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  • Looking beneath the surface: Geophysical surveys at Gobekli Tepe

    07/23/2018 12:09:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Tepe Telegrams ^ | 7/18/2018 | Gobekli Tepe Research Staff
    Archaeological survey methods have changed significantly over the last years. One innovation which has dramatically changed the way field archaeologists work are ground-based physical sensing techniques (for a short introduction into this technology and its application see, e.g. here [external link]). This technology provides us with images of possible archaeological features beneath the surface without even taking a shovel to hand. In 2003, a geophysical survey was undertaken at Göbekli Tepe with the help of GGH -- Solutions in Geoscience GmbH. In a first step, large parts of the tell were subjected to extensive magnetic prospection, and later selected areas...
  • Dad Ditches Kid In Economy Class To Relax In Business Class

    07/22/2018 8:30:19 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 30 replies
    How would you react to finding your seatmate on a 12-hour flight to China is a talkative eight-year-old boy whose father had ditched him to go sit in business class? Flyertalk member steveo posted the following question in the United forum: Hi Flyertalk. Just got off [Chicago] to [Beijing] and to my delight I had a maybe [an] 8-year-old boy sitting next to me the whole flight while his dad was in Polaris. I had the distinct pleasure of entertaining this kid who wouldn’t shut up for 12-hours. Should I complain about this? Short answer: yes. Flight attendants appear...
  • Marchionne steps down as CEO of FCA, Jeep boss Manley to replace him

    07/22/2018 8:46:30 AM PDT · by jjotto · 25 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Jul 21, 2018 | Aaron Cole
    Sergio Marchionne, longtime CEO and chief for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, stepped down Saturday due to serious complications after surgery, the company announced. Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram brands, replaced him. John Elkann, grandson of Gianni Agnelli and chairman of the company that controls FCA, said his family was shocked by Marchionne's failing health. "I am profoundly saddened to learn of Sergio’s state of health. It is a situation that was unthinkable until a few hours ago, and one that leaves us all with a real sense of injustice," Elkann said in a statement. Elkann will fill Marchionne's chairman...
  • Passengers complain of bedbugs on flights out of Newark airport

    07/21/2018 8:54:43 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 84 replies
    Fox5 NY ^ | July 20, 2018
    - Passengers on flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to India are complaining about bed bug infested seats. In one case this week a family complained their infant was covered in bites and bleeding by the time the 17-hour flight landed in Mumbia. Pravin Tonsekar tweeted Air India photos of his seat with apparent bed bugs on them. Air India replied with a comment that it is: "sorry to hear this. Sharing the details with our maintenance team for corrective measures in this regard." Another passenger tweeted to the airline that his family few out of Newark on July 18...
  • More Confederate license plates than ever on Tennessee roads

    07/20/2018 9:44:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 20, 2018 | The Associated Press
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of Tennesseans with Confederate battle flag license plates has reached its highest point in a decade.</p> <p>Data from the Tennessee Department of Revenue shows that 3,273 of the license plates benefiting the Sons of Confederate Veterans were active at the end of the 2018 fiscal year, The Tennessean reported. That number represents a 72 percent increase from the end of the 2015 fiscal year.</p>
  • Irish PM is labeled an 'airhead' as May says he CAN'T ban British planes from flying over country…

    07/20/2018 8:39:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:49 EDT, 20 July 2018 | James Tapsfield and David Churchill
    Leo Varadkar was branded an “airhead” today as Downing Street dismissed his extraordinary threat to “ban” British aircraft from Irish airspace in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Irish PM was slapped down by Theresa May’s spokeswoman over the saber-rattling — which is being seen as tit-for-tat for the UK reclaiming control over its territorial waters. As the row raged, Mrs. May urged the EU to take a more “practical” approach to the negotiations — insisting her Chequers plan offered a “comprehensive” solution to the need to avoid a hard Irish border. And No. 10 gave short shrift to...
  • Angry American Airlines Non-Rev Passenger Goes on a Facebook Rant

    07/20/2018 2:01:56 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 66 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 07/20/18 | Caroline Schagrin
    American Airlines and its dress code requirements for non-revenue passengers have caused a lot of controversy in past years. Remember last year’s #LeggingsGate when United created a stir on social media after denying boarding two “non-rev” female passengers from boarding because they were wearing leggings? Non-revenue passengers fly on stand-by because a friend or family member works for a particular airline company, but American had a strict dress code policy used to prevent these passengers from boarding their planes if a passenger is not properly clothed. Last year, the airline decided to relax its dress code policy and allows passengers...
  • The battle of the jets: Putin's lavish plane interior - including gold-plated toilet - is revealed..

