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  • Monster Titanoboa Snake Invades New York (43' Prehistoric Snake Weighed 2,500 lbs.)

    03/21/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 185+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 21, 2012 | Claudine Zap
    Monster titanoboa snake invades New York New York commuters arriving at Grand Central Station were greeted by a monstrous sight: a 48-foot-long, 2,500-pound titanoboa snake. The good news: It's not alive. Anymore. But the full-scale replica of the reptile -- which made its first appearance at the commuter hub -- is intended, as Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer happily admitted, to "scare the daylights out of people" -- actually has a higher calling: to "communicate science to a lot of people." The scientifically scary-accurate model will go a long way toward that: If this snake slithered by you, it would be...
  • FAU student threatens to kill professor and classmates

    03/21/2012 8:51:30 PM PDT · by tpmintx · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Associate Professor Stephen M. Kajiura was reviewing with his evolution class in GS 120 for a midterm when FAU student Jonatha Carr interrupted him: “How does evolution kill black people?” she asked. Kajiura attempted to explain that evolution doesn’t kill anyone. And then, Carr became violent.
  • How an 1870s Marine Expedition Changed Oceanography and Drove Eight Sailors Insane

    03/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    How an 1870s marine expedition changed oceanography and drove eight sailors insane When was the first voyage of the Challenger? No, not the Space Shuttle — the original Challenger, a sea ship that sailed in 1872. The HMS Challenger traversed the world's oceans for four years, drove some of its sailors completely insane, caused about a quarter of the crew to jump ship, and forever changed the face of ocean science. Is there a way to scroll past the nature channels without seeing one that describes the richness of the ocean and the life that teems in its depth? In...
  • US reportedly to search again for Amelia Earhart's plane

    03/19/2012 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 86 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | msnbc.com staff
    The State Department plans to join a new effort to find the plane of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart, 75 years after she mysteriously disappeared over the South Pacific. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will take part in a ceremony Tuesday morning announcing the joint public-private search at the State Department, The Wall Street Journal reports. The event, "Amelia Earhart, a Pacific Legacy," which is pitched as a celebration of the U.S.'s pan-Pacific ties, will be streamed live at 9 a.m. on the State Department's website, a spokesman for the agency said. Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed...
  • Genetic Studies of Modern Populations Show Varying Neandertal Ancestry

    03/20/2012 4:55:36 AM PDT · by Renfield · 83 replies · 2+ views
    The complex world of human genetics research speaks a language unfamiliar to most of us, but it has opened up a new window on our understanding of the dynamics of ancient populations; and few areas of research have been more tantalizing than that surrounding the questions of how modern humans are related to the Neandertals, an ancient species of human whose morphology or physical characteristics disappeared from the human fossil record roughly 30,000 years ago. The most recent studies have provided evidence about when the Neandertal (Homo neandertalensis) and modern human populations (Homo sapiens) first diverged from a common ancestral...
  • Two cleared of faking Jesus-era box

    03/15/2012 3:52:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Seven years of trial, evidence from dozens of experts and a 475-page verdict has come no nearer to discovering whether the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James is authentic or a fake. A Jerusalem judge, citing reasonable doubt, acquitted Israeli collector Oded Golan, who was charged with forging the inscription on the box once hailed as the first physical link to Christ.
  • Rare pipe organ may be dismantled for parts

    03/18/2012 5:44:57 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Mason City Globe-Gazette ^ | March 13, 2012 | DEB NICKLAY
    A rare pipe organ, manufactured in Mason City over 100 years ago, may soon have its “glorious sound” forever silenced. An effort conducted over the past two years to sell the instrument — the price today is $1 — has failed, said the Rev. Martha Rogers of Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, where the organ is housed. “We certainly want to see it preserved,” Rogers said. “It’s playable; it’s been maintained. “But unless someone comes forward in the next couple of weeks or so, the organ will be dismantled and sold for parts.” The instrument is only one of...
  • Ice Age Death Trap

    03/18/2012 10:06:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    PBS ^ | Aired February 1, 2012 | NOVA / WGBH
    Scientists race to uncover a site in the Rockies packed with fossil mammoths and other extinct ice age beasts... In the Rocky Mountains, archeologists uncover a unique fossil site packed with astonishingly well-preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons, and other giant extinct beasts. The discovery opens a highly focused window on the vanished world of the Ice Age in North America... They're finding thousands of bones of many different types, but most of them are mastodon, ancient elephants. In the depths of the Ice Age, entire families of these mighty beasts came down to this ancient lake to graze. And their...
  • Dirty Tricks, Roman-Style

