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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....
  • Sanford airport will try again to kick out TSA

    03/17/2012 11:58:46 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 6 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 13, 2012 | Dan Tracy
    Orlando Sanford International Airport officials have restarted a push to hire private security forces, relying this time on a new law championed by U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park. Replacing federal Transportation Security Administration workers with contract employees would result in a more "customer friendly" operation, airport president Larry Dale said at a Tuesday news conference. But he could not say if a switch would result in lower costs because he has not seen any financial proposals from the three companies the airport has on a short list for the work. Dale originally tried to boot TSA almost two years...
  • 'World's Oldest Temple' May Have Been Cosmopolitan Center

    03/17/2012 10:44:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    Gobekli Tepe is located in southern Turkey near the modern-day city of Urfa. It contains at least 20 stone rings (circles within a circle) that date back more than 11,000 years. T-shaped limestone blocks line the circles and reliefs are carved on them. Long ago, people would fill in the outer circle with debris before building a new circle within... Ancient blades made of volcanic rock that were discovered at what may be the world's oldest temple suggest that the site in Turkey was the hub of a pilgrimage that attracted a cosmopolitan group of people some 11,000 years ago....
  • Irish language gains popularity among US students

    03/17/2012 10:14:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    St Patrick's Day has always been a time when Americans have acknowledged their Irish roots, whether real or desired, by celebrating Irish culture in a variety of ways. Some say there is no better window to understanding Irish culture than language. While the Irish language has struggled to survive alongside the more dominant English language, one man from Ireland is helping to lead a modest revival in the US. Through his efforts, a growing number of Irish Americans are forging stronger ties to their Hibernian ancestors. The BBC heard from Ronan Connolly who teaches Irish language classes at Catholic University...
  • Honda misses then appears to go into a self-protect mode

    03/17/2012 9:55:25 AM PDT · by varmintman · 24 replies
    I have an 03 Honda Accord EX with about 155K miles on it which I've purchased recently which has had no problems until this morning: it will miss and then seems to go into a protect mode of some sort and will not run over 2500 rpm until I turn the key off and on again, then it's good for another mile or so until it does it again. Has anybody else ever seen or heard of this problem? It may actually be a problem with the on-board computer, you'd think if it was a plug or bad gas it...
  • Plug in, Hit the Road: Toyota Prius Camper (What we'll all be living in soon?)

    03/17/2012 12:22:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gas2 ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jo Borras
    There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something that’s, well, livable! The “living area” has room for a small coffee table with booth-type seating and underseat storage which can be converted to a queen-size bed (as shown, below), with an additional “permanent” bed in the forward section (above the cockpit). At the rear...
  • Country Notes: Downtown In The Lost Cities of the Amazon

    03/16/2012 3:11:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Peruvian Times ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | Nicholas Asheshov article in The New York Times which reported on the discovery in Acre, only a few hours travel from the Madre de Dios Indians, of extensive, deep straight trenches, ridges and mounds dating back to pre-Columbian times, indicating a large, well-developed society. This was just the latest evidence that the Amazon, or at least parts of it, was heavily populated by well-organized societies in much the same way as the high Andes were remodeled by the Tiahuanuco, the Chavin, the Chachapoyas, the Huari, and the Incas. Over the past couple of decades the pre-history of the Americas has been...
  • Mystery of Anglo-Saxon teen buried in bed with gold cross

    03/16/2012 11:46:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Past Horizons Magazine ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | unattributed
    One of the earliest Anglo-Saxon Christian burial sites in Britain has been discovered in a village outside Cambridge. The grave of a teenage girl from the mid 7th century AD has an extraordinary combination of two extremely rare finds: a 'bed burial' and an early Christian artefact in the form of a stunning gold and garnet cross. The girl, aged around 16, was buried on an ornamental bed -- a very limited Anglo-Saxon practice of the mid to later 7th century -- with a pectoral Christian cross on her chest, that had probably been sewn onto her clothing. Fashioned from...
  • Ancient footprints found in peat at Borth beach

