aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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lost beatles track found!
Posted by dav at 2005 April 22 06:41 AM
File under: News

Just kidding about the Beatles track, it's really not that exciting. But, here:

Gospel truth: Infrared to reveal 9,000-year secrets

A vast array of previously unintelligible ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts - including works by classical writers such as Sophocles, Euripides and Hesiod - will be read for the first time using infrared light.

The technique will increase the number of accounted-for ancient manuscripts by one-fifth, and may even lead to the unveiling of some lost Christian gospels...

There are a few examples of lost ancient knowledge that was only rediscovered over a 1000 years later, who knows what these texts might contain that's been lost for millenia? Those examples were mostly in the maths (and sorry I can't remember what they were well enough to get a link for them right now) and these texts appear to be mostly literature (epic poems and plays) and random quotidian papers but it still will likely greatly increase our knowledge of ancient Greco-Egyptian civilization and who knows where that might lead...

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