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Ankh's Mostly Science Stuff

Physical Sciences, Archaeology, Anthropology, and expect random off-topic things from my personal interests because I like to rant every once in a while. If you need to contact me, I can be reached at ankh at dimensional dot com.

Updated: 2012-04-15T18:23:35.197-05:00


Hockey Newspaper Reporting in Jeopardy


From Eklund's site - just doing my part to spread the message.A Call to ActionOne of the best things about having a successful site like this is we have the ability to be a major voice and help the sport en masse when it needs it. Well hockey fans, it needs it badly again. All of you on here visit several websites and message boards throughout the hockey world, and I am asking that you spread



Step 1: Learn how to skate (check, started in January 06 with a new pair of hockey skates, lessons completed in April and July)Step 2: Buy hockey gear (check, have full pads, couple of sticks)Step 3: Attempt to play hockey (check, took part in an open hockey game in June)Step 4: Sticks and pucks class (check,

I couldn't agree more...


Astronomers detect '10th planet'


Astronomers have detected what they are calling the '10th planet' orbiting our Sun.It is bigger than Pluto, the ninth planet, which is 2,250 km across, and was discovered by three US astronomers.It is the largest object found in our Solar System since the discovery of Neptune in 1846.The object, designated 2003 UB313, is currently 97 Earth-Sun distances away - more than twice Pluto's average

Ice lake found on the Red Planet


A giant patch of frozen water has been pictured nestled within an unnamed impact crater on Mars.The photographs were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on board Mars Express, the European Space Agency probe which is exploring the planet.The ice disc is located on Vastitas Borealis, a broad plain that covers much of Mars' far northern latitudes. This discovery of frozen water on the

Distant object found orbiting Sun


Astronomers have found a large object in the Solar System's outer reaches. It is being hailed as "a great discovery".Details of the object are still sketchy. It never comes closer to the Sun than Neptune and spends most of its time much further out than Pluto.It is one of the largest objects ever found in the outer Solar System and is almost certainly made of ice and rock.It is at least 1,500km (

NASA Returns to Flight as Discovery Reaches Orbit


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The space shuttle Discovery roared into space Tuesday, piercing a Florida morning sky today and launching seven astronauts on NASA’s first orbiter mission since the Columbia disaster.After almost two weeks of delay, two and a half years without a shuttle flight and $1.4 billion in return-to-flight work, Discovery successfully left Earth behind on a 12-day test flight to

T-Minus 01:10:00


Approximately one hour and ten minutes until STS-114 (Shuttle Discovery). You can follow the launch through NASA, and watch it on NASA TV.

Mount St. Helens Still Shaking


There's a whole lotta shakin' going on at Mount St. Helens these days as the restless peak does what it has done for thousands of years: build new lava domes that totter and fall and become the foundations for still more new ones.A series of unusually strong earthquakes — exceeding magnitude 3 — has been reported in recent days by the Cascades Volcano Laboratory in Vancouver, Wash., about 50

NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery to Launch July 26


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA will restart the countdown for the space shuttle Discovery Saturday, with plans to launch the orbiter spaceward on July 26 after more than week of work to pin down a fuel sensor glitch, mission managers said late Wednesday.“Right now we think we have eliminated all the common causes,” shuttle program manager Bill Parsons said of the glitch during a press briefing here

Ancient life in China limestone


Researchers have found well-preserved fossils of organisms that lived on the ocean bed about 550 million years ago.The fossils, unearthed in Southern China, are of some of the earliest complex lifeforms known to science.Frondose vendobionts died out before the Cambrian explosion about 540 million years ago, when animals with bones and shells appeared. It is amazing that these organisms survived

Footprints of 'first Americans'


Human settlers made it to the Americas 30,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new evidence.A team of scientists came to this controversial conclusion by dating human footprints preserved by volcanic ash in an abandoned quarry in Mexico.They say the first Americans may have arrived by sea, rather than by foot.The traditional view is that the continent's early settlers arrived



From, NHLPA reach tentative dealAnd now for the words everyone has been waiting to hear: The deal is done!The NHL and NHL Players' Association have finally reached an agreement (pending ratification) on a new six-year collective bargaining agreement that - if approved by the NHL board of governors next Thursday and the rank and file membership of the NHLPA next Tuesday - will

Settling down


Dear Blog,I believe that I am finally ready to come back and pay attention to you. The past few months I know I neglected you as I got married, closed on a new house, and got settled into a new position at my job. Unpacking is almost done (except for 1 room, and the hanging of the pictures), the cats are liking the place, and the general neighborhood noise (firewooks every saturday night after

Wedding pictures


Are now up for your viewing pleasure. Ankh and Katy's Wedding pictures are now available for everyone to view. The hosting site will be changing in the next few weeks after we are moved in, but the above address will work until then.

Coming soon...


Wedding pictures and photos of new house. Today is first walkthrough of the house (building inspector is there right now), and next Tuesday is our second walkthrough. Next Thursday we finally close on the house and can start moving in. After that life should return mostly back to normal and I can focus on other things besides the wedding and the house.

Happy St. Patricks Day


And don't forget to go have a pint (or four) of Guinness like I am going to.

Official Tutankhamun Press Release


This is the official press release of the CT scan of Tutankhamun's mummy. It is a pretty good read and has a few images taken from the procedure.

Mt. St. Helens Erupts / Updated


Yep, thats right, Mt. St. Helens is erupting currently, sending a huge steam and light ash plume up to somewhere between 25000 ft (AP) to 36000 ft (King5, Seattle). The eruption follows a 2.0 earthquake. B!x was lucky enough to catch these images of the ash/steam plume from Portland. Not much has made the major media yet, just a few blips on MSNBC so far.Update 1This picture of the plume is

Tests Show King Tut Was Not Murdered


King Tut wasn't murdered by a blow to the head, nor was his chest crushed in an accident. But after ruling out those longtime theories, the most revealing tests ever performed on the boy pharaoh's mummy didn't solve the mystery of how he died.The results of the high-tech CT scan released Tuesday raised one new possibility: It suggested that just days before his death, Tut might have badly broken

Hockey Playoffs


The time has come for the hockey playoffs here in the High School realm. My cousin plays for one of the local schools, which allows Katy and myself to go and watch and cheer them on. The league that he plays in is the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey.The first game of the playoffs was this past Monday night. It was an exciting game that involved a lot of hard checking and a win for

Toronto bound


I will be heading to Toronto for work next week. It has been 5.5 years since I was last up there, and I am looking forward to visiting again.

And now for a general update


It is hard to believe that in less than 90 days Katy and I will be married. Time has gone by so fast since we were officially engaged last May and we seem to be finding new things that need to be done before the big day. It is also even harder to believe that we close on our house a little over a week after we get married and then have to move in (and, of course, get lots of new furniture).

White House to scrap Hubble?


The Hubble Space Telescope is about to have its death warrant signed, according to US government sources. Officials revealed on Friday 21 January that NASA's budget for 2006 contains no cash to save the ageing telescope. Instead, it earmarks funds to decommission the instrument. President George W. Bush will present the budget proposal on 7 February, and the US Congress will then consider it.

Dome Building Slows at Mount St. Helens


Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens has gradually slowed since the mountain reawakened in October, scientists said Tuesday. Molten rock has been oozing out from the surface of the volcano's crater since the fall, building a new lava dome that now has a total volume of 44 million cubic yards. That is big enough to contain 134 buildings the size of the basketball