    07/20/2018 12:21:29 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 24 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17 July 2018 | Ted Thornhill
    From a gold-plated toilet to a king sized bed and even a gym, these astonishing pictures show the lavish interior of one of Vladimir Putin 's private jets. The Russian president's aircraft touched down in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, yesterday ahead of his historic meeting with Donald Trump, who also boasts his own private jet - Air Force One. Here we take a look inside both jets to see how they compare...
  • Retire on a Sailboat – From Just $1,000 a Month

    07/19/2018 10:29:09 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 125 replies
    International Living ^ | 5/30/2014 | Jason Holland
    You’ve just weighed anchor on another night of bliss, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of your sailboat in the calm sea. Before you is a small cove lined by craggy cliffs. Clear blue waters end at a white-sand beach. You’ve had it all to yourself for the last week. It was supposed to be just an overnight stop. But it was so beautiful, you decided to stick around. After a quick dip, you’re enjoying a cup of coffee and a light breakfast on deck as you contemplate which island paradise you’ll go to next. This life could be...
  • Credit card super-users take a $330 million bite out of JP Morgan’s revenue

    07/18/2018 1:18:05 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/13/18 | Hugh Son
    Savvy credit-card users have forced J.P. Morgan Chase to pony up more in rewards payments than the bank originally projected. Buried in an otherwise positive second-quarter earnings report Friday, in which the bank announced a record $8.32 billion profit, was the admission that credit-card customers were redeeming points faster than anticipated, resulting in a $330 million charge. “This is maybe larger than we have seen over the course of the last several years,” said Marianne Lake, the chief financial officer, during a conference call with reporters. “We do pretty regularly review our rewards liability in light of evolving consumer behavior.”...
  • Russian warship carrying £100BILLION worth of GOLD found off South Korea

    07/18/2018 7:12:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | 07/18/2018 | By Laura Mowat
    A RUSSIAN warship called Dmitrii Donskoi carrying gold worth £100 billion has been discovered off the coast of South Korea and is believed to have sunk in a naval battle 113 years ago. It is thought that the battle ship, which was discovered off the island of Ulleungdo, was sunken during the Russo-Japanese War and could have had the gold of an entire flotilla on board. The Dmitrii Donskoi was an armoured cruiser in the Russian Imperial Navy’s Baltic fleet which was deployed to the Pacific in the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese War. The warship would have taken part in the Battle...
  • Woman's refusal to check luggage at Indy Airport causes more than 4 hour flight delay (video)

    07/18/2018 6:11:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    WTHR.com ^ | 7/17/2018 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR)—It was a frustrating evening for passengers of flight 3708 when a woman on board refused to check a suitcase that was too large for carry-on regulations. Crew members of the flight, which were headed from Indianapolis to Newark, asked the woman to check her bag, but she refused. (snip) the passenger became verbally abusive toward the crew. She was then asked to leave the aircraft, which she also refused to do. All passengers were asked to deplane while the crew waited for this one woman to disembark. The flight was delayed multiple times because of the incident. It...
  • Luxury Lounge Wars Heat Up as Airlines Vie for High-End Passengers

    07/17/2018 11:20:53 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07/16/18 | Jane L. Levere
    So you think your only choice during a long layover or a flight delay is to suffer in the airport terminal? Think again. But be prepared to pay handsomely one way or another for the alternative. The airline lounge competition is heating up around the globe, and two new entrants, American and United, have, somewhat belatedly, become serious contenders. Like the difference between first-class and economy seats, the luxury lounges offered by many major airlines are yet another way in which air travel is separating the haves from the have-nots. Entry usually requires the purchase of a business- or first-class...
  • World's best airlines for 2018 announced by Skytrax