    03/16/2012 9:19:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Human and animal fossilised footprints that may be from the Bronze Age have been exposed on a Ceredigion beach. Archaeologists are racing against changing tides to record and excavate the find in peat at Borth, which gives a snapshot of a time when the shore lay further west. The team believes the footprints could be 3,000 to 4,000 years old. Staff and students from the University of Wales Trinity St David are carrying out the work. A child's footprint and the cast taken of it in the peat at Borth As well as the footprints, a line of post holes...
  • Scientists Have Identified a Completely New Human Species from China

    03/15/2012 8:14:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Jamie Condliffe
    Your family tree just got wider. Scientists have analyzed fossils found in China, and deemed them to be from a new human species unlike any ever identified before; say hello to your long-lost cousin. The skull, originally unearthed in 1979 in the Guangxi Province of China, has only now been fully analyzed (talk about procrastination, right?). It turns out that it has thick bones, extremely prominent brow ridges, a very short, flat face, and also lacks our typically human chin. "In short, it is anatomically unique among all members of the human evolutionary tree," explains researcher Darren Curnoe to New...
  • Bite marks reveal behavior of dinosaur-eating croc

    03/15/2012 12:36:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    University of Wisconsin-Parkside ^ | Friday, March 2, 2012 | unattributed
    Research by Dr. Christopher Noto and a team of paleontologists published this week in the international journal Palaios describes recently discovered fossils from the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago) of Texas that show evidence of attack by a new species of giant crocodyliform (croc-relative). Bite marks on fossil bones provide a rare glimpse of predatory behavior that indicate this animal was a top predator that regularly consumed turtles and even ate dinosaurs... For most extinct species, scientists can never directly observe such predatory behavior. Paleontologists must resort to other, indirect indicators. Bite marks on fossil bone are a great...
  • Tools May Have Been First Money

    03/14/2012 7:30:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    Hand axes, small handheld stone tools used by ancient humans, could have served as the first commodity in the human world thanks to their durability and utility. The axes may have been traded between human groups and would have served as a social cue to others, Mimi Lam, a researcher from the University of British Columbia, suggested in her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting here on Feb. 18. "The Acheulean hand ax was standardized and shaped, became exchanged in social networks and took on a symbolic meaning," Lam said. "My suggestion was that...
  • Scariest Path In The World In HD

    El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's little pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the district of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey. In 1901 it became obvious that workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls, to provide for transport of materials, and for the inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction of the walkway took four years and it was finished...
  • Donald Trump's sons under fire over Africa hunting trip

    03/14/2012 10:50:21 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 113 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Mar 14, 2012 | Aislinn Laing
    Two sons of US property mogul Donald Trump have come under fire after pictures emerged of them posing with the corpses of African animals during a hunting trip. Donald Junior and Eric Trump spent a week in the Zimbabwean bush in August 2010, and are pictured standing next to trophy kills of a Cape buffalo, a waterbuck, a leopard, a civet cat, a crocodile and a kudu.
  • $5 Gas Is About More Than Just Driving Habits

    03/13/2012 12:14:01 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 13th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    When it comes to the homestead, high gas prices hits us hard. If the farmers pay higher fuel costs, they are going to pass that cost on to consumers. We have to buy hay for our livestock. The farmers we buy from will raise the hay prices to cover their added fuel expenses. This in turn, has small livestock owners like ourselves, selling off breeding stock.
  • Angels Flight fares double to 50 cents

    03/13/2012 8:30:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    abcgo ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012
    Starting on Monday, the fare is going up from 25 cents to 50 cents. But Metro pass holders and those who purchase commuter books will receive discounts. The fare increase is needed to help cover the line's operating costs. Until now, Angels Flight has relied on donations to make up the difference.
  • Smoking Slovak children burn down castle

    03/13/2012 3:55:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/12/2012 | Martin Santa and Jan Lopatka
    Two Slovak children were suspected of burning down a large gothic castle in eastern Slovakia when their experimentation with smoking went wrong, police said on Sunday. Police were investigating two boys on suspicion that they set grass at the foot of the Krasna Horka castle on fire on Saturday when they tried to light up cigarettes... "A unit sent to the site found that two local boys aged 11 and 12 were trying to light up a cigarette and because of careless use of safety matches, they set grass at the castle hill on fire," Mesarova said. The castle subsequently...
  • Why It Took So Long to Invent the Wheel [ s/b, why wheels haven't survived in strata ]

