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Name of source: Canada.com
SOURCE: Canada.com (11-5-10)
The 1612 edition of French adventurer Marc Lescarbot's Histoire de la Nouvelle France — the appearance of which outraged fellow Frenchman Samuel de Champlain, the famed explorer who had planned to be first to publish a history of the New World colony — is expected to fetch up to $50,000.
Lescarbot's landmark work is to be sold at a Christie's auction in London on Nov. 23....
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (11-5-10)
Of course, we prefer that our famous go out while they’re on top—in fact, dying young (and publicly) may be the best way to ensure mythical status. Think James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Kurt Cobain. Heath Ledger’s overdose clinched him a posthumous Oscar. Naturally, Payne sees a classical parallel: early Christian martyrs, knowing they’d draw huge crowds to their executions, embraced death to gain acclaim and spread their religious message....
SOURCE: Newsweek (11-4-10)
‘UNCROWNED KING’ AS
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Famous War Hero Becomes a Private
Lawrence was the most visible, and certainly the most romantic, hero to emerge from World War I. His daring exploits in the desert on the eastern front gained him not only the respect of his peers and commanding officers but the adulation of a public greedy for heroes in a war otherwise notable for its glaring lack of celebrated individuals. If he was not, as Korda argues, the very first media celebrity, his fame certainly has an eerily contemporary ring. Newsreel footage made him so famous around the world that he was ultimately known to millions who had no clear idea of what he had done. He was just famous for being famous. And like so many unwitting celebrities, he enjoyed the spotlight until he realized too late that he was not the one who got to decide when to turn it off....
SOURCE: Newsweek (11-3-10)
That new start comes at a hefty price, though. In return for cooperation in Afghanistan, Moscow is asking for substantial concessions from NATO. A draft agreement on NATO-Russian cooperation penned by the Kremlin and released last December includes proposed restrictions on NATO deployment of any force bigger than a 3,000-strong brigade in the combined territory of all former Soviet bloc members. Russia is also demanding that NATO not attempt to station more than 24 aircraft in Eastern Europe for more than 42 days a year. Most controversially, Russia also has demanded veto power on any Western military deployments of large additional forces anywhere in Central Europe, the Balkans, or the Baltics. To top off the wish list, the Kremlin wants limits lifted on Russian troops in the breakaway enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia....
Name of source: Bloomberg
SOURCE: Bloomberg (11-8-10)
The sculptures, including bronzes by Edwin Scharff, Marg Moll and Karl Knappe, survived both the vilification of the Nazis and Allied fire-bombing in the war. The last objects in the trove were unearthed at the end of last month in excavations aimed at finding remnants of medieval history. The works will be exhibited at Berlin’s Neues Museum from tomorrow.
In 1937, the Nazis seized more than 20,000 modern works that they saw as contrary to Aryan ideals from German museums. That year, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels staged the exhibition “Degenerate Art,” which first opened in Munich, where it attracted more than 2 million people before moving on to other German and Austrian cities.
The Nazis auctioned the seized artworks 1938, mainly abroad for hard currency. What couldn’t be sold was stored in Berlin by a department of the Goebbels Propaganda Ministry. It is not yet known how the sculptures found their way to Koenigstrasse 50, the house that once stood on the site of the discovery....
Name of source: BBC
Archaeologists found flint tools and bone fragments at St James's Square and Wyebridge Street.
They indicate hunter-gatherers used the River Wye for food and transport some 6,500 to 7,500 years ago.
The late Mesolithic items show there were settlers in the area thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
The artefacts were found - during gas mains work - under a former riverbank where the River Wye used to flow before it changed course....
Lady Mairi Bury of Mount Stewart, County Down, who died last year, was a colourful character who piloted her first plane aged 11 and her last at 85.
She was a close friend of politicians like Harold Macmillan. She was also one of the UK's greatest stamp collectors.
Her collection is expected to raise £2.6m at auction in Sotheby's, London, on 24 - 26 November.
Sotheby's have described it as one of the finest collections of British stamps to come on to the market in the past 25 years....
Mary Halliwell, from Leigh in Greater Manchester, was researching her family tree on the internet when she discovered she was related to John Horwood - the first man to be publicly hanged at Bristol's New Gaol in 1821.
He was the brother of Mrs Halliwell's great-great-great grandfather and lived in the village of Hanham near Bristol.
