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Crowd-Sourcing To Crack Oldest Un-deciphered Writing System
2012-11-28 12:13:24

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The oldest un-deciphered writing system in the world has eluded academics for years, but a researcher from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford has begun an undertaking that will attempt to harness the power of ℠crowd-sourcing´ to solve this ancient riddle. Dr. Jacob Dahl announced the project this week, which will take high-quality images of 5,000-year-old Proto-Elamite clay tablets and publish...

2012-08-30 14:52:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two small figurines discovered near Jerusalem have been dated between 9,000 and 9,500 years ago and support the notion that religion and society played a significant role during the Stone Age. According to a press release by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the ram and wild bovine statuettes were found while the authority was excavating near Tel Motza prior to work on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, a few miles north of...

2008-09-17 15:00:23

By RUTHIE BLUM LEIBOWITZ 'While 'Hatikva' may not the greatest piece of music," says Zamir Chorale Foundation founder and director Matthew (Mati) Lazar, "the power one feels singing it is undeniable." The long-time conductor and ardent Zionist goes on to ask rhetorically: "Who else but our people would have their national anthem in a minor key?" Here last month to conduct members of his Zamir Chorale and Shirah Choir, as well as a large group of individual singers from across the...

2008-08-12 16:33:43

Ruins of a Roman temple from the second century CE have recently been unearthed beneath the foundations of a church, Israeli archaeologists said. The building was found during an excavation at Zippori, the capital of Galilee during the Roman period, indicating a significant pagan population during the time. The site was discovered during a dig led by Professor Zeev Weiss from the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The temple walls were plundered in ancient times...

2008-07-03 09:00:27

By Isabel Kershner A Palestinian driving a huge piece of construction equipment went on a deadly rampage along a central thoroughfare here Wednesday, crushing several cars and ramming into two buses before an off-duty soldier and a police officer clambered up to the cabin and shot him. At least 3 people were killed in the path of the lurching front- end loader and more than 40 were wounded, Israeli officials said. The police were treating the incident as a terrorist attack and said the...

2008-04-22 15:00:18

The U.S. military said two U.S. Marines were killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing at a police checkpoint near Ramadi in central Iraq. The bomb, which was concealed in a truck, also injured two dozen people, including three children and four Iraqi police officers, officials told CNN. A car bomb parked outside a Baghdad restaurant detonated as an Iraqi army patrol passed by. One soldier and a civilian died while eight people were wounded. CNN said U.S. and Iraqi forces killed five...

2006-09-05 23:49:39

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb followed by a roadside bomb killed four Iraqis and wounded 35 in northern Baghdad on Wednesday, police said. The bombs detonated in one of Baghdad's major intersections during the morning rush hour. Police said they expected the casualty toll to rise.

Word of the Day
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.