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The Great Breakup: The First Arrivals to the Americas Split Into Two Groups

Early inhabitants of the Americas split into two populations over 13,000 years ago, according to a new study of ancient DNA, and remained separated for thousands of years.<p>Eventually, somewhere, the two groups met again and began commingling. Today, their descendants inhabit a vast region stretching …

A Beginner’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Though the word is often used broadly, not all forms of therapy are alike. Many people, when they refer to a therapist, are talking about traditional …

Overshadowed by Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace Was the Most Admirable Man in Science History

Scientific history is littered with bitter and fierce rivalries, as well as acrimony felt by those who history slighted. That wasn't the case with …

A New Study Suggests The Shape Of Human Brains May Be The Key To Why We Outlived Neanderthals

Scientists surmise the shape of human brains is more important than its size when determining why Neanderthals eventually died out.<p>When our early …

Modern Humans and Denisovans May Have Interbred Twice

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—According to a report in <i>New Scientist</i>, a team led by Sharon Browning of the University of Washington has found evidence that …

Nasa astronaut twins Scott and Mark Kelly no longer genetically identical after space trip

Nasa astronauts Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark have shared a lot throughout their extraordinary lives.<p>Born just a few minutes apart, the pair were both US Navy captains, both flew on the Endeavour and Discovery space shuttles, and both spent time on board the International Space …

How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria

Thousands of years ago, a special child was born in the Sahara. At the time, this was not a desert; it was a green belt of savannas, woodlands, lakes and rivers. Bands of hunter-gatherers thrived there, catching fish and spearing hippos.<p>A genetic mutation had altered the child’s hemoglobin, the …

Public Health

‘Race science’ depends on dubious genetics | Letters

Gavin Evans’s criticisms of attempts to demonstrate a robust association between surrogate measures of ill-defined concepts (“race” and “intelligence”) are to the point (The unwelcome return of ‘race science’, The long read, 2 March). However, the dogma underpinning these attempts – genetic …

Evolution

An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the world

It sounds like a bad monster movie plot: A 10-legged mutant creature that reproduces asexually, escapes from confinement in Germany, and quietly …

Week in Geek Podcast: A $9B biotech deal and a look at Pittsburgh’s tech renaissance

GeekWire is going to Pittsburgh to cover the city’s tech renaissance, the challenges it faces as it grows and the dynamic in the city as it vies for …

Social media is giving us trypophobia

Something is rotten in the state of technology.<p>But amid all the hand-wringing over fake news, the cries of election deforming Kremlin disinformation plots, the calls from political podia for tech giants to locate a social conscience, a knottier realization is taking shape.<p>Fake news and …

Social Media

4 U.S. tech hubs to watch in 2018

The two questions I get asked most frequently when I tell people that I report on tech startups across Middle America are: Which startups outside of Silicon Valley are getting the most traction? And which cities are home to the most interesting tech activity?<p>I find that it’s typically easier to …

Andrewsarchus, the World's Largest Predatory Mammal

Andrewsarchus is one of the world's most tantalizing prehistoric animals: its three-foot-long, toothstudded skull indicates that it was a giant …

Central Asia

Theoretical Physicists Are Getting Closer to Explaining How NASA’s ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Works

The EmDrive propulsion system might be able to take us to the stars, but first it must be reconciled with the laws of physics.<p><i>Giulio Prisco</i> <i>is a futurist, theoretical physicist, and computer scientist. He writes about science, technology, and the future. He's also a cofounder of</i> <i>Space Cooperative</i><i>.</i><p>A …

Physics

3 Ways to Create a Brand With a Cult Following, According to 4 Founders Who Did It

The founders of Sweetgreen, Away, and others offer their best advice.<p>Building a brand people like is hard as it is. But how do you build a brand people become obsessed with?<p>That's what the founders of several startups with cult-like followings sat down to discuss Wednesday at the Fast Company …

Customers

The Majority of Startup Tech Companies Should Not Be in the Bay Area

Companies should be where their customers are.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's time for early stage founders in NY, Boston, D.C. and other markets to face the facts: The VC funds in the Bay Area aren't always giving you a fair shake at the seed stage. …

Silicon Valley

The White People Are Coming! 6 Signs Your Neighborhood Is Being Gentrified

Centuries before anyone noticed Christopher Columbus wandering around the Bahamas searching for gold and a place to buy caramel decaf frappuccinos, …

Black Lives Matter

This Steampunk Chassis is the Most Amazing PC Rig We've Ever Seen - ExtremeTech

This Steampunk Chassis is the Most Amazing PC Rig We’ve Ever Seen<p>By on August 31, 2017 at 10:33 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

Lackadaisical

Apes' abilities misunderstood by decades of poor science

Apes' intelligence may be entirely misunderstood, because research has so far failed to measure it fairly and accurately, according to …

How Sociology Can Prepare You For a Career in the Business World

Real World Applications of an Academic Discipline<p>Sociology, with its focus on groups, organizations, and human interaction is a natural complement to …

Sociology

White Hat UX — The Next Generation in User Experience (Hardcover Print

About The Book<p>Small websites are not the only ones tempted by the dark forces. Many of the world’s largest brands make use of dark patterns. Some do …

UX Design

Google’s Tensorflow team open-sources speech recognition dataset for DIY AI

Google researchers open-sourced a dataset today to give DIY makers interested in artificial intelligence more tools to create basic voice commands for a range of smart devices. Created by the TensorFlow and AIY teams at Google, the Speech Commands dataset is a collection of 65,000 utterances of 30 …

This Epic Rube Goldberg Machine Includes a Gravity-Defying Whiteboard Flip

As someone who still struggles to string a bunch of words together into cohesive sentences, I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the thought …

Afternoon slump explained by brain's 'reward center'

The brain's reward center tends to be at its most active in the morning and evening, new research shows. This could account for the energy dip that …

A guide to developing bot personalities.

Personality is the new UX.<p>Conversational interfaces have reduced user experience down to a few lines of text. With bots, UX becomes conversational, …

Intel Corporation Taking Virtual Reality Seriously

A job listing on Intel's website suggests that it actually cares about the emerging virtual reality use case.<p>One tried-and-true tactic I often use to …

A Search Engine for Programming Language Syntax Is a Pretty Good Idea

Coding very often means Googling.<p>The current search engine for programming language syntax is Google. Knowing how to search for information is a key skill in knowing how to program at all. You can know all of the algorithms and a half-dozen programming languages inside-out, but you will nonetheless …

CMU to harness power of collaboration to advance artificial intelligence

Carnegie Mellon University announced Tuesday an initiative to bring together its research and education related to artificial intelligence.<p>CMU AI …