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  • Queen of the Philistines: Trude Dothan (1922–2016)

    02/04/2016 10:09:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 02/02/2016 | editors
    Trude Dothan, the doyenne of Philistine archaeology, passed away recently at the age of 93. A pioneer in Israeli archaeology, Dothan was a world-renowned expert on the Philistines. She excavated at Athienou (Cyprus), Hazor, Ein Gedi, Tel Qasile, Tell ‘Aitun, Deir el-Balah and Tel Miqne (Biblical Ekron). The excavations at Tel Miqne, which she codirected with Seymour Gitin between 1981 and 1996, unearthed evidence that proved to be dramatically significant to our understanding of Philistine history and culture. Dothan, who had been a Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, published many studies on the Philistines, on the...
  • I feel the need to have a beer with the Mayor of Lajitas

    02/04/2016 6:18:19 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 27 replies
    It is time for me to return to Brewster County, a place I love and adore. There is a little town, right on the Rio Bravo, down in the boot heel of Texas, what we call the Big Bend. They got a beer drinking goat down there, Clay Henry, the Mayor of Lajitas, TX. It is time for us to parlay.
  • Latest Slashing Has Riders Terrified, As Bratton Insists Subways Are Safe

    02/03/2016 11:01:59 AM PST · by fella · 16 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 2 Feb 2016
    There's been another slashing on a New York City subway, and terrified riders are calling for protection. This, as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton insists the subways are safe. As CBS2's Alice Gainer reported, a 30-year-old man is recovering after being slashed with a knife while on a No. 3 train Monday around 12:40 p.m. "SNIP" "Every night I see a different slashing," one woman said. "It does concern me because I have to take it every day. So it's kind of scary," another woman said.
  • Toyota discontinues Scion after years of slumping sales

    02/03/2016 10:19:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2016 11:32 AM EST | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Toyota is killing its Scion brand after years of slumping sales. Beginning in August, 2017 model-year Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas. The FR-S sports car, iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback, as well as the C-HR, which recently debuted at the L.A. Auto Show, will be a part of the Toyota line-up. The tC will have a final release series edition and end production in August, according to Toyota Motor Corp. Scion was formed in 2003 to attract younger buyers. [...] But there were multiple problems. The Millennials that the Scion was aiming for held back on big...
  • North America, China power GM to record $9.7b annual profit

    02/03/2016 10:09:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2016 12:25 PM EST | Tom Krisher
    If you're an automaker, especially one from Detroit, conditions probably aren't going to be better for you to make a lot of cash. For General Motors, that's what happened last year as the company posted a record $9.7 billion net profit. [...] Yet even with the earnings, GM gets no respect from the stock market. Its shares were down 3.5 percent at midday Wednesday to $28.61. Investors haven't been kind to auto stocks for years. GM shares are down more than 15 percent in the past year, and are more than $4 below the company's initial public offering price of...
  • Archaeologists find Bronze Age shipwreck off Turkey’s southwest

    02/03/2016 2:14:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Anadolu Agency
    Underwater excavations off the western province of Mugla's Marmaris district have unearthed a shipwreck in the Hisaronu Gulf dating back up to 4,000 years, one of the oldest shipwrecks ever found in Turkish waters... unique Bronze Age wreck 40 meters deep in the Hisaronu Gulf, crowning this season's work... "We have been carrying out the only underwater archaeological research project in the area nonstop since 2007. We have so far discovered more than 100 wrecks and their potential fields. Also, more than 20 underwater harbors and more than 400 anchors from between the Bronze Age and the Ottoman era have...
  • 'Rambo' the Elephant gores Scottish tourist to death during Thailand island vacation

    02/02/2016 4:34:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 02/02/2016 | Dan Good
    An elephant dubbed "Rambo" may have been startled or overwhelmed by the heat when it gored a Scottish tourist to death, Thai authorities said. The pachyderm launched its attack Monday on the resort island of Ko Samui, throwing Gareth Crowe, 36, and his daughter, Eilidh Hughes, to the ground. Rambo then gored Crowe with his tusk and stomped on him. The animal - who's also known as Golf - became enraged after its trainer, or mahout, climbed off to take a picture of the tourists. Crowe had a prosthetic leg and was unable to run away from the elephant, officials...
  • Finding the Pool of Siloam: Historicity of the Gospel of John

    02/01/2016 11:25:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | January 26, 2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Since at least the fifth century, Christians had identified a spot in Jerusalem as the Pool of Siloam and the site of the miracle. But it was not until a decade ago that archaeologists found what they are certain is the ancient pool of Siloam. Like so many such finds, it was almost by accident. During construction work to repair a water pipe near the Temple Mount, Israeli archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron found "two ancient stone steps." According to Biblical Archaeology Review, "Further excavation revealed that they were part of a monumental pool from the Second Temple period,...
  • Why Does George Washington Have Two Birthdays?

