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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study of the fossil record by paleo-biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico.<p>Smith studied fossils going back 65 million years, when dinosaurs died …

Research

Police: YouTube shooter was calm in interview before attack

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters, Nasim Aghdam calmly told police who found her sleeping in her car that she was having family problems and had left her home.<p>During the 20-minute interview with officers early Tuesday, she did not …

San Francisco

After bloodshed in earlier U.S. riots, D.C. police showed restraint in 1968 unrest

Six weeks after rioting destroyed huge swaths of Washington in 1968, one of the city’s supervisors in Congress, an unrepentant segregationist named John L. McMillan, convened a committee hearing to grill public safety officials about their handling of the crisis. “Johnny Mac,” as folks called him, …

Justice

A ‘Pearl Harbor in politics’: LBJ’s stunning decision not to seek reelection

On March 31, 1968, as he prepared for a diplomatic trip to Mexico, Vice President Hubert Humphrey heard someone knocking at the door to his apartment.<p>It was his boss, President Lyndon B. Johnson.<p>Returning from church with his daughter, Luci, and son-in-law, Patrick Nugent, the president stopped by …

Vietnam War

‘I still see the scars’: Those who remember 1968 see beyond the city’s progress

For 50 years, friends and relatives have advised Larry Rosen to forget about the riots.<p>But as the 94-year-old sat one recent afternoon in a Maryland retirement home, sifting through a pile of old photographs, he said his reply remains the same: “It’s hard to forget.”<p>The photos show the pharmacy he …

Fifty years ago some called D.C. ‘the colored man’s paradise.’ Then paradise erupted.

On June 17, 1963, the body of murdered civil rights leaderMedgar Evers was borne through the streets of Washington, bound for a historic black church on 14th Street.<p>People bared their heads and wept as the hearse passed, followed by hundreds of mourners. Evers had been assassinated in Mississippi …

Black History

Who killed Martin Luther King Jr.? His family believes James Earl Ray was framed.

In the five decades since Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead by an assassin at age 39, his children have worked tirelessly to preserve his legacy, sometimes with sharply different views on how best to do that. But they are unanimous on one key point: James Earl Ray did not kill Martin Luther King.<p>…

Black History

The four days in 1968 that reshaped D.C.

Disable animations<p>The day had been warm and breezy, with a high near 70. But the teeming intersection of 14th and U streets was tense. There had been an ugly fight there two days before. Objects had been thrown at police, and two arrests had been made. As the sun set, this cultural and financial …

Suspected Florida school shooter silent in court, judge enters not-guilty plea

(Please note language in paragraph 4, which some readers may find offensive)<p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who faces a possible death penalty for a massacre at a high school last month that killed 17 people and triggered a nationwide …

Crime

Stephen Hawking, in His Own Words

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist who died at 76 in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday (Einstein’s birthday), never won a Nobel Prize. But his book “A Brief History of Time” made him a star beyond his field, and his penchant for dropping bons mots on subjects large and small made him an …

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first Stephen Hawking<p>There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark Stephen Hawking<p>My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why …

Stephen Hawking

All Galaxies Take a Billion Years to Rotate. Which Is Really Cool, and Totally Weird.

Big or small, dense or empty, it's one thing they all share.<p>Galaxies come in all shapes and size, and NASA's best estimates indicate there are more than 200 billion of them in the observable universe. According to the latest findings from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research …

Universe

Surprising Origin of American Flamingos Discovered

Scientists have long wondered whether the bright pink birds are native to Florida.<p>Few of us Floridians are native to the state. Even our emblematic flamingos were widely thought to be escapees from captivity—until now.<p>A new study sheds new light on a long-standing controversy by suggesting …

Air Pollution Can Have a Greater Effect on Human Gene Expression Than Ancestry

A Canadian analysis found that where a person lived was more significant of a factor in gene expression than their heritage.<p>Exposure to air pollution …

Never Mind Electric Cars: Why Electric Roads Are the Real Key to the Future

Trucks are bigger polluters than cars, and electric batteries may not be the answer.<p><i>“Breathe in that smog and feel lucky that only in L.A. will you</i> …

