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Weekly Science Report

February 23, 2018

“A solider asked the General how do I defeat fear. The General’s answered, that the
only way to defeat fear is to tell it no. No we will not take shortcuts on the road to
righteousness. No we will not break the rules that protect us from our basis
instincts. No we will not allow desperation to destroy moral authority. I am guilty of
all these things. Some say in life that there are no second chances, experiences
tells me that this true. But we can only look forward; we have to be torch bearers,
casting the light so we may see our path to lasting peace. We will continue
exploring, discovering new worlds and new civilizations. Yes that is the United
Federation of Planets.”
Star Trek Discovery

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. 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

New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-paper-links-ancient-language.html

First There Were Microbes. Then Life on Earth Got Big.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/03/brief-history-life-evolution-fossils-
biology/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20180222ngm-
microbes&utm_campaign=Content&sf182807313=1

World's Oldest Cave Art Found—And Neanderthals Made It

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/neanderthals-cave-art-humans-evolution-science/

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/20/homo-erectus-may-have-been-a-sailor-and-able-to-speak

Spectacular fossils found at Bears Ears — right where Trump removed protections

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/22/spectacular-fossils-found-at-
bears-ears-right-where-trump-removed-protections/?utm_term=.4ecbfe855e58

Giant handaxes suggest that different groups of early humans coexisted in ancient Europe

https://theconversation.com/giant-handaxes-suggest-that-different-groups-of-early-humans-coexisted-in-
ancient-europe-91977

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43116836

Domestic goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded Ware period identified in Finland

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoh-dgd022318.php

Research into the family tree of today's horses sheds new light on the origins of the species

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/uoe-rit022118.php
Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/rejecting-the-solutrean-hypothesis-the-first-peoples-in-the-
americas-were-not-from-europe

7,400-year-old rice grains discovered in central China

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/19/c_136985178.htm

History

Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/ice-lake-suwa-japan-torne-river-climate-change-
monk-shinto/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20180223news-
lakesuwa&utm_campaign=Content&sf182797743=1

Louvre blockbuster show heads to Iran in major move of cultural diplomacy

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-blockbuster-show-of-greek-roman-and-persian-treasures-
heads-to-iran-in-major-move-of-cultural-diplomacy

A S e i s m i c C o l l a b o r a t i o n : L A’ s G e t t y M u s e u m Te a m s U p W i t h t h e G r e e k
Government to Protect Art From Earthquakes

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/getty-greece-earthquake-mitigaiton-1230341

Is It Time for a Reassessment of Malcolm X?

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/it-time-reassessment-malcolm-x-180968247/

White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/white-settlers-buried-truth-about-midwests-mysterious-mound-
cities-180968246/

The Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 Lives On at the American Indian Museum
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/old-paper-navajo-nation-treaty-1868-lives-
american-indian-museum-180968235/
The Reckoning

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-reckoning-180968082/

Archaeology

Ancient tomb containing splendid armor found in Kyushu

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802140003.html

Has the ‘Signature’ of Biblical Prophet Isaiah Been Discovered?

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/prophet-isaiah-jerusalem-seal-archaeology-bible/

Franklin Institute partygoer stole thumb off Terracotta Warrior statue, feds say

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/franklin-institute-partygoer-stole-thumb-off-2000-
year-old-chinese-statue-feds-say-20180214.html

A fire may have damaged precious relics at Tibet’s holiest temple. China says no — but experts aren't sure

http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-temple-fire-20180222-story.html

How Penn Museum uses the latest in science to conserve the most ancient of artifacts

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/science/art-conservation-historical-artifacts-penn-museum-philadelphia-
20180222.html?mobi=true

Archaeologists find fossils, Mayan relics in giant underwater cave in Mexico

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-archaeologists-fossils-mayan-relics-giant.html

Bizarre 'Spider Stones' Found at Site of Neolithic Sun-Worshipers

https://www.livescience.com/61727-spider-stones-neolithic-sun-worship.html
Arabian Rock Art Thrown into New Relief

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/arabian-rock-art-thrown-into-new-relief

Archaeology: Pots, people and knowledge transfer

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/lm-app022218.php

The Archaeology of Wealth Inequality

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/aracheology-wealth-inequality-180968072/

7,000 year old enigma on rare exhibit at National Archaeological Museum in Athens

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/30172-7-000-year-old-enigma-on-rare-exhibit-in-athens-
national-archaeological-museum.html

