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Mysterious bottle of liquid found between the legs of buried skeleton

The distinctive blue-coloured glass bottle marked “Hull Infirmary” appears to have been deliberately placed within a grave in Hull. The fully intact sealed bottle also contained a brown liquid which hasn’t yet been definitively identified.

Hull Live reports the bottle was discovered earlier this year as part of the major excavation at the site where burials took place between 1783 and 1861.

A 70-strong team of specialist archaeologists have been working there since last year and are examining around 1,500 exhumed skeletons.

The site is one of the largest post-medieval cemeteries to have ever been excavated in the north of England.

Katie Dalmon, osteology supervisor, said: “It’s quite normal to find artefacts such as rings, coins, items of clothing and even tableware such as plates in a burial plot but this bottle was quite unusual.

“Not only was it apparently specifically placed between the person’s legs but it was also sealed and was nearly full of liquid.”

The inscription on the side of the bottle is a clue that has been used to uncover at least some of the grave’s secrets.

Hull Infirmary was first established in temporary premises in 1782 – a year before the burial ground opened – and then moved to a purpose-built home nearby in 1784.

Katie added: “We now know a little bit more about the identity of the body – it’s a woman who was in her 60s at the time of death. We also know she was suffering from residual ricketts and osteoporosis.

“She was also buried in the middle of a burial stack with the bottle. It was deliberately placed with the individual and was not part of any backfill.”

Tests have also been carried on the mysterious liquid in an effort to establish what it actually is with samples being sent to experts from Nottingham Trent University.

“The tests have confirmed the presence of sodium, potassium and phosphorus and have also discounted any pharmaceutical materials being present,” Katie added.

“The results leave us with the likelihood that the liquid is probably urine but they also raise a whole series of other questions.

“What could this mean? Why was it placed there and, if it’s not urine, what could it be?”

The expert said another theory being examined was that the liquid might have been a type of phosphate-based tonic drink.

She said: “These were popular in the 19th century when they were advertised as a cure for various medical ailments, including tuberculosis.

“We can’t be exactly sure at the moment so we are carrying out more tests to try to get an definitive answer.”

The team from Oxford Archaeology working at the burial ground is expected to spend several years studying all the findings from the site.

Work on the actual site is due to end next month when the remaining giant tents coverng the excavation area will be removed.

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Archaeologists baffled by mysterious 80 million-year-old shark fossils found in Jerusalem

The incredible discovery was made by archaeologists at a 2,900-year-old site in the City of David. The teeth were found together with fish bones and pottery fragments in the basement of an Iron Age house dating to the 10th century BC. Experts thought they had found a burial pit used to dump rubbish and food remains.

But, according to findings published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution,’ the 29 teeth are from animals that lived during the Late Cretaceous period when dinosaurs still roamed Earth.

Palaeontologist Dr Thomas Tuetken, from the University of Mainz, said: “These fossils are not in their original setting, so they have been moved. 

“They were probably valuable to someone – we just don’t know why, or why similar items have been found in more than one place in Israel.

“We had at first assumed that the shark teeth were remains of the food dumped nearly 3,000 years ago, but when we submitted a paper for publication, one of the reviewers pointed out that one of the teeth could only have come from a Late Cretaceous shark that had been extinct for at least 66 million years.”

Analysis showed that the teeth, which have been identified to have come from several species, including Squalicorax, were fossils and have been dated to a Cretaceous age of about 80 million years.

And the team have found more similar shark teeth fossils elsewhere in Israel.

There is a theory that collecting fossils was popular among the upper classes at the time.

Dr Tuetken added: “Our working hypothesis is that the teeth were brought together by collectors, but we don’t have anything to confirm that.

“There are no wear marks which might show that they were used as tools, and no drill holes to indicate that they may have been jewellery.

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In New South Wales, officials have changed the way they describe human encounters with sharks that result in injuries.

A government spokeswoman said its formal shark reports now generally refer to “incidents” or “interactions” with the animals, meanwhile, in Queensland the state government’s SharkSmart website now describes how to minimise risks “of a negative encounter with a shark”.

However, the change in terminology is yet to be adopted everywhere in Australia.

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Mysterious airbase being built on volcanic island off Yemen in Red Sea strait

An airbase is being built on Mayun Island, a crucial maritime passageway for both energy shipments and commercial cargo. While no country has claimed the Mayun Island airbase in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, shipping traffic associated with a prior attempt to build a runway across the 3.5 mile-long island links back to the United Arab Emirates.
Officials in Yemen’s government now say the Emiratis are behind this latest effort as well, even though the UAE announced in 2019 it was withdrawing its troops from a Saudi-led military campaign battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Jeremy Binnie, the Middle East editor at the open-source intelligence company, Janes, said: “This does seem to be a longer-term strategic aim to establish a relatively permanent presence.

“It is possibly not just about the Yemen war and you have got to see the shipping situation as fairly key there.”

The runway on Mayun Island allows whoever controls it to project power into the strait and easily launch airstrikes into mainland Yemen.

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Mysterious airbase being built on volcanic island off Yemen. (Image: Google Maps)

It also provides a base for any operations into the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and nearby East Africa.

Satellite images from Planet Labs Inc. obtained by The Associated Press showed dump trucks and graders building a 1.85 kilometre runway on the island on April 11.

By May 18, that work appeared complete, with three hangars constructed on a tarmac just south of the runway.

A runway of that length can accommodate attack, surveillance and transport aircraft.

An earlier effort that was later abandoned begun toward the end of 2016. The effort had workers try to build an even larger runway over three kilometres long, which would allow for the heaviest bombers.

Military officials with Yemen’s government, which the Saudi-led coalition has backed since 2015, say the UAE is building the runway.

The officials, speaking to Associated Press anonymously, say Emirati ships transported military weapons, equipment and troops to Mayun Island in recent weeks.

Emirati officials in Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.

The military officials said recent tension between the UAE and Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi came in part from an Emirati demand for his government to sign a 20-year lease agreement for Mayun.

Emirati officials have not acknowledged any disagreement.

The initial, failed construction project came after Emirati and allied forces retook the island from Iranian-backed Houthi militants in 2015. By late 2016, satellite images showed construction underway there.

Tugboats associated with Dubai-based Echo Cargo & Shipping LLC and landing craft and carriers from Abu Dhabi-based Bin Nawi Marine Services LLC helped bring equipment to the island in that first attempt, according to tracking signals recorded by data firm Refinitiv.

Satellite photos at the time show they offloaded the gear and vehicles at a temporary beachside port.

Echo Cargo & Shipping declined to comment, while Bin Nawi Marine Services did not respond to a request for comment. Recent shipping data shows no recorded vessels around Mayun, suggesting whoever provided the sealift for the latest construction turned off their boats’ Automatic Identification System tracking devices to avoid being identified.

Construction initially stopped in 2017, probably when engineers realized they could not dig through a portion of the volcanic island’s craggy features to incorporate the site of the island’s old runway.

The building restarted in earnest on the new runway site around February 22, satellite photos show, several weeks after President Joe Biden announced he would end US support for the Saudi-led offensive against the Houthis.

The apparent decision by the Emiratis to resume building the air base comes after the UAE dismantled parts of a military base it ran in the East African nation of Eritrea as a staging ground for its Yemen campaign.

Eleonora Ardemagni, an analyst at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, said that while the Horn of Africa had “become a dangerous place” for the Emiratis due to competitors and local war risks, Mayun had a small population and offered a valuable site for monitoring the Red Sea. There has been a rise in attacks and incidents in the region.

Ms Ardemagni said: “The Emiratis have been shifting from a power-projection foreign policy to a power-protection foreign policy.

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“It increases their capacity to monitor what happens and to prevent possible threats by non-state actors close to Iran”.

The expeditionary al-Quds force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was said to run a similar operation on a cargo ship long stationed nearby off Yemen before being apparently targeted by an Israeli attack.

