5,000 year old Egyptian garment confirmed as world's oldest dress

An ancient bundle of rags discovered in an Egyptian tomb more than a century ago actually contained the world's oldest dress - but it wasn't spotted for almost 65 years after excavation.

In 1977, researchers uncovered a ‘curious,’ pleated V-neck shirt among the dirty linens, a portion of what was once likely a floor-length Tarkhan dress.

Now, radiocarbon dating has confirmed that this article is the oldest known woven garment in the world, dating back between 5,100 and 5,500 years.

The ancient linen dress is made of materials from the beginning of the First Dynasty, or possibly earlier, during the Naqada III period.

Radiocarbon dating conducted in 2015 by the University of Oxford puts its origins at 3482-3102 BC, based on a sample of the intact garment.

With pleated sleeves and bodice, the Tarkhan Dress is the earliest example of clothing that was individually tailored.

Other early historical garments uncovered by archaeologists were draped or wrapped upon the body, but this one is cut and fitted.

How will we live in 100 years? Holidays to Mars, underwater cities

In Blade Runner and Minority Report, cities of the future are shown as threatening and intimidating places, despite the prevalence of incredible technology.

But life in 100 years' time could be much more fun, with less time spent at work and holidays spent in drone-delivered 'caravans'.

That's according to a report that also speculates we may live in super skyscrapers or in underwater bubbles filled with smart and flexible furniture, as well as enjoying a three-day working week.

Van Gogh's bedroom gets digital makeover

Scientists in Chicago have produced a visualisation of van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles, showing what it would have looked like before its colours faded.
The artist painted three versions of this famous scene, using broadly the same colour scheme.
But time and light degradation have taken their toll on the pigments.
Using a variety of techniques, the researchers have digitally restored the light blue walls and door to their original lilac and purple, according to BBC.

The computer visualisation is part of a major new exhibition at the The Art Institute of Chicago, which brings together all three versions for only the second time since van Gogh produced them.
It is hoped visitors to the exhibition will get a deeper sense of the emotions the 19th Century artist was trying to convey in the works.

Feeling good about the future? Hold that thought

Looking on the bright side of life could cause unhappiness in the long term, new research suggests.

The findings suggest positive fantasies about how future events will turn out can boost your mood in the here and now, but they may actually lead to increased depressive symptoms in the long run.

This is because you set yourself up for disappointment and when your future doesn't live up to your fantasies, it can cause you to become depressed.

Elsewhere, unrealistic wishful thinking, while making us feel good for a while, does nothing to tackle the causes of unhappiness, said the authors.

Henry VIII was 'angry, impulsive and impotent' due to a JOUSTING injury

Researchers analysed Henry’s letters and other historical sources to document his known medical history and events that may have contributed to his ailments

Historians who have suggested Henry VIII suffered from a traumatic head injury include Lucy Worsley, the presenter of historical documentaries.

Henry suffered two major head injuries during his 30s. In 1524, a lance penetrated the visor of his helmet during a jousting tournament and dazed him