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  • Man leading search for King John's Treasure has pinpointed a small area at Sutton Bridge

    07/01/2022 11:02:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Lynn News ^ | 13 December 2021 | Victoria Fear
    The man leading the search for King John's lost treasure says he has pinpointed a small area at the Sutton Bridge site which contains valuable targets.Raymond Kosschuk has been conducting tests at an undisclosed site in Sutton Bridge for over a year and says his equipment is picking up overwhelming evidence of the treasure, as we previously reported.Mr Kosschuk, from Keighleyin Yorkshire, believes that he has found scientific anomalies which are consistent with the high value items King John lost in 1216.King John lost the treasure to The Wash during an ill fated crossing from King's Lynn on October 12,...
  • Human Ancestor Fossils in the "Cradle of Humankind" May Be More Than a Million Years Older Than Thought [South Africa]

    06/29/2022 8:25:50 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 22 replies ^ | 29 June 2022 | Purdue University
    A dating method developed by a Purdue University geologist just pushed the age of some of these fossils found at the site of Sterkfontein Caves back more than a million years. This would make them even older than Dinkinesh, also called Lucy, the world's most famous Australopithecus fossil.
  • The Extinct Dog Breeds of Ancient Rome

    06/28/2022 7:52:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 24, 2022 | toldinstone
    This video explores the dog varieties of ancient Rome - which, as far as we can tell, had little to do with any modern breed.The Extinct Dog Breeds of Ancient Rome | June 24, 2022 | toldinstone
  • University drops English literature course 'because graduates struggle to get highly paid jobs'

    06/27/2022 7:43:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 80 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 6/26/22 | Claudia Rowan
    A university has suspended its English literature course, after a Government crackdown on perceived "low value" degrees. Sheffield Hallam University said that the core humanities subject is among the courses that will be suspended for the 2023/24 academic year, but did not clarify the reason behind the decision or say how long the suspension would last. Dr Mary Peace, an English literature lecturer at the university, told The Telegraph that staff were informed of the decision five minutes before a departmental away day. She said that she believes the rationale behind the decision was “largely economic”, and suggested that the...
  • Tribe in Zimbabwe Proven to be Descendants of Biblical Hebrews

    03/07/2010 11:55:15 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 39 replies · 89+ views
    3/7/2010 ^ | 3/7/2010 | The Lid
    The Lemba tribes in Zimbabwe have oral tradition that their ancestors were "Jews" who left Judea about 2,500 years ago and settled in a place called Senna, later migrating into East Africa. After 2,500 years of exile, British DNA tests have proven that the Lemba traces its linage to the Kohanim (Priests) of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, After entering Africa, the tribe is said to have split off into two groups, with one staying in Ethiopia, and the other traveling farther south, along the east coast. Some settled in Mozambique, and eventually migrated to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Most...
  • Ancient DNA traces origin of Black Death

    06/16/2022 5:12:23 AM PDT · by FarCenter · 17 replies
    A Silk Road stopover might have been the epicentre of one of humanity’s most destructive pandemics. People who died in a fourteenth-century outbreak in what is now Kyrgyzstan were killed by strains of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis that gave rise to the pathogens responsible several years later for the Black Death, shows a study of ancient genomes. “It is like finding the place where all the strains come together, like with coronavirus where we have Alpha, Delta, Omicron all coming from this strain in Wuhan,” says Johannes Krause, a palaeogeneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in...
  • 300 bottles of Cognac recovered from ship sunk in WWI could fetch nearly £8,000 EACH: French shipment on Swedish steamer bound for tsarist Russia ended up at bottom of the Baltic Sea after German U-boat strike

    06/26/2022 1:00:09 PM PDT · by DFG · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/26/2022 | SHARI MILLER
    A hoard of contraband alcohol recovered from a shipwreck 100 years after it sank on its way to tsarist Russia is going on sale for nearly £8,000 a bottle. Hundreds of bottles were salvaged by a specialist Swedish team in the Sea of Aland, near the Baltic Sea, in 2019. The crew found 600 bottles of De Haartman & Co cognac and 300 bottles of Benedictine liqueur within the remains of the Kyros, which was sunk by a German submarine in May 1917. It is believed the shipment left Bordeaux in December 1916, but was delayed until the spring due...
  • Explorers find USS Samuel B. Roberts shipwreck

