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This Is What Killed The Ancient Mayans

A new study of the Great Blue Hole in Belize suggests that the rapid decline of the Ancient Mayan civilization was drought, reports Pioneer News:

Studying the Big Blue Hole in Belize has led scientists to a theory about the end of the Mayan civilization which thrived from 300 to 700 CE.

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“It’s like a big bucket. It’s a sediment trap,” explains Rice University Earth scientist, Andre Droxler. The study co-author continues, “When you have major drought, you start to get famines and unrest.”

Discovery explains how researchers use the Big Blue Hold in Belize to determine the how a shift in climate could have so dramatically affected the Mayan civilization: “During storms or wetter periods, excess water runs off from rivers and streams, overtops the retaining walls, and is deposited in a thin layer at the top of the lagoon. From there, all the sediments from these streams settle to the bottom of the lagoon, piling on top of each other and leaving a chronological record of the historical climate.”

“There’s a tremendous amount of change going on in Guatemala,” explains Robert Oglesby, a researcher from the University of Nebraska.

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Who Is The Real John McAfee?

This story seems to have everything: Software billionaire, tropical paradise, a retinue of prostitutes, a pack of attack dogs, and most of all a murder mystery. It's all over the news as John McAfee hides from the Belizean police while conducting an aggressive defense via all forms of media. Story from the New York Times and video from CNN (and at the bottom, McAfee's interview with Joe Rogan):
Daniel Guerrero promised during his campaign for mayor here to clean up San Pedro, the only town on this island, a 20-minute puddle jump from the mainland. But if he ever runs for re-election, don’t expect him to mention that vow. “I meant clean up the trash, the traffic, that sort of thing,” he says. “I didn’t mean this.” “This” is a full-blown international media frenzy and the kind of mess that no politician could have seen coming. It started on Nov. 11, the morning that Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American, was found dead, lying face up in a pool of blood in his home. He had been shot in the head. His laptop and iPhone were missing. A 9-millimeter shell was found nearby. What happened next turned this from a local crime story to worldwide news: The police announced that a “person of interest” in the investigation was a neighbor, John McAfee, a Silicon Valley legend who years ago earned millions from the computer virus-fighting software company that still bears his name...
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