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Djedi Robot to Explore Great Pyramid's Secrets, Hopefully Avoid Curses

PyramidsRobots are adept at many things, among them pouring beer and giving us nightmares. But oft overlooked is their ability to squeeze into tight spaces. Leeds University and the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt will be relying on a tiny bot, equipped with a drill, a camera and some lights, to weasel its way into tiny shafts and through doors in the Great Pyramid of Giza to discover what secrets mights still be hidden within its imposing stone confines.

In 1992, researchers discovered that the shafts off of the Queen's Chamber did not lead to the exterior of the tomb (as they do from the King's Chamber). Instead, when they stuck a camera up one of said tunnels, they found that it led to a massive limestone door with brass handles. In 2002, an expedition drilled through the door, only to find a second door directly behind it. A second shaft off the Queen's Chamber also led to a limestone door. By the end of the year, it's hoped that a remote controlled bot, code-named the Djedi project, will drill through these barriers and reveal what lies beyond them. Egyptologists aren't sure what to expect; the doors could protect vast collections of artifacts, even more doors or simply lead to dead ends. Just get your DVRs ready; there's bound to be a four-hour special, no matter what is found in the tomb. [From: The Independent and Zahi Hawass, via: Pop Sci]

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