Karen Kurciska

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Most Marine Mammals Are Missing One Mysterious Gene

Science & Innovation<p>Alarmingly, the adaptation may leave them more vulnerable to pesticides running into the sea.<p>Millions of years ago, ancient land-dwelling mammals returned to the sea. Their bodies became streamlined for swimming, articulated fingers turned into flippers and fins, hypnotic songs …

Marine Mammals

The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus

In the 1980s, Howard-Yana Shapiro, now chief agricultural officer at Mars, Incorporated, was looking for new kinds of corn. He was in the Mixes …

Farming

How History Classes Helped Create a 'Post-Truth' America

The author of Lies My Teacher Told Me discusses how schools’ flawed approach to teaching the country’s past affects its civic health.<p>In 1995, the University of Vermont sociologist and historian James W. Loewen published a book that sought to debunk the myriad myths children were often taught about …

High School

400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Online Education

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

No woman has had a bigger impact on world history than Marie Curie, poll finds

Marie Curie has had the most significant impact on world history, according to a BBC poll of women who changed the world.<p>The pioneering scientist was voted in at number one, higher than Margaret Thatcher, Emmeline Pankhurst and the Virgin Mary, according to a reader poll conducted by BBC History …

Nobel Prize

A 400-year-old Mesoamerican map of Spanish colonization is now online for all to see

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, a manuscript dating back to the late 1500s, sounds like an artifact from an <i>Indiana Jones</i> movie. Essentially an ancient map …

Mexico City

Meet the Warrior Queen Who Battled the Arabs

Tall and powerful, the outnumbered female general named Dihya executed a final, stubborn act of defiance against an Arab army invading her homeland …

Ancient History

See what Earth looked like from space when it was ruled by dinosaurs

Ever wonder what the Earth looked like before humans came along and added pollution and man-made destruction to the mix?<p>The 3D interactive website called Ancient Earth Globe lets you glimpse the world from space during the age of the dinosaurs -- and more. Seeing the Earth at various points in …

Asteroids

Montana Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (1921-1972) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Montana Federation of Colored Women's Club, Annual Meeting,<p>Butte, Montana, 1924<p>Image Ownership: Public Domain<p>The Montana Federation of Colored …

African-American News

Romanian, German archaeologists find 3,400-year-old fortress

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian and German archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric fortress dating back as far as 3,400 years in western Romania.<p>Archaeologist Florin Gogaltan told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the find represented "one of the biggest prehistoric fortresses in Europe …

Archaeology

Not just a fad: the surprising, gut-wrenching truth about gluten

In the UK, one in 10 people now avoid gluten, and they can increasingly choose from a wide array of food products to help them do so. Last year, the “free-from” market, with gluten-free as its anchor, showed a 27% rise in sales. Gluten-free bread, cakes and pasta have become a staple of …

Gluten-Free

Ancient Mud Reveals an Explanation for Sudden Collapse of the Mayan Empire

The empire took thousands of years to build and just 100 years to collapse.<p>During their 3,000-year dominance over Mesoamerica, the Mayans built …

University of Florida

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

The British Heat Wave and Aerial Archeology

The U.K. is experiencing its driest summer in fifty-seven years. It’s not been great. A British summer is usually a doubtful, fleeting thing. Sunshine and heat arrive in bursts from June until September, as if you were walking down a green-shaded path with occasional breaks in the canopy. When the …

National Trust

Want To Make Kids 'Gritty'? Teach Them Stuff

Educators and reformers are mounting an effort to build students’ “grit” and teach them they can boost their intelligence through hard work. But they’re overlooking the damage done every day by a pervasive instructional approach that makes many kids feel like failures.<p>Imagine you’re a third-grader. …

Teaching

He was hanged for helping slaves rebel. Now Connecticut officials are asking Virginia for a pardon

Waving a white flag of surrender after the failed raid on Harpers Ferry, Aaron Dwight Stevens was riddled with bullets to the face, neck and chest area. The handsome 28-year-old, who lost his baritone voice in the October 1859 crossfire, was hundreds of miles from home.<p>But he’d long deserted …

War

Ancient Roman Library Discovered Beneath German City

Beneath the soil in Cologne, Germany, lies a bibliophile's dream: an ancient Roman library that once held up to 20,000 scrolls, according to news …

Archaeology

Secrets of the Neanderthals: collaborative, intelligent hunters

Amy is primarily interested in cultural and social history; particularly the ways trends are formed within a given community. She's especially …

Cranium of a four-million-year-old hominin shows similarities to that of modern humans

A cranium of a four-million-year-old fossil, that, in 1995 was described as the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa, has shown …

UK heatwave reveals long-hidden archaeological sites buried underground

The heatwave that has gripped the United Kingdom in recent weeks has led to drought and parched fields across much of the nation.<p>The dry conditions …

Archaeology

Ancient tools found by Texas State archaeologists could change understanding of history in America

San Antonio

Evidence of an early projectile point technology in North America at the Gault Site, Texas, USA

M. B. Collins, D. J. Stanford, D. L. Lowery, B. A. Bradley, in <i>Paleoamerican Odyssey</i>, K. E. Graf, C. V. Ketron, M. R. Waters, Eds. (Center for the …

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 …

Humanity

What The Diet Of A 5,300-Year-Old 'Iceman' Says About Ancient Europeans

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Frank Maixner about how scientists uncovered the last meal of a frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps. The stomach contents of the man show what ancient Europeans ate.<p>Transcript<p>AILSA CHANG, HOST:<p>In the early 1990s, a pair of hikers out in the Italian Alps …

Anthropology

In conversation with… Jane Goodall

As Jane Goodall turns 80, Henry Nicholls talks to her about her remarkable career.

Why the Neanderthals may have been more sophisticated hunters than we thought – new study

When Neanderthals are depicted in artistic reconstructions, they often have a spear in hand. Most archaeologists believe that Neanderthals were adept …

Humans Didn’t Evolve From a Single Ancestral Population

In the 1980s, scientists learned that all humans living today are descended from a woman, dubbed “Mitochondrial Eve,” who lived in Africa between …

Humanity

Ancient 'Hobbit' Study Reveals an Island That Forced Humans to Shrink Twice

No one is sure what happened on the island of Flores.<p>On the Indonesian island of Flores, there lives a group of people known as the Rampasasa …

Humanity

The $140 productivity app that’s managed my life for the past decade

I have a strange obsession with optimizing my life for peak productivity. Part of it is the dopamine hit that comes with a task well completed. But …

Productivity