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July 5 2014

The African country where compasses go haywire


What’s behind the Bangui Magnetic Anomaly? Some experts see an ancient meteor strike

Until the last year, when the Central African Republic’s civil war became a humanitarian crisis too dire to ignore, most Americans thought little about the country at all. It has a low global profile in part because it is exceedingly poor, with four out of five people living on less than $2 a day. It has some natural resources, but because it is landlocked by other troubled countries—Chad, Sudan, Congo, and Cameroon—even if a lull in the war allowed it to extract those from the ground, it would still face formidable problems in exporting them.

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July 5 2014

Chile Releases Stunning UFO Photos


The government office investigating UFOs in Chile has released an analysis of two high quality photos showing what appear be genuine unidentified flying objects above a remote copper mine. The office, known as the CEFAA (Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena), is located within the Ministerial Department of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), the equivalent of our FAA, under the jurisdiction of the Chilean Air Force.


Related: This UFO is Real, According to a Government Agency

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July 5 2014

This Magic Elixir of Life Contained Rhubarb and Booze


When someone lives long enough to receive the title ”World’s Oldest Person,” they’re usually asked what their secret is and it inevitably includes alcohol A recent discovery in New York City of a 200-year-old bottle labeled “Elixir of Long Life” led researchers to the recipe and, sure enough, the main ingredient was booze.

According to DNAinfo, the bottle was discovered during an excavation for a hotel at 50 Bowery by Chrysalis Archeology, a company that provides cultural resource management at dig sites.

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July 5 2014

Hair from mummy’s clothes provides insights into red deer lineage


Analysis of deer hair from Tyrolen Icemen’s clothing unveils new information on red deer lineage.

Genetic analysis of Neolithic deer hair from from the clothing of a mummy discovered in the Italian Alps links deer population to modern day western European lineage, rather than the eastern lineage that are present in the Italian Alps today, according to a study published on July 2nd, 2014 in the journal PLOS ONE by Cristina Oliveri, of the University of Camerino, Italy and colleagues.

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July 5 2014

Ancient ice sheet may have melted later than previously thought


After one of the snowiest winters in recent history, William Philipps will forego the beach to spend the summer studying glaciers at the world's northernmost university.

The University at Buffalo geology graduate student and self-proclaimed "nerd who likes rocks" will travel to the University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS) in Norway to collect data that proves the Svalbard-Barents Sea Ice-Sheet's (SBSIS) time of deglaciation – the point when the ice began to melt – is older than its suggested age of 12,000 years.

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July 4 2014

Ancient water cache may be pristine primordial soup


Deep rocks have been cracked open and water isolated for billions of years released – the liquid may represent Darwin's “warm little pond” where life arose

IT IS the closest we have ever come to finding Earth's primordial soup. Ancient rocks deep underground contain water that has been locked away for billions of years. It may never have been touched by life.

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July 4 2014

Ocean on Saturn's moon Titan could be as salty as Earth's Dead Sea


Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as Earth's Dead Sea. The new results come from a study of gravity and topography data collected during Cassini's repeated flybys of Titan during the past 10 years.

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July 4 2014

Martian salts must touch ice to make liquid water, study shows


In chambers that mimic Mars' conditions, University of Michigan researchers have shown how small amounts of liquid water could form on the planet despite its below-freezing temperatures.

Liquid water is an essential ingredient for life as we know it. Mars is one of the very few places in the solar system where scientists have seen promising signs of it – in gullies down crater rims, in instrument readings, and in Phoenix spacecraft self portraits that appeared to show wet beads on the lander's leg several years ago.

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July 4 2014

Newly discovered space rock could explain booming life on Earth


Researchers in Sweden have found a new class of meteorite. And according to LiveScience, that discovery — published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters — may be the missing link in the asteroid crash that sparked the diversification of life on Earth nearly 500 million years ago.

The meteorite in question was found in a quarry located just west of Stockholm. Finding meteorites there isn’t all that surprising, given that more than 100 have been dug up in the past 20 years.

