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An ISIS defector explained a key reason people continue joining the group

Instead, people are joining the organization because they are desperate for money and are struggling to find a way to survive in Syria, where four years of civil war have decimated the economy.<p>The ISIS defector, who goes by the pseudonym Abu Khaled, spoke with Weiss about the group's internal …

WATCH: Rescue Excavations; Noruntepe Hyk 1969 - 1973

Are you interested in ancient civilizations? Which one you consider most interesting? They are Assyrians, Hittites, Celts or Parti? Yes, each has …

Stone tool discovery pushes back dawn of culture by 700,000 years

The oldest known stone tools, dating to long before the emergence of modern humans, have been discovered in Africa.<p>The roughly-hewn stones, which are around 3.3 million years old, have been hailed by scientists as a “new beginning to the known archaeological record” and push back the dawn of …

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“Always maintain your masculinity”: Misogynists freak out over Charlize Theron’s role in “Mad Max”

Men’s rights activists are calling the film “feminist drivel filth” for so much as including female characters<p>The already widely acclaimed "Mad Max" reboot has received glowing reviews not only for its incredible chase scenes, but for centering on the struggle of a group of female characters in a …

9 Strange Sounds No One Can Explain

Everyone has a favorite Wikipedia rabbit hole. Mine is “List of Unexplained Sounds.” I can’t remember how I first made my way to the page, but its …

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10 Mysterious Deaths That History May Never Fully Explain

Sometimes, archaeologists are completely puzzled by what they find. Sometimes, they uncover clues to solve some of the mystery but leave us wanting …

Largest Islamic and Rabbinic Organizations Join Chorus against Indiana RFRA

The firestorm over Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act continues as minority faith communities added their voices to a growing …

This is absolutely terrifying: “There are really only two big patches of intact forest left on Earth”

A new study uncovers the ruinous consequences, to plant and animal species, of our increasingly fragmented forests<p>Can a forest that exists only in the spaces between roads and patches cleared for human settlement and agricultural development truly be called a forest?<p>Not so much, say researchers …

Ancient Wheat DNA Find Shifts Early UK Farming Theories

Some of us spend so much time thinking about <i>not</i> eating wheat, particularly its key protein, gluten, that it can be difficult to remember how important wheat is to human history.<p>We started growing it about 10,000 years ago. That was a major milestone; it marked the beginning of the end of the …

Anthropology

Storytelling platform Maptia launches redesign to highlight visual experiences

Travelers have plenty of options for sharing photos, whether it's Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or another service, but few support storytelling in a …