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Weekly Science Report

December 8, 2017

When life descends into the pit I must become my own candle willingly
burning myself to light up the darkness around me.
Alice Walker

Table of Contents
Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 2
News Articles .................................................................................................................... 3
Paleontology, Evolution and Prehistoric Studies ............................................................ 3
History ............................................................................................................................. 4
Archaeology .................................................................................................................... 6
Egyptology ....................................................................................................................... 7
General Science .............................................................................................................. 8
Physics, Earth and Space Sciences ............................................................................... 9
Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy Sources ................................. 10
Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences .................................................................. 11
Other .............................................................................................................................. 13
Additional Informational ................................................................................................ 14
Introduction

Steve Detwiler created this publication with the support of Graham Hancock and
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. Detwilers contribution to bring people together and share ideas
and discoveries with his fellow humans.

I hope you enjoy this publication and that the content challenges and inspires
you!

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News Articles

Paleontology, Evolution and Prehistoric Studies

Paleolithic Camel Image Discovered in Russian Cave


https://www.archaeology.org/news/6127-171129-russia-cave-camel

A horse is a horse, of course, of course -- except when it isn't


https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc--ahi112717.php

Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc-asf112717.php

Storytellers promoted cooperation among hunter-gatherers before advent of religion


https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205120029.htm

Worlds scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history


https://theconversation.com/worlds-scientists-turn-to-asia-and-australia-to-rewrite-human-history-
88697

Mammoth Remains Unearthed at Michigan Farm, Hint at Ancient Human Butchering


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-
farm-180967398/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Rare skeleton shown of human ancestor, 3.6 million years old


https://apnews.com/c5efcb6de8d549638b14fb0f277fa2e4

New approach measures early human butchering practices


http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/new-approach-measures-early-human-
butchering-practices

Uncovering varied pathways to agriculture


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/wios-uvp120717.php

Excavations show ancient contact with neighbours


http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/12/04/excavations-show-ancient-contact-neighbours/

Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East


http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/archaeologists-revise-chronology-of-the-
last-hunter-gatherers-in-the-near-east

Ancient 'Cave of the Dead Revealed in 3D Model


https://www.livescience.com/61099-cave-of-the-dead-revealed.html
History

This Is How Every Genocide Begins


http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/30/this-is-how-every-genocide-begins-trump-retweets-muslim-
hate/?utm_content=buffer17e8a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaig
n=buffer

Professors discover copy of Jesus' secret revelations to his brother


https://m.phys.org/news/2017-11-professors-jesus-secret-revelations-brother.html

What next for UNESCO?


https://www.apollo-magazine.com/what-next-for-unesco/

Thousands protest in Utah against Trump's monument reduction plan


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/utah-protest-bears-ears-trump-monument-reduction-
plan/?ftag=COS-05-
10aaa0h&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+New+Content+%28Feed%29&utm_content=5a236bf
a04d30162d9305281&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

President Trumps national monument rollback is illegal and likely to be reversed in court
https://theconversation.com/president-trumps-national-monument-rollback-is-illegal-and-likely-to-
be-reversed-in-court-88376

A Cultural Project in Polynesia Has the Power to Teach Us All


https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/11/30/567441368/a-cultural-project-in-polynesia-has-the-
power-to-teach-us-all

The Origin of Krampus, Europes Evil Twist on Santa


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/krampus-could-come-you-holiday-season-
180957438/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Thousands are missing in Syria. A new exhibit bears witness to their absence
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/thousands-are-missing-in-syria-a-new-exhibit-bears-witness-
to-their-absence

The Hamburg swastika and why we havent learnt from history


https://theconversation.com/the-hamburg-swastika-and-why-we-havent-learnt-from-history-
88359?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=15123880
61

Is 3D Technology the Key to Preserving Indigenous Cultures?


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2017/11/29/3d-
technology-key-preserving-indigenous-cultures/

Message from the Past Found inside Spanish Statue of Jesus


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/message-future-found-inside-spanish-statue-jesus-
180967425/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

W ill French Museums Retur n African Objects? Emmanuel Macr on Says


Restitution Is a Priority
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/french-president-promises-restitution-african-heritage-
ouagadougou-university-speech-1162199#.Wh6AWM5R1No.twitter

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2017: What happened 76 years ago?


