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How will oil affect Madagascar's environmental riches?

How will oil affect Madagascar's environmental riches? | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The rising prices of oil on world markets, coupled with new technologies aim to turn Madagascar into a significant oil producer that may also save its dwindling forests, writes the BBC's Christophe Pons.
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Substitute Teacher Had Sex With Student On Her First Day: Cops

Substitute Teacher Had Sex With Student On Her First Day: Cops | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
On her first day teaching at the school, a substitute teacher allegedly performed oral sex on a student while most of the students at the high school were attending a pep rally.

Symone Greene, 22, was called to substitute teach at Options Public C...
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Judge Reviews Mental State Of Slender Man Stabbing Suspect

Judge Reviews Mental State Of Slender Man Stabbing Suspect | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said Wednesday.

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Couple Who Appeared On 'Maury' Charged In Sexual Abuse Of 5-Year-Old Girl

Couple Who Appeared On 'Maury' Charged In Sexual Abuse Of 5-Year-Old Girl | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
An Alabama couple who appeared on the "Maury" TV show last year now faces charges surrounding the alleged sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl.

David Anthony Williams, 21, was arrested on Oct. 3 and accused of first-degree rape and sodomy i...
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Infant bodies found in Canada locker

Infant bodies found in Canada locker | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.
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Bone Study Suggests Gladiators Drank Ash Tonic - Archaeology Magazine

Bone Study Suggests Gladiators Drank Ash Tonic - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Analysis of Roman gladiator bones suggests they were vegetarians who drank an ash tonic http://t.co/84cJK2Pdoj http://t.co/GMISJMD3qv
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The Archaeology News Network: Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk

The Archaeology News Network: Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Archaeology News Network: Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk http://t.co/EfrbAPCqB8
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Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) - The head of a near-intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, northern Greece, the culture ministry announced.

Related StoriesGreek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb ReutersHermes Mosaic Unearthed at Ancient Greek Tomb LiveScience.com'Mystery tomb' in Greece reveals mosaic of Greek god Hermes The Week (RSS)Archaeologists discover mural depicting Hades' abduction of Persephone The Week (RSS)

 

Discovered in the fourth chamber of a burial mound at the site in the northern region of Macedonia, the sphinx is more than half-a-metre (18 inches) high and was marked by "traces of red", according to a statement from the ministry.

Archaeologists also found fragments of the sphinx's wings within the same burial mound.

"The sphinx's head belongs to the body of a sphinx which was found previously," said the statement released Tuesday.

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Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals

Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.

 

Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans werethe Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Recent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of modern humanswhen modern humans began spreading out of Africa — 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin.

It remains uncertain when interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals occurred. Previous estimates of these events ranged from 37,000 to 86,000 years ago. [See Photos of Humanity's Closest Relative]

To help solve this mystery, scientists analyzed the shaft of a thighbone found by an artist and mammoth ivory collector, Nikolai Peristov, on the left bank of the river Irtysh near the settlement of Ust'-Ishim in western Siberia in 2008. They calculated the age of the man's bone to be about 45,000 years old.

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N. Korea says Kim Jong-Un freed US detainee at Obama's request

N. Korea says Kim Jong-Un freed US detainee at Obama's request | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

North Korea said Wednesday that "criminal" US detainee Jeffrey Fowle was freed on the orders of leader Kim Jong-Un following "repeated requests" from President Barack Obama.

Related StoriesNorth Korea detainee release positive, but no game-changer AFPKerry says no deal made with North Korea in release of American ReutersNorth Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained Associated PressBae family eye 'sign of hope' in N.Korea detainee release AFPNorth Korea Frees American Detainee Jeffrey Fowle The Wall Street Journal

In a brief report the official KCNA news agency said Fowle, 56, had been handed over to the US authorities in accordance with relevant legal procedures.

 

"Kim Jong-Un, first chairman of the National Defence Commission ... took such a special measure as setting free Jeffrey Edward Fowle, US criminal, taking into consideration the repeated requests of US President Obama," it said.

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UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.

 

A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.

Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease, prosecutors said.

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Don't Let Them Eat Cake: More U.S. Cities Are Banning Feeding the Homeless

Don't Let Them Eat Cake: More U.S. Cities Are Banning Feeding the Homeless | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Reading through the latest report from the National Coalition for the Homeless might spark one of those moments when you wonder, what would Marie Antoinette say? French peasants who had no bread to eat were so enraged by rumors that their queen uttered the phrase “Let them eat cake” that she ended up decapitated. Well, the coalition’s modern-day researchers found that since Jan. 2013, twenty-one cities have restricted or flat-out banned feeding the homeless at all—and 10 municipalities have similar ordinances in the works.

 

At the heart of the bans and restrictions, write the authors, is the misguided belief that feeding people who are sleeping on the streets or in shelters encourages homelessness. Apparently, some of our nation’s politicians and policy makers are convinced that thousands of Americans are so eager for a free bowl from a soup kitchen that they’ll quit their jobs and begin sleeping in doorways and on bus benches to get it.

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Thank God! The Church Says She's a Skank - Daily Beast

Thank God! The Church Says She's a Skank - Daily Beast | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Eri Hayward is a Mormon who lives with her boyfriend, so according to the church she’s ‘living in sin.’ Which is great, because no one’s concerned with her being transgender.
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Florida Boy Charged With More Than 100 Counts Related To Child Porn

Florida Boy Charged With More Than 100 Counts Related To Child Porn | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A Florida boy who faces more than 100 charges involving child pornography possessed at least one image of himself molesting a child, investigators said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they are worried that there could be other vict...
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Gym Teacher Charged With 30 Counts Of Statutory Rape

Gym Teacher Charged With 30 Counts Of Statutory Rape | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A former basketball coach and gym teacher at a prestigious New York City high school faces statutory rape charges for her alleged sex abuse of a male student.