Horwood was sentenced to death for the murder of Eliza Balsom who also lived in the village.
Mrs Halliwell has since discovered Horwood's body is being stored by the University of Bristol and now is making plans, with the help of a local funeral director, for a burial....
SOURCE: BBC (11-3-10)
A number of re-enactors were in costume and character to share their stories during The Festival of History and Remembrance (5-14 November).
The highlight of the festival is a fair with 50 history-related stalls.
Venues include Llangollen pavilion, museum and railway with one of the steam engine carriages forming the setting of a Victorian murder mystery play....
SOURCE: BBC (11-7-10)
Wing Commander Leonard Ratcliffe, 91, is the last surviving squadron leader who led secret wartime missions to drop SOE agents into occupied Europe.
Operating from RAF Tempsford in Bedfordshire and under cover of darkness, he took part in more than 70 operations behind enemy lines.
He would often pilot bombers deep into Germany, parachuting in saboteurs....
SOURCE: BBC (11-7-10)
Christ the King in Swiebodzin rises 33m (108ft) - one metre for every year that Jesus lived, said Sylwester Zawadzki, the priest who created the statue.
But other local officials said the statue was 51m-high (167ft), if one included a mound it sat on and the golden crown on the head.
They said it was higher than famous Christ figures in Bolivia and Brazil.
The total height of Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is 40.4m (133ft), while Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer rises 38m (125ft)....
SOURCE: BBC (11-4-10)
A quern stone was found by greenkeepers at Leighton Buzzard golf course as they dug out a new tee.
Mr Bagshawe is an amateur archaeologist, but said that while he is very interested in the subject, he took advice from local expert Bernard Jones to assess what had actually been found.
He also explained how the stone could date back over 2,000 years from what was already known about the golf course land....
SOURCE: BBC (11-4-10)
The "Lost Treasures of Afghanistan" or Bactrian gold will be revealed to the British public next year.
The gold jewellery, glassware and funeral ornaments were hidden by Kabul museum staff during the civil war and were only rediscovered in 2003.
They have been touring the world since 2006 and are currently in Bonn.....
SOURCE: BBC (11-2-10)
He also reveals that he temporarily considered replacing Vice President Dick Cheney, calling him the "Darth Vader of the administration".
But he has no comment on his successor in the White House, Barack Obama.
The 64-year-old former president defends his decision to invade Iraq in his autobiography, which was obtained in advance by the New York Times.
He argues that Iraqi citizens are better off without the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, whom he calls a "homicidal dictator", adding the US is also better off without Mr Hussein pursuing biological or chemical weapons....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Mr Bush said that his mother, the one-time US First Lady, showed her the jar when he was a teenager.
Mr Bush is beginning a media blitz in an attempt to rehabilitate his image – his approval rating when leaving office was 25 per cent. As well as the Lauer interview, he is also due to speak to Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno....
The 100-strong expedition, one of the largest undertaken by the museum in the last 50 years, is due to set off in the next few days to explore one of the most unknown regions of the world for one month.
However the museum has been warned by campaigners that the trip could cause “genocide” for isolated tribes.
The group Iniciativa Amotocodie, that protects local indigenous people, said groups of Ayoreo Indians in the area have never come into contact with westerners before. If they come across the expedition without preparation they could catch common western viruses that could wipe out the small groups in a matter of weeks....
The German propaganda material was dropped above the British lines in Europe during the Second World War in a last ditch attempt to get the Allies to surrender.
They documents stated: "You are fighting and dying far away from your country while the Yanks ... have got loads of money and loads of time to chase after your women."
They include a cartoon of a GI canoodling on a bed with a British soldier's wife.
The postcards have emerged after 70 years along with other leaflets which claimed the Nazis stood up for human rights – while they were killing six million Jews in the Holocaust....
Most of us learnt about Egyptian burial practices at school – how the mummified corpse was entombed along with food, wine, furniture, bowls and eating utensils to stave off hunger, thirst, and boredom in the afterlife. I have to admit that even as a 12-year-old I found the Egyptian practice of taking everyday objects with them into the hereafter lacking imagination. If you need the same stuff in the next world as you do in this, I reasoned, death must have all the awe and mystery of a camping trip: wherever you might end up, you might as well make yourself comfortable along the way.
Now I know better. As you’ll discover in the British Museum’s autumn blockbuster, packing the celestial rucksack was only the start of the adventure.
