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Puerto Rico’s Mona Island Caves: Caribbean’s Largest Concentration of Indigenous Pre-Columbian Rock Art
30th October 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

New research on Puerto Rico’s Mona Island caves reveals key discoveries including the first direct rock art dates in the Caribbean, and also pre-Columbian rock art paint recipes.

Oldest Recorded Solar Eclipse Helps Date Egyptian Pharaohs
30th October 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on 30 October 1207 BC, is mentioned in the Bible, and could have consequences for the chronology of the Ancient World.

Fossil Scimitar Cat with ‘Steak Knife Fangs’ Found in Yukon
30th October 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Rare fossils found in the Yukon Territory have scientists sinking their teeth into the mysterious history of a once formidable predator  — the Scimitar Cat.  According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the fossils suggest the now-extinct animal once ranged across the Northern Hemisphere.  Only about 20 fossils have ever been found of this cat in Alaska or the Yukon over the last century.

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant in Norway Doubles as Marine Research Center After Hours
30th October 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth

Europe’s first underwater restaurant “Under”, which can also be read as “Wonder” in the native tongue, sits along the rocky Norwegian coastline, its sleek monolithic form half sunken into the sea with one part directly resting on the seabed.  Its panoramic acrylic windows resemble a periscope, and offer spectacular views of the submerged world.  After hours, the restaurant will serve as a marine biology research center for studying fish behaviour and marine life, and it is hoped that over time the restaurant’s submerged portions will also serve as an artificial reef for mussels.  Article contains a link to a slideshow of images.

Ancient DNA Confirms North African Origins of Canary Islands’ Aboriginal Guanches
30th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

The aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands, commonly known as Guanches, were genetically most similar to modern North African Berbers, according to an ancient DNA sequencing study published in the journal Current Biology.  When and how the Guanches arrived in the Canary Islands has remained poorly understood, since they lacked boats and the knowledge of how to navigate the surrounding seas.

Archaeological Finds Shed Light on Life in Abu Dhabi 7,000 years ago
30th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Ongoing excavation on Marawah Island reveals that around 7,000 years ago, inhabitants of Abu Dhabi herded sheep and goats, used stone tools to hunt, and also used ocean resources for food and sustenance.  Experts report that a sophisticated and highly skilled population was able to trade and thrive in challenging conditions and adapt to their changing environment.

Scores of Octopi Observed Walking Out of the Sea on the Coast of Wales
30th October 2017 | | Animal Life

Dozens of the eight-legged creatures have been witnessed crawling out of the water at New Quay beach in Ceredigion, Wales, UK, confounding observers. This is a trending BBC News video article.

Solar Goddess Amaterasu: Divine Ancestor of the Japanese Imperial Family
30th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Amaterasu is a major goddess in the Shinto religion. Although she is considered primarily to be a sun goddess, she is also believed to be the ruler of the Takama no Hara (the High Celestial Plain), which is the realm of the kami or spirits. This goddess has also been identified as the key ancestor for all Emperors of Japan.

Technology Can Help Ease Disaster Fatigue
30th October 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Earthquakes! Shootings! Wildfires! Storms! ~ Psychologists are seeing more disaster fatigue – also being called Bad News Blues – these days from some of the most horrific news imaginable.  Aside from turning off phones and blocking problematic websites, this article from the New York Times details steps we can take to steer our emotions and our well-being back toward the positive.

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Portrait of a Fighter for Facts
30th October 2017 | | Earth, Humans, Space

Bill Nye, who left his Emmy-winning series after around 100 episodes, has embraced a new mission: educating an older generation as he champions space exploration and challenges creationists and climate-change deniers.  This article from the New York Times reviews the new documentary film entitled Bill Nye: The Science Guy.  Article contains an official PBS trailer video clip.

Striking Ancient Sculptures on Display in New York’s TEFAF Art Fair 2017
30th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Fall 2017 brings together a striking collection of Ancient Art to be included in the sprawling world-reknowned TEFAF art fair exhibits in the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Ten of the 93 galleries are participating in this fair are showcasing ancient sculpture from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian, and Etruscan origins.

5.6 Tons of Ancient Coins Unearthed Under House in Jiangxi China
30th October 2017 | Ancient

About 5.6 tons of ancient coins (300,000 pieces) have been unearthed from under a residential house in Fuliang county of Jingdezhen city in East China’s Jiangxi province. According to archaeologists, the coins could be dated back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), making the coins more than 800 years old.

Sasquatch Researcher Sues Canadian Government to Prove Apeman Exists
30th October 2017 | | Weird

Todd Standing filed a civil lawsuit in British Columbia Supreme Court earlier this month, alleging the government is in dereliction of duty because it won’t recognize his efforts and evidence which he says prove the Sasquatch exists.  He argues that the Sasquatch has a right to be recognized as a distinct and protected species.

Newly Discovered Marine Sponge Species Already Threatened by Deep Sea Mining
30th October 2017 | Animal Life, Earth

A newly discovered species of sponge, Plenaster craigi, has turned out to be the most abundant species on the ocean floors. Its habitat is dominated by polymetallic nodules the size of grapefruits that have been formed over millions of years found in most big oceans at depths of over 4,000 meters.  Researchers from the University of Gothenburg have found that as deep sea mining companies remove the nodules in order to extract the metals, the sponges will probably disappear entirely from the affected areas.

How a 672,000 Gallon Oil Spill Was Nearly Invisible
30th October 2017 | | Earth

About 672,000 gallons of oil spilled when a pipeline fractured about a mile below the ocean’s surface this month in the Gulf of Mexico about 65 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Hardly any of the oil was visible. The depth was one reason, but environmental forces were another.

Lucy in the Sky with Doctors
30th October 2017 | | Humans, Weird

Marijuana went medical, then mainstream. Are psychedelics next?  Article from the Boston Globe a details story about a young Harvard undergraduate who was blackmailed into snitching on a professor who had given him psilocybin as part of a series of wildly unorthodox experiments.

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