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  • Up to 3% of Greenland residents - or 1,600 people - have rare genetic mutation that makes sugary food as healthy as broccoli for them, study finds

    12/27/2021 7:06:16 PM PST · by Trillian · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 December 2021 | Mansur Shaheen
    Sugar may actually be healthy for some Greenland residents, a study finds. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that up to three percent of Greenlanders may have a rare genetic mutation that allows their body to process sugar in a way that is healthy. Since many people in Greenland come from gene pools that have consumed little sugar at all for centuries, their body has adjusted to consume sugar in a different way. Those who have the mutation are less likely to become obese, or suffer from a wide range of health problems generally tied to being overweight. 'Adult...
  • The Real Reason China Wants Tibet

    12/19/2021 8:38:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 12/19/2021 | John Mac Ghlionn
    CommentaryAs I write this, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing cultural genocide in Tibet. Chinese leader Xi Jinping has demanded a “new modern socialist” Tibet, as well as the “sinicization” of the Tibetan people.To ensure mass compliance, the CCP has implemented a string of new policies in the supposedly autonomous region. In Tibet, banned activities and practices now include visiting temples and the use of rosary beads, or any other religious objects.According to the Policy Research Group (POREG), Beijing “has appointed special agents in each office and community to report on Tibetan cadres and officials who break these laws.”...
  • Greenland's Inuit seek Denmark compensation over failed social experiment

    11/23/2021 7:44:20 PM PST · by blueplum · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 November 2021 | uncredited BBC
    ....It was in 1951 when Danish authorities decided that one way to modernise Greenland would be to create a new type of Greenlander. Teachers and priests were asked to identify children who could be re-educated and given a "better life" in mainland Denmark, and then return to be role models for Greenland-Denmark relations. Many families were reluctant but some gave way, and in May 1951, the ship MS Disko set sail from Nuuk with 22 children on board. Helene Thiesen, now in her 70s but seven at the time, said that her mother, who had been left alone with three...
  • Consecutive cold years reveal climate lies of COP26

    11/11/2021 10:23:42 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Cornwall Alliance ^ | November 9, 2021 | Vijay Jayaraj
    As world leaders meet this week at Glasgow for COP26, real-life data such as cold weather and increasing sea ice hints at the falseness of their faux climate crises. Residents of Delhi, for instance, are bracing for another cold winter after the country’s meteorological department forecasted below-normal temperatures for November. In fact, a string of exceptionally cold winters for the Indian capital have contradicted continual media predictions of unusual global warming—a dichotomy repeating regionally around the world. When I moved to Delhi in 2019, I was greeted by a winter that was colder than even the typically frigid weather for...
  • Vikings Were in the Americas Exactly 1,000 Years Ago

    10/20/2021 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Oct 2021 | Katherine Kornei
    By studying tree rings and using a dash of astrophysics, researchers have pinned down a precise year that settlers from Europe were on land that would come to be known as Newfoundland. Six decades ago, a husband-and-wife team of archaeologists discovered the remains of a settlement on the windswept northern tip of Newfoundland. The site’s eight timber-framed structures resemble Viking buildings in Greenland, and archaeological artifacts found there — including a bronze cloak pin — are decidedly Norse in style.Scientists now believe that this site, known as L’Anse aux Meadows, was inhabited by Vikings who came from Greenland. To this...
  • A monk in 14th-century Italy wrote about the Americas

    10/07/2021 7:57:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The Economist ^ | 25 Sept 2021 | The Economist
    THAT VIKINGS crossed the Atlantic long before Christopher Columbus is well established. Their sagas told of expeditions to the coast of today’s Canada: to Helluland, which scholars have identified as Baffin Island or Labrador; Markland (Labrador or Newfoundland) and Vinland (Newfoundland or a territory farther south). In 1960 the remains of Norse buildings were found on Newfoundland.But there was no evidence to prove that anyone outside northern Europe had heard of America until Columbus’s voyage in 1492. Until now. A paper for the academic journal Terrae Incognitae by Paolo Chiesa, a professor of Medieval Latin Literature at Milan University, reveals...
  • NASA Data Peers into Greenland’s Ice Sheet