    03/12/2012 9:01:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 6, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    Wheels are the archetype of a primitive, caveman-level technology. But in fact, they're so ingenious that it took until 3500 B.C. for someone to invent them. By that time -- it was the Bronze Age -- humans were already casting metal alloys, constructing canals and sailboats, and even designing complex musical instruments such as harps. The tricky thing about the wheel is not conceiving of a cylinder rolling on its edge. It's figuring out how to connect a stable, stationary platform to that cylinder. "The stroke of brilliance was the wheel-and-axle concept," said David Anthony, a professor of anthropology at...
  • Syrian Army Attacks Palmyra's Roman Ruins

    03/12/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | Heritage on the Wire
    Ongoing hostilities in Syria are now placing the remarkable ancient monumental ruins of Palmyra in the line of fire. Since the violence that erupted in Syria nearly one year ago -- a war that has so far left thousands dead and become one of the world's biggest stories -- the damage to the country's ancient cities and cultural sites as a result of the conflict has remained largely unknown. One report to surface last week, however, tells the story of Palmyra, where residents say the Syrian Army has set up camp in a citadel that overlooks both the modern city...
  • Did Stone Age cavemen talk to each other in symbols?

    03/12/2012 9:25:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies · 2+ views
    The Observer ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2012 | Robin McKie
    Not surprisingly, these paintings attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. However, there is another aspect to this art that often escapes attention, but which is now providing scientists with fresh insights into our recent evolution. Instead of studying those magnificent galloping horses and bisons, researchers are investigating the symbols painted beside them. These signs are rarely mentioned in most studies of ancient cave art. Some are gathered in groups, some appear in ones or twos, while others are mixed in with the caves' images of animals. There are triangles, squares, full circles, semicircles, open angles, crosses and groups...
  • Ford helping victims in tornado-ravaged midwest

    03/10/2012 9:50:22 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies ^ | 03/09/2012 | staff reporter
    (WXYZ) - Ford Motor is stepping up to help the victims of the recent wave of tornadoes. The Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $75,000 to the American Red Cross and the Dare to Care food bank in Louisville. Ford employees are expecting to raise another $25,000 through donations to help their neighbors. The money will be used to help victims of the tornadoes in southern Indiana and Kentucky. Other employees are volunteering their time to help victims rebuild in southern Ohio.
  • Tot's tantrum gets family kicked off plane

    03/10/2012 8:32:14 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 108 replies
    upi ^ | March. 9, 2012
    BOSTON, -- A family returning from a trip to Turks and Caicos said it cost them $2,000 when they were kicked off their flight to Boston due to their daughter's tantrum. Colette Vieau said she and her husband were on a JetBlue plane preparing for takeoff in February with daughters Natalie, 2, and Cecilia, 3, when the younger girl threw a tantrum and refused to sit down, the New York Daily News reported Friday. "We were holding them down with all of our might, seat belt on. And I said, 'We have them seated. Can we go now?' (The flight...
  • Helicopter rescue for crew of ship aground off Sicily

    03/10/2012 8:27:57 AM PST · by cutty · 4 replies · 1+ views
    bbc ^ | 10 March 2012
    Coast guards in Italy have used helicopters to rescue the crew of a cargo ship after it ran aground on a reef off Sicily in stormy seas. All 19 crew members were ferried to shore by helicopters after the captain of the Gelso M gave the order to abandon ship. ... Rescue service sources quoted by the agency suggested that, given the weather conditions, the captain had been sailing too close to the coast. The incident comes two months after the cruise ship Costa Concordia hit rocks off the island of Giglio on Italy's west coast, capsizing with the loss...
  • Toddler Tantrum Gets Family Booted from JetBlue Flight. Is Flying Still Kid-friendly?

