links for 2009-07-20

  • "The latest in a chain of archaeological discoveries in a site that dates back at least 5,000 years, the covered streets are a glimpse into rural life under the Egyptian sun. "

    "The archaeological work has yielded a treasure trove of art and writing. Through this rural lens, archaeologists are shifting their notions of education in ancient Egypt during the Greek and Roman empires. And they have noticed deep connections between powerful central governments and the outposts in the oases. "

  • "King Jehoiachin was only 18 years old and had occupied the throne of Judah barely three months when he was led off into Babylonian captivity in 598 BCE together with his wives, his mother, his servants, his eunuchs and thousands of 'the chief men of the land.'

    But what happened to them when they reached Babylon? And what happened there to the tens of thousands of others who joined them in exile when the First Temple was destroyed a decade later? [… The Bible] tells us even less about the fate of the northern tribes of Israel – the '10 lost tribes' – which had been marched out of history by the Assyrians a century earlier.

    However, scholars have been able to gain a measure of access to these missing years from cuneiform documents unearthed in Iraq in the last century …"

  • "The human body literally glimmers. The intensity of the light emitted by the body is 1000 times lower than the sensitivity of our naked eyes. Ultraweak photon emission is known as the energy released as light through the changes in energy metabolism."

    "…the human body glitters to the rhythm of the circadian clock."

    (tags: science)