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  • JUSTICE’ BILL WOULD TRANSFER UP TO 32 MILLION ACRES TO BLACK FARMERS

    11/20/2020 3:38:02 PM PST · by HereInTheHeartland · 135 replies
    Senate bill introduced to transfer 32 million acres to black farmers.
  • Albanian Neolithic Remains Evidence Oldest Known Case of Osteopetrosis

    11/06/2020 10:24:40 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Explaining Albania ^ | October 24, 2020 | Alice Taylor
    German researchers have discovered the oldest known case of osteopetrosis or "stone bone" disease in the remains of a man from the Neolithic lacustrine settlement of Maliq in southeast Albania. Osteopetrosis is a rare disorder which manifests through the hardening and solidifying of bones, making them more susceptible to fracture. The study was conducted by palaeopathologist Julia Gresky of the German Archaeological Institute and colleagues. The researchers describe the area as having an important role in the Neolithisation of the Balkan region as it was home to some of the first agricultural economies in the area. The bones they found...
  • The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life--and Saved an American Farm

    11/01/2020 6:45:11 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Amazon books ^ | November 1,2020 | Hojczyk
    This a great book....should be taught in middle or high school... Verified Purchase This book reads like a work of fiction because Sarah’s story is incredible but true. The book is well written and will immerse you in her childhood experiences. This book is for those who have the entrepreneurial spirit, for those who want to change their life direction, who love farming, who believe in the American Dream, or who want to remember growing up during the 1970’s-1980’s. The span of her life is huge—from simple beginnings to incredible success, which was all earned by grit and determination. You...
  • China's Next Resource Push Targets Potash

    09/18/2010 6:24:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Caxin ^ | 09/17/10 | Yan Jiangning
    By staff reporter Yan Jiangning 09.17.2010 12:56 China's Next Resource Push Targets Potash Keeping Chinese farms supplied with fertilizer is the goal of a Zhongchuan Mining initiative at a Canadian mine (Beijing) -- Ever since the world's top mining concern BHP Billiton announced August 18 that it was bidding for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, the world's largest potash producer, resource anxiety has been rising in China. Access to affordably priced potash that China needs to fertilize farm crops could become more challenging if BHP buys the Canadian company. China fears a new resource struggle similar to the battle it's waged...
  • Fresh 2600 Year Old Dates

    09/28/2020 1:12:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 4 Tishri 5781 - September 22, 2020 | Abigail Klein Leichman
    Mazal tov to Hannah and Methuselah on their 111 miracle babies! The proud parents are date palms grown from ancient seeds uncovered in archeological excavations in Israel. These dates, recently picked at the Arava Institute at Kibbutz Ketura in southern Israel, are a type that hasn't been tasted since the times of Jesus and the Maccabees. "Dr. Elaine Solowey, our director of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, grew our first ancient date tree, Methuselah, in 2005," explained Miriam May, CEO of Friends of the Arava Institute. "He came from a 2,000-year-old seed found in excavations at Masada; his growth was...
  • Arab rioters set fire outside Israeli town in Samaria

    09/26/2020 10:36:56 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/9/20
    Arab rioters and vandals targeted the Israeli town of Esh Kodesh in Samaria on Saturday, destroying property and hurling stones at residents. Fires were sparked at multiple locations around the town, causing damage to orchards owned by residents of Esh Kodesh. In addition, vandals uprooted trees and destroyed fences put up by local Jewish farmers. When residents rushed to the scene to put out the fires, they were stoned by Arab rioters and far-left activists, who had been lying in wait, apparently as part of a larger plan to lure residents out of Esh Kodesh. “This past year the orchards...
  • Feral swine bomb could wreak havoc on large swaths of the US if wild boar population continues to explode

    09/25/2020 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 51 replies
    SS ^ | 9/23/20 | ss
    A population explosion among wild boars in the US has led experts to warn that a “feral swine bomb,” if left unchecked, could wreak havoc on large swaths of the country. Undark Magazine reported on the explosion of the pig population, which has caused an estimated $2.5bn worth of damages every year. Feral hogs trample and tear-up crops, attack livestock, and can destroy sensitive habitats. The pigs also act as disease carriers. They can host more than 30 viral and bacterial diseases as well as scores of parasites. here are approximately 9 million feral hogs in the US, and their...
  • America is facing 'time-bomb' explosion of millions of 'super pigs' that can reproduce at just three months old, grow up to 400lbs and destroy thousands of square miles of farms and livestock

