Big History

A ramble through some solutions for the Anthropocene

The Unnatural World’s look at human planet management is messy, but so are we.<p>To say that David Biello’s new book, <i>The Unnatural World</i> (Amazon US / …

Anthropocene

Venetian physician had a key role in shaping early modern chemistry

Newly discovered notes show for the first time the Venetian doctor who invented the thermometer and helped lay the foundations for modern medical …

British Library

Enemies of God - the Witch-hunt in Scotland

A good book on the Scottish Witch-hunt, or rather the witch-hunts in Scotland has been long in coming. The subject is a difficult one, bedevilled, if …

History

Mourinho Admits Rooney Situation Is 'Very Difficult' As Iconic Skipper Nears End

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hailed skipper Wayne Rooney’s attitude but added that his future at the club is in doubt.<p>Jose added that he …

Wayne Rooney

How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset

The humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beverages

Coffee

Oriolus Forsteni Review

<i>Disclaimer: Oriolus Forsteni is sent us by Oriolus Japan. We received the IEM free of charge for reviewing. Forsteni goes for 374$ USD on their</i> …

Headphones

4.4 billion years ago almost everything on Earth was under water, with just a few barren islands

It might seem unlikely, but tiny grains of minerals can help tell the story of early Earth.<p>And researchers studying those grains say that 4.4 billion years ago, Earth was a barren, mountainless place, and almost everything was under water. Only a handful of islands poked above the …

News

Did this other human species overlap with our ancestors?

A new species, Homo naledi, may have survived for as long as 2 million years alongside other species of early humans in Africa, say researchers.

Evolution

Franklin researchers hope to link DNA from doomed sailors’ bones with living descendants

Print<p>Researchers who have completed the first genetic analysis on the bones from the crew of the doomed Franklin expedition in Canada’s Arctic say …

DNA

Franklin researchers hope to link DNA from sailors’ bones with descendants

Researchers who have completed the first genetic analysis on the bones from the crew of the doomed Franklin expedition in Canada’s Arctic say they’re hoping to meet living descendants to match them with the remains of their ancestors.<p>Anne Keenlyside, an anthropologist at Trent University and …

Anthropology

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy<p>After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with …

Anthropocene

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Natural World—and Us

Richard O. Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale …

Evolution

How Can It Be So Easy to Lose Our Humanity?

Something stuck with me after the events of this week, including the tour of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture: Why is it …

Black History

AI Xprize asks for bold solutions to humanity's greatest problems

The XPrize program is no stranger to moon shots. From capturing carbon to cleaning water -- even literal trips to the moon and Star Trek-style tricorders -- the contest seeks the boldest solutions to humanity's greatest challenges. That tradition continues in the company's latest competition, the …

Artificial Intelligence

Several scientists predict the apocalypse will occur uncomfortably soon

Are humans an endangered species? Some scientists think so. Author Phil Torres wrote a piece for Salon detailing evidence from various sources – from …

Climate Change

DNA of Ancient Skeleton Linked to Modern Indigenous Peoples

Some 10,300 years ago, a man known as Shuká Káa​ lived on the Pacific Northwest Coast, presumably hunting bears and feasting on fish. Archaeologists …

DNA

Introduction: A Special Issue on the Digital Turn

This issue of the <i>Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies</i> is grounded both in the past and in the future, in theory as well as in practice. It …

Johns Hopkins University

DNA in dirt can reveal where human ancestors lived

When you want to know where humans have lived, you typically look for direct signs like bones or buildings. But that's not always easy, especially with hominid ancestors who didn't exactly leave an abundance of remains. Thanks to a new genetic research technique, however, those obvious clues won't …

Anthropology

13 existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter.<p>Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) are …

Volcanoes

Have you ever wondered what the ancient supercontinent Pangea really looked like?

ABOUT 300 million years ago, Earth did not have seven continents (or eight if you count Zealandia), but one supercontinent called Pangea, which was …

Maps

Fossil “Mummy” Shows Glimpse of Dinosaur Skin

Despite its nickname, the Museum’s famous dinosaur “mummy”—the duck-billed dinosaur <i>Edmontosaurus annectens</i> on display in the Hall of Ornithischian …

Paleontology

Humanity, Not Technology: The Idea Worth Spreading

The red circle. The big letters. The earnestness. Once a year, the good and the great converge on Vancouver, Canada for the TED conference: …

Advertising Industry

Headless dinosaur reunited with its skull, one century later

After being headless for almost a century, a dinosaur skeleton that had become a tourist attraction in Dinosaur Provincial Park was finally …

Paleontology

Ancient DNA bucks tale of how the horse was tamed

DNA from 2,000-year-old stallions is helping rewrite the story of horse domestication.<p>Ancient domesticated horses had much more genetic diversity …

Evolution

Ancient genomic changes associated with domestication of the horse

The domestication of the horse was a seminal event in human cultural evolution. Librado <i>et al.</i> obtained genome sequences from 14 horses from the …

Anthropology

The Elizabeths: Elemental Historians

by Carla Nappi<p><b>For the most part, working professional historians bring to their sources a fundamentally forensic sensibility: they tend to treat</b> …

History

Alberta dinosaur researchers solve the case of the missing skull

University of Alberta scientists find perfect match for headless Corythosaurus skeleton<p>A headless dinosaur skeleton has finally been reunited with …

Paleontology

Mayor to Give NC State Spring Commencement Speech

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane will deliver North Carolina State University’s commencement address on Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. in the PNC Arena in …

North Carolina State University

PTSD risk may be passed down through our DNA

<b>(CNN) —</b> Christal Presley considers herself a survivor of the Vietnam War, even though the war ended years before she was born.<p>Her father was a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. At times, he carried his rifle through the house, threatening to shoot himself in the …

DNA

Who Was Australopithecus sediba?

TEMPE, ARIZONA—According to a report in <i>Science Magazine</i>, Bill Kimbel of Arizona State University and Yoel Rak of Tel Aviv University have analyzed …

Archaeology