Sunday, 03. December 2006
News & Stories


December Astrology for Writers by Ohmy News.
Sun-sign humor for journalists, e.g. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20): Your article writing will improve this month and into next year. Instead of just stringing together facts, figures and opinions, you will introduce emotion, passion, energy, conviction, exhilaration, originality, and enthusiasm. Wow, readership of your writing will soar to new heights. Halleluiah!

Not a fortress, or a temple, or a calendar. Stonehenge was a hospital by The Guardian.
... His hair was laced with gold, the earliest found in England. His grave contained traces of fine clothes and implements of archery and copper-working. Analysis of his bones and teeth revealed that he came from central Europe, probably Switzerland, with possessions from Spain and France. Was this evidence of invasion?

Lunar Leonid Strikes by NASA.
Meteoroids are smashing into the Moon a lot more often than anyone expected. Last month, Earth passed through a "minefield" of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. This happens every year in mid-November and results in the annual Leonid meteor shower. From Nov. 17th to Nov. 19th both Earth and the Moon were peppered with meteoroids.


Pyramids were built with concrete rather than rocks, scientists claim by The Times Online.
The research, by materials scientists from national institutions, adds fuel to a theory that the pharaohs’ craftsmen had enough skill and materials at hand to cast the two-tonne limestone blocks that dress the Cheops and other Pyramids. Despite mounting support from scientists, Egyptologists have rejected the concrete claim, first made in the late 1970s by Joseph Davidovits, a French chemist.
Elsewhere: Are the pyramids concrete? by Philly.
And Concrete used in pyramids by Chicago Tribune.

Older than the sun, the meteorite scientists call 'the real time machine' by The Guardian.
The Tagish Lake meteorite was already regarded as exceptional because its mineral composition linked it to the earliest days of the formation of the solar system, more than 4.5bn years ago. The fragments of meteorite that still exist are among the most pristine in the world, as they were protected from contamination when they became wedged in blocks of lake ice.

More about the mystery of the Antikythera Mechanism:

IT helps solve mystery of ancient calculator by Computerworld.
Since its discovery in 1902, the Antikythera Mechanism -- with its intricate and baffling system of about 30 geared wheels -- has been an enigma. Our knowledge of its functions has increased as computer-based imaging, analysis and X-ray technologies have evolved. During the last 50 years, researchers have identified various astronomical and calendar functions, including gears that mimic the movement of the sun and moon.


See also:
The The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project website, including 3D animation (download here and here), the inner workings, and great images.
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