    08/29/2021 8:58:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland ^ | January 23, 2015, updated August 7, 2017 | George Hale, ed by Holly Zell
    This new map allows scientists to determine the age of large swaths of Greenland’s ice, extending ice core data for a better picture of the ice sheet’s history. “This new, huge data volume records how the ice sheet evolved and how it’s flowing today,” said Joe MacGregor, a glaciologist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics and the study’s lead author.Greenland’s ice sheet is the second largest mass of ice on Earth, containing enough water to raise ocean levels by about 20 feet. The ice sheet has been losing mass over the past two decades and warming...
  • Traces of Earth’s early magma ocean identified in Greenland rocks

    03/16/2021 4:37:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Univ Cambridge ^ | 3/12/2021
    Traces of Earth’s early magma ocean identified in Greenland rocks New research led by the University of Cambridge has found rare evidence – preserved in the chemistry of ancient rocks from Greenland - which tells of a time when Earth was almost entirely molten.It’s astonishing that we can even hold these rocks in our hands – let alone get so much detail about the early history of our planetHelen WilliamsThe study, published in the journal Science Advances, yields information on an important period in our planet’s formation, when a deep sea of incandescent magma stretched across Earth’s surface and extended...
  • Billionaires Bezos, Bloomberg, Gates, & Dalio Partner On Greenland EV-Mineral-Mining JV

    08/10/2021 1:19:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 8-10-21 | ZubuBrothers
    Was Trump right (again) after all? In August 2019, President Trump was ridiculed for reportedly expressing an interest in buying Greenland “Greenland is a strategic place… they’ve got a lot of valuable minerals,” he explained in August 2019, and he was right: Danish surveys have found that the owner of the island would stake a claim to around 900,000 sq km of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. As we noted at the time, there is also – not surprisingly – a race for supremacy with China over the island’s future. So far, Washington has prevented Beijing from financing...
  • Greenland halts new oil exploration to combat climate change and focus on sustainable development

    07/16/2021 6:54:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    "This step has been taken for the sake of our nature, for the sake of our fisheries, for the sake of our tourism industry, and to focus our business on sustainable potentials," the government, called Naalakkersuisut, said in a statement. "We can see the consequences in our country every day, and we are ready to contribute to global solutions to counter climate change,"
  • Large amounts of mercury discovered in Greenland's glaciers

    06/21/2021 10:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.18.2021 | Isabela Martel
    When British environmental geochemist Jon Hawkings arrived in Greenland for the first time in 2012, he was impressed. “It’s mind-blowing: You look onto the horizon and it’s just ice and it goes on for 150, 200 kilometers at least.” He went to the Arctic with a group of international scientists. Their goal was to investigate the relationship between nutrients entering coastal ecosystems from glacial meltwater. But the group’s research took an unexpected turn. The scientists analyzed samples from meltwater rivers and fjords and found concentrations of dissolved mercury among the highest ever recorded. Despite it being a pristine and remote...
  • Opposition Wins Elections In Greenland, Casting Doubt On Future Of Rare-Earth Mine

    04/07/2021 12:21:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    npr ^ | April 7, 2021 | SCOTT NEUMAN
    Voters in Greenland have given an opposition party its first-ever chance to form a government after a campaign that sought to define the limits of development on the Arctic island. The Inuit Ataqatigiit party won 37% of the vote, compared with 29% for the ruling social-democratic Siumut party, according to official results reported by Reuters. The vote totals should allow Inuit Ataqatigiit to grab 12 seats in the 31-member unicameral legislature, known as the Inatsisartut, meaning it will likely need to form a coalition with support from one of the smaller parties. At the center of Tuesday's election was the...
  • Superpowers eye Greenland vote in scramble for Earth's treasures

    Colin Freeman Sat, April 3, 2021, 5:47 AM Picture taken on March 30, 2021 shows a view of Nuuk, Greenland - EMIL HELMS /AFP Picture taken on March 30, 2021 shows a view of Nuuk, Greenland - EMIL HELMS /AFP AS elections go, it sounds rather minor-league: a contest with just 40,000 voters, triggered by a planning row in one of the most remote, inhospitable corners of the planet. On Tuesday, though, diplomats from Washington to Beijing will be watching carefully as Greenland holds snap parliamentary polls. With a total of population of just 56,000, its electorate is smaller than...
  • Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse

