Thousands of genomes have been sequenced from ancient Eurasian skeletons, but just 30 such ancient DNA samples have been studied in Africa.. Extracting DNA from ancient African skeletons has potential risks and rewards.
— Read on blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/02/08/ancient-human-dna-africa/

The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38224564

A businessman is charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin.
— Read on www.foxnews.com/us/napkin-genealogy-site-leads-to-arrest-in-1993-murder-case

Public Release: 6-Feb-2019 Study shows that Vikings enjoyed a warmer Greenland Chemistry of bugs trapped in ancient lake sediment shows a warm climate at a key time in Greenland’s history Northwestern University   EVANSTON, Ill. — A new study may resolve an old debate about how tough the Vikings actually were. Although TV and movies…
— Read on wattsupwiththat.com/2019/02/07/study-shows-that-vikings-enjoyed-a-warmer-greenland/

WASHINGTON (WSET) — Sen. Tim Kaine joined Senator Brian Schatz to introduce legislation to allow doctors at the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss and potentially recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states that have established medical marijuana programs.
— Read on wset.com/news/nation-world/sen-kaine-introduces-bill-to-allow-veterans-access-to-medical-marijuana-through-va

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A white woman stopped on suspicion of drunken driving in Florida told a black deputy she would have the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses on his yard. Now 53-year-old Julie Edwards faces additional charges of resisting and threatening an officer. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy responded to a report of a disturbance last week and found Edwards backing up into the driveway of her home in DeLand, Florida. An arrest report says Edwards smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet.
— Read on apnews.com/0f5ec5eb2b3c460192d172a592e9fa65

Nothing remains of Catherine The Great’s so-called Erotic Cabinet, a room of graphic, sex-themed furniture. But it would be in keeping with the empress’ healthy sexual appetite.
— Read on www.thedailybeast.com/the-mystery-of-catherine-the-greats-erotic-cabinet

Centuries-old population movements revealed in fine-scale genetic map of the Iberian Peninsula
— Read on m.phys.org/news/2019-02-centuries-old-population-movements-revealed-fine-scale.html

North Carolina Election Board Finds Evidence Of Significant Fraud To Help GOP Candidate | HuffPost
— Read on m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c6ae122e4b01757c36e79ae

Trump lashes out at ‘treasonous’ officials after McCabe interview – BBC News
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For starters, they have jurisdiction over the president’s political operation and businesses — subjects that executive privilege doesn’t cover.
— Read on www.politico.com/story/2019/02/18/trump-new-york-mueller-investigation-1173346

Sigh. Yet another story about a teacher ignoring the rights of students not to say the pledge of allegiance, but this one is even worse than most. She got into an argument with the 11-year old African-American child and then had him arrested for disrupting school activities. Seriously. An 11-year-old Polk County
— Read on www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2019/02/18/black-student-arrested-after-refusing-to-say-pledge-of-allegiance/

A state police spokesman confirmed that the incident is being treated as a hate crime
— Read on www.haaretz.com/us-news/upstate-new-york-yeshiva-set-on-fire-and-painted-with-swastikas-1.6919613

Donald Trump’s latest attack on ‘SNL’ could be ‘a threat to my safety’ Alec Baldwin suggests – CNN
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/02/18/media/alec-baldwin-donald-trump-snl/index.html

Andrew McCabe: Trump’s ‘own words’ prompted investigation – CNNPolitics
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/02/17/politics/mccabe-fbi-investigation-russia-trump/index.html

Instruction and Delight: Children’s Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection | Yale Center for British Art
— Read on britishart.yale.edu/exhibitions/instruction-and-delight-childrens-games-ellen-and-arthur-liman-collection

Loved by some, loathed by others, Valentine’s Day is widely regarded as the ultimate day of cheesy, unapologetic romance. While some may be vaguely aware that the occasion takes its name from a priest called Saint Valentine, they may not be acquainted with the full history of Valentine’s Day, which is decidely less romantic than one may expect.
— Read on www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/valentines-day-origins-history-meaning-ancient-romans-catholic-church-saint-a8765926.html

A new bill filed by Oklahoma Senator Nathan Dahm would allow medical marijuana patients to have concealed carry permits for guns.
— Read on themindunleashed.com/2019/02/medical-marijuana-patients-concealed-carry-permits.html

Locked inside the wood of Japan’s hinoki trees is an unprecedented 2,600 year-long record of rainfall patterns that are helping to piece together how weather shapes society.
— Read on www.bbc.com/future/story/20190205-does-the-climate-shape-social-change

100 American towns founded before the Revolution
— Read on www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2019/02/06/100-american-towns-founded-before-american-revolution/2770231002/