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  • Discovery of Prehistoric Baby Bottles Shows Infants Were Fed Cow's Milk 5,000 Years Ago

    10/18/2019 6:22:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 26, 2019 | Julie Dunne, The Conversation
    ...we did some very delicate drilling to produce enough ceramic powder and then treated it with a chemical technique that extracts molecules called lipids... from the fats, oils and waxes of the natural world and are normally absorbed into the material of the prehistoric pots during cooking, or, in this case, through heating the milk. Luckily, these lipids often survive for thousands of years. We regularly use this technique to find out what sort of food people cooked in their ancient pots. It seems they ate many of the things we eat today, including various types of meat, dairy products,...
  • Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago...

    10/18/2019 5:09:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic period some 400,000 years ago. The research provides direct evidence that early Paleolithic people saved animal bones for up to nine weeks before feasting on them inside Qesem Cave... The researchers contend that the deer metapodials were kept at the cave covered in skin to facilitate the preservation of marrow for consumption in time of need. The researchers evaluated the...
  • Royal Caribbean Bans Woman For Life After She Tried to Take Dangerous Selfie on... Ship’s Railing

    10/18/2019 2:47:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/18/2019
    The ship’s crew later tracked down the woman and removed her when the ship docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, Blosic said. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed the incident, telling CNN in a statement: “Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion. Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean.” On its website, Royal Caribbean explains...
  • Green push for autobahn speed limit fails in Bundestag [Germany]

    10/17/2019 2:57:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.17.2019 | kmm, nm/msh (dpa, AFP)
    Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, has voted against a bill proposed by the Greens that would have introduced a speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) on the nation’s highways. Out of the 631 votes cast on Thursday, 498 voted against the proposal. All members of the far-right AfD and the business-friendly FDP parties rejected the bill, and just two members from each of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and conservative parties voted for the proposal. There were only a handful of abstentions. “You’re defending a transport policy from the day before yesterday,” said Cem Özdemir, Green...
  • ‘Health care will keep us from going back...’ says Texas couple who retired to Spain on $2k a month

    10/17/2019 10:51:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 123 replies
    www.marketwatch.com ^ | Published: Oct 17, 2019 1:18 p.m. ET | By Catey Hill
    Though they ‘love America,’ this couple has chosen to put their roots down in the coastal town of Denia in Spain. Call ‘em Texpats. Kevin and Susan Bryant, 55 and 48, spent most of their lives in Texas, recently in retiree hot spot Austin. But “when Austin became a mini Silicon Valley, we were priced out,” Kevin, a now-retired history teacher and principal, tells MarketWatch. History buff Kevin says he’d always wanted to live in Europe — “in a castle, specifically, but I let that part go,” he jokes — and began hunting for where the couple might retire on...
  • Are We Close to Finding the Tomb of Queen Nefertiti in the Valley of the Kings?

    10/16/2019 8:20:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 9, 2019 | Ancient Architects
    In May 2018, media outlets around the world ran the headline: “Secret Chamber Does Not Exist”, referring to the possible burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti behind the walls of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the King's in Egypt. So you’ll image my surprise when this week I see that the major media outlets across the world are once again reporting that Nefertiti could be hiding behind a wall in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The story was ran by a number of well known publications, including The Sun, New York Post, Fox News and more, but why have...
  • Archaeologists discover more than 20 sealed coffins just as the ancient Egyptians left them

    10/16/2019 7:49:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    WaPo ^ | October 16, 2019 | Lateshia Beachum
    The Egyptian government is hailing the discovery of more than 20 wooden coffins as “one of the largest and most important” archaeological finds in the past few years. The coffins were found in Assasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River. Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities tweeted images of the “intact and sealed coffins” Tuesday. The sarcophagi, which were stacked in two layers in a large tomb, still boasted their original carvings of faces and hands and colors of red, green, white and black that have not faded much over time... Egyptian officials have not given the time...
  • Human Guinea Pigs About to Embark on World's First 20-Hour Airline Flight [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/15/2019 7:31:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Body] ^ | August 15, 2019 | Angus Whitley
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  • DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic battle axe culture

    10/14/2019 8:16:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Uppsala University
    In 1953, a significant burial site belonging to the Battle Axe Culture was found when constructing a roundabout in Linköping. 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried together with a child, a dog and a rich set of grave goods including one of the eponymous battle axes. "Today, we call this site 'Bergsgraven'. I have been curious about this particular burial for a long time. The collaboration of archaeologists with geneticists allows us to understand more about these people as individuals as well as where their ancestors came from," says archaeogeneticist Helena Malmström of Uppsala University, lead...
  • Hero pilot: ‘We couldn’t see, we couldn’t breathe’ (SW Flight 1380)

    10/14/2019 12:41:07 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 52 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 14, 2019 | Kyle Arnold / The Dallas Morning News
    The initial shock was so violent from the blown engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that pilot Tammie Jo Shults thought there had been a midair collision. “We couldn’t see, we couldn’t breathe, and a piercing pain stabbed our ears, all while the aircraft snapped into a rapid roll and skidded hard to the left as the nose of the aircraft pitched over, initiating a dive toward the ground,” Shults wrote in her book “Nerves of Steel,” which was released Oct. 8. On Flight 1380 on April 17, 2018, from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field, a fan...
  • Florida man's mugshot goes viral after traffic stop arrest

