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February 13 2015

Rosetta stone-style stele unearthed in the Mediterranean coast


CAIRO: A 2,200 year-old “an upright stone slab bearing a commemorative inscription” was unearthed at the Mediterranean coast, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced Thursday.

The stele, which was discovered at Taposiris Magna archaeological site on Lake Mariout, southwest of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, “dates to the reign of Ptolemy V Epiphanes (204B.C-180B.C) of the Ptolemaic Dynasty (332 B.C.-30 B.C) that has ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.”.

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February 13 2015

Chess to be taught in Spanish schools


Spain’s government is set to add chess to the school curriculum after politicians of all stripes unanimously agreed on the proposal.

A Spanish parliamentary education committee announced they had agreed to "urge the government to introduce the Chess in Schools programme in the Spanish education system in accordance with the European Parliament’s recommendations.".

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February 13 2015

Study reveals the poetry of rap, through rhyme


Linguists at The University of Manchester have examined the tracks of artists including multiple Grammy award-winner Eminem and Public Enemy, finding that the rhymes that make them superstars are so intuitive they are not within their conscious control.

Louise Middleton, who is a third year linguistics student, examined the rhyming structures in rap music looking at rhyming patterns, vocabulary size, rhyme rate and the position of the rhyme in or across lines.

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February 13 2015

Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds


Word to the wise: Don’t play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man’s best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones – even when he’s only looking at half of a person’s face.

The authors say the findings, published in the journal Current Biology, are the first to provide solid evidence that an animal can read the expressions of a totally different species (that is, those of humans).


Alt: Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means

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February 13 2015

Apes make irrational economic decisions – that includes you


Just the other day I found myself in the waiting room of an automotive dealership. While my car was being serviced, I flipped through a product brochure. One ad for an oil change boasted that it would clean out at least 90% of used oil. Another for new brakes guaranteed maximum performance for twelve months. No one was advertising oil changes that leave behind 10% sludge, or brakes that begin to fail after only a year.

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February 13 2015

Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge


Monkeys are notoriously curious, and new research has quantified just how eager they are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits. The findings offer insights into how a certain part of the brain shared by monkeys and humans plays a role in decision making, and perhaps even in some disorders and addictions in humans.

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February 13 2015

Should the animals we eat chow down on larvae?


By 2050, global meat-eating is expected to rise 73 percent over current levels. Appetites for seafood are booming, too. To help meet this demand, new research is looking down the food chain.

A recent report examines the commercial viability of using housefly larva meal as a sustainable, less-expensive protein alternative to feeding livestock and farm-raised fish.

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February 13 2015

Tiny termites can hold back deserts by creating oases of plant life


Termites might not top the list of humanity's favorite insects, but new research suggests that their large dirt mounds are crucial to stopping the spread of deserts into semi-arid ecosystems and agricultural lands. The results not only suggest that termite mounds could make these areas more resilient to climate change than previously thought, but could also inspire a change in how scientists determine the possible effects of climate change on ecosystems.

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February 13 2015

Found: Two sophisticated mammals that thrived during the age of the dinosaurs


Researchers have discovered what may have been the world’s first burrowing and tree-climbing mammals—two shrew-sized critters that lived in what is today China during the age of the dinosaurs. The fossils add to the growing evidence that, far from cowering in the dinosaurs’ shadow, early mammals were highly successful, specialized animals in their own right.

The new finds “give us a very different view of mammal life during the age of dinosaurs”.

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February 13 2015

Oldest fur seal identified, ending 5-million-year 'ghost lineage'


The oldest known fur seal has been discovered by a Geology PhD student at New Zealand's University of Otago, providing a missing link that helps to resolve a more than 5-million-year gap in fur seal and sea lion evolutionary history.

Otago's Robert Boessenecker and colleague Morgan Churchill from the University of Wyoming have named this new genus and species of fur seal Eotaria crypta. The genus name Eotaria means 'dawn sea lion'.

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February 13 2015

Ancient sexual ‘cult sites’ discovered near Eilat


Over 100 neolithic “cult sites” containing sexual carvings, graves and human-like figures, and dating back roughly 8,000 years, have been found in the Eilat Mountains in southern Israel.


Related: 8000-Year-Old Stone Penises and Vulvas Discovered in Israel

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February 13 2015

Ancient tablets displayed in Jerusalem fuel looting debate


At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay.

But the 2,500-year-old treasures from present-day Iraq have become part of a thorny archaeological debate over how to handle historically significant relics thought to have been dug up in the fog of war by Mideast antiquities robbers.

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February 13 2015

Demise of the ancient Pueblo civilization a harbinger of things to come?


It has long been theorized by many scientists that the collapse of the great Pueblo civilizations of the American Southwest were due at least in part to intensive drought conditions during the 12th and 13th centuries—what climatologists have called the Medieval Climatic Anomaly. The archaeological evidence and tree-ring data they have collected and analyzed have, they say, provided some support for this.

Results from a newly completed study are now suggesting, however, that what the Pueblo-dwellers faced some 800 – 900 years ago might have been a walk in the park compared to what may be coming in the 21st century.

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February 13 2015

Volcano Megafloods May Have Formed Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall


The canyon that holds Europe's most powerful waterfall may have been formed in a flash by just a few monster floods, new research suggests.

The carving of Jökulsárgljúfur canyon in Iceland, which is home to Detifoss Waterall, may have occurred in three separate megaflood events that lasted just a few days each, but were separated by thousands of years.


Related: Rivers might constitute just 20 percent of continental water flowing into oceans

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February 13 2015

Butchered Bones Found in Yukon Cave Bear Marks of Early Americans, Study Finds


They’re probably about half as old as scientists once thought they were.

But a pair of butchered bones found in a cave near the Alaska-Yukon border are “definite” evidence of human presence in North America just after the end of the last Ice Age, perhaps as much as 14,000 years ago, according to a new study.

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February 13 2015

Joe Rogan Experience #606 - Randall Carlson


Randall Carlson is a master builder and architectural designer, teacher, geometrician, geomythologist, geological explorer and renegade scholar. Here he joins Joe Rogan to discuss ancient climate change, and the mysteries of our past.


See also Graham's appearances on the Joe Rogan podcast

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February 12 2015

Did Ocean's Big Burps End Last Ice Age?


A massive outpouring of carbon dioxide from the deep ocean may have helped end the last ice age, scientists report today.

There is strong evidence that changes in Earth's orbit set the pace of the planet's ice ages, by altering how much sunlight reaches the Northern Hemisphere. Yet, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere also wobble with the advance and retreat of massive ice sheets, according to observations of ice cores and old ocean sediments. Carbon dioxide levels are lower during an ice age and higher when an ice age ends.

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