The Case of the Missing Ancestor – The Denisovans

National Geographic has a great article on the discovery and further research related to our cousins the Denisovans. Everyone knows about the Neandarthals, and at this point I think most people know that large portions humans living today have some percentage of Neanderthal DNA. I was completely in the dark about the prospect of another …

Game theory wiz kids

Just in case I didn’t already think Nixon and Kissinger were complete mental bastards: The Nukes of October: Richard Nixon’s Secret Plan to Bring Peace to Vietnam Nixon decided to try something new: threaten the Soviet Union with a massive nuclear strike and make its leaders think he was crazy enough to go through with …

Discovery

Some folks claim to have found a Bosnian stairs-like pyramid, about 12,000 years old. Photos of the research here. Scientific sleuth cracks code to $54,000 treasure Ants in the Amazon rain forest labor to keep their territory free by using formic acid as a herbicide. The remains of a massive Gold Rush-era sailing ship dating …

The Long Now’s Orrery

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while, but finally got around to it after reading at Boing Boing that the Long Now project unveiled their prototype, the Orrery clock. Jacob Appelbaum has some great photos of the event. What is all this fuss over a clock? Discover has a lot of good …

History and UE

Human footprints discovered beside an ancient Mexican lake have been dated to 40,000 years ago. Hopefully this will finally make people take a closer look at the Clovis and pre-Clovis viewpoints. Oh, we finally are getting some results on the Kennewick Man after a long legal battle. Newton’s alchemy manuscript rediscovered in the vaults of …