Science 

Ancient Peruvian Culture That Inca Empire Claimed It Destroyed 500 Years Ago Resisted and Persisted, New DNA Evidence Shows

In the late 1400s, the Inca Empire conquered the indigenous Peruvians of the Chachapoyas region and gained the power to spread the version of history they saw fit. According to the Inca accounts, the Chachapoyas population was forcibly resettled and soon faded away. Now, an international team of researchers has found genetic evidence that says otherwise. A new paper describing the findings was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Today, descendants of the besieged Chachapoyas inhabitants retain distinct pockets of genetic diversity, proving that their ancestors were successful in resisting assimilation into…

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Science 

Sad ‘pigs’ have been filmed apparently mourning a dead friend

Social bonds in peccaries appear to survive beyond deathDante de Kort/Mariana Altrichter/Sara Cortez & Micaela Camino By Elizabeth Preston PIG-LIKE animals called peccaries have been seen apparently mourning their dead. The discovery adds to the growing list of species that have exhibited signs of grief. It came from a science fair project. Peccaries are hoofed mammals found in the Americas. Also known as javelinas or skunk pigs, they resemble pigs and wild boar. However, the two actually belong to different, albeit closely related, families. Peccaries are social animals and often…

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Space 

FCC begins approval of Orbital ATK satellite-servicing mission for Intelsat-901

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 5 okayed the first part of a satellite-servicing mission Orbital ATK’s Space Logistic subsidiary has with Intelsat, saying the servicing vehicle can execute “rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking with the Intelsat-901” satellite while in a graveyard orbit. Regulatory approvals for the first Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) are proceeding as planned, Joe Anderson, vice president of business development and operations for Space Logistics, told SpaceNews Dec. 12, though the FCC deferred on some of the company’s requests. The commission has, for now,…

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Entertainment 

Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs release times: Cards expansion schedule CONFIRMED

Having launched a new update for the game tonight, Blizzard have now confirmed the official Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs release times. Like in the past, the development team are rolling out the new Hearthstone expansion cards at different times, to avoid major server problems. This will mean that players in the United States will be the first to start playing tomorrow, while countries in Europe may have to wait until the early hours of December 8. A message from the Hearthstone team explains: “The Tavern is packed with rowdy adventurers…

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Top Stories World 

Does Trump’s Jerusalem plan serve U.S. interests? No, analysts say

One of the guiding principles of international relations is that nations act out of their own self-interest. So how does President Donald Trump’s expected announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the U.S. Embassy to the city advance U.S. foreign policy objectives? A Palestinian man walks past Israeli border guards in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. Thomas Coex / AFP – Getty Images It doesn’t, according to analysts. Some also warned Trump’s decision could damage peace-building efforts in the Middle East as well as America’s…

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Entertainment 

Pokemon Go update COUNTDOWN: Big Raid changes before Gen 3 release

A new Pokemon Go update will soon see Entei, Raikou, and Suicune removed from Gyms. Each Legendary Pocket Monster is currently available to catch in specified regions. They have been moved around the globe on a monthly and will now soon be completely taken out of the Gym Raid cycle. November 30 is the last day scheduled to include all three Pokemon to be available to catch, after which they will likely be removed from the game. Currently, Suicune is available in the Americas; Raikou can be caught in Europe…

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Iran general accuses US & Saudi Arabia of ‘creating ISIS to OVERTHROW Syria’ in power grab

The evil terror group was formed by foreign powers to destroy Bashar al Assad’s Syrian regime, Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on TV. Using the Arabic word for ISIS, he said: “Intelligence services of the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and certain other countries, the naming of which is not in our interest for now, created Daesh to overthrow the Syrian administration.” The Islamic Revolutionary Guard general went on to say that arms were transported to Islamist militants in countries surrounding Syria. He claimed Tehran had “information”…

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Tenerife nightclub horror: 22 injured as club dancefloor collapses at Brit holiday hotspot

Several people have suffered broken bones including broken legs and broken ankles. Officials say “several nationalities” are among those hurt. At this stage they are known to include a Romanian man, a Frenchman and a Belgian woman but it is not immediately clear if any Brits have been injured. The incident happened around 2.30am this morning at a nightclub in a shopping centre in Adeje. The incident is said to have occurred at the Butterfly Disco Pub, which describes itself on its webpage as a a gay club and says…

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Iran keen to position warship in Gulf of Mexico to display ‘POWER’ to Donald Trump

The decision comes on the same day that a senior politician in Tehran said the country wants to co-operate more with Russia on security. Local media has reported the country’s newly appointed Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi is planning to fly the Iranian flag in the Gulf of Mexico. He said: “Sailing in open waters between Europe and Americas should be the navy’s goal, which will be realised in the near future.” Mr Khanzadi insisted the naval expedition into far away international waters was purely for demonstrating its power…

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What is Thanksgiving? What is happening today and why do Americans eat turkey?

What is Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is America’s most beloved annual holiday and takes place on the fourth Thursday of November, kicking off the so-called Holiday Season.  The origins of Thanksgiving date back to 1621 when a group of English pilgrims in present-day Massachusetts shared a feast with a tribe of Native Americans to celebrate a plentiful harvest.  This “First Thanksgiving” took place in October and lasted about three days, although there is also evidence to suggest similar ceremonies were held two years earlier in Virginia.  The exact date of Thanksgiving varied…

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