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  • NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario

    08/30/2015 3:58:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on August 30, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Although Orion hits the atmosphere at over 24,000 mph after returning from deep space, it slows significantly after atmospheric reentry. By the time the first parachutes normally deploy, the crew module has decelerated to some 300 mph. Their job is to slow the craft down to about 20 mph by the time of ocean splashdown mere minutes later. ... On Aug. 26, NASA conducted a 35,000 foot high drop test out of the cargo bay of a C-17 aircraft using an engineering test version of the Orion capsule over the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. “The engineering...
  • QUESTION for HIKERS: I-PAD or I-PHONE

    08/30/2015 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 68 replies
    Aug 30, 2015
    I want to know what is best to use for a long hike, the I-Phone or the I-pad. I have NOT owned or used either. I want to be able to make and receive phone calls, access the internet, shoot video, edit video, and load video. I'd prefer the larger screen in the I-Pad Mini over the I-Phone, but I also need to be able to make and receive calls, and I'm not sure if the I-Pad Mini can receive calls. If you have experience with both, please let me know the advantages and disadvantages of each. I also...
  • Archaeologists making exciting discoveries in Laconia

    08/28/2015 5:10:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Unattributed
    Ongoing excavations at a site in the southern Peloponnese are offering rare insight into the ancient past of Laconia, about which very little physical evidence exists, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency cited the Culture Ministry as saying on Tuesday. Covering an expanse of 3.5 hectares, the site on Aghios Vassilios Hill near the village of Xirokambi on the Sparta plain has been under excavation since 2009 and is believed to contain valuable evidence that will shed light on life in the area during the 17th to 16th centuries BC, the announcement said. A palace complex found on the site and...
  • Bungling builders destroy 6,000-year-old Neolithic tomb - and replace it with concrete PICNIC TABLE

    08/28/2015 5:06:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 | Sam Webb
    The tomb was a relic of the first settlers in the Spanish Cristovo de Cea region and was originally built some 4000 years before the birth of Christ. Every builder, tradesman and DIY enthusiast knows the embarrassment of making a howler on the job, whether it's taps installed the wrong way round or a wonky shelf. But few will know the sheer panic these Spanish workmen probably felt when they discovered they had smashed up a 6,000-year-old Neolithic tomb and replaced it with a concrete picnic table. The tomb was a relic of the first settlers in the Cristovo de...
  • Keyless Ignitions Led to Carbon Monoxide Deaths and Should Have Been Recalled, Suit Says

    Some of the world’s biggest automakers should have recalled millions of vehicles with keyless ignitions because the cars, which don’t shut off automatically if the driver fails to press the start/stop button, could be a deadly carbon monoxide risk, according to a new lawsuit. According to the suit, filed in Los Angeles Federal Court on behalf of keyless car drivers Wednesday, there have been at least 13 deaths -- and a number of close calls -- from carbon monoxide poisoning after consumers failed to manually shut off their engines. The suit claims, “Reasonable drivers mistakenly believe that removing the Keyless...
  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours (DC Metro #1)

    08/26/2015 9:32:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | August 26, 2015 | Staff
    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. The following are urban areas ranked by the average annual extra hours commuters spend in their cars due to delay, together with the cost in lost time and fuel. 1. Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, 82 hours, $1,834
  • Sarah Palin Spotted in California CVS Buying Reading Glasses

    08/25/2015 3:59:56 PM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | August 25, 2015 | Bristol Palin
    So my mom – Sarah Palin — is out of her normal Alaska element and is guest hosting at One America News in California. Apparently, she forgot her glasses, because she was spotted at CVS getting three pairs of glasses for $14. What a deal! LOL!
  • Passenger live tweets awkward midair breakup

    08/24/2015 5:18:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | August 23, 2015 | KATE SCHNEIDER
    Take just a second to think about it. Firstly, you’re surrounded by snoopy strangers. OK, that doesn’t deter you? Think about the fact that your probably distraught ex will be stuck next to you in a confined and already unpleasant space. For hours. And they will want answers. This is exactly what happened to one poor ex-couple who had their horribly awkward breakup — which started at Raleigh Airport in the US and continued into the sky — live tweeted in excruciating detail by a captivated onlooker. “This is the greatest plane delay I’ve ever had,” the onlooker — New...
  • Americans Who Stopped Train Attack to Speak in Paris

