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  • Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case

    03/27/2017 7:55:08 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 56 replies
    New Yor Times ^ | March 27, 2017 | Rod Nordland
    When viewed through the window of the museum’s freezer, where he is kept now, his hands not only appear unusually small, but they also show little sign of hard use, suggesting that Ötzi was no manual laborer. Every modern murder investigation relies heavily on forensic science, but in Ötzi’s case, the techniques have been particularly high tech, involving exotic specialties like archaeobotany and paleometallurgy. From examining traces of pollen in his digestive tract, scientists were able to place the date of Ötzi’s death at sometime in late spring or early summer. In his last two days, they found, he consumed...
  • Harvard-educated professor who opened fire during faculty meeting and killed three colleagues...

    10/20/2015 8:31:21 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 October 2015 10:49 EST, 20 October 2015 | REGINA F. GRAHAM
    After five years ex-Alabama professor who opened fire during faculty meeting killing three colleagues and injuring three more FINALLY apologizes to victims and her family as she challenges her sentence Amy Bishop Anderson killed three colleagues and wounded three more during a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2010 She pleaded guilty to capital murder and attempted murder in 2012 The professor waived her right to appeal with the guilty plea, but she's been challenging the conviction ever since with a number of claims Now she has apologized to the victims, their families and her family...
  • Ashkenazi Jews descend from 350 people, study finds

    07/15/2015 2:42:04 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 101 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Andrew Tobin
    ‘Bottleneck’ dates back 600 to 800 years, genome analysis shows; researcher says among population ‘everyone is a 30th cousin. Illustrative photo of Ashkenazi Jews, taken from Nurit Ben Sheetri's 'The Redheads' exhibit at Dizengoff Center (courtesy Nurit Ben Sheetrit) A new study concludes that all Ashkenazi Jews can trace their ancestry to a “bottleneck” of just 350 individuals, dating back to between 600 and 800 years ago. The study, published in the Nature Communications journal Tuesday, was authored by Shai Carmi, a computer science professor at Columbia University, and more than 20 medical researchers from Yale, Columbia, Yeshiva University’s Albert...
  • Fact Checker: Setting the record straight: The real story of a pivotal climate-change hearing

    04/05/2015 11:35:14 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5, 2015 | Glenn Kessler
    “That hearing was presided over and organized by then-Sen. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.), who later told an interviewer that, for a bit of stage effect, he chose a particularly hot day in the summer — it turned out to be a record high — and left the windows of the hearing room open the night before. Thus witnesses were sweltering and wiping their brows as they testified about global warming.” — The Fact Checker, “Kerry’s claim that he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change,” March 18, 2015 The Fact Checker recently gave Four Pinocchios to Secretary of State...
  • You + Your Man Both Have Blue Eyes? You're Related, Says Science!

    03/08/2015 7:17:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 75 replies
    Your Tango ^ | March 8, 2015 | Nicole Weaver
    Do you have blues eyes? (Lucky you!) Are you dating someone with blue eyes? (Even luckier!) You may think the eye color similarity is no different than dating with someone with a similar hair color or skin tone, but science just revealed that BOOM: All people with blue eyes are genetically linked. Thus, you and your blue-eyed hunny are both definitely related somehow - and even weirder, your shared relative can be narrowed down to one ancestor! A study at University of Copenhagen found that because blue eyes are a genetic mutation — before said mutation, everyone in the world...
  • Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

    01/26/2015 4:28:39 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 40 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 1-23-15 | Anon
    LONDON — The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama urged Argentina on several occasions to either stop or limit the investigation into the bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires. The sources said the U.S. appeals marked one of the demands by Iran for a reconciliation with Washington. “Argentina had hard evidence against at least one Iranian leader, which prevented him from traveling abroad,” a source said.
  • The 600 Smartest Colleges In America

