Washington, Aug 16 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a teenager of Mochica community, buried more than 1,600 years ago in Peru.
It was found 16 meters away from the tomb of Great Lord of Sipan, reports Artdaily.org.
The discoverer of the Lord of Sipan, Peru”s Walter Alva, explained that eight days ago he proceeded to clean the grave in a hitherto unexplored area in northern Peru.
The tomb is located on the same funeral platform where the Lord of Sipan was found in 1987.
The researchers have located the entrance to a tomb consisting of a trench two feet wide and four meters long containing a cane coffin.
Inside the coffin, lay the remains of a teenager, apparently male, 1.35 meters high who would have between 12 and 14 years old, said Alva.
In the absence of definitive research, the remains found date from the fourth century AD or so, a date prior to the death of the Lord of Sipan, he added.
Also, Alva explained that the with the coffin, four large jars with food waste were found, while inside there were other four vessels and some copper ornaments in the form of headgear.
Among the ceramics, the archaeologist said there was a realistic representation of a peanut, which had been represented, in the Lord of Sipan”s metal collar.
"The Mochica (groundnuts) had a special meaning related to the cult of the dead and the cycles of regeneration because it is a flowering plant,which is then re-buried and germinates. It is the metaphor of the world of the living and the dead, " added Alva. (ANI)
Washington, Aug 16 (ANI): A recent survey has revealed that the use of gentle ambient interior lighting potentially enhances night driving safety and increases the feel good factor about vehicle interiors.
Engineers based at BMW in Munich, led by Luca Caberletti, together with Christoph Schierz from the Lighting Engineering Group at Ilmenau University of Technology decided to test different lighting set ups on drivers.
The test took place in a driving simulation environment where 31 people ”drove” a real stationary vehicle on a virtual highway with the driving environment projected onto three screens around the front and sides of the car.
The light levels on the simulated street were between 0.1 cd/m² and 1.5 cd/m²."
The researchers tested twelve different lighting scenarios, with varying light colour, luminance and position.
In this study drivers were questioned on space perception, perceived interior quality and attractiveness, perceived safety, functionality and alertness. The drivers” emotional states were also measured before and after the simulations, using a questionnaire.
The researchers found that the driver”s whole perception of the car interior is improved through the use of ambient lighting while driving. It intensifies space perception, enhances the perceived quality of materials and design, helps them find controls and with their orientation in the car, and makes them feel safer.
However, less is more when it comes to ambient lighting: a sprinkling of ambient lights can be just as effective as larger numbers in giving an impression of space and quality.
In fact increasing the brightness does nothing to enhance impressions of the interior or help the driver, but rather leads to driver complaints of distraction from discomfort or glare.
Importantly, ambient lighting did not influence the driver”s performance (although this was restricted to staying within a lane in this test).
"The advantages and problems arising from such systems, as well as their acceptance by the drivers, have still to be tested and verified," said Caberletti.
"Nevertheless, they offer a new, interesting, emotional and much more coloured way of understanding and developing vehicle interior lighting," he added.
The findings were published in the journal Lighting Research and Technology published by SAGE. (ANI)
Washington, Aug 16 (ANI): Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’ topped the weekend box-office with an estimated 35 million dollars.
On the other hand, Julia Roberts” second-place Eat Pray Love (23.7 million dollars) scored the actress” best debut in nearly 10 years.
At the third place was ‘The Other Guys’, with 18 million dollars at the ticket window, reports E!Online.
Rounding off at the fourth and fifth place was Leonardo DiCapril’s ‘Inception’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ with 11.4 million dollars and 10.5 million dollars respectively.
Here”s a complete look at the weekend”s top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. The Expendables, 35 million dollars
2. Eat Pray Love, 23.7 million dollars
3. The Other Guys, 18 million dollars
4. Inception, 11.4 million dollars
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 10.5 million dollars
6. Despicable Me, 6.8 million dollars
7. Step Up 3D, 6.6 million dollars
8. Salt, 6.4 million dollars
9. Dinner for Schmucks, 6.3 million dollars
10. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, 4.1 million dollars (ANI)