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Coptic Tombstone Unearthed at Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor
26th October 2017 | Ancient

Egyptian archaeologists in Luxor have stumbled upon a decorative Coptic tombstone buried on the eastern side of the Sphinxes Avenue, under Al-Mathan Bridge. The tombstone is carved of limestone and decorated with a cross and Coptic texts.  The exact date of the object has not yet been ascertained, nor the identity of the deceased.

Cave Hotels Transform Ancient Dwellings into Luxurious Vacation Stays
26th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Cappadocia region of Turkey is known for its breathtaking landscapes, otherworldly rock formations and cave dwellings that have been in use for thousands of years. Cappadocia’s incredible appearance is due to volcanos that were active in the area 2 million years ago.  Over time, water and wind erodion carved out structures known as fairy chimneys which tourists now visit via hot air balloon rides. Making the most of its history, Cappadocia’s towns are filled with cave hotels where ancient dwellings are transformed into high-end luxury vacation digs with rustic charm.

If Music Gives You Goosebumps, You Have a Special Brain
26th October 2017 | Humans, Tech

If good music gives you goosebumps or sends shivers down your spine, you may have a unique brain.  According to research published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, people whose bodies respond physically to music have structurally different brains than the rest.

The Kraken and the Kodiak Queen: Historic WWII Barge Becomes Artificial Reef in British Virgin Islands
26th October 2017 | Earth, Humans, Tech

With natural coral reefs dying due to climate change, people are increasingly turning to artificial reefs to help provide safe ecosystems for aquatic life. Structured to promote the growth of transplanted coral, the artificial reef is composed of a sunken WWII fuel barge topped by an elaborate 80-foot metal mesh kraken. Named the Kodiak Queen, the BVI Art Reef is also open to divers, as well as marine scientists and local students. The ship, which is one of five that survived Pearl Harbor, was set to be scrapped before a photographer discovered its historic significance and brought this unique idea to Sir Richard Branson, who lives in the British Virgin Islands.  Article contains a video documentary clip.

Experimental Version of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Can Only Be Read When Heat is Applied
26th October 2017 | Humans, Misc., Tech

A Holland-based laboratory has created a heat-sensitive edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.  The lab-made pages of the 1953 novel, which is ironically about bookburning, are covered in what appears to be a soot-black, screenprinted layer.  Readable text is only revealed when a high temperature is applied.

Tree-Planting Drones Are Re-Seeding Forests with 100,000 Plants a Day
26th October 2017 | Earth, Tech

If you thought drones were just for taking pictures, think again. One UK-based startup company is hoping to kickstart efforts against deforestation by leveraging drone technology. BioCarbon Engineering, whose CEO Lauren Fletcher spent 20 years as a NASA engineer, is pledging to plant one billion trees using industrial technology.  Article also contains a short YouTube video.

Chinese Scientists Develop Saltwater Rice that Could Feed Over 200 Million People
26th October 2017 | Earth, Tech

In a stunning agricultural breakthrough, Chinese researchers stated that they have developed a system for growing rice in saltwater. It’s a revolutionary breakthrough that could help feed over 200 million people and also boost China’s rice production by 20 percent.

Medieval Love of Viking Red Squirrel Fur May Have Helped Spread Leprosy in UK
26th October 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Scientists have found evidence that the medieval taste for the beautiful fine fur of red squirrels, traded with Viking Scandinavia, may have been a factor in the spread of leprosy in the UK.

Scientists Propose Dimming Out the Sun to Save Coral Reefs
26th October 2017 | | Earth, Space, Tech

Time for artificial planet coolers? A cooling sunshade for the planet could reduce harmful coral bleaching and the number of hurricanes, which damage reefs.  With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, the idea of squirting a cloud of sulphate aerosols into the upper atmosphere is being investigated by several groups of scientists. This geoengineering would scatter some of the sun’s rays back into space, reducing the rate at which the Earth is warming.

Monster Plankton Discovered in Arctic Ice
26th October 2017 | | Animal Life

A new species that has been dubbed a hidden ‘monster’ of the plankton world has been found lurking under Arctic sea ice in Canada.

Looted Greek Antiquities Allegedly on Sale at London Art Fair
26th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Cambridge-based forensic archaeologist Christos Tsirogiannis, an expert on locating stolen antiquities, identified two marble vases known as lekythoi allegedly being offered for sale at the prestigious Frieze Masters Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London.

Supernova Theory Explains Global Warming, Extinction Events, Ice Ages Says Thermal Engineer
25th October 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Dr. William Sokeland, a heat transfer expert and thermal engineer from the University of Florida, has published a paper in the Journal of Earth Science and Engineering that proposes rapid ice melt events and ice age terminations, extreme weather events leading to mass die-offs, and even modern global warming can be traced to (or at least correlate well with) supernova impact events.

Thorium-232 Evidence Suggests a Collision and Several Close Cometary Encounters in the Last 2,000 Years
25th October 2017 | | Earth, Space

If you have long suspected the mainstream is being less than honest or simply delusional when they describe comets as “dirty snowballs”, or more recently “icy dirtballs”, then you might be interested to discover that close cometary encounters are associated with sudden spikes in the level of Thorium-232.

Canada’s Dene People: History, Science, and ‘The Year of Two Winters’
25th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Uncovering the secrets of Dene migration archaeology shows Northern Indigenous people traveled and traded widely with a social network that beginning around at least 9,000 years ago encompassed about 1.25 million square kilometres.

Oral Accounts of Aboriginal Australians Referenced Red Giants
25th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

Oral traditions of Australian Aborigines may by extremely ancient, as they have inhabited the fifth continent for more than 65,000 years.  They probably observed the cyclical changes in the brightness of pulsating red giant stars such as Antares, Betelgeuse, and Aldebaran. They integrated their observations into their oral traditions – cultural narratives that served as a system of laws, social rules, and general knowledge transmission. Research examining oral tradition for geological events, such as volcanic eruptions or meteorite impacts, has shown that such oral traditions can survive for thousands of years.

How Ancient Aztec Chroniclers Recorded Venus: Smoke Without Fire
25th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

From a study of ancient sources, the catastrophist polymath Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) famously concluded that the planet Venus had presented a comet-like appearance just a few millennia ago.  Velikovsky’s evidence for the ‘comet Venus’ included the claim that “the peoples of Mexico” passed on “early traditions written down in pre-Columbian days” according to which “Venus smoked”.

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