    10/22/2014 8:25:22 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 21, 2014 | JONATHAN WAI
    Schools are constantly being ranked on everything from student happiness, campus beauty, success of alums, and professor prestige. But where should you go if you want to be among the most intelligent students in America? Exclusively for Business Insider, Jonathan Wai, a Duke University Talent Identification Program researcher, calculated a ranking of America's colleges and universities based purely on smarts, as reflected by the school's average scores on standardized tests. These tests are often criticized, but research shows that both the SAT and ACT are good measures of general cognitive ability; and the average scores that schools report to U.S....
  • Chemicals in plastic 'are making women less interested in sex'

    10/20/2014 8:28:07 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 63 replies
    Daily Mail (London) ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | FIONA MACRAE
    Full headline: Chemicals in plastic 'are making women less interested in sex': Low libido linked to additives used to soften materials found in every home PVC flooring and plastic shower curtains could lower women's libido Women with high levels of phthalates more likely to say no to sex Additives are man-made chemicals thought to interfere with hormones Tiny particles enter our systems through eating and breathing Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex. A study has linked low libido with the additives used to...
  • Europe's family tree has a THIRD branch...

    09/17/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    Europe's family tree has a THIRD branch: Link found in genetic connection between Modern Europeans and Native Americans Europeans share DNA with ancient hunters and Middle Eastern farmers Study claims Europeans also share their genes with North Eurasians This group gave their DNA to the people who traveled the Bering Strait Ancient Middle Eastern farmers and their European descendants can trace ancestry to a previously unknown lineage called the Basal Eurasians It has long been believed that modern Europeans descended from indigenous hunters and Middle Eastern farmers. But a new study suggests all Europeans today have DNA from a third...
  • A Call for a Low-Carb Diet

    09/02/2014 4:58:30 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 106 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Sept 2, 2014 | A O'Connor
    People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows. The findings are unlikely to be the final salvo in what has been a long and often contentious debate about what foods are best to eat for weight loss and overall health. The notion that dietary fat is harmful, particularly saturated fat, arose decades ago from comparisons of disease rates among large national populations. But more recent clinical studies in which...
  • Maryland Shines Spotlight on War of 1812

    08/30/2014 5:56:17 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 64 replies
    The Wall St Journal (free) ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | SCOTT CALVERT CONNECT
    State Has Awarded $5.5 Million in Grants for Celebrations, Research and Education A historian gives cutlass lessons to children at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Thursday. Melissa Golden for The Wall Street Journal BALTIMORE—Maryland officials are on a campaign to elevate the profile of the War of 1812, a historically unpopular conflict that ended in a draw with Britain and has long been overshadowed by the Revolutionary and Civil wars. The state is planning a weeklong festival next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the city's defense in 1814, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the poem that...
  • D.C.’s darkest day, a war that no one remembers

    08/24/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-24-14 | Joel Achenbach
    On Aug. 24, 1814, the British started a fire — and ultimately kindled a capital’s future. The day began like so many days in Washington, with a painfully long meeting marked by confusion, misinformation and indecision. The British were coming. They were on the march in the general direction of Washington. The precise target of the invaders remained unclear, but their intentions were surely malign. James Madison, the fourth president of these young United States, had raced to a private home near the Navy Yard for an emergency war council with top generals and members of his Cabinet. The secretary...
  • Christians and Gun Owners Portrayed Well in New Movie

    08/01/2014 8:42:30 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 17 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 8-1-14 | Pharmboy
    Mrs. Pharmboy and I saw Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" a few hours ago. It was brilliant.It took him 12 years to do this movie, following the principles through time with the focus on Mason Jr., who starts out as a 7 year old and finishes with his first day of college. The only actors you would know are Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, and both are great. But the reason I am writing this is to let you Freepers know that this movie has a huge surprise: at Mason's small birthday party celebrated at stepmother's parent's house, his step grandma gives...
  • In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America

