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  • Tween Hobo Takes Twitter by Storm [INTERVIEW]

    04/02/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 20, 2012 | Sonia Paul
    Have you come across the Twitter account @tweenhobo? If not, get ready to laugh — and learn. As the littlest hobo’s Twitter bio suggests — “I’m only twelve, but I’m a hard twelve.” — there’s much to be gleaned from her about tween life, hobo life and yes, digital life. Mashable spoke with Tween Hobo’s “babysitter,” Brooklyn-based playwright Alena Smith, about the character’s quirky personality. According to Smith, the Twitter account isn’t just something to laugh at — it’s something to make people think deeper. “I think part of the reason the joke lands so much is because there’s something...
  • Atlanta airport terminal to be city's 'front door'

    04/02/2012 5:30:40 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    AJC ^ | March 30, 2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    ATLANTA — The new $1.4 billion international terminal at the world's busiest airport will be a sleek launching pad for millions of passengers that's designed to help Atlanta grab a growing share of the lucrative market for global travelers. Its wavy lines, expansive windows and eye-catching artwork offer a stark contrast to the boxy design of the rest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Airport managers are already expecting an increase in international travelers over the next decade, and they hope the terminal set to open May 16 will convince airlines to route even more of their overseas flights through the...
  • Archaeologist: Reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose II Suggests Crisis

    04/01/2012 8:50:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    HeritageDaily ^ | March 19, 2012 | Paleontological Research Corporation
    Harvard University educated archaeologist and president of the Paleontological Research Corporation, Dr. Joel Klenck, states an array of archaeological discoveries evidence a crisis during the reign of the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose II... in the Eighteenth Dynasty. An inscription by the succeeding Pharaoh Hatshepsut... in her Underground Temple at Speos Artemidos states that Egypt was "ruined" and "had gone to pieces" before the beginning of her reign. Hatshepsut's inscription also states that a population of "vagabonds" emerged from former Asiatic populations that once controlled northern Egypt and caused this ruination. Hatshepsut notes these vagabonds were responsible for "overthrowing that which had...
  • Americans Are Still Getting Their Kicks Along Route 66

    04/01/2012 7:01:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/28/2012 | Dale Buss
    Many Americans can’t remember a time before the interstate-highway system streamlined cross-country travel into more-or-less straight, convenient grooves across the United States. And those are many of the same people who might have traveled the famous, winding Route 66 from the Midwest, across the Great Plains and deserts of the Southwest, and ultimately to California. They’re also the same generation who dreamed about the open road to the lyrics of the song, (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, first recorded by Nat King Cole: It winds from Chicago to LA, More than two thousand miles all the way. Get your...
  • Ancient Foot Suggests How Man Gave Up Treehouses

    03/31/2012 11:33:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Ancient foot bones from a recently discovered pre-human species, which had opposable big toes like a gorilla's, could shed light on how the ancestors of humanity came to walk upright, researchers say. Humans dominate the planet partly because walking upright frees their hands for tool use. Among the earliest known relatives of humanity to walk upright was Australopithecus afarensis, the species including the famed "Lucy." This hominin is a leading candidate for direct ancestor of the human lineage, living about 2.9 million to 3.8 million years ago in East Africa. Although Lucy and her kin were bipedal, there is debate...
  • Skye cave find western Europe's 'earliest string instrument'

    03/31/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, March 31, 2012 | unattributed
    Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe. The small burnt and broken piece of carved piece of wood was found during an excavation in a cave on Skye. Archaeologists said it was likely to be part of the bridge of a lyre dating to more than 2,300 years ago. Music archaeologist Dr Graeme Lawson said the discovery marked a "step change" in music history... The remains, which were unveiled in Edinburgh, were found in High Pasture Cave, where Bronze and Iron Age finds have been made previously......
  • High Speed Motorbike Cops Car Chase