Ancient Statue of Nubian King Found in Nile River Temple

https://www.livescience.com/61801-ancient-statue-nubian-king.html

Beneath Biblical Prophet's Tomb, an Archaeological Surprise

https://www.livescience.com/61798-biblical-prophet-tomb-iraq.html

Egyptology

Secret to Great Pyramid's Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found

https://www.livescience.com/61799-great-pyramid-near-perfect-alignment.html

Ancient Egyptians May Have Surveyed on the Fall Equinox

https://www.archaeology.org/news/6391-180221-egypt-fall-equinox#.Wo7C_0EOX0E.twitter

Major discovery! Egypt uncovers 2,000-year-old cemetery

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/02/24/major-discovery-egypt-uncovers-2-000-year-old-
cemetery/370178002/
General Science

Trump’s Science Advisor, Age 31, Has a Political Science Degree

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-rsquo-s-science-advisor-age-31-has-a-political-science-
degree/

This Computer Uses Light—Not Electricity—To Train AI Algorithms

https://www.wired.com/story/this-computer-uses-lightnot-electricityto-train-ai-algorithms/

Walking crystals may lead to new field of crystal robotics

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-crystals-field-crystal-robotics.html

Our future air taxi? Vahana self-flying machine takes off, hovers, lands

https://techxplore.com/news/2018-02-future-air-taxi-vahana-self-flying.html

Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/an-amateur-astronomer-accidentally-caught-an-exploding-star-
on-camera-and-it-gets-better/ar-BBJqQyh?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580

Commerce Secretary: Let’s Turn the Moon Into a ‘Gas Station for Outer Space’

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/wilbur-ross-moon-should-be-a-gas-station-for-outer-space.html

First SpaceX internet satellites now set to launch Wednesday

https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-internet-satellites-sunday-launch/
Who's Going to Buy the International Space Station?

https://www.wired.com/story/whos-going-to-buy-the-international-space-station/

ASTEROID DAY KICKS OFF 2018 EVENTS WITH EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION ON FEBRUARY 15,
ANNIVERSARY OF CHELYABINSK METEOR IMPACT

https://asteroidday.org/02-13-2018-press-asteroid-day-kick-off/?
utm_source=Asteroid+Day+contacts&utm_campaign=1fab1b4999-
EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cccee8b90f-1fab1b4999-235868433

Space Council acts to streamline regulations, encourage commercial missions

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/space-council-acts-to-streamline-regulatory-process/

On second thought, the Moon's water may be widespread and immobile

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scientists-characterize-lunar-surface.html

Researcher sets eyes on Saturn's largest moon

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-eyes-saturn-largest-moon.html

Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy Sources

Interior dept scientist resigns over fears of lacking scientific integrity

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/374896-interior-dept-scientist-resigns-over-fears-of-lacking-scientific?
rnd=1519251657

Coral Scientists Eye ‘Radical Intervention’ To Save The World’s Reefs

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/coral-reefs-intervention-noaa_us_5a7df39fe4b0c6726e133b4f

This New Graphene Invention Makes Filthy Seawater Drinkable in One Simple Step

https://www.sciencealert.com/graphene-film-water-filtration-drinkable-seawater

The Phone Charger of the Future Will Go Pew Pew


https://www.wired.com/story/wireless-charging-with-lasers/

Large-scale commercial fishing covers more than half of the oceans, study finds

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/satellites-see-big-fishings-footprint-on-the-high-seas/

'Fishing continued' after East China sea oil spill

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43142538

French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/24/586579455/french-food-waste-law-changing-how-grocery-
stores-approach-excess-food

Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences

Process of Elimination

https://www.wired.com/story/crispr-eradicate-invasive-species/

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43146117

Study tracks evolutionary transition to destructive cancer

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-02-tracks-evolutionary-transition-destructive-cancer.html

Biologists would love to program cells as if they were computer chips

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609663/biologists-would-love-to-program-cells-as-if-they-were-
computer-chips/

Other
FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/374750-fcc-official-net-neutrality-reversal-to-be-published

The Wakanda Reader

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/02/the-wakanda-reader/553865/?utm_source=SFTwitter

“Sonic Weapon Attacks” on U.S. Embassy Don’t Add Up—for Anyone


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ldquo-sonic-weapon-attacks-rdquo-on-u-s-embassy-don-rsquo-t-
add-up-mdash-for-anyone/

Additional Informational

US/ICOMOS Urges US Leaders to Continue Engagement in the World Heritage Program

http://www.usicomos.org/us-icomos-urges-us-leaders-to-continue-engagement-in-the-world-heritage-program/

Where is the Roadster?

http://www.whereisroadster.com/charts.html

Minerva's Shrine

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/minervas-shrine
Syria Please Don't Forget Us: 82 Names

https://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/museum-exhibitions/syria-please-dont-forget-us/82-
names

Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migratory History

https://www.hhmi.org/news/ancient-dna-tells-tales-of-humans-migratory-history