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Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Genetics

Americans surveyed: misunderstood, misrepresented or ignorant?

Following the results of the poll suggesting a quarter of Americans do not know the Earth circles the Sun, we look at some other examples of surprising US survey results<p>When <b>Newsweek</b>set 1,000 <b>Americans</b> the challenge of completing their country’s citizenship test, 29 percent could not name the current …

Demographics

Oldest Known Hearth Found in Israel Cave

New species of early human cooked there 300,000 years ago, say archaeologists.<p>An ancient limestone cave in the rolling countryside east of Tel Aviv has provided a captivating glimpse into humanity's remote past—the oldest known hearth, around which families periodically cooked their meals more than …

Did Ancient Aliens Build Giant Stone Boxes in Egypt?

As usual, the answer to every headline question is, "probably not," but I'll leave this for you to decide.<p>My good friend Dr. Steven Novella sent me this video in the hopes that we might talk about it on this week's Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (which we do - look for our discussion to come out …

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

<b>Listen · 4:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders.<p>But before the Great Wall, warring …

The Science of Doctor Who, BBC Two, review

Professor Brian Cox gave an excellent science lecture at the Royal Institution on the subject of Doctor Who – though those hoping to discover the secret of time travel may have been disappointed<p>For 188 years, the Royal Institution’s lecture hall has seen worthy addresses on such topics as the laws …

Oldest Known Early Human DNA Recovered

As far as mountains go, the Atapuerca Mountains in Spain aren’t much to look at. In many places, they amount simply to scrub-covered, limestone hills rather than towering, craggy heights. If the mighty Rockies of North America could speak, they might very well be scoffing.<p>But at Atapuerca, the …

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