For as well as the mummy cases, funerary statuettes, amulets and scarabs found in the pyramids, archaeologists also discovered “pyramid texts” provided for the use of the dead on their journey into the unknown. Written with reed pens on papyrus and often enclosed in wooden containers, or else inscribed on the walls of tombs or painted on the covers of coffins, these writings are known collectively as the Book of the Dead. Whereas the household utensils unearthed in Egyptian tombs are essentially banal, these rich texts draw us deep into the realms of the unconscious, where we come face to face with the ancient world’s darkest, strangest, and most fearful imaginings.
Once mummification was completed and the mummy placed in the sarcophagus, a priest used an adze ritualistically to “open” the dead man’s mouth and enable his winged soul (ba) to enter and leave the mortal remains at will.
Now the real journey could begin.
The Book of the Dead is not a single volume, like the Bible, but a collection of 200 magic spells and incantations which were believed to protect the dead person from evil and to guide him on his passage through a kingdom of the dead. Each spell was intended to be used in a specific situation the dead person might encounter on the tortuous path to eternal bliss....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-7-10)
The former US president campaign to rehabilitate his reputation in multiple interviews and television appearances to publicise the memoir, which is published this week both in the US and UK.
He will be on screens and the airwaves every day for a week, conducting interviews with giants of American broadcasting such as Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno.
On Winfrey's show he will be accompanied by his parents, former President George Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, while his wife Laura will join him on a breakfast television appearance.
Coming just a week after President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in Congress were trounced in the mid-term elections, the release of Mr Bush's book Decision Points is being treated as a timely reminder of how rapidly political fortunes can alter....
Hans De Leeuw says he was "shaking" during the service – usually meant for 13-year-olds – at Jerusalem's Western Wall on Sunday....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-5-10)
Israel eventually destroyed the facility, which Syria denied was aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability.
A covert raid was discussed but it was considered too risky to slip a team in and out of Syria undetected.
Bush received an intelligence assessment from then-CIA Director Mike Hayden, who reported that analysts had high confidence the plant housed a nuclear reactor, but low confidence of a Syrian nuclear weapons program....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-4-10)
The first two lines of the poem – ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row’ – records the growing of the poppies across some of the bloodiest battlefields of World War I.
An overseas American YWCA worker, Moina Michael, later published a poem herself in response to McCrae’s, and started selling silk poppies to raise funds for disabled veterans in Georgia.
Following her efforts, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as symbol of remembrance in 1921....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-5-10)
In the glare of international media, Alina Treiger followed in the footsteps of Regina Jonas, who in 1935 was the first female to be appointed a rabbi in Germany.
Ms Jonas, from Berlin, was murdered by the Nazis in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in 1944.
The Ukrainian-born Ms Treiger said she was thrilled to be ordained, at a ceremony at a synagogue in Berlin, with President Christian Wulff and hundreds of people in attendance, two centuries after the birth of Liberal Judaism in Germany.....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-3-10)
Staff at the world famous Bettys Tea Rooms unearthed the ornate model on top of a 90-year-old chocolate box buried deep in their archives.
The racy image deemed suitable for the 20s has now been chosen to appear on the boxes of their new vintage chocolates, released later this month, but not before making the mystery muse less risque.
The box was discovered about 18 months ago among a carefully-preserved collection belonging to Swiss chocolatier Fredrick Belmont, who founded Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms in Harrogate, North Yorks., in 1919.
Following the discovery of the box, chocolatiers have spent the past 18 months painstakingly recreating and modernising Mr Belmont's original recipes....
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (11-8-10)
Their argument is that Stone Age farmers were domesticating cereals not so much to fill their stomachs but to lighten their heads, by turning the grains into beer. That has been their take for more than 50 years, and now one archaeologist says the evidence is getting stronger.
Signs that people went to great lengths to obtain grains despite the hard work needed to make them edible, plus the knowledge that feasts were important community-building gatherings, support the idea that cereal grains were being turned into beer, said archaeologist Brian Hayden at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
"Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies," said Hayden, who is planning to submit research on the origins of beer to the journal Current Anthropology.
