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  • Six Old Kingdom tombs to be opened at Giza Plateau

    03/27/2012 3:54:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    el-Ahram ^ | Sunday 18 Mar 2012 | Nevine El-Aref
    The first one belongs to Princess Mersankh, the granddaughter of King Khufu. This tomb was originally built for her mother, Queen Hetepheres II, but on Mersankh's sudden death the tomb was donated to her. The tomb was discovered in 1927 by archaeologist George Reisner where a black granite sarcophagus was found along with a set of Canopic jars, and a limestone statue depicting Queen Hetepheres II embracing her daughter. The sarcophagus is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo while the statue is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The second tomb belongs to Seshem-Nefer, the overseer of...
  • Mass grave from Thirty Years' War opened

    03/27/2012 3:30:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 24 Mar 12 | DPA/arp
    Archaeologists have started unearthing human remains from a mass grave near the German town of Lützen, a find that dates back to the Thirty Years' War. "We estimate that there are at least 75 dead, who were buried very close together in several layers," archaeologist Susanne Friederich said on Friday. The Battle of Lützen, which took place in 1632, pitted Swedish soldiers against those under the command of German Roman Catholic general Albrecht von Wallenstein. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the Thirty Years' War, with an estimated 6,500 to 10,000 casualties. The Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus was...
  • Taste of the Borscht-Belt

    03/26/2012 11:54:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 5+ views
    Wall Street Journal | 3/25/2012 | Robbie Whelan
    Mensches, momzers and mavens alike rejoiced when Kutsher's, the legendary borscht-belt resort in Monticello, N.Y., announced last year it would open an outpost in TriBeCa, serving the best of the kosher hotel's old-style deli food and hearty Jewish favorites. Some five months later, the restaurant has turned its attention to lunch offerings, with a new express luncheonette counter for to-go orders, as well as the same delicious sit-down classics. Owner Zach Kutsher, a fifth-generation Catskills macher, says the restaurant has finally perfected its pastrami-curing formula after months of experimenting., making for tenderer, more succulent sandwiches. Sometime around January,Kutsher's Tribeca switched...
  • In Igloolik, You Smell the Walruses Before You See Them

    03/25/2012 11:14:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012 | Margo Pfeifrf
    I am jogging across the thick sea ice as fast as my chunky rubber boots and oversize parka will allow, feeling like the Michelin Man version of the sleek, naked sprinter in the Inuit film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. Sloshing through pools of turquoise meltwater, I aim toward a massive, shiny black lump bobbing 300 metres away – a bowhead whale in a hole it smashed open from beneath – through 60 centimetres of ice – with the distinctive bump on the top of its skull. A closer look at the waters off Igloolik Blowing geysers of mist into the...
  • How Will We Get Around in the Post-Apocalypse?

    03/25/2012 2:02:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies · 2+ views
    IO9 ^ | March 25, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    How will we get around in the post-apocalypse? One of the irritating things about many post-apocalyptic movies in TV shows is that everyone drives everywhere, with little thought about alternative modes of transportation. But how will we get around after armageddon? We weigh the post-apocalyptic transit options. Hopefully, down the line, we'd see groups of people teaming up to bring back trains, but in terms of personal transit in the immediate post-apocalypse, here are a few options: Cars: Ah, the noble car, transit mode of choice in far too many post-apocalyptic fictions. For some people, cars might be a logical...
  • Juliane Koepcke: How I Survived a Plane Crash

    03/25/2012 11:20:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 March 2012
    Juliane Koepcke was flying over the Peruvian rainforest with her mother when her plane was hit by lightning. She survived a two-mile fall and found herself alone in the jungle, just 17. More than 40 years later, she recalls what happened. It was Christmas Eve 1971 and everyone was eager to get home, we were angry because the plane was seven hours late. Suddenly we entered into a very heavy, dark cloud. My mother was anxious but I was OK, I liked flying. Ten minutes later it was obvious that something was very wrong. There was very heavy turbulence and...
  • 'They treated us inhumanely': Gay man thrown off Caribbean cruise for 'having sex on deck in port'