    02/01/2016 10:37:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    The FindingDulcinea Blog ^ | February 11, 2010 | Denis Cummings
    This Monday is the federal holiday Washington's Birthday, better known as Presidents Day, celebrated on the third Monday of February. If you want to know the actual birth date of George Washington, you will find two dates: Feb. 22, 1732, and Feb. 11, 1731. Both dates are correct. What accounts for the discrepancy? When Washington was born, Britain and its colonies were using the Julian calendar. Developed in first century B.C. under Julius Caesar, it had three too many leap days per 400-year period. The Catholic Church corrected the error in the 16th century by introducing a modified calendar (the...
  • Teen Illegally Scales Egypt's Great Pyramid

    01/31/2016 7:51:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | Arden Dier,
    Though climbing the oldest and largest of the three pyramids could result in a three-year jail term, or something far worse if he lost his footing, "I thought the photos would be worth it," Ciesielski says, per the Telegraph. Armed with a GoPro camera, "I just started climbing." He took the first few steps quickly "so nobody would follow me and take me down," he tells Business Insider. It wasn't until he was about halfway up the 455-foot structure that police finally spotted him. Ciesielski kept climbing and reached the top in about eight minutes. Spectacular images on his blog...
  • Family Threatens Lawsuit Alleging Snake Bite at Disney World Leads to Woman’s Death

    01/29/2016 5:09:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/29/2016
    Morgan said the family, who lives in Alabama, claims that the snake escaped at the park and entered an area accessible by park visitors. The incident happened in October 2014. A Disney spokeswoman confirmed to WKMG that the boy was bitten by a snake at the park, but she said the snake was wild and not part of the park's animal collection. The family claims the boy's grandmother, who witnessed the incident, went into cardiac arrest and died two days later.
  • Passenger Opens Plane's Emergency Door 'For Fun'

    01/29/2016 10:33:20 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Another smokes onboard By Staff Two passengers on Jet Airways were reported to police for breaking rules in separate incidents last week in India. One of them opened the aircraft’s emergency door while it was parked in the bay in Mumbai, India. The passenger claimed he “just did it for fun”, reported NDTV. A FIR has been registered against him. Meanwhile, in a separate incident another passenger on Jet Airways was caught smoking in the flight washroom. Co-passengers alerted crew members who requested him to put out the cigarette immediately. And once the flight landed at Mumbai airport, he was...
  • Bill Nye: ‘If NASCAR embraced electric cars it could change the world’

    01/28/2016 8:53:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 104 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | 01/28/2016 | andrew hard
    Nye recently penned an op-ed for digital culture magazine Aeon, in which he argues that NASCAR should make the switch to electric-powered vehicles. In his mind, NASCAR is a celebration of "old tech," one that reinforces the automotive status quo and hinders progress from a social standpoint. And while the environmental benefits of an industry-wide change are obvious, the former mechanical engineer sees another benefit of the EV switch. "Just think what an electric race would be like," Nye wrote. "It would be faster, and quiet. You could talk to the person next to you. The drivers could probably hear...
  • Strangers band together, form human chain to save truck driver teetering over PA Turnpike hillside

    01/28/2016 6:59:00 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 16 replies
    wtae ^ | Jan 27, 2016
    BEDFORD, Pa. Locked arm and arm with each other, complete strangers saved the life of a driver whose tractor-trailer lost control during the weekend snowstorm and was teetering over the edge of a hillside. It was a mess, dangerous. The truck was smoking, couple hundred gallons of diesel fuel, debris everywhere. People didn't seem to care, they jumped out to help," said Arlyn Satanek who witnessed the incident. Satanek has been driving trucks for years and he's never seen anything like this. On Friday night, inch-by-inch, the snow started to fall and by evening the roads were covered. One trucker...
  • London to Los Angeles flight turned back to Heathrow after mystery illness

