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Weekly Science Report

February 1, 2019
 
“I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We're still just a child creature, we're still
being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We're growing up, we're
moving into adolescence now. When we grow up - man, we're going to be something!”
Gene Roddenberry
 

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
 
This cave sheltered some of the first known humans 300,000 years ago
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/this-cave-sheltered-
some-of-the-first-known-humans-300000-years-ago/ar-
BBSY7BR?ocid=se

 
Unexpected DNA link: A Kennewick man shares paternal lineage with Kennewick Man
https://www.nbcrightnow.com/check-it-out/unexpected-dna-link-a-kennewick-man-shares-paternal-
lineage-with/article_0d1dd9d8-192e-11e9-a8d2-fb6538151077.html?
utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share
 
Human Footprints Off Canadian Coast Pre-date End Of Last Ice Age
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/03/28/human-footprints/#.XFMIc1VKhQJ

DNA from a newly unearthed Alaska graveyard offers fresh


knowledge about ancient Arctic populations

https://www.arctictoday.com/dna-from-a-newly-unearthed-
alaska-graveyard-offers-fresh-knowledge-about-ancient-
arctic-populations/?
fbclid=IwAR2QVXhVkkLXsziwv4699IoLlXCdB48UmeITrEo
NDLhqEcdhTE_BLy7U88Y
 
Crossing the Timor
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/crossing-the-timor/
 
Humans colonized diverse environments in Southeast Asia and Oceania during the Pleistocene
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/mpif-hcd012819.php
 
How predatory plankton created modern ecosystems after 'Snowball Earth'
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-predatory-plankton-modern-ecosystems-snowball.html
 
History
 
The Passamaquoddy Reclaim Their Culture Through Digital Repatriation
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-passamaquoddy-reclaim-their-culture-
through-digital-repatriation?fbclid=IwAR3uqUjs0A6B1cpQh-NMecJiYmJehJ5M1oYPd-
IkOiuv3LEPj5v5d8SytP4
 
Tory peer involved in controversial sale of Iraqi antiquities
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/tory-peer-involved-in-controversial-sale-of-iraqi-antiquities
 
Merlin tale fragments discovered in Bristol archives
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/30/undiscovered-merlin-tale-fragments-found-in-
bristol-archives?CMP=fb_gu
 
Holocaust survivor helps track art looted from Hungary
https://amp.detroitnews.com/amp/2514670002?__twitter_impression=true
 
Study Finds Art Museums Are Slowly Becoming More Diverse, but Progress Is ‘Uneven’
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-museums-are-becoming-more-diverse-progress-
uneven-180971373/#HazLc337eZfwTFyj.03
 
Frank Blaichman, 96, Dies; Led Jewish Fighters in World War II
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/obituaries/frank-blaichman-dead.html
 
Eichmann's Best Man Lived and Died in Syria
https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/383296/
 
What Iran’s revolution looked like from inside the shah’s palace
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/01/24/what-irans-revolution-looked-like-
from-inside-the-shahs-palace/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
 
DNA test squashes decades-long ‘doppelganger conspiracy’ about Rudolf Hess
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/national/health-science/dna-test-squashes-decades-long-
doppelganger-conspiracy-about-rudolf-hess/2019/01/25/abb231de-1e8d-11e9-8e21-
59a09ff1e2a1_story.html?__twitter_impression=true
 
Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilizations is a vital step for a people reclaiming their history
https://qz.com/africa/1533523/dakars-museum-of-black-civilizations-tells-africas-story/amp/?
__twitter_impression=true
 
How will generations that didn’t experience the Holocaust remember it?
https://theconversation.com/how-will-generations-that-didnt-experience-the-holocaust-remember-it-
110137
 
What are Muslim prayer rugs?
https://theconversation.com/what-are-muslim-prayer-rugs-110406
 
The Monk Who Taught the World Mindfulness Awaits the End of This Life
http://time.com/5511729/monk-mindfulness-art-of-dying/?xid=tcoshare
 
The Ethics of Killing Baby Hitler
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/killing-baby-hitler-ethics/412273/?
utm_campaign=the-
atlantic&utm_content=5c439def9ebbef0001a69c7e_ta&utm_medium=social&utm_source=faceboo
k
 
Pakistan’s Crumbling Cultural Heritage
https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/pakistans-crumbling-cultural-heritage/
 
The Interior Department is running mainly without Senate-confirmed leaders. It just opted to keep it
that way
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/01/30/interior-department-is-running-
mainly-without-senate-confirmed-leaders-it-just-opted-keep-it-that-way/?utm_term=.17577c47686e
 
Benefits For Navy Victims Of Agent Orange – Just 50 Years Later
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/30/689919270/benefits-for-navy-victims-of-agent-orange-just-50-
years-later?sc=tw
 