    09/22/2020 5:55:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 130 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2020 | James Gordon
    The United States is on the cusp of a huge pig 'time bomb' with the number feral hogs increasing in huge numbers. Research scientist Dr. Jack Mayer, a zoologist who has been researching wild pigs for 40 years, has warned that the population could keep on growing unless there is a sudden swine flu epidemic. 'It's a crazy situation with everything that's happened in what I call the Pig Bomb, which has exploded in North America,' Jack Mayer told The Daily Beast about the wild population of six million and two million in Texas alone. Florida, Georgia, and California also...
  • Lactose tolerance spread throughout Europe in only a few thousand years

    09/16/2020 10:11:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 3, 2020 | Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz
    The human ability to digest the milk sugar lactose after infancy spread throughout Central Europe in only a few thousand years. This is the conclusion reached by an international research team led by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The researchers analyzed genetic material from the bones of individuals who had fallen in a conflict around 1200 B.C. on the banks of the Tollense, a river in the present-day German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania... found that only around one in eight of the assumed warriors had a gene variant that enabled them to break down the lactose in milk. "Of the...
  • World's oldest pet dog? Remains of a domesticated canine that 'lived alongside humans' up to 20,000 years ago are unearthed in Italy

    09/08/2020 11:11:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2020 | Joe Pinkstone
    Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe could be the oldest ever remains of a domesticated pet dog. It is thought the remains could be between 14,000 and 20,000 years old, spanning back to the very dawn of the special relationship between humans and canines. While dogs are known as man's best friend and one of the most domesticated animals on Earth, the origin of this dynamic is still a relative mystery.
  • Archaeologists uncover 5,700-year-old Neolithic house in north Cork

    09/01/2020 7:57:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | Sean O'Riordan
    The foundations of a 5,700-year-old Neolithic house, evidence of Bronze Age burials and Iron Age smelting have been discovered by archaeologists as a result of excavations at the sites of two road realignment projects in Co. Cork. They were unearthed in a total of eight separate excavations carried out after the county council undertook two road realignment projects on the N73 (the main road between Mallow and Mitchelstown) close to the villages of Shanballymore and Kildorrery. On one of the sites, archaeologists discovered the foundations of a Neolithic house dating back to approximately 3,700 BC, which they believe may have...
  • What bread tasted like 4000 years ago

    08/29/2020 10:30:55 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/29/2020 | KERIDWEN CORNELIUS
    Around 2000 B.C., a baker in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes captured yeast from the air and kneaded it into a triangle of dough. Once baked, the bread was buried in a dedication ceremony beneath the temple of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II on the west bank of the Nile. There the yeast slept like a microbial mummy for four millennia, until 2019. That’s when Seamus Blackley—a physicist and game designer best known for creating the Xbox—suctioned it up with a syringe and revived it in a sourdough starter. Blackley, an amateur Egyptologist, often thinks about this ancient baker as he...
  • Rapid acceptance of foreign food tradition in Bronze Age Europe

    08/25/2020 1:35:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Phys dot org trademark ^ | August 19, 2020 | Claudia Eulitz , Kiel University
    Not just metals, hierarchical societies and fortified settlements: a new food also influenced economic transformations in the Bronze Age around 3,500 years ago. This is evidenced by frequent archeological discoveries of remains of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum L.), a cereal with small, roundish grains. A major study by the Collaborative Research Center 1266 at Kiel University (CAU) was published yesterday (13 August) in the journal Scientific Reports. It shows how common millet got onto the menu in Bronze Age Europe. Intensive trade and communication networks facilitated the incredibly rapid spread of this new crop originating from the Far East. "Wheat,...
  • Rat DNA Clues To Sea Migration

    06/08/2004 1:51:08 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,192+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-8-2004
    Rat DNA clues to sea migration This carving shows Pacific rats on the face of a Polynesian ancestor Scientists have used DNA from rats to trace migration patterns of the ancestors of today's Polynesians. People are thought to have arrived in Polynesia, comprising the Pacific islands of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, by boat some 3,000 years ago. Rat data suggests the journey was more complex than the popular "Express Train" theory, which proposes a rapid dispersal of people from South Asia. Details appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith and Judith Robins from the University of...
  • What happens when riots are a normal part of life?

