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  • ‘I did it on purpose’: Man arrested after causing disturbance at Orlando Airport

    08/17/2018 8:03:22 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 47 replies
    WESH ^ | 08/17/18
    An unruly passenger was arrested Thursday morning at Orlando International Airport and the incident was caught on camera. Jeffrey Epstein is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, trespassing after a warning and disorderly conduct, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orlando Police Department. Police said they were called to investigate reports of an unruly passenger at the American Airlines ticket counter just before 6 a.m. Police said that Epstein began to yell when he saw the officers arrive. After talking with police, Epstein began to calm down, but became agitated when he learned the airline...
  • Beads, booze and babies? New Orleans' French Quarter debates whether to become more family friendly

    08/17/2018 6:14:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 16, 2018 | Jenny Jarvie
    The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street and hurried past a burlesque joint, an absinthe bar and neon signs touting “Leather Lingerie Love Toys” and “Hunk Oasis Male Strippers.” Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn’t want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed promenade of debauchery. But with three young children in tow, they didn’t want to see too much.
  • The most dangerous bridge in every US state

    08/17/2018 4:07:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    MSN / Business insider ^ | August 16, 2018
    Over five months after the White House sent President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan to Capitol Hill, the proposal has stalled among Congress members on both sides of the aisle. Trump's plan proposes allocating $200 billion in grants to spur investment from private businesses and local governments, and the Trump administration was expecting those matching efforts to raise the value of the investments to $1.5 trillion. In late May, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Congress will likely not pass the massive plan this year. One of the plan's goals is to repair and rebuild America's bridges, which received a...
  • Lost Norse of Greenland fueled the medieval ivory trade, ancient walrus DNA suggests

    08/17/2018 12:55:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Popular Archeology ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | University of Cambridge
    Some have suggested that trading commodities – most notably walrus tusks – with Europe may have been vital to sustaining the Greenlanders. Ornate items including crucifixes and chess pieces were fashioned from walrus ivory by craftsmen of the age. However, the source of this ivory has never been empirically established. Now, researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Oslo have studied ancient DNA from offcuts of tusks and skulls, most found on the sites of former ivory workshops across Europe, in order to trace the origin of the animals used in the medieval trade. In doing so they have discovered...
  • Humans were visiting Staffa in the Bronze Age, scientists find

    08/17/2018 12:22:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    iNews UK ^ | Thursday, August 9th, 2018 | Chris Green
    he first clear evidence of Bronze Age human activity on Staffa, the dramatic rocky island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, has been discovered by archaeologists. A single shard of decorated prehistoric pottery was discovered in a small pit on the island in 2016, prompting a more detailed excavation which concluded last week. The team of archaeologists found a burnt grain of hulled barley at the same site, which according to radiocarbon dating originated somewhere between 1880 and 1700 BC. The scientists said the grain -- alongside more fragments of the same type of pottery -- demonstrated that people were "visiting and...
  • Oldest Cheese Ever Found in Egyptian Tomb

    08/16/2018 10:09:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | August 16, 2018 | Katherine J. Wu
    Last month, archaeologists cracked open a tomb excavated in Alexandria, Egypt, revealing three skeletons bathing in an crimson pool of sludgy sewage. In response, tens of thousands around the world immediately petitioned for the right to sip from the freshly uncorked casket of amontillado. (Spoiler: It hasn't worked out.) But fear not, coffin connoisseurs: There's a new artisanal artifact in town -- the world's oldest solid cheese, over 3,000 years in the making. The tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt during the 13th century BC, contains quite the trove of treasures. First uncovered in 1885,...
  • Laziness May Have Contributed to the Decline of Homo Erectus

    08/16/2018 6:43:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | August 13, 2018 | Meilan Solly
    The next time you feel like taking the path of least resistance, consider the fate of humankind's ancestral predecessor, Homo erectus: According to the authors of a new study published in PloS One, laziness may have precipitated the early humans' extinction, leaving them unable -- and unwilling -- to adapt to changing environments... The team found that H. erectus tended to pursue "least-effort strategies" when crafting tools and collecting resources, even sticking to one generic tool for most activities. In a statement, lead author Ceri Shipton, an archaeologist at ANU, notes that the primitive peoples "really don't seem to have...
  • Easter Island's society might not have collapsed

