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October 22, 2006, 11:08 PM CT

Geological Feature Key To Finding Tombs

Geological Feature Key To Finding Tombs Zone of concentration of fracture traces
Credit: Katarin Parizek, Penn Stat
A 42-year-old method for finding water, monitoring pollution and helping with tunneling may also be a way to locate and protect tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and other burial sites in Egypt, according to Penn State researchers.

The idea that fracture traces could bare some connection to the rock cut tombs found in Egyptian valleys came to Katarin A. Parizek as she toured Egypt. K. Parizek, the daughter of Richard R. Parizek, professor of geology and geo-environmental engineering at Penn State, is a digital photographer, graphic designer and geologist. In 1992, on a Nile cruise to the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, she recognized the geological structures.

"Many of the tombs were in zones of fracture concentration revealed by fracture traces and lineaments," says K. Parizek, an instructor in digital photography. "I knew that these fractures were what Dad used to find water or to plan dewatering projects".

Fracture traces are the above-ground indication of underlying zones of rock fracture concentrations. In 1964, Laurence H. Lattman and R. Parizek published a paper on fracture traces that indicated where increased weathering and permeability occurred and where people could drill wells more efficiently. These fracture traces can be between 5 and 40 feet wide, but average about 20 feet, and can be as long as a mile.........

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October 22, 2006, 10:54 PM CT

Shorts October 2006

Shorts October 2006
"Humanism" is the key word in both Kristi Mitsuda and Michael Koresky's reviews of Hans-Christian Schmid's Requiem. Only two takes from the Reverse Shot team this time around at indieWIRE, but they're embracing ones.

Also: indieWIRE's interview with Doug Block as his moving 51 Birch Street begins its trek across the country and a dispatch from the Pusan International Film Festival from Brian Brooks.

For SF360, Michael Fox talks with Joseph McBride about his new book, What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career, in which he "catalogs Welles' amazing output in the last 15 years of his life, demolishing the widely held perception of Welles as a debauched clown".

"[W]hat makes Reign of Terror great isn't necessarily how well it adheres to, or shakes up, various genre conventions," writes Bilge Ebiri at ScreenGrab. "It is, quite simply, an incredibly well-put-together, gripping film - a true showcase for the visual and narrative expertise that would serve [Anthony] Mann so well in his later career".

Matthew Clayfield ruminates on Susan Shineberg's recent profile of Peter Greenaway in the Age: "Greenaway seems to me to be the perfect excuse for distinguishing auteurism, which is about films, not directors, from dead-end fascination with authorial rhetoric, which is an entirely different, far more limiting, thing".........

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October 22, 2006, 9:58 PM CT

Marie Antoinette Reviews

Marie Antoinette Reviews Image courtesy of impawards.com
The early Marie Antoinette reviews are coming in, and they don't look too bad. Not fantastic, but pretty solid. I've got to admit I haven't had one shred of interest in this film ever since I saw the first trailer for it a few months ago. The fact that Sofia Coppola is directing it gets my attention, but nothing I've seen so far has solidified that. Looks like it might be worth watching after all.

Here is what some of the critics are saying about Marie Antoinette reviews:

Highly theatrical and yet also intimate and informal, Marie Antoinette lets its story slink almost casually through its lovingly composed and rendered images.

A.O. Scott - New York Times.

The work of a mature filmmaker who has identified and developed a new cinematic vocabulary to describe a new breed of post-postpostfeminist woman.

Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly.

Let them have eye candy pretty much sums up Sofia Coppola's approach to her revisionist and modernist take on the famous royal airhead who in the end lost her head.

Todd McCarthy - Variety.

If Sofia Coppola isn't the queen of slow, she's the princess of bore. Despite its sumptuous production design and cinematography, this is grotesquely superficial, slow, and boring.........