    01/28/2016 6:42:45 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 01/28/2016 | David Millward,
    The aircraft, a Boeing 777 with 188 passengers and crew on board, was already southwest of Iceland when the decision was taken to divert the plane back to Heathrow, rather than landing at Keflavik. On landing at Heathrow, luggage was taken away for inspection without explanation. One member of the cabin crew fainted and five others complained of feeling unwell as did up to three passengers. Alan Gray, 41, a passenger on the flight said he saw a flight attendant collapse. “It was at that point the captain said he was turning the plane around. He said he wasn't willing...
  • Qatar Airways announces plans for world's longest flight

    01/27/2016 1:06:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 27, 2016 | Oliver Smith
    Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch the world’s longest direct flight: a 9,034-mile schlep from Doha to Auckland. Should the route get the green light, it would beat the current record holder – Qantas’s Dallas-Sydney service – by almost 500 miles. The journey time would be an estimated 18 hours and 34 minutes, according to the journey planning website travelmath.com.
  • Brazil sends in 200,000 soldiers to stop the spread of the Zika virus outbreak (shortened)

    01/27/2016 1:55:51 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 32 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | Jan 26, 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Brazil has sent more than 200,000 troops to go 'house to house' in the battle against Zika-carrying mosquitoes, blamed for causing a birth defect epidemic that is spreading rapidly across the world. Soldiers will visit homes across Brazil, distributing leaflets and dispensing advice, according to Health Minister Marcelo Castro, signalling a major ramping up of efforts against the Zika virus. The government, under growing pressure to deal with the crisis, will also...
  • Crash test video pits 2009 Chevy Malibu against 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air - guess who wins?

    01/26/2016 4:51:12 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 32 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 26 Jan, 2016 | Chris Smith
    If a 2009 Chevy Malibu got in a head-on collision with a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, which car would emerge with the least amount of damage? At first glance, you'd expect an old tank like the Bel Air to obliterate the Malibu, right? But nothing could be further from the truth.
  • 2 BASE Jumpers Presumed Dead After Jumping From Bixby Bridge in Big Sur

    01/26/2016 3:44:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    A thrill-seeker who parachuted off a bridge overlooking the Pacific likely drowned, as did the man who jumped in to try to save her, authorities said. The Monterey County Herald reports Tuesday that authorities first realized the two BASE jumpers were missing on Saturday, although the jump is thought to have occurred days earlier. SNIP Monterey County Sheriff's officials said Monday that a video from a helmet camera shows Mary Katherine "Katie" Connell, of Ventura, descending roughly 300 feet and landing on Bixby Creek, which feeds into the Pacific. Shortly after the landing, large waves overtake her. SNIP
  • How Long Would It Take To Travel To The Nearest Star?

    01/26/2016 2:19:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 26 Jan , 2016 by | Matt Williams
    We know there are planets orbiting other stars near to our Solar System, and many of these stars are similar to our own. In the future, should mankind wish to leave the Solar System, we'll have a huge choice of stars we could travel to, and many could have the right conditions for life to thrive. But where would we go and how long would it take for us to get there? Just remember, this is all speculative and there is currently no benchmark for interstellar trips. That being said, here we go! ... The question of how long would...
  • Inside the northernmost city on Earth whose residents endure - 55°C temperatures and two [tr]

    01/26/2016 10:54:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 26, 2016 | Caroline McGuire
    Isolated, polluted and – above all – cold, it is a city built on misery and blood. It is also a city of surprising wealth – the reason for its unlikely existence. Norilsk, squatting 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, has the largest deposits of nickel, copper and palladium on earth and its hellish mines are thriving. Gulag prisoners began expanding the Siberian settlement in 1935 and over the next 20 years, 500,000 slaves took part in its construction . Thousands lost their lives.
  • $3 Million Rare Ferrari Gathering Dust at Dubai Police Compound for 6 Years

