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Weekly Science Report

February 8, 2019
 
“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” 
Ernest Hemingway
 

Introduction
 
Steve Detwiler created this publication with the support of Graham Hancock and the late John
Anthony West to share news and information on various disciplines to include but not limited to
paleontology, space sciences, genetics and archaeology.  His goal behind sharing this publication
has always been very simple, by sharing knowledge we can make our world a better place.  This
publication is Mr. Detwiler’s contribution to bring people together and share ideas and discoveries
with his fellow humans.
 
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News Articles
 
Paleontology, Evolution and Prehistoric Studies
 
A Bold New Theory Proposes That Humans Tamed Themselves
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/how-humans-tamed-themselves/580447/?
utm_campaign=the-
atlantic&utm_content=5c58ee324b73850001368717_ta&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebo
ok&fbclid=IwAR2jRqJsylpoDkg-qKm2n2P1Y1akIca4b3Co9iJ6XKoL72Rq0XJNKzER_l0
 
Neanderthals Were the Original Artists
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/02/22/neanderthals-cave-paintings-spain/?
utm_source=dscfb&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dscfb&fbclid=IwAR0FvqYTItrffqQqoIi
L91d29fOONJaiZ-hVVqw6mkcQDWjdB0Q4J5QkXv4#.XFn8fVVKhQI
 
'Ridiculously rare' case of cancer found in fossilized leg
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/ridiculously-rare-cancer-found-fossil-leg-
turtle-triassic-paleontology/?
cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=twitter::cmp=editorial::add=tw20190207science-
bonecancerturtle::rid=&sf207412381=1

Why Did Darker and Lighter Human Skin Colors Evolve?

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/01/28/human-
skin-color-explained-vitamind-folate/#.XF8BgazsbIV
 

With Ancient Human DNA, Africa’s Deep History Is Coming


to Light

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/02/08/ancient-
human-dna-africa/#.XF8BzazsbIU
 
New oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/p-nos013019.php
 
DNA reveals early mating between Asian herders and European farmers
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-mating-asian-herders-european-farmers?tgt=nr
 
 
 
 

History
 
Bible dating back 1,200 years seized from smuggling suspects in Turkey
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ancient-bible-smuggled-turkey-seized-
diyarbakir-syria-war-a8765876.html
 
Russia Is Reopening an Investigation Into the World’s Greatest Mystery
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/3kgkzb/russia-is-reopening-an-investigation-into-the-worlds-
greatest-mystery?utm_source=vicefbca&utm_campaign=global
 
Her family farm once belonged to the Kaw Indians. She decided to pay them back.
https://www.kansas.com/news/local/article225981195.html
 
Spanish art dealer returns carved stones from a Nabatean temple to Jordan
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nabatean-goddess
 
New memorial site to honor those afflicted by 9/11-related illnesses
https://nypost.com/2019/02/02/new-memorial-site-to-honor-those-afflicted-by-9-11-related-
illnesses/?
utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site+buttons&utm_campaign=site+buttons&fbcli
d=IwAR0aqMVrnFiusAY6tjdf2fHR7VaexqpDt6EPudt3bU3Pj5T3-SPRO-66Fi0
 
New Exhibition Highlights Story of the Richest Man Who Ever Lived
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richest-man-who-ever-lived-180971409/?
utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&fbclid=IwAR2Z1NjeUelcQ-
BKNi8fWOrb7TtZvm_OR4Nb42_9seAdOysXQneu1Zu6t2Y
 
New Mexico lawmaker calls for creation of Navajo Code Talkers Museum
https://www.krqe.com/news/politics-governement/new-mexico-lawmaker-calls-for-creation-of-
navajo-code-talkers-museum/1743704121
 
Monuments Men Foundation Collection Finds a New Home at The National WWII Museum
https://www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/news/monuments-men-foundation-collection-finds-a-
new-home-at-the-national-wwii-museum
 
Ravaged by war, Beirut’s historic sites are being reimagined
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/lebanon/beirut-war-damaged-
landmarks-becoming-cultural-sites/
 
The Black Sergeant and the White Judge Who Changed Civil Rights History
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/books/review/richard-gergel-unexampled-courage.html
 
Why Alexander the Great May Have Been Declared Dead Prematurely (It's Pretty Gruesome)
https://www.livescience.com/64676-alexander-the-great-declared-dead-prematurely.html
 
 
 

