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  • Voices of the Revolution: The Five Riders [Four + One]

    01/26/2015 1:01:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Constitution Facts ^ | Oak Hill Publishing
    ...Paul Revere, born in Boston in 1734... After the death of his father in 1754, Paul enlisted in the provincial army to fight in the French and Indian War... When the war was over, he returned to Boston to take over his father's silversmith business, only to fall into financial difficulties during the Stamp Act of 1765. Frustrated by this gave him cause to join the Sons of Liberty... On the night of April 18, 1775, Joseph Warren sent Revere to send the signal to Charlestown that the British troops were on the move... His journey ended in Lexington where...
  • New attempt to lift AirAsia Flight QZ8501 fuselage fails after rope snaps

    01/25/2015 6:30:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    A previous effort to the raise the wreckage on Saturday was also foiled when sharp parts of the debris sliced through a strap connecting the fuselage to a giant balloon, the search agency said. Officials are trying to float the 13-meter (43-foot) piece of wreckage to the surface and then hoist it onto a waiting ship. But strong winds, high waves and heavy rain prevented the Indonesian Navy divers from having another go Sunday at raising the fuselage, officials said. Divers successfully carried out a similar procedure with the tail section of the aircraft earlier this month.
  • 2 arriving planes evacuated at Seattle-Tacoma International; officials cite 'security concern'

    01/25/2015 5:27:36 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    SEATAC, Washington — Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a "security concern." Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon. Cooper said that out of an abundance of caution, passengers were bused to their gates from the airport's third runway. He said the matter was under investigation and he did not have further details. The evacuations come a day after bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta,...
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...
  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/25/2015 1:00:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 25, 2015 | Philip Jenkins
    It is astonishing that scholars of religion refer so little to the Manichaean faith, which in its day -- roughly from the third century AD through the fourteenth century -- was a fully fledged world religion, which interacted with Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. At various times, its adherents could be found across the whole of Eurasia, from France to China. It also created a substantial body of scriptures and commentaries, most of which are now lost. Manichaeanism (Manichaeism) is, I believe, the only example of a world religion that has arisen and then vanished entirely, seemingly without trace....
  • Ancient red numbers discovered on Colosseum: Restorers find marks indicating sectors of stadium

    01/24/2015 3:48:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Wanted in Rome ^ | January 22, 2015 | unattributed
    Traces of painted red numbers have been discovered during the ongoing restoration of the Colosseum, indicating various sectors of the amphitheatre similar to the seating system employed by today's stadiums. The numbers were painted on the arches of the Colosseum to guide visitors to their respective stands, according to their social class. Describing it as an "exceptional discovery", the monument's director Rossella Rea said that restorers had not expected the painted numbers to have survived. The director of the restoration project Cinzia Conti said the discovery proved the delicacy of the water-powered process, which removes dirt and smog residue but...
  • Cats Are Finally Getting Geneticists' Attention

    01/24/2015 3:27:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    January 15, 2015 ^ | January 15, 2015 | Carl Engelking
    Consumer doggie DNA testing is old hat at this point, having been around since 2007. But cat-lovers who wish to decipher their pet's breed are out of luck -- no such tests exist for felines. That fact reflects the state of the underlying science. Since the first full dog genome was sequenced ten years ago, geneticists have identified hundreds of genes behind canine diseases and physical traits. By comparison, just a handful of such genes have been identified in cats. But a group of geneticists is working to close this gap by sequencing 99 domestic cats. This week the researchers...
  • Scan finds new tattoos on 5300-year-old Iceman

    01/24/2015 3:22:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    redOrbit ^ | January 22, 2015 | Aaron Deter-Wolf
    A new study has used advanced imaging techniques to identify previously unknown tattoos on the ribcage of the 5300-year old man known as Ötzi, bringing his total number of tattoos to 61... Thanks to more than two decades of analysis, scientists arguably know more about Ötzi's health and final days than those of any other ancient human. He died at around 45 years of age after being shot in the back with a stone-tipped arrow and bludgeoned. In the 12 hours preceding his death he climbed into the mountains from an Italian valley, and ate a last meal consisting of...
  • 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Truck

