NOTICE News Daily: March 3, 2023

On today’s NOTICE News Daily: How scientists used technology to discover a new corridor that’s been hidden inside the Great Pyramid of Giza for ages. Plus: Greg is here with the weekly NOTICE News Quiz!

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The Great Pyramids Discovery

Top Story: Scientists Unveil New Corridor Found in the Great Pyramid of Giza

CAIRO (Reuters) -A hidden corridor nine meters (30 feet) long has been discovered close to the main entrance of the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza, and this could lead to further findings, Egyptian antiquities officials said on Thursday.

The discovery within the pyramid, the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, was made under the Scan Pyramids project that since 2015 has been using non-invasive technology including infrared thermography, 3D simulations and cosmic-ray imaging to peer inside the structure.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why would the funeral chamber of Pharaoh Khufu be a discovery of particular interest at Giza?
  2. How were archeologists able to make this new discovery, even though there’s already been excavations in The Great Pyramid for so long?
  3. Why would this be a preferable method to archeological excavating in some cases? 
  4. Why would a drastic slash in the price of insulin be very popular in terms of different drug prices?

Writing Prompts

  1. Many push for the advancement of archeological digs, while others find the practice of excavations invasive, perhaps of places that might have been holy for a particular people, or the sites of tragedies, where the dead should be left alone. What should take priority–respect for the past, or the advancement of knowledge, and why?  Are they mutually exclusive, or related?
  2. In the U.S., medications that are widely used usually have their prices set by the drug companies that developed them.  Profits can be a major factor in the decision-making of such companies. Should such companies control such prices, or should costs be more controlled by the government?  Explain your reasoning. 

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