Mayun, also known as Perim Island, sits two miles off the southwestern edge of Yemen.

World powers have recognized the island’s strategic location for hundreds of years, especially with the opening of the Suez Canal linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

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US submarines detect mysterious speeding crafts underwater ahead of Pentagon UFO report

The US Navy has picked up sonar data showing mysterious fast-moving objects underwater that cannot be explained by experts or current technology. Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan said that US Navy “has the data” to prove the bizarre encounters. Some of these encounters could be included in the US Government task force which is preparing to brief Congress on its UFO findings next month.
This comes amid a flurry of footage showing bizarre encounters between US pilots and navy officers and unexplainable objects.

Last week, a newly-emerged video showed a dark spherical object move across the sky near a US Navy stealth ship, before suddenly veering into the water and disappearing.

Documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell shared the footage of the mysterious flying object on Instagram.

The Pentagon later confirmed that the video, believed to be from 2019, was taken by US Navy personnel.

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Mr Corbell said no wreckage was recovered from the sighting and the craft remains unidentified.

Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about the new footage, Mr Rogan said: “Relevant to this video, an area we will learn more about is the interaction between US Navy submarines – nuclear ballistic submarines and attack submarines – picking up sonar contact of things moving at hundreds of knots under the water.

“There is an undersea dimension to this, on top of what the pilots are seeing above water.”

Mr Carlson responded: “Hundreds of knots under water? I don’t think people can even digest that.”

Even former US President Barack Obama confirmed that “footage and records” of unidentified objects exist.

He told CBS last week: “What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don’t know exactly what they are, we can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory.

“They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so, you know I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.”

Also on CBS’ 60 Minutes programme, a former navy pilot said he had seen unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) “every day for at least a couple years”.

In March, John Ratcliffe, Donald Trump’s former intelligence director, said the disclosure would reveal that there have been “a lot more” sightings of UFOs than have been made public.

Lue Elizondo, former director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, said some of the UAPs that have been seen defied physics as we know it.

He said: “Imagine a technology that can do 6-to-700 g-forces, that can fly at 13,000 miles an hour, that can evade radar and that can fly through air and water and possibly space.

“And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity. That’s precisely what we’re seeing.”

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Jumping spiders have a mysterious nighttime habit

Jumping spiders, a family of spiders found all over the world, have four pairs of eyes and, as the name suggests, an acrobatic affinity for jumping. For the most part, these spiders don’t weave webs that entrap their prey; instead, they use their silk as a “dragline” to help perfect their jumps, or to weave silken shelters used for mating, laying eggs, and resting securely at night, tucked away from predators. 

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology describes a mysterious new nighttime behavior from these invertebrates: the researchers found that a population of European jumping spiders rest at night by hanging from a solitary thread of silk, like a miniature bungee cord. Based on these preliminary findings, as well as previous anecdotal observations from researchers on other continents, the authors suggest that in the dark, when their extraordinary eyes aren’t of much use, these spiders may have another trick up their sleeve to get through the night safely. 

Lead author Daniela Rößler, a behavioral ecologist at Harvard University, began this research more-or-less by accident. While working on a different experiment, she caught several European jumping spiders in Frankfurt, Germany and placed them in clear boxes on her windowsill. After coming home one night, she says, “I looked at the spiders quickly, and I was like, ‘oh god, did they die? What happened?’ All of them were hanging from the lid of the plastic box inside the box.” 

To learn more, Rößler and her coauthors returned to the patch of grassland in Trier, Germany where the spiders were originally gathered. In addition to observing some spiders in captivity, they established 12 two-square-meter plots and visited twice a day (during the day and at night) over a period of nine days. There, they took measurements, observed how the spiders built this “suspension line,” and watched how they reacted to various disruptions. 

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“We found that they all hang,” she says. “The babies, even just one day after they emerge from the egg sac, they can already do this behavior.” When they choose a site, which could be a piece of tall grass or vegetation, the spiders will set an anchor, says Rößler. “It’s like a little 3D printer basically, they use their silk to make little attachment disks.” From there, they drop a line of silk and hang a few centimeters down, folding in all of their legs except for one, which they use to hold onto the thread. Sometimes, the researchers found, the spiders were still munching on prey as they settled in for the night. 

