November 28, 2015

Is Queen Nefertiti Buried In King Tutankhaman’s Tomb? - Latest News


SCANS in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings point to a hidden chamber, the country’s antiquities minister said, possibly heralding the discovery of Queen Nefertiti’s resting place.

“We can now say that we have [possibly found] behind the burial chamber of King Tutankhamun another chamber, another tomb,” Mamduh al-Damaty said at a press conference, speaking in English.

He said experts were “approximately 90 per cent” sure. The tests were spurred by a study by renowned British archeologist Nicholas Reeves who said Nefertiti’s lost tomb may be hidden in an adjoining chamber.


Speaking at the same press conference, Reeves said the initial results could bear out his theory.

“Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted,” he said.

“The radar, behind the north wall [of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber] seems pretty clear. If I am right it is a continuation — corridor continuation — of the tomb, which will end in another burial chamber,” he said.


“It does look indeed as if the tomb of Tutankhamun is a corridor tomb ... and it continues beyond the decorated burial chamber,” he added.

“I think it is Nefertiti and all the evidence points in that direction.” Damaty emphasised that the findings were “preliminary” results, and a Japanese expert working with the archaeologists needed a month to analyse the scans.

The news follows evidence last week that Tutankhamun’s name may have been stamped over that of Nefertiti’s inside his famous death mask. While the faceplace has been replaced with his image, the rest may have been taken from the heretic queen’s burial.


Experts carried out a preliminary scan of the tomb earlier this month using infra-red thermography to map out the temperature of its walls.

Damaty said at that time that the analysis showed “differences in the temperatures registered on different parts of the northern wall” of the tomb.

Nefertiti played a major political and religious role in the 14th century BC. She actively supported her husband Akhenaten — Tutankhamun’s father — who temporarily converted ancient Egypt to monotheism by imposing the cult of sun god Aton.


Her role in the cult would have ruled out her burial in the Valley of the Kings according to Zahi Hawass, the country’s former antiquities minister and expert on ancient Egypt.

“Nefertiti will never be buried in the Valley of the Kings,” he told AFP. “The lady was worshipping Aton with Akhenaten for years. The priests would never allow her to be buried in the Valley of the Kings,” he said.

Tutankhamun died aged 19 in 1324BC after just nine years on the throne. His final resting place was discovered by another British Egyptologist, Howard Carter, in 1922.

With many thanks to News.Com

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November 26, 2015

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Legendary musician Ringo Starr is “beyond blessed” to still be married to wife of nearly 35 years Barbara Bach.

The former Beatles drummer met the one-time Bond girl on the set of the film Caveman in 1980 and married a year later. And after more than three decades together, their bond is stronger than ever.

“There’s no escape … I think I love Barbara as much (today) as I did (when we met),” he gushed to People magazine. “And I’m beyond blessed that she loves me and we’re still together.” 

Ringo, 75, performed on the classic Beatles track All You Need is Love, and for Barbara there couldn’t be a truer sentiment.

“I love the man, and that’s it,” the 68-year-old added. 

The pair has accumulated a lot of belongings together and, having now settled in Los Angeles, they have decided to sell off a lot of their precious memorabilia to raise money for charity.

“It’s time to let go,” Ringo explained. 

Some of the items on sale include a guitar given to Ringo by band mate John Lennon, and an outfit Barbara wore in The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore.

However, one of the biggest sellers is sure to be the first ever copy of the band’s 1968 album, The Beatles – more commonly known as the White Album due to its minimalist packaging. 

It sold for $1,076,288!

Each unit of the record came with its own serial number stamped on the cover and Ringo is the owner of White Album No 0000001. Bidding on the record starts at $20,000 (£13,276), but it is estimated to fetch up to $60,000 (£39,670).

The items will be up for auction between 3-5 December (15) at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, with the proceeds of the sales benefitting Barbara’s charity, the Lotus Foundation.


With many thanks to Noise 11

Picture credit for Barbara Bach: Smooth Radio

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Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi - a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) - in the coming months. 

With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge. 

And now, scientists have taken Li-Fi out of the lab for the first time, trialling it in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia, reporting that they can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second - that's 100 times faster than current average Wi-Fi speeds.

"We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology," Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK.  

"Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space.” 

Li-Fi was invented by Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland back in 2011, when he demonstrated for the first time that by flickering the light from a single LED, he could transmit far more data than a cellular tower. Think back to that lab-based record of 224 gigabits per second - that's 18 movies of 1.5 GB each being downloaded every single second.
The technology uses Visible Light Communication (VLC), a medium that uses visible light between 400 and 800 terahertz (THz). It works basically like an incredibly advanced form of Morse code - just like switching a torch on and off according to a certain pattern can relay a secret message, flicking an LED on and off at extreme speeds can be used to write and transmit things in binary code.  

And while you might be worried about how all that flickering in an office environment would drive you crazy, don’t worry - we’re talking LEDs that can be switched on and off at speeds imperceptible to the naked eye.  

The benefits of Li-Fi over Wi-Fi, other than potentially much faster speeds, is that because light cannot pass through walls, it makes it a whole lot more secure, and as Anthony Cuthbertson points out at IBTimes UK, this also means there's less interference between devices. 

While Cuthbertson says Li-Fi will probably not completely replace Wi-Fi in the coming decades, the two technologies could be used together to achieve more efficient and secure networks. 

Our homes, offices, and industry buildings have already been fitted with infrastructure to provide Wi-Fi, and ripping all of this out to replace it with Li-Fi technology isn’t particularly feasible, so the idea is to retrofit the devices we have right now to work with Li-Fi technology. 


Research teams around the world are working on just that. Li-Fi experts reported for the The Conversation last month that Haas and his team have launched PureLiFi, a company that offers a plug-and-play application for secure wireless Internet access with a capacity of 11.5 MB per second, which is comparable to first generation Wi-Fi. And French tech company Oledcomm is in the process of installing its own Li-Fi technology in local hospitals. 

If applications like these and the Velmenni trial in Estonia prove successful, we could achieve the dream outlined by Haas in his 2011 TED talk below - everyone gaining access to the Internet via LED light bulbs in their home. 

"All we need to do is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission," Haas said. "In the future we will not only have 14 billion light bulbs, we may have 14 billion Li-Fis deployed worldwide for a cleaner, greener, and even brighter future." 

By Bec Crew

With many thanks to Science Alert


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