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chinaMissiles and planes make China’s South China Sea Island bases an effective update of the Maginot Line

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China has built seven new military bases on artificial islands in the South China Sea. China will continue to improve and expand its dregger fleet and triple dredging capacity again over the next 15 years. China will spend $2 to …

chinaMissiles and planes make China's South China Sea Island bases an effective update of the Maginot Line

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China has built seven new military bases on artificial islands in the South China Sea. China will continue to improve and expand its dregger fleet and triple dredging capacity again over the next 15 years. China will spend $2 to …

historyAncient industrial civilizations would be very hard to detect

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Centauri Dreams and The Atlantic have articles that consider if would we know if an early mammal built a civilization in the last 60 million years? Let’s assume a civilization lasting no more than 100,000 years, which turns out to …

historyBillionaire Paul Allen found the WW2 carrier Lexington

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Billionaire-turned-explorer Paul Allen has discovered the missing wreck of the World War II carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) at the bottom of the Coral Sea. The crew of his personal research ship R/V Petrel found the missing ship two miles below …

climate changeScience is still learning about the variable activity of our Sun over ten thousand years

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Contrary to popular belief, SCIENCE still hasn’t a working theory as to why the Sun is somewhat aperiodically oscillatory. There are lots of theories, but they contradict. None of the theories predict well. There was the still unexplained 200-year long …

historySpider with a tail found preserved in amber after 100 million years

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An extraordinary new species of arachnid, resembling a spider with a tail, has been discovered in amber from Myanmar (formerly Burma), of mid-Cretaceous age, around 100 million years ago. “There’s been a lot of amber being produced from northern Myanmar …

historyTyrannosaur arms were still functional and dangerous

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New findings suggest the T-rex dinosaur’s arms were strong enough to slash prey at close quarters, despite being small for its body size. Many paleontologists have viewed the small arms of T. rex as having been vestigial. At ~1m long, …

historyNew Titanosaur was largest land animal ever at 122 feet long and 69 tons

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Patagotitan mayorum, the long-necked behemoth lived about 102 million years ago and was likely more than 120 feet long and weighed 69 tons, or about the same as 12 African elephants (the current largest land dweller). By those numbers, Patagotitan …

africaOrigin of Homo Sapiens is at least 300,000 years ago based on new fossils instead of 200,000 years

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New finds of fossils and stone tools from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by one hundred thousand years and show that by about 300 thousand years ago important changes in our …