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V.22 No.36 |

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The Daily Word in Utah gorings, SNAP cuts and a lost Van Gogh

The Daily Word

Are you sure that's an original Van Gogh? Where's my magnifying glass?

Russia calls on Syria to turn over its chemical weapons and place them under international control.

The new iPhones might have a fingerprint scanner? What will they think of next? An eye-laser identification system?

A man died over the weekend after falling from an elevated walkway at San Francisco's Candlestick Park during an NFL game.

A man in Utah was airlifted to the hospital after being gored by his buffalo. According to news reports, this is the third animal goring to happen in Utah in less than a month.

Amanda Hobbs, 24, died this morning due to injuries received from a triple shooting that happened in Valencia County on Saturday. Her father, Wesley Hobbs, 54, died after being shot twice in the head, and her mother, Patricia Hobbs, was also shot but is now out of the hospital. Police have yet to pinpoint suspects or a motive for the shooting.

A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday evening to honor fallen firefighter, Token Adams, who went missing on Aug. 30 in Jemez Springs Park. His body was found a week later, and officials specified that he died after crashing his ATV.

Some New Mexicans are going to have to make arrangements when the SNAP (food stamps) program loses some of its benefits within the next two months.

Move over Ancient Egypt; it looks like a modern Eurasian has the market cornered on mummification.

V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Space iron shown in the blue nickel-rich areas on the virtual model, bottom left.
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy

Science

Ancient Egyptian Space Bead

¡Viva la Science!

Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.

Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.

According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, who co-authored the study that revealed the bead's true nature, the finding offers a clue about the beginnings of the Egyptian religion. “The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” she points out. “Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”