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  • ...Flintstone Workshop of Neanderthals in... Poland... approx. 60,000 years old

    03/20/2019 9:37:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Science in Poland ^ | March 13, 2019 | Szymon Zdzieblowski
    They probably appeared in Poland approximately 300,000 years ago. The oldest stone tools they used, discovered on the Vistula, are over 200,000 years old, and the remains are over 100,000 years old. "On the bank of the river in Pietraszyno, we discovered an unprecedented amount of flint products - 17,000 - abandoned by Neanderthals approximately 60,000 years ago" - says Dr. Andrzej Wisniewski from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Wroclaw. Since 2018, the researcher has been conducting joint excavations with researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig in the framework of a National Science Centre...
  • China discovers bamboo slips recording rules of ancient board game

    03/20/2019 9:29:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Xinhua ^ | March 13, 2019 | Editor: mingmei
    Chinese archaeologists have examined a batch of bamboo slips unearthed from a Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD) tomb and found they recorded the long-lost rules of "liubo", an ancient Chinese board game. More than 5,200 bamboo slips were excavated from the tomb of the Marquis of Haihun near Nanchang in eastern China's Jiangxi Province. Over 1,000 of them were recently confirmed to be inscribed with the rules of liubo, according to the institute of excavated text research at Peking University, which is in charge of examining the items. Liubo, literally "six sticks," is a two-player board game dating back...
  • ...Guests in South Korea Were Secretly Filmed; Footage Was Live-Streamed Online for Paying Customers

    03/20/2019 5:11:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders and the footage was streamed online, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement. The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upward of $6,000. “There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time...
  • Ridiculous TSA Search of Young Boy – Caught On Tape…

    03/19/2019 1:20:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies ^ | 03-19-2019 | James Woods Tweet
    James Woods âś” @RealJamesWoods Uh... 8,925 2:38 AM - Mar 19, 2019 12.3K people are talking about this ========================================================== This is beyond ridiculous. And we pay this perv to do this......................
  • 'It's as if God threw a stone into a lake': Mystifying circular ‘hole in the sky’ ...

    03/19/2019 6:22:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | Published: 08:53 EDT, 18 March 2019 | Updated: 09:03 EDT, 18 March 2019 | By Sara Malm and MailOnline Reporter
    The bizarre phenomenon was pictured above Al Ain near the border with Oman Due to its rarity and strange appearance the holes are often attributed to UFOs Scientists quickly explained it is a 'fallstreak hole' or 'hole punch cloud' Fallstreak holes occur when water droplets quickly freeze and form ice crystals ======================================================================= UAE citizens were left baffled after a mysterious 'whirlpool hole' suddenly appeared in the sky above the city of Al Ain this weekend. The large circular patch of clear sky emerged inside the otherwise heavy cloud near the border with Oman, as if somebody had punched a hole...
  • The world's cleanest airlines revealed: Japan's ANA is No1 [tr]

    03/18/2019 10:49:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2019 | Jennifer Newton
    The airlines with the cleanest cabins have been revealed - and it's Japan's ANA that has the most sparkling planes. In a survey, passengers rated the standards and quality of the cleanliness on board aircraft in several different areas. Seven airlines that made the top ten cleanest were all based in Asia. Not a single American or British carrier made the top 30.
  • Ryanair passenger ‘has nose bitten off’ when brawl kicks off on flight to Tenerife

    03/18/2019 6:56:31 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    Metro News ^ | 17 Mar 2019 | Zoe Drewett
    A brutal fight between passengers on a Ryanair flight to Tenerife from Glasgow resulted in one man having his ‘nose bitten off’ according to witnesses. Video shows passengers screaming as a man emerges from the aisle covered in blood.
  • Diet-induced changes favor innovation in speech sounds

    03/17/2019 11:36:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 14, 2019 | University of Zurich
    Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds such as "f" in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history. Human speech is incredibly diverse, ranging from ubiquitous sounds like "m" and "a" to the rare click consonants in some languages of Southern Africa. This range of sounds is generally thought to have been established with the emergence of the Homo sapiens around 300,000 years ago. A study...
  • Changes in rat size reveal habitat of 'Hobbit' hominin

    03/17/2019 11:30:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 13, 2019 | Emory Health Sciences
    Murids, as the rat family is known, are more taxonomically diverse than any other mammal group and are found in nearly every part of the world... The study was based on remains recovered from the limestone cave known as Liang Bua, where partial skeletons of H. floresiensis have been found, along with stone tools and the remains of animals -- most of them rats. In fact, out of the 275,000 animal bones identified in the cave so far, 80 percent of them are from rodents... The study encompassed about 10,000 of the Liang Bua rat bones. The remains spanned five...
  • Thanks to pig remains, scientists uncover extensive human mobility to sites near Stonehenge

    03/17/2019 11:25:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 13, 2019 | Richard Madgwick, Cardiff University
    A mutli-isotope analysis of pigs remains found around henge complexes near Stonehenge has revealed the large extent and scale of movements of human communities in Britain during the Late Neolithic. The findings... provide insight into more than a century of debate surrounding the origins of people and animals in the Stonehenge landscape. Neolithic henge complexes, located in southern Britain, have long been studied for their role as ceremonial centers. Feasts that were unprecedented at the time were held at these locations. Experts have theorized that these events brought in many people beyond the surrounding area of the henge sites, but...
  • APNewsBreak: Greyhound won’t let US drop migrants in depots

    03/15/2019 5:40:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 15, 2019 | Astrid Galvan
    Greyhound Lines Inc. is no longer allowing U.S. authorities to drop off immigrant families inside bus stations, forcing those who have been released from custody to wait outside until they have a ticket. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that it had been asked to drop off migrants outside facilities instead of busing them in. ICE for years has dropped off migrants at Greyhound stations, largely in Phoenix, after releasing them pending court hearings to decide whether they can stay in the country. From the stations, they travel to their intended destination in the...
  • The Boeing 777X UNVEILED: World's longest passenger plane at 252ft makes its debut at factory [tr]

