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Older than Giza: 4,600-year-old pyramid uncovered in Egypt

TORONTO — Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.<p>The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet (13 meters), is one of seven …

Archaeology

This Shrimp Pasta with Creamy Mozzarella Sauce Is Dreamy — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's</i> <i>Delicious Links</i><i> column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

Recipes

Queen Amina: Nigerian warrior queen

In the 16th Century, ruthless warrior Queen Amina commanded an army of 20,000 men in what is now Nigeria.<p>She is the third story in a new eight-part series, African Women who Changed the World, which aims to shed light on great African women whose stories deserve to be heard.<p>This BBC Africa series …

Women of Color

Luc Kordas’ New Photo Series Is A Melancholy Ode To New York City

The award-winning street photographer Luc Kordas has come out with a new photo series that seeks to evoke the essence of its title–“Loneliness”. The …

New York City

The Mystery of How Neanderthals Got Fire

Fifty-thousand-year-old tools suggest that modern humans weren't prehistory's only pyros.<p>The first step to re-creating 50,000-year-old technology is to collect a bunch of rocks. So began Andrew Sorensen’s plan to study a great mystery in archaeology: how Neanderthals controlled fire.<p>Sorensen, an …

Anthropology

Loner Study Reveals the Biological Reason Isolation Isn’t Always a Problem

Going it alone might help some species survive.<p>Most of us have been taught that a preference for being alone is a bit of a red flag, even if research …

Psychology

Finding the Untapped Potential of Alleys

“We’re starting to realize they’re just as powerful as a park or plaza.”<p>In the early aughts, a former skateboard kid named Daniel Toole was chafing at his slick corporate job in Seattle. To feel more like his rulebreaking teenage self, he cut through back alleys on his way to work. He liked their …

Urban Design

Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives

Venmo is unusual because it combines social media with financial transaction. It’s hard to gauge expectations of privacy<p>Anyone can track a Venmo user’s purchase history and glean a detailed profile – including their drug deals, eating habits and arguments – because the payment app lacks default …

Venmo

7 Beautiful Small Towns to Visit on Your Next Colorado Adventure

From the Great Plains, to the dramatic Rocky Mountains and the red rocks of the desert southwest, Colorado’s diverse scenery mirrors the varied …

National Parks

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year.<p>Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues …

Child Care

Population migration patterns: US cities Americans are abandoning

Each year, roughly 40 million Americans, or about 14% of the U.S. population, move at least once. Much of that movement includes younger people relocating within cities, but it is trends of Americans moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities that have largely …

Demographics

Ptolemic-Era Black Granite Sarcophagus Discovered in Alexandria

A black granite sarcophagus was recently uncovered in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, Egypt, reports Rob Waugh at Yahoo News UK. The most …

A failed Republican attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers a lesson for Democrats

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, suddenly a star after her surprise victory in a Democratic primary, is now under attack. Of course she is! She ran on a platform of Medicare for all, free tuition at public universities and an increased minimum wage — and emerged the victor over a New York Democrat with a …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Trump's only fixed position on abortion is his disdain for women | Richard Wolffe

Where Anthony Kennedy sided with protecting Roe v Wade, his replacement is highly unlikely to follow suit<p>Trump is fooling nobody about his true motives. He is as much the puppet of anti-abortion groups as he is of Putin<p>Donald Trump really doesn’t care about a woman’s right choose. Do U?<p>How could he …

Donald Trump

10 Best Movies of 2018 So Far

‘Black Panther’<p>Marvel’s first black superhero epic is not only the pride of the MCU – sorry, <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> – it’s the best movie of the year …

The End of Civil Rights

Across immigration, policing, criminal justice, and voting rights, the attorney general is pushing an agenda that could erase many of the legal gains of modern America's defining movement.<p>The fires on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, had barely stopped burning when the Department of Justice …

Civil Rights

'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

Some parents see it coming. Natalie was not that kind of parent.<p>Even after the director and a teacher at her older son's day care sat her down one afternoon in 2011 to detail the 3-year-old's difficulty socializing and his tendency to chatter endlessly about topics his peers showed no interest in, …

Autism

Enigmatic Stone Balls from 5,000 Years Ago Continue to Baffle Archaeologists

Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age — intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball — …

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik

Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before<p>If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US …

Donald Trump

President Trump Is What Happens After Republicans Spend Decades Rebranding Knowledge as Elitism and Ignorance as Bliss

‘I don’t think I have to prepare very much’ for the upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump says. Here’s how we ended up with president who’s all …

I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President*

What his administration* is doing to these migrant children is a national disgrace.<p>T<i>he New York Times</i> had a story on Friday that should’ve brought shame and derision upon anyone who voted for the racist monster in the White House, and upon the racist monster that the other racist monster installed …

Behind the misleading claims fueling America's bourbon boom

Widow Jane’s flagship 10-year-old straight bourbon is a common sight in hip Brooklyn bars and, according to the company, it can now be found in more than 30 states and 15 countries. Part of its popularity could be attributed to its supposedly artisanal New York credentials: “The pure, unique waters …

Ancient Human Jawbones Found in Caves Contain Remnants of a Terrible Dinner

"I'm reminded of just how remarkable the human species really is."<p>The Niah Great Cave complex is surrounded by a dense jungle on the island of Borneo …

Trump Picks Fight With The Eagles; Philadelphia Takes It From There

After President Trump cast aspersions on the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and disinvited them from a White House celebration, the fallout has been wide-ranging and swift — from Philadelphia's mayor questioning Trump's patriotism to Fox News apologizing for implying Eagles players had …

Donald Trump

America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert

GENEVA (Reuters) - Poverty in the United States is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a U.N. human rights investigator has found.<p>Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on …

United States

How Long Do Tardigrades Live?

Tardigrades are probably the most paradoxical animals on the planet. On the one hand, these microscopic organisms are impossibly cute, seeming like …

The Zombie Ant Fungus Evolved an Ingenious Way to Survive Climate Change

It's as brilliant as it is brutal.<p>By now, everyone’s seen that chilling <i>Planet Earth</i> clip where a helpless ant marches, against its own will, up a …

Atkins diet may cause heart failure, major new protein study finds

The Atkins diet may raise the risk of fatal heart disease, according to a new study.<p>Analysis of more than 2,440 men found that those with a high protein intake faced a 33 per cent increased risk of developing heart failure, where the organ is unable to pump sufficient blood and oxygen around the …

A Physicist Has Proposed a Grim Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens

The fault in our stars.<p>The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it's positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving …