Jim Atkinson

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1,700 years ago, the mismanagement of a migrant crisis cost Rome its empire

On Aug. 3, 378, a battle was fought in Adrianople, in what was then Thrace and is now the province of Edirne, in Turkey. It was a battle that Saint Ambrose referred to as “the end of all humanity, the end of the world.”<p>The Eastern Roman emperor Flavius Julius Valens Augustus—simply known as Valens, …

Ancient History

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

How to start safely using social media in the classroom

It’s a controversial topic: do you introduce social media in the classroom or ignore it? Whether you use traditional social platforms or …

Oldest ancient-human DNA details dawn of Neanderthals

Sequence of 430,000-year-old DNA pushes back divergence of humans and Neanderthals.<p>Matthias Meyer has just published the results of what may be the …

Russia warns of 'new world war' starting in Syria

Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states are meeting in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks<p>Russia warned of “a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground …

The 8 bloodiest Roman emperors in history

They are often described as ruthless and bloodthirsty, famous for their tyrannical reigns of terror. Here, historian Sean Lang examines eight of the …

Going booze-free? The effects of a month without alcohol

Alcohol. It’s a popular social lubricant, provides pleasure, and often tastes nice. It also has long term health consequences, and imposes a heavy burden on our society. Overall, it’s a mixed blessing.<p>At present it’s becoming ever-more fashionable, even charitable, to abstain from alcohol for the …

Alcohol

19 cocktails you've probably never heard of but should start drinking immediately

It's cold outside. You're at some party. And you pour yourself a glass of cheap-o wine or beer.<p>Just like last year. And the year before that.<p>Regular old wines and beers are fine for a Thursday night in March, but this is the holiday season. Time to spice things up a bit and try something a bit more …

Scientists are on the cusp of these 15 discoveries that will transform the world

Technological innovation happens at an exponential rate.<p>Our smartphones are more powerful computers than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon used. Many …

How to Organize Your Entire Life with Trello

Trello is an awesome project management tool that makes collaboration easy and, dare I say, even fun. But this visual list tool can do so much more, …

The Top 50 Educational Apps Are Mostly All Stuck In The Stone Age

We rarely talk about the touchscreen revolution. Perhaps that’s because it happened so slowly. People had science-fiction dreams of tablet computing for decades. Fictional devices showed up in futuristic movies, novels, and television shows long before Apple’s Newton or the PalmPilot. Then, …

Apps

Dinosaurs Evolved Faster Than We Thought

Paleontologists have long believed that dinosaurs evolved from their early ancestors into the creatures we’re familiar with over the course of at …

Paleontology

Dark matter and the dinosaur: New theory challenges notions on origins of human life

TORONTO — Dark matter inspires many strange theories, but until now few have involved giant lizards and the origins of humanity.<p>If physicist Lisa …

Is Stephen Hawking Right About Hostile Aliens?

E.T. was the perfect extraterrestrial: Cute, smart and — best of all — a perfect pacifist.<p>Unfortunately, scientists aren't so sure that an actual …

Singularity

The major concern about a powerful new gene-editing technique that most people don't want to talk about

The technique, known as CRISPR/Cas9, lets scientists cut-and-paste DNA inside cells to correct genetic defects or, potentially, add new capabilities. It offers enormous promise to improve our understanding of biology and to treat or even eliminate genetic diseases.<p>But there's a dark side to …

The smoked corpses of Aseki

“There were 14 corpses in total, arranged on bamboo scaffolding in life-like positions or curled up like foetuses inside large baskets.”<p>The Anga people live in Papua New Guinea's Aseki District, a fringe highland region so detached from the modern world that even the regular passing of mist is …

Archaeology

13,000-year-old rock art shows prehistoric settlement 'frozen in time'

Scratches on a 13,000 year old stone reveal for the first time the dome-shaped huts where prehistoric families lived<p>It might look like a small piece of rock with a few mounds casually depicted, but this is the earliest depiction of a hunter-gatherer campsite ever discovered.<p>When the small slab was …

Anthropology

Report: More FIFA officials arrested

FIFA officials have reportedly been arrested on Thursday morning as investigations into the governing body continue.<p>A fresh wave of arrests of FIFA officials have taken place in Switzerland, according to a report.<p><i>The New York Times</i> reported that Swiss authorities had started a new series of arrests …

Corruption

UK drops first bombs in Syria after MPs approve air strikes

British bombers attacked oilfields in eastern Syria early on Thursday, the UK government said, hours after parliament approved the bombing of Islamic State (IS) group targets in the country.<p>"I approved yesterday a series of targets in the Omar oilfields [and] well heads”, Defence Minister Michael …

Middle East

Did our ancient ancestors 'kill the cat'?

<b>Our ancient human cousins may have fought off big cats with spears, according to archaeological evidence.</b><p>The sabre-toothed cat lived alongside early humans, and may have been a fearsome enemy, say scientists.<p>Several feline teeth - and a chunk of arm bone - were uncovered at a site in Germany known …

Anthropology

23 Little Choices That Can Make You Healthier

When people think about genes, they tend to apply the words "good" or "bad" to them. Depending on how your life is going, you might thank your genes …

The Brain

17 Perfect Gifts for the Mixologist

The mixologist wasn’t the kid in high school who had an older brother of questionable morals. He wasn’t the one in college with the car, perennially …

Russia says it has proof Turkey involved in Islamic State oil trade

Turkish PM Erdogan had promised to resign if Moscow could prove collusion with Isil<p>Russian military chiefs have publicly accused the Turkish government of funnelling millions of dollars in illicit oil revenues to Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq, in a dramatic escalation of tensions …

Saudi Arabia 'destabilising Arab world', German intelligence warns

It is unusual for the BND spy agency to publicly release such a blunt assessment on a country that is considered an ally of the West. Germany has long-standing political and economic ties with Saudi Arabia<p>Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilising influence in the Arab world, German …

Saudi Arabia

The iPhone 7 might not come with a standard headphone jack

Apple’s never-ending quest to make its devices thinner may soon have a new victim: Your iPhone’s headphone jack.<p>The next iPhone—expected to be unveiled in mid-to-late 2016—might not come with a standard headphone port, according to a “reliable source” cited by Japanese tech site Mac Otakara, via 9 …

Mobile Technology

Bacteria on the Brain

A brilliant surgeon offered an untested treatment to dying patients. Was it innovation or overreach?<p>As the chairman of the neurosurgery department at the University of California at Davis, Paul Muizelaar saw patients on Wednesdays, at a clinic housed in a former cannery in East Sacramento. Among …

Iraq War: Tony Blair 'ignored' South African intelligence on WMDs

Former prime minister Tony Blair ignored intelligence reports from South Africa that showed Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) before …

Londoners Can Now Split Ubers With Strangers for Cheaper Fares

Londoners shouldn’t be surprised when another passenger climbs into their taxi starting later this week. Ride-hailing app Uber plans to launch its …

Want to Lead a Happier Life? Talk to Your Genes

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhDGenetics may be on the verge of solving a very complex question in a revolutionary but quite simple way. …

Consciousness

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