    03/25/2012 4:04:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 4+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | JILL REILLY and LAURA COX
    A Southern Californian man thrown off a Caribbean gay cruise earlier this week has said that that he and his partner were taunted, humiliated and subjected to inhumane treatment when they were arrested for indecent exposure.Dennis Jay Mayer, 53, of Palm Springs said he has no doubt they were arrested in Dominica because they were gay. Police said it was because they were seen having sex in public on the balcony of their ship cabin. Mayer said they were not having sex, but were ‘partially clothed’. (edit) The pastor of Dominica's Trinity Baptist Church, Randy Rodney, praised the police for their...
  • New Law Clears the Way for Airports to Drop T.S.A. Screeners

    03/24/2012 4:23:41 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies · 5+ views
    nyt ^ | March 15, 2012 | Ron Nixon
    A new law makes it easier for airports to replace federal screeners with private contractors, and several airports, after years of passenger complaints, are lining up to make the change. San Francisco International is among a few airports that use private screeners. The law was welcome news to Larry Dale, president and chief executive of Orlando Sanford International Airport, who said his airport’s request to opt out of using Transportation Security Administration officers last year was denied by the federal government. Mr. Dale said his desire to use private screeners in place of T.S.A. personnel was motivated by hundreds of...
  • Me-OW! Cat falls 19 stories and survives

    03/23/2012 11:55:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies · 3+ views
    todaysthv ^ | Mar 23, 2012
    BOSTON, MA (CNN/WBZ) -- Me-OW! They say cats have nine lives, but a Boston cat may have had ten more. The feline fell 19 stories out of a city high-rise and survived. If sugar seems a little skittish. It's because she's a bit bruised, which is incredibly lucky when you consider what she's been through. This is the spot where rescuers found her after she fell from her owner's window on the 19th floor. Brittany Kirk says, "I look out my window all the time and I think, 'wow, this is really high.'" Such a warm day, she cracked the...
  • How an 1870s Marine Expedition Changed Oceanography and Drove Eight Sailors Insane

    03/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    How an 1870s marine expedition changed oceanography and drove eight sailors insane When was the first voyage of the Challenger? No, not the Space Shuttle — the original Challenger, a sea ship that sailed in 1872. The HMS Challenger traversed the world's oceans for four years, drove some of its sailors completely insane, caused about a quarter of the crew to jump ship, and forever changed the face of ocean science. Is there a way to scroll past the nature channels without seeing one that describes the richness of the ocean and the life that teems in its depth? In...
  • Bird-like wings carry man 330 feet

    03/21/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | March. 21, 2012
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands, -- A Dutch man said he completed a flight of about 330 feet using homemade wings based on those of a bird. Jarno Smeets, 31, an engineer, said he controlled the 55-foot wings using two Nintendo Wii controllers, the accelerometers from an HTC Wildfire S smartphone and Turnigy motors when he took off Sunday at a park in The Hague and flew for about a minute. "Ever since I was a little boy I have been inspired by pioneers like Otto Lilienthal, Leonardo da Vinci and also my own grandfather," Smeets said. Smeets has been chronicling his...
  • Man arrested for putting boy on car roof

    03/21/2012 9:56:27 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    upi ^ | March. 20, 2012
    HOUSTON, -- Houston police said a man was arrested on a child endangerment charge after allegedly driving around a parking lot with a 7-year-old on top of the car. Police said Abelardo Araujo told officers he put his 7-year-old stepson on the roof of his car and drove around the Acres Homes parking lot so the child could get a good look at the automobiles on display at a makeshift car show at the location, KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Tuesday. Araujo was spotted by a police officer driving down West Little York. He was arrested for child endangerment.
  • Two cleared of faking Jesus-era box