    08/23/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    ABC news ^ | 23 Aug 2015 | DAVID CHIU and EMILY SHAPIRO
    Three Americans who helped take down an alleged gunman aboard a train bound for Paris will speak today from the home of the U.S. ambassador to France. Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler will speak to the media a day before being received by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace.
  • NASA wants to turn astronauts' poop into food

    08/23/2015 7:37:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Using urine and breathed-out carbon dioxide as the building blocks to create useful aboard items, the team is genetically engineering yeast to produce things that astronauts may need. "A particular strain of yeast can be genetically manipulated to create polymers, or plastics, used for 3D printing, as well as Omega 3s, which lower heart disease risk, and protect skin and hair," Mark Blenner, professor at Clemson, was quoted as saying in a Quartz report.
  • Former Boxing Champion Roy Jones Jr. Asks Vladimir Putin for Russian Citizenship

    08/22/2015 11:43:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 20, 2015 | Jared M. Feldschreiber
    American boxer Roy Jones asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to give him Russian citizenship during a meeting in Sevastopol, Wednesday. Snapshot photo by RuptlyTV SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Former heavyweight world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. met with President Vladimir Putin Wednesday for a brief meeting in Sevastopol, Crimea, and asked the Kremlin leader for Russian citizenship. The 46-year-old boxer and rapper arrived to be a special guest in the boxing show The Battle of Mount Gasfort that will take place this weekend, Russia Today reported. Jones underscored it would be easier to do business in Russia if...
  • Irish Tourist Takes Dubai Cabbie for Ferrari World Joyride... Goes Viral

    08/21/2015 6:47:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2015 | Bindu Rai
    Takes the Indian taxi driver on the world’s fastest roller coaster They call it the luck of the Irish, and it appears, Liam Murphy’s cup runneth over as the man from Cork spread some good cheer when he cut a ticket for his taxi driver on a joyride to Ferrari World. The kind-hearted test engineer, who was in Dubai on a business trip, decided to invite his driver on a whim to join him in the Yas Island theme park when he learned the Indian national had never been inside the park despite making countless trips to drop off customers...
  • Earliest site of coal fuel found in Xinjiang

    08/20/2015 10:37:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | Xinhua
    Photo taken on Aug 10, 2015 shows the excavation site of Jiren Taigoukou Ruins in Qialege'e village in Nilka county in Ili Valley, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Archaeologists here found the earliest site where coal was used as fuel by human beings. The discovery, which indicates human beings had been using coal as fuel 3,500 years ago, is 1,000 years earlier than previous finds. [Photo/Xinhua]
  • Audi to unveil 310-mile electric SUV to rival Tesla Model X

    08/20/2015 2:35:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    www.ft.com ^ | Andy Sharman, Motor Industry Correspondent
    Audi is to unveil an electric car to rival Tesla’s forthcoming Model X that the German marque says is capable of traveling at least 310 miles on battery power alone. The Volkswagen-owned carmaker will display the concept, a sport utility vehicle provisionally called the e-tron quattro, at next month’s Frankfurt motor show and plans to put it into production in 2018 as its first mainstream electric car. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email...
  • SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour

    08/20/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    phys.org ^ | 08-20-2015 | by Nancy Owano
    In aviation circles, the talk of the future involves phrases like "space planes" and "hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles." A group presently in the spotlight is from Germany; they are carrying a roadmap for low-cost space access which involves calling upon the air passenger market for fast-travel flights. Welcome to the world of SpaceLiner, which, when fully developed, could have dramatic impact in global aerospace. The DLR Institute of Space Systems said this suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport idea is under investigation at DLR-SART. (DLR is a German aerospace research agency and it evaluates complex systems of space flight. SART is...
  • Company in Canada gets U.S. patent for space elevator

    08/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 15, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    20 km Space Tower ====================================================================================================================== Exploring space while seated on Earth, gazing up on screens in museum theaters or at home via VR headsets. is exciting but the top imagination-grabber is the very idea of finding a way to access space. This is the present-day realm of creative thinking over space elevators, in the use of a giant tower to carry us to space. Scientists working on space elevators are thinking about materials and designs that can be used to access space as an alternative to rocket technology. A sign of the times is the upcoming Space Elevator Conference...
  • The Boeing 747 is heading for retirement

    08/19/2015 9:09:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 61 replies
    managementtoday ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Stephen Bayley
    But now the 747 is a flying antique: people are astonished when they see the analogue instruments. And the flight controls are all defiantly dependent on old-fashioned mechanical linkages. A 747 captain once explained to me that, if hydraulic assistance on the control yoke is lost, you can still put your feet on the instrument panel, give a big tug and wrench the plane about the sky. You cannot do that on a solid-state Airbus.
  • The world's most 'liveable' cities 2015

