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The Witness

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Remains of earliest known massacre victims uncovered in Kenya

Scientists say they have uncovered the remains of the earliest known massacre victims, dating from approximately 10,000 years ago.<p>Archaeologists believe the victims were members of an extended family group of hunter-gatherers who were slaughtered by a rival group.<p>According to the scientists' report …

Could just two people repopulate Earth?

The last man on Earth is a common trope in fiction – but what if it actually happened? How many people would it take to save our species?<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The alien predators arrived by boat. Within two years, everyone was …

Durham University

Yep, Science Confirms That Quitting Facebook Makes People Happier

But let's face it, we're not going to.<p>Social networking in some form or another has existed for as long as life on this planet, but we don't yet …

Year in review: Quantum spookiness is real

Some pesky loopholes no longer plague a crucial test for assessing the weirdness of quantum mechanics. Experiments reported in 2015 definitively …

10 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Backed by Science

Mindfulness, the practice of staying aware and in sync with yourself and your surroundings often characterized by sitting in total silence with legs …

Mindfulness

New dietary guidelines emphasize big picture

New dietary guidelines for 2015–2020 have arrived, just in time to assist people whose New Year’s resolutions involved better eating.<p>On January 7, …

'Detox enzyme' which stops sugar being stored as fat identified by scientists

This discovery may mean that guilt-free sugary snacks could become a reality<p>Relish the idea of sucking down a fizzy drink or biting into a doughnut with no consequences?<p>Imagine never having to start a diet in January again.<p>This could be the future after scientists at the University of Montreal …

Scientists may have just discovered Einstein’s gravitational waves

Rumors are circulating that scientists have finally discovered gravitational waves – one of the most important variables in Albert Einstein’s …

Will Humans Ever Build Starships?

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Neel V. Patel</b><p>"Will we ever live amongst the stars?"<p>This is Rachel Armstrong's big question -- and one she's determined to answer. A professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University in the UK, Armstrong has been thinking about zero-g …

Archaeologists dig up 'unexpected' evidence of Iron Age life

<b>Archaeologists have uncovered "totally unexpected" remains from an Iron Age village on land where a housing estate is being built.</b><p>Experts from the University of Leicester believe the remains, in the village of Welford, Northamptonshire, date back more than 2,000 years.<p>They believe the artefacts …

Got Allergies? Blame Neanderthals

Mating with Neanderthals may have helped modern humans adapt to Europe, but may have also made them more prone to allergies. Continue reading →

Humanity

Big-eared statues reveal ancient Egyptian power couple

Six ancient statues of Egyptians, some with round faces and big ears, have been found near the Nile River in Upper Egypt.<p>The statues, which were once sloughed off their original bluff in an earthquake and buried in Nile silt, are of a man named Neferkhewe and his family. Neferkhewe bore the titles …

David Bowie Dies at 69 After Battle With Cancer

Singer released new album ‘Blackstar’ on Friday<p>David Bowie, a shape-shifting giant of the music world who defined the glam-rock era and influenced fashion and other arenas, has died after a struggle with cancer. He was 69 years old.<p>The singer’s death was reported in a statement posted to his …

David Bowie

Inside Pinterest and its ad sales operation

Pinterest cofounders Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann.Pinterest<p>Pinterest is a strong contender to go public in 2016, having already been valued at $11 billion after raising $1.3 billion in funding.<p>The visual scrapbook platform should be printing money. Its predominantly female audience browses …

Just How Toxic Is Richard Dawkins?

If you followed him on Twitter, you might think Dawkins was just a loudmouthed incendiary. Read his science writing and you encounter a brilliant …

Biographies

ASMR and 'head orgasms': what's the science behind it?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call ‘head orgasms’, or ‘brain tingles’. But what does the research say about it?<p>Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in …

Psychology

There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science

The United States of America has arguably done more to advance science in the modern world than any other country on earth. From the nimble ingenuity of Silicon Valley to the ascendency of US military technology, this nation has impeccable high-tech bona fides. Many of the world’s top engineering …

Critical Thinking

6 Ways To Kick Added Sugar Out, According To A Sugar Scientist

Learn how to protect yourself and your family from lurking added sugar.<p>The Food and Drug Administration’s new recommendation that Americans eat no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar is a giant leap in the right direction, according to sugar scientist Laura Schmidt of the University …

Diabetes

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Etsy CEO: We aim to fight 'consumer fatigue'

SAN FRANCISCO – As we all rush into the holiday shopping season, it’s safe to say a large part of what’s being purchased looks familiar. A giant TV here, a video game console there. Maybe a hoverboard if you’re lucky.<p>Chad Dickerson thinks you can do better than that.<p>As CEO of Etsy (ETSY), the …

eCommerce

Paris attacks: Anonymous declares war on Islamic State

Hacker group Anonymous says in a video that it will "hunt" Islamic State after its terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday<p>Anonymous has posted a video declaring war against Islamic State following a series of terror attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 people dead.<p>The hacker group, …

Cyber-attacks

What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020.<p>Revised Notions Of Ownership<p>Think of the things you …

Augmented Reality

The science of human behavior is reshaping the US government

Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.<p>The order, which directs federal agencies to incorporate insights from behavioral science into their …

Behavioral Sciences

The 11 most explosive moments of the GOP debate

The Fox Business News moderators are keeping themselves out of the crosshairs, but the Republican debate on Tuesday night still had plenty of memorable moments. Below are some of the best:<p><b>1. Trump’s back.</b><p>After a low-energy performance in the last debate, Trump came out punching and wisecracking on …

Government

Will this spherical camera revolutionize virtual reality?

Virtual reality goggles are an emerging technology looking for content. Lytro is a Silicon Valley camera company looking for a hit.<p>On Thursday, Lytro announced the Immerge, a professional-grade camera system for capturing video for virtual-reality headsets. The company hopes major production …

Virtual Reality

Poll: Trump, Carson continue to lead Republican race

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue to dominate the GOP presidential field, according to a new national poll.<p>About half of those surveyed supported either Trump or Carson, with Trump earning 26% support and the prominent neurosurgeon 23%, according to a Fox News survey released …

Republicans

Lord McColl claims porn shrinks your brain

Magnetic resonance image of a normal brain. Feuillet et al./The Lancet<p>A Conservative Peer told the House of Lords, during a debate this afternoon, that looking at pornography can shrink the brain.<p>Speaking in his capacity as "a doctor," Lord McColl cited a study by the Max Planck Institute for Human …

Reality is just part of our evolution: The wild new theory that tests our understanding of the physical world

A University of California cognitive scientist believes we learned to see things as they are as a means of survival<p>One of the deepest problems in epistemology is how we know the nature of reality. Over the millennia philosophers have offered many theories, from solipsism (only one's mind is known …