The advent of agriculture began in the Neolithic Period of the Stone Age about 11,500 years ago. Once-nomadic groups of people had settled down and were coming into contact with each other more often, spurring the establishment of more complex social customs that set the foundation of more-intricate communities....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (11-8-10)
SOURCE: CNN (11-5-10)
Texas-based Heritage Auctions conducted the internet auction, which concluded Thursday night with a winning bid from Doug Walton, whose family owns seven stores in the Southeast specializing in sports cards and collectibles.
Walton paid $262,900, Heritage said, with $220,000 of that going to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The card's price beat initial estimates by $162,900.
Both the card and the account of how it came to be sold make for compelling stories.
Like other stars of the early 20th century, Wagner, a Hall of Famer with the Pittsburgh Pirates, appeared on tobacco company cards....
SOURCE: CNN (12-5-10)
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air on Tuesday when the book is to be released, Bush said he is "through with politics" and refused to offer an opinion on the 2012 presidential election.
In the 481-page book Bush compliments Obama's political skills during a meeting before the 2008 election as the financial crisis was coming to a head. He also criticizes the performance of his party's nominee, John McCain, in the same meeting.
Bush takes responsibility for giving the go-ahead for waterboarding terror suspects, which has touched off a new round of criticism of Bush and calls for his prosecution. He says that he did decide not to use two more extreme interrogation methods, but did not disclose what those were....
SOURCE: CNN (11-4-10)
Blanchard was born in February 1896, the sixth of 13 children, on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Barthelemy, but moved to Curacao and became a nun in 1920, according to Le Figaro.
A woman named Antisa Khvichava in the Republic of Georgia is said to be 130 years old, but her birth date cannot be independently verified, several news outlets reported.....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (11-8-10)
Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction in a probe into the leaking of CIA spy Valerie Plame's identity.
Mr Bush told NBC News his decision at the end of his presidency merely to spare Libby a prison sentence rather than pardon him angered Mr Cheney.
But, in a interview to promote a book, he said the friendship had recovered.
"We are friends today," Mr Bush said. "I was a little concerned at the time. It was a hard decision at the time but that's what you do when you're president, you make hard decisions."
Lewis Libby, also known by his nickname, "Scooter" Libby, was found guilty in March 2007 in the case connected to Mr Bush's decision to invade Iraq. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and a $250,000 (£155,077) fine. Mr Bush said the prison sentence was excessive and commuted it....
SOURCE: BBC News (11-4-10)
Why would a Jew migrate to Germany? You would think the ghosts would be too powerful.
Not so, according to those who have made the trip and those who welcomed them.
They are migrating for the main reasons that people in peaceful times pack their bags and seek a new start in a new country: money and work.
And that means work for those who serve them when they arrive - like rabbis, the demand for whom has expanded with the increase in Germany's Jewish communities.
It has led to a bit of history: the ordination of the first female rabbi in Germany since the Nazis killed the previous one in the Holocaust.
Alina Treiger is to be ordained at a ceremony in Berlin attended by rabbis from around the world and by the President of Germany.
She is unassuming but assured, speaking quietly but firmly about her role and about its significance....
Name of source: NYT
The memorial, the first public service at the site for as long as anyone can remember, was organized by the Association of Jewish Soldiers, a small but growing group in the German military whose existence testifies to the feeling by at least some Jews that it is possible for them to be patriots again in the nation that once tried to wipe them out.
“More and more young Jews are placing their trust in the Bundeswehr,” Gideon Römer-Hillebrecht, a general staff officer in the German Defense Ministry and deputy chairman of the Jewish soldiers association, told representatives of several national armies and numerous dignitaries at the memorial ceremony....
Merle Black, a political science professor at Emory University and a co-author of “The Rise of Southern Republicans,” said that white conservatives first fled the Democratic Party in large numbers in the 1960s, turned off by the civil rights legislation and social programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. But it was not until the Reagan years that they felt comfortable identifying as Republicans.
A similar pattern is unfolding now with white Southern moderates, Mr. Black said, who are repelled by President Obama’s policies but have not fully embraced the other side....
Yet if paying homage to Gandhi is expected of visiting dignitaries, Mr. Obama’s more personal identification with the Gandhian legacy — the president once named him the person he would most like to dine with — places him on complicated terrain.
Gandhi remains India’s patriarch, the founding father whose face is printed on the currency, but modern India is hardly a Gandhian nation, if it ever was one. His vision of a village-dominated economy was shunted aside during his lifetime as rural romanticism, and his call for a national ethos of personal austerity and nonviolence has proved antithetical to the goals of an aspiring economic and military power....
