Turns out, so many people were seeking an answer that "we were swamped by over 3 million hits and our site crashed," said Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, which had indeed been excavating two of the statues' buried bodies since 2010. Photos of the dig posted on the project website, and older photos taken of full-bodied Easter Island statues that were excavated in the 1950s, have been collected together in the chain email, driving that past surge of interest in the excavation project, and confusion about what's real. … [Read more...] about Do the Easter Island Heads Really Have Bodies?
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In 2015, ATF agents personally handed Feldman a written warning saying he appeared to be a “dealer in firearms” under the law and informed him that he could face criminal prosecution if he continued. Still, he kept selling guns, flipping six semi-automatic pistols and a semi-automatic rifle over the next few months, according to court records. “The fact that he kept doing it after getting a letter from ATF was kind of a head scratcher,” says Assistant US Attorney for the District of Minnesota Benjamin Bejar, who prosecuted the case. … [Read more...] about The Craigslist of Guns
At a scientific meeting last year, Hunt presented evidence that the island's rat population spiked to 20 million from the years 1200 to 1300. Rats had no predators on the island other than humans and they would have made quick work of the island's palm seeds. After the trees were gone, the island's rat population dropped off to a mere one million. … [Read more...] about View of Easter Island Disaster All Wrong, Researchers Say
“To me, national security trumps everything—pardon the expression,” he added. “My premise is that law enforcement is operating in good faith. If not, all bets are off. Assuming that they reasonably believe that there is a communication going to and fro, that somebody is planning on placing a bomb somewhere, I don’t think that they shouldn’t try to get somebody and let the bomb explode. I don’t think that’s necessary. But it has to be in good faith. Aside from national security concerns, I think a reasonable expectation of privacy and warrants should apply.” … [Read more...] about Lawyer in pivotal snooping case: Privacy will be a “tough ride”
"This could be very important for piecing the natural history of the island together," said research leader Jut Wynne, ecologist with the Colorado Plateau Research Station at Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Northern Arizona University. … [Read more...] about New Species Discovered on Damaged Easter Island