    01/25/2016 2:38:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, January 25, 2016
    Fine for racing now Dh100,000 for cars, Dh50,000 for motorbikes; Also seized by Dubai Police: Porsche and Hayabusa A rare Enzo Ferrari, one of just a few hundred expensive cars made by the Italian auto giant, has been slumbering at the police impounded cars compound for nearly six years. The red luxurious vehicle, one of the most expensive cars in the world, appears to be covered with dust as it lies at the massive compound along with thousands of other cars. The Arabic language daily Emarat Al Youm said the Enzo trades at nearly $3 million (Dh3.67 million) and...
  • Vanity ~ Road Condition Request

    01/25/2016 6:44:03 AM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 14 replies
    Jan 26, 2016 | Lisa
    Hi FRiends. I have to travel between southwest Virginia and upstate NY in one shot, tomorrow or Wed. I'm looking for actual road conditions for Rts 81 north, 78 east, 287 north (Jersey) and the NYS thruway past Saratoga. Trouble spots? Road closures? Thanks in advance for info. Lots of mountains in my immediate future and I want to be prepared for battle :)
  • Seabed Scanning for East Anglian windfarm reveals Uncharted WWI German Submarine

    01/25/2016 1:05:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    ScottishPower Renewables ^ | January 21, 2016 | unattributed
    Whilst undertaking detailed seabed scanning for the development of windfarm projects in the East Anglia Zone, off the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk, windfarm developers ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and Vattenfall uncovered something they weren't expecting -- an 'uncharted' wreck of a WWI German submarine, missing in action since 1915... SPR and Vattenfall used advanced sonar technology to scan over 6,000km2 of the seabed in the Southern North Sea over two years, which is nearly 4 times the size of Greater London (1,583km2). This work is critical to understand seabed conditions, and allow the companies to design the layout of their...
  • Earliest Historical Detection Of Scurvy Discovered In Aswan

    01/24/2016 5:31:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Ahram in English ^ | Thursday 21 Jan 2016 | Nevine El-Aref
    A child skeleton dating to 3,800-3,600 BC discovered in Nag Al-Qarmila, in Aswan, may be the oldest discovered case of scurvy in the world. Within the framework of the Aswan Kom Ombo Archaeological Project (AKAP), which is focused on pre-dynastic sites in the area of Nag Al-Qarmila in Aswan, a new and important discovery has been made. The AKAP Italian-Egyptian mission led by Maria Carmela Gatto from Yale University and Antonio Curci from Bologna University stumbled upon what is believed to be the oldest case of scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) in the world, dated to the era 3,800-3,600 BC. Minister...
  • Oldest Human Footprints in the Southwest Discovered at Tucson Construction Site

    01/24/2016 5:26:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Western Digs ^ | January 21, 2016 | Blake de Pastino
    ...The prints number in the dozens and depict the movements of several adults and at least one child, as they tended to their neatly arranged crops and the small irrigation ditches that watered them. Discovered in November by archaeologists investigating a parcel of land near Interstate 10, the prints are likely the oldest human tracks yet found in the American Southwest... What's more, the footprints provide a glimpse into the daily life of people who practiced some of the earliest agriculture in the region, in intimate detail... The barefoot tracks are distinct enough that the movements of specific individuals can...
  • Muslim airline pilots planned to bomb four UK cities

    01/24/2016 8:59:53 AM PST · by wtd · 26 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | January 24, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    Muslim airline pilots planned to bomb four UK citiesIf their plot had succeeded, would the British government have awakened to the reality of the global jihad? No, it would have commissioned a blue-ribbon study of "islamophobia." And of course anyone who suggests that it might be unwise to hire Muslims as airline pilots is a racist-islamophobic-antimuslim-bigot. "RAF 'foiled ISIS airline terror plot to bomb four UK cities after cracking pop song code,'" by Steve Robson, Mirror, January 24, 2016
  • Bird Strike Damages Air Namibia Plane

    01/22/2016 11:18:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Namibian ^ | 2016-01-18 | Ndanki Kahiurika
    AIR Namibia experienced a bird strike incident on Thursday last week when an A319-100 aircraft was landing at Hosea Kutako International Airport. The airline's spokesperson, Paul Nakawa, confirmed the incident yesterday. Nakawa explained that a bird strike is considered dangerous in the aviation industry and can cause serious damage to an aircraft. “Bird strikes are common during landing and taking off of an aicraft because these are the times when the aircraft is flying in the ranges where birds are also flying. Regarding this recent incident, a big bird hit one of our four A319-100 aircraft that services our regional...
  • Archaeologists Discover Large Ancient Theater on Greek Island of Lefkada