    08/19/2015 2:27:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/18/2015
    WHILE residents of Melbourne enjoy another year in the world’s most liveable city, according to the 2015 Global Liveability Ranking from our corporate cousin the Economist Intelligence Unit, spare a thought for those who live in the 57 cities that have steadily deteriorated over the last five years. The ranking, which considers 30 factors related to things like safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment in 140 cities, shows that since 2010 average liveability across the world has fallen by 1%, led by a 2.2% fall in the score for stability and safety. Ongoing conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Libya...
  • Every county in America, ranked by scenery and climate

    08/19/2015 12:32:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    ... I've mapped all the counties above according to where they rank on the natural amenities index -- mouse over to check out how desirable (or not) your own county is. You'll see that Sun Belt counties fare pretty well -- especially ones in California and Colorado. In fact, every single one of the 10 highest-ranked counties is located in California. After Ventura County, Humboldt, Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Del Norte counties round out the top five ...
  • Airline passenger has ear bitten off in mid-air on packed Jet2 flight from Newcastle to Ibiza

    Young women and children were screaming on board as the man came running down the cabin covered in blood with his ear hanging offA passenger had half his ear bitten off in mid-air on a holiday flight packed with horrified families. The sickening attack happened as a Jet2 flight between Newcastle and Ibiza was coming in to land in the island resort. The passenger has been receiving treatment in Spain in an attempt to save his ear after he was savaged on Sunday night shortly before the plane touched down at 7.20pm. The flight to the party island was carrying...
  • Looking for a used class C RV to spend my retirement years in.(Vanity)

    08/17/2015 4:00:09 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 73 replies
    8/17/2015 | Randy Larsen
    I'm trying to find a used Class C RV that I can use for traveling during my retirement years.
  • Jason Derulo Plane Incident: Singer And Crew Get Kicked Off Flight, Fires Travel Agent

    08/17/2015 12:32:19 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 16, 2015 | Gina Masilotti
    Jason Derulo was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines plane after he and his bodyguards got in an argument with the staff prior to boarding. Jason Derulo and his crew were kicked off of a Southwest Airlines plane in Reno on Saturday on his way back to Los Angeles when he and his bodyguards got in a bit of an argument with TSA agents, according to TMZ. One of Derulo's reps said that they wanted to get through the airport as quickly as possible because TSA recheck was down, but one of the guys traveling with him was denied preferred...
  • Truck takes out overhead highway sign in Saudi Arabia

    08/17/2015 8:31:26 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    QATIF, Saudi Arabia, - A Saudi Arabian motorist recorded a truck with its dumping bucket extended taking out an overhead sign on a stretch of highway. The video, posted to YouTube by Mohamed Qutteineh, shows the truck driving full-speed into the overhead sign, which comes crashing down onto the road below. Vehicles can be heard honking their horns at the truck prior to the crash in an attempt to warn the driver, but the motorist does not appear to notice the trouble. Authorities said the Saturday crash in Qatif, Eastern Province, was under investigation and the cost of repairing the...
  • Revolt over Times Square's topless ladies: Parents' anger over 'inappropriate' behavior [tr]

    08/17/2015 7:00:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Staff
    Complaints have been made over the influx of topless women prancing around Times Square and charging tourists to be in photos, deeming it inappropriate and offensive. The women, who cover their bodies in paint and and typically wear nothing but a thong, are not in trouble for being topless - which is legal in New York City - but for posing with underage children. The number of women at the tourist mecca have doubled in the last year, with about 40 walking around Times Square on the weekends, according to The New York Daily News.
  • How Did Marth's Vineyard Get it's Name?

    08/16/2015 7:24:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Martha's Vineyard Tour Guide ^ | 27 June (2015?) | Jim Rivard
    The most popular and very believable account is that the island was named by the British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, after his infant daughter -- Martha... He would take short sails to "the big island" (Martha's Vineyard) for the purpose of gathering sassafras root, to be hauled back to England for medicinal use. Gosnold was only on Cuttyhunk about six weeks because of a small skirmish with the Wampanoags... the British wisely withdrew from the Islands before winter. Before leaving, however, it's believed that Gosnold named the big island after his infant daughter, Martha... Another, not as popular version of the...
  • Apple's Project Titan Is Getting Closer To Reality [Their self-driving car]

