The burial chamber of Khentkaus III, a royal leader of the Old Kingdom, was discovered in the necropolis of Abusir, southwest of Cairo, some 650 feet from her husband, Pharaoh Neferefre – also known as Reneferef. The find helped shine a light on what project leader Professor Miroslav Barta called "a black patch in the history of the Old Kingdom”. The team from the Czech Institute of Egyptology believe the inscriptions inside may help offer insight into a time not too dissimilar from our own.
Alongside human remains, archaeologists discovered pottery, woodwork, copper and animal bones – these items, coupled with the inscriptions – offered clues into the life she was living.
But they also reportedly detailed her fears for the future.
Prof Bart said: “It was a crucial period when the Old Kingdom started to face major critical factors.
“The rise of democracy, the horrific impact of nepotism, the role played by interest groups and climate change played a role in bringing an end to not only the Old Kingdom empire, but those in the Middle East and Western Europe at that time.
Archaeologists discovered inscriptions in Egypt
The find was made at the necropolis of Abusir, southwest of Cairo
"This contributed to the disintegration of the era of the pyramid builders.
”Without reasonable floods, there were no reasonable harvests and therefore very bad taxes, without appropriate taxes there were no sufficient means to finance the state apparatus and maintain the ideology and integrity of the state.”
Prof Bart believes the current climate crisis the world faces could see history repeat itself.
He added: "You can find many paths to our modern world, which is also facing many internal and external challenges.
The discovery helps shine a light on life 4,500 years ago
"By studying the past you can learn much more about the present.
“We're not different [from them], people always think 'this time it's different,' and that we're different, we are not.
"If we accept collapse as a fact, we will understand collapses as being a part of the natural course of things, and one of the needed steps in the process leading towards resurrection.
“Then, we shall be able to do something about it."
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Prof Bart said he still needed a few years to fully understand what the find means for Egypt.
With the findings, and hopefully the lessons we can learn from Khentkaus' tomb, Prof Bart hopes we can take another path.
He continued in 2016: ”If we accept collapse as a fact, we will understand collapses as being a part of the natural course of things, and one of the needed steps in the process leading towards 'resurrection’.
"Then, we shall be able to do something about it."
The possibility of aliens has piqued the interest of humanity for centuries, now one conspiracy theorist believes he has the proof. A short video from the Helio Viewer, which monitors the Sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory - satellite from NASA - shows a series of black dots flying by our host star.
While there are hundreds of objects in the video, one conspiracy theorist believes he has identified a huge spaceship in the midst of the footage.
Prominent alien enthusiast Scott C Waring has claimed there is an intelligently designed spaceship in the video.
Furthermore, Mr Waring claims the UFO in question is roughly the same size as the Moon.
The conspiracy theorist, for some reason and without explanation, also believes NASA will not tell the world of a potentially huge alien space ship in our solar system and the space agency will attempt to cover it up.
UFO the size of the MOON seen near Sun in NASA video
"The UFO is about the size of Earth's moon. Why didn't NASA alert the world about it?"
Writing on his blog UFO Sightings Daily, Mr Waring said: "This video from Helioviewer actually has a massive tube like UFO shoot past.
"The UFOs is huge and its shape is even on both sides.
"This really looks like an intelligently made craft. The UFO is actually seen twice by two different filters, once in black and once in white.
"The UFO is about the size of Earth's moon. Why didn't NASA alert the world about it? Because they know its not a meteor or asteroid."
However, the object in question probably is just a meteor or an asteroid.
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There are hundreds of thousands of space rocks, which can be anything from a few centimetres to hundreds of miles, within our solar system, so it would not be a surprise if one of them was picked up in NASA images.
Some scientists would argue the object is a piece of space dandruff floating in front of the camera.
Former NASA engineer James Oberg first popularised the phrase, stating space dandruff can be anything from tiny rocks, to chips of paint which have fallen off a rocket.
Mr Oberg said: “I’ve had enough experience with real spaceflight to realise that what's being seen in many videos is nothing beyond the 'norm' from fully mundane phenomena occurring in unearthly settings.”
He added the human brain is not programmed to make sense of tiny objects floating around in zero gravity.
