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Globe Trotting

For Sunday, April 13, 2014

By News Services


Diverse lineup headed for Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. » Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan has announced the complete lineup for its outdoor summer concert series.

The Grand Rapids attraction Thursday announced Santana will kick off the 30-show season June 1. Among the acts to follow are the Beach Boys, John Legend, Tegan and Sara, and Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket.

The mix of rock, country, funk and soul artists also includes Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, Jennifer Nettles, KC and the Sunshine Band and Ray LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis. Officials say the lineup is the largest to date to play the 1,900-seat amphitheater.

Museum showcases spy gear

WASHINGTON » Museum visitors in Washington are getting a look at real Soviet-era spy gear compared with props from TV's spy drama "The Americans."

The International Spy Museum has a new exhibit about the Soviet Union's intelligence services during the Cold War. "The Americans: Fact and Fantasy" includes real spy gear recovered from missions similar to the story depicted on TV. The exhibit runs through May.

In the show, two Soviet KGB officers pose as a suburban family on an undercover mission. Such Soviet spies were known by the Rus­sians as "illegals."

High-tech tools unwrap mummies

LONDON » The fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

The findings are going on display in an exhibition that sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed 3-D images of their insides.

Bio-archaeologist Daniel Antoine said Wednesday that the goal is "for them to be presented not as mummies, but as human beings, and to be respected as such."

High-resolution scanning has revealed that one mummy had hardening of the arteries — evidence of a fatty diet and high social status.

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