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Hair Analysis Indicates Inca Child Sacrifice Given Drugs and Alcohol Before Death

Researchers from the University of Bradford conducted hair analysis on the Llullaillaco Maiden, a 13-year-old girl whose frozen body was found near …

Did monogamy evolve in primates due to threat of male infanticide?

Among competing hypotheses: a paired male protects his offspring from other males, who may kill an unrelated infant to improve chances of reproducing …

More than 1,400 cities could be underwater by century's end, according to climate-change model

There's mounting evidence that the human race is making long-term changes to the Earth's climate — CO2 levels recently reached a peak not seen in millions of years, NASA found 2012 to be the ninth-warmest year on record, and a study recently showed that it was all but certain Miami would eventually …

Parenting style tied to school success for preemies

<b>U. WARWICK (UK) —</b> Parents of preterm babies can increase the likelihood of their child’s academic success by adopting a sensitive style of parenting, …

Parenting

Starbucks Taps Google To Improve Coffee Shop Wi-Fi

Starbucks seems to have embraced the fact that very few people actually go to coffee shops to sit and drink coffee nowadays. For cafes, solid Wi-Fi connection is about as necessary as fresh brew. So the company has teamed up with Google to make free Wi-Fi faster in all 7,000 of Starbucks's U.S. …

Moche Mural in Peru Revealed in Stunning Detail

Interactive gigapixel technology offers a new way to see ancient art.<p><b>In the bone-dry coastal desert of northern Peru, the ancient Moche sculpted and painted intricate murals on the adobe walls of the site now known as Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon). Created between A.D. 100 and 800, the</b> …

Can we cook ourselves thin?

Preparing food from scratch makes us healthier, is good for the soul and gives us our humanity. So why has cooking become something we watch, rather than do? William Leith reports.<p><b>Jean-Michel Cohen</b>believes he has the cure for obesity. As I chatted to the French diet doctor recently in his large, …

Nutrition

The Case for Alien Life

Only one planet has been proven to support life: our own. But with at least 11 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy orbiting in their stars' habitable zones, the odds that we are not alone are improving.<p>On Feb. 9, 2013, NASA's Curiosity rover found something on Mars that set a milestone in the …

Did life on Earth begin at hot-water vents on the sea floor?

Three new papers strengthen the case that Earth’s first life began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottoms of oceans. Scientists are interested …

Space exploration as it was imagined in the '50s

Back in the 1950s, when the allure of space travel captured the imagination of a nation, <i>Collier's</i> magazine fed that desire with a series of articles that outlined in detail how the US would explore the reaches of space. While the scenarios detailed in the magazine over the span of two years didn't …

Secret to the long migrations of great white sharks? Liver fat

In a recent study, an ingenious analysis of satellite tracking date provided evidence that fat stored in sharks’ livers lets them migrate long …

How Realistic Is The Sci-Fi Space Thriller 'Europa Report'?

We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.<p>It's rare that a great space movie breaks the Hollywood traditions of big budgets, blatant abuse of physics, over-the-top special effects, factitious …

Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past

One of the most powerful ways to figure out how the Earth will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're putting into the atmosphere is to look back into the planet's history.<p>Paleontologists have spent a lot of time trying to understand a time, more than 50 million years ago, when the planet was much …

Could There Be A Planet Hidden On The Opposite Side Of Our Sun?

We ask a scientist who has peered around it.<p>The sun might seem like a pretty huge galactic blind spot, but we've already managed to glimpse behind it, and there's nothing there in the way of another Earth, says NASA scientist Michael Kaiser, "unless it's <i>awfully</i> tiny."<p>Kaiser is the project scientist …

Week in Photos: Aug. 2, 2013

Lens<p>From Pope Francis’s Rio trip to a seriously overcrowded Chinese pool, see the week’s most striking images.<p>08.02.13 4:45 AM ET<p>Nicolas Tanner/AP

10 Biggest Asteroid Craters on Earth

Although it’s fortunately extremely rare for Earth to be hit by large objects from outer space—rare from the point of view of the span of mankind’s …

Hybrid planes trying to charge into action

The airliner of the future may feel very alien to our fuel-guzzling planes, at least if one ambitious quest to build the Prius of the skies is anything to go by.<p>How would you feel about flying on an electric airliner? Current planes may be noisy, rattly, and relatively inefficient, but there’s …

Aviation

In India, the well-connected drive microloan success

<b>STANFORD (US) —</b> When it comes to spreading information through a social network, a microfinance project in India shows that it really is about who …

Stanford University

Hot and bothered: Climate warming predicted to increase violent conflicts

A hot-off-the-presses SCIENCE study analyses historic and modern data gathered from around the world and finds a link between global warming and increased human violence<p>As much of Europe and America swelter under the effects of unusually warm temperatures this summer, it may be cold comfort to …

The physics of Spain

Even at the seaside, science is all around you<p>I went to Spain for a short holiday last week. I was hoping to get a break from science but I failed.<p>The weather was beautifully sunny and I spent many an hour in or near the water at the little coastal village of Cadaqués. I read, swam, strolled, …

Why is there still no male contraceptive pill?

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including male contraception, whether we could create an interstellar starship using available science and confessions of a Google Glass explorer.<p>Don’t ever take anything from Goldman<br>Michael Lewis | Vanity Fair | 1 August 2013<br>Sergei Aleynikov was …

Cross of Jesus Found? Archaeologists Find Fragment in Ancient Turkish Church

“Cross of Jesus found” reports sprung up on Friday after archaeologists said they would what is believed to be a piece of the cross–the one used to …

Watch The Mars Rover Curiosity's First Year In Only 2 Minutes

A busy, if slow-moving, year in the life of a robot we crashed onto an alien world.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity has spent the past year driving around the surface of of its new home, drilling and digging and collecting samples and every once in awhile drawing inappropriate body parts for fun.<p>It's not a …

The New Google/Motorola Moto X Smartphone Is A Quiet Delight

The difficulty and virtue of quiet is too often overlooked.<p>The new Moto X smartphone, Motorola's first start-to-finish project after its acquisition by Google last year, is here.<p>"Motorola's Moto X Must Be Game-Changing -- Or Else," writes Tim Stenovec, threateningly, at the Huffington Post. "With …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …

Who Would Take A One-Way Trip To Mars? This Woman.

Katrina Wolfe, a 24-year-old video game designer, wants to live and die on Mars.<p><i>Mars One, a Netherlands-based private spaceflight project, announced April 22 that it would begin accepting applications for a one-way mission to colonize Mars; three weeks later, 78,000 people had already signed up. We</i> …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

Perseid Meteor Shower Peak 2013: When to Watch, Where to Go

People wanting to see the peak activity of the Perseids meteor shower, which began on July 17, should plan ahead for August 11 and August 12.<p>During …