    06/26/2022 10:18:15 AM PDT · by Coronal · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 26, 2022
    MANILA, Philippines -- A U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the “Sammy B," was identified on Wednesday broken into two pieces on a slope at a depth of 6,985 meters (22,916 feet). That puts it 426 meters (1,400 feet) deeper than the USS Johnson, the previous deepest wreck discovered last year in the Philippine Sea also by American explorer Victor Vescovo, founder of Dallas-based Caladan Oceanic...
  • One in 500 men may carry an extra sex chromosome (most without knowing it)

    06/26/2022 10:55:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 72 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 15, 2022 | Nicoletta Lanese
    As many as one in 500 men may carry an extra sex chromosome — either an X or a Y — but very few of them likely know about it...The research, published June 9 in the journal Genetics in Medicine(opens in new tab), included data from more than 207,000 men who provided information to the U.K. Biobank, a repository of genetic and health data from half a million U.K.-based participants. Typically, males carry one X- and one Y-shaped sex chromosome in each of their cells, but among the study participants, there were 213 men who carried an extra X chromosome...
  • Netflix Edits ‘Bill Nye’ Episode to Remove Segment Saying Chromosomes Determine Gender

    05/03/2017 2:16:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 37 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 05/03/2017 | Alex Griswold
    When uploaded to Netflix, an episode of the educational children's show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" cut out a segment saying that chromosomes determine one's gender. In the original episode, titled "Probability," a young woman told viewers, "I'm a girl. Could have just as easily been a boy, though, because the probability of becoming a girl is always 1 in 2." "See, inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl, " the young woman continued. "See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a...
  • Lost fossil ‘treasure trove’ rediscovered after 70 years

    06/26/2022 10:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 24, 2022 | Harry Baker
    Scientists have finally rediscovered a lost fossil site in Brazil, after the researchers who originally discovered it 70 years ago were unable to retrace their steps to the remote location...The rediscovered site, which is known as Cerro Chato, is located near Brazil’s border with Uruguay in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Around 260 million years ago, towards the end of the Permian period (299 million to 251 million years ago) conditions at the site were ideal for trapping and preserving dead organisms. As a result, multiple rocky layers at Cerro Chato are chock-full of delicate fossils —...
  • Indian Ocean's Oldest Shipwreck Set for Excavation

    06/26/2022 10:38:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 04, 2014 | Megan Gannon
    The oldest known shipwreck in the Indian Ocean has been sitting on the seafloor off the southern coast of Sri Lanka for some 2,000 years...The wreck lies 110 feet (33 meters) below the ocean's surface, just off the fishing village of Godavaya, where German archaeologists in the 1990s found a harbor that was an important port along the maritime Silk Road during the second century A.D..."Everything's pretty broken," said Deborah Carlson, president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, who is leading the expedition to the Godavaya wreck with colleagues from the United States, Sri Lanka and...
  • More Than a Stalinist Show Trial

    06/26/2022 5:15:42 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 26 Jun, 2022 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Beyond the January 6 committee hearings, Stalinism advances on other fronts. As Thaddeus McCotter contends, the reproduction of a “Stalinist show trial” is now live in Washington. That invites a look at the original production of 1936-1937, from one of the keenest observers at the time. “The Moscow trials, and the purges that followed them, were a turning point in the history of American liberalism, for it was irrevocably polarized by the controversies to which the trials gave rise,” explains the late philosopher Sidney Hook in Out of Step: An Unquiet Life in the Twentieth Century, published in 1987. As...
  • Advertisement Giant bacteria FIVE THOUSAND times bigger than normal are discovered in a Caribbean mangrove swamp – and they are even visible to the naked eye