    01/23/2015 9:44:54 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 1/23/20155 | Unknown
    The new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment. “Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. “The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.
  • Virgin Australia cuts US airfares as fuel prices plunge

    01/22/2015 10:06:40 AM PST · by Daffynition · 1 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 22, 2015 | staff reporter
    VIRGIN Australia has become the first airline to react to months of declining jet fuel prices, announcing it will restructure its US airfares to reflect the savings. Although it will not do away with the fuel surcharge altogether, the airline will incorporate fuel costs into fares the same as other operating expenses. Flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Los Angeles, are the only routes Virgin Australia operates which attract a fuel surcharge of $680.
  • 5 Disneyland Employees Test Positive For Measles

    01/21/2015 7:47:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Orange County health officials confirmed that five Disneyland park employees have tested positive for measles. Of those, two had reportedly been vaccinated. To date, up to 53 measles cases have been confirmed in California. Officials said 20 of the confirmed cases are in Orange County and 12 are associated with visits to the Disney parks in mid-December. Two people are currently hospitalized.
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart

    01/21/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | January 21, 2015
    Survivor: Worlds Apart is the 30th season of Survivor. It begins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 on CBS at 8/7c with a special 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be three teams of six players each, divided by social status: blue collar, white collar, and no collar. More. It will be held in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the same location as Survivor: Nicaragua, Survivor: Redemption Island and last season's Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. The players range in age from 52 to 22. Nine are from California, with seven from...
  • Archaeologists Investigate Ancient Greek Temenos on Black Sea Island

    01/21/2015 6:44:51 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, January 19, 2015 | editors
    A team of archaeologists are discovering new finds on a tiny island just off the Black Sea coast near Sozopol, Bulgaria -- finds that may shed additional light on the location and features of a lost temple to Apollo erected by Archaic Greeks in the late 6th century BCE. Epigraphic sources document that a temple to Apollo was raised on an island near the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia Pontica, which is located near present-day Sozopol. But there has been no evidence to suggest where the temple was actually located -- until recently, when an archaeological team under the direction...
  • Tuberculosis genomes track human history

    01/21/2015 6:34:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Nature ^ | 19 January 2015 Corrected: 20 January 2015 | Ewen Callaway
    Although M. tuberculosis probably first emerged some 40,000 years ago in Africa, the disease did not take hold until humans took to farming... A previous analysis by his team had shown that the common ancestor of all the M. bacterium strains circulating today began spreading around 10,000 years ago in the ancient Fertile Crescent, a region stretching from Mesopotamia to the Nile Delta that was a cradle of agriculture... 4,987 samples of the Beijing lineage from 99 countries... the information to date the expansion of the lineage and show how the strains are related... the Beijing lineage did indeed emerge...
  • No sign or sounds of terrorism in cockpit recording from AirAsia QZ8501

    01/20/2015 8:11:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    "The voice from the cockpit does not show any sign of a terrorist attack. It is only the pilot, sounding very busy," Andreas Hananto, an investigator at Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, said in an interview with the news agency Reuters. He said Monday that investigators had heard "no threats" in the recordings. "We didn't hear any voice of other persons other than the pilots," Nurcahyo Utomo, another investigator, told Reuters. But it remains a mystery what brought down the aircraft on December 28 as it flew from the Indonesian city of Surabaya toward Singapore with 162 people on board.
  • Alexander-era tomb contains bones of woman, baby, men

    01/19/2015 2:12:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Monday, January 19, 2015 | Reuters
    The culture ministry said research on the tomb's bones showed the buried woman was over 60 years old and about 1.57 metres tall while the two men were aged 35 to 45 years old. One of the men had cut marks in his left chest that were most likely from mortal injuries inflicted by a knife or small sword, the ministry said. The men had an estimated height of 1.62 to 1.68 metres. The few burned bone remains of the fifth interred person, who was cremated, could not reveal the person's gender and authorities said further testing would be carried...
  • Timber project to explore Shropshire's medieval heritage

