Saturday, 28 November 2015

Life Percolating at Depth

First, there was the microbe that scientists found living in lightless solitude more than two miles down a South African gold mine. Nothing alive had ever been found at that depth before.

Then there was the “Worm From Hell,” the first complex, multicellular creature found living at almost equal depths in the same group of mines.

Now the researchers who made both of those discoveries have hit another jackpot: the discovery of a “veritable zoo” of multi-cellular creatures living in the wet rock fissures of the gold and diamond mines of the Witwaterstrand Basin of South Africa, roughly a mile below the surface.
The creature found in 2011 – Halicephalobus mephisto – is a tiny nematode and are the deepest-living terrestrial multi-cellular organisms on earth. It’s an animal that lives where no other animals were thought to exist, in the rocky underworld known as the “deep subsurface”.

To H.mephisto, the subterranean world is an all-you-can-eat buffet. They feed on bacteria and other microbes that grow in rich mats on the rocky surface. There’s no risk of starving underground.
The earlier discoveries had already dramatically changed scientists’ understanding of life in the underworld.

The number and variety of creatures found so deep has proven that previous estimates of the amount of life (biomass) underground and under the bottom of the oceans have been too low. Those estimates have ranged from 20 percent to 50 percent of the total mass of life on Earth.

The rod-shaped D. audaxviator was recovered from thousands of litres of water collected deep in the Mponeng Mine in South Africa in 2008.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Tutankhamun: gold mask made for Nefertiti?

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has found new evidence suggesting the death mask of ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun was not made for him – in fact, it was made for his stepmother, Queen Nefertiti. Reeves points to a cartouche (royal name stamp) that appears to have been retouched as evidence. The stamp conceals traces of another name: Ankhkheprure Nefernefruaten, which can be translated to Queen Nefertiti.
Other features that back his conclusion include the presence of pierced ears. In almost all other ancient Egyptian depictions, pierced ears were a feature only reserved for queens and children.

The discovery was made possible by an accident involving the mask’s beard being broken off and hastily glued back on by an employee of the Egyptian Museum in January.
This is the second time this year Reeves has shaken up the archaeological community. In October, he studied ultra high-resolution images and believed he found clues in the walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber of having been painted over with scenes depicting the young Pharaoh’s life, as well as hidden doors that may lead to the discovery of Nefertiti's final resting place.

Tutankhamun was made a pharaoh when he was nine years old and died at 18. His step-mother, Nefertiti, was the wife of Egypt's most controversial pharaoh, Akhenaten. Nefertiti is widely regarded as the most beautiful woman of ancient Egypt, but the cause of her death and final resting place remains a mystery.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Lamborghini 2016

2016 Lamborghini Veneno
Automobili Lamborghini is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars. It is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary, Audi.

Lamborghini's production facility and headquarters are located in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

2016 Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini 2016 Asterion

2016 Lamborghini Aventador

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Roadster

2016 Lamborghini Madura white concept

Lamborghini 2016 Concept

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Mecum Auction Company

2005 Ford GT. 6,941 Miles. Sold for $230,000
The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, classic cars, corvettes, hot rods, street rods and muscle cars.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV. 400/370 HP, 4-Speed. Sold for $160,000

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback. Professional Restoration Sold for $250,000

1992 Ferrari 512 TR. 3,200 Miles Sold for $295,000

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS. $ 3,000,000

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S. Sold for $2,300,000

2005 Maserati MC12. Sold for $1,575,000

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible. Executive Demonstrator of John Herlitz Sold for $2,250,000

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. $1,000,000

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. Steve McQueen's Last Special Order Porsche Sold for $1,950,000

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE. 426/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $185,000

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. 427/425 HP, 4-Speed Sold for $155,000

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hollywood Prop and Costume Auctions

A Batman suit worn by Val Kilmer and a Riddler suit worn by Jim Carrey from the movie Batman Forever. The suits are each valued around $40,000

The full body radio-controlled figure used in 'Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines' which stood in for Arnold Schwarzenegger. $40,000

The prop gun used by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. $100,000

Hugh Jackman's claws used in his role as Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand $30,000

This original stop-motion animation puppet from the movie Mars Attacks $8,000

The purple dress worn by Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: $ 10,000

Richard Burton's costume from "Cleopatra." $ 20,000

The belt and costume worn by Michael Jackson during the filming of the video for the song Bad. $ 40,000

Captain America Auction. Lot #154 Captain America Hero Suit $233,700

The Superman outfit worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film “Superman: The Movie”. $ 75,000

Russell Crowe’s chest armour from the legendary movie Gladiator $58,425

The costume worn by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with chrome metal hook arms. $ 7,000

Matthew Broderick's leather jacket from Ferris Bueller's Day Off $ 10,000

Predator 2 costume and animatronic head $ 80,000

Original "Balok" Puppet Head from Star Trek: The Original Series (NBC-TV, 1966-69) $ 25,000

Judy Garland's costume from "The Wizard of Oz." $ 480,000

Claude Raines' costume from "Casablanca." $ 55,000
Aragorn's sword Andúril, made for Viggo Mortensen, from Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King. $437,000.
Saruman's wizard staff used by Sir Christopher Lee in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Sold for $125,000

Ripley's flamethrower Alien $ 40,000