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Weekly Science Report

May 25, 2018

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Introduction

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News Articles

Paleontology, Evolution and Prehistoric Studies

Scientists to grow 'mini-brains' using Neanderthal DNA

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/11/scientists-to-grow-mini-brains-using-neanderthal-dna

Research suggests sweet potatoes didn't originate in the Americas as previously thought

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-sweet-potatoes-didnt-americas-previously.html

Prehistoric autism helped produce much of the world's earliest great art, study says

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/prehistoric-autism-cave-paintings-barry-wright-penny-
spikins-university-of-york-a8351751.html

Austin-area dig gives rare clues to how people lived 16,000 years ago

https://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/austin-area-dig-gives-rare-clues-how-people-lived-000-years-ago/
M3iVdDLKBGiwJWDb01M04J/

Adapt or die: Can evolution outrun climate change?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/adapt-or-die-cbsn-originals/

How modern-day dinosaurs survived the apocalypse

https://www.popsci.com/dinosaur-bird-trees

This Molecule Could Explain the Origin of Life


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-molecule-could-explain-the-origin-of-life/
History

Damaged art undergoes intensive care in Berlin’s Bode Museum

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/damaged-art-undergoes-intensive-care-in-berlin-s-bode-museum

Much More Than Code Talking – The Role of Native Americans in World War II

https://m.warhistoryonline.com/world-war-ii/code-talking-native-americans.html

Did Syria create the world’s first song?

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180424-did-syria-create-the-worlds-first-song

One Hundred Years Ago, the Harlem Hellfighters Bravely Led the U.S. Into WWI

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-hundred-years-ago-harlem-hellfighters-bravely-led-us-wwi-
180968977/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Inside the Secret Cities That Created the Atomic Bomb

https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/05/inside-the-secret-cities-that-created-the-atomic-bomb/559601/

Phantasmic Phoenicia

https://aeon.co/essays/phoenicia-an-imaginary-friend-to-nations-in-need-of-ancestors

Newly Uncovered Pages From Anne Frank's Diary Reveal Risqué Jokes

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/15/611320890/newly-uncovered-pages-from-anne-franks-
diary-reveal-risqu-jokes?sc=tw

The many ways art goes missing

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/05/10/the-many-ways-art-goes-missing?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/
ed/themanywaysartgoesmissingfiftywaystoloseyourrenoir

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was planned migration: study

https://www.smh.com.au/national/aboriginal-settlement-in-australia-was-planned-migration-study-20180521-
p4zggl.html

Marduk, the Scribes, and the Problem of the Neo-Assyrian King

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/05/Marduk-Scribes-Neo-Assyrian
Understanding Andean concepts of death and renewal

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-andean-concepts-death-renewal.html

Study: Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana site

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoia-sam052218.php

Mark Segal, LGBTQ Iconoclast, Activist and Disruptor, Donates Lifetime of Papers and Artifacts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mark-segal-lgbtq-iconoclast-activist-and-disruptor-
donates-lifetime-papers-and-artifacts-180969176/

Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rarely-seen-19th-century-silhouette-same-sex-
couple-living-together-goes-view-180969156/

Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-very-first-treaty-between-us-and-native-
people-still-resonates-today-180969157/

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

http://wjactv.com/news/nation-world/lgbt-community-cheers-popes-god-made-you-like-this-remark-05-21-
2018-142234064

The Lost Maidens of Berlin

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-maidens-berlin-180969006/?
utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Hitler’s Teeth Confirm He Died in 1945


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hitlers-teeth-confirm-he-died-1945-180969133/?
utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Book gives grisly narration of Nazi WWII Holocaust of Soviet Jews

http://www.catholicsun.org/2018/05/20/book-gives-grisly-narration-of-nazi-wwii-holocaust-of-soviet-jews/

How Museums Handle Forgeries in Their Collections

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-museums-handle-forgeries-collections
Archaeology

Italian Police Seize $1 Million Worth of Antiquities From Roman Businessmen

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italian-police-seize-1-million-worth-ancient-objects-roman-businessmen-
1285142

Robot sub finds 'holy grail of shipwrecks' with treasure worth billions

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/robot-sub-finds-holy-grail-of-shipwrecks-with-treasure-worth-billions/
ar-AAxGkxe?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=LENOVODHP17

Artifacts dating to 5000 BC discovered in Iraq's Dohuk

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/artifacts-dating-to-5000-bc-discovered-in-iraqs-dohuk/1152895

Thousands of Human Bones Reveal 'Barbarian' Battle Rituals

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/germanic-barbarian-alken-enge-battle-archaeology-science/?
beta=true

One of world’s most endangered forests originally planted by ancient South Americans, discover
archaeologists

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/south-america-forest-indigenous-people-chile-brazil-argentina-
a8356501.html

Why Was This Baby's Hand Mummified, But Not the Rest of Its Body?

