New evidence has been uncovered indicating that King David and his son Solomon may have controlled the copper industry in what is now Jordan.
Looking at the role of metallurgy in Edom provides “evidence that complex societies were indeed active in 10th and 9th centuries BCE and that brings us back to the debate about the historicity of the Hebrew Bible narratives related to this period,” said Thomas Levy, director of the Levantine Archaelology Lab at UCSD and associated director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology.
He and Mohammad Najjar of Jordan’s Friends of Archaeology headed the international team that excavated an ancient copper-production site down to virgin soil. Their work is reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Techno-gas?Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers have shown that a greenhouse gas found in flat panel TVs, computer displays, microcircuits and solar panels is more prevalent and more potent than previously thought.
The research led by Scripps geochemistry professor Ray Weiss is being published Friday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
Weiss’s team made the first atmospheric measurements of nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), which a Scripps news release described as “thousands of times more effective at warming the atmosphere than an equal mass of carbon dioxide.”
Testing on testingIn an effort to find out if people who undergo genetic testing change their behaviors and lifestyles, a team of researchers is combining forces.
Sponsored by Scripps Translational Science Institute, the study is sponsored by Navigenics, Affymetrix, and Microsoft.
Up to 10,000 employees, family and friends of Scripps Health system will get genetic scans. Their behavior in terms of eating, exercising and smoking habits and whether they seek medical help or follow preventative measures will be studied over 10 years.
Results will be used to study genetic links to disease and to get a better grasp on preventing, diagnosing and treating disease.
Deep dig finds confluence of science and the Bible
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