Coded American Civil War message in bottle deciphered
A message in a bottle delivered to a Confederate general during the American Civil War has been deciphered, 147 years after it was written.
In the encrypted message, a commander tells Gen John Pemberton that no reinforcements are available to help him defend Vicksburg, Mississippi.
“You can expect no help from this side of the river,” says the message, which was deciphered by codebreakers.
The text is dated 4 July 1863 – the day Vicksburg fell to Union forces.
DNA taken from a pinkie bone at least 30,000 years old is hinting at the existence of a previously unknown population of ancient humans. It’s just the latest example of how modern genetic techniques are transforming the world of anthropology.
The pinkie bone in question was unearthed in 2008 from what’s called the Denisova Cave…Reich says there were several remarkable things about the group of people this girl is from, a group he and his colleagues call Denisovans.
“On the one hand it’s a sister group to Neanderthals, which means that it’s more closely related to Neanderthals on average than it is to modern humans,” he says.
Did Abe Lincoln’s Assassin Escape? DNA May Solve Mystery
Descendants of John Wilkes Booth have agreed to exhume his brother’s body for DNA testing in an attempt to determine whether the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln escaped capture and eluded justice, as the family has been told.
“I’m absolutely in favor of exhuming Edwin,” Joanne Hulme, a Booth family historian, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Let’s have the truth and put this thing to rest.” [...] Hulme and her family want to compare DNA from Booth’s brother, Edwin, to that of a bone specimen at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington. The bone is from the man who was gunned down inside the barn.