Gene studies suggest King Richard III was a blond, blue-eyed boy LONDON Wed Dec 3, 2014 12:00am IST LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists analysing 500-year-old bones found under a car park say it is now beyond almost any doubt that the remains are of King Richard III, and that studies suggest he had blue eyes and blond hair as a boy. Publishing their latest findings in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Leicester University also said DNA analysis showed a match between King Richard III and two modern female-line relatives. The remains of Richard -- the last English monarch to die in battle -- were found by archaeologists under a municipal car park in the central English city of Leicester in 2012 and subsequently identified by experts from the university. In a research paper published in September, the scientists were able to give blow-by-blow details of the King's death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago, revealing he was very probably killed by a blow to his bare head.
5 Basic Truths Everyone Agrees On (Are Shockingly New Ideas) For every hour you spent in a history class, you've probably watched a hundred hours of movies and TV shows that take place in the Old West, or Ancient Rome, or whatever era Game Of Thrones takes place in (the Renaissance? We'll have to look it up). The problem is, those stories are always told with modern audiences in mind -- meaning, they include some very recent inventions that you just assume go back thousands of years. Why an Oklahoman restaurant has a monument to the dark god Azathoth Fellow OK resident, co-signing. Of course I'm sure if a certain segment of the population gets wind of it they will take it totally seriously and there will be many histrionic Facebook comments (at least one blaming Obama). When my burlesque troupe was on TV people seriously accused us of being the reason for Oklahoma's high divorce rate, and I received several badly-spelled comments about how I was now unmarriageable. There are burlesque troupes in OKC?
Special Branch The first Special Branch, or Special Irish Branch, as it was known, was a unit of London's Metropolitan Police formed in March 1883 to combat the Irish Republican Brotherhood. The name became Special Branch as the unit's remit widened. Australia Most state police forces and the federal police had a Special Branch. The Troubled History Of The Foreskin I have something to say about this from experience. My well-meaning, devout, and slightly naive mother decided to have me circumcised when I was born. The doctor, who was later sued by somebody else for professional negligence, screwed up the cut. All my mother remembered from that time was that the doctor having to fix some kind of screw-up, and that was that. What he had actually done was nicked the underside of my Buck's fascia, the tissue surrounding the erectile tissue that gives the penis its shape when erect. It probably seemed fine early on, but as the cut healed the scar tissue that formed caused my erection to bend sharply at about a 100 degree angle (i.e., almost a right angle).
Chasing the Cicada: Exploring the Darkest Corridors of the Internet By Jed Lipinski When an unsuspecting researcher followed a mysterious command on a 4chan board, he found himself drawn into a scavenger hunt that led him down the darkest corridors of the internet and stretched across the globe. But in a place where no one shows his face and no one plays by the rules, how do you tell where the game ends and reality begins?
Secret Intelligence Service It is frequently referred to by the name MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6), a name used as a flag of convenience during the First World War when it was known by many names. The existence of MI6 was not officially acknowledged until 1994. In late 2010, the head of SIS delivered what he said was the first public address by a serving chief of the agency in its 101-year history. The remarks of Sir John Sawers primarily focused on the relationship between the need for secrecy and the goal of maintaining security within Britain. His remarks acknowledged the tensions caused by secrecy in an era of leaks and pressure for ever-greater disclosure. Since 1995, the SIS headquarters, have been based at Vauxhall Cross on the South Bank of the River Thames. History and development
The Singularity THE SINGULARITYThe Singularity has already happened. We missed it. We will die, you and I, in the world we were born into; not so my mother, your grandmother, our great uncle Jim. They were born into a world lit by fire, pulled by horses, or steam at best, and they died in a world knit together electronically, in which no two cities in the world are more than a long day’s journey apart. The curve that seems to us to be steepening so dramatically, has already formed its S, and is flattening toward the top. 'Itchy feet' gnome returns home A snatched garden gnome has been returned to his owner with a photo album picturing him in 12 countries he had visited with his kidnapper. Eve Stuart-Kelso said she was stunned to see her leprechaun Murphy standing outside her Gloucester home seven months after he disappeared. He was also carrying a note putting his world tour down to "itchy feet". The album shows Murphy abseiling down a mountain, standing in a shark's mouth and riding a motorbike. Some of the pictures show a group of mysterious young men, who could be the ones responsible for the globetrotting stunt. Also with Murphy were immigration stamps for all the shores he had been taken to visit - South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and Laos.