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July 4 2014

"Australia's Stonehenge" - New Four Article Series on GrahamHancock.com


A new four article series by Steven & Evan Strong is now available on GrahamHancock.com

  1. Australia's Stonehenge: the History of an Ancient Stone Arrangement 40 Kilometres from Mullumbimby NSW
  2. Australia's Stonehenge (Part 2): Indigenous Elders & Custodians Share the Truth About Ancient Stone Arrangement Site
  3. The Basis of All Knowledge? Australia's Stonehenge May Re-Write World History
  4. Discovery of the First Sacred Language: Fact or Fiction?

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July 4 2014

Suburban expansion threatens prehistoric sites near St. Louis


Mark Leach remembers the moment he discovered his passion for archaeology. Years ago, he and his sons were playing in their neighborhood creek in this outer suburb of St. Louis. They found a funny-shaped rock, which Leach thought resembled a knife.

He took it to an archaeologist, who confirmed its authenticity: It was a tool, probably about 4,000 years old. The archaeologist didn’t seem fazed, but Leach was fascinated.

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July 4 2014

Shah Jahan’s summer palace found near Taj


In an interesting discovery following excavations carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India recently, remains of a summer palace, presumably a baradari, a pavilion designed to allow free flow of air - have been reportedly found at the centuries-old Mughal-era garden Mehtab Bagh located opposite the Taj Mahal.

The garden was reputedly Shah Jahan's favourite spot which he used to visit to get a view of the Taj at night, hence it's name (Mehtab means moonlight in Urdu).

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July 4 2014

Mahat chapel of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II discovered in Abydos by Egyptian archaeologists


On 23rd of April 2014, not far from Seti I temple in Abydos a ground subsidence outside a house happened as a result of illicit dig inside the neighbour’s house. The Tourism and Antiquities Police managed to arrest the diggers and the Ministry of Antiquities immediately assigned a number of inspectors and Egyptologists to perform cleaning and excavating at the site.

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July 4 2014

Siberian Bronze Age skull reveals secrets of ancient society


Unlike most hunter-gatherer societies of the Bronze Age, the people of the Baikal region of modern Siberia (Russia) respected their dead with formal graves.

These burial sites are a treasure trove for archeologists and one particular specimen was so unique that bioarchaeologist Angela Lieverse traveled across the world just to bring it back to the Canadian Light Source synchrotron for examination.

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July 4 2014

Ten artists painted the Olmeca-Xicalanca Battle mural


The remarkable 1300 year old mural The Battle, found at the archaeological site of Cacaxtla in Tlaxcala (East-Central Mexico), has been subjected to comparative analysis by the researcher Claudia Brittenham, who managed to identify ten separate painting styles.

The specialist from the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, carried out a detailed study in situ using a comparative approach that catalogued and examined the small details that often get repeated by a specific individual allowing her to see the individuality of each artist.

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July 4 2014

A Gnostic Vision of the Conquest: A Review of Graham Hancock's War God


Before you read this book review, know that I not only intend to offer my opinion on the novel, but also explore the historical events of the Mexican Conquest in some depth. If you are a complete neophyte in the topic & want to enjoy Graham's War God without 'spoilers', then I suggest you close this link & open the Amazon page to order it instead, since my ultra-ultra short review is "I liked it, get the book" anyway --same goes for anyone daunted by the prospect of reading a 3000+-word-long essay, which will only reinforce your decision to buy War God. For the undecided (and the masochists) please enjoy.

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July 4 2014

Magic mushrooms expand your mind and amplify your brain’s dreaming areas – here’s how


In a new study, published in Human Brain Mapping, we scanned the brains of volunteers who had been injected with psilocybin – the chemical found in magic mushrooms which gives a psychedelic experience – and a control group who hadn’t, and discovered two key things: that psilocybin increased the amplitude (or “volume”) of activity in regions of the brain that are reliably activated during dream sleep and form part of the brain’s ancient emotion system; and that psychedelics facilitate a state of “expanded” consciousness – meaning that the breath of associations made by the brain and the ease by which they are visited is enhanced under the drugs.

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