The most common artifacts that survive are clay storage jars known as amphorae. These were used by merchant ships throughout antiquity to transport cargoes of wine, olive oil, fish sauce, and other goods. It's possible to identify the place of origin for different amphorae by analyzing the style of the jars and the elements in the clay: different pottery workshops made visually distinct vessels by firing clay sourced from local soils. The amphorae recovered in 2016 originated in Cyprus, Egypt, Samos, Patmos, Asia Minor, mainland Greece, Rome, Spain, and even North Africa, revealing the vast web of trade and commerce that crisscrossed the many cultures of the Mediterranean throughout history.
If you were in the audience for Oussama Khatib's IROS keynote in Hamburg last year, you may remember him talking about this crazy thing: We, of course, cornered Oussama immediately afterwards, because humanoid robotic submarine what?! It turned out that OceanOne, as it was called, was involved in a top secret (or something) project in collaboration with the French, which has (now that it's over and wasn't a disaster) been un-topsecretified so we can finally, finally tell you about it. Originally, OceanOne was not an archaeological robot--it was conceptualized by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia as a way of monitoring deep coral reefs in the Red Sea. Christian Voolstra, assistant professor of marine science at KAUST's Red Sea Research Center, explained where the idea came from in an interview last year: Currently people use a so-called ROV (remote operated vehicle), which is a little submarine with two robotic arms and very limited dexterity. Using the ROV to examine delicate coral colonies proved to be troublesome.
Alex Roelse and his UCLA teammates gathered poolside Sunday afternoon for a quick celebratory photo before hopping back into the water to commence their warm-down. The sequence had a rote feel to it, as if it was just another victory. That's exactly what it was. The Bruins men's water polo team has made winning as routine as breathing over the last 689 days. UCLA eclipsed the NCAA record in the sport Sunday when it defeated UC Davis, 15-8, tallying its 52nd consecutive victory.
This is Jeffrey Kahane's 20th and last season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and he is going out with a flourish of events. One took place Sunday night in USC's Bovard Auditorium, where the world's most popular cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, joined Kahane for a sonata and a concerto. The concert amounted to a reunion for two longtime friends who were touring partners for about a decade. Tickets were not cheap -- starting at 90 -- and Bovard can be problematic to reach. The program contained neither Kahane feelers into new music nor Ma's adventures into whatever outlier idioms happen to pique his interest.