soon as the crew became aware of the temperature issue, the captain grew rightfully concerned for the dog’s comfort and well-being,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CNN via email. “With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the...
  • Driver’s education in the United States is broken, but how would you fix it?

    09/16/2015 1:50:45 PM PDT · by Cowman · 72 replies ^ | 12-19-14 | Kurt Ernst
    Blame it on modern cars, which have gotten so forgiving that skills like threshold braking and skid recovery have become lost arts. That’s all well and good until the laws of physics intervene; ABS won’t always stop a car before an oak tree will, and tires won’t always generate enough grip for the electro-nannies to keep a car off a guard rail. While very few drivers have enough training to avoid all potential accidents, there’s a definite correlation between the amount of time spent practicing behind the wheel (under trained supervision) and the number of avoidable crashes on one’s driving...
  • Disney World discontinuing Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    09/15/2015 7:06:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    News 13 ^ | September 11, 2015 | Mike Westfall
    Walt Disney World announced Friday the 2015 holiday season will be the last year for the long-running Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In a post on Disney Parks Blog on Friday, Disney cited upcoming construction for the theme park's new lands based on Toy Story and Star Wars.
  • The $1 million parking spot may be just around the corner

    09/14/2015 12:31:00 PM PDT · by freddy005 · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 14, 2015 | By CANDACE JACKSON
    In cities like San Francisco, New York and Boston, parking prices have reached an all-time high. At least two new developments in Manhattan are asking $1 million for a single parking spot. Condominium developers are touting parking spaces with glossy brochures and promotional videos, marketing the small patches of concrete as luxury amenities. Price tags are rising as parking options become scarce in major cities. Until recently, the rule of thumb for San Francisco developers in prime, central areas was to build one parking space for every unit, the maximum allowed by the city planning department in some locations, says...
  • Air India's flight attendants 'too fat to fly'

    09/14/2015 6:59:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 14, 2015 | Hugh Morris
    Air India last year warned 600 of its 3,500 cabin crew to lose weight within six months or risk being taken off flights and given a job on the ground. The airline now plans to remove about 130 from cabin crew duty because their body mass index (BMI) levels remain above the prescribed limit. A BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight.
  • Excavation of Rome home shows city bigger than thought

    09/13/2015 1:25:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 9, 2015 | unattributed
    Archaeologists have discovered a 6th-century B.C. residence under a palazzo in central Rome, saying that it proves the ancient city was much bigger than previously thought. Officials said Wednesday that the area on the Quirinale Hill had long been thought to have only been used as a necropolis, with ancient Rome's residential zone further south and centered around the Roman Forum. But archaeologists excavating a palazzo on the hill said they discovered a well-preserved rectangular home, complete with wooden supports and a roof, proving that the area was also used for residential purposes. The ANSA news agency quoted excavation chief...
  • DNA from Neandertal relative may shake up human family tree

    09/13/2015 1:17:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 103 replies
    Science Mag ^ | September 11, 2015 | Ann Gibbons
    In a remarkable technical feat, researchers have sequenced DNA from fossils in Spain that are about 300,000 to 400,000 years old and have found an ancestor -- or close relative -- of Neandertals. The nuclear DNA, which is the oldest ever sequenced from a member of the human family, may push back the date for the origins of the distinct ancestors of Neandertals and modern humans, according to a presentation here yesterday at the fifth annual meeting of the European Society for the study of human evolution. Ever since researchers first discovered thousands of bones and teeth from 28 individuals...
  • Cornish beauty spot 'possible mass grave' site

    09/13/2015 1:11:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | September, 11 2015 | unattributed
    A possible mass grave of more than 200 sailors has been discovered at a Cornish beauty spot. The National Trust will excavate the site near Lizard Point after geophysical surveys revealed a "mass burial pit". HMS Royal Anne crashed on to rocks and sank off Lizard Point in 1721 with the loss of 207 sailors. A three-year study has found it appears the washed-up bodies were buried on land at Pistil Meadow. 'Skeletal material' National Trust archaeologist Jim Parry said the geophysical survey results "seem to be showing a very large mass burial pit". He said the excavation, to be...
  • Origin of 'Spanish Armor,' Said to Have Been Found in Texas Desert, Stumps Scientists

