May 25th, 2017

Remembering a Legend

Roger Moore began his acting career in the 1945 film "Caesar and Cleopatra," and went on to attend the Academy of Dramatic Arts after director Brian Desmond Hurst noticed the young actor's talent. He paused his career at age 18 in order to serve in the military. After being stationed in Germany for nearly three years, he returned to London and to his acting career.

Moore would go on to star in the British television show "The Saint" from 1962 until 1968, which catapulted him to stardom, until his was selected to play Bond. After replacing Sean Connery in the James Bond films, Moore played the infamous British spy from 1973 until 1985. He made his 007 debut in the film "Live and Let Die," and last appeared as the suave secret agent in "A View to a Kill." He was the longest serving Bond in the film's series.

In 1991, he became a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, which his family said was one of his life's passions. During his lifetime, Moore received numerous honors, including being made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1999. In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Roger Moore died of cancer on Tuesday (23 May, 2017) in Switzerland. He was 89.

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The New Cradle of Humankind

Our ancient human ancestors may not have split from chimpanzees in the grasslands of East Africa, but in Europe instead. Researchers analyzing fossils of an ancient species of ape discovered in Greece and Bulgaria claim to have found evidence that the two lineages had already diverged by the time it was alive in the Mediterranean, upending what we traditionally thought. It all hinges on the fossils of an ancient ape known as Graecopithecus freybergi. Known from two separate fossils of teeth and partial jaws discovered in the Balkans, the researchers are arguing that the morphology of these teeth show that chimps and humans had already split in Europe some 7.2 million years ago. "While great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the roots of Graecopithecus converge and are partially fused – a feature that is characteristic of modern humans, early humans and several pre-humans including Ardipithecus and Australopithecus," explained Professor Madelaine Böhme, who led the research published in PLOS ONE.

This, she suggested, shows that our lineage had already diverged from that of chimpanzees hundreds of thousands of years before it was thought to have occurred in Africa.

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Modern Mysteries

The four-bedroom listing in Los Angeles’ affluent Brentwood enclave is as stunning as its former A-list owner. But like that starlet owner, it comes with a tragic past. This 2,624-square-foot spread — a 1929 Spanish hacienda-style property — was the only home ever owned by Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe. Now listed for $6.9 million, this home was where Monroe was found dead of barbiturate poisoning in August 1962 by her psychiatrist — naked, face-down in bed, clutching a telephone handset.

The home traded hands a number of times following Monroe’s death. In the 1970s, a married actor couple, Michael Irving and Veronica Hamel, bought the property. During a renovation, they unearthed a system of sophisticated telephone taps that went into every room of the home. The reason for its installation remains unclear, though conspiracy theories hypothesize that Monroe was under surveillance by the Kennedy family (regarding her alleged affair with Pres. John F. Kennedy) or the mafia.

In death, Marilyn Monroe is every bit as fascinating as she was in life. And the mystery surrounding her final hours has led to endless speculation – was it suicide, a cover-up or murder? Both Kennedy brothers are claimed to have had relationships with Marilyn and may have discussed political secrets with her. When she was allegedly rejected by first Jack, then Bobby, she threatened to go public with the affairs and more.

A new documentary claims that Marilyn Monroe was killed because she was going to leak evidence regarding extraterrestrials and their existence. Directed by Michael Mazzola, “Unacknowledged” goes into a wide range of conspiracy theories, including one that offers up a possible explanation for Monroe’s death — that she knew about UFOs and threatened to leak classified documents.

In a clip first spotted by technology website Gizmodo, actor Burl Ives claimed that Monroe did not die from a drug overdose. Dr. Steven Greer, who is the subject of the documentary, holds up a so-called death warrant after Monroe had had phone conversations with reporter Dorothy Kilgallen, who was looking into the famous Roswell incident. According to a plot summary on movie database website IMDb, “Unacknowledged” is about the so-called Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been enforced.

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