    07/17/2018 11:11:36 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/17/18
    After 10 years in the wilderness -- if a premium airline that flies direct to more than 60 destinations can truly experience a wilderness -- Singapore Airlines is back on top. The Asian carrier was named Airline of the Year at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline awards, an honor it last held in 2008. It beat last year's victor, Qatar Airways, into second place. "We're very ecstatic," Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore's senior vice president of customer experience, told CNN, shortly after senior staff and crew took to the stage at a glitzy ceremony in London on Tuesday. The top prize...
  • This High-Tech Planetarium Is on a New Cruise Ship

    07/17/2018 7:33:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 17, 2018 06:41am ET | Samantha Mathewson,
    Viking Orion is only the second cruise ship in the world to have a planetarium; the other is the Queen Mary 2, an ocean liner of the Cunard Cruise Line. Although Viking Orion is not the first cruise ship to offer a planetarium, the company says this one is the most advanced, with a Digistar 6 display system, five projectors and studio speakers. The addition of the Explorers' Dome on Viking Orion is viewed as a piece of "art," according to Viking. Joined by a NASA photo exhibit, the artwork on board pays tribute to the spirit of exploration.  "And,...
  • Fashion Notes: Melania Trump is a Gucci Butterfly Beauty for Helsinki Summit

    07/17/2018 5:45:22 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 July 2018 | John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump was a butterfly beauty for the historic summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Mrs. Trump continued her ladylike, delicate international style for the Helsinki summit, wearing an off-the-runway, butterfly buckle notch collar coat from Gucci’s Resort 2018 collection. The coat retails for $3,700. The mod pale yellow butterfly coat — which coordinated beautifully with Finland First Lady Jenni Haukio’s butterfly printed dress — was paired with Mrs. Trump’s favorite Manolo Blahnik suede stilettos in bright yellow. Mrs. Trump wore a similar shade of yellow on her international trip with the...
  • Distinctive Projectile Point Technology Sheds Light on Peopling of the Americas

    07/16/2018 12:06:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 11, 2018 | Thomas J. Williams, Texas State U
    In the lowest layer of the Area 15 archaeological grounds at the Gault Site in Central Texas, researchers have unearthed a projectile point technology never previously seen in North America, which they date to be at least 16,000 years old, or a time before Clovis. While clear evidence for the timing of the peopling of the Americas remains elusive, these findings suggest humans occupied North America prior to Clovis - considered one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Paleo-Indian culture of North America, and dated to around 11,000 years ago. In 2002, Area 15 of the Gault Site in...
  • Fingerprint of ancient abrupt climate change found in Arctic [Younger Dryas]

    07/15/2018 11:22:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 9, 2018 | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    A research team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the fingerprint of a massive flood of fresh water in the western Arctic, thought to be the cause of an ancient cold snap that began around 13,000 years ago... The cause of the cooling event, which is named after a flower (Dryas octopetala) that flourished in the cold conditions in Europe throughout the time, has remained a mystery and a source of debate for decades. Many researchers believed the source was a huge influx of freshwater from melting ice sheets and glaciers that gushed into the North Atlantic... However,...
  • Malaria and the Fall of Rome

    07/15/2018 4:42:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | February 17, 2011 | Andrew Thompson
    Could an ancient children's burial ground contain clues about how one of the world's greatest empires came to an end? Andrew Thompson explores the theory that malaria was the silent killer responsible for the fall of Rome. Today in the west, most people have forgotten how deadly malaria used to be, although there were serious malarial epidemics in many parts of Italy as recently as the 1950s. But each year, mainly in Africa, it still kills over two million people, most of them children. While there are several mentions of a disease sounding very similar to malaria in historical documents...
  • The Best Radiocarbon-dated Site in Recent Iberian Prehistory [sudden end]

    07/15/2018 3:59:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | University of Seville news release
    ...the experts have shown the end of the occupation of this part of the province of Seville happened between the 24th and 23rd centuries BCE, despite evidence of it being frequented and used in the Bronze Age (c. 2200-850 BCE). "In fact, the abandonment of the site seems rather abrupt, without a gradual transition towards a different social model. The possibility that the end of the Valencina settlement was due to a social crisis has been hinted at by the dates obtained from several human skulls separated from the rest of the skeletons in a pit in a Calle Trabajadores...