    01/19/2015 4:53:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    University of Bristol ^ | 16 January 2015 | press release
    The grant will allow the team to archaeologically survey the village using a variety of methods, with particular focus on the group of timber-framed buildings which are present on an estate map of 1631. Many of these buildings probably have their origins within the medieval period. Dr Nash said: "Based on place-name evidence, the village of Tilley probably has its origins during the Early Medieval (Anglo-Saxon) period. The 'ley' element of Tilley translates into 'leah', meaning wood clearing." The project, one of the largest of its kind, will include a dendrochronology survey of 28 buildings that stand within the Tilley...
  • Ireland's Dairies Date Back 6,000 Years

    01/19/2015 4:45:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, January 16, 2015 | editors
    Ninety percent of the fats found in Neolithic cooking pots from Ireland came from dairy products, according to a new study conducted at the University of Bristol. "We know from previous research that dairying was an important part of many early farming economies, but what was a big surprise was the prevalence of dairy residues in Irish pots. It looks to have been a very important food source," said Jessica Smyth of the School of Chemistry. The remaining ten percent of the residues came from beef or mutton fat, or a mixture of milk and meat. "People can obviously cook...
  • Irish Cabinet minister announces he’s gay

    01/18/2015 9:22:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 11:05 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he’s gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Sunday’s announcement on state radio by Health Minister Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. Varadkar said he decided to declare his sexuality in advance of government moves this year to advance gay rights. These include plans to legalize gay marriage, permit homosexual men to donate blood,...
  • Caddie says Allenby kidnapped from bar, beaten, robbed

    01/17/2015 6:26:18 PM PST · by proxy_user · 33 replies
    The caddie for Robert Allenby said the Australian golfer was kidnapped from a bar Friday night in Honolulu, beaten and robbed before being dropped off in a park more six miles away. Allenby's caddie, Mick Middlemo, told Golf Channel's Steve Sands that Allenby was in a wine bar near Waikiki with Middlemo and another friend. Neither Middlemo nor the unidentified friend was with the Aussie at the time of the alleged kidnapping. Allenby sustained significant facial injuries and was robbed of his wallet, cell phone, cash and credit cards, according to Middlemo. Allenby, 43, missed the cut at the Sony...
  • Earliest Known Stone Tools Planted the Seeds of Communication and Language

    01/17/2015 4:06:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | UC Berkeley Press Release
    Oldowan stone-knapping dates back to the Lower Paleolithic period in eastern Africa, and remained largely unchanged for 700,000 years until more sophisticated Acheulean hand-axes and cleavers, which marked the next generation of stone tool technology, came on the scene. It was practiced by some of our earliest ancestors, such as Homo habilis and the even older Australopithecus garhi, who walked on two legs, but whose facial features and brain size were closer to those of apes. In testing five different ways to convey Oldowan stone-knapping skills to more than 180 college students, the researchers found that the demonstration that used...
  • Yabba dabba d'oh! Stone Age man wasn't necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals

    01/17/2015 4:01:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 14, 2015 | University of Montreal
    A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France... Neanderthals lived in Europe and western Asia in the Middle Paleolithic between around 250,000 to 28,000 years ago. Homo sapiens is the scientific term for modern man. The production of bone tools by Neanderthals is open to debate. For much of the twentieth century, prehistoric experts were reluctant to recognize the ability of this species to incorporate materials like bone into their...
  • Items lost in the Stone Age are found in melting glaciers

    01/17/2015 4:36:15 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    forskning.no via Science Nordic ^ | January 16, 2015 | Marianne Nordahl, tr by Glenn Ostling
    Mittens, shoes, weapons, walking sticks -- lost in the high mountains of Norway thousands of years ago -- are now emerging from melting ice. Around 7,000 years ago the Earth was enjoying a warm climate. Now glaciers and patches of perennial ice in the high mountains of Southern Norway have started to melt again, revealing ancient layers... The summer of 2014 was hectic in this respect. In Oppland County alone, Pilø and his colleagues found 400 objects, now emerged from the deepfreeze. Among these were a horse skull and hiking staffs from the Viking Age. An arrow shaft found by...
  • Roman drunkard found on Danish island