    07/30/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | MICHAEL PAULSON
    STURBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Blanchard was sorry she skipped a worship service. Sarah Wood apologized for denouncing infant baptisms. And as for the Cheneys, Joseph and Abigail? Well, “with shame, humiliation and sorrow,” they acknowledged having had sex before marriage. More than 250 years ago, their confessions of sin were dutifully logged by the minister of the church here, alongside records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, notes about meetings heated and routine, accounts of finances, texts of sermons, and, in some cases, personal accounts of conversion experiences from young adults. Now, in a regionwide scavenger hunt, a pair of historians...
  • Book Review: 'West of the Revolution' by Claudio Saunt

    07/22/2014 6:29:49 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 4 replies
    The Wall St Journal ^ | July 22, 2014 | GERARD HELFERICH
    As tea was being dumped in Boston Harbor, momentous changes were taking place across the continent, defining America's future. The year 1776 stands as the most celebrated date on the American calendar, and for good reason. Embraced by those scant 12 months is not only the signing of the Declaration of Independence but also the Redcoats' retreat from Boston, the Continentals' narrow escape from New York, and George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River to snatch a desperately needed victory at Trenton. Those storied episodes unfolded within 50 miles of the Atlantic Coast. In his perceptive and original "West of...
  • If Only Thomas Jefferson Could Settle the Issue

    07/03/2014 5:35:14 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 39 replies
    NY Times--front page ^ | July 3, 2014 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less. The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced...
  • The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook

    06/27/2014 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 51 replies
    Oxford Books ^ | June 10, 2014 | Francis Kennedy (Ed.)
    The ultimate historical traveler's guide to the American Revolution Nearly 150 chronologically arranged entries on everything from meeting halls to battlefields Includes contemporary accounts and the writings of leading historians, offering site-by-site details and an overview of the Revolution Written for the vast and ever-growing crowd of history tourists In 1996, Congress commissioned the National Park Service to compile a list of sites and landmarks connected with the American Revolution that it deemed vital to preserve for future generations. Some of these sites are well known--Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Fort Ticonderoga--and in no danger of being lost; others less so--...
  • So I voted today in Maryland...

    06/24/2014 3:07:19 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 36 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 6-24-14 | Pharmboy
    When I pulled up to the middle school, there was a table set up outside under a big shade tree with three ladies sitting behind it. Some American flag decorations on it and some pamphlets. As I made my way by it towards the school entrance I said:"Hi ladies--what affiliation are you, sitting under this tree?" And they said: "Democrats." And I said: "Have a nice day, ladies." They mumbled something. Since I saw the flags, I thought maybe they were Tea Party. Then inside, when asked for party, I said "Tea Party." And all of them almost fell over....
  • Trove of skulls...missing link in human evolution: early Neanderthals used teeth as 'third hand'

    06/19/2014 7:50:23 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 June 2014 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    Full headline: Treasure trove of skulls reveal missing link in human evolution: Facial bones suggest early Neanderthals used their teeth as a 'third hand' The 17 skulls belong to a single population of a fossil hominin species This is the biggest collection of human fossils ever found on one site They shed light on pre-human evolution from around 400,000 years ago Skulls showed Neanderthal features in face and teeth but not elsewhere These features evolved due to eating and perhaps for use as a 'third hand' Study adds to theories that the Neanderthals developed their characteristic looks slowly, and intermittently,...
  • Minority Gun Owners Face Balancing Act, Weighing Isolation and Stigma of Violence

    06/15/2014 5:08:28 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | TANZINA VEGA
    INDIANAPOLIS — Standing in a small booth surrounded by displays for rifles, pistols, holsters and other firearm accouterments, the Rev. Kenn Blanchard signed copies of his book “Black Man With a Gun: Reloaded.” Amid the sea of thousands of white faces that descended on this city for the National Rifle Association convention in late April, Mr. Blanchard, an N.R.A. member since 1991, offered his reasoning for why he was one of the few black visitors. “We still culturally have a fear that we’re going to be that lone guy out, and you don’t want to be the lone guy out,”...