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Ancient Cambodian City Revealed in Laser Scan

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Airborne laser scanning has revealed the remnants of a vast urban structure in the vicinity of Angkor Wat, a famous temple in Cambodia. The study, which will be published soon in the journal PNAS, follows earlier research that showed Angkor Wat to have been one of the world’s most complex preindustrial cities.

Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) is making it easier for archaeologists to explore human settlements in tropical vegetation; previous LIDAR work has found evidence of new cities in Central America, in addition to further enhancing the layout of known settlements such as the Mayan city of Caracol.

For the new study, the researchers used a LIDAR setup emitting up to 200,000 laser pulses each second from a helicopter. Amazingly, the entire operation for the data collection spanned just two days in April 2012 for a total 20 hours of flight time, capturing imagery that would have taken many years to assemble from the ground, if at all. The LIDAR analysis also appears to have discovered what could be an older city beside Angkor Wat.

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A digital recreation of Angkor Wat temple site (top) based on raw LIDAR digital terrain data (bottom). Image courtesy of PNAS.

The study has revealed new canals, temples and still unidentified manmade features, confirming a metropolitan area that housed many thousands of people, much as the Giza Plateau Mapping Project is doing for cities surrounding the Pyramids construction in Egypt.

As LIDAR technology gets cheaper, it will accelerate our understanding of early human settlements from the lingering geographic footprints we left, traces which can be almost as shallow as a footprint itself. As the authors write in their PNAS paper:

LIDAR technology has recently matured to the point where it has become cost-effective for archaeologists with sufficient accuracy and precision to identify archaeological features of only a few centimeters in size.

Image courtesy of sam garza/Wikimedia Commons

This article originally published at MIT Technology Review
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/06/18/lidar-angkor-wat/

Cat Asks For Breakfast In The Cutest Way Possible

Cat Asks For Breakfast In The Cutest Way Possible

Japanese YouTuber DekoniM‘s cat Earl is a cute kitty like so many other cats. But he has a very unique, and super adorable, way of asking for breakfast in the morning.

Viewers just can’t get enough of the cute way he puts his paws together every morning to request his first meal with good manners. 

The cute video was actually posted long ago in 2008, but has recently resurfaced with over half a million new viral views!

 

Via Wimp

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/04/04/cat-asks-for-breakfast-in-the-cutest-way-possible/

GoPro Tour Of Pyongyang, North Korea

GoPro Tour Of Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea is famous as the most mysterious, oppressive, and isolated state in the world. Few tourists are ever allowed into the country, and when they are, they are only taken on a government sanctioned tour. 

Even though this new video tour by Aram Pan was approved of by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, it is an eye opening experienced. Watch what it’s really like to take a bus through the North Korean capital Pyongyang. Notice how few cars there are on the road. This might be the only capital in the world with no traffic congestion. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/05/20/gopro-tour-of-pyongyang-north-korea/