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May 19 2015

Teeth Marks Show Carnivores Attacked Neanderthals


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.

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May 19 2015

Pets help knit community together


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.

Not only do pets help develop friendships between people, but they can increase the amount of physical and emotional support that people give each other, says Associate Professor Lisa Wood from the University of Western Australia's School of Population Health.

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May 19 2015

Aliens Will Be Bear-Size, According to Math


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.

Fergus Simpson, of the University of Barcelona, outlines his statistical argument on the prepublished site arXiv.

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May 19 2015

Robot cleaner can empty bins and sweep floors


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.

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May 19 2015

Say hello to machines that read your emotions to make you happy


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

"BRIAN? How are you, Brian?" The voice is coming from a screen dominated by a vast blue cartoon eyeball, its pupil dilating in a way that makes it look both friendly and quizzical. Think HAL reimagined by Pixar.

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May 19 2015

Nature or nuture? Twins hold the answer


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.

In a study published today, an international team including Australian researchers shows an almost 50-50 split in the influence of genes or the environment on the development of various human traits.

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May 19 2015

Home-brew heroin: soon anyone will be able to make illegal drugs


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.

"It would be as disruptive to drug enforcement policy as it would be to crime syndicates," says Tanya Bubela, a public health researcher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. "It may force the US to rethink its war on drugs."

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May 19 2015

Smoking dope can cause early puberty - research


Smoking cannabis may cause early puberty and stunted growth in boys.

Scientists studied hormones in the blood of 437 boys, including 217 who habitually smoked cannabis before reaching puberty.


Alt: Boys who smoke cannabis ‘are four inches shorter’

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May 19 2015

Reviving the Iban alphabet


A Malaysian indigenous group has revived its alphabet from the brink of extinction, thanks to specially designed computer fonts.

The Iban is the largest indigenous group in Malaysia with a population of more than one million, most of whom live in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The Iban language is fairly common. It is the only indigenous language that is officially taught in Sarawak schools and is spoken not only among the Iban but also between the Iban and other ethnic groups. However, it was not a written language until Dunging anak Gunggu invented the first Iban alphabet in 1947.

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May 19 2015

Rare discovery pushes back Iron Age in India


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.

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May 19 2015

Graham on Magicians of the Gods story


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.


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May 18 2015

New comet clue to ‘lost civilisation’


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.

In Fingerprints of the Gods, Graham Hancock detailed his theory that a highly advanced ancient civilisation in Antarctica was obliterated when a comet struck the Earth 13,000 years ago.


Alt: Comet which hit Antarctica 13,000 years ago ‘wiped out advanced civilisation’

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May 18 2015

Long Lost Egyptian Temple Found


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.

Revealing the foundations and blockwork of the temple, the ruins are one of the few remnants of the settlement of Kheny or Khenu, which is the ancient Egyptian name — meaning “Rowing Place” — for Gebel el-Silsila.


Photos here

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May 18 2015

Ancient City Defied Rome, Now Faces Threat of Islamic State


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?

A remote desert oasis that rose to become one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world is now on the front lines of a new battle between the Syrian army and the Islamic State.

The Islamic militants, commonly known as ISIS, pushed into the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra on Saturday in central Syria.

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May 18 2015

Conflict taking toll on Yemen’s ‘priceless’ heritage


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.

On Saturday, the air strikes severely damaged the mosque of Imam al-Hadi, located in the city of Saada, a Houthi stronghold. Built 1,200 years ago, it is the third-oldest mosque in Yemen. Saudi Arabia later confirmed that the building had been targeted because it had become a shelter for the rebels.

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May 18 2015

Forget Renaissance Italy—Modernity Got Going With the Vikings


We tend to think of European civilization being born among the marble statues and bright sunshine of Renaissance Italy.

But according to the author of The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe, many key developments, from the invention of the cash economy to fashion, took place around the North Sea—bounded by Britain, France, Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium—which the Arab geographer Al Idrisi called “the sea of perpetual gloom.”

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May 18 2015

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet


The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless

Water breaks all the rules. Since the 19th century, chemists have developed a robust framework to describe what liquids are and what they can do. Those ideas are almost useless at explaining the weird behaviour of water.

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