Katerina Manicevska

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When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Compared with other primates and our early human ancestors, we modern humans have skeletons that are relatively lightweight — and scientists say that basically may be because we got lazy.<p>Biological anthropologist Habiba Chirchir and her colleagues at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural …

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Photographer Shares How He Spent Two Years Living on Photos Instead of Money

Back in 2012, we wrote about a project called “Pixel Trade” by Australian photographer Shantanu Starick. The basic idea was simple but crazy: Starick …

The Best Food Books of 2014

The top cookbooks and culinary histories of the year<p>If food books last year were about adventure, exoticism, and bringing the lab right into your own kitchen, this year they're sticking closer to home.<p>Already in recent years, chefs-cook-at-home books (Mario Batali and his two sons, John Besh and …

Orecchiette Carbonara with Charred Brussels Sprouts

4 Servings<p>Chef Philip Krajeck, Rolf and Daughters, Nashville, says the key to this dish is getting a good char on the brussels sprouts, which helps balance the richness of the porky, eggy sauce. Salt draws moisture out of the leaves, which might make them soggy, so he doesn’t season them.<p>September …

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