Sunday, May 29, 2011

Brazilian Street Art, Mysterious Egyptian Markings, and Swiss Watches in Chinese Tombs (Link Round-Up 5/29/11)

[via BBC News]

Three quick notes:

1. Going off yesterday's post, I've included several recent Egypt/Nile River Valley archaeology stories...nothing silly along the lines of "UFO's built the Pyramids with the Freemasons", but definitely some new discoveries in what we call "Ancient Egypt" and what came before it.

2. After reading through old Culture Bore posts, I've decided to pull quotes from articles in the link round-ups. I encourage reading through all the links I post, but I might as well give you the juicy article tidbits, too.

3. Got any feedback about the blog format? Leave a comment or shoot me an email at jason[at]

Without further adieu...

Invisible Handshake Deals
Peru, Colombia, and Chile to merge stock markets
If Mexico's $473 billion bourse were to join, MILA would exceed the Brazilian bourse's $1.6 trillion market capitalization. Yet another future, say analysts, could be Brazil purchasing MILA and wrapping it into the Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo (Bovespa).
The Lima exchange hopes trading volume to grow 20 to 25 percent as a result of the merger. “There is a lot of interest from Chilean and Colombian investors to acquire mining and junior mining stocks listed on the Lima exchange. This will allow an increase in liquidity,” the press office wrote in an email to the Monitor.
Geopolitical Solidarity
India pledges support for Palestinian State
Tracing New Delhi's “deep association” with the Palestinian cause, dating back to a timeline before India gained Independence, Mr. Ahamed described the commitment to Palestine as “a central feature of India's foreign policy.” Down the memory avenue, one could not miss India's recognition of the State of Palestine in 1988, acknowledgment of Palestine Liberation Organisation as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and New Delhi's initial vote against the partition of Palestine, he pointed out.
This Month in Egyptology
Several Egyptian tombs now open to public
Some of these tombs were first discovered in 1843 by Richard Lepsius, but were not fully excavated until an Anglo-Dutch mission began in 1975. Between 1975 and 1998 the dig was directed by Geoffrey Martin who discovered many of the tombs.  Now a Dutch team from Leiden University, led by Dr.Maarten Raven, excavates at the site, rediscovering and restoring the tombs.
Robot finds mysterious markings in Great Pyramid base
According to Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University, similar lines have been found elsewhere in Giza. "Sometimes they identify the work gang (who built the room), sometimes they give a date and sometimes they give guidelines to mark cuttings or directional symbols about the beginning or end of a block," he said.
More mysterious "spiral markings" and "rock gongs" found near Nile River
The "oldest rock art we found are the spiral motifs," said Karberg, which, as their name suggests, twist up in a way that is hard to interpret. Similar drawings have been found in the Sahara Desert. 
They were created at a time when Africa was a wetter place, with grasslands and savannah dominating Sudan; people were moving to a lifestyle based on animal husbandry and, in some instances, farming.
Time Travelers Playing Tricks on Us?
Watches were not around at the time of the Ming Dynasty and Switzerland did not even exist as a country, an expert pointed out. 
The archaeologists were filming a documentary with two journalists when they made the puzzling discovery.
Cloak and Dagger: Tabloid-Style
Putin: Strauss-Kahn rape charges may be a set-up
Mr Putin's public support for Mr Strauss-Kahn comes days after a French politician alleged that the former IMF chief had said before his arrest that he thought Mr Putin was actively plotting his downfall. 
The politician, Claude Bartolone, said: "He said the Russians and notably Putin had allied themselves with France to try to have him fired from the IMF to stop him running for (French) president."
Protest vs. Counter-Protest
Gay Rights parade stopped in Moscow for sixth time, 30 arrested
Alexeyev said as soon as activists took out their banners and flags, dozens of members of an ultra-Orthodox group attacked the activists.
Gay rights flags and banners that read 'Russia is not Iran' were displayed in the crowd.
Brain Candy
How to sneak anti-Alzheimer's drugs into your brain
Antibodies that are attracted to the receptor get into the brain using a transport system that works like a ski lift – except these ‘high affinity’ antibodies hop on the lift and never get off, Watts says. Those molecules become trapped in blood vessels and never reach the brain. 
So, the team engineered antibodies with ‘low affinity’ for binding to transferrin. These jump off the lift, slip past the blood-brain barrier, and according to Watts, they’re widely distributed.

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