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A New City Discovered in the Valley of Kings

The city of Luxor in Egypt has long been called the legendary Valley of the Kings. Recently, archaeologists discovered an ancient city buried near Luxor. This “lost golden city” is the largest ever found in Egypt. The remains are believed to be 3,000 years old. The city was in used 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. 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.

Amenhotep III died around 1354 but lived a life of riches and power. He inherited an empire that extended from Sudan to the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq.

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 event was, of course, called the Pharoahs’ Golden Parade.

Georgia Strikes Out With MLB

Major League Baseball (MLB) usually holds its All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. However, after learning about a new voting law in Georgia, MBL has moved the game to Colorado.

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 just make it harder for certain people to vote.

Both Colorado and Georgia require some form of government ID to register to vote. Georgia now allows 17 days of early in-person voting, and Colorado has only 15. The difference is voting by mail. Every registered voter in the state of Colorado gets a ballot 15 to 20 days before the election. To vote, they can either show up in person or they can just fill out the ballot and drop it off in the mail or a dropbox.

Each U.S. state passes its own voter laws. There is no federal rule for identification, voting methods, or 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

According to marine biologists and oceanographers, the sounds of the ocean – called the ocean soundscape – are very important to the creatures living in the oceans. Humans often disrupt these sounds, from military and commercial shipping to construction and even surveys, manmade sounds drown out the natural sounds of the ocean and confuse fish and other marine life.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, people haven’t been as active on the ocean. For this reason, researchers are calling 2020 the year of quiet, and many are hoping to gather as much information as possible before shipping and travel get back to normal.

There is a lot of information to be discovered about human interaction within the ecosystems of ocean processes. For instance, many types of fish use the sound of a coral reef to know where to settle. But the noise pollution in the ocean is what scientists say causes the beaching of whales and other marine life. They simply get lost and find themselves stranded after their soundscape is interrupted.

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.”

Researchers will continue to compile data and make recommendations for turning the manmade volume down in oceans worldwide.

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