News Desk

China Trumps NASA With Working “StarTrek” EM Propulsion Drive –“Testing Now Aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Laboratory”
22nd December 2016 | dailygalaxy.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Scientists with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) claim NASA’s results ‘re-confirm’ what they’d already achieved, and have plans to implement it in satellites ‘as quickly as possible.’ China claims they’ve created a working prototype of the ‘impossible’ reactionless engine – and they say they’re already testing it in orbit aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

Giant ball of gas is a totally stinky galactic chemistry lab
22nd December 2016 | newscientist.com | Space

You would need a super-sensitive, gargantuan tongue to taste it, but Sagittarius B2, a molecular cloud about 100 light years wide near the centre of our galaxy, would taste terrible.

Reversing Course, E.P.A. Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water
22nd December 2016 | nytimes.com | Earth

The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas extraction technique also known as fracking, has contaminated drinking water in some circumstances, according to the final version of a comprehensive study first issued in 2015.

Obama bans oil drilling ‘permanently’ in millions of acres of ocean
22nd December 2016 | bbc.com | Earth

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the “vast majority” of US-owned northern waters.

Mr Obama designated areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as “indefinitely off limits” to future leasing.

Pre-Christmas melt? North Pole forecast to warm 50 degrees above normal Thursday
22nd December 2016 | washingtonpost.com | Earth

It’s not normal, and it’s happening again.

For the second year in a row in late December and for the second time in as many months, temperatures in the high Arctic will be freakishly high compared to normal.

A very unlikely white Christmas! Villagers stunned as snow falls in the Sahara for the first time in 37 years
22nd December 2016 | dailymail.co.uk | Earth

This might not be the first place you’d expect to find a festive snowy scene, but incredible images show the Sahara desert looking particularly chilly.

It is just the second time in living memory that snow has fallen, with the last occasion being in February 1979.

Gold Pendant Found in Denmark Depicts Norse God Odin, and May Have Been a Sacrifice to Avert the Disastrous Weather of 536 AD
22nd December 2016 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient

Odin, the high god of Norse mythology, rode his eight-legged horse Sleipnir through the nine worlds dispensing ecstasy to all those who invoked him. Now an image of a man with a horse depicted on a gold pendant from the 6 th century AD has been found by an amateur with a metal detector on a Danish island. Experts speculate it depicts Odin in part because it has the text “The High One,” one of Odin’s titles.

Coin struck by vilified king from Hanukkah story found in Jerusalem
22nd December 2016 | timesofisrael.com | Ancient

A bronze penny minted by the Greek tyrant from the Hanukkah story was recently stumbled upon by archaeologists amid the ruins of Jerusalem’s Tower of David during routine cleaning of the site, the museum said in a statement Tuesday ahead of the commencement of the eight-day festival on Saturday night.

An ancient vial of ‘miracle’ blood failed to liquefy, and that’s a bad omen for 2017
22nd December 2016 theweek.com | Ancient, Weird

One of the most famous recurring miracles — even if one not quite sanctioned by the Catholic Church — is the liquefaction of the dried blood of San Gennaro, or St. Januarius, a bishop of Naples martyred around 305 A.D. and the city’s patron saint. Starting in 1389, the vial of San Gennaro’s blood typically turns liquid three times a year

Mysterious Trumpet Sounds Heard All Night in Spokane Valley
22nd December 2016 mysteriousuniverse.org | Weird

“This is the loud trumpet/howling noises in Spokane Valley, WA that I have been hearing All night. Started around 11pm and have been non-stop up until this morning, about 6am.”

That’s just one of countless social media posts that appeared throughout the night of December 13th and early December 14th

Wartime shipwrecks are being illegally salvaged. Are we powerless to stop it?
22nd December 2016 | theguardian.com | Ancient

Two weeks ago, a Dutch expedition preparing a 75th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Java Sea found only holes on the seafloor where the ships used to be. The Dutch ships HMNLS De Ruyter and HMNLS Java are “completely missing” and a large section of HMNLS Kortenaer has been stripped away. The same has been confirmed for HMS Exeter and HMS Encounter, as well as sections missing from HMS Electra. The US submarine Perch is also completely gone. While the Perch sank without its crew on board, the other vessels are war graves.

Arthur’s Camelot – Is the search finally over?
22nd December 2016 | bangor.ac.uk | Ancient

The quest to find King Arthur’s Camelot has puzzled and intrigued scholars and fans for a thousand years. Now, the search may finally be over.

Peter Field, Emeritus Professor in English Literature at Bangor University, has uncovered what he believes to be the location of Arthur’s Camelot.


Alt: Camelot location REVEALED? Historian claim King Arthur was a Yorkshireman
Related: Stunning medieval ring found in Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest could bag an amateur treasure hunter £70,000

New Study Casts Doubt on Theory Anne Frank Was Betrayed
22nd December 2016 abcnews.go.com | Ancient

Anne Frank may not have been betrayed to Nazi occupiers, but captured by chance.

A new study published Friday by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam says that despite decades of research there is no conclusive evidence that the Jewish diarist and her family were betrayed to the Netherlands’ German occupiers during World War II, leading to their arrest and deportation.

Hundreds of Historic Texts Hidden in ISIS-Occupied Monastery
22nd December 2016 | livescience.com | Ancient

More than 400 texts, dating between the middle ages and modern times, have been saved at the Mar Behnam monastery, a place that the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) had occupied for more than two years, until November.

Despite landmines, snakes and dodgy gin, Iraq is an archaeological paradise
22nd December 2016 | theguardian.com | Ancient

Before the very first time I was going to excavate in Iraq, back in 2012, I have to admit I was a little apprehensive; I mean who wouldn’t be? Thankfully the university running the project completely allayed my fears by sending me on a chemical, biological and nuclear weapons training-day, followed up with a course on unexploded ordnance and not stepping on landmines.

What Happened to Turkey’s Ancient Utopia?
21st December 2016 discovermagazine.com | Ancient

Turkey’s Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük may have been an orderly society built on tolerance and equality — until it fell apart.

Ancient Rome indeed feels like modern history compared with the finds for which this arid, dusty site in rural central Turkey is most renowned.

Ancient DNA reveals genetic legacy of pandemics in the Americas
21st December 2016 | theguardian.com | Ancient

Prehistoric America was not a disease-free utopia. Tuberculosis, treponemal disease, Chagas disease, and many other pathogens were endemic to populations in different regions of the continent. But the “Columbian Exchange” beginning in 1492 introduced new pathogens to American populations, including smallpox, measles, influenza, and yellow fever.

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