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Early modern gem in Altadena asking $835K would shine with some TLC

Designed by Kem Weber<p>This stunner in the hills of Altadena is in need of considerable work, but we’re hoping the three-bedroom residence gets all the attention needed to make it shine once more.<p>Built in 1936, the home was, per the listing, designed by hugely influential architect and furniture …

Architecture

Genetics Spills Secrets From Neanderthals’ Lost History

How many Neanderthals were there? Archaeology and genetics have given very different answers. A new study helps to reconcile them and reveals the …

Anthropology

Monday links

Dr. Samuel Johnson (wiki) was born on this date in 1709: here’s a selection of his insults and Scotland-bashing comments.<p>The now-abandoned Russian …

Game of Thrones

How “white people” were invented by a playwright in 1613

The Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton invented the concept of “white people” on October 29th, 1613, the date that his play <i>The Triumphs of Truth</i> was first performed. The phrase was first uttered by the character of an African king who looks out upon an English audience and declares: “I see …

Racism

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature: 'Against the Anthropocene'

Scientists have been arguing for a new period in Earth's geological history, the Anthropocene. Cultural critic T.J. Demos offers a critical take on …

Theodor W. Adorno

How humans can understand alien civilizations through our own

With all the speculation on aliens out there, there is one place we often forget to look when theorizing what some far-out intelligent species could …

Aliens

Changing meaning of words

I have long been interested in the evolution of words as their meanings change and in his book <i>The Scientific Revolution</i> (1996), author Steven Shapin …

History

Earth Is Now a Hybrid Planet, According to This Strange New Classification

Thanks, Anthropocene.<p>Humanity's indelible impact on our home planet has marked the dawn of a whole new geological epoch, a sweeping change that could …

Anthropocene

Salvador Dali: DNA test proves woman is not his daughter

<b>A Spanish woman who believed Salvador Dali was her father is not the surrealist artist's daughter, a DNA test has proved.</b><p>María Pilar Abel Martínez, a tarot card reader who was born in 1956, says her mother had an affair with Dalí during the year before her birth.<p>A judge in Madrid agreed his body …

Art History

Why these scientists argue that we’re turning Earth into an alien planet

A trio of scientists has just laid out a new classification scheme for planets that would put Earth into a hybrid category, making the transition …

Anthropocene

23 Thoughts Every Australian Has While Travelling Through Europe

Is it just me, or is everything better in Europe?

Mona Lisa

Educating for Global Competence: 6 Reasons, 7 Competencies, 8 Strategies, 9 Innovations

As we become more connected and interdependent, how do we prepare young people for the world they will inherit? We see six reasons, seven …

Learning

Vol. 6 No. 3 | Cynthia Stokes Brown: What Is a Civilization, Anyway?

We often teach early civilizations without taking time to discuss with our students what a civilization really is. The California History-Social …

Ancient History

Malcolm Gaskill · Staunch with Sugar: Early Modern Mishaps

Staunch with Sugar<p>Malcolm Gaskill<p>Accidents and Violent Death in Early Modern London, 1650-1750 by Craig Spence<br>Boydell, 273 pp, £65.00, November 2016, …

Poll: Most Protestants and Catholics believe faith and works are necessary for salvation

Ahead of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a majority of U.S. Protestants, 52 percent, believe that both good deeds and faith are …

History

The Gonzales Sisters and Their World

Her haunting face completely covered in long, soft, fur-like hair, she looks directly out at you from the painting by the 16th-century artist Lavinia …

History

Aquinas and Descartes to Kant: The Origins of Early Modern Philosophy

The early modern period was one of the most innovative moments in Western philosophy, during which new theories of mind and matter, of the divine, …

Philosophy

How cheese changed the shape of the human skull

The move from chasing down our food to growing our own grub left an indelible mark on our biology. One change resulting from the switch to softer …

History

Ancient human relative probably ate nuts, roots or tubers

<i>Homo naledi</i>, a human ancestor that lived about 300,000 years ago, probably ate food that was hard or gritty, Bruce Bower writes for Science News. The …

Evolution

Ice Age bones discovered inside inescapable "black hole"

Around the end of the last Ice Age, about 13,000 years ago, animals could roam through subterranean passageways in what is now Mexico. But the …

History

Big, non-native mammal invaders: not a problem, but a solution. | Anthropocene

This post is also available in: Français (French)<p>Even as native populations of large-bodied herbivores fall at alarming rates, others of their kind …

Ecology

Oldest ice core ever dated reveals hidden clues to ancient Earth's atmosphere

Ice cores hold secrets of what our planet was like millions of years ago – and a Princeton University-led team just revealed that the world’s oldest …

Lifestyle

The Comfort of Cover.

A depiction of a 15th-century bed. Public Domain.Blankets, sheets. Most people have trouble sleeping without them. I have a love/hate thing for them …

Atlas Obscura

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

ultra-distant Universe, but can only see the pristine clouds of gas if there’s a very, very distant light source beyond to illuminate them.<p>The Big …

Physics

Geneticists trace humble apple's exotic lineage all the way to the Silk Road

The fruit’s evolutionary history has been unpicked for the first time by studying a range of wild and cultivated apples from China to North America<p>It is a lunchbox staple so ubiquitous as to have become mundane. But the apple we know today is the fruit of an extraordinary journey, researchers have …

History

The shock, the inefficiency, the illogicality of the Anthropocene

The Shock of the Anthropocene has been translated from French into English and published by Verso. NATALIE BENNETT, the former Green Party leader, …

Environmentalism

The DNA on medieval manuscripts might give a new view of history

Scientists may have discovered a new way to gain a window into our past: DNA samples from parchment made from animal skin, per The Atlantic.<p><b>How it</b> …

History

Peter Oren details second record Anthropocene and shares the first single

Indiana native Peter Oren details Anthropocene, his second long-player, and shares the lead single/title track.>

Music (UK)

Early modern humans consumed more plants than Neanderthals but ate very little fish

Senckenberg scientists have studied the diet of anatomically modern humans. With their recent study, published today in the journal Scientific …

Evolution

Competition over mammoth meat may have wiped out Neanderthals

Neanderthals may have been wiped out due a direct competition with early humans for meat, say scientists who found that for both species mammoths …

History