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Some West Africans Have DNA Not Linked To Any Known Human Ancestor

Using a new method, researchers found mysterious "ghost" DNA in West African Yoruba population.The post Some West Africans Have DNA Not Linked To Any …

Evolution

3 Signs a Toxic Person Is Manipulating You (and What to Do About It)

Chances are high you've encountered a toxic person in your life. You may have even realized this "friend" or family member was no good (kudos to …

Emotional Intelligence

This Beachbody Trainer's Raw Before and After Will Change How You Think About Bodybuilding

Scrolling through Instagram, it's easy to assume that fitness or bikini competitors look perfect all the time. Here's a reminder that's not the case at all. Beachbody trainer Autumn Calabrese, creator of the 21 Day Fix and the 80 Day Obsession, posted these comparison photos with the caption, "Can …

Fitness

A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

Sometimes legends are true.<p>Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but at the end of last year archaeologists found the real thing hiding …

Archaeology

10 habits of mentally strong people

Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer …

Self-improvement

Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whales

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Archaeology

Who Has Paid Sick Leave, Who Doesn’t, and What’s Changing

For decades, whether you can call in sick and still get paid has been determined by where you work. Because of this, millions of Americans — 43 million private-sector workers, as President Obama reminded us in the State of the Union — are out of luck, forced to make tough choices about whether to …

The Workplace

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

The genomes of the long dead are turning up all sorts of unexpected and controversial findings.<p>Geneticist David Reich used to study the living, but now he studies the dead.<p>The precipitating event came in the form of 40,000-year-old Neanderthal bones found in a Croatian cave. So well-preserved were …

Anthropology

A Twist in Our Sexual Encounters With Other Ancient Humans

A new study suggests that early humans mated with the mysterious Denisovans in two separate waves.<p>Around 41,000 years ago, a young woman died in a cold cave, high up in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. Scientists uncovered one of her pinky bones in 2008. From it, they extracted her DNA. And from that, …

Humanity

A Cultural Leap at the Dawn of Humanity

New finds from Kenya suggest that humans used long-distance trade networks, sophisticated tools, and symbolic pigments right from the dawn of our species.<p>When Rick Potts started digging at Olorgesailie, the now-dry basin of an ancient Kenyan lake, he figured that it would take three years to find …

Anthropology

The Predictable March of Corpse-Eating Microbes

A new video explains how the necrobiome might be valuable to forensic investigators.<p>When a forest is scorched by a fire, you can safely bet that grasses will be the first to regrow, followed by small bushes, and eventually trees. When a newborn baby is born, it will first be colonized by bacteria …

Biology

How to Meditate

The Routine<p>We know, we know. You’re too wound up to meditate. You don’t have time. It’s not your thing. But before you roll your eyes and get on with …

Meditation

These 2 Words Are the Trick to Scoring a Flight Upgrade

British writer Tilly Bagshawe is the <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of more than a dozen novels. Her first, Adored, was a Jackie Collins-style …

Country Lifestyle

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

This simple sleep trick will help you fall asleep in under a minute

It's quicker than counting sheep!<p>Even though we spend all day running around, sometimes the biggest task of the day is actually falling asleep at the …

Eleven signs that you lack emotional intelligence

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

Secret to Great Pyramid's Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found

Though it's slightly lopsided, the towering Great Pyramid of Giza is an ancient feat of engineering, and now an archaeologist has figured out how the …

Ancient History

Ancient cave paintings turn out to be by Neanderthals, not modern humans

A new analysis shows ancient cave paintings were too old to have been painted by modern humans<p>A new discovery that Neanderthals were painting cave walls more than 64,000 years ago has anthropologists rethinking the history of art. Found deep in Spanish caves, the rock art was once thought to be the …

Anthropology

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“Resist White Supremacy”: A sign. A Virginia farm. And the fury that followed.

It had been a week since the road sign had gone up near the entrance of their 116-acre farm in northern Virginia, and the furious emails, calls and …

Rights & Freedoms

First Blood Test to Detect Concussions Is Approved

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries.<p>The test, called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, is also expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation …

Medicine

Senegal’s rich history of photography showcases Africans in control of their own story

Saint-Louis, Senegal<p>There has been increasing interest to unearth and understand Africa’s photographic history in recent years. Whether this is driven by the growing treasure trove of black and white images from the continent resurfacing; a need to dispel myths about what Africa is and is not; or a …

Incredible photos inside 4,000 year old tomb discovered in Eqypt

A 4,400-year-old tomb has just been discovered in Egypt.<p>Archaeologists found the crypt near the pyramids at Giza’s western necropolis, just outside …

Dowager Countess to surprise fans with star appearance in Julian Fellowes' new 'Downton'

As the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is a proven master of turning eccentricities of the English aristocracy and foibles of the downstairs servants into gripping television drama.<p>And as he prepares to start work on a US drama about two super-rich families vying for power in 1880s New …

Mosquitoes Remember Who Swats and Who Smells Good

Mosquitoes don’t get a lot of love. No one ever talks about how cute they are.<p>But in the lab, the little buggers can be the star of the show.<p>A study …

After poring over all the evidence, experts declare coffee is (mostly) good for you

"It's impossible that we still struggle to decide if coffee is healthy or unhealthy," says Giuseppe Grosso, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Catania in Italy: Good for hypertension one week. Bad for hypertension the next.<p>To address this vexing situation, Grosso and his colleagues …

Coffee

A Recent Ice Age Was Triggered by a Firestorm Bigger Than The One That Killed The Dinosaurs

It lasted 1,000 years.<p>In a hugely detailed and comprehensive new study, researchers have painted a picture of how around a tenth of Earth's surface …

'The discovery of Richard III's skeleton changed my life'

<b>Exactly five years ago, archaeologists confirmed that a skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park was that of Richard III. It was an extraordinary revelation that captured imaginations across the world. But for some people, whose fates seemed in some way entwined with the last Plantagenet king's,</b> …

History

Ghana’s first president accurately predicted what Africa’s former European colonizers would do

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has attracted international attention for emphasizing how important it is for Ghana to have a greater degree of sovereignty in its dealings with international partners. Less discussed is how much his impactful critique of aid dependency borrow from the ideas and …