    03/17/2012 4:52:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 3-16-12 | PHILIP FREEMAN
    Campaign tips from Cicero's brother sound awfully familiar It was a bitter and volatile campaign, with accusations of inconsistency, incompetence and scandal filling the air. Candidates competed to portray themselves as the true conservative choice, while voters fretted about the economy and war threatened in the Middle East. The year was 64 B.C., and Marcus Tullius Cicero was running for Roman consul. Cicero was a political outsider from a small town near Rome, but he was a brilliant man and gifted speaker, with a burning desire to gain the highest office in the ancient republic. As the campaign approached, his...
  • Archaeologists Return to Excavate Major 3,300-Year-Old Bronze Age Site in England

    03/17/2012 12:45:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | March 2012 | unattributed
    They had stumbled upon an archaeologist's gold mine. Dated to 1365-967 BC and now known as Flag Fen, excavations and research uncovered a monumental site which included a causeway composed of thousands of timber posts arranged in five 1-meter-long rows, and a small timber platform partway across the structure. Between the posts of the causeway, timbers had been built up horizontally in ancient times, providing a "bridge" or dry surface for transportation across the wet lowland upon which the timber structures were built, connecting a higher level land area on its east with a higher level area on its west....
  • 'World's Oldest Temple' May Have Been Cosmopolitan Center

    03/17/2012 10:44:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    Gobekli Tepe is located in southern Turkey near the modern-day city of Urfa. It contains at least 20 stone rings (circles within a circle) that date back more than 11,000 years. T-shaped limestone blocks line the circles and reliefs are carved on them. Long ago, people would fill in the outer circle with debris before building a new circle within... Ancient blades made of volcanic rock that were discovered at what may be the world's oldest temple suggest that the site in Turkey was the hub of a pilgrimage that attracted a cosmopolitan group of people some 11,000 years ago....
  • Irish language gains popularity among US students

    03/17/2012 10:14:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    St Patrick's Day has always been a time when Americans have acknowledged their Irish roots, whether real or desired, by celebrating Irish culture in a variety of ways. Some say there is no better window to understanding Irish culture than language. While the Irish language has struggled to survive alongside the more dominant English language, one man from Ireland is helping to lead a modest revival in the US. Through his efforts, a growing number of Irish Americans are forging stronger ties to their Hibernian ancestors. The BBC heard from Ronan Connolly who teaches Irish language classes at Catholic University...
  • Native American Oral traditions tell of tsunami's destruction hundreds of years ago

    03/16/2012 2:06:22 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries ^ | Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
    At 9PM on January 26, 1700 one of the world's largest earthquakes occurred along the west coast of North America. The undersea Cascadia thrust fault ruptured along a 680 mile length, from mid Vancouver Island to northern California in a great earthquake, producing tremendous shaking and a huge tsunami that swept across the Pacific. The Cascadia fault is the boundary between two of the Earth's tectonic plates: the smaller offshore Juan de Fuca plate that is sliding under the much larger North American plate. The earthquake also left unmistakable signatures in the geological record as the outer coastal regions subsided...
  • Country Notes: Downtown In The Lost Cities of the Amazon

    03/16/2012 3:11:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Peruvian Times ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | Nicholas Asheshov
    ...an article in The New York Times which reported on the discovery in Acre, only a few hours travel from the Madre de Dios Indians, of extensive, deep straight trenches, ridges and mounds dating back to pre-Columbian times, indicating a large, well-developed society. This was just the latest evidence that the Amazon, or at least parts of it, was heavily populated by well-organized societies in much the same way as the high Andes were remodeled by the Tiahuanuco, the Chavin, the Chachapoyas, the Huari, and the Incas. Over the past couple of decades the pre-history of the Americas has been...
  • Mystery of Anglo-Saxon teen buried in bed with gold cross

