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Eight polo sticks and three leather balls discovered in the Yanghai Tombs in northwestern China have been dated back between 2,400 and 2,800 years, potentially pushing back the origins of the game that is famed for being the sport of the elite around the world. The first mentions of Chinese polo in writing date from the period of the Han Dynasty, between 202 BCE and 221 CE. Although the balls found in the Yanghai Tombs have a design similar to others found in the tomb of a Han ruler in the Gansu province, also in northwestern China, they seem to be significantly older.
New research, led by the University of Southampton, has questioned the role played by ocean acidification, produced by the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs, in the extinction of ammonites and other planktonic calcifiers 66 million years ago.
Edgard Camaró, Carlos Lorenzo, and Florent Rivals of the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana I Evolució Social (IPHES) examined the bones of people who were recently killed by large carnivores such as lions, tigers, bears, and leopards, and compared the injuries they found with the injuries found on Neanderthal fossils. The “same pattern is observed and therefore we infer that Neanderthals were also attacked by large carnivores,” Camaró said in a press release.
We know pets calm us down and cheer us up, but now researchers have found they can be good for us in ways we could never have imagined.
With thousands of planets outside Earth's solar system, there's a pretty good chance that some of them have the conditions needed for life. If alien life does exist, scientists aren't quite sure what it would look like, but they might be able to see how much these foreign "beings" might weigh. Most of these creatures will be big — on the order of 660 lbs. (300 kilograms), one cosmologist says.
ROOMBAS were just the start. An office cleaning robot is being put through its paces by Dussmann, one of Germany's largest cleaning companies, at its Berlin HQ. The goal is getting it to work alongside human cleaners in large offices, emptying bins and vacuuming floors.
The latest AI devices can't just gauge your mood from what you say and how you say it, they can work out the best way to respond to cheer you up
The degree to which we are a product of our genes or the environment has been calculated by an analysis of 50 years of twin studies.
Humble fungi and a home-brewing kit could soon do what the combined might of the West failed to – halt the thriving poppy industry in Afghanistan, the source of 80 per cent of the world's opium. Genetically engineered yeasts could make it easy to produce opiates such as morphine anywhere, cutting out the international drug smugglers and making such drugs cheap and more readily available.
Smoking cannabis may cause early puberty and stunted growth in boys.
Alt: Boys who smoke cannabis ‘are four inches shorter’
A Malaysian indigenous group has revived its alphabet from the brink of extinction, thanks to specially designed computer fonts.
HYDERABAD: Iron Age may have come into existence in Telangana much before the rest of the world. At least that's the conclusion reached by archaeologists excavating the University of Hyderabad campus who found iron artefacts dating back to roughly 2,200 BC.
My goodness newspapers are so screwed up! I gave a short interview to the London Sunday Times last week (see story attached below) concerning the upcoming release of my new book "Magicians of the Gods" which will be published in the UK on 10 September and a few months later in the US. Magicians of the Gods is the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods and to be clear Magicians is a COMPLETELY NEW BOOK, not repeat NOT an "update" of Fingerprints but a wholly new work packed from front to back with new evidence of a lost civilisation destroyed in a global cataclysm 12,800 years ago. If you want to read a brief description of what Magicians of the Gods is REALLY all about, and if you would like to pre-order a copy of the UK edition which will be released on 10 September, you can find it through these links to the book's page on Amazon UK.
UK Hardback: http://amzn.to/1AaeFhA
UK Kindle: http://amzn.to/1JsMHQ0
Amazon do not charge your credit card until they send you the book on 10 September.
The newspaper reports have managed to muddle everything up -- for a start the Sunday Times (see image attached) says that back in 1995 in Fingerprints I talked about a comet impact. This is not the case. The cataclysmic mechanism I explored in Fingerprints was Charles Hapgood's theory of Earth Crust Displacement. In 1995 there was no science concerning a comet impact. There are interesting interlinkages between the Earth Crust Displacement theory and comet impact -- with the impact perhaps a precipitating factor in the former -- but the new science I focus on in Magicians is the compelling evidence put forward since 2007, and particularly strongly since 2013, for a massive series of impacts from large fragments of a disintegrating giant comet 12,800 years ago. These impacts caused a global cataclysm that geologists call the Younger Dryas that lasted from 12,800 years ago to 11,600 years ago and changed the face of the earth. Everything we have been taught about the origins of civilisation up to now begins AFTER 11,600 years ago. Prior to that date our ancestors are supposed to have been simple hunter gatherers and nothing more. I demonstrate in Magicians that what we have been taught about the origins of civilisation is badly wrong and that there has been a major forgotten episode in human history and that this episode was brought to an end, turning us into a species with amnesia, by the comet impacts, and the resulting global cataclysm, 12,800 years ago. There were survivors of the lost civilisation -- the "Magicians of the Gods" after whom the book is titled -- and it is they who planted the seeds that eventually grew to fruition in the historical civilisations that we have all been taught about in school.
So far the Sunday Times article, which itself contains several errors, has been picked up and recycled by at least two other newspapers -- the Daily Mirror (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/comet-wiped-out-highly-advanced-5711279) which introduces further distortions into what I actually said to the Sunday Times journalist, and the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/18/graham-hancock-comet-advanced-civilisation_n_7304044.html) which introduces even more distortions. For example the Huffington Post story claims I say the comet impact was on Antarctica. This is absolutely NOT the case. The epicentre of the comet impacts was on the North American ice cap (12,800 years ago we were still in the Ice Age and the northern half of North America was covered by ice 2 miles deep). Further fragments of the comet went on to hit the northern European ice cap and there was fall-out as far away as the Middle East. But there were NO impacts on Antarctica. I have no idea where the Huffington Post got that from, but it certainly wasn't from me!! If you are interested in seeing how the press can get things wrong do read these stories and then compare with what the book is actually about which is set out in the Amazon UK description: http://amzn.to/1AaeFhA
Thank you for your interest in my work. Without the support of my readers I could get nothing done! Onwards and upwards.
THE author of a controversial book about a lost civilisation that was derided by academics yet became a commercial sensation is to publish a sequel that he believes will prove his critics wrong.
Alt: Comet which hit Antarctica 13,000 years ago ‘wiped out advanced civilisation’
Remains of the long lost temple of Kheny have been unearthed at Gebel el Silsila, north of Aswan, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities announced today.
ISIS closes in on World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria. Will this 2,000-year-old city face the same fate as Nimrud and Nineveh?
In Yemen, the ongoing conflict has not spared the country’s historic monuments: both an ancient mosque and a fortress dating from medieval times have become casualties of the conflict.
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