Megan Mahoney, 24, was arrested Monday for allegedly having regular sexual contact with...
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Arias Juror Dismissed After Seeking Out Nancy Grace

Arias Juror Dismissed After Seeking Out Nancy Grace | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
PHOENIX, Arizona -- The second juror in two days has been excused from the Jodi Arias penalty retrial.

Judge Sherry Stephens excused juror No. 9 Wednesday, after journalist and legal analyst Beth Karas told the judge she was approached outside the...
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Boko Haram Kidnaps More Women in Nigeria

Boko Haram Kidnaps More Women in Nigeria | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
At least 60 women have been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants in Adamawa State following renewed attacks unleashed by the insurgents.

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Footprint of an ancient laborer found in Çanakkale

ARCHAEOLOGY - Footprint of an ancient laborer found in Çanakkale | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Archaeological excavations in the Hellenistic city of Parion have revealed a 2,000-year-old footprint that is believed to have belonged to a laborer.
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Bog material reveals 11,500 years of Scottish history at prehistoric hillforts near Edinburgh | Culture24

Bog material reveals 11,500 years of Scottish history at prehistoric hillforts near Edinburgh | Culture24 | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Archaeologists studying Ravelrig Bog, which began as a rocky hollow at the end of the last glacial period, have found evidence of human occupation from across the ages.
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Ancient Human Skulls Reveal When Europeans Could Drink Milk

Ancient Human Skulls Reveal When Europeans Could Drink Milk | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The DNA from ancient human bones is shedding new light on the prehistory of Europe, such as when changes in skin color and lactose tolerance occurred, researchers say.

 

This research unexpectedly revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of milk in adulthood, investigators added.

Scientists examined ancient DNA extracted from 13 individuals in archaeological burial sites unearthed during highway construction in the Great Hungarian Plain in Central Europe. This crossroads for Eastern and Western cultures experienced significant transformations in culture and technology known to have shaped European prehistory. The bones at the site span about 5,000 years, from 5,700 B.C. to 800 B.C., ranging across the Stone, Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages. [Image Gallery: Our Closest Human Ancestor Revealed]

 

After several years of experimentation with a variety of kinds of bones, the researchers discovered the best place to recover ancient DNA for analysis in humans is the petrous bone, a pyramidal bone at the base of the skull. The name petrous comes from the Latin word "petrosus," meaning "stonelike." The petrous bone is the hardest bone in the human body and very dense, forming a protective case for the inner ear.

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King Tut's Health: New Mummy Scans Refute Old Diagnosis of Pharaohs

King Tut's Health: New Mummy Scans Refute Old Diagnosis of Pharaohs | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The royalty of ancient Egypt suffered from an age-related back disorder, according to a new body scan of the mummies of pharaohs.

 

The new research clears up a long-standing mummy misdiagnosis, which held that some rulers who lived between about 1492 B.C. and 1153 B.C. had a painful inflammatory disorder called ankylosing spondylitis. This disease would have fused their vertebrae together starting from an early age.

 

"We are now questioning the reality that ankylosing spondylitis is actually an ancient disease," said study researcher Sahar Saleem of the Kasr Al Ainy Faculty of Medicine in Cairo. Whether it is an ancient disease or not, the altered diagnosis suggests that famed pharaohs, including Ramesses the Great, did not live out their final years in great pain. Instead, their disorder was likely asymptomatic, Saleem told Live Science. [Photos: Revealing a 1,700-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy]

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Boyfriend leads police to pregnant Ohio woman's remains

Boyfriend leads police to pregnant Ohio woman's remains | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Two days after her disappearance, an apartment she had shared with Ferrero was set on fire in what Weiner said was an attempt to destroy evidence.

Ferrero has also been charged with aggravated arson and has a scheduled court appearance Thursday in Columbus.

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China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court

China opposes sending North Korea to int'l court | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it was against referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court, dimming chances that its longtime ally will face additional scrutiny over its dismal and well-documented system of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions.

 

The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to refer Pyongyang to the court, a step that would mark the global community's strongest effort so far against the North's human rights record.

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The Evidence of a Struggle in Michael Brown's Death

The Evidence of a Struggle in Michael Brown's Death | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

This interpretation of the report seems to coincide with other reports about Wilson's statements to investigators and his testimony before the grand jury, which was recounted in The New York Times last Friday. The feeling among many observers of the case, including The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery, and The Root's Eric Guster, is that these recent leaks are meant to prime the public for an inevitable result: a grand jury investigation that ends with no charges being filed against Wilson.

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Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

 Scientists claim to have unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet.

 

A femur found by chance on the banks of a west Siberian river in 2008 is that of a man who died around 45,000 years ago, they said.

Teased out of collagen in the ancient bone, the genome contains traces from Neanderthals -- a cousin species who lived in Eurasia alongside H. sapiens before mysteriously disappearing.

 

Previous research has found that Neanderthals and H. sapiens interbred, leaving a tiny Neanderthal imprint of just about two percent in humans today, except for Africans.

 

The discovery has a bearing on the so-called "Out of Africa" scenario: the theory that H. sapiens evolved in East Africa around 200,000 years ago and then ventured out of the continent.

Dating when Neanderthals and H. sapiens interbred would also indicate when H. sapiens embarked on a key phase of this trek -- the push out of Eurasia and into South and later Southeast Asia.

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