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October 22, 2006, 9:39 PM CT

Hitting the Road

Hitting the Road
I'm on the road this week, stopping in Phoenix for a media preview of our new fullsize pickups, the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Obviously, these are hugely important vehicles in our product portfolio, and we believe they are the most refined, powerful, capable and efficient pickups on the market. We know exactly what it takes to win in this segment, and we intend to deliver.

But it's not going to stop there.

Our new cars and trucks continue to be the centerpiece of GM's turnaround plan, a turnaround that is really taking hold. Our newest models continue to sell nicely, including the new fullsize SUVs; we now have more than a 70 percent share of that segment. The large utility segment actually grew 6 percent in September, largely driven by sales of our Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.

Other September highlights include a 45-percent growth spurt at Saab, driven by sales of the 9-3 and the 9-7X, and Cadillac sales that climbed by 22 percent. Hummer H3 sales were up 19 percent, helping the brand to enjoy a 10 percent retail hike versus a year ago.

And we will continue to be aggressive with our product assault, with frequent and wide-ranging launches. We'll be in the traditional segments. we'll be in emerging segments. high-volume, niche-market. you name it - we'll be there.........

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October 19, 2006, 10:04 PM CT

A Road Is More Than A Road

A Road Is More Than A Road First-year student Anthony Gervais measures the speed of passing cars on Susie Wilson Road. (Photo: Josh Brown)
Standing by the edge of Susie Wilson Road in Essex, Anthony Gervais eyes a line of cars stopped at a light. Like a giant strand of metal beads pulled from one end, the cars start to move and spread when the light changes, accelerating away toward Colchester.

Aiming his radar gun carefully at an approaching pick-up truck, Gervais stares with a calculating concentration at the read-out on screen. He writes a few figures in his notebook and then prepares for the next surge of cars.

He’s not a police officer. He’s a freshman at UVM and this is Civil Engineering 003.

“Susie Wilson Road has been a big thorn for us,” says Dennis Lutz, director of public works for the town of Essex, who is standing nearby, helping the students. “There’s a high accident rate. It used to be about 15 to 17 thousand cars passed through here daily. It’s 20 or 22 thousand now.”

“There are no simple solutions to the traffic,” he says, “every time you make a tweak here, there's a tweak somewhere else.”

The power of problems

That’s exactly the point associate professor of civil engineering Nancy Hayden hopes the students learn in her class — and it’s the point of a three-year, $860,000 effort at systems education she is directing through UVM’s department of civil and environmental engineering, funded by the National Science Foundation. ........

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October 18, 2006, 10:36 PM CT

Visual Imagery Technique Boosts Voting

Visual Imagery Technique Boosts Voting
Registered voters who used a simple visual imagery technique the evening before the 2004 election were significantly more likely to vote the next day, a new study found.

It was all a matter of the visual perspective people took when they imagined themselves voting.

Researchers asked some Ohio college students to picture themselves voting the next day from a third-person perspective - as if they were observers viewing their own actions. Others were told to picture themselves voting in a first-person perspective, through their own eyes.

A full 90 percent of those who pictured themselves voting from a third-person visual perspective reported later that they did indeed vote, compared to only 72 percent who took the first-person viewpoint.

"When participants saw themselves as others would, they were more motivated to actually get out and vote," said Lisa Libby, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

"They saw themselves as more likely to vote and that translated into action.

"The strength of the results were particularly noteworthy given that the experiment was conducted in Ohio during the 2004 election, when there were unprecedented efforts to mobilize voter turnout in a crucial swing state," she said.........

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October 18, 2006, 8:36 PM CT

More Currency Than Gold On Columbus's Travels

More Currency Than Gold On Columbus's Travels Landing of Columbus
The humble device that prevents shoelaces from fraying was deemed to be worth more than gold by the indigenous Cubans who traded with Columbus's fleet, a study led by UCL (University College London) archaeologists has discovered.

Reporting in next month's edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science, the scientists analysed burial material - such as beads and pendants - excavated from one of the largest burial sites in northeast Cuba. To their surprise very little gold was discovered, despite its relative abundance in the region. Instead, the most common artefacts were small metal tubes made of brass that were often threaded into necklaces.

