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  • 'Kiss of death' cancer: How computational geeks may have uncovered a therapy for a deadly disease

    06/19/2018 12:01:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies ^ | June 19, 2018 | Monash University
    L-R: Dr Sungyoung Shim and Dr Lan Nguyen. Credit: Monash University __________________________________________________________________________ It's called the 'kiss of death'. Triple negative breast cancer has no targeted drug therapy and, as such, the only hope for these patients is chemotherapy. Triple negative breast cancer is aggressive and deadly. Patients are currently treated by chemotherapy but there is no guarantee of success—and unfortunately, for those that chemotherapy does not work, the survival rate remains only 12 months. Doctors are turning to combination therapies—cocktails of drugs—in an effort to kill the cancer. However there is no reliable way to predict which combinations, amongst...
  • 5,000 year-old stone balls continue to baffle archaeologists

    06/19/2018 11:52:09 AM PDT · by ETL · 32 replies ^ | June 18, 2018 | Tom Metcalfe, Live Science Contributor
    Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — continue to baffle archaeologists more than 200 years after they were first discovered. More than 500 of the enigmatic objects have now been found, most of them in northeast Scotland, but also in the Orkney Islands, England, Ireland and one in Norway. Archaeologists still don't know the original purpose or meaning of the Neolithic stone balls, which are recognized as some of the finest examples of Neolithic art found anywhere in the world. But...
  • Hat Trick: Researchers Solve a Lingering Mystery About Easter Island’s Statues

    06/19/2018 10:54:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Seeker ^ | June 23, 2018 | Glenn McDonald
    Carved from sharp volcanic rock and more than 700 years old, the stone formations can weigh upwards of 13 tons. Archaeologists have long wondered how these stone hats, which sit atop the heads of the famous Easter Island statues, were put into place with 13th-century technology... Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, rises from the waves about 2,000 miles from Chile. The island's famous statues have been studied by various teams of archaeologists and geologists since the 18th century. Previous studies determined that the statues are made of from one quarry on the island, while the hats come from a different...
  • Desperate Democrats, Never Trumpers and their Media die Politically.

    06/19/2018 10:38:47 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 12 replies
    Let us see how many Democrats will go forth to the vast numbers of the American voters with their "immigration" fantasies. Let us see how many Democrats will bet their re-election on their immigration stance. Democrat, Joe Manchin has already caved...expect more Dems to do the same. They cannot and will not beat Trump down. Who is going to do it? Pelosi, Schumer, Obama, Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Time Kaine, The biased Media, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Kimmel, etc. Ya gotta be kidding me!!! The Democrats, the ones with still some brains left...realize the...
  • Scenes From Washington DC Old Time News Years Traditions w/sound (1 January 1930)

    06/19/2018 9:56:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-19-2018 | Guy Jones
    Ordinary citizens queuing to greet President Hoover at the White House and scenes of arriving dignitaries at the annual New Years reception for the diplomatic corps (top hats and claw hammer coats). The cameraman identifies many of the VIPs (cabinet secretaries and ambassadors).
  • Harper’s Weekly – June 19, 1858

    06/19/2018 8:11:23 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 5 replies
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  • Fort Huachuca band completes final mission: Alumni, community reflect on the end of an era

    06/19/2018 8:08:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista — Hunched against the chilly winds that followed one of the summer’s first rainstorms, Sierra Vista residents gathered at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday to witness the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band play its final concert, signaling the end of a 141-year musical legacy at Fort Huachuca. Although the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band, also known as the 62nd Army Band, first received its orders to inactivate two years ago following broader government efforts to downsize military bands, it made the final concert no less emotional for participants and attendees, who were accustomed to hearing the...
  • On this Date in 1864

    06/19/2018 5:30:41 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 9 replies
    Captain Raphael Semmes of CSS Alabama struck his colors to the USS Kearsarge. Captain John Winslow's Kearsarge had pounded the Alabama into a smoldering, sinking wreck in a one hour battle off the coast of Cherbourg France. As she sunk, about 70 of her crew were rescued by the Kearsarge and about 30 by other ships in the area. Alabama had lost about 40 men killed during the battle. Captain Semmes escaped aboard a British ship. During her career as a commerce raider, CSS Alabama had captured or destroyed 65 U.S. flagged ships, and captured about 2000 of their crews....
  • Trump directs creation of 'space force' as sixth branch of military

    06/18/2018 9:25:38 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 19 replies ^ | Jun 18, 2018, 6:59 PM ET | By STEPHANIE EBBS
    President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. "It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, that is a big statement," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council on Monday. "We are going to...
  • At Least 4 People Die After 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Osaka: Japanese Gov’t

    06/18/2018 8:36:07 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 9 replies
    A strong earthquake hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour Monday, killing at least four people and injuring 214, Japan’s government says. The 5.3 magnitude quake shook Osaka, on Japan’s main Honshu Island, around 8 a.m. Monday local time (7 p.m. Sunday ET) according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Japan Meteorology Agency put the magnitude at 5.9. It rated the quake at “6 Lower” on its JMA Seismic Intensity scale, meaning the shaking would have been severe enough to make it difficult to remain standing. And Meantime, on the other side of the Pacific, a...
  • Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum

    06/18/2018 5:23:43 PM PDT · by BBell · 53 replies ^ | 6/18/18 | Mathieu GORSE
    Madrid (AFP) - Spain's new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of "reconciliation" for a country still coming to terms with the dictator's legacy. "We don't have a date yet, but the government will do it," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said late Monday during his first television interview since being sworn in on June 2 after toppling his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a confidence vote. He recalled that a non-binding motion approved last year in parliament called for Franco's remains to be...
  • The Immigrant Journey - Ellis Island National Monument