    03/15/2012 3:52:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Seven years of trial, evidence from dozens of experts and a 475-page verdict has come no nearer to discovering whether the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James is authentic or a fake. A Jerusalem judge, citing reasonable doubt, acquitted Israeli collector Oded Golan, who was charged with forging the inscription on the box once hailed as the first physical link to Christ.
  • ‘A Little Bizarre’: Media Ethics Experts Question Scrubbing of Malia Obama Spring Break Story

    03/20/2012 12:17:25 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 38 replies
    Story Highlights: White House admits to asking media outlets to scrub Malia Obama spring break story Media ethics experts see outlets’ response as “a little bizarre” and “outside of standard practice” Experts agree that a story clarification would have been a viable substitute to ensure the public’s trust in media Malia’s trip leads to a number of journalistic questions surrounding government resources and citizen safety On Monday, a curious pattern was observed and documented on The Blaze. Stories about Malia Obama – Barack and Michelle Obama’s eldest daughter — and her purported spring break trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, were mysteriously...
  • Bird sounds used to keep pigeons away

    03/20/2012 10:09:58 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 1+ views
    upi ^ | March. 19, 2012
    NEW YORK,-- New York transport officials said pumping avian distress and predator calls into a subway station has reduced the number of pigeons at the facility. Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the agency contracted California firm Bird-B-Gone to install the $375 system at the Roosevelt Island subway station in December and officials have since seen "a noticeable decrease in birds and droppings," The New York Times reported Monday. The system pumps pigeon distress calls and predator sounds through the facility every 2 to 10 minutes to discourage pigeons from making the station their home. Some...
  • Federal travelers receive $36 of taxpayer money for dinner

    03/20/2012 9:28:40 AM PDT · by JudgeNap · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 03.20.12 | Dan Rutter
    Is it really necessary that federal travelers have about a $30 meal when on travel (and a $6 tip)? American taxpayers would be unlikely to think so, and if they found out that federal travelers were having that expensive of a dinner paid for by the government there would be justifiable public outrage. Many in our nation are struggling to even provide basic meals for their families, why should federal travelers be afforded such luxury? Do not worry it gets worse...
  • Vanity: Looking for article about "gasoline - the perfect fuel"

    03/20/2012 8:57:56 AM PDT · by fishtank · 14 replies · 1+ views
    I saw it here years ago... | 3-20-2012 | fishtank
    Hey y'all. Years ago, I remember seeing an article on FR about gasoline being an almost "perfect fuel". I've looked, but can't find it. Help?
  • South Florida FReepers: Need suggestion for my Marine Reserve son

    03/19/2012 11:01:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Little House on Unaka | March 19, 2012 | don-o
    My son needs accomadations for two for a Saturday and Sunday night - end of May. He will be coming into the port on Saturday morning and finds that the savings in airfare for Monday justifies a couple days stay in Miami. What are the areas that combine econony AND safety? What areas should he avoid? Not that he cannot handle himself - but this is a vacation, not a mission. Thanks for any help. Wisecracks are optional.
  • Ice Age Death Trap

    03/18/2012 10:06:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    PBS ^ | Aired February 1, 2012 | NOVA / WGBH
    Scientists race to uncover a site in the Rockies packed with fossil mammoths and other extinct ice age beasts... In the Rocky Mountains, archeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant extinct beasts. The discovery opens a highly focused window on the vanished world of the Ice Age in North America... They're finding thousands of bones of many different types, but most of them are mastodon, ancient elephants. In the depths of the Ice Age, entire families of these mighty beasts came down to this ancient lake to graze. And their...
  • Archaeologists Return to Excavate Major 3,300-Year-Old Bronze Age Site in England

    03/17/2012 12:45:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | March 2012 | unattributed
    They had stumbled upon an archaeologist's gold mine. Dated to 1365-967 BC and now known as Flag Fen, excavations and research uncovered a monumental site which included a causeway composed of thousands of timber posts arranged in five 1-meter-long rows, and a small timber platform partway across the structure. Between the posts of the causeway, timbers had been built up horizontally in ancient times, providing a "bridge" or dry surface for transportation across the wet lowland upon which the timber structures were built, connecting a higher level land area on its east with a higher level area on its west....