    03/30/2012 10:29:40 AM PDT · by rawhide · 17 replies
    youtibe ^ | 11-9-06
    High Speed Motorbike Cops Car Chase. The rider of this sportbike came equipped with front- and rear-facing video cameras. Sport bikes are involved in some of the most dangerous chases because of higher speeds and the fact that riders can split lanes on the highway in order to get away. In fact, the majority of subjects in police chases who "get away" are riding a bike as opposed to driving a car.
  • Report from Former U.S. Marine Hints at Whereabouts of Long-Lost Peking Man Fossils

    03/29/2012 9:18:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Scientific American 'blogs ^ | March 22, 2012 | Kate Wong
    In the 1930s archaeologists working at the site of Zhoukoudian near Beijing recovered an incredible trove of partial skulls and other bones representing some 40 individuals that would eventually be assigned to the early human species Homo erectus. The bones, which recent estimates put at around 770,000 years old, constitute the largest collection of H. erectus fossils ever found. They were China's paleoanthropological pride and joy. And then they vanished. According to historical accounts, in 1941 the most important fossils in the collection were packed in large wooden footlockers or crates to be turned over to the U.S. military for...
  • From foraging to farming: the 10,000-year revolution

    03/29/2012 4:46:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | March 26, 2012 | U of Cambridge
    The moment when the hunter-gatherers laid down their spears and began farming around 11,000 years ago is often interpreted as one of the most rapid and significant transitions in human history -- the 'Neolithic Revolution'. By producing and storing food, Homo sapiens both mastered the natural world and took the first significant steps towards thousands of years of runaway technological development. The advent of specialist craftsmen, an increase in fertility and the construction of permanent architecture are just some of the profound changes that followed. Of course, the transition to agriculture was far from rapid. The period around 14,500 years...
  • Spotting ancient sites, from space

    03/28/2012 2:59:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012 | Peter Reuell, Harvard
    A Harvard archaeologist has dramatically simplified the process of finding early human settlements by using computers to scour satellite images for the tell-tale clues of human habitation, and in the process uncovered thousands of new sites that might reveal clues to the earliest complex human societies. As described in a paper published March 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jason Ur, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, worked with Bjoern Menze, a research affiliate in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to develop a system that identified settlements based on a...
  • The World's Weirdest Food

    03/28/2012 12:58:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    News ^ | March 22, 2012 | Anthony Dennis
    I'M sitting at a sushi bar in Sapporo, the main city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and staring at a strange, small, raw and salmon-coloured object on my plate. "Er, is it the brain of a fish?", I asked my dining companion, who happens to be Tetsuya Wakuda, the celebrated Sydney-based Japanese-Australian chef with whom I’m travelling for a magazine article. “No,” he replies. “It’s fish’s semen sac.” Sometimes it’s best not to ask. But there were ever weirder dishes to come (see below) at this lunch. There are the adventurous types who actively seek out weird food...
  • Bella Thorne, Zendaya ‘Shake it Up’ in Dubai

    03/28/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Bindu Suresh Rai
    Disney stars frolick in water park, while gearing up for Millions of Milkshakes event tomorrowTween sensations Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman are already making a splash in Dubai ahead of their public appearance on Thursday, with one half of the Disney duo frolicking at Atlantis The Palm’s Aquaventure water park by day while the other star gazes at night as she battles jetlag. Hosted by Emirates Hospitality, Thorne and Coleman are on their first ever visit to the emirates, where they will meet and greet fans at a special dinner for fans at Al Han restaurant, Abu Dhabi on March...
  • Three Speeding Tickets in One Hour for Hayward Woman

    03/27/2012 9:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    A Hayward woman was arrested after receiving three speeding tickets in one hour.How fast is too fast? For a Hayward woman thrown in jail, it was three times in an hour, including twice at speeds over 100 miles an hour, according to reports. Lynne Kathleen Cahill-Gomez was pulled over for speeding three times between 8:10 p.m. and 9:08 p.m. on Saturday on Highway 70 in Yuba County, according to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. She was pulled over for driving a Hyundai SUV 103 miles per hour and then again for going 105 miles per hour by 8:30 p.m. Then, 40 minutes...
  • 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...