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A map of England and Scotland, circa 1250. See an interactive version here: http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2014/02/12th-century-map-england-and-scotland

Svante Pääbo: the DNA hunter taking us back to our roots

Leipzig's Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology is a striking edifice. Set among the drab housing blocks of former East Germany, the building, erected in 2003 and made largely of glass, curves gently like a banana round the edge of a suburban crescent. There is a pond in its huge …

Ancient DNA from Montana Skeleton Holds Clues to Native American Ancestry

DNA from the skeleton of an ancient boy from Montana may just hold clues revealing who the first Native Americans were and where they came from.<p>A recent paper in the journal Nature details the results from the 12,500-year-old infant boy’s genome. The boy, nicknamed Anzick-1 in reference to the …

Becoming a father linked to reduced testosterone in men – and less sex

Researchers have found evidence – if evidence were needed – that men have less sex after becoming a father for the first time.<p>A study of more than 400 young men in the Philippines found that their sex lives declined significantly when they had their first child. The fall in sexual activity was …

Antarctica May Hold a Stash of Diamonds

(Newser) – As a scramble for the Arctic's resources looms, scientists have spotted evidence of mineral riches at the planet's southern pole. An …

Prehistoric burial site on safer ground now

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Tucked behind a leafy oak hammock near this Brevard County city, a murky blackwater bog containing some of the world's rarest archaeological treasures will remain protected from a potential housing development. The vegetated 8.5-acre upland buffer bordering the Windover …

Florida Burial Pond To Be Preserved

TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA—A pond in eastern Florida that held prehistoric burials dating to more than 8,000 years ago has been bought by the Archaeological …

Russian Meteor, from Birth to Fiery Death: An Asteroid's Story

SAN FRANCISCO — The asteroid that exploded over Russia earlier this year died as it had lived — in a welter of chaos and violence.<p>Scientists have …

Skull find shows women were sacrificed in neolithic China

12/02/2013 05:00:00 PM<p>Archaeologists in China have unearthed the skulls of more than 80 young women who may have been sacrificed more than 4,000 …

European Neanderthals Buried Their Dead

Hack Your E-ZPass So It Alerts You Whenever It's Scanned

Car tags like E-ZPass aren’t only read at tollbooths. Follow these instructions to sound the alarm whenever (and wherever) yours is scanned.<p>Tollbooth plazas aren’t the only locations that scan car tags like the E-ZPass. One wary driver in New York City, known to the Web as Puking Monkey, recently …

Do You Have a Prime Lens in Your Camera Bag?

Do you own a prime lens? Every DSLR owner should have at least one fast, fixed focal length lens in their camera bag. Zoom lenses are great; they can …

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Universe May Have Been Around Since Forever, According to Rainbow Gravity Theory — NOVA Next | PBS

When did the clock of the universe start ticking? For decades we’ve believed that 13.8 billion years ago the Big Bang set the universe’s clock in …

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How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The first was a sense of banging his head against a wall. Raine, who grew up in Darlington and is now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was a …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Our Big Beautiful Planet: Breathtaking Views of ‘Earth From Space’ (Photos)

Our Beautiful Planet<p>A new book collects satellite images of places around the earth, giving a breathtaking look at the extraordinary planet on which …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Circuit Scribe: Instantly Draw Functional Electrical Circuits on a Piece of Paper | Colossal

<p>The folks over at Urbana-based Electroninks Incorporated just launched a Kickstarter project for a new kind of pen that draws fuctional electronic …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

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Proof of the Pythagoras Theorem.

Curiosity Finds A Former Lake On Mars

Was it home to life? It could have been. Meanwhile, the search for organic compounds continues.<p>Once upon a time, in the lowest part of Gale Crater on Mars, there was a lake about the length and width of one of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. It was fed by rivers that ran into it. If you stood …