    06/18/2018 4:35:46 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Although more than 12 million people passed through Ellis Island on their way to the promise of a better life in America, they walked through its gates one at a time, individual by individual. Once the decision to leave had been made, what was the journey like? Step One: Leaving Home ----SNIP-- After the 1893 U.S. immigration law went into effect, each passenger had to answer up to 31 questions (recorded on manifest lists) BEFORE boarding the ship. These questions included, among others: name, age, sex, marital status, occupation, nationality, ability to read or write, race, physical and mental health,...
  • Napoleon’s battle of Waterloo hat auctioned for $325G

    06/18/2018 3:19:25 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies ^ | 6/14/18 | James Rogers
    An extremely rare ‘bicorne,’ or 2-pointed hat, that was worn by Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo was sold at auction in France for $325,000 on Monday. The hat went under the hammer for €280,000 ($325,052) at Lyon-based auction house De Baecque. The bicorne had a pre-sale estimate of €30,000 to €40,000 ($34,881 to $46,441). De Baecque told Fox News that the hat was bought by a private European collector who is "passionate" about the period of the First French Empire. The bloody battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, saw Napoleon’s forces defeated by a British-led allied army....
  • Defense Secretary Mattis Weighs in on North Korea Summit, China, and Russia

    06/18/2018 2:37:42 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | June 15, 2018 | Tony Bertuca
    On North Korea: There is now a "new avenue to peace" with North Korea after President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un, but the United States must remain "vigilant" in blocking Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. "President Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un proves the past does not have to define the future." On China: China appears to be modeling its global ambitions after the Ming Dynasty, "demanding other nations become tribute states kowtowing to Beijing." China is "attempting to replicate on the international stage their authoritarian domestic model," militarizing the South China Sea and using...
  • New research unveils true origin of ancient turquoise

    06/18/2018 1:37:26 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    New research published today in the journal Science Advances overturns more than a century of thought about the source of turquoise used by ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica, the vast region that extends from Central Mexico to Central America. For more than 150 years, scholars have argued that the Aztec and Mixtec civilizations, which revered the precious, blue-green mineral, acquired it through import from the American Southwest. However, extensive geochemical analyses reveal that the true geologic source of Aztec and Mixtec turquoise lies within Mesoamerica. Geochemist Alyson Thibodeau, assistant professor of earth sciences at Dickinson College, and a team of researchers...
  • 5,000 year-old stone balls continue to baffle archaeologists

    06/18/2018 10:56:29 AM PDT · by BBell · 112 replies ^ | 6/18/18 | Tom Metcalfe
    Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — continue to baffle archaeologists more than 200 years after they were first discovered. More than 500 of the enigmatic objects have now been found, most of them in northeast Scotland, but also in the Orkney Islands, England, Ireland and one in Norway. Archaeologists still don't know the original purpose or meaning of the Neolithic stone balls, which are recognized as some of the finest examples of Neolithic art found anywhere in the world. But...
  • The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today's immigration problem

    06/18/2018 12:13:46 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 24 replies ^ | Apr 28, 2016, 8:40am EDT | By Dara Lind
    Both sides of the aisle agree that the current US immigration system is broken. It's why immigration's stayed a hot-button political issue and policy debate, and part of what has made Donald Trump the likely 2016 Republican nominee for president. But the system hasn't always been broken. Or rather, it hasn't always been broken in this particular way. Everyone remembers that in 1986, President Ronald Reagan passed an "amnesty" law. But what most people don't know is that in 1996 — fresh off the heels of signing welfare reform, and two years after signing the "crime bill" — President Bill...

    06/17/2018 7:41:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    Front Page ^ | 6/17/2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    The cultural revolution is just getting started in medicine. And when it's done, medicine will consist entirely of venting about "white men" as the real "disease". What began with tearing down Confederate statues has now moved on to taking down portraits of people who are not even being accused of racism. They're just... white men. Nabel said no one on staff has objected to taking down portraits of past department heads, which include Dr. Harvey Cushing, the "father of neurosurgery," who studied at Harvard and Yale and became surgeon-in-chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1913. Cushing operated on hundreds...
  • Imperial villa found near Milvian Bridge

    06/17/2018 4:35:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    ANSA ^ | June 5, 2018 | unattributed
    An imperial Roman villa has been found along the banks of the Tiber near the Milvian Bridge, archaeologists said Tuesday. Digs have uncovered a large floor area in 'opus sectile', decorated with "extraordinary" multicoloured marble floral motifs, they said. The beauty of the floor has led experts to believe that the rest of the building was full of precious decorations. The villa's setting so close to the river is unusual, archaeologists said.
  • Study Finds Older Use of Tobacco Than Previously Thought

    06/17/2018 4:21:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    The One Feather ^ | June 2018 | Scott Mckie B.P.
    A study into the use of tobacco has yielded some interesting findings including dating the practice to around 4,000 years ago -- about 1,500 years older than previously thought. The study, "Evidence of Tobacco from a Late Archaic Smoking Tube Recovered from the Flint River site in southeastern North America", has been undertaken by various researchers and was led by Dr. Stephen B. Carmody , Troy University (Ala.) assistant professor of anthropology. "For the past eight or nine years, I have been exploring pipe use, pipe-smoked plants, and the use of tobacco here in the eastern woodlands of North America,"...