While brass making was widespread in medieval and earlier Europe, no evidence exists of brass production in America by indigenous people in the Caribbean - known as Taíno - before the arrival of the Europeans. Using microstructural and chemical analysis, the scientists were able to prove the brass originated in Gera number of.

Columbus's 1492 Spanish fleet was the first European presence to arrive in Cuba and radiocarbon dating shows remains from the burial site at El Chorro de Maíta, Cuba date from a few decades after the conquest. Columbus's diaries also mention the trade of lacetags.

A review of relevant literature and paintings from European sources revealed that the most likely origin of the tubes was not beads but strung together lacetags, or aglets, from European clothing. From the 15th century onwards, these were used to prevent the ends of laces from fraying, and to ease threading in the points for fastening clothes such as doublets and hose. Examples of such usage include a 1636 portrait of William Style of Langley (Tate Gallery, London), which depicts the use of aglets in his waist to secure his trousers through his jacket. Original lacetags excavated from across London that date back to the 13th century can also be found in the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive.........

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October 17, 2006, 9:49 PM CT

Regular Exercise Keeps Breast-cancer Away

Regular Exercise Keeps Breast-cancer Away
Postmenopausal women who want to significantly decrease their breast-cancer risk would be wise to exercise regularly and keep their weight within a normal range for their height, as per new findings from the Women's Health Initiative would be reported in the journal Obesity.

The multicenter team of researchers, led by Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, observed that women who had the lowest body-mass index, or BMI, and the highest physical-activity levels had the lowest levels of circulating estrogens, sex hormones that can fuel breast-cancer growth.

Specifically, they found a significant decrease in the two most common, biologically active forms of estrogen, estrone and estradiol, among the most active, lean women studied. The scientists observed that women with high BMI and low physical-activity had mean estrogen concentrations that were 50 percent to 100 percent higher than that of women with low BMI and high activity levels.

"Women with high levels of estrogens have a two-to-four-times-higher risk of breast cancer than women with very low levels," said McTiernan, a member of the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division and co-investigator of the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center, which is based at the Center. "If a woman can keep her own natural estrogens lower after menopause, it is probably going to be beneficial in terms of reducing her risk of breast cancer".........

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October 16, 2006, 9:23 PM CT

Dietitian Offers Substitutes For Spinach's Nutrients

Dietitian Offers Substitutes For Spinach's Nutrients
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted the ban on fresh spinach and the produce is back on many grocery store shelves and restaurant plates, some consumers may not be so eager to return to eating the leafy greens that left at least three people dead and 199 others sickened across 26 states after an E coli O157:H7 outbreak.

A dietitian at Washington University in St. Louis offers advice on finding new sources of the nutrients offered by spinach for those who are avoiding the leaf vegetable because they are still concerned about its safety.

"If you're wary of fresh spinach, there are other foods out there to take its place," says Connie Diekman, R.D., director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. "It's important to remember that if spinach was a staple of your diet and you're just not ready to eat it again, be sure to replace those nutrients you're missing with something equally nutritious. A variety of foods can meet the nutrient needs of spinach and that variety can spice your menus and meet your needs too!".

Since the FDA issued its warning on Sept. 14 of an E coli O157:H7 outbreak citing fresh bagged spinach as the main suspect, many spinach lovers have had to improvise, and Diekman admits it's hard to beat the nutrients in spinach.........

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October 16, 2006, 9:14 PM CT

Audi Q7 Gets a 5 Star Security Rating

Audi Q7 Gets a 5 Star Security Rating
The Audi Q7 has been tested as on of the safest car on road by the US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Audi Q7 got a 5 Star Rating for driver and passenger protection frontal crash tests and it also received the same rating in the side impact tests done for the front and rear passenger protection.

Audi of America's Executive Vice President Johan de Nysschen commented that Audi has always demonstrated a strong commitment to passenger security and will continue doing the same.

Well done Audi Q7.........

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