Jeffrey Maxwell

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Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

The Weird Quantum Behavior of Light, Captured in a Lab

Subatomic particles—photons, let’s say, or electrons—sometimes also act like waves. And waves sometimes act like subatomic particles. It’s weird. …

7 Ways to Make Your Soups Even Better

To make a robust and boldly flavored soup, you need to invest time and effort. Follow these recipes and tips, and the payoff will be huge.<p>The last time I ordered soup in a restaurant was—well, let me see—possibly never. That’s because in my mind, soup is something to be made and eaten at home, …

Cooking

Caroline Wozniacki's Best Idea Ever (Yes, It Includes Serena)

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have been busy lately, you know, playing tennis around the world, posing in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit …

Fresh Fossil Studies Rewrite the History of Humanity’s Genus Homo

Scientists say they're filling in some of the most frustrating gaps in the story of human evolution — thanks to the discovery of the oldest known fossil from the genus to which we belong, plus the computer-aided reinterpretation of another key fossil.<p>The revelations, published Wednesday by the …

Anthropology

Warp in Space-Time Swallows Pulsar

Astronomers have watched a pulsar some 25,000 light-years from Earth slip from view, swallowed by a warp in the fabric of spacetime. This wacky …