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Why we're closer than ever to a timeline for human evolution

Dating when our ancestors split from Neanderthals and other relatives has long been a puzzle, but DNA advances are making our evolutionary journey clearer<p>Anthropologists and geneticists had a problem. And the farther back in time they looked, the bigger the problem became.<p>For the past several …

Scientists get more mileage out of discarded tires

When we hear about old tires being recycled, it's usually their latex content and/or their steel fibers that are actually being harvested. They also …

Senate Aims to Stop Firms From ‘Buying Up Drugs and Jacking Up Prices’

WASHINGTON — On the heels of headline-grabbing price spikes on prescription drugs, a bipartisan Senate report on Wednesday will call on Congress to take action to prevent huge, unjustified cost increases on decades-old prescription medicines that have no competition.<p>The Senate Special Committee on …

Jet stream discovered in Earth's molten iron core

The European Space Agency's three-satellite Swarm constellation is three years into its four-year study of the Earth's magnetic field. Back in May, a …

Yellen Tanks China's Bond Market

China’s bond market returned to calm Friday after the turbulence Thursday.<p>The Federal Reserve’s quarter-point rate hike plus Janet Yellen’s words Wednesday sent Chinese investors dumping assets.<p>Markets, in China and elsewhere, had anticipated the rate change, but they were taken by surprise by the …

This Melting Glacier in Antarctica Could Raise Sea Levels By 11 Feet

The Totten Ice Shelf is melting and it could have significant global impact.<p>The Earth's climate, it seems, isn't listening to the politicians that are insisting it's not warming. The temperature continues to rise incrementally, and the globe's large glaciers—giant vaults of stored water—continue to …

10 Brooklyn-based designers of unique home goods

Do something different with your home while supporting Kings County companies<p>In a world where it seems like big-box companies control all aspects of our lives, it’s nice to know that there are plenty of alternatives. The push to buy local—not just in New York City, but across the nation—is proof …

New York City

Autism: Scientists May Be Able To Explain A Third Of All Cases

The discovery could help researchers develop a treatment.<p>The scarcity of a single protein in the brain could explain as many as a third of all cases …

University of Toronto

10 Must-have business tools to be a more productive entrepreneur

Share26<p>Tweet<p>Share27<p>+13<p>Shares 56<p>As a modern online entrepreneur, you have access to some amazing resources. Entrepreneurs love to save money, but at …

Transforming waste into fuel with Australian innovations, from tyres to sugar cane and agave

The emerging biofuel industry is casting the net wide to find solutions to two environmental problems: reducing waste and increasing fuel production<p>In a world of dwindling resources, waste is one thing in no danger of running out. Each Australian generates more than 2,000kg of waste per year, and …

A physicist has pinpointed the technology required to build a real-world Death Star

I’m very excited about seeing <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i>, which tells the tale summarized in the original Star Wars’ opening crawl. This is the story of how the rebels stole the plans to the original “Death Star”—a space station the size of a small moon with a weapon powerful enough to destroy a …

Mystery solved! Cause of London's 1952 'killer fog' revealed

London may be known for its drizzly weather, but in 1952 the city's quintessential fog cover turned deadly, and no one knew why — until now.<p>For five days in December 1952, a fog that contained pollutants enveloped all of London. By the time the dense fog cover lifted, more than 150,000 people had …

Retirement

Across generations, retirement is the #1 reason why people are investing. Beyond that, priorities vary.<p>Continue adding to your retirement savings …

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere For The First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Has Europe Been Right All Along to Renounce GE Crops?

By Reynard Loki<p><i>Editor's note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their</i> …

Agriculture

The Dumbest Thing Entrepreneurs Do When Hiring

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

This Propulsion Expert Says There's a Good Chance NASA's EM Drive Results Are Flawed

The plot thickens.<p>It’s one of the most intriguing stories of the year: NASA’s version of the 'impossible' EM Drive appears to produce thrust, …

Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business …

Meteorologist Kait Parker Shuts Down Breitbart's Climate Change Denial

With actual science.<p>Kait Parker, a meteorologist with the Weather Channel, was shocked to see her coverage in a report about how climate change isn't happening. But that's what happened recently when Breitbart embedded one of her videos in an article that claimed that Earth was actually cooling, …

Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA

<b>(CNN) —</b> Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, his former campaign manager told reporters Wednesday.<p>"Attorney General Pruitt has great qualifications and a good record as the AG of Oklahoma, and there were a …

Donald Trump

Trump lays out military plan; formally introduces James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the Defense Department Tuesday, as he brought his "thank you" tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.<p>"In order to succeed in our defense policy, we must have the right person to lead in our Defense Department," he …

North Carolina

Bob Dole's law firm was paid $140,000 to lobby Trump on behalf of Taiwan

In addition to an unprecedented phone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen last week, Dole has been working on behalf of Taiwan to establish relationships with the incoming Trump administration, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday.<p>Dole's Washington law firm, Alston & Bird, …

The most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning

To properly understand globalization, you need to start 200,000 years ago.<p>Richard Baldwin skillfully takes on this daunting task in a new book, starting all the way back with the hunter-gatherers. For too long, he says, traditional analysis of trade has been too narrow, he argues.<p>The economist, who …

Weather Channel Destroys Breitbart Over BS Climate Change Story

“Here’s the thing: Science doesn’t care about your opinion."<p>A week after Breitbart News published a wildly inaccurate article chalking climate change up as a hoax, The Weather Channel decided to teach the hyper-conservative news outlet a thing or two about scientific fact.<p>In a post to its website, …

Trump taps Ben Carson for HUD secretary

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ben Carson will be nominated as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump transition team announced Monday.<p>"I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development," President-elect Donald …

Ben Carson