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pearl-harbor-remembrance-day-2017-what-happened-76-
years-ago/ar-BBGgLqx?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580
Five Things to Know About the Redrawn National Monuments
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-redrawn-national-
monuments-180967418/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Step Into the Vaticans Secret Archives


http://www.history.com/news/step-into-the-vaticans-secret-archives

London mayor calls for UK apology over colonial-era massacre in India


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-britain-amritsar/london-mayor-calls-for-uk-apology-over-
colonial-era-massacre-in-india-
idUSKBN1E01PA?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a283151
04d30122565039f3&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Ryan Zinke: Why we shrunk the monuments


http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/07/opinions/why-we-shrunk-the-monuments-
zinke/index.html?sr=fbCNN120717why-we-shrunk-the-monuments-zinke1013AMVODtopLink

Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared


https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/12/07/568183086/please-dont-forget-us-
documenting-syrias-disappeared?sf175606220=1

Trust no one: Scholar risked all to document Islamic State


https://www.apnews.com/cdc0567f7bf34958b914b15869392a84/Trust-no-one:-Scholar-risked-all-
to-document-Islamic-State

When the British government expects volunteers to help refugees, its back to the 1930s
https://theconversation.com/when-the-british-government-expects-volunteers-to-help-refugees-
its-back-to-the-1930s-88356?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Cultural big bang helped form Fort Ancient society


http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171203/archaeology-cultural-big-bang-helped-form-fort-ancient-
society
Archaeology

UN: 17 World Heritage Sites in Arab World in Danger


https://www.voanews.com/a/un-says-17-world-heritage-sites-in-arab-world-in-
danger/4144760.html

Julius Caesar's Britain invasion site 'found by archaeologists'


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42155888

Pakistan Unveils 1,700-year-old Reclining Buddha Statue at Bhamala Archaeological Site


https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/pakistan-unveils-1700-year-old-reclining-buddha-statue-at-
bhamala-archaeological-site

3,000-Year-Old Noble Tomb Discovered in Northwest China


https://www.archaeology.org/news/6138-171204-china-imperial-rule

The Glass Economy


https://www.archaeology.org/issues/275-1711/from-the-trenches/6006-trenches-nigeria-yoruba-
glass-production

This is no way to solve the cruise ship issue in Venice


http://theartnewspaper.com/news/this-is-no-way-to-solve-the-cruise-ship-issue-in-venice

U.S. Archaeological Sites Threatened by Sea Level Rise


https://www.archaeology.org/news/6131-171130-sea-level-rise

'Pit bull' lawyer and former marine hunts down world's stolen treasures
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/pit-bull-lawyer-and-former-marine-hunts-down-
world-s-stolen-treasures-1.678704

Peru's abundant ruins feel the squeeze of urbanization


http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/28/perus-abundant-ruins-feel-squeeze-urbanization.html

More than 1,000 ancient seals discovered


http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/more-than-1-000-ancient-sealings-discovered

Bizarre Origins of 4th-Century 'Santa Claus Bone' Revealed


https://www.livescience.com/61146-origins-of-santa-claus-bone.html

New mysterious findings in excavations at Kissonerga-Skalia of Paphos, Cyprus


http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/28670-new-mysterious-findings-by-archaeological-excavations-at-
kissonerga-skalia-in-cyprus.html

Archaeological Enigma Resolved: Meteorites Were the Origin of All Things Iron Predating the Iron
Age
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.826890

Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China


https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html
Egyptology

A shipwreck has been found from the time of Alexander the Great
https://www.newscientist.com/article/shipwreck-found-time-alexander-great/amp/

THE ARTIST PROJECT: SARAH SZE ON THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS


http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2017/december/07/the-artist-project-sarah-sze-on-
the-ancient-egyptians/

Statues of ancient Egyptian lioness deity Sekhmet uncovered in Luxor


http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/282656.aspx

Discovery of 7000-year-old Egyptian city could shed light on Nile Valley's earliest civilizations
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/discovery-7000-year-old-egyptian-city-could-shed-light-nile-valleys-
earliest-civilisations-1648880

Pharaonic carpentry workshop discovered in Upper Egypt's Aswan


http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/24/c_136775049.htm
General Science

Robots May Steal As Many As 800 Million Jobs in the Next 13 Years
http://fortune.com/2017/11/29/robots-automation-replace-jobs-mckinsey-report-800-
million/?utm_campaign=time&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&xid=time_socialfl
ow_facebook

Could Intelligent Machines of the Future Own the Rights to Their Own Creations?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-intelligent-machines-of-the-future-own-the-rights-
to-their-own-creations/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-
social&utm_content=&utm_term=tech_partner_&sf175208288=1

How can humans keep the upper hand on artificial intelligence?


https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/epfd-hch120417.php

Inside Baidus Bid to Lead the AI Revolution


https://www.wired.com/story/inside-baidu-artificial-intelligence/?mbid=nl_120917_daily_list1_p4