    01/16/2015 3:11:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Videnskab.dk via Science Nordic ^ | January 14, 2015 | Peter Pentz, translated by Hugh Matthews
    A new archaeological find on the Danish island of Falster can be traced back to the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. A bronze figure representing the Greek figure Silenus, from the time of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, has been found on the south-eastern Danish island of Falster. This find suggests that there was close contact between the Roman empire and Scandinavia, before and after the emperor's reign... At first sight the figure seemed so finely detailed that the finder took it home in the belief that it was a modern object. Later she handed it over to the National Museum of...
  • Pro-life Bikers to ride where the Roe v. Wade abortion case began

    01/15/2015 2:07:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life dynamics ^ | life dynamics
    Pro-life Bikers will join the March for Life in Dallas, Texas where the Roe v. Wade abortion case originated. The North Texas Ride for Life will take place on Saturday, January 17th at 3:00 PM. Last year, pro-life bikers brought electricity to marchers who made their way to the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse housing the district court where Roe was first filed in 1970. Texas History: In March 1970, a suit was filed in Dallas on behalf of plaintiff Jane Roe and all other women “who were or might become pregnant and want to consider all options.” At the time,...
  • St. Louis Archaeological Group In Antiquities Sale Controversy Defies National Organization

    01/15/2015 1:17:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    St Louis Public Radio (ironically) ^ | Wed January 14, 2015 | Willis Ryder Arnold, Donna Korando & Stephanie Lecci
    In November, the Society for American Archaeology sent a letter to the St. Louis organization that said, in part, "This action by the St. Louis Society constitutes a stark violation of the ethics of the science of archaeology." A basic problem is selling such items at auction, where they may be bought by private collectors and removed from public view and study. "The objects in question, collectively known as the Harageh Collection, were entrusted to the St. Louis Society in 1914 in return for that organization's support of the Egyptian excavations directed by Sir Flinders Petrie," the letter reads. "They...
  • The Most Annoying People on the Plane starring Sir Patrick Stewart

    01/14/2015 3:45:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jimmy Kimmel Live
    The travel company Expedia conducted a poll asking fliers to name the most annoying types of airplane passengers. Jimmy was going to just read the list, but he thought it would be more interesting if the great Sir Patrick Stewart acted it out.
  • Man falls from one cruise ship, is rescued by another five hours later

    01/14/2015 12:03:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    cnn ^ | Mayra Cuevas,
    "At 7:31 a.m. a passenger aboard Disney Magic reported a man in the water. The passenger had thrown multiple lifesavers in the water to help him," said Rodriguez. "They rescued him and gave him medical attention." The man was taken to a local hospital and was in good condition before he was flown back to the United States, Rodriguez said. "This man was reborn. Most people that experience that kind of fall break their neck. It's like hitting concrete," he said. ... Royal Caribbean closed-circuit TV video showed the man was alone on the Oasis ship Deck 5 when he...
  • Ammonia Leak Alarm on the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side, Crew Safe

    01/14/2015 7:17:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 14, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    NASA announced that an alarm sounded in the US segment at about 4 a.m. EST. indicating a possible ammonia leak. As a result, all six Expedition 42 astronauts and cosmonauts evacuated the US segment. “Flight controllers in Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston saw an increase in pressure in the station’s water loop for thermal control system B then later saw a cabin pressure increase that could be indicative of an ammonia leak in the worst case scenario,” according to a NASA announcement.
  • Dubai replaces Heathrow as busiest airport

    01/13/2015 8:28:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 12, 2014 | Joel Lewin
    Dubai leapfrogged Heathrow to become the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2014, the head of the Gulf hub said on Monday. Dubai International airport dealt with about 71m international passengers in 2014, according to chief executive Paul Griffiths, surpassing the 68.1 million that passed through Heathrow. "Heathrow is losing a lot of traffic to Dubai because we're able to cater for the connections that Heathrow no longer has the capacity to service," said Mr Griffiths, referring to how the UK's largest airport is operating at near full capacity on its two runways.
  • Urartians used jewelry according to status

