Ancient astronomical device thrills scholars

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  1. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Link

    Wow.
     
  2. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    them pesky rogue time-travellers!
    they know these kind of tricks are highly illegal.
    :mad:



    yeah. pretty amazing.

    edit: the link to the article and another image:
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  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    One thing that always gets me whenever really old artefacts are displayed - machines, clothes, writing - isn't so much that this stuff is more advanced than people expect, but how incredibly bad the human race is at keeping records. How much other really cool stuff has been discovered or invented, and since forgotten and lost?

    Movies of the machine in operation - you'll need to ctrl-click and save, and also something that can extract RAR files (this will do it).
     
  4. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Well now it isn't hard, but the world is filled with "easy" things that were once impossible.
     
  6. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I know I'd be pretty lost if I were sent into the wilderness and wouldn't be accepted back in society until I'd made one of those.
     
  7. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I remember reading about this years ago in a little PG Tips teacard book (it must have been about 20 years ago now). It's good to hear about these new findings and see that they're trying to find out more about artefacts like this rather than just letting them gather dust in a case in a museum somewhere.

    Like iMeowbot says, it makes you wonder what other knowledge and technology has been lost to time...
     
  8. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    You may want to read how Bruce Sterling deals with this issue of forgotten technologies in the Dead Medial Project
    http://www.deadmedia.org/modest-proposal.html
     
  9. neut macrumors 68000

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    it's amazing something like this could be constructed in 101+ BC. very cool. :)

    ... and to war
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    peace | neut
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    We probably reinvented the wheel a few times until someone finally sat down and wrote a "How To..." book. :rolleyes:
     

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