    09/13/2015 12:59:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Western Digs ^ | September 10, 2015 | Blake de Pastino
    Two pieces of iron armor -- reportedly first found in the desert of West Texas about 150 years ago -- have recently been analyzed by scientists in Nebraska, where the artifacts have been sitting for decades in museum storage. Archaeologists have been able to determine that some of the armor's components are at least 200 years old, but details about who made it, who wore it, and where exactly it came from remain a total mystery. "I don't know where this thing came from," said Dr. Peter Bleed, a University of Nebraska archaeologist who led the study. "I hope researchers...
  • Automakers commit to put automatic brakes in all cars [Braking News!]

    09/12/2015 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | By Joan Lowy
    <p>Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars, a step transportation officials say could significantly reduce traffic deaths and injuries.</p> <p>But safety advocates were swift to criticize the effort as a backroom deal that allows automakers to avoid the possibility that the Transportation Department will impose a legal requirement for inclusion of the braking systems in cars and set binding standards for the technology.</p>
  • Man charged with urinating on passengers on flight from Anchorage

    09/11/2015 5:19:07 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 65 replies
    Alasja Dispatch News ^ | |September 11, 2015 | Megan Edge
    An Oregon man was jailed and is facing charges after Port of Portland police say he urinated on several passengers on an early morning JetBlue flight from Anchorage to Portland International Airport Friday. According to CBS news affiliate KOIN6, police say Jeff D. Rubin, 27, had been asleep for most of the flight, which left Stevens International Airport in Anchorage around 12 a.m. About 30 minutes before landing in Portland, he stood up and began urinating between the crack in the seat in front of him and onto other passengers.
  • Oops: American Accidentally Flies Wrong Plane To Hawaii

    09/11/2015 11:12:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Historically American has flown 757s and 767s on their routes to Hawaii. This August American mixed things up by starting to fly some of their brand new A321s on their routes from Los Angeles to Hawaii. These are different than the “premium” ones they fly between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco. This started on August 18, when American launched twice daily A321 flights between Los Angeles and Honolulu. The number of A321 flights to Hawaii is continuing to grow, as American is launching flights on the A321 from Los Angeles to Kona, Kahului, and Lihue. The A321 is perfectly...
  • Theme park reveals plans for tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world (TR)

    09/11/2015 10:00:20 AM PDT · by Prov1322 · 27 replies
    A US amusement park that has a record number of thrilling rides has revealed plans for the tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world. The ride called Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio, promises to be a terrifying experience, as daredevil passengers will free fall a record 214ft at a 90-degree angle and top speed of 75mph. With stomach-churning twists and turns, Valravn will set 10 world records when it debuts in the summer of 2016 at the theme park on a Lake Erie peninsula. (Full story and CGI video at link...)
  • VIDEO: Kayaker Surrounded By Killer Whales (Washington State)

    09/10/2015 6:16:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies ^ | Sept 08, 2015
    Kayaker experiences the rush of a lifetime when killer whales swim around and under her kayak as she paddles around the San Juan Islands in Washington.
  • Onboard the Final Scheduled Flight of the Very First Boeing 747-400

    09/10/2015 8:15:54 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    Airways news ^ | 9 Sept 2015 | Cody Diamond
    The captain made an announcement about the special retirement of this airplane: “You are part of history tonight, this is the very last flight of this airplane, which was the first 747-400 ever built. It has carried millions of passengers millions of miles since its delivery in 1989″
  • Snow, winter weather temporarily close part of Going-to-the-Sun Road ( AGW : Montana )

    09/07/2015 10:52:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | Sept. 7, 2015 | DILLON KATO
    Glacier National Park, the top of Logan Pass has been temporarily shut down again, this time because of snow. Glacier announced over the weekend that a section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road between Big Bend on the west side and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side is temporarily closed because of winter weather conditions.
  • Seeking intel on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Camping and stuff not to miss