    01/12/2015 12:16:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | January 11, 2015 | Anadolu Agency
    Jewelry used by women and men in the Urartian era provide detailed information about social class differences, Van Yuzuncu Yil University Head of Archaeology Department Associated Professor Rafet Cavusoglu has said. Artifacts and jewelry from the Urartian Kingdom 3,000 years ago, unearthed during excavations in the eastern province of Van, shed light on the mentality of life style and management of the era. Cavusoglu, who has been working on Urartian civilization for 21 years and examining these artifacts, said that as well as agriculture and stockbreeding, the Urartians were developed in metal embroidery, too. "The Urartians used jewelry such as...
  • Enraged passengers open exits on delayed China flight

    01/12/2015 6:40:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2015
    Delayed air passengers opened three emergency exits, aborting their flight's takeoff from Chengdu, according to Chinese state media. Twenty-five passengers were detained after China's latest 'air rage' incident. Passengers frustrated by China's fast growing but delay-plagued aviation sector opened their plane's exits on Saturday, forcing the China Eastern flight to taxi back to the terminal. China's state news agency Xinhua said the incident happened early on Saturday morning when China Eastern's flight to Beijing was delayed by a snow storm. Passengers had been left waiting in their seats for hours as ice was removed from the plane's fuselage. The flight...
  • GM shows Bolt electric vehicle concept with 200-mile driving range (from Volt to Bolt)

    01/12/2015 6:23:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 117 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:51am EST | Ben Klayman and Joe White
    General Motors Co on Monday showed its Chevrolet Bolt concept car with an electric driving range of more than 200 miles and a $30,000 price tag, offering a view into where the U.S. automaker is pushing in development of electric vehicles (EV). The all-electric Bolt is a concept car not currently slated for production, but Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said the company is committed to developing an affordable long-range EV, and GM said they could develop the car in as little as 18 months. “This is a real game changer,” Barra told reporters at the media preview at the...
  • Ancient maize followed two paths into the Southwest

    01/11/2015 6:11:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 8, 2014 | University of California - Davis
    The study, based on DNA analysis of corn cobs dating back over 4,000 years, provides the most comprehensive tracking to date of the origin and evolution of maize in the Southwest and settles a long debate over whether maize moved via an upland or coastal route into the U.S. Study findings, which also show how climatic and cultural impacts influenced the genetic makeup of maize, will be reported Jan. 8 in the journal Nature Plants. The study compared DNA from archaeological samples from the U.S. Southwest to that from traditional maize varieties in Mexico, looking for genetic similarities that would...
  • Amazing picture of brothers with hair on end minutes before they were hit by Lightening

    01/11/2015 5:22:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 30, 2013
    This frightening picture of two brothers with their hair on end was snapped just minutes before they were struck by lightning at Moro Rock, California, leaving the younger boy with third-degree burns and another man dead.  Electrical charges in the atmosphere just before a strike can lift hair into the air, providing nature's last warning of a bolt from the blue.These boys, 18 and 12, didn't know that, and the image has spread rapidly across the web this month.  The story behind the classic 1975 picture has come to light on the blog of Michael McQuilken, the teenager on the...
  • Cargo ship: Tug crashes into stricken Hoegh Osaka

    01/11/2015 12:15:42 PM PST · by moose07 · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 January 2015 | BBC
    One of the tugs holding the stricken cargo ship Hoegh Osaka in the Solent has crashed into the vessel. The tug moved from its position during high winds and collided with the ship on Saturday afternoon. No-one was injured but the tug was damaged and had to be replaced. The salvage operation was hampered on Saturday because of poor weather conditions but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said salvors had since managed to board the ship. {snip} The MCA said salvors were now intending to start work on the ship's ballast before pumping the 3,000 tonnes of water out...
  • Scientist tackles mystery of ancient astronomical device