Also interesting, says Rößler, was that the spiders held in captivity would switch back and forth between their typical silken “retreats” and the hanging behavior. “That makes you think, okay, how do they choose what to use? What is the function of this?”

To begin unraveling the function, the authors tested out a few different types of disturbances: flashing them with light, touching the vegetation nearby, or touching the silk directly. For the latter test, almost all of the spiders dropped down to the ground. The authors speculate that the suspension could help protect the spiders from nighttime predators, either by keeping them out of harm’s way, or by allowing the temporarily sightless spiders to detect potential predators through their vibrations.  

“They actually differentiate between all these different disturbances,” she says. “Sometimes it was really windy and they would just dangle in the air, but they wouldn’t care about it, which means that they can discriminate between different vibration cues.” 

“I found the research topic quite interesting,” wrote Ana Cerveira, a behavioral ecologist at the Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal who was not involved in the research, in an email to Popular Science. “This work will surely influence future research in jumping spiders by bringing attention to a behavior that could in fact be more common than we think in this family but that may not be easily detectable in both natural and laboratory conditions.”

This study raised more questions than it answered, says Rößler. “It really made me realize how little we know about animals—invertebrates, especially—in our own backyards.”   

Author: Sara Chodosh
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science

White House on alert as US officials probe ‘mysterious attack’ – people suddenly fall ill

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Staff at the Pentagon have launched a probe into at least two incidents in Washington DC. The incidents have reportedly seen people struck down by an invisible illness and bear some similarities to a destabilising condition suffered by US troops abroad.

The first incident of concern is believed to have taken place in November 2020 at The Ellipse – a 52-acre park to the south of the White House, CNN reports.

One National Security Council official is said to have suddenly fallen ill.

A White House official reported a similar incident while walking her dog in a Virginia suburb, just outside of the capital.

Senate and House Armed Services Committees were informed of the matter earlier this month.

Officials remain perplexed and are unable to draw definitive conclusions as to what might have happened, sources say.

But staff are said to be alarmed at the proximity of the incidents to the home of the US President.

CIA and defence staff are understood to be drawing possible comparisons to a mysterious “Havana syndrome” attack, experienced by members of the military on duty overseas.

The name derives from the first-ever reported attack in 2016 in Cuba.

The investigation remains ongoing.

In a statement, the Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN: “There is nothing that the Secretary of Defense takes more seriously than the safety, health and welfare of our personnel serving around the globe in defence of our values and freedoms.

“Any concerns on issues that call that into question are thoroughly reviewed, and the appropriate actions are taken to mitigate risks to our personnel.”

Review: Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack – A Nicely Crafted RPG Marathon

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Practically speaking, the Atelier series is probably among the best collection of RPGs that you’ve never played. This low-key and generally bubbly franchise seems like it hasn’t quite managed to shatter that ‘glass ceiling’ into mainstream appeal, but that hasn’t stopped Gust from lovingly improving upon the core gameplay over the decades. Though Atelier Ryza is all the rage right now the Mysterious trilogy that preceded it had a lot going for it, and it deserves a good look now that it’s all on the Switch as Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack, or as individual downloads. The DX versions for all three titles offer up the definitive experience for each game, making for a collection that appeals to both newcomers and long-time fans.

The Atelier series is known for its smaller scale, more character driven stories, and that storytelling style is present here in all three Mysterious games. It’s never about saving the world or killing a god or overthrowing an oppressive regime, but rather overcoming simple goals or solving intriguing mysteries. Atelier Firis, for example, follows our titular character’s quest to explore the world beyond the cave she was raised in, and to hopefully pass an exam that would certify her as an alchemist. Atelier Sophie, on the other hand, centres its plot around a magical talking book Sophie finds which gains more memories as she writes new recipes into its pages.