    03/16/2012 11:46:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Past Horizons Magazine ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | unattributed
    One of the earliest Anglo-Saxon Christian burial sites in Britain has been discovered in a village outside Cambridge. The grave of a teenage girl from the mid 7th century AD has an extraordinary combination of two extremely rare finds: a 'bed burial' and an early Christian artefact in the form of a stunning gold and garnet cross. The girl, aged around 16, was buried on an ornamental bed -- a very limited Anglo-Saxon practice of the mid to later 7th century -- with a pectoral Christian cross on her chest, that had probably been sewn onto her clothing. Fashioned from...
  • Ancient footprints found in peat at Borth beach

    03/16/2012 9:19:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Human and animal fossilised footprints that may be from the Bronze Age have been exposed on a Ceredigion beach. Archaeologists are racing against changing tides to record and excavate the find in peat at Borth, which gives a snapshot of a time when the shore lay further west. The team believes the footprints could be 3,000 to 4,000 years old. Staff and students from the University of Wales Trinity St David are carrying out the work. A child's footprint and the cast taken of it in the peat at Borth As well as the footprints, a line of post holes...
  • Scientists Have Identified a Completely New Human Species from China

    03/15/2012 8:14:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2012 | Jamie Condliffe
    Your family tree just got wider. Scientists have analyzed fossils found in China, and deemed them to be from a new human species unlike any ever identified before; say hello to your long-lost cousin. The skull, originally unearthed in 1979 in the Guangxi Province of China, has only now been fully analyzed (talk about procrastination, right?). It turns out that it has thick bones, extremely prominent brow ridges, a very short, flat face, and also lacks our typically human chin. "In short, it is anatomically unique among all members of the human evolutionary tree," explains researcher Darren Curnoe to New...
  • The Forgery Trial of the Century Ends

    03/15/2012 12:04:58 PM PDT · by STD · 4 replies
    Bib Arch ^ | • 03/15/2012 | Hershel Shanks
    Oded Golan Speaks Out on Forgery Trial Verdict Asserts purchasers of looted antiquities preserve valuable information Hershel Shanks • 03/15/2012 After being acquitted of all forgery charges, Oded Golan responded by noting the important role that licensed collectors play by keeping artifacts documented and in Israel.
  • 1692 Salem Witch Trial Document Sold at Auction

    03/15/2012 3:14:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 15, 2012
    1692 Salem witch trial document sold at auction The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, an elderly Rowley woman, was hanged during the witchcraft hysteria in Salem in 1692. (Swann Auction Galleries) (CBS/AP) SALEM, Mass - A document from the Salem witch trials was sold at auction for $31,200 when it hit the auction block on Thursday. Pre-auction estimates put it between $25,000 to $35,000. The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, a widow from Rowley, Massachusetts in her 70s, and one of the last people hanged during the 1692 hysteria in colonial Massachusetts. It was part of a private...
  • Researchers Find Sauropod Dinosaur Skulls (big dinosaurs with little heads)

    06/01/2005 9:15:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 3,236+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/1/05 | Deseret Morning News
    SALT LAKE CITY - The first known North American skulls of Cretaceous era sauropods — big dinosaurs with little heads — have been uncovered in recent years by Brigham Young University and Dinosaur National Monument researchers. About a dozen sauropod skulls are known from the earlier Jurassic era, but these are the first in North America for the Cretaceous, the final 80 million years of the dinosaur period. The four Cretaceous sauropod skulls or parts of skulls were found close to each other at the monument, which straddles the Utah-Colorado border. "We've really got a remarkable — it's almost mind-boggling...
  • Bite marks reveal behavior of dinosaur-eating croc

    03/15/2012 12:36:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    University of Wisconsin-Parkside ^ | Friday, March 2, 2012 | unattributed
    Research by Dr. Christopher Noto and a team of paleontologists published this week in the international journal Palaios describes recently discovered fossils from the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago) of Texas that show evidence of attack by a new species of giant crocodyliform (croc-relative). Bite marks on fossil bones provide a rare glimpse of predatory behavior that indicate this animal was a top predator that regularly consumed turtles and even ate dinosaurs... For most extinct species, scientists can never directly observe such predatory behavior. Paleontologists must resort to other, indirect indicators. Bite marks on fossil bone are a great...
  • What Did Velociraptor Have For Dinner? Raptor Skeleton Discovered With Bones In Its Gut