    06/23/2022 3:24:01 PM PDT · by algore · 48 replies
    Scientists have discovered the world's largest known bacteria, reaching up to one centimetre (0.4-inches) in length. The species, called Thiomargarita magnifica, was discovered on sunken leaves in the waters of a mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It appears as thin white filaments like vermicelli pasta, and contains microscopic sulphur granules that scatter light, giving it a pearly gleam. The 'giant' organism is thousands of times larger than most bacteria and can therefore be seen by the naked eye. Thiomargarita magnifica 'challenges the prevailing view of bacterial cell size' and the assumption that microbes are only visible...
  • Giant bacteria FIVE THOUSAND times bigger than normal are discovered in a Caribbean mangrove swamp – and they are even visible to the naked eye

    06/25/2022 5:46:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Scientists have discovered the world's largest known bacteria, reaching up to one centimetre (0.4-inches) in length. The species, called Thiomargarita magnifica, was discovered on sunken leaves in the waters of a mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It appears as thin white filaments like vermicelli pasta, and contains microscopic sulphur granules that scatter light, giving it a pearly gleam. T. magnifica is a sulphur-oxidising prokaryote, meaning it derives energy from the oxidation of sulphur compounds. Large sulphur bacteria have been shown to be hot spots for symbionts – an organism living in symbiosis with another. Another species...
  • Giant sinkhole with a forest inside found in China

    05/15/2022 7:27:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Live Science ^ | Stephanie Pappas
    The sinkhole is 630 feet (192 meters) deep, according to the Xinhua news agency, deep enough to just swallow St. Louis' Gateway Arch. A team of speleologists and spelunkers rappelled into the sinkhole on Friday (May 6), discovering that there are three cave entrances in the chasm, as well as ancient trees 131 feet (40 m) tall, stretching their branches toward the sunlight that filters through the sinkhole entrance. The discovery is no surprise, Veni told Live Science, because southern China is home to karst topography, a landscape prone to dramatic sinkholes and otherworldly caves. Karst landscapes are formed primarily...
  • WWII Japanese Aircraft Wrecks Salvaged at Balalae

    01/07/2019 2:06:39 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 44 replies
    Warbird ^ | 12-28-2019
    It has recently come to light that a number of significant Japanese aircraft wrecks are currently being disassembled for recovery in the South Pacific. Located at the old Imperial Japanese Navy airfield on Balalae Island, part of the Shortland Island Group in the western province of the Solomon Islands, the collection of airframes and components importantly includes two Mitsubishi G4M attack bombers, along with the rear fuselage of another example. The G4M, better known in the west by its Allied code name, Betty, was a mainstay of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s land-based aerial bombing fleet. They possessed incredible range, although...
  • Octopus brain and human brain share the same 'jumping genes'

    06/25/2022 6:52:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | JUNE 24, 2022 | nternational School of Advanced Studies (SISSA)
    The research shows that the same "jumping genes" are active both in the human brain and in the brain of two species, Octopus vulgaris, the common octopus, and Octopus bimaculoides, the Californian octopus. This discovery could help us understand the secret of the intelligence of these fascinating organisms. Sequencing the human genome revealed as early as 2001 that over 45% of it is composed of sequences called transposons, so-called "jumping genes" that, through molecular copy-and-paste or cut-and-paste mechanisms, can "move" from one point to another of an individual's genome, shuffling or duplicating. In most cases, these mobile elements remain silent:...
  • USS Samuel B Roberts: World's deepest shipwreck discovered (WW2)

    06/24/2022 5:49:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-24-22 | Jonathan Amos
    Explorers have found the deepest shipwreck ever identified, a US navy destroyer escort sunk during WWII. The USS Samuel B Roberts went down during the Battle Off Samar in the Philippine Sea in October 1944. It lies in 6,895m (22,621ft) of water. Texan financier and adventurer Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible, discovered the "Sammy B" battered but largely intact. The vessel is famed for a heroic final stand against the Japanese.
  • Inca-era tomb unearthed beneath home in Peru’s capital

    06/23/2022 7:09:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Scientists have unearthed an Inca-era tomb under a home in the heart of Peru’s capital, Lima, a burial believed to hold remains wrapped in cloth alongside ceramics and fine ornaments. The lead archeologist, Julio Abanto, told Reuters the 500-year-old tomb contained “multiple funerary bundles” tightly wrapped in cloth. He said those entombed were probably from the elite of Ruricancho society, a culture that once populated present-day Lima before the powerful Inca came to rule a sprawling empire across the length of western South America in the 1400s.