While there is no evidence of reincarnation, it is the theory that the soul carries on and is placed in another body following death. Now, one person believes he has a first-hand experience of reincarnation. A man by the name of Hazim temporarily died following a "criminal attack" in his homeland of Syria.
Hazim believes he entered the "cosmic" afterlife where encountered beings who were prepping him for another body.
Hazim said the being spoke telepathically in this other dimension, which was complete with a futuristic city.
He said on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: "Suddenly, I found myself in another cosmic dimension.
"It was a strange place that I saw for the first time. I was in a place like empty space over pink clouds.
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Hazim believes he entered the "cosmic" afterlife
"There were huge metal circles spinning high in the skyscrapers, and there were two spiritual Beings talking via telepathy.
"One of them gave a command to the other, saying, 'Clear his memory and prepare a new body for him,' as it happens in reincarnation.
"Then I was placed in one of the giant metal circles and it started spinning. My memory began to fade away little by little until I forgot everything and no longer remembered even my name, who I am, or where I was.
"Then suddenly the one Being gave the other Being the opposite command, saying, 'Bring him back to life because he has a job to do.'
"Beings talking via telepathy."
"Then I entered into a long, dark tunnel in which I was like light or energy and was moving faster than the speed of light.
"I felt that I was atoms, burning in the tunnel and moving at the highest speed in the universe. I felt intense pain from the intensity of the speed.
"Then I reached the end point of the tunnel where there was a giant white shining light. When I reached the light, I felt absolutely comfortable.
"After that, I woke up in a hospital room, and the doctors told me that I had miraculously survived."
"I was in a place like empty space over pink clouds."
However, some researchers believe visions such as Hazim's are normal and are more the brain scanning itself as one final survival technique.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
"They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
"A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
During the press conference, Daily Mail reporter Nikki Schwab told Trump, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chimed in on the U.S. election and essentially encouraged people to vote for Joe Biden. I wanted to get your reaction to that.”
“I’m not a fan of hers,” Trump says of the duchess, adding that “she probably has heard that” as he’s made similar comments before.
“But I wish a lot of luck to Harry ― cause he’s going to need it,” the president added.
On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in a video for a Time 100 special and spoke about the importance of voting.
“We’re six weeks out from the election and today is Voter Registration Day,” Meghan said. “Every four years, we are told the same thing ― that ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.”
“Your voice is a reminder that you matter,” Meghan added. “Because you do ― and you deserve to be heard.”
Harry also made comments about voting and encouraged people to reject “online negativity.”
“This election I am not going to be able to vote in the U.S. But many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the U.K. my entire life,” the duke said. “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
The reporter who asked Trump about the royals on Wednesday interpreted Meghan’s remarks as “encouraging people to vote for Biden.”
However, the duchess did not name a political party or candidate in the video. A Sussex spokesperson told the BBC that the comments were a ‘call for decency.’”
When a U.K. Times reporter reached out to Buckingham Palace for a request for comment following the couples’ remarks on Tuesday, the palace declined to comment specifically but said, “The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.”
Trump has spoken ill of Meghan in the past, describing her as “nasty” for referring to him as “divisive” and “misogynistic” in a 2016 interview before she joined the royal family.
“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom,” he tweeted in March. “It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”
The president has a long history of making remarks about women in the royal family. Soon after Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Trump said that he could’ve slept with her.
And after topless photos of Kate Middleton leaked in 2012, Trump said that the duchess “shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude – only herself to blame.”
Who wouldn't take Kate's picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012
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In the early days of space travel, astronauts only stayed in orbit for a few weeks at most. But now that NASA and other space agencies launch missions that can last months, astronauts have to plan ahead to participate in important Earthly events, like the November 2020 election.
Kate Rubin, a NASA astronaut who will begin a mission at the International Space Station in mid-October, already has a plan to vote from space, and she shared her thoughts on the process with The Associated Press:
“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”
American astronauts have had the ability to vote from space since 1997, when a bill in the Texas state legislature passed to allow the process. Since most NASA astronauts live in Texas, there was no need for the bill to cover other states.
In the 23 years that have passed since the bill cleared, many long-term visitors to the cosmos have voted from space, and a CNN noted that “celestial votes have been cast in almost every election cycle.”