Artificial Intelligence Seeks An Ethical Conscience


https://www.wired.com/story/artificial-intelligence-seeks-an-ethical-
conscience/?mbid=nl_120917_daily_list3_p4

Musk Says Tesla Is Building Its Own Chip for Autopilot


https://www.wired.com/story/musk-says-tesla-is-building-its-own-chip-for-
autopilot/?mbid=nl_120817_daily_list1_p2

San Francisco Just Put the Brakes on Delivery Robots


https://www.wired.com/story/san-francisco-just-put-the-brakes-on-delivery-
robots/?mbid=nl_120717_daily_list3_p1
Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

Want to Learn How to Mine in Space? Theres a School for You


https://www.wired.com/story/want-to-learn-how-to-mine-in-space-theres-a-school-for-
you/?mbid=nl_113017_daily_list3_p3

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes


https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/p-tbc120117.php

Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/bu-rbp120417.php

Time between world-changing volcanic super-eruptions less than previously thought


https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uob-tbw112717.php

If You Stuck Your Head in a Particle Accelerator


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/12/04/head-particle-
accelerator/#.WiyOWeQo7IW

Exploring Our Galaxys Thick Disk


http://aasnova.org/2017/12/06/exploring-our-galaxys-thick-disk/

Boeing: We are going to beat SpaceX to Mars


https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/boeing-we-are-going-to-beat-spacex-to-mars/

This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Star
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-painted-light-admiring-astronomer-
helped-make-him-star-180967384/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Relativity Space aims to 3D print entire launch vehicles


http://spacenews.com/relativity-space-aims-to-3d-print-entire-launch-vehicles/

These baby worms are good news for future Mars settlers
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/these-baby-worms-are-good-news-future-mars-settlers-
ncna826746

Scientists Discover Ancient Black Hole From the Dawn of the Universe
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-ancient-black-hole-dawn-universe-
180967450/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Gravity waves could help scientists detect earthquakes faster


https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/04/gravity-waves-could-help-scientists-detect-earthquakes-
faster/
Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy Sources

Two Melting Glaciers Could Decide the Fate of Our Coastlines


https://www.wired.com/story/two-melting-glaciers-could-decide-the-fate-of-our-
coastlines/?mbid=nl_113017_daily_list3_p1

First Nuclear Chain Reaction Changed the World 75 Years Ago Today
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/military/first-nuclear-chain-reaction-changed-the-world-75-
years-ago-today/

The Science behind the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, Which Ushered in the Atomic Age 75
Years Ago
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/the-science-behind-first-nuclear-chain-reaction-
180967375/#uWfbucB5vu7ZQB01.01

Officials Just Signed a Contract to Build The Worlds First Floating Village
https://futurism.com/officials-signed-contract-build-worlds-first-floating-village/

Coal CEO: Senate tax plan 'wipes us out'


http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/06/investing/coal-tax-cuts-robert-murray-
trump/index.html?sr=fbCNNp120617coal-tax-cuts-robert-murray-
trump0740AMStory&CNNPolitics=fb

Uranium firm urged Trump officials to shrink Bears Ears National Monument
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/uranium-firm-urged-trump-officials-to-shrink-bears-ears-
national-monument/ar-BBGpPmY?ocid=se

WHY THIS COMPANY IS INVESTING IN WATER REPLENISHMENT, CONSERVATION PROJ


ECTS
https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/sponsor-story/How-Coca-Cola-replenishes-the-
water-it-uses/

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perrys widely hated coal bailout
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/12/9/16745084/rick-perry-coal-bailout-ferc
Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences

Ancestrys Genetic Testing Kits Are Heading for Your Stocking This Year
https://www.wired.com/story/ancestrys-genetic-testing-kits-are-heading-for-your-stocking-this-
year/?mbid=nl_120117_daily_list3_p3

Johnson & Johnson and Partners Are Bringing the World One Step Closer to an HIV Vaccine
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/jnj-johnson-hiv-vaccine-imbokodo/

The Most Promising Cancer Treatments In a Century Have ArrivedBut Not For
https://www.wired.com/story/cancer-immunotherapy-has-arrived-but-not-for-
everyone/?mbid=nl_112917_daily_list3_p1

This Greek island might have found the Fountain of Youth


https://www.nbcnews.com/leftfield/video/this-greek-island-might-have-found-the-fountain-of-
youth-1107331651512?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_nw

Parents in a Remote Amazon Village Barely Talk to Their Babiesand the Kids Are Fine
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/parents-in-a-remote-amazon-village-barely-talk-to-
their-babies-mdash-and-the-kids-are-
fine/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-
social&utm_content=&utm_term=mind_news_text_free&sf175338137=1