Einstein made his share of errors. Here are three of the biggest

Even people who know little about Albert Einstein’s work know he was brilliant — so clever that his name is synonymous with genius. Of course, the mind that gave us the theory of general relativity, the 1915 masterwork that sealed Einstein’s scientific reputation, was human. And so Einstein made …

Physics

Startup wants to upload your brain to the cloud, but has to kill you to do it

A US startup is promising to upload customers’ brains to the cloud using a pioneering technique it has trialled on rabbits.<p>The only catch, according to the company’s cofounder? The process is “100% fatal”.<p>Nectome, founded in 2016 by a pair of MIT AI researchers, hopes to offer a commercial …

InterAct

This 'enigmatic' feathered dinosaur didn't fly like modern birds

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than 150 years, researchers have been studying the fossils of bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx and attempting to answer this question: Did it fly?<p>Although it may sound simple, the fossils of the feathery-winged dinosaur, found largely in Germany, don't give up their secrets so …

Today Is the 30th Anniversary of Pi Day. Here's What You Should Know About the Irrational Number

March 14, 2018, is Pi Day — that’s pi, not pie — and on Wednesday, Google marks the 30th anniversary of the math-inspired holiday with a special …

If You’re Empathetic, It Might Be Genetic

Being able to identify and respond to other people’s emotions helps us maintain healthy relationships, and encourages helping behavior. Previous …

There’s a new aurora in subpolar skies. Its name is Steve

The northern and southern lights have dazzled sky watchers for millennia with their eerie, greenish glows. Now, a new purplish aurora is joining the …

Astronomy

Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Mind

<b>A brief history of Stephen Hawking</b><p>Stephen Hawking spent his scientific life exploring some of the deepest questions a human caught in the Einsteinian opera of space and time could ask.<p>Although Einstein himself never really accepted it, his general theory of relativity predicted that if enough mass …

Monica Lewinsky: Emerging from “the House of Gaslight” in the Age of #MeToo

On the 20th anniversary of the Starr investigation, which introduced her to the world, the author reflects on the changing nature of trauma, the de-evolution of the media, and the extraordinary hope now provided by the #MeToo movement.<p><i>How do I know him? Where have I seen him?</i> The Man in the Hat …

Bill Clinton

Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed as South Africa's President after Zuma quits

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cyril Ramaphosa was confirmed Thursday as South Africa's new President hours after scandal-plagued leader Jacob Zuma resigned.<p>Ramaphosa, 65, the leader of the ruling African National Congress party since December, was the only candidate nominated during a session of the South African …

South Africa

The HomePod is the point of no return for Apple fans

This speaker is openly hostile to any hardware or service not made by Apple<p>The notion of Apple’s “walled garden” ecosystem of products precedes even the iPhone. For as long as the company has existed, Apple products have worked best with other Apple products and that’s been that. But the new …

Apple Watch Reportedly Can Detect Diabetes With An Accuracy Rate Of 85 Percent, According To Cardiogram Study

Apple Watch doesn’t only make us more physically active, but it can also make us more aware of our health by detecting diseases.<p>According to the …

iPhone X a disappointment? Here’s what real people think

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p><b>Editors' note:</b> <i>We recently published our look at the</i> <i>iPhone X, six months after release</i><i>. Check it out.</i><p>What are people supposed to think?<p>On Apple's recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook reported slightly reduced …

IPhone 7

Google’s new messaging app might finally be able to compete with iMessage

One of the features that makes it impossible for many people to leave the iPhone is iMessage. The chat app that works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has no …

Apple sold more watches than Rolex, Swatch, and the rest of the Swiss watch industry combined

Apple is one of the biggest watchmakers in the world.<p>How big? Based on newly available statistics, it now seems certain that Apple outsold the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter.<p>Yep. The company best known for making iPhones outsold Rolex, Omega, and even Swatch last quarter — …

iPhone X Plus Release Date, Images, Price, and Specs

- Feb 10, 2018<p>iPhone X Plus, the bigger version Apple’s flagship phone, might become reality. While there isn’t a hint of any official report …

Mobile Technology