Morton Sobell, convicted in Rosenberg atomic bomb spy trial, dies at 101
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/obituaries/morton-sobell-convicted-in-rosenberg-
atomic-bomb-spy-trial-dies-at-101/2019/01/30/4ae88196-24d7-11e9-90cd-
dedb0c92dc17_story.html?__twitter_impression=true
 
S. Koreans mourn death of wartime sex slave who fought Tokyo
https://apnews.com/2443dd5958b9476ab953f421e7e4986d
 
Women Have Made Gains in Museum Leadership, But Progress Has Been More Incremental for
People of Color, a New Study Says
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/women-museum-leadership-diversity-study-1450213?
fbclid=IwAR1-TjLfip2t3An7doFXte5Opr-
3ygIHeITGAefC7C0SZqRadJ9xyoc9sho#.XFSJPnyGIP1.facebook
 
 
 
 

Archaeology
 
Archaeologists in South Africa discover 'lost city' using laser technology
http://www.africanews.com/2019/01/29/archaeologists-in-south-africa-discover-lost-city-using-
laser-technology/
 
Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/03/scientists-discover-ancient-mayan-city-hidden-
under-guatemalan-jungle?CMP=share_btn_link
 
Ancient fortress reveals how prehistoric civilizations of Central Asia lived
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/arsc-afr010619.php
 
Archaeology: Were ancient writings, giants pulled from Ohio burial mounds? Ummm, no
https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190127/archaeology-were-ancient-writings-giants-pulled-from-
ohio-burial-mounds-ummm-no
 
Archeological findings confirm oral history of Lake Babine First Nation in northern B.C.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lake-babine-archeology-1.4991792
 
 
 

Egyptology
 
A Madrid mummy is found to be a pharaoh’s eye doctor
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/07/inenglish/1546880586_334568.amp.html
 
Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt’s Western Desert
https://apnews.com/345efb62765d4c7e84efbd971ed77cd2
 
Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announces new archeological discovery in Minya
https://ww.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-antiquities-ministry-announces-new-archeological-
discovery-in-minya/
 
 
 
 
 
 

General Science
 
3D printing method creates objects in one piece
https://www.llnl.gov/news/3d-printing-method-creates-objects-one-piece
 
The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record
https://www.wired.com/story/worlds-fastest-supercomputer-breaks-ai-record/?
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Clever timing makes computers produce less heat—even below Landauer's limit
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-clever-heateven-landauer-limit.html
 
An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat
https://www.wired.com/story/an-underwater-skin-sensor-lets-swimmers-track-their-sweat/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIxODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f5
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In our Wi-Fi world, the internet still depends on undersea cables
https://theconversation.com/in-our-wi-fi-world-the-internet-still-depends-on-undersea-cables-49936
 
Alaska Schools Get Faster Internet—Partly Thanks to Global Warming
https://www.wired.com/story/alaska-schools-get-faster-internet-partly-thanks-global-warming/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIxODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f5
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%20012819%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
Scientists 'hijack' open-access quantum computer to tease out quantum secrets
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-scientists-hijack-open-access-quantum-secrets.html
 
Magnetic teeth hold promise for materials and energy
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-magnetic-teeth-materials-energy.html
 
 
 
 

Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

Long Ago, Venus Looked Strikingly Similar to Earth


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/08/12/venus-was-once-and-earth-twin/?
utm_source=dscfb&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dscfb#.XFIxkFxKjIW
 
Active galaxies point to new physics of cosmic expansion
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-galaxies-physics-cosmic-expansion.html
 
Data From a Dead Satellite Reveals Lost Continents Under Antarctica
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/yw7z95/data-from-a-dead-satellite-reveals-lost-
continents-under-antarctica?utm_source=vicefbus
 
Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-planetary-collision-moon-life-earth.html
 
It’s Time to Rethink Who’s Best Suited for Space Travel

https://www.wired.com/story/its-time-to-rethink-whos-best-
suited-for-space-travel/?
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And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of


Apocalypse

https://www.wired.com/story/and-now-the-weather-mars-like-
with-a-chance-of-apocalypse/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIx
ODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f52ce4da5de4e5031836&hashb
=9085a9ae56cc45a4e9bae24e2eaeaade6e04a43e&mbid=nl_012
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rand=wired&utm_mailing=WIRED%20NL
%20012919%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
BREATHTAKING PHOTOS OF A WORLD WITHOUT LIGHT POLLUTION
HTTPS://WWW.WIRED.COM/2017/04/GAVIN-HEFFERNAN-HARUN-MEHMEDINOVIC-
SKYGLOW/AMP?__TWITTER_IMPRESSION=TRUE
 
Video from Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity shows stunning view of Earth from the edge of space
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/amp/ncna948206?__twitter_impression=true
 
Private company launches “Largest Fleet of Satellites in Human History” to photograph Earth
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/private-company-launches-largest-fleet-of-satellites-in-human-
history-to-photograph-earth-60-minutes/
 
SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight
https://www.wired.com/story/spacex-revs-its-engines-as-it-gets-closer-to-crewed-flight/?
CNDID=41291302&CNDID=41291302&bxid=MjM5NjgxMjIxODk5S0&hasha=3ed15b3d4270f5
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%20012819%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
New research uses Curiosity rover to measure gravity on Mars
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uom-nru013119.php
 
The 'stuff' of the universe keeps changing
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-universe.html
 
Variations in seafloor create freak ocean waves
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-variations-seafloor-freak-ocean.html
 
Astrophysicist Mercedes Lopez-Morales Is Grooming the Next Generation of Planet Hunters
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrophysicist-mercedes-lopez-morales-is-grooming-
next-generation-of-planet-hunters-180971191/
 
A Smithsonian Researcher Reflects on What It Will Take to Land Humans on Mars
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-researcher-reflects-what-it-
will-take-land-humans-mars-180971333/
 

Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy


Sources
 
America colonisation ‘cooled Earth's climate’
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47063973?
ns_mchannel=social&ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews
 
Gas find in North Sea hailed as 'biggest in a decade'
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-47041270?
ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_mchannel=social&ocid=socialflow_facebook
 
Germany to shutter all 84 coal-fired plants to fight climate change
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/427182-germany-to-shut-down-all-84-of-its-coal-
fired-plants-to-fight
 
Converting Wi-Fi signals to electricity with new 2-D materials
https://techxplore.com/news/2019-01-wi-fi-electricity-d-materials.html
 
Global Seed Vault Gets Its Millionth Donation and a $13 Million Update
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-seed-vault-hit-one-million-mark-donation-
gets-13-million-upgrade-180968267/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia
 

Amazon deforestation, already rising, may spike


under Bolsonaro
https://theconversation.com/amazon-deforestation-already-rising-may-spike-under-bolsonaro-
109940
 
With Better Climate Data, A Push To Use It To Prepare For Climate Impacts
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/30/690090608/with-better-climate-data-a-push-to-use-it-to-prepare-
for-climate-impacts?sc=tw
 
Nepalese Rice Farmers Boost Yields By Sowing Fewer Plants And Cutting Water
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/01/30/689685891/nepalese-rice-farmers-boost-yields-by-
sowing-fewer-plants-and-cutting-water?sc=tw
 
Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/30/690003678/massive-starfish-die-off-is-tied-to-global-warming?
sc=tw
 
US moves ahead with oil leases near sacred park
https://apnews.com/cb5aa97fc7b243a3baef02a3ab1ff0f4
 
Study reveals wildlife is abundant in Chernobyl

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uog-
srw013119.php
 
Antarctic meltwater streams shed light on longstanding hydrological mystery
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uoca-ams012819.php
 
'Inkjet' solar panels poised to revolutionise green energy
https://techxplore.com/news/2019-02-inkjet-solar-panels-poised-revolutionise.html
 
 
 
 

Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences

The ‘Complete’ Cancer Cure Story Is Both Bogus and Tragic

https://www.wired.com/story/the-complete-cancer-cure-story-
is-both-bogus-and-tragic/?
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Emerging evidence of an impending Parkinson's disease pandemic identified
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-emerging-evidence-
impending-parkinson-disease.html

 
These Patients Had Sickle-Cell Disease. Experimental Therapies Might Have Cured Them.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/27/health/sickle-cell-gene-therapy.html
 
Pesticides Are Harming Bees in Literally Every Possible Way
https://www.wired.com/story/pesticides-are-harming-bees-in-literally-every-possible-way/?
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Sonar can scare whales to death, new study shows
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/sonar-can-scare-whales-death-new-study-shows-
ncna964801?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma
 
Nanoparticles may promote cancer metastasis
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-nanoparticles-cancer-metastasis.html
 
Should the Himalayan Wolf Be Classified as a New Species?

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-
himalayan-wolf-be-classified-new-species-180971396/
 
 

Other
 
Can Norway win the global race to build a 'floating tunnel'?
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/norway-underwater-floating-tunnel-intl/index.html?
utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_source=fbCNNi&utm_content=2019-01-
29T05%3A31%3A03
 
The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water
https://www.wired.com/story/greenland-ice-sheet-photo-gallery/?
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Engineer's 'metallic wood' has the strength of titanium and the density of water
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-metallic-wood-strength-titanium-density.html
 
Behind the scenes: Making of "Hamilton" in Puerto Rico
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hamilton-puerto-rico-behind-the-scenes/?ftag=COS-05-
10aaa0h&utm_campaign=trueAnthem
%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c396b6a04d3013677478fd3&utm_medium=trueAnthem
&utm_source=facebook
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Informational
 
The WIRED Guide to Commercial Human Space Flight
https://www.wired.com/story/wired-guide-commercial-space-flight/?
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%20020119%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl
 
Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World
https://www.wired.com/story/space-photos-of-the-week-jupiter-storms/?
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