    08/16/2015 7:27:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Information Week ^ | 08/16/2015 | Nathan Eddy
    A newly published report in the Guardian suggests that not only is Apple planning a self-driving car, but that the so-called Project Titan prototype is ready for testing. Documents revealed by British newspaper The Guardian strongly indicate the long-rumored self-driving car program by Apple, codenamed Project Titan, is indeed a reality. The correspondence reveals Apple's interest in GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre, former navy weapons station in California that features 20 miles of paved roadway, which other companies have used for the testing, validation, and commercialization of connected vehicle (CV) applications and autonomous vehicles (AV) technologies. "We would ... like to...
  • Indonesian plane carrying 54 loses contact in Papua: Officials

    08/16/2015 3:09:27 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    AFP - Zee News ^ | August 16 | Staff
    Jakarta: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control Sunday during a flight in the rugged easternmost province of Papua, officials said. The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact just before 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua`s capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil, the search and rescue agency said on Twitter.
  • Symbols of Hittite goddess of sexuality found on 4,000-year-old tablet discovered in central Turkey

    08/15/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | August 13, 2015 | Dogan News Agency
    Amid excavations at four different ancient sites in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat, a cuneiform tablet has been unearthed in the Uflakle Mound at the Büyük Tafllek village. Thought to date back to around 2,000 B.C., the cuneiform tablet in the Sorgun district of Yozgat shows symbols of ishtar, known as the Hittite goddess of love, war, fertility and sexuality, more clearly than those on any other unearthed tablets. "Considering the intensity of archaeological materials on the surface and diffusion area, the mound tends to bear traces of Hittite Civilization. it is thought that the mound was affiliated to...
  • Incised stone sun discs found during Danish island excavations

    08/15/2015 6:50:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | August 13, 2015 | PAP – Science and Scholarship in Poland
    Evidence of the beliefs and rituals of the inhabitants of the Danish island of Bornholm (Baltic Sea) over 5,500 years ago, have been discovered by Warsaw University archaeologists during excavations in Vasagard. The research project is the result of several years of collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw and Bornholms Museum. This year also included students from the University of Copenhagen. Sun worship The study site -- Vasagard, is a puzzling one, but is thought to be a temple for Sun worship. During this season of excavations, archaeologists have discovered several ditches, in which, in...
  • Disney Announces Plans to Build ‘Star Wars’-Themed Lands at Parks in Anaheim, Orlando

    08/15/2015 2:59:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    KTLA ^ | John A. Moreno
    At 14-acres each, the additions to the Disney parks in Anaheim and Orlando, Florida, represent “our largest single-themed land expansion ever,” said Iger, speaking before some 7,500 “Star Wars” fans at the biennial convention. He added that the new environments “will transport guests to a whole new ‘Star Wars’ planet, including an (attraction) that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.” ... The company released artist’s renderings of the fictional planet, described as a remote trading port.
  • FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved

    08/15/2015 2:20:05 PM PDT · by wtd · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 8/15/2015 | Brett Zongker
    FAA says problem that caused flight delays has been resolved WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air traffic was snarled and passengers' tempers frayed on Saturday as many flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast stretching from New York down to the Carolinas were delayed or cancelled. The Federal Aviation Administration blamed the problem on "technical issues" at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va. Around 4 p.m., the agency said the problem had been resolved, and that officials were working to lift any remaining orders to hold planes on the ground. Delays began building about...
  • Curiae Veteres Sanctuary in Rome Attracts the Curious

    08/13/2015 8:54:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | Elisabetta Povoledo
    Archaeologists working on the Palatine Hill here this summer excavated parts of sixth-century B.C. foundations connected to a sanctuary of a cult that ancient sources trace back to Romulus, Rome’s mythic founder — a rare find from such an early period. The discovery, archaeologists say, will probably lead to further exploration for even more ancient elements of the sanctuary, called the Curiae Veteres. The remains came to light during a continuing dig of the northeast slope of the hill. The most recent phase of the dig ended last month... The Curiae Veteres was among the most important buildings of that...
  • Victims of the Great Plague 'discovered' at Liverpool Street station

    08/13/2015 8:49:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | August 12, 2015 | unattributed
    A mass burial site that may contain 30 victims of the Great Plague has been discovered in the City of London. The skeletons were found during excavation of the Bedlam burial ground at Liverpool Street, which will serve the cross-London Crossrail line. A headstone found nearby was marked 1665. Scientists hope to establish whether bubonic plague or some other pestilence was the cause of death. The skeletons will be analysed by the Museum of London Archaeology. Archaeologists said the fact the individuals appear to have been buried on the same day suggest they were victims of the Plague. Crossrail lead...
  • Emirates announces world's longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City ... an 8,700 mile [tr]