Lab-engineered ovaries superior to hormone drugs in animal model


https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-lab-engineered-ovaries-superior-hormone-drugs.html

When the doctor's away: What happens to hospitalized patients when substitute doctors fill in?
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-doctor-hospitalized-patients-substitute-doctors.html

Type 2 diabetes is not for life


https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-diabetes-life.html

Researchers identify an indirect way of countering a key genetic lesion in neuroblastoma


https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-indirect-countering-key-genetic-lesion.html

Researchers pinpoint pathway to muscle paralysis


https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-pathway-muscle-paralysis.html

Skin pigmentation is far more genetically complex than previously thought


https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/biom-spi112717.php

Incredible drone footage shows EIGHT HUNDRED whales frolicking in the arctic haven where
they come to give birth
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5113733/Drone-footage-shows-beluga-whales-
frolicking.html

Beluga Living with Dolphins Swaps Her Calls for Theirs


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/inkfish/2017/10/20/beluga-living-with-dolphins-swaps-her-
calls-for-theirs/

New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People


https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/12/04/567804150/new-drugs-could-prevent-
migraine-headaches-for-some-
people?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnew
s&utm_content=202904
DNA Code Gets Two New Synthetic LettersAnd Uses Them to Create a New Protein
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-add-two-new-synthetic-letters-dnas-
alphabet-180967402/#OL2YSUfDbuOCgw3X.01

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence


https://www.wired.com/story/google-is-giving-away-ai-that-can-build-your-genome-
sequence/?mbid=nl_120817_daily_list1_p1

Neuroscientists Just Launched an Atlas of the Developing Human Brain


https://www.wired.com/story/neuroscientists-just-launched-an-atlas-of-the-developing-human-
brain/?mbid=nl_120817_daily_list3_p4
Other

Without equality of income there can be no equality of opportunity


https://theconversation.com/without-equality-of-income-there-can-be-no-equality-of-opportunity-
80488?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=15123845
60

Dear E.T.: Math on Voyager's Golden Record Tells a Story


https://www.space.com/38024-math-of-voyager-golden-
record.html?utm_content=buffercdedb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Knight Foundation awards $2.5m in grants to realise 43 Miami art projects


http://theartnewspaper.com/news/knight-foundation-awards-usd2-5m-in-grants-to-realise-43-
miami-art-projects

Licence to show art: what hangs on the walls of MI6, the UK's Secret Service
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/licence-to-show-art-the-works-on-the-walls-of-the-secret-
service-s-hq

Miamis YoungArts foundation creates grant to mentor artists fresh out of school
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/miami-s-youngarts-foundation-creates-grant-to-mentor-artists-
fresh-out-of-school

Smithsonian Unveils a Bold New Action Plan, Grounded in Unity and Outreach
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-unveils-bold-new-action-
plan-grounded-unity-and-outreach-
180967394/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

What Is Net Neutrality and What Will the Internet Look Like Without It?
https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2017/11/29/net-neutrality-and-the-fight-for-internet-
control/?linkId=100000001558583

Five Questions You Should Have About Googles Plan to Reinvent Cities
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-googles-plan-
reinvent-cities-180967368/#LGjFCR5oEutOqDXb.01

FCC Must Investigate Fraud Before Voting on Net Neutrality


https://www.wired.com/story/fcc-must-investigate-fraud-before-voting-on-net-
neutrality/?mbid=nl_120917_daily_list3_p5
Additional Informational
TED Talk, How the military fights climate change
https://www.ted.com/talks/david_titley_how_the_military_fights_climate_change?language=en

5 Little-Known Facts About the Real Vikings


https://www.historyvault.com/articles/the-real-
vikings?cmpid=hv_o_site_blog_vikings&linkId=45406490

U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum, Syria: Please Dont Forget Us Exhibition
https://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/museum-exhibitions/syria-please-dont-forget-us#

Administrations Willful Disregard for Antiquities Act/Native American Concerns Shameful


http://www.americananthro.org/ParticipateAndAdvocate/AdvocacyDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=2231
1

UNESCO, Global Citizenship Education to prevent violent extremism


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhwVKKPDm4A

ICCROMs New Director-General Webber Ndoro


http://www.iccrom.org/iccroms-new-director-general-webber-ndoro/

Secrets of Christ Tomb


http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/tv/secrets-of-christs-tomb/

AP FACT CHECK: Trumps curious case for shrinking monuments


https://apnews.com/8533172590a4400291b9c95e1396c89c

TED Talk, We need to talk about an injustice


https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice

Conserving Michelangelo
https://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/dp/michelangelo-conservation