New Guinea

2018 Spring Music Preview ~ Experimental

Some of the most creative sounds come from this section, ranging from the intriguing to the out of this world. This season’s crop includes …


These are the best places in the world to go birdwatching

BIRD WATCHING IN Ireland is one thing – but doing it in other countries is another thing altogether.<p>Whether you’re in the mood for travelling or not, …


Canmore man raising awareness for mental illness by scaling world's greatest peaks


Here's how 10 of the largest and most important naval battles in modern history played out

The waters of the Earth's oceans have seen as much violence and conflict as its land.<p>For centuries the only way to travel the world was to brave the high sea. Control over shipping routes was essential for the security of nations and empires. Throughout history, the nations of the world have built …


Humans mated with mysterious Denisovan species more than once, researchers find

Our ancestors not only mated with Neanderthals but also another mysterious ancient species of hominins, the Denisovans, on two separate occasions, …


Papua activist gets 10 months jail for independence petition

JAYAPURA, Indonesia — An Indonesian court has found a Papuan activist guilty of treason and sentenced him to 10 months in prison for promoting a …


Why Don’t We Eat (More) Brains?

When I first touched a brain, it was braised and enveloped in a blanket of beaten eggs. That brain had started its life in the head of a calf, but …

Nobel Prize

How I Fish: Lefty Kreh

<i>Lefty Kreh, one of the most accomplished and beloved flyfishermen of all time, died this week. He was 93 years old. Kreh was a prolific author and</i> …


Aussie diary

He died in 1900, but my great grandfather, Archibald Richardson, outback explorer and early Rockhampton pioneer, is even today spoken of with respect in central Queensland. To me though he is a grave disappointment. I’ve been bragging about being descended from a criminal transported to the …

Winston Churchill

Fighting superbugs with platypus milk and Shirley Temple

Monotremes like echidna and platypus are highly unusual creatures, and as it turns out, so are the proteins in their milk.


Rare Australian dolphin at risk of extinction: study

Rare Australian dolphin at risk of extinction: study<p>Source: Xinhua 2018-03-14 10:37:44<p>CANBERRA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The rare Australian humpback …

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Male King Parrot.


Mickey Hart's Sonic Playground

We visit the Grateful Dead drummer at home, where he talks Trump, the Northern California fires and why Jerry Garcia would have loved his new …


Uncontacted tribes: What do we know about the 100+ isolated peoples in the world?

On July 1st, 2014 seven members of an uncontacted Amazon tribe emerged from the jungle and made their first contact with the rest of the world. …

Andaman and Nicobar

I asked makeup artists to find my perfect foundation match, and of course it went horribly wrong

I know the celebrated launch of Fenty Beauty and it's 294924 shades might have you convinced otherwise, but trying to find a matching foundation …


She's 100 years old – and credits her long life to beer and potato chips

A glass of wine or a pint of beer a day makes you live longer. Well, all the more reason to drink! Buzz60's Djenane Beaulieu (@djenanebeaulieu) has the story. Buzz60

San Diego

Chronic Wasting Disease Explained

In early 2018, concerns about “zombie deer” spreading illness to humans gripped the attention of the public. Although possible, the chances of being …

United Kingdom

The Last Wild Men of Borneo book review: Penan, Dayak tribes through the eyes of two very different Westerners

<b>The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure</b><p>by Carl Hoffman<p>Published by William Morrow<p>3 stars<p>We may never know for sure who …

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Pointy Skulls Belonged to ‘Foreign’ Brides, Ancient DNA Suggests

Archaeologists have long suspected that modified skulls in German burials belonged to the Huns. Now genetic evidence may confirm it.<p>During the Migration Age (ca. 300-700 A.D.), "barbarian" groups like the Goths and Vandals roved around Europe, nibbling away at the declining Roman Empire and …

Genghis Khan

On the trail of what are now said to be Amelia Earhart’s bones

<b>Eighty years after American aviator Amelia Earhart vanished trying to cross the South Pacific, forensic science is now convinced her remains ended up</b> …


Citizen science birding data passes scientific muster

As long as there have been birdwatchers, there have been lists. Birders keep detailed records of the species they've seen and compare these lists …


Yes, kangaroos are endangered – but not the species you think

Do you know what kind of animal the mala, nabarlek, or boodie is? What about the monjon, northern bettong, or Gilbert’s potoroo?<p>If you answered that …


Microsoft Monday: New Teams Features, Pix Adds Business Card Scanning, Custom Galaxy S9 Devices

“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Microsoft Pix gaining a business card scanning feature, a change in the “Hey Cortana” command, customized Galaxy S9 devices now being sold, new languages being added to …

Tel Aviv

The parachuting Yorkshire Terrier who helped heal soldiers in the Second World War

World War Two saw not only men and women, but many animals including pigeons, horses and dogs, valiantly contribute to the war effort. However, Smoky …


Philadelphia Flower Show is a wrap. Bring on spring

Attendance dropped Wednesday, when the second nor'easter in five days shut down much of the region, but the Philadelphia Flower Show drew robust …


Sideswipe: March 12: Just a joke or classist bull?

"This homeowner on an expensive Auckland street thinks it is appropriate to demean and pour scorn on minimum-wage earners," writes Isaac Donaldson. …


Amelia Earhart found! Great for science, but sad news for mystery buffs

<i>Bones from Pacific island likely those of Amelia Earhart, researchers say</i><p><i>Amelia Earhart Likely Died on Nikumaroro, Study Finds</i><p>I read the headlines with excitement, even awe, but also with a tinge of sadness and disappointment. It stands to reason many Amelia Earhart obsessives — and they are legion …

Amelia Earhart

High Noon on the Coral Sea: How One of America's Most Legendary Aircraft Carriers Was Sunk

On March 4, 2018 the wreck the U.S. Navy’s first fleet carrier was recovered in the Coral Sea. An earlier article details the design and early …


Amelia Earhart: Why she should be remembered for much more than her mysterious disappearance

In 1960 an old US coastguard told a curious reporter a tale he had heard some 14 years before on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro<p>Not long after the …

Amelia Earhart

Prion Disease Can Lurk in Your Brain for 30 Years Before Quickly Killing You

Among the myriad of things that can sicken us, prions remain one of the creepiest pathogens out there. A new report, published Thursday by the …