It was Mr. West, after all, who delivered one of the harshest attacks on Mr. Bush during his eight years in office. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Mr. West memorably charged that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
After learning last week that Mr. Bush considered that the lowest moment of his presidency, Mr. West went on a Houston radio station to take it back. Noting that he too was accused of bigotry for interrupting Taylor Swift during an MTV awards ceremony last year, Mr. West said he now sympathizes with how his criticism stung Mr. Bush. “I really more connect with him just on a humanitarian level,” Mr. West said....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-6-10)
The Ukrainian-born Seifert was serving a life sentence at the Santa Maria Capua Vetere prison in southern Italy. He died in the nearby Caserta hospital, according to officials at the hospital and at the prison.
Seifert, tried in absentia by a military tribunal in Verona, was convicted in 2000 of nine counts of murder committed while he was an SS guard at a prison transit camp in Bolzano, in Italy's Alpine South Tyrol area....
SOURCE: AP (11-5-10)
Four decades since his 63-yard boot lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions in old Tulane Stadium, Dempsey and his famously clubbed right foot still have yet to be outdone.
"I'm proud of the record and I realize someday it's going to be broken, because kickers are better now than when I played," Dempsey said Thursday during a visit to the Saints' suburban training center. "I really am surprised because you have to look at the NFL. There are so many great players. Kickers have gotten better through the years. To kick one that long, everything has to be right."...
SOURCE: AP (11-5-10)
The find in a forest near the town of Popricani, about 350 kilometers (220 kilometers) northeast of Bucharest, contains the bodies of men, women and children who were shot in 1941, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania said in a statement.
On Friday, riot police sealed off the area, not allowing anyone near the site, local reporters told The Associated Press....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (11-7-10)
Some commentators said the UNESCO World Heritage site should be privatized and removed from state control because the government had shown it was incapable of protecting it.
"Pompeii -- the collapse of shame," La Stampa newspaper headlined, echoing national opinion over the cultural disaster.
The stone house, on one of the site's main streets and measuring about 80 square meters (860 square ft), collapsed just after dawn on Saturday while Pompeii was closed to visitors....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (11-3-10)
The money will go principally to the Youth Access Endowment, a new entitly created by the Smithsonian. Gates is giving $30 million of the gift to "reach underserved students" in the United States. The endowment targets students in grades K-12, and will create a series of interactive Web sites and online conferences....
Name of source: Informed Comment Global Affairs (Blog)
SOURCE: Informed Comment Global Affairs (Blog) (11-5-10)
At first glance, the recent China-Japan spat concerning a boat collision followed by a Russia-Japan spat concerning a presidential visit to a remote outpost, seem like much ado about nothing; but they follow in the wake of a smouldering US-Japan conflict over the disposition of US forces in Okinawa.
Disputed islets may appear to be mere points on the map; but depending on which points you lay claim to and how you connect the dots, a nation's outline shrinks or swells far beyond its shores, its periphery defined by vanguard islets that extend territorial waters far out to sea.
The disputed islets are a cacophonous crossroads in the cross-hairs of powerful regional actors. Because the islets have changed hands and flipped political polarity more than once in the past, every claimant has at least a half-convincing story to tell....
Name of source: NPR
SOURCE: NPR (11-4-10)
During World War II, perhaps the bloodiest battle in history took place there. A total of 2 million people were lost on both sides in the fighting from the summer of 1942 to February 1943. Hitler's army, fighting to reach the Volga and seize the country's energy resources to the south in the oil-rich Caucasus, was met by the tenacious Soviet Red Army and a city that would not yield.
Many believe the defeat of the German army in Stalingrad changed the course of the war in Europe.
It was a Soviet victory, but all these years later, the battle of Stalingrad remains an enduring symbol of what Russians can do against all odds. Nearly 70 years ago, the city's residents endured the onslaught of the Nazis. Today, people in Volgograd are still adjusting to the post-Soviet changes that have altered so much of Russia.
Where The 'Land Is Soaked In Blood'
Cruise ships heading down the Volga navigate a huge bend in the river as the approach Volgograd, and a giant statue, "The Motherland Calls," come into view. Passengers grow silent as they stare at the massive figure, 17 stories high, of the Motherland looming over them. As if to defy all who might attack this country, her hand wields a huge sword. Some Russian passengers quietly wipe away tears....
