Sunday, October 14, 2012

Interesting news links - October 14, 2012

Archaeology/Paleontology

Europe’s ‘oldest town’ found near Bulgaria’s Varna, professor says

Samson follows the sun to Galilee

Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike

Mysterious Elk-Shaped Structure Discovered in Russia --- A geoglyph that may be thousands of years older than the famous Nazca lines.

History

A Pre-Islamic Civilization In Saudi Arabia

Spot Where Julius Caesar Was Stabbed Discovered

Cuban missile crisis: The other, secret one

Science

Stop Building Bombs and Start Building Starships --- More of an opinion piece than a news link, but I would rather see starships instead of bombs too.

What ‘Smart’ Slime Molds Tell Us About Alien Intelligence (Video) --- I've touched on the question of whether or not something requires a brain to be intelligent or sentient here.

Do we live in the Matrix? Researchers say they have found a way to find out --- (If that interests you, then also see this and this.)

'Jurassic Park' May Be Impossible, But Dino DNA Lasts Longer Than Thought

Space

Pour some regolith on me! Curiosity’s first scoopful of Mars

Curiosity discovers unidentified, metallic object on Mars

Space Station 'Tames,' Captures SpaceX Dragon

A diamond bigger than Earth?

UFOs

UFO Fleet Flying Over Shrine in Jerusalem (see another article here) --- While CGI could be a potential explanation for a lot of UFO videos, this one could also potentially be quadrotor drones.  But it's hard to tell how far away the lights are or how large they are from the video.


Declassified Documents Show Air Force Was Working On UFOs --- Technically they're not really UFOs if you know what they are.  The article should probably have just referred to them as 'flying saucers' in the title.

Is this a spaceship? UFO captured on camera in Halifax

Moment BBC film crew was held at gunpoint after trying to sneak into Nevada's Area 51 military base with UFO conspiracy theorists --- Lots of pictures!

Other topics of interest...

Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

Zombie fans defend sign prank, chide official seriousness

The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History? --- A lengthy article about an art forger that sounds like it could be something out of an episode of White Collar.  But it's a real.  And it kind of makes me wonder if a guy could get away with passing off so many fakes as authentic, how many other people have done it and not got caught?


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