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May 2013

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CNN.com: Ancient Mayan pyramid destroyed for road fill

Local media in the Central American country of 334,000 people report the temple at the Noh Mul site in northern Belize was largely torn down by backhoes and bulldozers last week.

“This is one of the worst that I have seen in my entire 25 years of archaeology in Belize,” John Morris, an archaeologist with the country’s Institute of Archaeology, told local channel 7NewsBelize. “We can’t salvage what has happened out here — it is an incredible display of ignorance.”

Really sad. This is all about greed- the limestone in the temple is considered high quality material for roads and cheaper to get for the contractors.

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io9.com: Wine tasting is bullshit. Here’s why.

From io9.com: Wine tasting is bullshit. Here’s why.

In 2001, researcher Frédéric Brochet invited 54 wine experts to give their opinions on what were ostensibly two glasses of different wine: one red, and one white. In actuality, the two wines were identical, with one exception: the “red” wine had been dyed with food coloring.

The experts described the “red” wine in language typically reserved for characterizing reds. They called it “jammy,” for example, and noted the flavors imparted by its “crushed red fruit.” Not one of the 54 experts surveyed noticed that it was, in fact a white wine.

Interesting article. It seems that one’s perception of a wine is highly dependent on external factors.