November 14th, 2007

Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Temple Excavated


Carbon dating tests and excavation of a colorful pre-Incan temple indicate that it was built thousands of years ago by an advanced civilization.

 

Unearthed in Peru's archeologically rich northern coastal desert, the temple has a staircase leading to an altar that was used for worshipping fire and making offerings to deities, Walter Alva, who headed the three-month excavation, told El Comercio.

 

Some of the walls of the 27,000-square-foot site — almost half the size of a football field — were painted, and a white and red mural depicts a deer being hunted with a net. Alva said the temple was apparently constructed by an "advanced civilization" because it was built with mud bricks made from sediment found in local rivers, instead of rocks.

 

"This discovery shows an architectural and iconographic tradition different from what has been known until now," said Alva, who discovered and is the museum director for another important pre-Incan find, the nearby Lords of Sipan Moche Tombs.

The carbon dating tests, conducted in the
United States, indicate that the site is 4,000 years old, he claimed. The oldest known city in the Americas is Caral, also near the Peruvian coast, which researchers dated to 2627 B.C.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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Autism

The Next Stage of Human Evolution?

 

A new play about the syndrome is just playing science.

 

In the play “Lucy,” an emotionally distant anthropologist (Lisa Emery) decides that her severely autistic daughter Lucy (Lucy DeVito) is not sick. Instead, says the hermit scientist, she is the future: Lucy’s lack of connection to other human beings is actually an evolutionary leap forward.

 

The rest of us? Obsolete—mental health fossils. Our anthropologist supposes that hypersociality has created a poisonous overgrowth of society curable only by turning inward, and that autism (the diagnosis of which has increased tenfold) arose to accomplish that.

 

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Nikola Tesla

Where are the Missing Documents?

 

Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia (then part of Austria-Hungary) on July 9,1856, and died January 7, 1943. He was the electrical engineer who invented AC (alternating current) induction motor, which made the universal transmission and distribution of electricity possible.

 

Tesla moved to the United States in 1884, where he worked for Thomas Edison who quickly became a rival, Edison being an advocate of the inferior DC power transmission system.

 

He did notable research on high-voltage electricity and wireless communication; at one point creating an earthquake which shook the ground for several miles around his New York laboratory. He also devised a system which anticipated worldwide wireless communications, fax machines, radar, guided missiles and aircraft.

 

It is rumored that Tesla test fired his electrical ray from his lab on Long Island, New York, U.S.A. in 1908 causing the great explosion in Tangusta, Russia.

 

It took no less than 100 years of today's fast-moving events to fully grasp the importance of the man. There is no explanation for this. One can merely humorously assume that Tesla came from some other world, to be born on Earth. His results in experimental physics, which appeared to be perfectly obvious, still cause indigestion in orthodox theoretical physics circles.

 

When Telsa died all his papers disappeared from his New York City hotel room.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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The World without Us...

An Earth without People

 

A new way to examine humanity's impact on the environment is to consider how the world would fare if all the people disappeared…

 

It’s a common fantasy to imagine that you’re the last person left alive on earth. But what if all human beings were suddenly whisked off the planet? That premise is the starting point for The World without Us, a new book by science writer Alan Weisman.

 

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Quote of the Day

"If we cannot know the mind of man, how then can we know the mind of a presumed god?"

 

~ Anonymous ~

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Image of the Day

Stonehenge at Sunset  

 

For reasons we shall never know, this particular spot in the landscape was so important that not only were ditches and banks dug and, later, stone circles and horseshoe arrangements constructed to mark it, but that some of the stones were deliberately transported there with considerable effort from a great distance away. Contrary to expectations, the great stone circles and horseshoe arrangements for which Stonehenge is famous are later additions to the monument (mostly stonehenge III) and are not essential to the lunar and solar calculations.

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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