In order to cast a space ballot, an astronaut whose time in orbit is likely to coincide with an election has to apply for a federal post card application several months before November. Once that card is sent and they are approved, the county clerk’s office in the astronaut’s earthly hometown has special instructions to send their spacebound citizen an electronic ballot via mission control.
The astronaut then uses a password protected link to complete their electronic ballot and sends it back to mission control, which forwards it back to the county clerk for the official count. To preserve privacy, only the astronaut and the clerk have the password to access the ballot.
For the astronaut, the process is a slightly more high-tech version of filling out an absentee ballot, but amounts to the same effort an at-home citizen takes to cast an Earth vote. Kate Rubin’s post card application is already in, so she’s good to go for November’s election — but just because her voting plan involved a few months of planning in advance doesn’t mean it’s too late to make your own plan for Nov. 3.
The title of M. Night Shyamalan's next movie is Old, which is presumably a reference to what our collective age will be by the time it's safe to release in theaters.
The mystery-loving filmmaker offered Twitter a first look at what he's cooking up in a Saturday post revealing both a poster and a set photo from the movie's "first shot." Said photo shows us Shyamalan standing in a grassy field that seems to be on top of a hill or some other higher-altitude location. The surrounding environment is very green and rolling hill-y.
The poster, meanwhile, is a fully black-and-white number with the title appearing in a large, simple font at the bottom of what appears to be an hourglass. Except instead of sand, this hourglass contains piles and piles of human(?) bodies, with a stream of them tumbling out of the time-telling device's unseen upper half.
The tagline reads: "It's only a matter of time."
Until what, M. Night? Until we get old? Is that the twist, that people age? The poster also describes the movie as "a new trip" from Shyamalan, who is named as both the writer and the director of Old.
In 2019, Shyamalan released Glass, the third movie in a trilogy that also includes Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). The three movies together amount to Shyamalan's take on a superhero story.
He also executive produced the Apple TV+ series Servant, and directed a handful of episodes. As we discussed when it released in late 2019, the series' first season is big on spooky vibes and it puts forth an unusual presence, but it's too short on answers (and too big on an unrelenting sense of misery) to be especially memorable. But it also sets up a shift for the next season that has us intrigued to see what's next.
Old is his next endeavor, and pretty much everything we know about it is right here in the teasing tweet. But stay tuned – assuming that poster's date sticks, July 2021 isn't so far away.
Add Armando Iannucci's 17-time Emmy winning satire to the list of shows reuniting in 2020.
On Saturday, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that members of HBO's beloved political parody would reunite for a livestream contributing to Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign. The event will be held on Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Donations of any amount made here guarantee attendance to the one-time stream, and they benefit the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
"All roads to the White House go through the great state of Wisconsin," Louis-Dreyfus explained of the event's intent in her announcement.
"Trump can't win reelection if he doesn't win Wisconsin. So the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has built an unprecedented voter mobilization operation, and they need resources in these final days to deliver Wisconsin to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Harris."
In a post on Twitter, Louis-Dreyfus confirmed Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Sam Richardson, Clea DuVall, Matt Walsh, and more special guests would participate in the reunion — with Seasons 5-7 executive producer David Mandel acting as moderator.
The event does not appear to have a limited capacity, but we'd recommend fans who want to attend get their links to ensure a spot. As Selina Meyer would say, "That, ladies and gentlemen, is democracy."
Well-known UFO hunter Scott Waring bizarrely believes the videos prove the evidence of alien visitors to the UK.
He took to his UFO Sightings Daily blog to speculate about the so-called discovery.
Mr Waring said: “Two UFOs were seen a few days ago over Manchester, the United Kingdom.
“The large white objects were seen following a jet for a little while.
“But instead he only made a single flyby.
“The pilot had to have seen the two objects, because the are just so close and they are about a quarter the size of the jet itself.
“Absolute proof that aliens are highly interested in plane technology.”
However, the anomalies videos are not alien in origin and are in fact almost certainly just drones.
Despite their small size, the drones are falling far closer to the camera person, explaining why they seem to be flying as fast as the passenger plane.
Earth-bound animals are in fact the only form intelligent life found so far in the Universe.
Many UFO sightings can be explained through a phenomenon known as pareidolia.
This is a form of apophenia, which accounts for the human brain's ability to see recognisable shapes and patterns where they do not actually exist.