China throws down the gauntlet: lifted off C919, first domestically produced plane
The C919, China's first domestically produced passenger aircraft, made its maiden flight today, taking off from Shanghai Airport and heading for the capital Beijing. The 164-seat aircraft was built to break the dominance of single-aisle jets from Airbus and Boeing, but still relies on Western components, including engines and avionics. Despite this, Comac, the manufacturer, already has over 1,200 orders, but some experts suggest that most of these orders are just letters of intent from domestic customers.
Around the world in LEGO format: the Washington Museum's new exhibition. The Photos
Starting this Saturday, the Washington Museum will be filled with children's magic, with the opening of an exciting two-year LEGO exhibition, appropriately named 'Brick City'. As the name suggests, this exhibition will feature miniature versions of the world's most famous places.Visitors will have the chance to take a real world tour through all seven continents. They will experience the lively streets of Cartagena, Colombia, Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, intricate temples from India to Mexico, and fanciful castles from medieval Japan to modern Las Vegas.Highlights include the Empire State Building, the Roman Coliseum, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and London's 2012 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, among others.
Maya, a 3,000-year-old "highway" discovered in the middle of the forest
A literally unbelievable discovery comes from South America, and specifically from the territories that once belonged to the Mayas, one of the three great pre-Columbian civilisations along with the Incas (Peru) and Aztecs (Mexico). In the territory between present-day Guatemala and Mexico, in fact, a huge network of highways has been discovered.The complex of roads and bridges dates back as far as 3000 years, and the team of scientists who made the discovery compared it in importance to the discovery of the Egyptian pyramids. It is estimated that the 'highway' continues for hundreds of kilometres and intersects some 417 ancient Maya settlements.For this discovery, a new technology called lidar was used, an advanced type of radar that reveals presences hidden by dense vegetation, resulting in 3D reconstructive images.
Egypt, two largest embalming laboratories ever discovered
Egypt continues to unveil the secrets of its ancient history, and probably never will. At Saqqara, the necropolis 30 km south of Cairo, two of the largest embalming laboratories ever to come to light have in fact been discovered.In addition to these two sites, which in itself would make the discovery sensational, two sarcophagi, one belonging to the Old Kingdom (ca. 2400 BC) and one to the New Kingdom (ca. 1400 BC), have also returned to the surface.The region of Saqqara, where everything was found, is one of the largest royal necropolises in Egypt and home to the oldest stone building in history, the step pyramid of Djoser.