    03/09/2012 1:01:01 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/9/2012 | Piper Weiss
    Is a 2-year-old girl really a flight risk? Of course not, unless she's having a temper tantrum. Colette Vieau and her family were heading home from vacation, when their toddler had a code red melt-down after boarding the plane. Refusing to stay seated and buckled up, and possibly agitating her 3-year-old sister, Vieau's youngest daughter, Natalie, became public enemy number one as the plane crew waited for take off. "We were holding them down with all of our might, seat belt on. And I said, 'We have them seated. Can we go now?" Colette, a pediatrician, told Rhode Island's NBC...
  • Spring-break hazard: bedbug infestation

    03/09/2012 6:55:20 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | March 9, 2012 | Bethany Barnes
    With spring break coming up, travelers may want to make sure they don't pick up the souvenir no one plans to take home - bedbugs. Bedbug cases have been increasing dramatically over the past three or four years, said Dawn Gouge, entomologist and associate professor at the University of Arizona. "Pretty much everywhere where anyone goes on vacation is where you'll find bedbugs," said Gouge, noting that even travelers who stay at high-end resorts can be exposed to the parasites.
  • moving company recommendations??

    03/08/2012 8:33:06 AM PST · by Nifster · 32 replies
    I need to send some furniture to my daughter in Georgia. It is not a full sized load but rather one room's worth. I want to be sure it gets there as it has sentimental value (and is really nice furniture to boot). Since I figure that FR is the location of some of the most knowledgeable people around I figured some of you might have a recommendation or two for me.
  • Woman arrested for painting nails on plane

    03/08/2012 7:05:48 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | March. 7, 2012
    HOUSTON, -- A California woman was arrested for allegedly cursing at a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who asked her to stop painting her nails, officials said. Jeanie Daniels of Burbank was detained for 10 hours after the Feb. 26 altercation, CBS News reported Tuesday. Daniels was en route from Los Angeles to Houston to visit her boyfriend and said she asked the people sitting around her if they would mind if she painted her fingernails. She said they told her to go ahead, but a flight attendant told her to stop. "I thought it was all going well until the...
  • World's oldest sea-going boat to sail again - Dover team rebuilds Bronze Age boat with ancient tools

    03/07/2012 8:44:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    The world's oldest sea-going boat, the Dover Bronze Age Boat is to sail again 3500 years after it crossed the English Channel. A new project, 'Boat 1550 BC' aims to rebuild the boat, which had lain hidden under the centre of Dover for 3,500 years until it was rediscovered in 1992 during the construction of an underpass. The oak-built boat sailed across the Channel at a time when Stonehenge was still in use, and before Tutankhamun became ruler of Egypt. The project aims to understand how people were able to cross the Channel in 1550 BC, using ancient boatbuilding techniques...
  • How Panic Doomed an Airliner

    03/07/2012 11:45:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | December 7, 2011 | Jeff Wise
    On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers and 12 crew members boarded an Air France Airbus 330 at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The flight, Air France 447, departed at 7.29pm local time for a scheduled 11-hour flight to Paris. It never arrived. At 7 o’clock the next morning, when the aircraft failed to appear on the radar screens of air traffic controllers in Europe, Air France began to worry, and contacted civil aviation authorities. By 11am, they concluded that their worst fears had been confirmed. AF447 had gone missing somewhere over the...
  • Burbank Woman Detained For More Than 10 Hours For Painting Nails On Southwest Flight

    03/06/2012 11:41:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    CBS) ^ | March 6, 2012 11:20 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Burbank woman was detained for 10 hours after taking a Southwest flight to Houston for painting her nails on board. Jeanie Daniels was on the flight on Feb. 26 to see her boyfriend, Jimmy Hauser, who lives in Houston. Daniels was painting her fingernails in her seat when a flight attendant asked her to stop. “I said I’m sorry, I apologize and I put it away,” Daniels said in a phone interview. “About 10 minutes into the flight I discovered I only had two nails left to paint so I thought, ‘well if I went...
  • Gate found in Karnak Temple adds new name to ancient kings' list [ 17th dyn pharaoh ]

    03/05/2012 6:42:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2012 | Nevine El-Aref
    During routine excavations on the northern side of the Amun-Re Temple in Luxor's famous Karnak temple complex, a team from the French-Egyptian Centre for the Study of the Karnak Temples this week unearthed a gate that they say has led to a significant breakthrough in archaeologists' understanding of Egypt's enigmatic 17th Dynasty. It was this dynasty that launched the military campaign that eventually succeeded in ridding Egypt of the tribe of invaders known as the "Hyksos." The gate, carved out of limestone, is engraved with the name of a king called "Sen-Nakht-En-Re." Mansour Boreik, general supervisor of monuments in Luxor,...