    08/13/2015 11:40:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Katie Amey
    Emirates has announced the launch of the world's longest non-stop flight - an 8,700mile journey lasting an incredible 17 hours 35 minutes. Starting on February 1, 2016, the service from Dubai to Panama City is exciting news for those who love Central America, but it will be a stern endurance test for anyone in economy class. Panama City is Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America.
  • 10 Best Car Engines for 2014

    08/12/2015 8:16:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 24 replies
    Cheat Sheet ^ | 12- 24,-2013 | Justin Lloyd-Miller jr
    The ten were chosen from 44 different powertrains that the judges examined; to be qualified, “A new or significantly improved engine or propulsion system must be on sale in a production vehicle during the first quarter of 2014.” The base price for the vehicle has been capped at $60,000, up from $55,000 last year. Here are the winning engines for 2014. 1. Audi’s 3.0 liter TFSI Supercharged V6 (S5) Audi’s fifth consecutive Best Engine appearance is owed to its new 3.0 liter supercharged V6, which offers 333 horsepower in the Audi S5. “Several new [six cylinder] engines have entered the...
  • 'Mummy of a child warrior from 'lost medieval civilisation'

    08/12/2015 4:01:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | August 4, 2015 | Anna Liesowska
    Five mummies were found to be shrouded in copper, while also elaborately covered in reindeer, beaver, wolverine or bear fur. Nearby were found three copper masked infant mummies - all males. They were bound in four or five copper hoops, several centimetres wide. Similarly, a red-haired man was found, protected from chest to foot by copper plating. In his resting place, was an iron hatchet, furs, and a head buckle made of bronze depicting a bear. The feet of the deceased are all pointing towards the Gorny Poluy River, a fact which is seen as having religious significance. The burial...
  • Bank of America stops wire transfers and U.S. dollar bank drafts to Belize

    08/12/2015 5:02:10 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 22 replies
    CuencaHighLife ^ | 12 Aug 2015 | CuencaHighLife
    Bank of America issued a statement July 28, halting Atlantic International Bank wire transfers, U.S. dollar bank drafts, and foreign currency transfers to and from Belize. chl bofaAccording to the statement, Bank of America is exploring options for the flow of incoming and outgoing wires and hopes to find a solution to the issue. The issue is called de-risking and is in compliance with the regulations currently imposed on Caribbean and Central American regions by large U.S. and European banks. This process has severed ties with several smaller banking institutions. The move caught U.S. expats in Belize by surprise and...
  • Has Queen Nefertiti been found behind King Tut's tomb?

    08/11/2015 11:34:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    After analysing high-resolution scans of the walls of Tutankhamun's grave complex in the Valley of the Kings, Dr Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance. He described how he uncovered the 'ghosts' of two portals that tomb builders blocked up, one of which is believed to be a storage room. The other, on the north side of Tutankhamun's tomb, contains 'the undisturbed burial of the tomb's original owner - Nefertiti', Dr Reeves argued. If Dr Reeves is correct, the hidden tomb could be far more magnificent than anything found in Tutankhamun's burial chamber. He believes it is her...
  • Ride the Phoenix @ Knoebels in HD [video link]

    08/10/2015 4:52:57 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 8-3-15 | Knoebels
    For those in the NE who haven't made the trek to Knoebels w/ your kids, do it! Free parking, free admission. Great family getaway run by a great family who meticulously maintain their rides.
  • Emergency landing baseball-sized hail storm cracked windshield

    08/08/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 32 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 8 Aug 2015 | Christer Brennen
    Said they did not realize how bad the damage was until they landed and saw the front of plane Pilots made landing with limited visibility because of major cracks in the windshield
  • Huqoq 2015: New Mosaics Unearthed at Huqoq Synagogue

    08/08/2015 8:15:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | July 30, 2015 | Robin Ngo
    Over the last several seasons of excavation in a fifth-century C.E. synagogue in the Lower Galilee, archaeologists have uncovered stunning mosaics depicting two scenes from the Samson cycle, human and animal figures, a Hebrew dedicatory inscription and a meeting between what may be Alexander the Great and a Jewish high priest. Led by Jodi Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the excavation at the ancient Jewish village in Huqoq, Israel, has continued to yield exciting finds that fascinate scholars and laypersons alike. During the 2015 field...
  • 'Ancient Hebrew inscriptions' baffle Israeli archaeologists

