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  • G David Bock
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    Here partly for the insights regards brain organization;

    Brain scans reveal a ‘pokémon region’ in adults who played as kids
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/6/18...in-information

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  • G David Bock
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    The Mystery of Human Uniqueness

    What, exactly, makes our biology special?
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    Consider, for example, the overall anatomy of the brain. As many people know, the human brain is divided into two hemispheres, left and right. Same for the chimpanzee. How about division into frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes? Yep, chimpanzees have that too. And so, for that matter, do horses, cats, and squirrels. The basic organization of the brain is something we share with all mammals. Could it be that which distinguishes us is the six-layer sheet that defines the wrinkly outer portion of the brain called the neocortex? Nope, chimps (and other mammals) have that too. How about Broca’s area, the part of the brain most associated with language? This, too, has a counterpart in the chimpanzee brain. Meanwhile, the organization of the human brain turns out to be far more complex than many anticipated; almost anything you might have read about brain organization a couple decades ago turns out to be radically oversimplified. Broca’s area, for instance, participates in language, just as everybody imagined, but it’s also used for muscle control, music, and perhaps even imitation. In fact, lots of other parts of the brain, like the prefrontal cortex and even the cerebellum play important roles in language. Language isn’t something that resides in a tiny, well-defined corner of the brain, but something distributed across a great deal of the brain.

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    When we look at our genomes, the situation is no different. Back in the early 1970s, Mary-Claire King discovered that if you compared human and chimpanzee DNA, they were so similar that they must have been nearly identical to begin with. Now that our genomes have actually been sequenced, we know that King, who worked without the benefit of modern genomic equipment, was essentially right. Nearly every gene in the human genome has a counterpart in the chimpanzee genome, and vice versa. Even one look at the individual letters (nucleotides) reveals that our genomes are shockingly similar. Virtually every gene in our genomes—from genes for dopamine and serotonin to genes like BDNF and COMT that contribute to memory control—has a counterpart in the chimpanzee genome. And that’s true even for the gene FOXP2, that has been decisively linked to human language. Of the 715 amino acids that correspond to the part of the FOXP2 gene that codes for a protein, only two differ between human and chimpanzee versions. As of early 2013, we still don’t know which genes are vital to making us differ from chimpanzees. But we do know that genetically we are far more similar than different.
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    http://nautil.us/issue/72/quandary/t...=pocket-newtab


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  • G David Bock
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    Montana man's DNA oldest found on the continent, testing company says
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    Crawford had his DNA tested through CRI Genetics, which aims to provide customers with a "biogeographical ancestry," a description of where their genes fit into the overall story of the species.

    For Crawford, the company traced his line back 55 generations with a 99% accuracy rate. That's rare because the ancestry often is clouded that far back, according to the company.
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    But Crawford's DNA story suggests his ancestors came from the Pacific, traveled to the coast of South America and traveled north, according to CRI. That's a theory anyway.

    He's part of mtDNA Haplogroup B2, which has a low frequency in Alaska and Canada and originated in Arizona about 17,000 years ago.

    That group is one of four major Native American groups that spread across the continent. They're called clans and traced back to four female ancestors, Ai, Ina, Chie and Sachi. Crawford's DNA says he's a descendant of Ina.

    The DNA group’s closest relatives outside the Americas are in Southeast Asia.

    Ina's name comes from a Polynesian mythological figure, a representative of the "first woman." She's riding a shark on a $20 bill in the Cook Islands.

    “Its path from the Americas is somewhat of a mystery as there are no frequencies of the haplogroup in either Alaska or Canada. Today this Native American line is found only in the Americas, with a strong frequency peak on the eastern coast of North America,” according to the DNA testing company.
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    She cited 2017 research from a mastodon site in California that scientists say puts humans in North America at least 100,000 years earlier than previously believed. Previous estimates suggested humans arrived 15,000 years ago.
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    Crawford also had an unusually high percent of Native American ancestry in his results, 83%. Some of that was a mix of Native threads, but, unusually, 73%was from the same heritage.

    Besides his Native heritage, Crawford’s DNA was a remarkable global melting pot. His DNA was 9.8% European, 5.3% East Asian (mostly Japanese and Southern Han Chinese), 2%South Asian (Sri Lankan Tamil, Punjabi, Gujarati Indian and Bengali) and .2% African (Mende in Sierra Leone and African Caribbean).
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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...cs/1121352001/

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  • G David Bock
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    Scientists find way to melt gold at room temperature

    https://newatlas.com/gold-melt-room-temperature/57327/

    Weird new landmarks on Ultima Thule come into focus with sharpest image yet

    https://newatlas.com/clearest-ultima...ndmarks/58210/

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  • G David Bock
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    California scientists unravel genetic mysteries of world’s tallest trees

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/science/...=pocket-newtab

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  • G David Bock
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    A conventional view ...

    What Creation Myth Did the Babylonians Believe?

    https://www.historyhit.com/what-crea...nians-believe/

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  • G David Bock
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    Multiple lines of mysterious ancient humans interbred with us

    Modern DNA suggests that the Denisovans were surprisingly diverse—and may have been the last humans other than Homo sapiens on Earth.

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    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/s...-neanderthals/

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  • G David Bock
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    Just for a quicker find, a replay ...

    Moon with a View:
    Or, What Did Arthur Know … and When Did He Know it?

    http://www.enterprisemission.com/moon1.htm

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  • G David Bock
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    Interesting book related to this theme, stumbled across in other searches ...

    Space Travelers and the Genesis of the Human Form:
    Evidence for Intelligent Contact in the Solar System...

    https://books.google.com/books?id=dP...20soho&f=false

    A preview showing partial selection of pages ...

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  • G David Bock
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    ‘Mind-Blowing’ Evidence of Moses’ Journey From Egypt to Saudi Arabia REVEALED

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    Despite a majority of researchers questioning the accuracy of the Book of Exodus, some believe that Jews's flight from Egypt did indeed take place – and that new evidence of this is poised to “seriously shift” the frame of discussion.

    Researchers from the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation (DTRF), which investigates the historicity and evidence of Biblical accounts, say they may have found the route to the Promised Land taken by the Israelites under Moses' leadership.
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    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...ence-revealed/

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  • G David Bock
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    Been reading and leafing through one of his books, just found out he died several years ago, shortly after. Archiving his website link;
    https://web.archive.org/web/20180102...ipcoppens.com/

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  • G David Bock
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    Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

    https://www.wired.com/story/research...kaz8DunrQnjjKM

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  • G David Bock
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    The Lost History of One of the World’s Strangest Science Experiments


    The hummingbirds were dying. Cockroaches were everywhere. And then Steve Bannon showed up.
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/s...te-change.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Could aliens have found humans first without us realizing? Scientists claim intelligent beings could be quietly watching humankind in a 'galactic ZOO' to protect us from the distressing truth of their existence
    • Researchers gathered in Paris this week for the METI International meeting
    • They discussed possibilities for why we may not yet have found signs of alien life
    • Some say aliens could have found us first, are intentionally hiding themselves
    We may not yet have found evidence of alien life, but that doesn’t mean it hasn't found us.

    This is according to a group of scientists who gathered this week in Paris to discuss why, despite decades of searching and the high probability that life exists beyond our own atmosphere, we’ve yet to make contact.

    One possibility, albeit unflattering, could be that intelligent aliens are intentionally shielding us from the truth because humans would struggle to cope with the reality of their existence, some say.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...actic-ZOO.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Planet Nine’ could be the solar system's ‘missing link'

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/scie...N?ocid=msnbcrd

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