    01/22/2016 3:43:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Greek Reporter [Source: ANA-MPA] ^ | Jan 21, 2016 | Ioanna Zikakou
    Archaeological excavations on the Ionian island of Lefkada have brought to light a previously undiscovered and sizeable ancient theater, the culture minister announced on Wednesday. It said the find was made on Koulmou hill toward the end of 2015. Test "sections" were cut in an area on the northeast flank of Koulmou's middle hill, which forms an amphitheatrical downward hollow ending in a lengthy flat section, the ministry announcement said. It noted that archaeologists knew very little about the city's ancient theater, which was not mentioned in any ancient sources, though the logs of an early 20th-century archaeological excavation under...
  • The mysterious layers of Gilmerton Cove

    01/21/2016 3:02:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Philip Coppens website ^ | prior to 2016 | Philip Coppens
    Gilmerton Cove is a mysterious cave system in suburban Edinburgh. For a long time assumed to have been the work of an 18th century blacksmith, it is now emerging that he could not have possibly created the entire system himself. The question that everyone asks, therefore, is who then created the enigmatic structure? ...The Cove is a series of caves, connected by a 40 feet main passageway, with two entrances, and located no more than ten feet underground. ...There are clear signs that the various rooms were once separated from each other by wooden doors. Elsewhere, there is a well...
  • Dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii has global impact

    01/21/2016 12:47:13 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/21/2015 | Jennifer Abbasi
    Experts warn that we should be prepared for more dengue in the US and around the world. ‘Hawaii is a piece of a much bigger phenomenon that’s happening globally,’ says Dr. Peter Hotez at Baylor College of Medicine. It’s peak tourism season in Hawaii, and the state’s Department of Health has issued a warning for visitors and residents: dengue fever is spreading on the Big Island. More than 150 people on Hawaii Island have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus.
  • What being a flight attendant taught me about human trafficking

    01/20/2016 5:16:50 PM PST · by free_life · 9 replies
    Mashable ^ | Jan 12, 2016 | Heather Poole
    A few years ago, on board a flight from Los Angeles to New York, a group of young girls wore nothing but jeans and T-shirts - in the middle of winter. They didn't speak English, and they didn't speak to each other the entire flight. I remember thinking it was odd, but I didn't know what to do about it. My mother, a retired flight attendant, once had a man on board a flight traveling with a teenage girl. They didn't look like they were related, and they weren't friendly with each other either. "When I asked the girl what...
  • Particles Could Reveal Clues To How Egypt Pyramid Was Built

    01/20/2016 5:00:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | January 18, 2016 | Maram Mazen
    An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure. Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, said that plates planted inside the pyramid last month have collected data on radiographic particles known as muons that rain down from the earth's atmosphere. The particles pass through empty spaces but can be absorbed or deflected by harder surfaces. By studying particle accumulations, scientists may learn more about the construction of the pyramid, built...
  • Survivor: Kaoh Rong

    01/20/2016 12:08:06 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | January 20, 2016
    Survivor: Kaoh Rong is the 32nd season of Survivor (for those unfamiliar with the show, there are two seasons each year). It begins Wednesday, February 17, 2016 on CBS at 8/7c with a special 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article As with Survivor 28, there will be eighteen new players - no returning players - divided into three tribes of six players each, based on brains, brawn, and beauty. A twist for this season: Two idols can be combined into an idol that can be played after the votes are read. Survivor host Jeff Probst reveals...
  • Has Britain EVER been more beautiful? Stunning pictures capture the freezing UK in all its [tr]

    01/20/2016 6:38:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 20, 2016 | Mark Duell
    Drivers faced tricky journeys today as freezing Britain was hit by fog and ice with temperatures down to almost -12C for the second day in a row. The Met Office has issued yellow ‘be aware’ severe weather warnings for ice in Scotland and fog in the West Midlands as the landscape turned frosty. Dense freezing fog is expected to linger parts of England, with scattered light wintry showers forecast across the North and East later on. Swathes of the country shivered overnight as a widespread frost took hold and the mercury dipped to -11.6C in the Scottish Highlands. And forecasters...
  • A purrfect ending! Hemi the cat, who vanished without a trace in 2011, (Shortened)