    03/13/2012 7:17:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 4, 2012 9:30 AM | Lauren Davis
    What did Velociraptor have for dinner? Raptor skeleton discovered with bones in its gut If you lie awake at night wondering Velociraptor's favorite food was (and whether it tastes much like human flesh), you're in luck. For the first time, a Velociraptor skeleton has been observed with its last supper still filling its guts, and this little guy feasted on long-dead pterosaur. Paleontologist David Hone has published a new paper describing his findings in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, but for those who don't want to breach the paywall, he's also explaining them on his blog. This especially well preserved specimen was...
  • Mayan Elder Says World Won't End

    03/14/2012 7:18:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftan ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | GAYLE PEREZ
    Instead, he maintains better era will start Dec. 21When the current Mayan calendar cycle ends Dec. 21, the world will not cease to exist, says a Mayan elder. "There is a lot of information of what is going to happen on that date. The scholars say that the Mayan calendar ends, the world ends. But we, as Mayans, don't know anything about that," Elder Miguel Angel Chiquin said speaking through a Spanish translator Monday night at Colorado State University-Pueblo. "The great teachings that our ancestors have left us over the centuries, the 21st of December, we will be moving over...
  • Tools May Have Been First Money

    03/14/2012 7:30:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    Hand axes, small handheld stone tools used by ancient humans, could have served as the first commodity in the human world thanks to their durability and utility. The axes may have been traded between human groups and would have served as a social cue to others, Mimi Lam, a researcher from the University of British Columbia, suggested in her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting here on Feb. 18. "The Acheulean hand ax was standardized and shaped, became exchanged in social networks and took on a symbolic meaning," Lam said. "My suggestion was that...
  • Your View: Remember Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco

    03/14/2012 6:04:30 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 21 replies
    South Coast Today ^ | 3-14-12 | JORGE S. MEDEIROS
    If you come to downtown New Bedford tomorrow and happen to see the flag of Portugal flying in front of City Hall, it is because March 15 is recognized in Massachusetts as Peter Francisco Day, commemorating the Hercules of the American Revolution immortalized by the U.S. Post Office in 1975 with an 18-cent commemorative stamp: "Contributors to the Cause ... Peter Francisco, fighter extraordinary." Peter Francisco lived in Virginia since age 5, when he was found abandoned at City Point, now Hopewell, on June 23, 1765. Left there by Moorish pirates, he was kidnapped from his parents' backyard on a...
  • Forget evolution, climate science is the most controversial subject in school

    03/13/2012 6:16:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | posted at 8:20 pm on March 12, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    Little by little, the federal Department of Education appropriates ever more power for itself. (Never mind that the department might very well be unconstitutional in the first place.) Today, most public schools are dependent one way or another on federal funds. Those funds don’t come without strings — and, under the Obama administration, bureaucrats have tightened those strings considerably. Through the Race to the Top competition, the Ed Department enticed states with reward funds to adopt national standards. (Some state leaders — like Texas Gov. Rick Perry — turned down the funding, but they were the exceptions.) The common core...
  • Why It Took So Long to Invent the Wheel [ s/b, why wheels haven't survived in strata ]

    03/12/2012 9:01:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 6, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    Wheels are the archetype of a primitive, caveman-level technology. But in fact, they're so ingenious that it took until 3500 B.C. for someone to invent them. By that time -- it was the Bronze Age -- humans were already casting metal alloys, constructing canals and sailboats, and even designing complex musical instruments such as harps. The tricky thing about the wheel is not conceiving of a cylinder rolling on its edge. It's figuring out how to connect a stable, stationary platform to that cylinder. "The stroke of brilliance was the wheel-and-axle concept," said David Anthony, a professor of anthropology at...
  • Syrian Army Attacks Palmyra's Roman Ruins

    03/12/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | Heritage on the Wire
    Ongoing hostilities in Syria are now placing the remarkable ancient monumental ruins of Palmyra in the line of fire. Since the violence that erupted in Syria nearly one year ago -- a war that has so far left thousands dead and become one of the world's biggest stories -- the damage to the country's ancient cities and cultural sites as a result of the conflict has remained largely unknown. One report to surface last week, however, tells the story of Palmyra, where residents say the Syrian Army has set up camp in a citadel that overlooks both the modern city...
  • Blue versus Green: Rocking the Byzantine Empire

