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  • Man's best friend for 30,000 years: Canine skulls discovered in two separate digs reveals...

    01/24/2012 7:04:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Scientists believe that two 33,000-year-old skulls unearthed in digs in Siberia and Belgium show dogs were domesticated long before any other animal, such as sheep, cows or goats. Researchers from the University of Arizona said the skulls had shorter snouts and wider jaws than undomesticated animals such as wolves, which use their longer snouts and narrower jaws to help them hunt. That suggested the dogs had been kept for protection and companionship by our ancient ancestors -- just as they are today. The researchers think dogs could have been the first species of animals to be domesticated by humans, long...
  • Seabees Rescue Family from Car Crash

    01/23/2012 9:51:21 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Navy.mil ^ | 1/14/2012 | staff reporter
    BUELLTON, Calif (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 and the 31st Seabee Readiness Group (SRG) helped to rescue a family involved in a car wreck on Highway 101 in Buellton, Calif., Jan. 12.
  • The Great Road: The Story of Frederick Road

    01/22/2012 10:17:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Montgomery Village Patch ^ | January 22, 2012 | Susan Soderberg
    Traveled by Native Americans, presidents, generals, gypsies and families seeking a new life in the west, “The Great Road,” known today as Frederick Road or Route 355, provided a path for both the adventurer and the entrepreneur. As the main route northwest from Georgetown, the last port on the Potomac River, it was heavily traveled from the mid 18th century until it was replaced by Interstate 270 in the 1960s. It began as an Indian trail leading from the Piscataway settlement at the mouth of Rock Creek to the great “Conestoga,” a trail that included footpaths and waterways (what we...
  • Costa's '30 per cent off' compo offer leaves survivors stunned

    01/22/2012 9:03:39 PM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Cruise and Liner History ^ | January 22, 2012 | staff reporter
    Cruise and Liner History: The offer of a 30 percent discount on future cruises, made by the owners (Micky Arison’s Carnival Corp) of the recently shipwrecked Costa Concordia (Costa Cruises), has been faced with a number of angry responses from passengers of the ill-fated luxury liner.
  • "The Tuscany Titanic" Pretty Much A Reflection Of The Obama Administration. Captain Barack Obama !

    01/22/2012 7:05:58 PM PST · by The_Obama_Gerbil · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The cruise ship hitting a rock and tipping over throwing thousands overboard, is pretty much what we have been seeing under the Obama Administration. Think of the cruise ship as the economy and the debt. The cruise ship finally hits that wall and Captain Obama is the first one to bail leaving his economic team to save the passengers. Anyone surprised Chrissy Matthews hasn't compared the Captain to the Tea Party yet? He probably would just like during the mining crisis!
  • Schoolgirl sailor triumphs after battle with authorities

    01/21/2012 9:08:16 PM PST · by Oztrich Boy · 13 replies
    BBC NEWS Europe ^ | 21 January 2012 | Anna Holligan
    You can probably imagine the kinds of nightmares a teenager on a solo voyage round the world might suffer from: pirate kidnappings, treacherous coral reefs or perhaps scary encounters with mysterious sea creatures. But not Laura Dekker. The 16-year-old schoolgirl's sleep is haunted by memories of the traumatic experiences she suffered at the hands of the Dutch authorities. And ever since she set her sights on sailing round the world she says Dutch social services have done their best to stop her from pursuing her dream. ~~~~ Earlier this month truancy officers issued her father with a summons claiming that...
  • Into the mind of a Neanderthal

    01/21/2012 5:48:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | Thomas Wynn
    Palaeoanthropologists now know a great deal about these ice-age Europeans who flourished between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago. We know, for example, that Neanderthals shared about 99.84 per cent of their DNA with us, and that we and they evolved separately for several hundred thousand years. We also know Neanderthal brains were a bit larger than ours and were shaped a bit differently. And we know where they lived, what they ate and how they got it. Skeletal evidence shows that Neanderthal men, women and children led very strenuous lives, preoccupied with hunting large mammals. They often made tactical use...
  • Discovery of a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings, KV 64

    01/20/2012 5:28:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 1+ views
    University of Basel Kings' Valley Project ^ | January 16, 2012 | Dr. Susanne Bickel
    During the season of 2011, three edges of an unknown manmade feature appeared at 1.80m to the north of KV 40, on the 25th of January, the first day of the Egyptian revolution. Due to the situation, it was immediately covered with an iron door. As this structure is so close to KV 40 and as it was impossible to know whether it was just a short unfinished shaft or a real tomb, we gave it the temporary number 40b. This number is now replaced by the final designation KV 64. The KV numbers should definitely be used exclusively for...
  • The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

    01/20/2012 5:10:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    PHYSorg ^ | January 17, 2012 | unattributed
    This has cast doubt on the popular theory that Mesopotamian brewers used to crumble flat bread made from barley or emmer into their mash. The so-called "bappir" (Sumerian for "beer bread") is never counted as bread in the administrative texts, but in measuring units, like coarsely ground barley. Damerow also points out that the high degree of standardisation, which meant that the quantities of raw materials allocated to the brewers by the central administration remained exactly the same over long periods, sometimes even decades, makes it difficult to base any recipes on them. According to Damerow, even the "Hymn of...
  • Outta my way! America's rudest cities (can you guess without reading?)

