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A 2,500-Year-Old Mummy Was Just Found in an Egyptian Coffin Thought to Be Empty

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The mysteries of history can be uncovered all around us—in an old attic, in the ground beneath our feet, or even inside an already discovered piece of history that's been sitting around for over 100 years. That's precisely what happened at Sydney University in Sydney, Australia! Archaeologists lifted the lid on a sarcophagus that'd been sitting around, presumably empty, for about 160 years. Who knows what they were expecting to find inside, but it wasn't a 2,500-year-old mummy.

How could anyone have missed that?!

Well, to be fair, the mummy was left in an incredibly tattered state. The archaeologists who discovered the sarcophagus over 150 years ago may not have been aware they were handling human remains. Grave robbers had ransacked the tomb where the mummy was buried and destroyed the deceased individual's body in search of the jewels and valuables that are sometimes buried alongside it. Oftentimes, the grave robbers would often simply throw the mummy out, so no one at Sydney University batted an eye at a coffin recorded as "empty."

Of course, a lot of time might have been saved if someone had just checked the coffin to be sure.

Now the real work begins...

Researchers are eager to find out who this mummy is! The hieroglyphic markings on the sarcophagus indicate it was made for a High Priestess named Mer-Neith-it-es, but that doesn't necessarily mean she ended up in it. Professor and Radiologist John Magnussen is piecing together the puzzle using ancient clues!

Egyptologist Connie Lord is holding out hope for a good toenail (aren't we all):

There could even be toenails which would be thrilling — that's what I want. The toenails are fantastic for radiocarbon dating.

In the meantime, the incident provided Twitter with some great jokes!

Next time a sarcophagus comes in, Sydney University will be sure to crack the lid before storing it away!

H/T - Twitter, ABC

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality www.youtube.com

Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.

Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.


Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.

Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.

Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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