Mystery as Century-Old Swiss Watch Discovered in Ancient Tomb Sealed for 400 Years

Written By Cher Thornhill
January 28th, 2010

Archaeologists are stumped after finding a 100-year-old Swiss watch in an ancient tomb that was sealed more than 400 years ago. They believed they were the first to visit the Ming dynasty grave in Shangsi, southern China, since its occupant's funeral. But inside they uncovered a miniature watch in the shape of a ring marked 'Swiss' that is thought to be just a century old.


You Won't Find Consciousness in the Brain: Opinion

Written By Ray Tallis,
January 27th, 2010

MOST neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest this orthodoxy. Among them are those who focus on claims neuroscience makes about the preciseness of correlations between indirectly observed neural activity and different mental functions, states or experiences.


Egypt Announces Find of Ancient Cat Goddess Temple

Written By Hamza Hendawi
January 20th, 2010

Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old temple that may have been dedicated to the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Tuesday. The ruins of the Ptolemaic-era temple were discovered by Egyptian archaeologists in the heart of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C.


Marvels From Mars: Stunning Postcards From the Red Planet

Written By Michael Hanlon
January 20th, 2010

The Red Planet, Mars, fascinates us like no other celestial body. We have yet to visit the most Earth-like world in the solar system in person, but since the Sixties a small armada of space probes have poked and prodded the dusty Martian surface. And, as these astonishing images show, they have taken the most spectacular close-up pictures while orbiting the planet. Because Mars has so little air, and certainly no substantial running water and no vegetation, the processes of weathering and erosion, so important on Earth, operate differently on Mars.


Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens

January 13th, 2010

The human eye is a perceptual powerhouse. It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information to the brain at a rate exceeding that of a high-speed Internet connection.

But why stop there?

A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight


Google Earth helps find El Dorado

Written By Ed Caesar
January 11th, 2010

Since the time of the conquistadors, the legend of an ancient, lost civilisation deep in the Amazon forest has beguiled hundreds of explorers and led many to their deaths. Some called their dream El Dorado. Others, most notably Colonel Percy Fawcett, the gloriously moustached British explorer (and real-life model for Indiana Jones) named it the City of Z. But no one has ever returned from the Amazon with conclusive proof that such a place existed.


Relic reveals Noah's ark was circular

Written By Maev Kennedy
January 8th, 2010

That they processed aboard the enormous floating wildlife collection two-by-two is well known. Less familiar, however, is the possibility that the animals Noah shepherded on to his ark then went round and round inside. According to newly translated instructions inscribed in ancient Babylonian on a clay tablet telling the story of the ark, the vessel that saved one virtuous man, his family and the animals from god's watery wrath was not the pointy-prowed craft of popular imagination but rather a giant circular reed raft.


Wikipedia Woes - Pending Crisis as Editors Leave in Droves

Written By Dave Smith
January 5th, 2010

A recent article cited a report indicating a ten-fold increase in the number of "editors" leaving Wikipedia between the first quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. Whilst Jimbo Wales was understandably quick to defend his encyclopedia, the figures speak for themselves and the hard question needs to be tackled. Why is Wikipedia in the wars?


Parents charged with not submitting lesson plans

Written By Scott Waldman
January 5th, 2010

A couple was charged with child endangerment for allegedly home schooling their four children for seven years without notifying the local district, according to Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies. Richard Cressy, 47, and Margie Cressy, 41, were charged with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, deputies said. The couple is accused of violating a state law that requires parents who are home schooling their children to register their curriculum with the local school district.


The Future of College Education

Written By Danny Weil
December 18th, 2009

I am sitting in my office looking at a March 12, 2009 letter from the President of the University of Phoenix, William Pepicello, written as a letter to the editor to Business Week magazine in response to the magazines article entitled, “For-Profit Colleges: Scooping up the Stimulus”. The letter alleges that the article vilifies the private sector of education and goes on to angrily note that the article promotes the idea that the stimulus package by Obama for education, $85 billion dollars, will enrich the more than 2,000 for-profit colleges, when it in fact only replaces lost revenue by increasing Pell Grants.

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