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How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity

Mapping the genomes of our ancestors has allowed scientists to uncover secrets and discover new mysteries in our evolution<p>Scientists made a remarkable discovery at Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium earlier this year. Inside a cave that overlooks the Hoyoux river they found clear evidence it had been …

Anthropology

This tiny Greek village will restore your faith in humanity

The peaceful life in Skala Sikamineas changed dramatically once people fleeing war and starvation began washing up on its shores; with no help …

Middle East

How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory.

Eight tactics for pest control in an era of human-induced change<p>HANOVER, N.H. - Nov. 13, 2017 - A set of fundamental tactics ranging from the …

Ecology

When will the Earth try to kill us again? | Ars Technica

Most mass extinctions began with vast convulsions of Earth’s interior—can we detect that?<p>“The revolutions and changes which have left the earth as we …

Long-form Journalism

The complexity of laughing at Trump – and lessons from France's sans-culottes

The power of laughter is something of a theme in Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump’s humourless response to Barack Obama’s jibes at the White House …

White House Correspondents' Dinner

Plant invasions in the Anthropocene

Today's globalized economy causes the large-scale redistribution of plant species (<i>1</i>). However, only some alien species that are introduced by humans …

Ecology

Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim

When the cosmos shoots pool, it plays for keeps. It sank a six-mile-wide rock in our pocket of the solar system 66 million years ago. The smack of the asteroid against Earth released energy on the order of billions of atomic bombs. Dinosaurs were the cataclysm's most famous victims, joined by sea …

News (U.S.)

2,000+ Impressionist, Post-impressionist & Early Modern Paintings Now Free Online, Thanks to the Barnes Foundation

Georges Seurat, Henri Rousseau, Giorgio de Chirico, Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh — all of us associate these names with great innovations in …

Culture

KQED

Humility is not necessarily about modesty or pretending to be less than you are. In fact, people who are humble often have a high sense of …

Emotions

Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne: Power and Subjectivity from Richard II to Hamlet (review)

Over the past fourteen years Hugh Grady has emerged as one of the most important commentators on Shakespeare's relation to twentieth-century theory …

Machiavellianism

Machiavelli in the British Isles: Two Early Modern Translations of The Prince (review)

Since the pioneering and much-plagiarized thesis of John Wesley Horrocks, <i>Machiavelli in Tudor Political Opinion and Discussion</i> (1908), early modern …

British Isles

UPDATED: Scientists Discover a Giant Void Hidden in The Great Pyramid of Giza

A secret kept for 4,500 years.<p>For millennia, a towering wonder – the Great Pyramid of Giza – was the tallest human-made structure on Earth, and as …

Science

The Randomness of Language Evolution

English is shaped by more than natural selection.<p>Joshua Plotkin’s dive into the evolution of language began with clarity—and also a lack of it.<p>Today, if you wanted to talk about something that’s clear, you’d say that it has <i>clarity</i>. But if you were around in 1890, you would almost certainly have …

History

Frozen Remains of Extinct Lion Found in Russia

The Ice Age lion can still be seen resting its head on its paw.<p>The frozen remains of a cave lion cub likely dating back to the last Ice Age were recently unveiled in Russia.<p>Local outlets reported that the remains of the roughly one-year-old cub were found in Russia's far northeastern Yukatia region …

History

Remains of 18-Foot-Long Sea Monster Found with Its Favorite Foods

An exquisitely preserved fossil of an ichthyosaur — a dolphin-like reptile that lived during the dinosaur age — found alongside the remains of …

Science

This Tech Helps Turn OER Into Cohesive Curriculum

Using OER is hard. Finding good lessons, videos, articles and activities is hard. Putting these pieces together to create a coherent school year is …

Teaching

Deaf, injured Neandertal survived with help from friends - Futurity

Signs that an injured, deaf Neandertal survived well into his 40s "reinforce the basic humanity" of the species.

History

Cataclysms: A life spent chasing planetary catastrophe

IN 1980, Luis and Walter Alvarez and co-workers found irrefutable signs that a mighty asteroid impact occurred 66 million years ago. It coincided …

15 Powerful Photos Of People & Animals To Restore Your Faith in Humanity

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Cats

The mark of the Devil: medical proof in witchcraft trials

This thesis will analyze the intersection between medical and religious beliefs in the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries to evaluate the …

Medieval

Mapping the Early Modern World: Using Google Maps in the Classroom - American Historical Association

<b>By Julia M Gossard</b><p>While lecturing on Magellan’s famed voyage that circumnavigated the early modern world, I asked the student who had chosen to trace …

Maps

From Anthropocene To Ecocene By 2050?

The unprecedented transformation and ecological decline caused by human activities since 1950 has prompted scientists to mark the end of the Holocene geological epoch, and the beginning of the “Anthropocene” – the human era. Never before has a single species of organism so dominated and damaged the …

Anthropocene

Are we all living in the Anthropocene?

In 2000, atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and biologist Eugene Stoermer published a short but enormously influential article in <i>Global Change</i> …

Anthropocene

The Sound Tomorrow Cannot Make

Oct 19, 2017<p>8 Min read time<p>Alan Felsenhal’s striking debut collection, <i>Lowly</i>, achieves something like early modern surrealism.<p><i>Lowly</i><br>Alan Felsenthal …

The Moroccan fossils that re-write history

Oldest Homo sapiens fossils push back the timeline on human origins

World News

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Rivers are one of nature's most powerful forces — they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. …

Universe

3 Small New York City Music Venues with a Big History

With world-famous venues like Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, New York City has seen some pivotal moments in music history, from Led …

Radio City Music Hall

An American astronomical evangelist coined the phrase ‘island universe’

No other science engages human curiosity like astronomy. From antiquity onward, attempts to comprehend the architecture of the cosmos have commanded …

Astronomy

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

Evolution

This Edible Food Wrapper Could Eliminate Plastic Waste

Imagine grabbing a quick lunch and being able to not only eat your sandwich, but also the wrapper. That futuristic daydream might soon be reality, …

Recycling