    01/11/2015 1:41:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 63 replies
    Phys.org, Science X network ^ | January 6, 2015 | Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times
    "The amazing thing is the mechanical engineering aspect," says James Evans, a physicist and science historian at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is part of an international group working to crack the puzzle of the device's origins and purpose. Evans recently added a new twist with an analysis that suggests it dates to 205 B.C. -- as much as a century earlier than previously believed. If he's right, it is more likely that the Antikythera Mechanism was inspired by the work of the legendary Greek mathematician Archimedes. It would also mean the device was built at...
  • The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

    01/10/2015 2:42:08 PM PST · by moose07 · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 January 2015 | Justin Parkinson
    The world's largest container ship, the Globe, is docking in Britain for the first time as it continues its maiden voyage. But how vast and powerful is it and how long until it's superseded? Size The Globe is more than 400m (1,312ft) long, the equivalent of eight Olympic-size swimming pools. It is 56.8m (186ft) wide and 73m (240ft) high, its gross tonnage is 186,000 - the equivalent of 14,500 London buses, according to the Port of Felixstowe, where it arrived on Wednesday. But the record-breaking aspect of the Globe, owned by Shanghai-based China Shipping Container Lines and built in South...
  • Crowdsourcing used in Genghis Khan tomb search

    01/10/2015 9:18:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | January 9, 2015 | Nancy Owano
    Location of the tomb was, after all, an archaeological enigma lacking historical descriptions of its visual appearance.The authors said that not a single burial of the Mongolian imperial family has been identified. What is more, there are largely undocumented cultural heritage sites across a sparsely populated and undeveloped landscape. So while looking for the tomb was a motivation, the effort was also to leverage the power of human perception in a search for the unexpected. This was a challenge. The authors said that without a pre-existing reference for validation they turned towards consensus, defined by kernel density estimation, to pool...
  • 5 New Cases Of Disneyland-Linked Measles Reported

    01/09/2015 2:05:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CBS/AP) ^ | Mike Landa
    Five more people who visited Disney theme parks in California last month have fallen ill with measles, bringing the number of cases in the state to a dozen, local health officials said Friday. Six patients in Orange County have been diagnosed with the illness who visited the local theme parks last month, and only one was fully vaccinated against the disease, said Nicole Stanfield, a spokeswoman for the county’s health care agency
  • Study casts doubt on mammoth-killing cosmic impact [what, again?!? /s]

    01/09/2015 4:49:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | January 06, 2015 | editors
    Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study, of soil from Syria, is the latest to discredit the controversial theory that a cosmic impact triggered the Younger Dryas cold period. The Younger Dryas lasted a thousand years and coincided with the extinction of mammoths and other great beasts and the disappearance of the Paleo-Indian Clovis people. In the 1980s, some researchers put forward the idea that the cool period, which fell between...
  • Study of ancient dogs in the Americas yields insights into human, dog migration

    01/08/2015 3:52:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    University of Illinois ^ | 1/7/2015 | Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor
    A new study suggests that dogs may have first successfully migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants crossed a land bridge from Siberia to North America. The study, which looked at the genetic characteristics of 84 individual dogs from more than a dozen sites in North and South America, is the largest analysis so far of ancient dogs in the Americas. The findings appear in the Journal of Human Evolution. Unlike their wild wolf predecessors, ancient dogs learned to tolerate human company and generally benefitted from the association: They gained...
  • Archaeological dig at L7m car park suggests hats were made from cats in medieval Norwich

    01/08/2015 3:45:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    EDP24 ^ | Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | Dan Grimmer
    Fresh light has been shone on Norwich's grisly medieval history, after archaeologists uncovered evidence suggesting the site of a proposed £7m car park was once a 13th Century leather workshop... Archaeologists have already dug seven trials trenches, each four metres by four metres, to investigate the low-lying site near to the River Wensum. An eighth trench is set to be dug and evaluated after planned demolition works have taken place, with analysis of any finds to feed into a new report in early 2015. Evaluation of the site to date has identified activity from the prehistoric period to the modern...
  • Obama cheers his ‘rescue’ of car industry … at closed plant! (temporarily; Ford, Wayne MI)