    10/13/2019 8:43:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 131 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | October 11, 2019 | FOX 35 Orlando
    The Marion County Sheriff's Office posted the mugshot of 34-year-old Ricky Deeley on Facebook after he was arrested during a traffic stop in Ocala... Two others in the vehicle, 20-year-old Logan Tindale and 20-year-old Katlyn Spruill, were also arrested. The sheriff's office reports that Tindale had a felony warrant out for his arrest and lied about his name when originally questioned. Upon searching the vehicle, the deputy found Spruill in possession of a bag containing 23 grams of meth, a handgun, cocaine, marijuana, and various other drug paraphernalia.
  • Bronze Age 'New York' discovered, Israeli archaeologists say

    10/13/2019 4:19:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | October 2019 | unattributed
    Archaeologists in Israel announced Sunday that they had uncovered a 5,000-year-old city north of Tel Aviv. It is the largest Bronze Age urban area found in the region to date and could fundamentally change ideas of when sophisticated urbanization began taking place in the area, they said. Israel's Antiquities Authority said in a Facebook post that the city was discovered at the En Esur excavation site during road works near Harish, a town some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Tel Aviv. The archaeologists described the city as "cosmopolitan and planned." It covered 65 hectares (160 acres) and was home...
  • Zeppelins could make a comeback with this solar-powered airship cargo mover

    10/13/2019 9:05:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Digitaltrends ^ | 10/08/19 | Luke Dormehl
    Zeppelins, the rigid airships most famously epitomized by the Hindenburg, now seem kind of retro, rather than the image of futurity they represented in the 1930s. But they could be about to make a comeback in a big way — courtesy of a new aluminum-shelled, solar-powered airship that’s being built by the U.K.-based company Varialift Airships. According to the company’s CEO Alan Handley, the airship will be capable of making a transatlantic flight from the United Kingdom to the United States, consuming just 8% of the fuel of a regular airplane. It will be powered by a pair of solar-powered...
  • Switzerland boosts train services to France as 'flight-shaming' gains momentum

    10/12/2019 5:00:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 10 October 2019 10:36 CEST+02:00
    As the anti-flying movement known as “flight shaming” is gaining momentum across Europe, Switzerland is adding new train services to some of its international routes. The TGV company Lyria, which is owned jointly by the Swiss Federal Railways and France’s SNCF, is adding trains to its high-speed link between major Swiss cities and Paris. Beginning on December 15th, 30% more connections will be offered to the French capital from Geneva, Zürich, Lausanne and Basel. That means an increase from the currently available 13,500 seats daily to 18,000 by the end of 2020. The goal of the expanded service is to...
  • Stolen excavator joyride along I-5 in Redding ends in damage to gas station, arrest

    10/10/2019 7:51:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | October 2, 2019 | Michael McGough
    Police arrested a man last week after he allegedly drove a stolen construction excavator into a light pole and caused extensive damage while driving through two gas stations just off Interstate 5 in Redding. Remore Allen Smith, 37, of North Carolina faces charges of vehicle theft, resisting arrest and hit-and-run after authorities say he stole the heavy machinery from an I-5 on-ramp at about 3:15 a.m. Friday. Smith allegedly drove the excavator several hundred feet on Churn Creek Road, striking a light pole and traveling through a Chevron gas station and then an Arco AM/PM station, the Redding Police Department...
  • LaGuardia, Newark, and Honolulu's airport are rated the worst among passengers [tr]

    10/09/2019 7:24:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2019 | Keith Griffith
    A new passenger survey ranks New York's LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International in New Jersey and Honolulu International as the worst airports in the nation. The J.D. Power 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study ranked passenger satisfaction with North American airports on a 1,000-point scale in the mega, large and medium size categories. In the 'mega' category, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport ranks highest in passenger satisfaction with a score of 786. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport/Wold (779) ranks second among the megas, while Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (777) and Orlando International Airport (777) rank third in a tie.
  • Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today

    10/07/2019 8:00:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | University of Utah
    Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ecosystems is a difficult task, many studies have reconstructed the environments by drawing analogies with present-day African ecosystems, such as the Serengeti. A study led by a University of Utah scientist calls into question such approaches and suggests that the vast majority of human evolution occurred in ecosystems unlike any found today... To test for differences between modern and ancient environments, the researchers analyzed a dataset of more than 200 present-day African mammal communities and more than 100 fossil communities spanning the past 7 million years in eastern Africa, a time period encompassing...
  • Insight into competitive advantage of modern humans over Neanderthals

    10/07/2019 7:33:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 29, 2019 | Tohoku University
    A team of Japanese and Italian researchers, including from Tohoku University, have evidenced mechanically delivered projectile weapons in Europe dating to 45,000-40,000 years - more than 20,000 years than previously thought. This study, entitled "The earliest evidence for mechanically delivered projectile weapons in Europe" published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, indicated that the spearthrower and bow-and-arrow technologies allowed modern humans to hunt more successfully than Neanderthals - giving them a competitive advantage. This discovery offered important insight to understand the reasons for the replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans. Apparently, Neanderthals and modern humans coexisted in Europe for at least...
  • Why is Europe so absurdly backward compared to the U.S. in rail freight transport

    10/07/2019 5:25:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 68 replies
    Freight Waves ^ | 10/5/2019 | Vishnu Rajamanickam
    Over the last couple of months, major container lines and alliance carriers have been blanking several of their headhauls from Asia to Europe, citing weak peak season demand. Since July 2019, seasonal rates have been consistently lower year-on-year with container prices in China to North Europe lanes moving lower; there was a 21% decline this month compared to October 2018. Container lines blank their headhauls because it helps them marginally stabilize the declining container spot rates. However, this would come at the expense of North America, as every vessel withdrawn from the European market will mean a lost backhaul voyage...
  • SpaceX Starship Launching Soon - Locals Receive Offer Letters [Boca Chica TX]

    10/06/2019 7:30:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 21, 2019 | spaceXcentric
    SpaceX Starship Launching Soon - Locals Receive Offer Letters | SpaceX in the News