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Weekly Science Report

January 25, 2019


 
“In the end the character of a civilization is encased in its structures.”
Frank Gehry
 

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 surprisingly early replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans in southern Spain
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-surprisingly-early-neanderthals-modern-humans.html
 
Dogs may have helped ancient Middle Easterners hunt small game
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dogs-may-have-helped-ancient-middle-easterners-hunt-small-
game
 
Fire And Feces May Reveal An Early Human Presence In Alaska
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2019/01/12/fire-and-feces-may-reveal-an-early-human-
presence-in-alaska/#f206b16762c6
 
'Incredibly rare' find in Western Isles prehistoric forest
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46890793
 
Neanderthal hunting spears could kill at a distance
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/ucl-nhs012319.php
 
Otago researcher contributes piece to the puzzle of baleen whales' evolution
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoo-orc012119.php
 
A surprisingly early replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans in southern Spain
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uos-ase012119.php
 
This ancient stegosaurus-platypus mashup has everything
https://www.popsci.com/stegosaurus-platypus-mashup-triassic
 
 
 
 
 
 

History
 
Newseum to close at end of 2019; Johns Hopkins to buy building
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/newseum-to-close-at-end-of-2019-johns-hopkins-to-buy-
building/65-8ed066e8-95ac-446d-89d9-3ea6d748e27d?
fbclid=IwAR0tX9GYUFy80AVsQS6Kf0KGlzA004wiSMqQGf8D9DuI9zSIklSfUIuQtkk
 
Hitler-owned book hints at plans for North American Holocaust
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/25/americas/holocaust-canada-north-america-blueprint-scli-intl/
index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2019-01-
26T04%3A00%3A26&utm_source=fbCNN
 
Cultural heritage at risk: From Venice the technologies of the future
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/ucfv-cha112818.php?
fbclid=IwAR3xpEWwfP4xv8glfMOmLWx1229I0qxj-SsFnihEcF2seOLqoJt3LQwN1eU
 
Libraries’ Surprising Special Collections
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/libraries-surprising-special-collections-54792335/?
utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia
 
Nazi's paintings now fund foundation for Jews
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/nazi-s-paintings-now-fund-foundation-jews-n960876?
cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_nw
 
Seminole Tribe Pushes Smithsonian On Repatriation Policies
http://seminoletribune.org/seminole-tribe-pushes-smithsonian-on-repatriation-policies/
 
Notre Dame to cover 19th century Columbus murals due to portrayal of Native Americans

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/notre-dame-murals-columbus-
1.4987183
 
Sands of time
https://www.telegraphindia.com/science/sands-of-time/cid/1682294
 
Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/magazine/ancient-dna-paleogenomics.html
 
Iva d’Aquino Toguri Remains the Only U.S. Citizen Convicted of Treason Who Has Ever Been
Pardoned
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iva-daquino-toguri-remains-only-us-citizen-
convicted-treason-who-has-ever-been-pardoned-180961818/?
utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia
 
Tony Mendez, The 'Argo' Spy Who Rescued Americans In Iran, Dies At 78
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/19/686942870/tony-mendez-the-argo-spy-who-rescued-americans-in-
iran-dies-at-78?sc=tw
 
Digital technology offers new ways to teach lessons from the Holocaust
https://theconversation.com/digital-technology-offers-new-ways-to-teach-lessons-from-the-
holocaust-102023
 
Inside the Kingdom of Hayti, ‘the Wakanda of the Western Hemisphere’
https://theconversation.com/inside-the-kingdom-of-hayti-the-wakanda-of-the-western-hemisphere-
108250
 
Germany and France to establish joint culture institutes
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-and-france-to-establish-joint-culture-institutes
 
When Saharan sands glittered with gold: how the world's largest desert was a major medieval trade
route
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/when-saharan-sands-glittered-with-gold
 
 
 

Archaeology
 
Reports: Archaeologists find 30,000 artifacts along Detroit River
https://amp.freep.com/amp/2545900002?__twitter_impression=true
 
A new generation takes up the hunt for Dead Sea Scrolls
https://in.reuters.com/article/archaeology-deadsea-scrolls/a-new-generation-takes-up-the-hunt-for-
dead-sea-scrolls-idINKCN1PG1KW
 
Remains of 2 Beothuk people to be transferred from Scotland to Canada
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/beothuk-remains-transfer-1.4986453
 
'Ancient' Scottish stone circle was built in 1990s
https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/21/ancient-scottish-stone-circle-was-built-in-1990s?
__twitter_impression=true
 
Grave Belonging to Iron Age Warrior Discovered in Northern Iran
https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/grave-belonging-to-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-northern-iran/
 
Algeria's ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-algeria-ancient-pyramid-tombs-shrouded.html
 
Strange carvings greeted early West Virginia explorers
https://wvexplorer.com/2019/01/12/strange-carvings-greeted-west-virginia-explorers/
 
Ancient 'Tomb' Unearthed in Guatemala Turns Out to Be Maya Steam Bath
https://www.livescience.com/64495-ancient-maya-steam-bath.html
 
Rare ground-painting found in ancient Chinese tomb
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/16/c_137748712.htm
 
Archaeologists find clues for ‘important’ Ayyubid settlement
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologists-find-clues-%E2%80%98important
%E2%80%99-ayyubid-settlement
 
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
 
 
 

Egyptology
 
Getty wraps up conservation effort at King Tutankhamen's tomb
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-wraps-up-conservation-effort-at-king-tutankhamen-s-
tomb
 
Magnificent Dendera Temple to Be Turned Into An Open-Air Museum
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/01/15/magnificent-dendera-temple-to-be-turned-into-an-open-air-
museum/
 
