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Iran’s Centuries-Old Windmills May Soon Stop Turning
17th January 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient

In the village of Nashtifan in northeastern Iran, Mohammad Etebari serves as the last keeper of an ancient tradition. Now elderly, Etebari has dedicated his life to keeping the town’s few dozen historic windmills turning.

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground
17th January 2017 | npr.org | Earth

Six years ago, Don Cameron, the general manager of Terranova Ranch, southwest of Fresno, Calif., did something that seemed kind of crazy.

Earth could get a new ‘mega continent’ called Amasia as America and Asia join together
17th January 2017 uk.news.yahoo.com | Earth

In the distant future, America and Asia will collide – forming a new ‘mega continent’ called Amasia.

Computer simulations from Yale University researchers suggest that the continent will form in the far future, around 250 million years from now.

Extraordinary images show ‘light pillars’ dancing above houses after sunshine and snow combine to create rare effect
17th January 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Earth, Weird

Extraordinary images captured in Canada have shown rare light pillars beaming up to the sky above the houses after a combination of sunshine and snow.

The pillars are caused when temperatures plummet so low that water molecules in the air freeze but remain stationary in vertical shafts.

Deepest X-ray image ever reveals black hole treasure trove
17th January 2017 phys.org | Space

An unparalleled image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving an international team of astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years beginning soon after the Big Bang. This is the deepest X-ray image ever obtained, collected with about 7 million seconds, or 11 and a half weeks, of Chandra observing time.

This star has a secret – even better than ‘alien megastructures’
17th January 2017 | csmonitor.com | Space

KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s star, has baffled scientists for more than a year and given rise to a popular ‘alien megastructure’ theory. The truth may be just as bizarre.

Mysterious radio signal traced to dwarf galaxy light-years away
17th January 2017 edition.cnn.com | Space

A mysterious signal that has confounded scientists for years has been traced to a spot in the sky more than 3 billion light-years away.

Almost a decade after the first fast radio burst (FRB) was discovered, an international team of researchers has pinpointed the origin of one such signal as a dwarf galaxy in the pentagon-shaped constellation Auriga.

Sumerians Looked to the Heavens as They Invented the System of Time… And We Still Use it Today
17th January 2017 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient

One might find it curious that we divide the hours into 60 minutes and the days into 24 hours – why not a multiple of 10 or 12? Put quite simply, the answer is because the inventors of time did not operate on a decimal (base-10) or duodecimal (base-12) system but a sexagesimal (base-60) system. For the ancient Sumerian innovators who first divided the movements of the heavens into countable intervals, 60 was the perfect number.

The fake news that sealed the fate of Antony and Cleopatra
17th January 2017 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

The papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political divide in the US has been filling the world with lies in order to discredit the other. We used to call this propaganda; now it’s fake news.

Poisoned, shot and beaten: why cyanide alone may have failed to kill Rasputin
17th January 2017 | theguardian.com | Ancient

The end of December marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Rasputin, the “mad monk of Russia”, or “lover of the Russian queen” if you believe the Boney M song, though you probably shouldn’t. While the song is undoubtedly a floor-filler, unsurprisingly it is not exactly a reliable historical account of Rasputin’s life.

8,500-year-old Silk Found in Chinese Tombs, Oldest Evidence Ever
17th January 2017 | newhistorian.com | Ancient

8,500-year-old silk found in ancient tombs in China is now the oldest evidence of people using silkworms to create the highly-sought-after textile, pushing the date back for such an occurrence by thousands of years.

Byzantine skeleton yields 800-year-old genomes from a fatal infection
17th January 2017 | eurekalert.org | Ancient

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave.

Like others in the Byzantine era graveyard, the woman’s bones bore the unmistakable signs of a hard agrarian existence.

A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US
16th January 2017 | statnews.com | Humans

If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on.

Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics.

Retroviruses ‘almost half a billion years old’
16th January 2017 | ox.ac.uk | Ancient

Retroviruses – the family of viruses that includes HIV – are almost half a billion years old, according to new research by scientists at Oxford University. That’s several hundred million years older than previously thought and suggests retroviruses have ancient marine origins, having been with their animal hosts through the evolutionary transition from sea to land.

Tomatillo fossil is oldest nightshade plant
16th January 2017 | sciencenews.org | Ancient

Two tiny tomatillo fossils have kicked the origin of nightshade plants back to the age of dinosaurs.

The fossils, pressed into 52-million-year-old rock, suggest that the nightshade family originated millions of years earlier than scientists had suspected, researchers report in the Jan. 6 Science.

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life
16th January 2017 | bbc.com | Ancient

A strange animal that lived on the ocean floor 500 million years ago has been assigned to the tree of life, solving a long-held mystery.

The creature has eluded scientific classification since the first fossil was discovered 175 years ago.

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