    03/05/2012 5:55:02 AM PST · by Renfield · 11 replies
    “Bread and circuses,” the poet Juvenal wrote scathingly. “That’s all the common people want.” Food and entertainment. Or to put it another way, basic sustenance and bloodshed, because the most popular entertainments offered by the circuses of Rome were the gladiators and chariot racing, the latter often as deadly as the former. As many as 12 four-horse teams raced one another seven times around the confines of the greatest arenas—the Circus Maximus in Rome was 2,000 feet long, but its track was not more than 150 feet wide—and rules were few, collisions all but inevitable, and hideous injuries to the...
  • First Charles Dickens Film Found 111 Years After it Was Made (First Dickens Film)

    03/12/2012 6:56:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Mar 2012 | Florence Waters
    The earliest surviving Charles Dickens film has been found in the BFI's archive after sitting on a shelf for more than 50 years.The Death of Poor Joe, a one minute-long silent film based on an episode in Dickens' novel 'Bleak House', was filmed in Brighton in 1901. It is thought to be the work of the pioneering Brighton filmmaker G.A. Smith, a view that is backed up by the his wife's appearance in it. Smith was married to the stage actress Laura Bayley, who appeared in many of his films and plays the role of the young boy 'Jo' in...
  • Meet Earth's earliest animal with a skeleton

    03/09/2012 5:19:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 9, 2012 | Charles Choi
    The oldest animal with a skeleton has been discovered, a creature shaped like a thimble that lived on the seafloor more than a half-billion years ago, researchers say. These findings shed light on the evolution of early life on Earth, and could also help scientists recognize life elsewhere in the universe.
  • Full Titanic Wreck Site is Mapped for First Time

    03/09/2012 7:19:18 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 9, 2012 | AP
    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Researchers have pieced together what's believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-mile-by-5-mile Titanic debris field and hope it will provide new clues about what exactly happened the night 100 years ago when the superliner hit an iceberg, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic and became a legend.
  • Brooklyn hunt for spirit of 1776 soldiers

    03/11/2012 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 11, 2012 | GARY BUISO
    Brooklyn civic groups are leading a charge to discover the exact burial place of over 200 Revolutionary War soldiers killed at the dawn of the United States and dumped near the Gowanus Canal. “These are the men who allowed America to come into existence — it’s a question that needs to be resolved,” said Marlene Donnelly, a member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus,... “The Battle of Gettysburg has an entire field put aside to remember it — and this one, we just don’t remember,”... The grave concern is that development in and around the putrid canal, a...
  • New evidence supporting extraterrestrial impact at the start of the Younger Dryas

    03/12/2012 4:54:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Watts Up With That 'blog ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    We report the discovery in Lake Cuitzeo in central Mexico of a black, carbon-rich, lacustrine layer, containing nanodiamonds, microspherules, and other unusual materials that date to the early Younger Dryas and are interpreted to result from an extraterrestrial impact. These proxies were found in a 27-m-long core as part of an interdisciplinary effort to extract a paleoclimate record back through the previous interglacial. Our attention focused early on an anomalous, 10-cm-thick, carbon-rich layer at a depth of 2.8 m that dates to 12.9 ka and coincides with a suite of anomalous coeval environmental and biotic changes independently recognized in other...
  • Artifacts Show Sophistication of Ancient Nomads

    03/12/2012 3:50:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/12/2012 | John Noble Wilford
    Ancient Greeks had a word for the people who lived on the wild, arid Eurasian steppes stretching from the Black Sea to the border of China. They were nomads, which meant “roaming about for pasture.” They were wanderers and, not infrequently, fierce mounted warriors. Essentially, they were “the other” to the agricultural and increasingly urban civilizations that emerged in the first millennium B.C. As the nomads left no writing, no one knows what they called themselves. To their literate neighbors, they were the ubiquitous and mysterious Scythians or the Saka, perhaps one and the same people. In any case, these...
  • Did Stone Age cavemen talk to each other in symbols?

