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When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Always Known

Our knowledge of what animals do when humans aren’t around has steadily increased over the last 50 years. For example, we know now that animals use …

Indigenous Peoples

Arrival of Beaker folk changed Britain forever, ancient DNA study shows

At least 90% of the ancestry of Britons was replaced by a wave of migrants, who arrived about 4,500 years ago, say researchers<p>The largest ever study on ancient DNA has shown that Britain was changed forever by the arrival of the Beaker folk, a wave of migrants about 4,500 years ago who brought with …

Anthropology

Excessive alcohol use linked to early-onset dementia risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Excessive alcohol use could increase your risk for all types of dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, according to a new study.<p>The study, published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Public Health, looked at over 1 million adults released from French hospitals between 2008 and 2013 who …

Dementia

The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.<p>But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed …

Nutrition

The next five years will shape sea level rise for the next 300, study says

The world is far off course from its goals in cutting greenhouse gas emissions — and research published Tuesday illustrates one of the most striking implications of this.<p>Namely, it finds that for every five years in the present that we continue to put off strong action on climate change, the ocean …

Climate Change

Some of the ozone layer is still thinning, thanks to a surprise chemical

If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, you probably heard a lot of talk about cholorofluorocarbons, AKA CFCs — chemicals used in aerosol sprays and …

Global Warming

In Sudan, Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late

Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilization.<p>…

Archaeology

Secret to Great Pyramid's Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found

Though it's slightly lopsided, the towering Great Pyramid of Giza is an ancient feat of engineering, and now an archaeologist has figured out how the …

Ancient History

Did Neanderthals' poor art ability contribute to their extinction?

Neanderthals, as the name suggests, were not great thinkers, and consequently their occasional forays into cave drawing left a lot to be desired.<p>But while the dubious artistic prowess of these prehistoric cousins to early humans may not seem of much importance, new research has found it is closely …

Anthropology

France to let wolf population grow despite farmers' fears

<b>France is to allow the wolf population to grow from about 360 now to 500 by 2023, despite protests from farmers worried about their livestock.</b><p>A new plan announced by the government represents a rise of nearly 40% in the wolf population.<p>After being eradicated by hunters in the 1930s, the wolf made …

Wildlife

More U.S. babies dying of suffocation, often in bed

(Reuters Health) - The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a U.S. study suggests.<p>From 1999 to 2015, the suffocation death rate for babies …

Pediatrics

Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world.<p>Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave …

Archaeology

Rare Roman boxing gloves found near Hadrian's Wall

Leather bands dating from AD120 are thought to be only known surviving examples<p>Roman boxing gloves have been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall, thought to be the only known surviving examples, even though the sport was well- documented on Roman wall paintings, mosaics and sculptures.<p>With a protective …

Archaeology

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.<p>The evolving …

Ryan Zinke

This is how long cannabis stays in the body after you smoke it

New figures have revealed cannabis is the West Midlands' favourite drug, with a spike in the amount seized by police last year.<p>Cocaine is a close …

Cannabis

Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports

<b>(CNN) —</b> Flu season is still raging in the United States, yet already it ranks among the most difficult in recent years. One reason: This year's vaccine has been just 36% effective against both A and B virus strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in Thursday's Morbidity …

Public Health

8,000-year-old impaled heads discovered in Sweden reveal how ancients treated the dead

Ancient skulls impaled on stakes, found at the bottom of a former lake in southern Sweden, have challenged scholars' understandings of how hunter-gatherers handled their dead some 8,000 years ago<p>That's according to a report that analyzes the remains of nine adults and one infant placed atop packed …

Archaeology

The origin story of domesticated rabbits may be all wrong

The path from wild rabbit to fluffy bunny is much more mysterious than we thought<p>For decades, it’s been common knowledge that French monks domesticated the rabbit in 600 AD. At the time, then-Pope Gregory had decreed that fetal rabbits were safe for Christians to eat during lent, because (somehow) …

Evolution

What's This Tropical, Venomous Sea Snake Doing in California?

El Niño's warmer currents may be to blame for unusual occurrence, scientists say.<p>Highly venomous yellow-bellied sea snakes are rarely spotted in the cold waters off California. But a dead one was found this week on a popular state beach in Southern California.<p>The specimen was discovered at Bolsa …

Zoology

Dramatic Whale Hunts Depicted in Ancient Rock Art

The paintings match historical artifacts that suggest hunters set out on small boats with makeshift harpoons.<p>Using makeshift harpoons and rafts, a hunter spears a large whale.<p>It would have been a welcome kill for hunter-gatherers living in one of the world's driest regions, Chile's Atacama Desert, …

Archaeology

Borneo Has Lost 100,000 Orangutans Since 1999

The world's largest species of orangutans is rapidly disappearing.<p>Borneo has lost more than 100,000 orangutans in the last 16 years – that's more than the number of the critically endangered species remaining.<p>This species — the Bornean orangutan — is only found on the island, which is divided …

Biodiversity

Oldest Dutch work of art found at the bottom of the North Sea

The oldest Dutch work of art is a 13,500 year-old carved bison bone dredged up from the bottom of the...

Archaeology

A Woman Had 14 Worms in Her Eye And Doctors Didn't Even Know It Was Possible

This species doesn't usually attack humans.<p>A parasitic eye worm called <i>Thelazia gulosa</i> is pretty common in the northern US and southern Canada - at …

Bioengineering

6,000-year-old baby found cradled in mother’s arm

Archaeologists in Holland have found the 6,000-year-old remains of a baby cradled in the arm of the woman believed to be its mother.<p>The infant, which …

Archaeology

Photos: To avoid extermination, Native Americans were forced to assimilate

In the 1890s it was considered progressive to “kill the Indian in him, and save the man”<p>“Assimilate or die.” That was the gist of it. As the 19th …

Indigenous Peoples

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Global Warming

Mystery of 'screaming Egyptian mummy' which has baffled archaeologists for years finally resolved

The "Screaming Mummy" mystery from ancient Egypt has baffled experts for years but the secret behind the horrifying remains has finally been resolved.<p>When archaeologists first uncovered the mummified body they were surprised to find the face of the long-dead Egyptian distorted in anguish, appearing …

Archaeology

A deadly virus that rats can spread to humans is hitting breeders and pet owners in the US for the first time

People with pet rats should practice safe rodent handling and good hand hygiene to avoid catching a virus that can jump from rats to humans, infectious disease experts warn.<p>For the first time, doctors in the US and Canada have confirmed cases of rodent-born Seoul virus spreading from pet rats to …

Disease

Charles Darwin’s sexy theory of selection

Happy Darwin-tine's Day, everybody!<p>Charles Darwin’s voyage aboard the HMS <i>Beagle</i> was something like a spiritual bachelor party. Before he settled down in a life serving God as a country parson (the caretaker of a church and its congregation), the young naturalist wanted to see the world. At just 22 …

Charles Darwin

Ford expands 'Do Not Drive' warning to 33,000 more pickup trucks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Monday warned an additional 33,000 owners of older pickup trucks in North America to stop driving them until potentially defective Takata Corp air bag inflators can be repaired.<p>In January, Ford told 2,900 owners of model year 2006 Ford Ranger trucks to stop …

Automotive Industry