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  • G David Bock
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    How to Finally Write Your Nonfiction Book

    No, it will not be easy. Yes, it will be rewarding. (Eventually.)
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/s...tion-book.html

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  • G David Bock
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    ....
    Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British Museum. These tiny signs are the remains of the world’s oldest writing system: cuneiform.

    Developed more than 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where modern-day Iraq now lies, cuneiform captured life in a complex and fascinating civilisation for some three millennia. From furious letters between warring royal siblings to rituals for soothing a fractious baby, the tablets offer a unique insight into a society at the dawn of history.

    They chronicle the rise of fall of Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia, the world’s first empires. An estimated half a million of them have been excavated, and more are still buried in the ground.

    However, since cuneiform was first deciphered by scholars around 150 years ago, the script has only yielded its secrets to a small group of people who can read it. Some 90% of cuneiform texts remain untranslated.

    That could change thanks to a very modern helper: machine translation.
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    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2018...-like-sumerian

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  • G David Bock
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    There's a Huge Problem With the Core of the Human Genome Project

    "The model needs to change.”

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    The Human Genome Project, which began in the 1990s, was Homo sapiens’ successful attempt to map out the entirety of our species’ DNA. It produced the human reference genome, a finely polished collection of human DNA that’s crucial for genetics research and genetics testing services around the world. Integral as it has been to the science community, two researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered that the reference genome is missing a piece or two — well, 296,485,284 base pairs of DNA, to be exact.

    The reference genome is an essential map of human genetic material that is used as a basis for comparison. When we sequence our own DNA for insight into health, family history, and future disease risk, we chop up the sequence into lots of little pieces and compare stretches of it to the reference genome, looking for areas where we differ. The fundamental problem with this, the scientists write in a recent paper in Nature Genetics, is that the reference genome is based largely on a single person. Considering the myriad genetic differences among the 7.7 billion people alive today, that’s obviously not ideal.

    Professor of computer science and biostatistics Steven Salzberg, Ph.D., and Rachel Sherman, a Ph.D. candidate, make the case that this single reference genome doesn’t capture the diversity of human genetics. Some populations, they add, differ too much from this reference genome. To make their case, they refer to the genomes of 910 individuals from twenty different countries, all of pan-African descent.
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    https://www.inverse.com/article/5108...netics-testing

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  • G David Bock
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    Hmmm ... FWIW;

    All humans are descended from just TWO people and a catastrophic event almost wiped out ALL species 100,000 years ago, scientists claim
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...sts-claim.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Milky Way star set to go supernova

    https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/mil...o-go-supernova

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  • G David Bock
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    Holy Cow! Astronomers Agog at Mysterious New Supernova

    An event known as "Cow" that has rocked astronomy since June likely offers a close look at the birth of a neutron star or black hole
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    Contrary to the slow ramp-up of a typical supernova, Cow became stupendously bright essentially overnight, leaving astronomers perplexed.

    “It popped up out of nowhere,” says Stephen Smartt, an astronomer at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, who first discovered the explosion, and who named it according to an alphabetical protocol that just happened to spell out the word ‘cow’.
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    Through independent observations, the two groups behind the latest papers have now arrived at the same conclusion: that a ‘central engine’ has kept agitating the exploding star from the inside for months and that the energy must have come from either a newly formed black hole in the process of accreting matter, or the frenetic rotation of a neutron star.

    Black holes and neutron stars are both born when massive stars reach the end of their lives. Explosions such as ‘Cow’—technically, the event AT2018cow—could provide some of the most direct evidence of this type of birth, says Mansi Kasliwal, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “I think this is telling us about how to understand the most extreme incarnations of massive-star explosions.”

    Iair Arcavi, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is impressed by the quality of the latest results, as well as by the strangeness of the event. “Pretty much everything about its emission is something we haven't seen before,” he says.
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    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...new-supernova/

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  • G David Bock
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    Perfectly square iceberg baffles the Internet

    https://www.unexplained-mysteries.co...s-the-internet

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  • G David Bock
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    "Plant Nine" is current term for what Sitchin called planet X or tenth/twelveth plant, a.k.a. Nibiru(Marduk). Evidence suggests there is something way out there on fringes of the Solar System, here some recent article links;
    https://www.space.com/42177-when-wil...anet-nine.html
    https://www.space.com/41995-dwarf-pl...anet-nine.html
    https://www.space.com/40793-no-need-...ar-system.html
    https://www.space.com/40642-space-ro...xcitement.html
    https://www.space.com/33480-planet-nine.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Couple more articles of related interest ...

    When is a nova not a nova? When a white dwarf and a brown dwarf collide
    https://phys.org/news/2018-10-nova-w...n-collide.html

    Early Humans Witnessed a Comet-scattering Stellar Encounter
    https://science.howstuffworks.com/ea...-encounter.htm

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  • G David Bock
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    Usual hold/stash place;
    Ticking timebomb: When will the world's natural resources run out?
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/mark...Bnb7Kz#image=1

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  • G David Bock
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    The hunt for Planet X turns up a new solar system object

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    (CNN)While searching for the mysterious Planet X that some astronomers believe lurks on the edge of our solar system, researchers instead found an extremely distant object they dubbed "the Goblin." And this object provides compelling evidence for the existence of Planet X.

    The object is on the small end of being a dwarf planet, with a 40,000-year orbit -- meaning it takes that long to go around the sun. That's more than 2,000 times the distance between the Earth and the sun. Its current location is about 2½ times farther from the sun than from Pluto.

    "I think we are nearing the 90% likelihood of Planet X being real with this discovery," said Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

    The Goblin got its nickname because the scientists first observed it around Halloween 2015. It is considered an Inner Oort Cloud object. The Oort Cloud is a predicted bubble around our solar system far beyond Pluto, filled with trillions of icy bodies and the supposed birthplace of long-term comets.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/02/us/pl...ch-new-object/

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  • G David Bock
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    "Culture" may be closer to actual, and again, back to @10,000 B.C. when much transition happened.

    Prehistoric art hints at lost Indian civilisation
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45559300

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  • G David Bock
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    Some Recent Threads running down alleys related to the theme of this thread ...
    What is your favourite theory concerning Atlantis?
    What is your favourite theory/element of the Holy Grail?
    Dating the Pharoahs?

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  • G David Bock
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    More on ... Researcher Says The Mysterious “Eye of The Sahara” Could be The Ruins of Atlantis

    https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/...s-of-atlantis/

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  • G David Bock
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    30 Bizarre Archeology Finds That’'ll Make You Question Humanity (or history?)
    https://activly.com/30-bizarre-arche...m=msn-msn-home

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