Georgia Strikes Out With MLB
Major League Baseball (MLB) was scheduled to hold its traditional All-Star Game in Atlanta this summer. However, after hearing about Georgia’s new election law, organizers decided to move to a state with looser voting rules – or so the league thought. Colorado is the new chosen location of the MLB game. At first glance, both states have similar voting law, so why move?
The Election Integrity Act of 2021 was recently passed and signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp to tighten voter security and prevent fraud. Critics – including the MLB – think the law will hinder instead of help Georgians vote at the polls or by mail.
Each U.S. state passes its own voter laws. There is no federal rule for identification, vote by mail-in ballot or in-person at the polls, nor the times of day the polls are open. Should there be such a federal rule? Would a national law help or hurt the right to cast a ballot?
The Year of Quiet
Marine biologists and oceanographers are calling 2020 the year of quiet and have set about gathering as much information as possible before travel and commerce levels return to normal. According to one such researcher, Professor Peter Tyack, University of St Andrews, “Lockdown slowed global shipping on a scale that would otherwise be impossible.” And that makes for an ideal climate – before, during, and after – to gauge the effect on marine life.
An ocean acoustic expert from the University of New Hampshire is excited to be gathering this information. Professor Jennifer Miksis-Olds explains what can be learned by simply listening. “One of my goals is to build a global ocean soundscape map, where you could see the sounds of shipping routes, see migration patterns of whales – from their song – and even learn about climate change from the sounds of icebergs calving.”
A New City Discovered in the Valley of Kings
Egyptians are heading back in time to the golden age of pharaohs near the current city of Luxor. Luxor has long been called the leg
endary Valley of the Kings. Recently, archaeologists discovered an ancient city buried near Luxor. This “lost golden city” is the largest ever found in Egypt. It dates back 3,000 years and is the most significant discovery in Egypt, dating back to when Amenhotep III ruled. The city was also in use during the time of Tutankhamun, who was called the “boy king.”
Excavations began in 2020 in search of the lost city that had eluded archeologists for decades. The team began digging and sifting between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III some 300 miles south of Cairo. Finding mud bricks with Amenhotep III stamped upon them convinced researchers they were in the right spot. Indeed. Bricks turned into full-scale roadways, walls, and rooms still filled with tools and accessories of daily life: dishes, water vessels, baking ovens, jewelry, and scarab beetle amulets.
Egypt has been celebrating its ancient history this year. Just recently, the mummified remains of Amenhotep and his wife, Queen Tiye, were paraded along with 18 other ancient kings and queens from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. The mummies were moved in the order that they had ruled, carried on decorated golden vehicles. They were also accompanied by music and fireworks, as well as replica horse-drawn chariots. The road and vehicles were specially modified to give the mummies a smooth ride to their new home.
The event was, of course, called the Pharoahs’ Golden Parade.