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The pharaoh’s daughter who was the mother of all Scots September 30, 2006

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“From various writings of ancient chroniclers we deduce that the nation of the Scots is of ancient stock, taking its first beginning from the Greeks and those of the Egyptians.”
– Walter Bower, Scotichronicon

WALTER Bower wrote his compendium of Scottish history, Scotichronicon, in the 1440s. This sweeping Latin text aimed to set down the history of the Scottish people from the earliest times – and by so doing to show what race of people we were.

He referenced his chronicle from ancient texts and oral history. What he recorded was astounding.

According to Bower, the Scottish people were not an amalgam of Picts, Scots and other European peoples, but were in fact Egyptians, who could trace their ancestry directly back to a pharaoh’s daughter and her husband, a Greek king.

The queen’s name was Scota – from where comes the name Scotland. The Greek king was Gaythelos – hence Gaelic, and their son was known as Hiber – which gives us Hibernia.

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Researchers cast new light on old map September 30, 2006

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This week saw the launch in Switzerland of a new edition of a book that inspired Christopher Columbus and helped revolutionise the art of map-making.

When Columbus was pondering how to reach Cathay, he had in his hands a world map drawn by the first century Greek geographer Ptolemy – a map which showed clearly that the world was round.
The edition of Ptolemy’s Geography is the work of an international team of researchers led by Bern University professors Alfred Stückelberger and Gerd Grasshoff.

They were given unique access to possibly the oldest existing copy of the work, preserved in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul. It was in such poor condition that it took the team, backed by the Swiss embassy, two years of negotiation with the Turkish authorities before they gained permission to study it.

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European schools and the internet > study September 30, 2006

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Almost all schools in the European Union have access to the internet and just over two-thirds have high-speed, broadband connections, the European Commission said Friday.

However, it said the broadband picture is mixed across the 25 EU nations, ranging from 90 percent of schools in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Estonia and Malta to under 35 percent in Greece, Poland, Cyprus, and Lithuania.

By comparison, 95 percent of US public schools have a broadband connection, said the survey that assessed the use of information technologies in European schools. “Europe is starting to reap the benefits of broadband at schools where the foundations are laid for a knowledge-based society,” Viviane Reding, the EU Information Society Commissioner said in a statement.

Google’s watching over you September 28, 2006

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Google continues its relentless advance into new technologies when it unveiled a device which ‘learns’ an online TV viewer’s watching habits.

The US-based Internet search engine’s latest application could revolutionise the TV and advertising industries – and leave rivals Yahoo! and Microsoft trailing.

The as-yet-unnamed software will let PC users watching a particular show online chat in real time to others looking at the same programme. Big Brother fans, for example, could talk about the antics in the house as they happen.

The application uses an audio program to detect what is being watched, then delivers extra content relevant to that TV show direct to the computer.

It could also enable viewers to give programmes an instant rating, showing TV producers what is popular and what makes people switch channels.

With the growth in broadband use, the software could send sponsored adverts direct to the user’s PC, again relevant to the TV show. Google hopes advertisers would bid for specific airtime slots in the same way sponsored ads are sold on its search engine. Users could also rate the ads, giving advertisers the chance to drop unpopular campaigns quickly.

‘This is just something our engineers are experimenting with and there are no plans to release the application at this stage,’ a Google spokeswoman said. Google is already developing what is thought to be one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers in its bid to outstrip Yahoo! and Microsoft.

The vast complex, the size of two football pitches, with cooling towers four floors high, is on a stretch of barren land 100km east of Portland, Oregon.

The plant, known only as Project 02, is thought to house two huge data centres and thousands of Google servers that will help power the billions of search queries it handles daily.

How to be ogled on Google September 28, 2006

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When most people use virtual globe Google Earth, they look up such sights as Sydney Opera House, Big Ben or perhaps their own homes.

But two of the computer program’s users got an extra surprise when they explored the Dutch city of the Hague and spotted topless sunbathers.

A Dutch blogger looking for his favourite pub accidentally zeroed in on a man wearing just shorts, lying on the roof of a house by a canal.

A woman lying face down on a separate rooftop terrace was spied by an browser called Romanov, who then tipped off the GoogleSightseeing.com site.

Not only that, but a TV crew managed to identify the woman’s address, and popped round to have a chat. Luckily for her, she was out at the time.

The sunbathers found their way on to Google Earth because they were catching a tan when the satellite used for mapping the planet was passing overhead.

Several people even claim to have spotted themselves on Google Earth photos.

Other sightings include the words ‘ARSE’ written in a field near Rotherham and another field in Yorkshire that contained the words ‘EDDIE’ and ‘F*CK’ spelled out in hay bales.

A Google Earth spokeswoman said: ‘Things like this do happen and people will find them for a bit of fun.’

Other bizarre sightings include not one but two ‘hovering cars’ in Perth, missiles in the deserts of Iraq, and a giant rectangular fake mountain range in a Chinese desert.

The purpose of the fake mountain range, which appears to be a 900m-wide scale model of a real mountain range in disputed territory on the India/China border, is unclear. Speculation suggests it might be used for training pilots of remotely controlled vehicles or testing the quality of satellite photographs.

With higher quality satellite imagery being added, it is now possible to see people going about their daily lives.

But these two cases are the first reported instances of this type of partial nudity.

Of course, all this will be meanignless once the giant insects take over. The first eveidence of the giant insect takeover comes from this Google Maps image of a 150 foot bug rampaging across a field in Germany.