    09/06/2015 12:57:38 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 59 replies
    She Who Must Be Obeyed and I are putting together a road trip for about a month from now. I'm looking for info from anyone who has been around up there some and knows what is cool and what is worth staying away from.
  • 'Volcano House' that TV's Huell Howser gifted to Chapman University is for sale at $650,000

    09/04/2015 6:40:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 4, 2015 | Marilyn Kalfus
    The Volcano House, a flying-saucer shaped home atop a 150-foot cinder cone in the Mojave Desert donated to Chapman University, has hit the market for $650,000. Huell Howser , the producer and host of the TV show "California's Gold," gave the iconic home to the university in 2012. Howser died a year later.
  • Drones Capture Breathtaking Footage of Basking Sharks

    09/04/2015 2:44:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Discovery news ^ | 8/05/15 | unattributed
    INCREDIBLE Basking Sharks filmed from a drone Tobermory Scotland
  • The Crater-like Inca Terraces of Moray

    09/04/2015 2:21:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Moray is an agricultural terrace complex northwest of Cuzco, south of the Sacred Valley... Temperature differences between the lower and higher levels are higher than you might think! The difference between the lowest and the highest levels can be up to 15 ºC (59 ºF). This is equal to the difference between sea level temperature and 1.000 m (2,380.8 ft) height level temperature. The crater-like formations descend to a depth of approximately 150 m (492 ft). As a comparison, we could say that that's as deep as high a 50-story skyscraper is... The name of Moray wither comes from maize...
  • Via handwriting analysis, scholar discovers unknown Magna Carta scribe

    09/04/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Phys dot Org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Angela Becerra Vidergar
    Eight hundred years ago, one of the world's most important documents was born. Issued by King John of England in 1215, the Magna Carta ("Great Charter") acknowledged the rights of citizens and set restrictions on the power of the king. The Magna Carta has influenced the structures of modern democracies, including the writ of habeas corpus of the U.S. Constitution... According to Treharne, her research suggests the Salisbury Magna Carta was not just received and preserved at Salisbury, but that the Salisbury Magna Carta was written at Salisbury by one of the cathedral's own scribes. She recently co-published her findings...
  • 17th Century Scottish Soldiers Identified from Mass Graves [Battle of Dunbar]

    09/04/2015 11:37:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | Durham University/Scottish Soldiers Project
    In November 2013, during construction of a new café for the University's Palace Green Library, on the City's UNESCO World Heritage Site, human remains were uncovered by Durham University archaeologists who were present throughout the building work. The jumbled skeletons of at least 17 and up to 28 individuals were subsequently excavated from two burial pits (a 29th individual was not exhumed). Since then the researchers have been carrying out a wide range of tests to establish their identities. Experts initially considered that most of the evidence was consistent with the bodies being those of the Scottish soldiers but could...
  • Mesolithic site on Skye to be investigated

    09/04/2015 11:18:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 September 2015 | unattributed
    Excavations of a Mesolithic site on Skye could give new insights into the lives of some of the island's earliest residents. Archaeologists believe the location above Staffin Bay has the remains of a house that could be 8,000 years old. Mesolithic flints have previously been found in an area of eroded grazing land near the site. Archaeologists will work with Staffin Community Trust and volunteers in making small excavations. The University of the Highlands and Islands' Archaeology Institute will lead the investigation. Archaeologist Dan Lee said the dig at the site of "important prehistoric occupation" had "huge potential". Staffin Community...
  • Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed

    09/04/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 01, 2015 | Andrew Curry
    [Syria] Palmyra [Syria] Mar Elian Monastery [Syria] Apamea [Syria] Dura-europos [Syria] Mari [Iraq] Hatra [Iraq] Nineveh [Iraq] Mosul Museum And Libraries [Iraq] Nimrud [Iraq] Khorsabad [Iraq] Mar Behnam Monastery [Iraq] Mosque Of The Prophet Yunus [Iraq] Imam Dur Mausoleum