Science & Technology


A 3,000-year-old mystery is finally solved: Tutankhamun died in a hunting accident

The mystery behind the sudden death of Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, may have been finally solved by scientists who believe that he fell from a fast-moving chariot while out hunting in the desert.

Speculation surrounding Tutankhamun's death has been rife since his tomb was broken into in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter. X-rays of the mummy taken in 1968 indicated a swelling at the base of the skull, suggesting "King Tut" was killed by a blow to the head.

Large dinosaur footprints found in Australia

Large, carnivorous dinosaurs roamed southern Australia 115 million years ago, when the continent was joined to the Antarctica, and were padded with body fat to survive temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius.

Standing about 12-feet tall, these hardy creatures inhabited the area close to the South Pole for at least 10 million years during the Cretaceous period, an expert said.

Big full moon no illusion

This week's full Moon is the biggest full Moon of 2007. It's no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and Thursday night's will be a whopper. Why? Read the answer below.

Left: A big, bright perigee Moon. RIght: A lesser apogee Moon.

The Moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other. The full Moon of Oct. 25-26 is located on the near side, making it appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons we've seen earlier in 2007.

Experts work to identify possible mammoth remains in Stockton, California

Archaeologists believe ancient animal remains found 65 feet beneath a Stockton construction site may be those of a Columbia mammoth or a mastodon.

Crews building a new San Joaquin County office building unearthed the rear portion of the ancient skeleton last week.

Could quantum effects explain consciousness?

With its triumphant descriptions of a range of subatomic phenomena, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful scientific theories of all time. Now it holds out the tantalising prospect of explaining one of the great mysteries in biology: the nature of consciousness. It may even explain why dreams are dream-like.


To Catch A Galactic Thief

On Earth, thieves steal everything from diamonds to art to bags full of money. In space, gas - fuel for making stars - is a commodity worth the price of theft. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant, massive galaxy in the act of ripping off vast reservoirs of gas - the equivalent of one billion suns - from its smaller, neighbor galaxy. The stolen gas, which has become scorching hot during the heist, will likely cool down and get turned into new stars and planets.

A big galaxy is stealing gas right off the "back" of its smaller companion in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Damage Control - Robotic Cannon is Safe!

Nine South African soldiers died and eleven were injured last Friday during a live-fire exercise when an anti-aircraft gun went out of control. But, contrary to some reports, the tragic accident was not the result of an automated or robotic weapon going out of control, a defence expert says.

Comment: The super-handy team of experts-on-demand saved the day once again by "expertly" inducing a sense of calmness and tranquility in the reader. Everything is fine, just a minor glitch, nothing to see here folks, move along!

Comment: Let us contrast some quotes from the original story vs. the comments in the above damage control story.

Original: Young says in the 1990s the defence force's acquisitions agency, Armscor, allocated project money on a year-by-year basis, meaning programmes were often rushed. "It would not surprise me if major shortcuts were taken in the qualification of the upgrades. A system like that should never fail to the dangerous mode [rather to the safe mode], except if it was a shoddy design or a shoddy modification.

Damage Control: "I think it is bad luck more than anything else, the shells move through the gun so fast you only have to be a fraction out for something to go wrong," O'Halloran says, adding that weapons are usually subject to rigorous tests to try and ensure that they rarely, if ever, malfunction.

We find it curious that not only is our good expert lying, but even the lie is horrifying in its implications. Just what does he mean by "usually"? Do they flip a coin before deciding which weapons to test rigorously, and which are going to get the rushed, shoddy design?

As for these weapons rarely if ever malfunctioning, here's a video of another one of those shoddy autonomous weapons apparently taking its aim at certain "VIP's" which may include members of Congress! They must've forgotten to warn Congress that there is coin-flippage afoot. A minor "intelligence failure" we suppose.

On the other hand, maybe these weapons are conspiring with bands of wild monkeys to try to end the pathocracy as we certainly cannot fault either on their choice of targets. When our own weapons refuse to listen to us anymore and bands of wild monkeys take matters into their own hands one would think humanity would take notice?


Archaeologists unearth 7,000-year-old statue in Czech Republic

A 7,000-year-old statue of a woman has been discovered by archaeologists in the Czech Republic.

A team of archaeologists working in the Czech Republic have uncovered a 7,000-year-old statue, dating back to an ancient prehistorical culture.

The half a metre high statue of a woman has been reported in the Czech press as an exceptional find and was created in a style known as Moravian Painted Ceramic.

Are some men predisposed to pedophilia?

Height may point to a biological basis for pedophilia, according to new research released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The study found that pedophilic males were shorter on average than males without a sexual attraction to children.

The study, published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, suggests that pedophiles may have been exposed to pre-birth conditions that affected their physical development. The researchers observed this height difference by analyzing the files of over 1,000 men who were assessed for pedophilia or other sexual disorders between 1995 and 2006 at the Kurt Freund Laboratory in Toronto, Canada.

Comment: What about conducting similar research on psychopathy?


China plans Wednesday launch for moon orbiter

China's preparations to launch its first lunar orbiter are on schedule for lift-off later this week, a Chinese official said on Monday, as the country steps up efforts in a new international race for the moon.

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The Long March 3A rocket and a lunar orbiter, the Chang'e One, which are under wraps, sits on the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, in southwest China's Sichuan province, October 20, 2007.