Thursday, December 14, 2006


Quite an assortment here.

From the Times Online, an article about the construction of the Great Pyramids. Here's an excerpt:
The Ancient Egyptians built their great Pyramids by pouring concrete into blocks high on the site rather than hauling up giant stones, according to a new Franco-American study.

...The pair used X-rays, a plasma torch and electron microscopes to compare small fragments from pyramids with stone from the Toura and Maadi quarries.

They found “traces of a rapid chemical reaction which did not allow natural crystalisation . . . The reaction would be inexplicable if the stones were quarried, but perfectly comprehensible if one accepts that they were cast like concrete.”

Remarkable, and you can read about it here.

From Edwin Garcia, a link to a series of images of flame fractals. They're breathtaking and truly beautiful, and you can see them here.

Here's a link from Jesse Leimkuehler to an image of a spectacular solar flare.

From Matt S., a link to one of the greatest MSNBC headlines ever:
Nobody move or the one on the right gets it, too
Would-be kidnapper shoots own left testicle,
police say, then nails left calf
That's a classic.
From Sirius, a link to a study suggesting that Neanderthals were cannibals. Here's an excerpt:
"There is strong evidence suggesting that these Neanderthals were eaten," said the study's lead author, Antonio Rosas of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid. "That is, long bones and the skull were broken for extraction of the marrow, [which] is very nutritious."

According to Rosas, there is evidence of cannibalism in Neanderthal remains from other European sites.
I would say this practice… was general among Neanderthal populations," he said.

Here's a link to a very interesting article on the science of arson (thanks Slashdot). It's apparently changed significantly in the last fifteen years, and you can read about it here.
DQ reader Steven Davis sent me an e-mail last week and I saw a link at the bottom to his blog. I took a look and it's very interesting, plus it covers some topics that are slightly off the beaten track for most blogs. From the blog description:
"On anti-cheating, piracy, gold farming, RMT, and other security, industry, Asian online games, and IT Security news."
Like I said, it's very interesting and you can read it here.

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