    03/12/2012 9:25:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies · 2+ views
    The Observer ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2012 | Robin McKie
    Not surprisingly, these paintings attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. However, there is another aspect to this art that often escapes attention, but which is now providing scientists with fresh insights into our recent evolution. Instead of studying those magnificent galloping horses and bisons, researchers are investigating the symbols painted beside them. These signs are rarely mentioned in most studies of ancient cave art. Some are gathered in groups, some appear in ones or twos, while others are mixed in with the caves' images of animals. There are triangles, squares, full circles, semicircles, open angles, crosses and groups...
  • Worsley Man: Hospital scanner probes Iron Age bog death

    03/11/2012 5:10:02 PM PDT · by Renfield · 30 replies · 3+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3-8-2012
    Bryan Sitch, curator of archaeology at the museum, said it now appeared the man had been beaten about the head, garrotted and then beheaded The head of an Iron Age man who died almost 2,000 years ago has been scanned in a Manchester hospital to shed light on how he died. Worsley Man is thought to have lived around 100 AD when Romans occupied much of Britain. Since its discovery in a Salford peat bog in 1958, the head has been kept at Manchester Museum on Oxford Road. The scans at the Manchester Children's Hospital have now revealed more details...
  • Tensions in Early American Political Thought

    08/17/2002 2:41:45 PM PDT · by aconservaguy · 13 replies · 202+ views
    The Freeman (via Libertyhaven.com) ^ | May 1999 | Joseph Stromberg
    Tensions in Early American Political Thought Joseph R. Stromberg According to the eminent historian of political thought J.G.A. Pocock, republican theory (or "civic humanism") was the most significant current of eighteenth-century English and American political philosophy. In the form of "country ideology," republicanism gave "left" and "right" critics of government policies a framework and believable rhetoric for their arguments. The so-called "radical Whiggism" of the American Revolution was itself, on this reading, merely an extreme and consistent version of the republican ideas of the English opposition. From 1656, when James Harrington published a definitive statement of English republicanism in Oceana,...
  • History for Dollars (Humanities)

    06/08/2010 8:25:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies · 35+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 7, 2010 | David Brooks
    When the going gets tough, the tough take accounting. When the job market worsens, many students figure they can’t indulge in an English or a history major. They have to study something that will lead directly to a job. So it is almost inevitable that over the next few years, as labor markets struggle, the humanities will continue their long slide. There already has been a nearly 50 percent drop in the portion of liberal arts majors over the past generation, and that trend is bound to accelerate. Once the stars of university life, humanities now play bit roles when...
  • U.S. Has Gone Hog-Wild Like Athens Of Old

    03/26/2009 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,274+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 26, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In the last three months, we've been reduced to something like the ancient Athenian mob — with opportunistic politicians sometimes inciting, sometimes catering to an already angry public. The Greek comic playwright Aristophanes once described how screaming politicians — posing as men of the people — would sway Athenian citizens by offering them all sort of perks and goodies that the government had no idea how to pay for. The historian Thucydides offers even more frightening accounts of bloodthirsty voters after they were aroused by demagogues ("leaders or drivers of the people"). One day in a bloodthirsty rage, voters demanded...
  • Why Did Athens Lose? (Victor Davis Hanson on Peloponnesian War)

    11/11/2005 11:14:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 3,735+ views
    NRO ^ | November 11, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version November 11, 2005, 8:27 a.m. Why Did Athens Lose? The misery of war. EDITOR'S NOTE: Victor Davis Hanson's latest book, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War has recently been released by Random House. This week National Review Online has been excerpting Chapter 10 of the book. Below is the final installment; the first can be read here and the second here; the third here; the fourth here. Check back tomorrow for the final installment and click on Amazon to purchase A War...
  • The past as politics - (VDH on critics of Bush and the War on Terror)

    07/28/2005 8:40:45 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 593+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JULY 28, 2005 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    So, the next time someone quotes philosopher George Santayana for the umpteenth time that "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it," just assume that what follows will probably be wrong. Having a Rolodex of cocktail party quotes to beef-up an argument is not the same as the hard work of learning about the past. Thus, we are now warned that the war against terror is failing because it has lasted as long as World War II — as if the length of war, not the cost, determines success. Yet the nearly 2,000 U.S. combat fatalities in...
  • The great Victor Davis Hanson now has a blog

    03/09/2004 8:17:13 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies · 260+ views
    victorhanson ^ | march 2004 | victorhanson
    <p>In a recent review of Donald Kagan’s The Peloponnesian War, and my Autumn of War, ("Theatres of War:  Why the battles over ancient Athens still rage”  New Yorker Magazine, [January 12, 2004]), the classicist Daniel Mendelsohn  says that I believe that it is immoral to suggest defeat can be seen as victory: "The play asks the very question that Victor Davis Hanson considers "immoral": whether abject defeat can yet somehow be a victory."</p>
  • Robert Kaplan on Applying the Wisdom of the Ages to the Twenty-First Century

