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Europeans drawn from three ancient 'tribes'

<b>The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports.</b><p>Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.<p>But another, mysterious population with …

Anthropology

'It Had Been Alive': An Essay on Guns

A Marine and CIA agent explains why he has had enough.<p>John Stockwell is a Marine and former CIA agent, known for (among other things) his book <i>In Search of Enemies</i>.<p>He sent this message about why he, as a person well familiar with guns and shooting, no longer had any stomach for them. For reasons I …

Ending the physician shortage

The American approach to primary health care is one of the more glaring failures of a dysfunctional health care system that costs almost twice as much per capita as that of any other major country — often with worse results.<p>Tragically, some 45,000 Americans die each year because they don’t see a …

This Chris Christie Spoof Is Totally Epic

In a video produced by his office for the annual N.J. Legislative Correspondents dinner, the governor pokes fun at his national prominence, and a possible 2016 bid, with cameos by Alec Baldwin, James Carville, and Jon Bon Jovi. "But you hate getting press coverage in DC!"

Wheeler's path linked to GOP pick?

As two of the Federal Communications Commission’s leaders head for the exits, their replacements still have quite the trek ahead just to get their feet in the front door.<p>President Barack Obama’s new nominee for chairman, Tom Wheeler, may not be able to advance in the Senate unless he’s paired with …

The truly worrying thing about Mark Sanford’s win

Adultery is the least offensive thing about our newest member of Congress<p>Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina whose adulterous relationship was very strange and amusing, won a special election to the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. And What Does It Mean? Not much. It means …

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough And Chuck Todd Blast GOP 'Conspiracy Theory' On Benghazi: 'Are You Kidding Me?'

Scarborough said that he wanted the investigation to be "sniffed out," as three so-called "whistleblowers" are set to give testimony that contradicts some of the Obama administration's account of the prelude and aftermath of the attack.<p>But recalling a conversation he had with a Republican …

Chuck Todd

Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser

Benjamin Franklin wasn’t just America’s preeminent statesman and inventor—he was also one of its first tornado chasers. An excerpt from Lee Sandlin’s …

Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

6 Servings<p>These short ribs are even better when they're allowed to sit overnight.<p>October 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>3 tablespoons vegetable oil<p>3 medium onions, chopped<p>3 medium carrots, peeled, …

Simple Springtime Dishes

Pure Salvage: 10 Eclectic Tiny Homes Built with 99% Scrap

The premise of this small design-build firm is simple: almost everything you could want or need to build a new house is already in a a disused or …

Avant-garde

Green Living Walls for Modern Homes

Each year, many among us pause for a moment and worry about the state of the planet’s health on each Earth Day. Some of us tend to make minor changes …

Earth Day Pictures: 20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space

Auroras, glaciers, and gullies feature among the most stunning pictures of Earth from space, chosen by National Geographic photo editors for Earth Day 2011.

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

We all deserve a break from the past week's news. This NASA video could be just the right thing.<p>According to the space agency, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) "captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths." The video features images from the past three years, "at …

20 Brilliant Bookshelves for Modern Bookworms

As the famous saying goes, <i>I like big books and I cannot lie</i>. Even though we may take in most of our reading via an iPad or Kindle these days, we are still bookworms at heart. The warmth and character of a well-worn or brand new book is hard to beat. But those books of yours need a good home. Here …

Small Spaces

6 Cooking Techniques to Master...from the Masters

A French cooking legend, a Brooklyn egg cream guru and other pros come right to your kitchen to deliver essential advice.<p>Photo: Thinkstock<p>Make a …

Food

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These 4 Sisters Were Photographed Every Year For 36 Years

The year was 1975 when world-renowned Nicolas Nixon, a professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art originally photographed his wife …