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Tiny Ancient Egyptian Coffin Contains A Surprising Secret

No one was expecting the revelation inside this particular coffin…


Researchers curating a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in a UK museum rediscovered a tiny coffin measuring only 17 inches long.

For over the century the tiny coffin has been at the Fitzwilliam Museum, nobody knew or even suspected the big secret the sarcophagus was hiding within.

It was Initially assumed to contain mummified organs traditionally removed during ancient ritual burials. When researchers ran a cross sectional CT scan of the cedar sarcophagus, they were amazed at what it contained.

The timeworn coffin contained the remains of a human fetus!

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The wooden sarcophagus has been part of an ancient Egyptian collection excavated at Giza in 1907, but no one suspected the surprisingly small container housed the youngest mummy on record.

A micro-computerized tomography scan revealed a tiny skeleton. The fetus’ age has been estimated at between 16 to 18 weeks of gestation, with the cause of death put down to miscarriage.

Researchers took note of how much care was apparently put into preparing the body for burial, despite being only a few weeks into inception.

Inside the coffin…

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The tiny body was carefully wrapped and bound with cloth bandages and placed inside an intricately carved sarcophagus. To further protect it, the coffin was further sealed with a layer of molten black resin.

Dated at between 664 to 525 B.C., the fetus is positioned with its arms crossed over its chest, showing all its fingers and toes.

The coffin’s mummified fetal remains…

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It even shows the miniature body with its burial wrappings still undisturbed. However, the fetus’ soft skull and pelvis had collapsed over time.

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While this isn’t the first ancient Egyptian fetus found to be mummified, the scan qualifies it to be the youngest mummified fetus on record. Two other fetuses were earlier found entombed with King Tut, with estimated gestational ages of between 25 to 37 week old. These two older fetuses are thought to be Tut’s twin daughters.

Currently, no one has yet figured out who this youngest mummified personage could be.

H/T: CNet and CNN


Finally, Someone Invented and Tested A Hoverboard That Actually Flies

This could be the most awesome futuristic ride.

With how fast the world is changing and greatest technological innovations are coming left and right, it's not surprising to get a taste of the future and be blown away by some 'out of this world' stuff that we used to only read in books or watch in 'sci-fi flicks. 'The future is here and now,' so they say.

At first glance, you might remember Green Goblin's glider from the Spiderman movie or another version from the classic film 'Back to the Future.' But this is no movie though. This is the real deal.

Zapata Racing, a company known for creating water and jet ski powered hoverboards uploaded a video which quickly went viral, now with almost 5 million views on YouTube. It features French jet ski champion Franky Zapata with his latest and futuristic aircraft-- the Flyboard Air or the so-called 'revolutionary hoverboard.'

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These People Embark on a Special Journey and Discover Their Genetic Roots

How would you feel about taking a journey based on your DNA?


How would you feel about taking a journey based on your DNA?

Sounds intriguing, right? This was the question posed to unsuspecting volunteers by Momondo's project  The DNA Journey. The volunteers were of different nationalities and ethnic origin, each with a different story about their ancestry. In spite of their different backgrounds, there was an evident and common denominator among all the volunteers - their confidence about their cultural identity.

But that was before they took the a journey into their DNA background. Momondo offered the volunteers an interesting and one-of-a-kind travel experience - tracing back their genetic roots. When the results of their DNA tests were revealed, the volunteers were astounded.

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Scientists Engineer “Second Skin” That Can Banish Wrinkles and Eyebags

This liquid silicone-based polymer may very well become the anti-aging erase-all of the future…

Baby boomers and generation Y-ers fretting over the passage of time on their faces and bodies may have hope soon in a high-tech solution scientists have created out of a protective polymer that effectively banishes wrinkles and eye bags.

While it may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, engineers from MIT, Olivo Labs, Living Proof, and Massachusetts General Hospital have put their heads, as well as their resources together to come up with what they call a "second skin."

Imagine a brand new layer of "skin"...

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