    08/08/2015 7:56:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 August 2015 | unattributed
    Israeli archaeologists say they are trying to decode ancient inscriptions written in Hebrew script discovered at a dig in Jerusalem. The writing was found on the walls of a room containing the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, or mikveh, believed to be about 2,000 years old. Experts are now trying to decipher words and symbols including a boat and palm trees. They say the markings may be graffiti or have some religious significance. One of the symbols could be a menorah - the seven-branched candelabrum which stood in the two Biblical Jewish Temples in Jerusalem - and some of...
  • ISS Astronauts to Sample Leafy Greens Grown on Space Station

    08/08/2015 10:54:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Expedition 44 crew members, including Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labour after harvesting a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the "veggie plant" growth system on the orbiting laboratory. The astronauts will clean the leafy greens with citric acid-based, food safe sanitizing wipes before consuming them. ... Nasa's plant experiment, called Veg-01, is being used to study the in-orbit function and performance of the plant growth facility and its rooting "pillows" which contain the seeds. The first "pillows" were activated, watered and cared for by Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson in...
  • 1936 Film Perfectly Explains How a Manual Transmission Works (10 min video)

    08/08/2015 9:00:45 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 45 replies
    .popularmechanics ^ | Jul 30, 2015 @ 3:37 PM | Robert Sorokanich
    Even if you already understand the concept behind a stick-shift transmission, this 1936 film explains it so perfectly a school kid could grasp it. take a 10-minute educational break and learn the basics of what's going on inside your stick-shift transmissions. Even if you understand the concept implicitly, we're certain you'll learn something from the irrepressible Jam Handy.
  • WHY WHY WHY..........Why?

    08/07/2015 10:23:54 PM PDT · by Cowman · 49 replies
    self | 8-8-2015 | Self
    Why would Chrysler take the two most bulletproof engines known to man (the 318 truck block and the Jeep 258 six) and replace them with a fragile as glass 4.7 psychadellic SPAGETTI infected, non adjustible, Windows based, software nightmare??? Then, they put on an EGR system that is completely unnecessary and the EGR valve is in the worst possible place to service or test!! Rant off ... That is all
  • The plane that can fly backwards

    08/06/2015 2:40:06 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    The verge ^ | 1 Aug 2015 | BBC Future
    "The reason the An-2 still flies is that there is really no other aircraft like it," says aviation writer Bernie Leighton, who has flown in an An-2 in Belarus. "If you need an aircraft that can carry 10 soldiers, people or goats, that can take off from anywhere and land anywhere — it is either that or a helicopter.
  • Will Supersonic Planes Ever Make Travel Fastest Again

    08/05/2015 8:18:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    INVERSE ^ | August 5, 2015 | Neel V. Patel
    When it comes to faster-than-sound air travel, economics have knee-capped innovation.< For 27 years, the Concorde ferried Burberry-clad patricians from London to New York in three hours while they sipped martinis at Mach 2.04. As Air France and British Airways ramped service by Concordes, many had high hopes that supersonic commercial was going to become a norm. It didn’t. Instead, a Concorde flight crashed in 2000, the September 11 attacks created a slump in air travel, and maintenance costs became unjustifiable. Although Concordes operated at profit, they raked in a lot less money than conventional flights, and their 30-year-old cabins...
  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/05/2015 6:41:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    GeekWire ^ | August 4, 2015 | Molly Brown
    This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car is closer to reality than you might think ... Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is developing the TF-X and states that the flying car is 8 to 12 years away from becoming an everyday reality ...
  • 25 common American customs that are considered offensive in other countries

    08/05/2015 9:27:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/05/2015 | SOPHIE-CLAIRE HOELLER
    There are a number of customs and gestures that Americans use without thinking twice. But when traveling abroad, they will not only out you as a tourist, but could get you in hot water in other countries. Inspired by this Quora thread, we've rounded up some of the most common American customs that are seen as offensive elsewhere. 1. Tipping A contentious issue even here, both over- and under-tipping can quickly make you the least popular person at the table. But in Japan and South Korea tipping is seen as an insult. In those countries, workers feel they are getting...
  • Australia says initial MH370 debris drift models gave wrong clues

    08/04/2015 8:32:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 4, 2015 9:59pm EDT
    Initial models of where potential debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet might first wash up had incorrectly identified Indonesia as the most likely location, the Australian body leading the search said on Wednesday. Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board and search efforts have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia. A piece of aircraft debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion last week roughly 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from the expected crash zone was consistent with where the plane...