Big History

Clue to ancient "ghost species" of humans discovered in saliva

A new discovery by a team at the University of Buffalo has revealed the genetic trace of a mysterious, and possibly undiscovered, ancient sub-species …

Evolution

Ancient DNA study suggests that dogs were domesticated just one time

People and pooches may have struck up a lasting friendship after just one try, a new genetic study suggests.<p>New data from ancient dogs indicates that dogs became distinct from wolves between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, researchers report July 18 in <i>Nature Communications.</i><p>Dogs then formed genetically …

Evolution

Spit hints ancient humans interbred with 'ghost' species - Futurity

Differences in modern saliva genes suggest a "ghost" species of ancient humans interbred with others—and that it may not have been unusual.

Evolution

These are the workout routines of healthy billionaires

Industry icons with billion-dollar net worths rely on exercises and other wellness habits to be highly-functioning individuals. And somehow, they …

Self-improvement

Religion divides humanity and poses the greatest threat to our progress

By impeding humanity’s mental progress, religion hampers the quality of our lives, health and environment. It should not be acceptable for an adult …

Reflections on "Living Well and Dying Well in the Early Modern World"

<i>by Josh Rhodes (Conference Co-organiser)</i><p>It’s now three weeks ago that the second annual Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) PGR conference at the …

History

Police: 4 dead in Calgary all had 'brutal' injuries

Police in Calgary are investigating four deaths as a quadruple murder case, after locating the body of the owner of a burned-out car that was found …

Crime

We may have mated with Neanderthals more than 219,000 years ago

It’s a sex-laced mystery. If modern humans didn’t reach Europe until about 60,000 years ago, how has DNA from them turned up in a Neanderthal fossil …

Evolution

Monsters, Marvels, and the Birth of Science - Issue 50: Emergence

Finding regularity in nature is the bread and butter of science. We know that reptiles lay eggs, while mammals bear live young; the Earth revolves …

17Th Century

Dams can lead the way to a better relationship with nature

EVIDENCE of the Anthropocene is all around us. Even if humans were wiped out tomorrow, future scientists couldn’t fail to notice planet-wide changes: …

Anthropocene

Seawater is the secret to long-lasting Roman concrete

Ancient recipe has lasted 2,000 years thanks to chemical reactions that result in a rare mineral.<p>Ancient Romans built concrete sea walls that have …

Engineering

Text by 'Father of Medicine' Found in Remote Egyptian Monastery

The manuscript was unearthed by the monastery's monks who were conducting restorations in the centuries-old library.<p>There's perhaps no doctor in history more famous than Hippocrates. Many medical students today still swear the ancient doctor's oath to adhere to ethical medical principles. While the …

Astronomy

The Anthropocene is a time to create a new world, not preserve the old one

[image] In a fascinating piece for the June issue of the Brooklyn Rail, geographer Stephanie Wakefield turns a trip to South Florida into an occasion …

Anthropocene

People look to DNA testing to bridge the African diaspora

Genetic testing is becoming a popular way to reach across the African diaspora, the Atlantic reports from the Aspen Ideas Festival. African Ancestry …

DNA

THIS → Saskatchewan artist creates her own Canada 150 tribute

Apartment<i>, acrylic panel, 2016. Courtesy Heather Cline.</i><p>Regina, Sask., artist Heather Cline has her own ideas about Canada’s sesquicentennial. There’s …

Canadian News

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene – podcast

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on<p>• Read the text version here<p><b>Subscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud,</b> …

Anthropocene

I Asked Geologists If the Anthropocene Is Real

Defining the Anthropocene is proving to be a rocky road.<p>Roughly 11,500 years ago, neolithic villagers in Israel's Dead Sea Basin began practices of farming, deforestation, and sheep and goat domestication, increasing local erosion rates three to fourfold.<p>Some believe that this discovery, published …

Anthropocene

New fossils shake up history of amphibians with no legs

Newly named fossils suggest that a weird and varied chapter in amphibian deep history isn’t totally over.Small fossils about 220 million years old …

Evolution

Snapshot: Where Geology Meets Early Modern History

A Millstone Quarry in Upper Bavaria By Katrin Kleemann The Mühlsteinbruch Hinterhör in Altenbeuren, Upper Bavaria—this millstone quarry was the first …

CC BY

Rising above politics and embracing our shared humanity

On a day when many foolish people said the wrong things, so many better people said the right things.<p>The shooting attack on a group of Republican …

Steve Scalise

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. By Alex Blasdel<p>A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose …

Anthropocene

Bernie Sanders Is Asking the Wrong Question about Religious Liberty

During confirmation hearings for Russell Vought, Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senator Bernie Sanders …

Bernie Sanders

'First of our kind' found in Morocco

<b>The idea that modern people evolved in a single "cradle of humanity" in East Africa some 200,000 years ago is no longer tenable, new research suggests.</b><p>Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show <i>Homo sapiens</i> emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised.<p>…

History

Fortune's Wheel | Jackson Lears

In the American mythology of success, labor is the only path to prosperity. The affluent can cleanse their cash by claiming they worked hard for it; …

History

Important milestones in Qatar's history amid Gulf rift

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar, now embroiled in a diplomatic crisis with other Arab nations, is a small country with a history of turmoil and coups.<p>Its massive natural gas reserves and tiny population have made it one of the richest per capita countries in the world, and its popular …

Middle East

Integrated Curriculum: Why it Matters, and Where to Find It

Why do 95% of high schools retain discipline-based structure and staffing decades after the cost has been shown to significantly outweigh the …

Education

Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilized in Amber

The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind.<p>The remains of a baby bird from the time of the dinosaurs have been discovered in a specimen of 99-million-year-old amber, according to scientists writing in the journal <i>Gondwana Research</i>.<p>The hatchling …

Dinosaurs

Curator, Early Modern Collections - Medieval manuscripts blog

The British Library is recruiting for a <b>Curator of Early Modern Collections</b>. This is a full time, fixed term position, for six months. Full details of …

British Library

Egyptian Mummy DNA Reveals the Region's Rich, Diverse History

DNA recovered from ancient Egyptians mummies is revealing the mosaic of cultures that came to dominate the region. German researchers gathered …

Anthropology

Mummy DNA shows that the ancients don’t have much in common with modern Egyptians

This will pave the way for more genetics studies<p>Scientists have extracted and analyzed DNA from mummies that are thousands of years old, and they have found that the ancient Egyptians are actually more genetically similar to people living today in the Near East — countries like Israel, Lebanon, and …

Anthropology