Archaeology
 
Airport construction threatens unexplored archaeological sites in Peru
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/airport-construction-threatens-unexplored-
archaeological-sites-peru?r3f_986=https://www.google.com/
 
Change Is In The Wind At Cahokia Mounds, As Supporters Try Again For National Park Status
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/change-wind-cahokia-mounds-supporters-try-again-national-
park-status?fbclid=IwAR3nLWys8OF-
tBvwRFzj1WURHtM9eKC1b8cjEmvv71BuSbvJdV4KYodQtGA#stream/0
 
How the Kerala floods unearthed a site filled with ancient terracotta figures
https://www.thehindu.com/society/how-the-kerala-floods-unearthed-a-site-filled-with-ancient-
terracotta-figures/article26026694.ece/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
 
Archaeologists puzzle over mystery woman in early Christian cemetery
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/01/mystery-woman-cemetery-ljubljana-slovenia-
archaeology/
 
Remembering Lamia Al-Gailani, Pioneering Iraqi Archaeologist
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/02/689933122/remembering-lamia-al-gailani-pioneering-iraqi-
archaeologist?sc=tw
 
On a Civil War battlefield in Western Maryland, opposition to Hogan’s land swap
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-a-civil-war-battlefield-in-western-maryland-opposition-
to-hogans-land-swap/2019/02/06/500b381a-18d6-11e9-88fe-f9f77a3bcb6c_story.html?
fbclid=IwAR1FpOxyjVOdlWU56pvM9Lp8AYOB4OGB1Qaa3vbK0Gh4EJVds4J2fHAF0Lo&utm
_term=.409cc6cbc831
 
The battle for the future of Stonehenge
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/08/the-battle-for-the-future-of-stonehenge?
CMP=share_btn_tw
 
Ahead Of 2020 Summer Olympics, A Building Boom In Kyoto Is Yielding Ancient Artifacts
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/06/689931917/ahead-of-2020-summer-olympics-a-building-boom-in-
kyoto-is-yielding-ancient-artif?
utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social
 
'X-ray gun' helps researchers pinpoint the origins of pottery found on ancient shipwreck
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/fm-gh020419.php
 
 

Egyptology
 
Egypt Unveils Pharaonic Tomb With 50 Mummies
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-in-photos-egypt-unveils-pharaonic-tomb-with-
50-mummies-1.6898362
 
 
 
 

General Science
 
Artificial intelligence is learning not to be so literal
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/artificial-intelligence-learning-not-be-so-literal?tgt=nr
 
 
 

Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

NASA Battled Cybersecurity Threats During Government


Shutdown

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/cybersecurity/
nasa-battled-cybersecurity-threats-during-government-
shutdown/

Scientist at work: I’m a geologist who’s dived dozens of times


to explore submarine volcanoes

https://theconversation.com/scientist-at-work-im-a-geologist-
whos-dived-dozens-of-times-to-explore-submarine-volcanoes-
110472

 
Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us — and he doesn’t care what his
colleagues think
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/harvards-top-astronomer-says-an-alien-ship-may-
be-among-us-%E2%80%94-and-he-doesnt-care-what-his-colleagues-think/ar-BBTbOMd?
fbclid=IwAR2R0fn8pr34WIZo0YHjWqemso16mCAgRbK3qxbAcArJqiRPNqq-wdsKF38
 
Earth's magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/05/health/north-pole-magnetic-
moving-russia-scli-intl/index.html?
utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-02-
05T13%3A00%3A18&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=link

 
Exploring The Mysterious Origins Of Mars' 3-Mile-High Sand Pile
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/690126426/exploring-the-mysterious-origins-of-mars-3-mile-high-
sand-pile?sc=tw
 
New Horizons' evocative farewell glance at Ultima Thule
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-horizons-evocative-farewell-glance-ultima.html
 
Chang'e 4 Rover comes into view
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-rover-view.html
 
Richard Branson says he'll fly to space by July
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-richard-branson-hell-space-july.html
 
An Antarctic expedition will search for what lived under the Larsen C ice shelf
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/antarctic-expedition-search-life-larsen-c-ice-shelf-iceberg?
tgt=nr
 
Wayward Satellites Test Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/wayward-satellites-test-einsteins-theory-of-general-
relativity/
 
Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa scientists
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/feb/05/mystery-mud-on-new-volcanic-island-baffles-
nasa-scientists
 
 
 

Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy


Sources
 
Climate change and infertility -- a ticking time bomb?
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uol-cca013119.php
 
