Alec Van Hoogenstyn

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Why we explored an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. …

Ecology

Engraved rock could unlock America’s oldest mystery

Scientists are planning to take a fresh look at an engraved rock purported to hold the key to the mysterious “lost colony” of Roanoke.<p>Described as …

The Doctored 'Memoir' of a Jewish Boy Kidnapped by the Vatican

Edgardo Mortara’s autobiography is roiling Catholic-Jewish relations—based on the false assumption that the text is accurate.<p>After a century and a half, the story of six-year-old Edgardo Mortara—a Jewish boy who was kidnapped by the Vatican—has once again become the subject of acrimonious …

How to Change the Color of Anything in Photoshop

There are many ways to change the color of an object in Photoshop, but in certain instances, these methods fall short of accomplishing your goal. …

Tutorials

A Twist in Our Sexual Encounters With Other Ancient Humans

A new study suggests that early humans mated with the mysterious Denisovans in two separate waves.<p>Around 41,000 years ago, a young woman died in a cold cave, high up in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. Scientists uncovered one of her pinky bones in 2008. From it, they extracted her DNA. And from that, …

White men stockpile guns because they’re scared of black people and feel inadequate, science says

Who likes guns and why?<p>That’s the subject of a new <i>Scientific American</i> article which draws from a number of scientific studies, finding a very …

Guns

Astronaut's gene expression no longer same as his identical twin, NASA finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your gene expression.<p>Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genetic expression -- how his genes function within cells -- did not return to baseline after his return to Earth …

Space Science

The oldest Christian prayer outside of the Bible

The prayer was written near the end of the first century.<p>Scripture is full of prayers from front to cover, but after the final page of Revelation, …

10 great places to honor the original Americans

While Thanksgiving celebrates the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock, far less attention is paid to their welcoming party: the Native Americans who had been living here for millennia. “America was populated with indigenous people long before the Jamestown colony and the Pilgrims came to this land,” …

After living in a wolf den, these two Indian sisters were never able to acclimate to society

Though many doubt the authenticity of Amala and Kamala’s origins<p>Every night around 10 p.m., the two small girls crawled from their beds at an …

Haul of gold coins found after being buried by Anglo-Saxo King 1,500 years ago

A treasure hunter has unearthed a haul of ancient gold coins – thought to have been buried with an Anglo-Saxon king nearly 1,500 year ago.<p>Chris …

A New Bird Species Has Evolved on Galapagos And Scientists Watched It Happen

It's the first time humans have seen this in the wild.<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to observe something amazing: the evolution of a …

The Ainu Are Japan's Indigenous People

Japan has a reputation for being about as homogenous as a country can be. But the people who would eventually become the Japanese weren't always from …

Japan

These portraits of India’s last tattooed headhunters capture a vanishing culture

Of all the tribes that lived in the hills of what is now Nagaland, the Konyaks were particularly feared.<p>Made of up several groups, each differentiated by language and distinctive facial tattoos, they all practised headhunting—decapitating members of rival tribes being a rite of passage for young …

Tattoos

The Amazing Biblical Archaeological Find No One Talks About

I had never heard of this 1967 find, and it is fascinating:<p>It is probably one of the greatest finds of all time and, by the bizarre rules of biblical …

When this feral child was found, his story threatened the hierarchy between human and animals

John of Liege was caught in the woods of Belgium<p>During the religious wars in Europe in the early 17th century, villagers in Liege, Belgium noticed a …

A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

Sometimes legends are true.<p>Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but at the end of last year archaeologists found the real thing hiding …

Secret commando suicide mission to destroy Hitler's nuclear programme revealed after 75 years

Seventy-five years ago today a team of 36 hand-picked commandos boarded a flight of Horsa gliders, to assault a mystery target deep in enemy held …

How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity

This is the genetic equivalent of uncovering the great library of Alexandria Johannes Krausse, scientist<p>Scientists made a remarkable discovery at Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium earlier this year. Inside a cave that overlooks the Hoyoux river they found clear evidence it had been occupied by Neanderthals …

Anthropology

Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls? 33 New Skeletons Could Give Answers

The caves near the Dead Sea have been a source of constant debate for a long time now. A 12th cave was discovered in September 2017, which was used …

Mauryan Empire

The Mauryan Empire (322 BCE - 185 BCE) supplanted the earlier Magadha Kingdom to assume power over large tracts of eastern and northern India. At its …

The Monks Who Spent Years Turning Themselves into Mummies — While Alive

The Japanese climate is not exactly conducive to mummification. There are no peat bogs, no arid deserts, and no alpine peaks perennially encased in ice. The summers are hot and humid. Yet somehow a group of Buddhist monks from the Shingon sect discovered a way to mummify themselves through rigorous …

Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color

"Do you speak English?"<p>When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, …

Teaching

Trump Is Losing Educated GOP Women—and Splitting Up Families Along the Way

College-educated Republican women could cost Trump the election. What does it cost them?<p>As the election ticks down to the wire, there’s a glaring disadvantage staring the Trump campaign in the face—one that is an explicit slap to his daughter, Ivanka, a Wharton Business School graduate and mother …

Adolf Hitler's True Drug Habits Laid Bare By Norman Ohler In Blitzed: Drugs In Nazi Germany

Pig liver extracts also coursed through the Nazi leader's veins.<p>History has long informed us that Adolf Hitler was a regular user of Class A …

What Makes People Vote Republican?

<i>Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed</i><p>Jonathan Haidt' s …

7 things that foreigners don't know are illegal in Europe

Avoiding activities that are illegal at home is a good starting point, but it's not quite enough.<p>Skip the fines and unpleasant encounters with locals by doing your research and getting familiar with these surprising destination-specific laws.<p>In most regions of Germany and Switzerland, it's also …