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Scanning the Pyramids

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ancient Egypt docu celebrates science, teamwork, curiosity.

TV Max Educational 2018
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This intriguing documentary shows how a multicultural group of scientists and engineers used modern technology to discover what they claim is a previously unknown chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. Scanning The Pyramids breaks down how they used cosmic-ray muography -- which measures the rate of muon particles (a heavier version of the electron) made when cosmic rays slam into the Earth's atmosphere over a period of time -- to see through the dense structure.

Impressive 3D digital models of the phenomena, which is between 1400-1800 cubic feet in size, are used to help the group theorize about what they are seeing. Also revealed are the concerns the Egyptian government had about the process, and the results. Some may find this painstaking journey a little dry, but Scanning the Pyramids successfully shows viewers how modern science is helping us learn more about the marvels of ancient times.

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