    01/20/2012 5:00:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 01/20/2012 | Katrina Brown Hunt
    <p>Which is worse when you’re traveling: the local driver who blithely cuts you off in traffic or the surly cabbie who gives you attitude right to your face?</p> <p>Such skirmishes no doubt fueled this year’s America’s Rudest Cities contest, voted on by Travel + Leisure readers. Three-time-champion Los Angeles, home of road rage, went head-to-head with classically brusque East Coast cities such as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. — all of which landed in the top five.</p>
  • Diamond Jubilee River Thames spectacular: What Queen's flotilla will look like when 1,000 boats

    01/19/2012 12:07:29 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 19th January 2012 | Rebecca English
    It will be, we are confidently promised, the greatest show the Thames has ever seen and perhaps even outshine the Olympics. The Diamond Jubilee river pageant will feature 1,000 boats, 20,000 eager participants and millions of cheering spectators. Details of the spectacular event on June 3 were released yesterday, prompting London Mayor Boris Johnson to predict a ‘glorious’ spectacle which would ‘perhaps be more exciting than the Olympics themselves’. Pageant Master Adrian Evans spoke of ‘a once-in-a-lifetime event, one that will reclaim the Thames as a royal route’. He added: ‘I’m hoping it will be majestic, joyous, uplifting and patriotic...
  • President Clinton To Play In Celebrity Golf Tournament {Sink Emporer in LaQuinta tomorrow]

    01/18/2012 6:51:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | January 18, 2012 11:02 AM
    LA QUINTA (CBS) — Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to hit the links Saturday in the Humana Challenge golf tournament. The Humana Challenge begins Thursday morning with professionals like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Bill Haas. Celebrity players include singers Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Michael Bolton; actors Morgan Freeman and Don Cheadle and basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving. The tournament will be played at the La Quinta Country Club and the Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses at PGA West, and airs live on Golf Channel 12-3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday...
  • Freep a Poll! (Do TSA agents do a good job?)

    01/18/2012 2:54:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 1-18-12 | NY Daily News
    The TSA's performance Do you think TSA agents do a good job? Yes No Not Sure
  • Tel Aviv trumps New York to be named world's best gay city

    01/18/2012 6:58:39 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-18-2012 | Graham Smith
    Israeli metropolis beats New York and Toronto in poll naming best urban destinations for gay travellers Tel Aviv has been named the world's number one gay city. The Israeli metropolis beat out competition from New York to top a survey carried out by American Airlines and GayCities.com to find the most popular destination for gay travellers. It landed a staggering 43 per cent of the vote, way ahead of runner-up New York's 14 per cent and third-placed Toronto with 7 per cent. Sao Paolo came in at four with 6 per cent, while rounding out the top five with 5...
  • New York's JFK ranked the worst airport in the world..

    01/18/2012 6:28:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 18, 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    Long gone may be the days when flying was a luxury though the handling of the airport's terminal is believed by one travel site to still make all the difference to its passengers. Travel website Frommer's has released their list of the top 10 best and worst airport terminals in the world.
  • Concrete balls to deter Indonesia 'train surfers'

    01/17/2012 3:00:55 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | January 17, 2012 | bbc
    Railway staff have begun hanging concrete balls above train tracks in Indonesia to try to stop commuters from riding for free on carriage roofs.
  • Divers use explosives to blow holes in hull of capsized cruise liner ...

    01/17/2012 6:13:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 14 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 17th January 2012 | Lee Moran
    Italian navy divers have set off explosives to create openings in the hull of a cruise ship that ran aground near a Tuscan island, in a desperate effort to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew. Navy spokesman Alessandro Busonero said micro-charges placed on the side of the ship created four openings to allow divers 'to enter easily for the search'. Extensive debris and the 'sideways' nature of the ship has hampered rescuers from getting into sections of the stricken vessel. The holes were made both above and below the water level. Television footage showed the holes to...
  • Sicilian temple not for sale 'even for 40 bln'

    01/16/2012 8:56:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    ANSA English ^ | January 5, 2012 | unattributed
    Russian magnate Prokhorov reportedly wants to buy Temple of Zeus. The mayor of the Sicilian city of Agrigento said Thursday that he would not sell one of Italy's prime archaeological treasures even for 40 billion euros after it reportedly attracted the interest of Russian industrialist Mikhail Prokhorov. The precious-metals billionaire, who plans to run in this year's presidential elections in Russia as an independent candidate, has set his sights on buying the ruins of the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento's famed Valley of the Temples, according to media reports. But Agrigento Mayor Marco Zambuto has moved to nip the notion...
  • Dug out of the Thames mud, a token Romans used to pay for their pleasure

    01/16/2012 7:09:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Eleanor Harding
    Made from bronze and smaller than a ten pence piece, the coin depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act. Historians believe it is the first example of a Roman brothel token to be found in this country. It lay hidden in mud for almost 2,000 years until it was unearthed by an amateur archaeologist with a metal detector. On the reverse of the token is the numeral XIIII, which experts say could indicate the holder handed over 14 small Roman coins called asses to buy it. This would have been the equivalent of seven loaves of...
  • Must Farm Bronze Age site: Archaeologists at work [ East Anglia, 3K yr old boat ]

    01/16/2012 6:05:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Past Horizons ^ | Sunday, January 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Over three thousand years ago the inhabitants of a small southeast fenland community were skilled boat builders, enjoyed fishing, and practised a method of eel trapping still in use today in East Anglia. Mark Knight, senior project officer for Cambridge Archaeological Unit, said: "It's archaeology like it's never been preserved before." The incredibly detailed picture of Bronze Age life discovered on the River Nene, at Must Farm quarry, Whittlesey, has everything from well preserved boats, spears and swords to clothing and jewellery as well as carved bowls and pots still full of food, making it one of the most significant...