Name of source: Deutsche Presse
SOURCE: Deutsche Presse (11-4-10)
Two cranes were used to move the massive war shelter in Witramowo, northern Poland. The bunker - one of the best-preserved structures of its kind in the country - was part of a 100-kilometre-long defense line built by Germans before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
The bunker was moved some 50 metres in an operation that cost around 2 million zloty (723,000 dollars). Construction workers said it would have been much costlier to build an alternative route....
Name of source: NY Times
SOURCE: NY Times (11-5-10)
Italians also saved her family from almost certain death in Nazi concentration camps, Mrs. Selig said, hiding them in a succession of secret shelters in Italy between 1938 and 1944, often at the risk of the Italians’ own lives.
The two faces Italy displayed toward Jewish citizens and refugees just before and during World War II have become the focus of recent historical research that both undermines that country’s wartime image as a nation of benign captors, and rekindles memories of heroic Italian individuals.
Mrs. Selig, 85, who has lived in Manhattan since 1950, offered her double-edged testimony after a panel discussion on the new scholarship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in Battery Park City, on Wednesday evening — days before Jews commemorate Kristallnacht, the night of deadly attacks by German Nazis in November 1938....
Name of source: FoxNews
SOURCE: FoxNews (11-5-10)
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal -- Love leaves a memory no one can steal" is engraved at the top of the rectangular marker that will be unveiled near other post memorials on Friday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting. Until now, the only outward reminders of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base have been several wreaths and crosses along the fence built around the now-shuttered building where it happened.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and Army Secretary John McHugh also will present awards to more than 50 soldiers and civilians whose actions "went above and beyond the call of duty" -- including the two police officers who first responded to the scene and engaged in separate gun battles with the shooter. Capt. John Gaffaney, who was fatally shot after he threw a chair at the gunman, is to receive an award posthumously....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (11-4-10)
And that is exactly what the Quechan Indians are charging in a federal suit filed Wednesday in the Southern District of California. They allege that the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management rushed approval of a massive solar energy project in the Imperial Valley that would place more than 28,000 solar dishes across 6,144 acres of public land -- and that they neglected to take into consideration the Quechans' historic and cultural claims to the land....
Name of source: CHE
SOURCE: CHE (11-4-10)
Sure, party leaders have promised to slash spending on domestic programs—a category that includes student aid and research. But Republicans made similar threats 16 years ago, and the cuts weren't as severe as many had expected.
After Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, the arts and humanities endowments took big hits. But science budgets continued to grow, and spending on the National Institutes of Health doubled over five years. The Education Department, which some Republicans wanted to dismantle, saw its budget double over the 12 years the GOP controlled the House of Representatives. In the end, "the budgetary and policy changes were nowhere near as severe as we feared at the time," said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the American Council on Education. "There were plenty of anxious moments, but the cuts were not as deep as they could have been," said Mr. Hartle, who joined the council in 1993....
Name of source: Deseret News
SOURCE: Deseret News (11-4-10)
The examination determined the bones were from three skulls, not two, as originally thought....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (11-3-10)
Stone-age humans mastered the art of elegant hand-toolmaking in an evolutionary advance that boosted their brain power and potentially paved the way for language, researchers say.
The design of stone tools changed dramatically in human pre-history, beginning more than two million years ago with sharp but primitive stone flakes, and culminating in exquisite, finely honed hand axes 500,000 years ago.
The development of sophisticated stone tools, including sturdy cutting and sawing edges, is considered a key moment in human evolution, as it set the stage for better nutrition and advanced social behaviours, such as the division of labour and group hunting....
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-4-10)
A study by Oxford University researcher found that a typical Roman Villa built 2,000 years ago has environmental features that many greens would die for.
The academics, from the Institute of Archaeology, compared the attributes of a Roman villa and a 1930s semi - the most common form of housing in the UK.
While the typical British semi has radiators placed underneath windows to warm rooms, the Romans relied on efficient underfloor heating to keep their homes warm.
Modern homes use high quality drinking water - processed at huge expense - to flush their lavatories and wash their clothes. The Romans, in contrast, kept drinking and bathing water separate - using aquifers to bring spring water into towns, but relying on cisterns to collect rain water for bathing.
The Romans were also more careful about using recycled materials for building....