    08/16/2018 1:44:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 13, 2018 | Field Museum
    The first people arrived on Easter Island (or, in the local language, Rapa Nui) about 900 years ago. "The founding population, according to oral tradition, was two canoes led by the island's first chief, Hotu Matu'a," says Simpson, who is currently on the faculty of the College of DuPage... These statues, or moai, often referred to as "Easter Island heads," are actually full-body figures that became partially buried over time. The moai, which represent important Rapa Nui ancestors, number nearly a thousand, and the largest one is over seventy feet tall... Recent excavations of four statues in the inner region...
  • Dating the Ancient Minoan Eruption of Thera Using Tree Rings

    08/16/2018 12:54:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    University of Arizona ^ | Wednesday, August15, 2018 | Mari N. Jensen resolving discrepancies between archeological and radiocarbon methods of dating the eruption, according to new University of Arizona-led research... "It's about tying together a timeline of ancient Egypt, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean at this critical point in the ancient world -- that's what dating Thera can do," said lead author Charlotte Pearson, an assistant professor of dendrochronology at the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research... Archeologists have estimated the eruption as occurring sometime between 1570 and 1500 BC by using human artifacts such as written records from Egypt and pottery retrieved from digs. Other researchers estimated the...
  • The Catalhoyuk site in Turkey

    08/16/2018 12:17:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Science Mag ^ | August 13, 2018 | Michael Price
    Animal fat on ancient pottery reveals a nearly catastrophic period of human prehistory -- A bit more than 8000 years ago, the world suddenly cooled, leading to much drier summers for much of the Northern Hemisphere. The impact on early farmers must have been extreme, yet archaeologists know little about how they endured. Now, the remains of animal fat on broken pottery from one of the world’s oldest and most unusual protocities -- known as Çatalhöyük -- is finally giving scientists a window into these ancient peoples’ close call with catastrophe... Today, Çatalhöyük is just a series of dusty, sun-baked...
  • No Canadians: Air France unions call for French CEO

    08/16/2018 10:37:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 16 August 2018 11:06 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Trade unions at Air France called Thursday for the company to name a French chief executive amid reports that the board is set to nominate Canadian Ben Smith at the helm of the group. Nine out of ten unions issued a joint statement, saying it was “inconceivable that the Air France company, French since 1933, falls into the hands of a foreign executive whose candidacy is being promoted by a competitor”. The statement appeared to be referring to Delta Airlines, the US airline which owns 8.8 percent of the capital of Air France-KLM, the parent group formed out of the...
  • The Gobekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

    08/14/2018 11:56:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
    On a hill known as Göbekli Tepe ("Potbelly Hill") in southeastern Turkey, excavations led by Klaus Schmidt uncovered several large megalithic enclosures that date between 10,000 and 8000 B.C.E., the dawn of civilization and the Neolithic age. Each of these circular enclosures, which many have described as Turkey's "Stonehenge," consists of 10 to 12 massive stone pillars surrounding two larger monoliths positioned in the middle of the structure. There are no village remains at or near the Göbekli Tepe ruins, suggesting that the unique site was a ceremonial center exclusively used for the practice of the Neolithic religion of local...
  • Eco-friendly open-air urinals cause uproar in Paris

    08/14/2018 7:49:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    An attempt by officials in Paris to tackle public urination by installing open-air urinals, or "uritrottoirs," has outraged some residents of the French capital. The new urinals, housed in flower boxes, aren't subtle -- they're fully exposed on street corners, are painted bright red and have nearby signs advertising their presence. Officials say the urinals are eco-friendly -- they will harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. According to the statement, one year of a person's urine holds enough nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to fertilize 400 square meters of wheat. However, these features have done little...
  • BREAKING: Motorway bridge COLLAPSES – dozens of motorists feared dead as cars plunge 100m