    01/20/2016 4:23:22 AM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | January 20, 2016 | Associated Press
    A cat named Hemi, who vanished without a trace in 2011 and reappeared just as mysteriously last week, will soon make a jet flight halfway across the country to rejoin the family that never stopped missing him. 'It's pretty crazy,' said Jennifer Connell, who adopted Hemi in 2009 in North Carolina, but now lives in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Before Hatshepsut: Early Egyptian Queen Revealed in Hieroglyphs

    01/19/2016 11:23:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 19, 2016 | Owen Jarus
    About 60 drawings and hieroglyphic inscriptions, dating back around 5,000 years, have been discovered at a site called Wadi Ameyra in Egypt’s Sinai Desert. Carved in stone they were created by mining expeditions sent out by early Egyptian pharaohs archaeologists say. They reveal new information on the early pharaohs. For instance, one inscription the researchers found tells of a queen named Neith-Hotep who ruled Egypt 5,000 years ago as regent to a young pharaoh named Djer. Archaeologists estimate that the earliest carvings at Wadi Ameyra date back around 5,200 years, while the most recent date to the reign of a...
  • Ice Cream Truck Operator Carjacked in Encanto

    01/19/2016 12:16:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | R. Stickney
    An ice cream truck operator was carjacked in Encanto early Tuesday, San Diego Police said. The truck was flagged down on Akins Avenue at 4:30 a.m. by two men posing as customers, officers said. Both men had knives, jumped in the truck and ordered the driver out, police said. They drove off heading west on Akins. The van was later recovered on Webster Avenue. No arrests have been made.
  • Canadian travellers report illnesses at Cuban resorts promoted and operated by Sunwing

    01/18/2016 8:08:38 PM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    globalnews.ca ^ | january 18, 2016 | sean o'shea
    Unsanitary washrooms, unsafe food handling practices, unrelenting stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea: these are some of the complaints being reported about popular Canadian vacations destinations in Cuba promoted and operated by Sunwing Vacations of Toronto. "It's very severe, and I am struggling a week later," said Amanda Klein of Medicine Hat, Alta., who recently returned from Cuba and says she is still experiencing stomach problems. Klein, 26, spent a week with her boyfriend and two other Canadian couples at the Memories Paraiso Azul Beach Hotel in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba between Jan. 5 and 12. But within days of the Canadians'...
  • ATV Riders, Bikers Hit South Florida Streets for 'MLK Ride Out'

    01/18/2016 7:59:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jan 18, 2016
    Hundreds of ATV and bike riders ripped through South Florida's streets for MLK Ride OutFor the second year in a row dirt-bikes, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles ripped through the streets and freeways of South Florida on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Footage showed hundreds of riders weaving in and out of traffic in Miami-Dade and Broward, with at least one serious injury reported in Fort Lauderdale. According to Miami-Dade Police, officers made several arrests and towed multiple motorcycles and ATVs throughout the day. They said they are continuing their traffic safety enforcement efforts. Juan Perez, Deputy Director of MDPD, tweeted:...
  • King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

    01/17/2016 5:04:18 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Friday, January 15, 2016 | Robin Ngo
    Everyone knows the story of King Midas and his golden touch. In Greco-Roman mythology, the Phrygian king Midas was offered anything he wished from Bacchus, the god of wine, for showing kindness to Bacchus's teacher, Silenus. Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. While it amazed Midas that everything he then touched became gold -- from a twig to a husk of corn -- he soon discovered just how reckless his request was, for he could not eat or drink anything but gold (Ovid, Metamorphoses, XI:85-145). The historical King Midas inspired this character in Classical mythology. King...
  • Prehistoric mat reveals ancient Chinese weaving techniques

    01/16/2016 11:42:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Source: Xinhua ^ | 2016-01-14 | Editor: An
    ...A team of scientists have identified a nearly 7,000-year-old reed mat discovered in east China, offering a rare glimpse into a very early stage of the civilization's textile making. Objects such as baskets woven from plants are among the oldest human technologies. Their origin is believed to be related to the rise of agriculture, which fueled the need for grain and seed containers. Yet a lack of surviving items has long hampered studies. According to an article published in the journal Scientific Reports, Zhang Jianping and his colleagues dated the remains of a woven mat unearthed at a Neolithic settlement...
  • 'Cave of forgotten dreams' may hold earliest painting of volcanic eruption

