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Experts: Vast underwater archeology site imperiled in Mexico
Experts: Vast underwater archeology site imperiled in MexicoMexican experts say the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system "is probably the most important underwater archaeological site in the world," but is threatened by pollution
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:24:46 -0500
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Warns Iran to 'Not Test Israels Resolve'
News ImageNetanyahu said the nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:52:28 -0500
Astronomers Find Nearly 100 New Exoplanets
News ImageAstronomers spent four years pouring over data from NASA's Kepler space telescope's K2 mission and found 95 new planets.
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:01:00 -0500
Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons
Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing personsMedical examiner collects DNA samples to help families find remains of missing loved ones across the country
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:11:00 -0500
A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas
News ImageInvestigators are treating the case as a homicide
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:08:22 -0500
2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild
News ImageGOLETA, Calif. (AP) Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws.
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:19:59 -0500
France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers
News ImageThe French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:59:15 -0500
I want to drink your blood: Vampire bat's genetic secrets revealed
News ImageBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If you want to know how vampire bats can survive on a diet that -- as everyone knows -- consists exclusively of blood, the answer is simple. Scientists on Monday said they have mapped for the first time the complete genome of a vampire bat, finding that this flying mammal boasts numerous genetic traits that help it thrive on an exotic food source that offers nutritional disadvantages and exposes it to blood-borne pathogens. The researchers compared the genome of the common vampire bat, scientific name Desmodus rotundus, to genomes of bat species that eat nectar, fruit, insects and meat.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:02:09 -0500
Ex-Workers at Russian Troll Factory Say Mueller Indictments Are True
News ImageDespite denial from the Russian government
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:20:15 -0500
Once Again, the USA Women's Hockey Team Must Play Canada for Olympic Gold
News ImageFor the third straight Olympics
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:29:56 -0500
The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man, review a smartly told, fact-filled and inventive documentary
News ImageThe First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man (Channel 4) started with a Union Jack flag billowing against a cloudy sky and Speaker Bercows idiosyncratic "Order! Order!". Theres been a lot of talk lately about Britain, boomed narrator Jim Carter (Downton Abbeys Mr Carson). About who belongs and who doesnt. Now science is about to reveal the truth about where we come from, he continued. And. Who. We. Really. Are. It was a sensationalist beginning. The edit flashed forward to what would be the climactic scene: the exposing of Cheddar Mans face. Dun, dun, dun! Up went the curtain toreveal the first Brit who, as youll know if youve read the news recently, was not the light-skinned Viking once assumed. Thankfully, the hyperbole ended there. The story was told by the impressive group of ancient DNA experts at the Natural History Museum, genetics professors at UCL and archaeologists who worked together to analyse the entire DNA of Britains oldest skeleton for the first time. Beforehand, the facts about Cheddar Man were sparse. His skeleton was unearthed in Goughs Cave, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset in 1903. He was 5ft5, 10 stone, and died in his early twenties about 10,000 years ago. Using the latest sequencing technology, the scientists conducting the full DNA analysis promised to tell us what he looked like, where his ancestors were from, and how he related to us today. The documentary artfully brought the story of Cheddar Man to life. Animated maps of Mesolithic Europe showed bands of hunter gatherers hopping across Doggerland to set up home in Britain. A flint turned into a knife to slice through raw flesh and harpoons were whittled from antlers. Adrie (left) and Alfons Kennis sit beside their full facial reconstruction model of a head based on the skull of Britain's oldest complete skeleton We learned that Stone Age people kept dogs and made shelters out of wood and animals skins, which could be quickly moved if needed. You may have known all this already, but there was a twist in the tale. Around 5,000 years before Cheddar Man, temporary visitors appeared in Britain during an ice age thaw. It appeared, from cut and chew marks on bones, that they were cannibals. Dr Silvia Bello examined the finger and toe bones of a toddler and two teenagers, which were probably crushed between the teeth to suck the grease. It was enough to put anyone off their supper, especially if chicken wings were on the menu. Intriguingly, the cannibalism wasnt driven by hunger. Instead, the team thought that the act of drinking out of your dead nans skull, for example, was a sign of respect. So was Cheddar Man descended from cannibals? In which casedun, dun, dun were we? Oo-er. Britain's oldest complete skeleton But back to the main question. What did he look like? Charismatic Dutch identical twins and prehistoric model-makers Alfons and Adrie Kennis were tasked with the reconstruction. Details started to flood in as DNA was crunched in London. Eyes? Blue. Hair? Dark and curly. The real surprise was skin colour. It turned out he had much darker skin than expected, suggesting that paler skin in Britain and Europe may be a far more recent phenomena than previously thought. We learnt that Cheddars ancestors came from the Middle East, which had been suspected but never proven and that we share his genetic legacy. Even if youd seen photos already, the reveal was quite something. The model of Cheddar Man looked like a real man, with intelligence, humour and sensibility. And, no, there wasnt a direct link with the cannibals. But, as one of the scientists said, it may be we have to rethink some of our notions of what it means to be British.
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0500
Rhode Island State Senator Charged With Extorting Sex from Page
News ImageThe indictment says GOP Sen. Nick Kettle coerced a male page into sex on two occasions in 2011
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:03:41 -0500
Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column
News ImageJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:25:24 -0500
In Kenya, anti-poaching dogs are wildlife's best friends
News ImageFive-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent. Shakaria is top of her class of five puppies being trained by American experts to join a tracker dog unit, which has become pivotal in the fight against poaching in the Mara Triangle, part of the vast Maasai Mara ecosystem in southern Kenya that merges into Tanzania's Serengeti. It is here that over one million wildebeest, and tens of thousands of other animals cross from Tanzania into Kenya on their annual migration, attracting hordes of tourists, but also poachers seeking an easy target.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:45:22 -0500
Bizarre Camouflage Skills of the Cuttlefish Have Finally Been Explained by Science
News ImageHere a cuttlefish can be seen camouflaging itself against the algae-covered rocks that surround it. The biggest surprise for us was to see that these skin spikes, called papillae, can hold their shape in the extended position for more than an hour, without neural signals controlling them, Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido, from the University of Cambridge, an author of the study, said in a statement.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:55:33 -0500
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