    03/02/2021 2:39:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2021 | By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Eric Onstad
    COPENHAGEN - In the tenth century, Erik the Red, a Viking from Iceland, was so impressed with the vegetation on another Arctic island he had found he called it “the green land.” Today, it’s Greenland’s rocks that are attracting outsiders - superpowers riding a green revolution. The world’s biggest island has huge resources of metals known as ‘rare earths,’ used to create compact, super-strong magnets which help power equipment such as wind turbines, electric vehicles, combat aircraft and weapons systems. The metals are abundant globally, but processing them is difficult and dirty - so much so that the United States,...
  • Ancient Lake Discovered Under Greenland May Be Millions of Years Old, Scientists Say

    11/11/2020 8:58:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Peter Dockrill
    The remains of a giant, ancient lake have been discovered under Greenland, buried deep below the ice sheet in the northwest of the country and estimated to be hundreds of thousands of years old, if not millions, scientists say. The huge 'fossil lake bed' is a phenomenon the likes of which scientists haven't seen before in this part of the world... Last year, scientists reported the discovery of over 50 subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet: bodies of thawed liquid water trapped between bedrock and the ice sheet overhead. The new find is of a different nature: an ancient...
  • 1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

    10/09/2020 3:43:44 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 39 replies
    Live Science ^ | 8/10/2020 | Tom Metcalfe
    The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered in Norway — a rare relic of the Viking religion built a few centuries before Christianity became dominant there. Archaeologists say the large wooden building — about 45 feet (14 meters) long, 26 feet (8 m) wide, and up to 40 feet (12 m) high — is thought to date from the end of the eighth century and was used for worship and sacrifices to gods during the midsummer and midwinter solstices. Old Norse culture was famous and feared by...
  • Scientists Reveal More About Volcanic Eruption That Rocked the Ancient Maya

    09/30/2020 10:03:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 09/29/2020 | George Dvorsky
    Using a combination of archaeological and geological evidence, scientists have finally pinpointed the date of the infamous Tierra Blanca Joven eruption, which likely devastated Maya communities in what is now El Salvador. Ilopango volcano blew its stack 1,589 years ago—give or take a year or two—according to new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That this volcano erupted well over 1,000 years ago was well established, but the new research finally firms up the date, in a paper that will be of interest to archaeologists, historians, geologists, and climate scientists. The Ilopango caldera is...
  • New Viking DNA research yields unexpected information about who they were

    09/16/2020 9:53:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 16, 2020 | Simon Fraser University
    ...the research team extracted and analysed DNA from the remains of 442 men, women and children... from archaeological sites in Scandinavia, the U.K., Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland and Russia, and mostly date to the Viking Age (ca. 750-1050 AD). The team's analyses yielded a number of findings. One of the most noteworthy is that contrary to what has often been assumed, Viking identity was not limited to people of Scandinavian ancestry -- the team discovered that two skeletons from a Viking burial site in the Orkney Islands were of Scottish ancestry. They also found evidence that there was...
  • The Frozen Echo: Greenland and the Exploration of North America ca. A.D. 1000-1500

    09/03/2020 7:19:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Stanford University Press ^ | since 1996 | unattributed
    It is now generally accepted the Leif Eriksson sailed from Greenland across the Davis Strait and made landfalls on the North American continent almost a thousand years ago, but what happened in this vast area during the next five hundred years has long been a source of disagreement among scholars. Using new archeological, scientific, and documentary information (much of it in Scandinavian languages that are a bar to most Western historians), this book confronts many of the unanswered questions about early exploration and colonization along the shores of the Davis Strait. The author brings together two distinct but tangential fields...
  • Yesterday, in the middle of Summer, Greenland Gained a Record-Smashing 4 Gigatons of Snow and Ice

    08/24/2020 7:18:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 8/11/2020 | Cap Allon
    Usually in mid-August, Greenland’s surface mass balance (SMB) is LOSING 4 Gigatons of snow & ice a day. Not yesterday, however — on Aug 10, 2020, the ice sheet GAINED a record-smashing 4 Gigatons of global warming goodness (and just listen to the silence coming from the MSM, it has so much to say). Before this year, the Greenland ice sheet had never grown anywhere-close to 4 Gigatons in any of the months of June, July, or August, according to DMI records (which go back to 1981). In addition, the DMI record books also reveal that yesterday’s 4 Gt GAIN...