    01/07/2015 8:36:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    On a day in which the international news cycle was dominated by the Islamic terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, President Obama traveled to Wayne, Michigan, to deliver a pre-arranged speech celebrating his rescue of the U.S. auto industry. Ironically, the Ford Assembly Plant that Obama visited is closed temporarily this week because of lack of demand for the small cars and hybrids the plant produces, with 2014 sales of the Ford Focus down 6 percent and the C-Max hybrid down 22 percent. […] Obama, in his speech, neglected to note Ford did not join...
  • Queen Khentakawess III's tomb found in Egypt

    01/06/2015 2:47:51 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5 January 2015 | unattributed
    The tomb dates to the Fifth Dynasty of the Pharaohs -- about 4,500 years ago. Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen, Egyptian officials say. The tomb was found in Abu-Sir, south-west of Cairo, and is thought to belong to the wife or mother of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago. Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said that her name, Khentakawess, had been found inscribed on a wall in the necropolis. Mr Damaty added that this would make her Khentakawess III. The tomb was discovered in Pharaoh Neferefre's funeral complex. Miroslav Barta, head of...
  • Pharaonic rock carving of obelisks found in Gebel el Silsila quarry

    A rock inscription portraying the rare transfer of two obelisks from a quarry has been unearthed at Gebel el Silsila, Egypt's largest sandstone quarries located to the north of Aswan, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced Monday. The discovery is the result of the Gebel el Silsila Survey Project, an epigraphic survey mission of Lund University, Sweden that has been active in the site since early 2014, according to the statement. Scenes depicting the phases and the technique of detaching blocks, loading them in sailing boats before sending them to their destinations through the River Nile, have been also discovered in...
  • Did Easter Island Really Collapse?

    01/06/2015 2:28:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, January 06, 2015 | editors
    A new study contradicts the idea that the prehistoric Rapa Nui people of Easter Island suffered a demographic collapse brought on by poor environmental stewardship. Scholars had theorized that unchecked agricultural growth after the first settlers arrived around A.D. 1200 strained the island's fragile ecosystem to the breaking point, leading to the erosion of topsoil and the eventual death by starvation of many members of Rapa Nui society. But prehistoric demographics are notoriously difficult to determine with precision. Phys.org reports that an international research team has evaluated the claim that the population of Easter Island collapsed by studying how land...
  • Author Says a Whole Culture -- Not a Single 'Homer' -- Wrote 'Iliad,' 'Odyssey'

    01/05/2015 1:09:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 4, 2015 | Simon Worrall
    In Why Homer Matters, historian and award-winning author Adam Nicolson suggests that Homer be thought of not as a person but as a tradition and that the works attributed to him go back a thousand years earlier than generally believed. Speaking from his home in England, Nicolson describes how being caught in a storm at sea inspired his passion for Homer, how the oral bards of the Scottish Hebrides may hold the key to understanding Homer's works, and why smartphones are connecting us to ancient oral traditions in new and surprising ways... About ten years ago, I set off sailing...
  • My Imported Bride

    01/05/2015 3:11:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    Orange Coast Magazine ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Haldane
    I’m an older O.C. divorcé with a young Filipino wife I met on the Internet, and I know what you’re thinking. Can’t say I blame you. But you’re wrong.I’m pouring drinks for my guests when the police arrive. It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday and we’re hosting a friend’s baby shower in our open garage. The two officers survey the scene carefully before striding toward me with bad news. “We got a complaint from your neighbor,” one of the officers says with a nod. After they sort it out and determine we’re not committing any crimes or posing a public...
  • Man Buys Pickup for $75, Drives It for 38 Years Plus

    01/04/2015 4:53:02 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 135 replies
    Yahoo.Autos ^ | January 4, 2015 | Keith Griffin
    Normally when you buy a pickup you worry about things like depreciation, operating costs, and how long the truck is going to last. Not this guy — he more than got his moneys worth with this one. Back in 1976 when Bob Sportel was 24 he bought a used, rusting 1957 half-ton Chevy pickup for $75 because he needed a way to get to work. He just retired from his job after 38 years — driving the same truck. According to KARE-TV in Minnesota, Sportel originally tried to buy the truck for $50. His only “extravagance” as he puts it...