You want to know something really brilliant? Light has a speed limit, so when we look out into space we’re really looking back in time - but this works both ways. Other galaxies can see us as we were in the past.
If a civilisation in a galaxy 65 million lightyears away trained a powerful-enough telescope on Earth, they could watch the dinosaurs go extinct.
Deep within the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo are four narrow shafts, discovered in 1872—the two shafts in the “King’s Chamber” extend to open air, but the two in the “Queen’s Chamber” disappear puzzlingly into the architecture. Academics have long debated their purpose , but because no human could access the narrow spaces, no one could confirm their theories—but now we can send robot explorers instead. In 2011, the University of Leeds designed and built a robot as part of the Djedi Project, specifically for scoping out virtually inaccessible archaeological sites. The robot is well-equipped with a coring drill, a miniature robot that can fit through 19 mm holes, and an ultrasonic device that can determine the thickness of walls. It also has a “micro snake” camera that can see around corners, and on a mission through the shafts into a tiny hidden chamber, the Djedi robot sent back images of 4,500 year old markings. Researchers pieced these images together to reveal hieroglyphs marked in red paint. Red-painted numbers and graffiti are quite common around Giza—they’re often marks from masons or work gangs, depicting numbers, dates and names. These particular markings have not been seen by human eyes for thousands of years, and archaeologists think they might help us understand the purpose of the mysterious shafts.
Archaeology goes tech. Wow!
Thirty years ago, I held on tight to my Dad’s strong back and swam around and around with him in our horse trough pool. Time has passed so quickly and as I stand here and watch my own kids swimming in the same pool. I wish I could stop time altogether, then my Dad won’t be sick and my kids won’t grow older. It’s all bittersweet, and the overwhelming feeling of such great love takes hold of me…and just like that, there I am back in the swirling water with my Dad…happy and safe and small.
Chai-stained city. (View from The Trident) (Taken with Instagram)