How were the Great Pyramids built?
The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, built somewhere between four and five millennia ago, stood as the tallest human-made structure until the Lincoln Cathedral was completed in England in the 1300s. But how? In 2014, the “wet sand” theory shed light on how the Egyptians moved the stones around on the ground. Today, a new theory is emerging on how the stones were then hauled into place thanks to the work of scientists studying Hatnub, an ancient Egyptian quarry that appears to contain a ramp-like system that served as a “force multiplier,” and which would have been in use during the time the Pyramids were built.
What is hiding in the Great Pyramid of Egypt?
The discovery of great voids in the Great Pyramid in 2017 was exciting but it also led to a new mystery: what was the intended purpose for the void? Not long after news of the void’s discovery broke, scientists were already busily trying to figure out the answer using a combination of “muon” particle technology and “tiny robots,” Live Science reports. Stay tuned for what they learn.
What happened to Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady?
It’s been nearly 23 years since Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady disappeared from the Ricci Oddi art gallery in northern Italy during renovations and presumed stolen. Several times over the years since, red herrings have presented themselves, including claims by a known art thief that he was the perpetrator of the theft and would soon return the painting. That never came to pass. However, in December 2019, a gardener at the gallery discovered a secret panel within the gallery’s walls, containing…guess what…a painting that appears to be the one that went missing all those years ago. Investigators are currently looking into whether the painting is the missing Klimt or just a very well-executed copy.