    03/15/2019 11:04:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2019 | Jennifer Newton
    The first fully assembled Boeing 777X - the world's longest passenger jetliner - has been unveiled. The aircraft had expected to be presented with much fanfare in a ceremonial debut at the plane manufacturer's plant in Everett, near Seattle, on Wednesday. But as a mark of respect for those who died in the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crash, it was instead unveiled in a low-key event that was only attended by Boeing employees.
  • At tense meeting with Boeing executives, pilots fumed about being left in dark on plane software

    03/15/2019 6:37:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2019 | Aaron Gregg , Jonathan O'Connell , Andrew Ba Tran and Faiz Siddiqui
    Boeing executives sat down last November with pilots at the Allied Pilots Association’s low-slung brick headquarters in Fort Worth. Tensions were running high. One of Boeing’s new jets — hailed by the company as an even more reliable version of Boeing’s stalwart 737 — had crashed into the ocean off Indonesia shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board the flight operated by Lion Air. After the crash, Boeing issued a bulletin disclosing that this line of planes, known as the 737 Max 8, was equipped with a new type of software as part of the plane’s automated functions....
  • Ancient DNA research shines spotlight on Iberia

    03/15/2019 2:20:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | March 14, 2019 | University of Huddersfield
    The largest-ever study of ancient DNA from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) suggests that the Iberian male lineages were almost completely replaced between 4,500 and 4,000 years ago by newcomers originating on the Russian steppe... Most striking was an influx of new people during the later Copper Age, otherwise known as the Beaker period because of the ubiquitous presence in burials of large drinking vessels, from about 4,500 years ago. By the Early Bronze Age, 500 years later, these newcomers represented about 40% of Iberia's genetic pool - but virtually 100% of their male lineages... This is an extraordinary...
  • US warship quarantined at sea due to virus outbreak

    A US warship has essentially been quarantined at sea for over two months and has been unable to make a port call due to an outbreak of a viral infection similar to mumps. Twenty-five sailors and Marines aboard the USS Fort McHenry amphibious warship have been diagnosed with parotitis, which causes symptoms similar to mumps, according to US military officials. Until CNN asked about the incident, the US military had not disclosed it. The illness first broke out in December, with the most recent case being reported on March 9.
  • Here's How Today's 'Bomb Cyclone' Formed On The Central Plains.

    03/13/2019 1:24:31 PM PDT · by CARTOUCHE · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/13/2019 | Dennis Mersereau
    Blizzard conditions are rocking communities in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming today as an intense low-pressure system rapidly strengthens on the central Plains. The storm became a “bomb cyclone,” a scary-sounding term that refers to how quickly the storm intensified. The low will be responsible for a variety of foul weather across the country over the next couple of days. The WPC's surface analysis for the central Plains at 10:00 AM CDT March 13, 2019.NOAA/WPC The low-pressure system over southeastern Colorado had a minimum central pressure of 970 millibars as of the WPC’s surface analysis at 10:00 AM CDT, which is...
  • Bad Day at Hoover Dam (2nd Amendment) (Vanity)

    03/12/2019 6:25:33 PM PDT · by Dr. Zzyzx · 28 replies
    Me | 3.12.19 | Me
    Took some friends who had never been to Death Valley on a tour there yesterday. Came out of the park and stayed in Pahrump, Nevada last night. Found out these friends had never been to the Hoover Dam, nor the walkway across the Pat Tillman/Mike O'Callaghan Memorial Bridge. This bridge crosses the Colorado River Gorge just south of the dam. I've been there several times. You stop at what is essentially a roadside rest area and hike up a walk and cross the bridge on foot. At the Arizona /Nevada border, you are exactly above center of the Colorado...
  • Americans are traveling alone more than ever

    03/12/2019 3:03:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The new survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Travelex, confirmed that Americans are much more likely to give themselves over to their travel experience fully when they’re alone. Specifically, half of the survey respondents (50 percent) said they’d be more willing to talk to locals while traveling alone, and another 46 percent said they’d be more spontaneous when unaccompanied. Over half (57 percent) also said they are much more likely to go out of their comfort zone when traveling solo. But it’s not without its drawbacks, it turns out. Safety is the chief concern Americans have...
  • LAX Travelers Warned of Possible Measles Exposure After Confirmed Case at Airport

    03/12/2019 2:14:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    ktla ^ | 03/12/2019
    Los Angeles International Airport after an infected passenger walked between terminals last month. The traveler was still infectious when he or she arrived on China Eastern Flight 538 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal B, Gate 133, on the morning of Feb. 21, according to a news release from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. The passenger then went to Terminal 3, Gate 32, and departed later that day on Delta Flight DL 5705.
  • Etruscan Pyramid of Bomarzo, Italy

    03/12/2019 9:02:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Historic Mysteries ^ | prior to March 12, 2019 | unattributed
    Bomarzo is an obscure little town in the Viterbo province of Lazio, Italy. The area of Bomarzo was once a part of the larger region of Etruria, which the mysterious Etruscans dominated... they built a curious structure out of the volcanic rock in a thickly wooded area of Bomarzo in a nearby valley. Today, people call it the Etruscan Pyramid of Bomarzo. Steep steps, a number of platforms, rectangular cubicles, and channels running at odd angles decorate the front wall... The Etruscan Pyramid at Bomarzo is a relatively new discovery. Two local archaeologists named Giovanni Lamoratta and Giuseppe Maiorano stumbled across it...