Melting glaciers reveal ancient landscapes, thawing mummies, and long-dead diseases
https://www.popsci.com/climate-change-melting-glaciers-history
 
Reenvisioning The Role For Natural Gas In A Clean Energy Future

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thebakersinstitute/2019/02/01/re-
envisioning-the-role-for-natural-gas-in-a-clean-energy-future/
amp/?
utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Pa
ulie%2F&__twitter_impression=true
 
DESALINATION IS BOOMING. BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT TOXIC BRINE?
https://www.wired.com/story/desalination-is-booming-but-what-about-all-that-toxic-brine/amp?
__twitter_impression=true
 
Solar-Power Benefits Aren’t Reaching Communities of Color
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/01/solar-panel-pv-black-hispanic-environmental-
justice-equality/581506/
 
From smarter energy to less plastic, Caribbean resorts go green
http://mercury.postlight.com/amp?url=http://news.trust.org/item/20190201111626-s795o/
&__twitter_impression=true
 
Rating riverside corridors -- the 'escape routes' for animals under climate change
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uow-rrc020819.php
 
 

Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences

Potential treatment for eye cancer using tumor-killing virus

https://theconversation.com/potential-treatment-for-eye-
cancer-using-tumor-killing-virus-110558

 
3 ways science aims to end the organ shortage crisis

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/3-ways-science-aims-
end-organ-shortage-crisis-ncna966556?
cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

 
New U.S. Experiments Aim To Create Gene-Edited Human Embryos
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/02/01/689623550/new-u-s-experiments-aim-to-
create-gene-edited-human-embryos?sc=tw
 
Researchers develop human cell-based model to study small cell lung cancer
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/rup-rdh020419.php
 
Sea snakes that can't drink seawater
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uof-sst020819.php
 
Brain scans decode an elusive signature of consciousness
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/brain-scans-decode-elusive-signature-consciousness?tgt=nr
 
Pills equipped with tiny needles can inject a body from the inside
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pills-needles-injection-medication?tgt=nr
 
 
 
 

Other
 
The World Might Actually Run Out of People
https://www.wired.com/story/the-world-might-actually-run-out-of-people/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIxODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f5
2ce4da5de4e5031836&hashb=9085a9ae56cc45a4e9bae24e2eaeaade6e04a43e&mbid=nl_020419_d
aily_list1_p4&source=DAILY_NEWSLETTER&utm_brand=wired&utm_mailing=WIRED%20NL
%20020419%20(1)%20remainder&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
Morgan le Fay: how Arthurian legend turned a powerful woman from healer to villain
https://theconversation.com/amp/morgan-le-fay-how-arthurian-legend-turned-a-powerful-woman-
from-healer-to-villain-109928?__twitter_impression=true
 
Jerry Brown's New Gig as Keeper of Doomsday Clock
https://www.kqed.org/science/1937167/jerry-browns-new-gig-as-keeper-of-doomsday-clock
 
The truth is out there! Scientist who investigated UFOs for 20 years for the government coined the
phrase Close Encounters of the Third Kind 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6675625/J-Allen-Hynek-UFOs-investigations-Close-
Encounters-Kind-Steven-Spielberg-new-TV-show.html
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Informational
 
Secret Life of Muslims, Creeping Sharia-Video
http://www.secretlifeofmuslims.com/season-two?
ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=5c5c84d9962e28000136b1b4&ss_email_id=5c5c9af9e1
a87d000148f6d3&ss_campaign_name=Is+Creeping+Sharia+out+to+get+you%3F+Hint%3A+It
%27s+probably+not.&ss_campaign_sent_date=2019-02-07T20%3A54%3A23Z
 
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Blacks during the Holocaust Era
https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/blacks-during-the-holocaust-era?
utm_source=mkto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1902MKTEM04381-horizontal-link-
1&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWkdKallUbGxaamszWldSaSIsInQiOiJpbkxjU3R4enZ1RG1oWUcydW1oV2h
tS0tIMXJCbjNIZTk5RVJobHZ3VWNyNzk0UVRtbkFBTCtzZ0FvbHVWa2h2aUtqamo3bVU0TD
B2aUxEREcxM2tlYWRnNk94TGdiSHBlbDZ4aWFpMURZS3pwMVlEYk5TcHEwR3B2R0hKRl
p4cyJ9
 
WOMEN AT NUREMBERG: BELLE MAYER ZECK
http://sfi.usc.edu/news/2018/06/22236-women-nuremberg-belle-mayer-zeck