Damage to Ancient Carving of Egyptian Couple Was Meant to Hurt Them in the Afterlife
https://www.livescience.com/64514-ancient-egyptian-carving-afterlife.html
 
 
 
 

General Science
 
Nanotechnology enables engineers to weld previously un-weldable aluminum alloy
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-nanotechnology-enables-weld-previously-un-weldable.html
 
 
Physics, Earth and Space Sciences
 
Earth's oldest rock was found by Apollo 14 astronauts -- on the moon
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/24/world/earth-oldest-rock-moon/index.html?
utm_source=fbCNN&utm_content=2019-01-
25T13%3A01%3A04&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social
 
Indian Ocean depths to be explored for the first time
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/indian-ocean-depths-be-explored-first-time-
n962071?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_nw
 
Unlocking graphene's superconducting powers with a twist and a squeeze
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-graphene-superconducting-powers.html
 
Solar System Still Reels From Ancient Star Intrusion
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/03/22/scholz-star-flyby/#.XEylN1xKjIV
 
Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear
https://www.wired.com/story/watch-blue-origin-launch-a-rocket-stuffed-with-nasa-gear/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIxODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f5
2ce4da5de4e5031836&hashb=9085a9ae56cc45a4e9bae24e2eaeaade6e04a43e&mbid=nl_012319_d
aily_list1_p3&source=DAILY_NEWSLETTER&utm_brand=wired&utm_mailing=WIRED%20NL
%20012319%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
The European Space Agency plans to start mining for natural resources on the moon
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/22/europe/mining-on-moon-trnd/index.html?
utm_term=link&utm_content=2019-01-
22T19%3A29%3A11&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_medium=social
 
Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by 'Planet Nine'
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-mystery-orbits-outermost-solar-planet.html
 
What the moon’s craters reveal about the Earth’s history

https://theconversation.com/what-the-moons-craters-reveal-
about-the-earths-history-109692
 
Do microbes control the formation of giant copper deposits?
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/gsoa-dmc012519.php
 
A landscape unseen in over 40,000 years
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoca-alu012519.php
 
Stellar winds, the source material for the universe, are clumpy
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/ps-swt012419.php
 
How to escape a black hole: simulations provide new clues about powerful plasma jets
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/dbnl-hte012419.php
 
Testing Hawking radiation in laboratory black hole analogues
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-hawking-laboratory-black-hole-analogues.html
 
 

Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy


Sources
 
The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day
https://www.wired.com/story/the-water-in-your-toilet-could-fight-climate-change-one-day/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIxODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f5
2ce4da5de4e5031836&hashb=9085a9ae56cc45a4e9bae24e2eaeaade6e04a43e&mbid=nl_012319_d
aily_list3_p1&source=DAILY_NEWSLETTER&utm_brand=wired&utm_mailing=WIRED%20NL
%20012319%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
Shutdown imperils NASA’s decadelong ice-measuring campaign
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/shutdown-imperils-nasa-s-decadelong-ice-measuring-
campaign?utm_source=64&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=AAAS-
 
See the Staggering Impact Humans Have Had on the World’s Oceans

http://time.com/collection-post/5502588/oceans-in-peril/?
utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialflowtw&utm_ca
mpaign=time&xid=time_socialflow_twitter
 

Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests?

https://theconversation.com/can-genetic-engineering-save-
disappearing-forests-109793
 
Fault lines are no barrier to safe storage of CO2 below ground
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uoe-fla012419.php
 
Envisioned 'octopus farms' would have far-reaching and detrimental environmental impact
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/nyu-ef012419.php
 
 
 

Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences


 
Alligators freeze in North Carolina swamp with noses above ice
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alligators-frozen-north-carolina-swamp-with-noses-above-ice/?
ftag=CNM-00-10aab6a&linkId=62818537
 
In surprising reversal, scientists find a cellular process that stops cancer before it starts

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-reversal-scientists-
cellular-cancer.html

 
Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/20/685821214/before-black-lung-the-hawks-nest-tunnel-disaster-
killed-hundreds?sc=tw
 
Researchers Find A Web Of Factors Behind Multiple Sclerosis
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/21/684495345/researchers-find-a-web-of-
factors-behind-multiple-sclerosis?sc=tw
 
Gene drive technology makes mouse offspring inherit specific traits from parents
https://theconversation.com/gene-drive-technology-makes-mouse-offspring-inherit-specific-traits-
from-parents-110145
 
'Training gym' for lab-grown heart cells: Engineering researchers design new platform
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uotf-gf012219.php
 
Complete Axolotl Genome Could Reveal the Secret of Regenerating Tissues
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/complete-axolotl-genome-could-reveal-secret-
regenerating-tissues-180971335/
 
 
 
 

Other
 
The Unsolved Mystery of the Lubbock Lights UFO Sightings
https://www.history.com/news/lubbock-lights-ufo-sightings
 
When a Harvard Professor Talks About Aliens
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/oumuamua-interstellar-harvard-astrophysicist/
580948/?utm_campaign=the-
atlantic&utm_content=5c4c057d9ebbef0001902427_ta&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebo
ok
 
What a 16th-century mystic can teach us about making good decisions
https://theconversation.com/what-a-16th-century-mystic-can-teach-us-about-making-good-
decisions-109705
 
Advanced Extraterrestrials as an Approximation to God
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/advanced-extraterrestrials-as-an-approximation-
to-god/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Informational
 
Humanity is more important than money — it’s time for capitalism to get an upgrade
https://ideas.ted.com/humanity-is-more-important-than-money-its-time-for-capitalism-to-get-an-
upgrade/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
 
2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration- Video
https://www.ushmm.org/watch/ihrd-2019?
mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTjJSa1pUWTBOMlF6TnpCayIsInQiOiJEVzIrKzgxR2g0YVorUVFiOFpkWjMx
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