    08/09/2020 9:54:46 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    Borepatch ^ | 8/7/2020
    Despite the desperate attempts by the increasingly irrelevant media to call them "peaceful protests", they are riots and they're occurring in most of America's large cities. Either order will be restored or we will see the re-emergence of what we've seen throughout history when life is precarious. While history is out of fashion and no longer taught in school, the lessons of history are clear - the Gods of the Copybook Headings did not get their name by accident. So what happens when people live precariously, under continual threat of violence? They flee to safer places. This is an entrance...
  • China Seeds: A Biological Attack on America?

    07/30/2020 2:59:40 PM PDT · by yoe · 79 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | July 30, 2020 | Gordon G. Chang
    Some think the packages [of seeds marked as "jewelry"] could be part of a "brushing scam" — an effort to create fake customer reviews on online retail platforms — but that appears unlikely. For one thing, there is no indication these seeds — there are several varieties of them — are either branded or are offered for sale. "DO NOT plant them," officials in every state have warned. There is also an infamous statement attributed to General Chi Haotian. In a secret speech to senior Communist Party officials sometime around 2002, Chi, then the Chinese defense minister, stated there was...
  • China says worst of flooding still to come as situation is severe

    07/27/2020 7:16:48 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 59 replies
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | JUL 27, 2020 | (Author Not Cited)
    China warned that the worst of the deluges that have led millions to be evacuated may be yet to come, after a third wave of floods formed in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River on Sunday (July 26). "The flood control and flood fighting situation is severe," China's water resources ministry said in a statement. "The new peak may appear later." The authorities ordered the Three Gorges Reservoir to save its water-storing capacity in preparation for more flows, and forecast another three days of torrential rain in the southern region. China's south has been battered by severe floods after...
  • New research shows climate was the key factor impacting the movement of the first farmers across Europe

    07/26/2020 9:38:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 62 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 16, 2020 | Dr Lia Betti, University of Roehampton
    The research, a collaboration between the University of Roehampton, the University of Cambridge and several other institutions, combined archeological data with palaeoclimatic reconstructions to show for the first time that climate dramatically impacted the migration of people across Europe, causing a dramatic slowdown between 6,100 BCE and 4,500 BCE. The research team, including Dr. Lia Betti, Senior Lecturer of the University of Roehampton, assembled a large database of the first arrival dates of Neolithic farmers across the continent and studied the speed of their migration in relation to climatic reconstructions of the time. They also re-analysed ancient DNA data to...
  • Tooth decay was major problem for our ancestors 9,000 years ago

    07/18/2020 4:22:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Science in Poland ^ | Friday, July 10, 2020 | Szymon Zdzieblowski
    Scientists have found traces of rampant tooth decay in the teeth of people living almost 9,000 years ago in today's Poland. According to the researchers from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, the disease, which is also known as [cavities], could have been the result of consuming too much fruit and honey. Traditionally, it was thought that tooth decay became common only after man began to lead a sedentary lifestyle and use more processed cereal products. But, with farmers not appearing in Poland until about 7,000 years ago, the 9,000-year-old discovery has taken the scientists by surprise... Professor Jacek...
  • Unusual climate during Roman times plunged Eurasia into hunger and disease

    04/15/2018 6:41:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Science News ^ | April 11, 2018 | University of Helsinki
    A recent study indicates that volcanic eruptions in the mid 500s resulted in an unusually gloomy and cold period. A joint research project of the Chronology Laboratory of the Finnish Museum of Natural History and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) suggests that the years 536 and 541-544 CE were very difficult... An extended period of little light may make it difficult for humans to survive. The level of production of plants is dependent on the amount of available sunlight. Food production, i.e, farming and animal husbandry, rely on the same solar energy. Humans, meanwhile, become more prone to disease if...