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English, Irish, Scots: They’re All One, Genes Suggest – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/05/science/05cnd-brits.html?em&ex=1173502800&en=5939111973945e32&ei=5087%0A Britain and Ireland are so thoroughly divided in their histories that there is no single word to refer to the inhabitants of both islands. Historians teach that they are mostly descended from different peoples: the Irish from the Celts, and the English from the Anglo-Saxons who invaded from northern Europe and drove the Celts […]

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=IZYDJV5GXV0OLQFIQMFSFFWAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/02/02/wroman02.xml Residents of a remote Chinese village are hoping that DNA tests will prove one of history’s most unlikely legends – that they are descended from Roman legionaries lost in antiquity. Scientists have taken blood samples from 93 people living in and around Liqian… They are seeking an explanation for the unusual number of local […]

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http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2006/1785449.htm Lovely Nutmeg sent me this fascinating article, titled Sea urchins are part-human which reveals that we share a large number of genes with the spiny sea creatures: Scientists who have sequenced the genome of the sea urchin say these brainless and limbless invertebrates are surprisingly similar to humans. They found that the California purple […]

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Benjamin Franklin Butler (politician) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin_Butler_(politician) From the learn-something-new-every-day files, I earlier made mention of the General who avoided death-by-fake-coal; that was the colourful Benjamin F. “Beast” or “Spoons” Butler. His brief Wikipedia entry speaks to a suitably colourful family tree: Grandfather to scientist Adelbert Ames II (inventor of the Ames Room that used to give me headaches at the […]

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