It almost defies belief what modern science is capable of. Take this facial reconstruction of Meritamen, a mummified Egyptian woman who may have lived anywhere from 2000-3500 years ago. The reconstruction was conducted by scientists and researchers from Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and many others.
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All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable thing about a new mural in Cairo is not only its size — it covers about 50 buildings — it's that the artist managed to do it in a place that's not known for encouraging creative expression.
In the next ten years, Earth's population is expected to increase by one billion, and only three percent of our planet's water is fit for drinking or farming. Most of that relatively small amount is trapped in frozen glaciers. But Egyptian researchers have developed a way of removing the salt out of sea water for our growing population in a way that's super energy efficient.
Thousands of years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we've been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labour? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they have found the best explanation yet.
Archaeologists have unearthed a rare tomb in Israel with an Egyptian ceramic sarcophagus. Inside, the body of a man who died about 3300 years ago along with a gold scarab with the name of Seti I, the father of Ramses II — the pharaoh that enslaved Moses and the Jews according to the Bible myth. But the buried man was not Egyptian.
While the internet at large was freaking out about an apocalyptic attack that wasn't really happening yesterday, something nefarious was going down at the bottom of the sea. Egyptian authorites found a trio of divers down there attempting to sever a crucial submarine communications cable.
If only Howard Carter had access to satellite imagery, maybe he would have discovered more than just King Tut's tomb. Fortunately, Google Earth means that anyone can examine the planet for last treasures. Including Angela Micol, a satellite archaeology researcher who thinks she has uncovered previously undiscovered ancient pyramids, hiding in plain sight in Egypt.
Now that we've got YouTube, Google, and Facebook out of the way, how about another Hottest Trends List! This one's a little morose though. Like, international arms sales morose. So who loves American best-in-the-world weapons? Kings and dictators.