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A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our entire understanding of human history

Recent discoveries have revealed that much of the traditional understanding of the human origin story is wrong.<p>Until the past few years, most anthropologists and archaeologists believed that the first members of our species — <i>Homo sapiens</i>— evolved in East Africa approximately 200,000 years ago.<p>As …

Anthropology

For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others

For the first time, scientists have found evidence that a woman can harbor the Ebola virus for more than a year and then infect others.<p>The discovery involved transmission within a Liberian family in the closing days of the West African epidemic that lasted from December 2014 to mid-2016. More than …

Disease

Images: A Fantastic Collection Of Stunning Sci-Fi And Fantasy Based Heavy Metal Comic Book Covers From The Late 1970's

This is simply a fantastic feast of <i>Heavy Metal</i> comic book cover eye candy.<p><i>Heavy Metal</i> was a landmark adult comic book that featured some of the …

Archaeologists Unearth Mythical ‘City of Giants’ in Ethiopia

Archaeologists excavating a site in Harlaa in Eastern Ethiopia have found evidence of a mythical “city of giants” which was a thriving center of …

Archaeology

Archaeologists locate mysterious ancient Greek City on a forgotten hill

Ancient Greece has fascinated scholars, students, and the population at large for centuries. People still read and study ancient history, and …

Archaeology

Clues Point to Occupant of Ancient 'Mystery' Sarcophagus

Science & Innovation<p>A sealed black stone coffin discovered in Egypt has sparked the imagination of the Internet. But who's the likely—or unlikely—owner?<p>Two weeks since its discovery, the sealed black granite sarcophagus uncovered at an Egyptian construction site—a find that has captured the …

Harvard Has a Free Online 12-Module Digital Photo Course

Want to learn photography from Harvard? (Yes, that <i>Harvard</i>.) It turns out you can easily do so, even without being a student. The oldest institution …

The 100-Year-Old Carve-Up Bleeding the Middle East Today

How two men, one British, one French, got together and drew a new map – betraying promises and inventing nations like Syria and Iraq. And left a mess …

An anthropologist looks at the empty identity politics of America’s left

Summary: Here is the last chapter of anthropologist Maximilian Forte’s series about America’s New Victorianism. It explains many of the otherwise …

Political Science

Guide to Grilling: Planking

More<p>Grilling<p>All the tips and recipes you need for the perfect barbecue.<p>For all that I've grilled (150-plus recipes and counting), there's always plenty of uncharted territory. One of those areas: <b>planking</b>. There aren't usually many planking recipes in cookbooks, save the ubiquitous planked salmon.<p>It …

Atlantis

Atlantis is a legendary city which is described in the work of the Greek philosopher Plato (c. 429 – 347 BCE). The story of Atlantis with its …

The Mysterious Ancient Etruscan Underground Pyramids Discovered in Italy

When archaeologists discovered the first ever Etruscan pyramid-like buildings under a city in Italy, they were at a loss to explain the mysterious …

24 incredible underground attractions to visit in your lifetime

While some are man-made constructions, others are fascinating natural wonders that have been formed over the course of thousands of years.<p>We've put together a list of 24 subterranean attractions to visit in your lifetime, from a 10,000-year-old cave in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to a town that built …

Riviera Maya

108 Of The Most Beautiful Shots In The History Of Disney

A whole new world.

What Wiped Out Three Quarters Of Ancient Greece?

One of the great early civilizations collapsed in a mere fifty years, with 75% of the population disappearing a century later. What the hell happened …

This free Google Chrome extension provides one of the most essential parts of learning a new language

The extension translates portions of whatever you're reading into the language you're trying to learn.Flickr / Ed YourdonScience suggests that the best way to learn a new language — especially as an adult — is through immersion.<p>For example, you might spend an extended period of time in a foreign …

Language

Huge ritual monument found hidden near Stonehenge

The super-henge of Durrington Walls has been hiding a secret for thousands of years: a row of 90 massive standing stones<p>A huge ritual monument which dates from the time of Stonehenge has been discovered hidden under the bank of a nearby stone-age enclosure.<p>Durrington Walls, a roundish ‘super-henge’ …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryMillennials Don’t Have Time for the Country Club Rachelle Hampton They’d rather work.<p>Elon Musk Needs to Grow Up Felix Salmon<p>Pentagon Says …

First glimpse inside the Siberian cave that holds the key to man's origins

New revelations expected as Novosibirsk experts share latest ancient finds with world's leading specialists.

Anthropology

The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos

How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth<p>For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space. We knew it was there—even knew its size and gravity—but, without better images, we could not answer seemingly basic …

Solar System

Unlocking the Mystery of Custer's Last Stand

On the afternoon of June 25, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7th Cavalry and dictated an order. <i>"Benteen. Come On. Big Village. Be Quick. Bring Packs. P.S. Bring Packs."</i><p>The order was scribbled and handed to trumpeter John Martin, who …

History

BlueGuard combines a lock and a cam to patrol your door

The bluetooth enabled deadbolt includes a doorbell and a camera to make sure your front door is covered.<p>A smart lock, a smart doorbell and a smart camera rolled into one, BlueGuard wants to take care of everything you could need to keep your front door safe with a single device. From electronics …

Warren Buffett says he's found his successor, and in some ways 'this person will do a better job than I'm doing'

In Berkshire's annual report to shareholders, Greg Abel, the head of Berkshire's energy companies, and Ajit Jain, a top insurance executive, were said by Munger to be "proven performers who would probably be under-described as 'world-class.'"<p>"'World-leading' would be the description I would …

Five Fine Florida Island Escapes

<i>Follow your bliss to an island adventure! Photo courtesy of Collins Vacation Rentals on St. George Island</i><p>It's called island time for a reason.<p>When you escape onto a tract of land completely surrounded by water, you escape more than the mainland.<p>It might be the sand, sprinkled with shells, or the …

Florida

10 UNESCO World Heritage sites with wild back stories | CNN Travel

Travel

19 Breathtaking Photos of Winter Wonderlands Around the World

We're in the middle of winter here, so what better time is it to look at some of the most breathtaking photos of the season? We've looked through the web and we've found photo after photo of photographers who've shot, not just snow or ice, but trees covered in white, lakes dotted in ice. Around the …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up for Pluto Encounter in 2015

LAUREL, Md. — Pluto, get ready for your close-up: A NASA spacecraft has roused itself from the final slumber of its nine-year trek to the edge of the …