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The F-22, world's priciest fighter jet, finally flies in combat

After nearly a decade of being derided as dangerous to fly and an example of wasteful military spending, the radar-evading F-22 fighter jet flew in combat for the first time in this week's U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria.<p>The Pentagon said it used the stealthy warplane in coordinated strikes with other …

Military

France on high security alert after ISIL threats

France is on high security alert after threats made by the Islamic State militant movement.<p>Soldiers are patrolling key sites, as Paris vows to continue its fight against the militants.<p>French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “Iraq has called on us to help with air support for the military …

Incredible Natural Infinity Pools Around the World

<i>By Lauren Kilberg, CNTraveler.com</i><p>These natural infinity pools make swimming pools look tame.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Natural Infinity Pools<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to Make -- but Do Anyway<p>How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris<p>Follow Conde Nast …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

Moto 360 Smartwatch is Now Available in the US for $250

Motorola’s premier smartwatch, the Moto 360, is officially available today in the United States for $250.<p>Users have the option of a silver or black plastic frame with a variety of leather band colors. A metal frame and strap version will follow later this fall for $300.<p>We’ll have a full review once …

10 Tiny Travel Accessories Fit for Your Keychain

(Photo: Christine Sarkis)<p>Your bag is packed. Your carry-on is arranged. But is your keychain ready? With so many travel-friendly items that can ride along with your keys, customizing your ring for each trip can be the highlight of your travel-prep routine.<p>Bauble-sized items spanning the spectrum …

Neanderthals cleared of driving mammoths over cliff in mass slaughter

Heaps of mammoth and woolly rhino bones found piled up at the foot of a cliff were thought to be the grim results of Neanderthals driving the beasts over the edge.<p>The piles of bones are a major feature at La Cotte de St Brelade on Jersey, one of the most spectacular Neanderthal sites in Europe. But …

Neanderthal kids had hands-on parents - Futurity

New evidence challenges the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short, and dangerous.

Childhood

New Thoughts on Neanderthal Childhood

YORK, ENGLAND—It had been assumed that Neanderthals experienced harsh and dangerous childhoods, but a new study of the elaborate burials of …

Brutish and Short? DNA 'Switch' Sheds Light on Neanderthals

How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?<p>Four years after scientists discovered that the two species' genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists said on Thursday they have an …

Evolution

DNA Study Shows Why Neanderthals, Modern Humans Are So Different

By Sharon Begley<p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?<p>Four years after scientists discovered that the two species' genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists …

Neanderthals were not less intelligent than modern humans, scientists find

Scientists have concluded that Neanderthals were not the primitive dimwits they are commonly portrayed to have been.<p>The view of Neanderthals as club-wielding brutes is one of the most enduring stereotypes in science, but researchers who trawled the archaeological evidence say the image has no basis …

One of science’s greatest mysteries deepens: Did humans kill off Neanderthals?

Sometime in the late Pleistocene period, humans and Neanderthals are believed to have lived together. Only one species still exists, and people who study human pre-history have battled for decades over the reasons why.<p>One of the more popular theories is that modern humans migrating out of Africa …

'At 5% Neanderthal, You Are an Outlier'

That is the kind of mail I am now receiving from scientists, after the revelation two days ago that I have an unusually large share of Neanderthal DNA (5%) in my genetic makeup. Plus, the accompanying revelation that my mitochondrial DNA, showing the lineage on my mother's side, resembled no other …

Neanderthals Weren't Dumb

There's nothing in the fossil record or in archaeological finds that suggests Neanderthals were in any way inferior to modern humans of the time.<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>Conventional wisdom—or at least popular opinion—suggests that, sometime roughly 30,000 years ago, modern humans and Neanderthals …

Neanderthals aren't grunting, club-wielding idiots – we are

They've long been maligned as grunting, club-wielding idiots, but apparently we've got Neanderthals all wrong. Misled by their simple tools (clubs) and simple language (grunting) we have stereotyped them as primitive beings – but this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, according to recent …

Ancient Neanderthal Turd Reveals Early Human Diet

<i>Hey kid, great job with the wood but I'm trying to drop a deuce over here.</i><p>An ancient Neanderthal turd found in Spain has revealed that our ancestors …

Neanderthal Children Played With Toy Axes, Say Experts

Stone Age children may have played with toy axes and gone to school, researchers believe.<p>Archaeologists have studied Neanderthal sites across Europe, …

Top 10 Misconceptions About Neanderthals

Once depicted as brutal, grunting, slouching sub-humans, Neanderthals are now known to have had brains as large as ours and their own distinct …

Researchers say Neanderthals were not our dimwitted inferiors | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No offense, but your ancestors probably were no brighter than a Neanderthal.<p>The replica of a neanderthall skull is displayed in the new Neanderthal Museum in the northern Croatian town of Krapina February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Nikola Solic/Files<p>That’s the message a pair of …

Neanderthals ate barbecued pigeon

Neanderthals snacked on pigeons that they had toasted on open fires, according to researchers, adding to the menu of foods known to be eaten by our closest ancient relatives.<p>Leftovers of Neanderthal feasts were discovered in sediments that built up over millennia in the huge Gorham's Cave on the …

Pigeon-eating Neanderthals may have been smarter than we thought

Long before there were urban plazas and parks filled with pigeons all across the world, pigeon ancestors and Neanderthals were hanging out together in rocky caves on the island of Gibraltar.<p>In a study published Thursday in Scientific Reports, researchers say they have found evidence of an …

Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex.<p>An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new …

Modern Humans, Neanderthals Lived Together Longer Than Previously Thought

<b>redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online</b><br>Neanderthals died out approximately 10,000 years earlier than previously believed, due in part to …

Neanderthals walked among us – study

Modern humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.<p>Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, researchers examined about 200 samples found at 40 sites from Spain …

Humans and Neanderthals Were Actually Neighbors

Paleontologists know plenty about our nearest human cousins, the Neanderthals. They know that this highly successful species walked the Earth for …

Associated Press News

Humanity's Best Friend: How Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat the Neanderthals

Over 20,000 years ago, humans won the evolutionary battle against Neanderthals. They may have had a little help from their best friends.<p>One of the most compelling -- and enduring -- mysteries in archaeology concerns the rise of early humans and the decline of Neanderthals. For about 250,000 years, …