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How Rare Am I? Genographic Project Results Demonstrate Our Extended Family Tree

Most participants of National Geographic’s Genographic Project can recite their haplogroup as readily as their mother’s maiden name. Yet outside consumer genetics, the word haplogroup is still unknown. Your haplogroup, or genetic branch of the human family tree, tells you about your deep …

An Idea as Grand as the Ritz - Fire in the Mind

By George Johnson | December 15, 2013 8:49 pm<p>The core of a Magic Eightball. (from ginifab.com)<p>I hadn’t thought, until a few days ago, when I was …

11 Super Herbs and Spices for Your Health

There’s a reason explorers traveled thousands of miles and crossed oceans for herbs and spices. Besides making cuisine more delectable, they’ve been long used to promote health and cure disease.<p>We’ve already covered the super foods you should consider, so this time we’ll take a look at the herbs …

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Ötzi the Iceman Leads a Wave of Genetics Buzz

<i>The popularity of recent news reports on the DNA of the mummy Ötzi remind us that genetic breakthroughs are reaching far beyond white-lab-coat laboratories. Right now, the cost of DNA testing is affordable, genetic research is growing exponentially, and finally—legally speaking—your DNA is yours.</i> …

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Biggest star ever found in universe is ripping apart

The largest star ever discovered may give scientists a better sense of how massive, dying stars seed the universe with the ingredients for rocky planets and even life.<p>W26 is about 1,500 times wider than the sun, making it the biggest known star in the universe. The red supergiant star is nearing …

Rare Jewish prayer book predates oldest known Torah scroll

Scholars are calling a rare Hebrew text dating back to the 9th century the earliest known Jewish prayer book, predating the world's oldest Torah scroll.<p>The 50-page book is 4.3 inches tall and about 4 inches wide and is written in an archaic form of Hebrew, on pages of aged parchment. The text …

Valley Fever, The Archaeologist’s Scourge - Body Horrors

By Rebecca Kreston | September 9, 2013 8:00 am<p>This past June a federal judge ordered the relocation of thousands of prisoners from two prisons in the …

As Japan struggles to contain Fukushima, U.S. facilities face tighter restrictions

The news coming out of Japan about attempts to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station and contain the tons of radioactive water leaking into the ground and the Pacific Ocean is not reassuring.<p>Now the Japanese government is pledging nearly half a billion dollars to try to freeze the …