New pyramids discovered from SPACE!

26 05 2011

by Angry Panda

Science is fucking brilliant. And that’s why it gets its own category today. Congratulations science, you earned it. Also there is a much better blog to read about science but if you were smart enough to follow that one you probably wouldn’t be here. We all have our place on the idiot curve so don’t feel bad about it. I won’t judge. Unless you sit below me in which case you belong to the unwashed masses of troglodytes and have a share of my bottomless hatred. You’re welcome. Anyway, back on topic: SCIENCE! 

Science can do almost anything. In fact it can probably do anything but we only wield a limited portion of it so there are some things we can’t do with it yet. Like explaining how My Little Pony’s “sonic rainboom” works.

This clearly shows that we need to spend a little more time with it. I realize it is a little more effort than believing in your invisible friend who also happens to be all-powerful (seriously that would be cheap even if you were six) but the end results would be worse it. Science could make it happen. Someone who’d truly understands it would in fact be very much a god. But even with our limited understanding and the massive letdown of the sonic rainboom (and the fact we really let it fucking slide) it can still do stuff that blows your mind.

Like discovering 17 more so far untouched pyramids!

Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.

The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.

satellite image of pyramidAn infra-red satellite image shows a buried pyramid, located in the centre of the highlight box.

She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found.

“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the “Aha!” moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found and I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.

“To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist,” she said.

The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth’s surface.

Infra-red imaging was used to highlight different materials under the surface.

These people do incredible work and I only hate them a little for doing something much better with their lives than me. I think I’ll instead use my anger for the people who are cutting down on the space programs. There’s the difference between the faithful/conspiracy theorists (they are pretty much the same, more in another post) and scientists. One side believes pyramids were built from space. The other bloody discovers them from up there. Most days I prefer fiction to reality but this is just brilliant and it really makes my day. Doesn’t mean I’d like space-pyramids any less of course.

Stargate was fantastic, beware of futire praise for it on this very site!

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