    01/16/2016 11:37:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Nature ^ | January 15, 2016 | Ewen Callaway
    Chauvet-Pont D'Arc cave, in southern France, is one of the world's oldest and most impressive cave-art sites. Discovered in 1994 and popularized in the Werner Herzog documentary 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams', Chauvet contains hundreds of paintings that were made as early as 37,000 years ago. Fearsome animals such as woolly rhinoceroses, cave lions and bears dominate Chauvet's imagery. But one of its innermost galleries -- named after a giant deer species, Megaloceros, that is depicted there -- also contains a series of mysterious spray-shaped drawings, partly covered by the Megaloceros painting. A nearby gallery holds similar spray imagery, as does...
  • Burkina Faso hotel seizure ends; 4 jihadis, 23 others dead

    01/16/2016 6:49:03 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 22 replies
    AOL ^ | 16, Jan, 2016 | Brahima Ouedraogo
    The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso's capital by al-Qaida-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation's president said. At least 23 other people from up to 18 different countries were killed in the attack at the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe, establishments popular with westerners in Ouagadougou, the capital, he said. Three attackers were killed at the hotel and a fourth was killed when security forces cleared out a second hotel nearby.
  • Adidas Is Partnering With Virgin Galactic To Design the Spaceline's Flight-Suits

    01/16/2016 3:32:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/14/2016 | Andrew Liszewski
    Space isn't just the next frontier for human exploration—apparently clothing brands are also looking towards the heavens. Today, Adidas revealed that its Y-3 brand will be working with Virgin Galactic to design not only the astronaut pilot’s flight-suits, but the outfits for everyone at Spaceport America. (For those not familiar with the brand, Y-3 is a fashion collaboration between Adidas and designer Yohji Yamamoto.) ... The flight-suit is made from Nomex Meta Aramid, which is a material very similar to kevlar. It retains some of the bullet-proof fabric’s rigidity, but is considerably more flexible. So while it will help support...
  • Korean Girls Try American BBQ

    01/15/2016 8:55:51 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 71 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 1/15/16 | Liveleak
    Korean girls try pulled pork, brisket and American style pork ribs for the first time. Help others learn about American BBQ by sharing this video. Let us know what else you'd like to see them taste (food wise). Video at a href="http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=20d_1452916793#dWxMCrehc2z8c2dU.99
  • Building the biggest dinosaur that ever lived: Titanosaur skeleton is so large its head pokes [tr]

    01/15/2016 6:39:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    It was the biggest dinosaur that ever lived, so when museum experts tried to reconstruct a life-sized skeleton of the recently discovered titanosaur it presented something of a challenge. The American Museum of Natural History in New York needed to use some careful spatial planning when it built a replica of the enormous creature for a new exhibition. At 20 ft (6 m) tall and 122 ft (37 m) long, the recently discovered dinosaur's skeleton is so big it does not fit in the museum’s warehouse-sized exhibition room.
  • Ocean Search for Malaysian Airliner Finds 2nd Shipwreck [MH370]

    01/14/2016 4:13:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 13, 2016 | Associated Press
    story from AP, so, not risking an excerpt.
  • PETA Pushes Tesla to Offer Vegan Interior on Model X SUV

    01/14/2016 2:47:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/14 | Tamara Palmer
    A kinder, gentler car has debuted in Palo Alto. Tesla Motors has made vegan interiors (seats, steering wheels and gear shifts) an option on its new, falcon-winged electric Model X SUV thanks to the urging of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a company shareholder. "By offering a 100 percent leather-free car, Tesla is pushing its eco-friendly business even further into the future," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. "PETA can now point to Tesla as a source for top-quality vehicles whose cruelty-free seats are as kind to the environment as its engines are." New...
  • Snow blankets Britain as far south as BIRMINGHAM (nice photos)

    01/14/2016 6:39:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 14, 2016 | Joseph Curtis
    Parts of the UK were covered in snow today after the coldest night of the year so far saw several weather warnings issued. People in Birmingham and the Midlands found their cars and streets dusted in 3-6cm of the white stuff, while it also fell across central Scotland, northern England, Yorkshire and Humberside. Experts are predicting the chilly weather to continue with temperatures plummeting to -15C this weekend, with more sleet and snow expected in East Anglia.