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a20762222/why-was-this-babys-hand-mummified-
but-not-the-rest-of-its-body/

High-definition archaeology reveals secrets of the earliest cities

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-high-definition-archaeology-reveals-secrets-earliest.html

'Made in China’ label helps archaeologists solve 800-year-old mystery shipwreck


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-made-china-label-archaeologists-mystery-shipwreck-
origins-a8354916.html

Archaeologists discover rock carving of world’s oldest paper currency in China

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/12/archaeologists-discover-rock-carving-of-worlds-oldest-paper-
currency-in-china/

Feds block government archaeologists from speaking at a major science conference

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/05/11/feds-blocks-government-archaeologists-from-speaking-
at-a-major-science-conference/

ULB archaeologists discover a 1,000-year-old mummy in Peru

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uldb-uad052418.php

Egyptology

Egypt moves last chariot of King Tut to new museum

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1296946/art-culture#.Wvri25WqHHE.twitter

Graduate student unearths ancient Egyptian life stories from burial texts

http://dailybruin.com/2018/05/14/graduate-student-unearths-ancient-egyptian-life-stories-from-burial-texts/

Earliest Version of Our Alphabet Possibly Discovered

https://www.livescience.com/62580-earliest-alphabet-discovered.html

Archaeologists find remains of Roman-era temple in Egypt

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-archaeologists-roman-era-temple-egypt.html

We Are Family

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/298-1805/trenches/6510-trenches-egypt-deir-rifeh-mummy-brothers
General Science

What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?

https://www.wired.com/story/what-happened-to-facebooks-grand-plan-to-wire-the-world?
mbid=nl_051718_daily_list1_p2&CNDID=41291302

Elon Musk Presents His Tunnel Vision to the People of LA

https://www.wired.com/story/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnels-los-angeles-plan/?
CNDID=41291302&mbid=nl_051818_daily_list1_p1

Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

Venus and Jupiter May Meddle With Earth’s Orbit and Climate
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venus-and-jupiter-change-earths-orbit-and-climate-405000-
year-cycle-180969038/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

Best Evidence Yet For Water Plumes Erupting Off Europa

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/14/best-evidence-yet-water-plumes-erupting-off-europa/
#.Wvnc34AvwdV

There's an Ocean Deep Inside the Earth

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ypwvmy/theres-an-ocean-deep-inside-the-earth?
utm_campaign=engagersLAL1&utm_source=mbfbads

The Physics of NASA's New Mars Helicopter

https://www.wired.com/story/the-physics-of-nasas-new-mars-helicopter/?
CNDID=41291302&mbid=nl_051618_daily_list3_p3

Dino Doomsday Asteroid Baked Earth For 100,000 Years

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/05/24/dino-doomsday-asteroid-baked-earth-100000-years/
#.WwmH1kmG_IU

Why we won't get to Mars without teamwork


https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/apa-www052118.php

SwRI scientists introduce cosmochemical model for Pluto formation

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/sri-ssi052318.php

How a particle may stand still in rotating spacetime

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-particle-rotating-spacetime.html

Scientists discover new magnetic element

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-scientists-magnetic-element.html

In S.Africa, a unique telescope link-up scans deep space

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-safrica-unique-telescope-link-up-scans.html

Mars rocks may harbor signs of life from four billion years ago

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-mars-harbor-life-billion-years.html

New Study Casts Doubt on the "Impossible" EmDrive

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a20896657/new-study-doubt-impossible-em-drive/

Three Giant Antarctic Valleys Found Hidden Under Ice

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a20915571/three-giant-antarctic-valleys-found-
hidden-under-ice/

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/quantum-physics-may-be-even-spookier-than-you-think/

Astronomers Spot Potential "Interstellar" Asteroid Orbiting Backward around the Sun

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/astronomers-spot-potential-interstellar-asteroid-orbiting-backward-
around-the-sun/

Environment, Climate Change and Alternative Energy Sources

Charting the International Roadmap to a Demonstration Fusion Power Plant


https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/charting-the-international-roadmap-to-a-demonstration-fusion-power-
plant

New study highlights opportunity to restore abundance to Hawaiian reef fisheries

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uoha-nsh052318.php

New materials, heated under high magnetic fields, could produce record levels of energy, model shows
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-materials-high-magnetic-fields-energy.html

Top nitrogen researchers imagine world beyond fossil fuels

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-nitrogen-world-fossil-fuels.html

Climate change may lead to bigger atmospheric rivers

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-climate-bigger-atmospheric-rivers.html

Biological, Genetics and Medical Sciences

The NIH Launches Its Ambitious Million-Person Genetic Survey

https://www.wired.com/story/all-of-us-launches?mbid=nl_051318_daily_list3_p2&CNDID=41291302

AI dengue prediction tool trialled in Asia, Latin America

https://www.scidev.net/global/disease/news/ai-dengue-prediction-tool-trialled-in-asia-latin-america-1x.html

Mysterious furry creature shot in Montana, puzzling wildlife experts

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mysterious-furry-creature-shot-in-montana-and-even-wildlife-experts-are-
puzzled-by-the-beast/

Depression speeds up brain aging, find psychologists

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uos-dsu052318.php
New method for finding disease-susceptibility genes

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/unio-nmf052418.php

Phosphorus nutrition can hasten plant and microbe growth in arid, high elevation sites

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-phosphorus-nutrition-hasten-microbe-growth.html

Lung-on-a-chip simulates pulmonary fibrosis

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-lung-on-a-chip-simulates-pulmonary-fibrosis.html

The brain's frontal lobe could be involved in chronic pain, according to research

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-brain-frontal-lobe-involved-chronic.html

U.S. worker in China suffers brain injury due to mystery sound 'sensations'

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-worker-china-sickened-brain-injury-after-mystery-sound-n876686?
cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma

Other

As DeVos’s Education Dept. Shifts Focus, Revisit FRONTLINE’s Reporting on For-Profit Colleges

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/as-devoss-education-dept-shifts-focus-revisit-frontlines-reporting-
on-for-profit-colleges/?
utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_term=20180514&utm_content=1532212465&linkId=51697
363

A New Hunt for the DNA of the Loch Ness Monster

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a20889912/loch-ness-monster-dna/
Additional Informational

TED Talk, What is Goebekli Tepe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2CDa5zRQR0

UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/events/prizes-and-celebrations/unesco-prizes/
sharjah-prize/

Women who Shaped History

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/womens-history-hub-180968116/