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Submission + - Hybrid Air Vehicle set for production (bbc.co.uk)

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes: A new airship design looks set for production after its manufacturers secured a £300 million contract with the US military, the heavier than air Hybrid Air Vehicle has the potential to realise the potential of airships which has long been overlooked after the initial teething problems earlier last century. With a carrying capacity of over a thousand tons and the ability to deliver that cargo to any location on earth, able to stay in the air for up to three weeks at a time, we could soon see Bladerunner-style airships in the skies overhead.

Submission + - Radar Reveals Ancient Egyptian City (heritage-key.com)

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes: A team of Austrian Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of the ancient city of Avaris, the summer capital of the Hyksos in the 16th century BC. The excavation team found this area using a combination of magnetometry and resistivity surveys. Several architectural features including houses, temples, streets, cemeteries and palaces can be seen. The team has also been able to make out the arrangement of neighborhoods and living quarters.

Dr. Irene Forstner-Muller, Director of the mission said that approximately 2.6 square kilometers have been investigated using a combination of geophysical survey and excavation. (..) She explained that the aim of the magnetometric and resistivity surveys were to define the borders of ancient Avaris. The team has succeeded in identifying a collection of houses and a possible harbor area. A series of pits of different sizes are also visible but their function has not yet been determined.

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