    08/14/2018 4:12:54 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 82 replies
    Daily Star (UK) ^ | August 14 | Charlotte Ikonen
    The Morandi Bridge has collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa. The bridge, a part of the A10 motorway, is about 100 metres tall, Italian media say. There are unconfirmed reports that cars may have been involved. Photographs from the scene show huge sections of rubble on the ground underneath the middle of the bridge.
  • Two Boise men killed in crash involving semi-truck near Las Vegas

    08/14/2018 12:06:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Idaho Press ^ | July 17, 2018 | CBS 2 News Staff
    LAS VEGAS — Two Boise men were killed in a crash Wednesday near Las Vegas, media partner CBS 2 News reports. The Nevada Highway Patrol told station KSNV a semi-truck driver admitted he fell asleep before a five-vehicle crash on Highway 93. The crash happened just before 6 a.m., Wednesday at an active construction zone. According to highway patrol, the semi was filled with sand, so the driver could not stop in time, running over the car in front of him. The car was ripped in half, split down the middle. The two men inside were pronounced dead at the...
  • The Taj Mahal is wasting away, and it may soon hit the point of no return

    08/13/2018 8:55:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    The Conversation UK ^ | August 10, 2018 | Carolyn Roberts, Keele University
    The saying goes that the Taj Mahal is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden when the moon shines. Though this may once have been true for the famously pristine marble monument, a mixture of pollution and poor management has now burdened the Taj with a 24-hour layer of yellowy-brown. Condemning the "lethargy" of restoration efforts, India's Supreme Court recently told the government to restore the Taj or demolish it. Located in Agra, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is one of the most iconically beautiful buildings in the world. Built...
  • Over 2000 years later: Ancient gold earring discovered in City of David

    08/13/2018 8:48:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 8, 2018 | Tamara Zieve
    A Hellenistic-era golden earring that features the image of a horned animal was discovered in the Givati parking lot of the City of David National Park that encircles the Old City walls, the City of David announced Wednesday. The discovery was made during archaeological digs carried out by the Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University... The hoop earring bears the head of a horned animal with large eyes and a mouth... Close to the place where the earring was found, excavators also found a gold bead with intricate embroidered ornamentation resembling a thin rope pattern, dividing the beads into two...
  • ‪Superhuman Filipino diver from the Badjao tribe ;BBC

    08/13/2018 9:01:50 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | July 8 2013 | BBC
    This man descend 20meters (65feet) to sea floor, hearts slows down to 30beats per minute, squezzes its lung to 1/3 of its initial volume, even without weights he is negatively bouyant enough to strive across the bottom of the sea as if like hunting on land, 2 1/2 minutes of hunting under pressure. He can still manage to stay as long as 5 minutes! - indeed a superhuman
  • EU in 'INSANE' plan to BAN 'strike anywhere' matches in UK for sake of health and safety

    08/13/2018 7:52:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | PUBLISHED: 11:56, Sun, Aug 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 07:31, Mon, Aug 13, 2018 | Tom Parfitt
    The matches, which can be ignited against most surfaces, are being phased out to make them safer. The controversial EU diktat, which came into force at the end of May, bans the sale of chemicals used to make the matches. Swan Vestas, the best known brand, confirmed its 'strike anywhere' range was being discontinued. The products are being replaced by safety matches, which can only be struck on the strip attached to the packet. Seth Davidson, 44, from Pimlico, south London, attacked the move by branding it "insane". He told the Sunday Times: "There's literally no harm to having 'strike...
  • NYS DOT, Police urging drivers to be careful, considerate when traveling through work zones

    08/11/2018 10:14:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Binghamton Homepage ^ | July 25, 2018 | Nexstar Broadcasting
    KIRKWOOD, N.Y. - New York State officials are warning of an alarming increase in reckless driving and crashes in highway work zones this year. The Department of Transportation and State Police held a news conference Wednesday at the Interstate 81 Welcome Center in Kirkwood to spread the message that drivers need to be more careful and considerate when traveling through construction zones. In particular, they want drivers to put down their phones and slow down. The DOT brought a damaged attenuator for a visual example. It was crushed earlier this year along Interstate 87 near Albany. An attenuator is a...