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New Evidence That Grandmothers Were Crucial for Human Evolution

For years, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists have struggled to explain the existence of menopause, a life stage that humans do not share …

Biology

This Culture, Once Believed Extinct, Is Flourishing

How does one celebrate a living, even thriving, heritage when the world thinks it disappeared hundreds of years ago? That is one of the questions …

Amazon Tribe Never Seen by Outsiders Is Spotted by Drone

New video footage from a drone shows the first images of members of an isolated Amazon tribe that had no known contact with the outside world, the Brazilian government said this week.<p>The video, released on Wednesday, shows a clearing of felled trees in the Javary River valley, near Brazil’s border …

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Massive Pyramid, Lost City and Ancient Human Sacrifices Unearthed in China

A 4,300-year-old city, which has a massive step pyramid that is at least 230 feet (70 meters) high and spans 59 acres (24 hectares) at its base, has …

Ancient Bone Reveals Surprising Sex Lives Of Neanderthals

In the Altai mountains of southern Siberia, there's a cave that was inhabited for millennia. It's called Denisova, and it shelters something remarkable: the bones of different types of ancient human relatives.<p>Back in 2010, researchers analyzed a fossilized pinky finger bone found in the cave, and …

Humanity

Why Grandmothers May Hold The Key To Human Evolution

A hunter with bow and arrow, in a steamy sub-Saharan savanna, stalks a big, exotic animal. After killing and butchering it, he and his hunt-mates bring it back to their families and celebrate.<p><b>About 'How To Raise A Human'</b><p>Does raising kids have to be stressful? Is it really dangerous for babies to …

Conservatism Took Hold in This Canyon 1,000 Years Ago... Until Everyone Fled

Mapping the rise and fall of a cultural ideal.<p>During the eighth century, a new kind of civilization arose in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon.<p>It started a …

More than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says

By Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>National reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends and young love, tells us so, as do …

Research

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control

We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have …

Why bees could be the secret to superhuman intelligence

A tool inspired by swarming insects is helping people predict the future - making groups of people smarter than their members are by themselves.<p>Louis Rosenberg thinks he has found a way to make us all a lot smarter. The secret to this superhuman intelligence? Bees.<p>Rosenberg runs a Silicon Valley …

Artificial Intelligence

10-year relationship contracts could replace marriages and prevent divorce, say relationship experts

When over one in three marriages ends in divorce, staying together ‘til death do us part seems unrealistic. With that in mind, couples are being …

Breakups

People Are Losing Their Minds Over What Dogs Dream About

We lived with a boxer named Reckless Abandon for 14 wonderful years. When we first brought him home, he was the sweetest pile of fur I’d ever laid …

Overdosing on Rape Culture

<i>The only thing to fear about too much sexual abuse talk is silencing victims and hiding predators.</i><p>The nation is grappling with their ideals. Conversations about rape culture, feminism and misogyny are important, sensitive and nuanced. Let people learn in public. Refinery29 is under fire from loyal …

Sexual Harassment

6 Crazy Beautiful National Parks in China

When we think of China, we're usually envisage bustling metropolises, ancient temples, and vast swaths of smog. Okay, and maybe the Great Wall. But …

National Parks

How to be happier and have fewer regrets: Stop buying stuff and start doing things

<b>(Reuters/Jim Urquhart)</b><p>Salon speaks to the psychologist co-author of “Brain Briefs” about the human brain, nostalgia and experience<p>Scott Timberg<p>October 18, 2016 10:58pm (UTC)<p>For three years now, cognitive psychologist Art Markman has been broadcasting a show on the human mind, “Two Guys on Your …

Southwest will start flying to Cuba in November

On Friday, Southwest airlines announced a historic new route between Florida and Cuba. In November, the carrier will begin nonstop service to Cuba, making it the ninth country and 100th destination Southwest flies to with routes to Havana, Varadero and Santa Clara.<p>Southwest is offering special $59 …

Irish women report relief and gratitude after using abortion pills

Women in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal, respond favourably to kits sent in the post, study finds<p>Women in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who have obtained abortion pills online in defiance of the law overwhelmingly express gratitude and relief that …

Margaret Sanger's grandson hopes for a future where we don't need Planned Parenthood

On Planned Parenthood 100th anniversary, the birth control pioneer’s grandson discusses her legacy.<p>One hundred years ago today in 1916, Margaret Sanger started a revolution when she opened America’s first birth control clinic in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. It was an illegal …

Planned Parenthood

White Americans need to stop assuming Native American culture belongs to them, too

James Arthur Ray was at the top of his game in 2009. He’d fashioned himself into a celebrity self-help guru, becoming a darling of the television talk show circuit with appearances on <i>Oprah</i>, <i>The</i> <i>Ellen DeGeneres Show</i>, <i>Larry King Live</i>, and frequently <i>Today</i>. He had rocketed to fame after being a featured …

The mystery of why left-handers are so much rarer

Relatively few people are lefties, and it’s a puzzle why. Still, the science of handedness is revealing fascinating insights about you – from how it could change the way you think, to the fact that you might be ‘left-eared’.<p>From the time we pick up a chunky crayon and start scribbling as children, …

What would happen if the world suddenly went vegetarian?

Eliminating meat from our diets would bring a bounty of benefits to both our own health and the planet’s – but it could also harm millions of people.<p>People become vegetarians for a variety of reasons. Some do it to alleviate animal suffering, others because they want to pursue a healthier …

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers<p>Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their …

Papua New Guinea

For more proof that men, not skirts, are the reason women are raped, look to Hong Kong

The latest advice from India’s tourism minister about women visitors to the country repeats a tired trope—to stay safe, Mahesh Sharma told foreign women, don’t “wear skirts.“ Sharma’s advice is similar to other cringe-worthy reasons that Indian officials have offered for years for sexual attacks, …

How the Brain Processes Language on Acid Is a Trip

A new study found that LSD's activation of semantic pathways has implications for creativity and psychedelic therapy.<p>The Beatles' <i>Revolver</i>. Steve Jobs' innovations in developing Apple. A Canadian architect's quest to design an "ideal mental hospital".<p>Lysergic acid diethylamide, colloquially known as …

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