Space-aged wine set to sell for $ 1 million
Rare rhyolite discovered after app identifies rock as radioactive
An Oregon construction worker with a keen eye and practical application discovered a rare 2,000-pound stone that was transported across the state on a glacier 15,000 years ago.
Jacob Parker was working on the site of a new school in Lake Oswego when he noticed an interesting-looking boulder the team had dug. He pulled out his rock identification app and took a quick photo to find out what was so special about it, only to be informed that it could be radioactive!
Parker immediately called Portland State University geologist Scott Burns to verify it. As it happened, the rock was not radioactive, but turned out to be an extremely rare large chunk of rhyolite – the second piece ever found in the state!
The rock has been classified as “glacial erratic,” meaning that it likely landed in the region as part of a glacier that descended from Montana or Canada during the Missoula floods about 15,000 years ago.
The rock is known as rhyolite and is created by layers of cooling lava, usually close to the earth’s surface. https://t.co/y8wfAdyzjj
– News 10 (@KTVL) May 18, 2021
Italian cave holds secrets from Neanderthal history
The Italian Cave of Guattari is now considered the most important site in Neanderthal history after archaeologists uncovered the gnawed and burnt remains of nine 100,000-year-old bodies!
Located near the resort town of San Felice Circeo, the area surrounding Guattari Cave has been believed to have housed a considerable population of Neanderthals since archaeologists discovered a well-preserved skull in 1939, shortly after the discovery of the cave itself.
most recent discoveries include the remains of eight Neanderthals dating from 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, another from 90,000 to 100,000 years ago, as well as hundreds of bones that belonged to a pack of hyenas, several elephants, rhinos, giant deer and a now extinct cattle called aurochs.
“It’s an extraordinary discovery,” said Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini. “The whole world will talk about it.”
Some of the Neanderthal bones discovered were eaten away or burned. While the hyenas likely munched on the chewed bones, the burns, as well as the ventilation holes in the cave ceiling, suggest to some anthropologists that the Neanderthals may have engaged in ritual cannibalism.
Excavations at the now historic site will continue as researchers hope to learn more about Neanderthal society, including the role ancient climate change played in their demise.
Italy • Lair discovered where ancient hyenas feasted on their Neanderthal prey – possibly 50,000 years old | The bones are 100,000 to 50,000 years old | Going through @ScienceAlert | May 2021 https://t.co/95CMrFyP8j pic.twitter.com/IYj937r0bR
– neuro.social.self (@neurosocialself) May 19, 2021
Maine police chief risks all dropping a meeting
In a world of meetings that could have been emails, a Maine police chief went out of his way to avoid attending a board meeting, ultimately losing his fraud license.
Former Maine Police Chief Joshua Potvin felt unwilling to attend the Fryeburg Selection Board meeting in February 2020, but rather than call for an illness or family emergency, he decided to write a false suspicious person report as an excuse to evade.
After texting one of his officers asking for a call to the meeting, the six-year-old police chief started a tiered program that was much more complicated and time consuming than just attending the meeting. meeting.
Potvin drove his cruiser to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds and used the cruiser’s computer to create a fake entry into the dispatch system, explaining that he was there in response to reports from a suspicious person. In what we can only guess, it was an attempt to validate his presence, he entered the license plate of a funfair employee in the fake report.
The Maine Criminal Justice Academy learned of the situation and launched an investigation into the report. Although Potvin waived his right of appeal and resigned his post last year, it was revealed this week that the Academy had officially revoked his license, barring Potvin from working in the forces for good. order of Maine.
And with that, he’ll never have to attend another meeting again.
Former Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin made a fake entry on a suspicious person report. https://t.co/rjO5B7Fqu3
– Maine NEWS CENTER (@newscentermaine) May 14, 2021
Michigan woman donates 60-year-old hair loom to charity
A Michigan woman put a weird family legacy to good use this week by donating 60-year-old pigtails to an organization that makes wigs for children with medical hair loss.
Janet Guinter, of Lansing, Mich., Was just 12 years old when her aunt, who had the same hair color as her, gave her perfectly woven braids to use “in creative hairstyles.”
Although Guinter never ended up playing hairstylist with the braids, she kept the locks wrapped for almost 60 years, until one day her neighbor passed away, and she saw all of her personal belongings being thrown away.
The event put Guinter in search mode, as she thought someone might find the braids someday, and she didn’t want them to end up in the trash.
Eventually, she discovered Children With Hair Loss, a Detroit-based charity that uses donations of hair 20cm or larger to make wigs for children who have medically lost their hair.
Space-aged wine set to sell for $ 1 million
Two bottles of Petrus 2000 wine that have spent more than a year on the International Space Station are expected to sell for $ 1 million at Christie’s Auction House.
The bottles were shipped to space along with ten others in 2019 and spent 440 days in orbit before being returned to earth.
On their return, a group of sommeliers and scientists gathered to find out just how good an “unusual” wine would taste. Ultimately, the space wine had developed a unique flavor profile with enhanced floral and smoky flavors.
The winner of the auction will receive two bottles of wine for comparison with “a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew made from a meteorite”.
The proceeds from the auction will go directly to “future space missions and wine research”. Let’s drink to that!
By Meghan Yani, contributor for Ripleys.com
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