    09/04/2003 9:13:06 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 3 replies · 1,488+ views
    FPRI ^ | April 4, 2K2 | Robert Kaplan
    E-Notes Robert Kaplan onApplying the Wisdom of the Ages to the Twenty-First Century The Fifth Annual Robert Strausz-Hupé Lecture April 4, 2002 Summary by Trudy J. Kuehner Robert Kaplan delivered the Fifth Annual Strausz-Hupé Lecture on January 17, 2002, drawing on his new book, Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos (Random House, 2002). Author of such books as Balkan Ghosts and The Coming Anarchy, Kaplan is a contributing editor of The Atlantic, a fellow of the New America Foudation, and a former senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Warrior Politics is available to FPRI members at...
  • Pericles' Ideal of Democracy

    03/31/2003 7:25:35 PM PST · by Mihalis · 24 replies · 383+ views
    Thucydides "The Peloponnesian Wars" | Thucydides
    Our political system does not compete with with institutions which are elsewhere in force. We do not copy our neighbors, but try to be an example. Our administration favors the many instead of the few: this is why it is called a democracy. The laws afford equal justice to all alike in their private disputes, but we do not ignore the claims of excellence. When a citizen distinguishes himself, then he will be called to serve the state, in preference to others, not as a matter of privilege, but as a reward of merit; and poverty is no bar. ......
  • Classics and War

    03/12/2002 1:40:56 PM PST · by nicmarlo · 30 replies · 420+ views
    Imprimis, Hillsdale College ^ | February 2002 | Victor Davis Hanson
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is an abridged version of Dr. Hanson's lecture at a seminar on quot;Liberal Education, Liberty, and Education Today,quot; delivered in Phillips Auditorium at Hillsdale College on November 11, 2001. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The study of Classics -- of Greece and Rome -- can offer us moral lessons as well as a superb grounding in art, literature, history, and language. In our present crisis after September 11, it also offers practical guidance -- and the absence of familiarity with the foundations of Western culture in part may explain many of the disturbing reactions to the war that we have seen...
  • It turns out sawfish actually wield their snouts like chainsaw-toting madmen

    03/06/2012 6:48:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 5, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    It turns out sawfish actually wield their snouts like chainsaw-toting madmen On second thought, that's not entirely accurate. Comparing a sawfish to a "madman" might give you the impression that these cousins of stingrays are unruly or careless when it comes to dispatching prey with their serrated snouts, when, in actuality, recent evidence suggests the exact opposite to be the case. Truth be told, sawfish are a lot more like chainsaw-toting surgeons. This observation was made by University of Queensland Biologist Barbara Wueringer, who used chunks of mullet and tuna meat to observe the predatory behavior of juvenile Pristis microdon...
  • Rare Video of Israeli Rabbi in Iran, A rare video shows last year’s visit to the tomb of Queen

    03/07/2012 9:43:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 3/7/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Rabbi Yisroel Gabbai’s self-appointed mission is saving Jewish graves all over the world. A rare video shows his visit last year to Iran and the tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai, the central Jewish figures iin the story of Purim, which Jews celebrate this week. A member of the Breslov stream of Chassidism and now living in Israel, Rabbi Gabbai travels with a passport from France, where he was born and married. He has visited Gaza and Lebanon during wars and also has been to Damascus. Rabbi Gabbai wears traditional hareidi religious black clothes and a black hat, with his...
  • World's Oldest Marijuana Stash Totally Busted

    03/08/2012 5:11:16 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 39 replies
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com ^ | updated 12/3/2008 1:19:15 PM ET | Jennifer Viegas
    Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world's oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany.
  • Humans and Gorillas Closer Than Thought, Genome Sequence Says

    03/07/2012 1:49:57 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Bloomberg News via SFGate ^ | 3-7-12 | Elizabeth Lopatto
    <p>March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Gorillas have been portrayed as militaristic bullies in the Planet of the Apes movies and as "highly social gentle giants" by researcher Dian Fossey.</p> <p>Now scientists say they're closer genetically to humans than they once thought.</p>