"The fossil, a thigh bone found in Spain, had previously seemed to many experts to belong to a forerunner of Neanderthals. But its DNA tells a very different story. It most closely resembles DNA from an enigmatic lineage of humans known as Denisovans. Until now, Denisovans were known only from DNA retrieved from 80,000-year-old remains in Siberia, 4,000 miles east of where the new DNA was found.
The mismatch between the anatomical and genetic evidence surprised the scientists, who are now rethinking human evolution over the past few hundred thousand years. It is possible, for example, that there are many extinct human populations that scientists have yet to discover. They might have interbred, swapping DNA. Scientists hope that further studies of extremely ancient human DNA will clarify the mystery." - NY Times
#evolution #science #archaeology
Incredible survival: Man trapped at bottom of ocean for 3 days rescued by divers
Donna Smith (top left), James Lovell (top right), Kisook Ahn (bottom left) and James Ferrari died in Sunday's Metro-North derailment. May they RIP.
Metro-North train was going 82 mph on a 30-mph curve before it derailed: Officials
The locomotive's brakes were not fully engaged until five seconds before it finally came to a complete rest after rolling and skidding, said Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board. Tony Bottalico, general chairman of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, came to the defense of engineer William Rockefeller, noting he ‘has an impeccable work record.’ Investigators hope to learn more from two of the train's black boxes.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/metro-north-derailment-data-recorder-found-article-1.1534730#ixzz2mQYMYVSi
‘The angel of 9/11’: Workers stunned by eerie face in World Trade Center steel
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Cry me a painting: Artist paints with eyes, invents "teardrop" technique
A young Argentine artist, who can paint with his eyes, has recently gained international attention for his unusual painting technique. The 27-year old artist, Leonardo Granato, works in a studio in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. When he paints, he sucks pigments into his nose and then paints the canvas using the tear ducts of his eyes.
IRS To Target 'Dark Money' Political Spending
4 dead, 63 injured after NYC-bound Metro-North passenger train derails in Bronx
Up to 63 people were injured and 12 of those people are listed in critical condition, the sources also said. The screeching accident happened around 7:20 a.m., MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-bound-metro-north-passenger-train-derails-bronx-article-1.1533963#ixzz2mEnoAl3H
#NYC #Trains #news
Inside the Company That Bungled #Obamacare
"How did the company that built the bulk of HealthCare.gov manage to bungle it so badly? There may be some clues in the corporate ethos of CGI Federal, Newsweek finds in an extensive look at the Canadian IT pioneer that now holds hundreds of government contracts in the US and abroad. At CGI, founder Serge Godin's unusual management philosophy still holds sway, with little in-house training for employees who are expected to "manage themselves" and "make their own jobs" by tracking down projects within the company, former execs say. The company doesn't even track sick days—but employees who go three weeks without finding a project can be fired. Most of its workers are classed as consultants and benefit from profit-sharing schemes." - Newser
Hard to believe, but Healthcare.gov might not be CGI’s biggest headache.
China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan aircraft in disputed air zone
Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft.
China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence zone over the East China Sea on Friday as the regional clamour over the disputed airspace escalated.
The ministry of defence announced the move, which is the first time China is known to have sent military aircraft into the zone alongside foreign flights, stepping up its response to the challenge after its unilateral establishment of the zone. It previously said it had monitored US, Japanese and South Korean aircraft and had flown routine patrols in the area on Thursday.
The ministry's statement said that two US reconnaissance aircraft and 10 Japanese early warning, reconnaissance and fighter planes had entered the zone.
#news #China #US
Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft
Hold the obituary. Experts now think Comet ISON -- or at least part of it -- survived its close encounter with the sun.
Karl Battams, a comet scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, said it is believed some parts of ISON's nucleus survived perihelion.
"It now looks like some chunk of ISON's nucleus has indeed made it through the solar corona, and re-emerged," he said. "It's throwing off dust and (probably) gas, but we don't know how long it can sustain that."
Hold the obituary. Experts think Comet ISON -- or at least part of it --survived its close encounter with the sun.
Shooting in Las Vegas. A shopper was shot on Thursday as he tried to carry the big television he had purchased home. “As the victim was walking through his complex he was approached by a suspect who fired warning shots which caused the victim to release the television,” he said. “The suspect fired two more shots and the victim was struck in the leg,” he said. “He was not seriously injured.” [CNBC]
Fight over parking at a Walmart in CA. At least “three people got into a fight in the parking lot of a Walmart in Rialto, Calif., because shoppers were cutting in line, Sgt. Nicholas Borchard told NBC Southern California. Two people were taken into custody after the fight, he added.”
Shoppers confronted each other with knives and guns, fighting for merchandise both inside and outside the stores.
Comet #ISON Fizzles, Barely Surviving Trip Around Sun
Read latest update by on Comet ISON.