Humans

Our evolutionary history is full of interspecies sex. Different human ancestor species seem to have mingled and mated far more than anthropologists previously realised. Neanderthals interbred with modern humans. Homo sapiens had sex with Denisovans. And 700,000 years ago, according to a new study, a population of ancient humans mated with a distinct unknown population
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Our evolutionary history is full of inter-species sex. Different human ancestor species seem to have mingled and mated far more than anthropologists previously realised. Neanderthals interbred with modern humans. Homo sapiens had sex with Denisovans. And 700,000 years ago, according to a new study, a population of ancient humans mated with a distinct, unknown population
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For years, there has been a controversial theory about the famous 3,300-year-old tomb of King Tutankhamun: that Queen Nefertiti’s remains are contained just beyond its walls. A team of scientists led by Mamdouh Eldamaty, the former Egyptian minister of antiquities, seemed to have recently confirmed the theory. The researchers surveyed the tomb with ground-penetrating radar
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Vivid frescoes and never-before-seen inscriptions were among the treasures unearthed in a massive years-long restoration of the world-famous archeological site Pompeii that came to a close on Tuesday. The painstaking project saw an army of workers reinforce walls, repair collapsing structures and excavate untouched areas of the sprawling site, Italy’s second most visited tourist destination
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The gene pool of modern West Africans contains the ‘ghost’ of a mysterious hominin, unlike any we’ve detected so far. Similar to how humans and Neanderthals once mated, new research suggests this ancient long-lost species may have once mingled with our ancestors on the African continent. Using whole-genome data from present-day West Africans, scientists have
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Sometimes there’s an archaeological find that makes all that laborious digging, careful brushing and meticulous cataloguing worth it – such as the 1,200-year-old board game piece that researchers have found on an island off the coast of northeastern England. This is thought to be a ‘King’ piece from a Viking board game hnefatafl (“king’s table”),
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Amongst all the different types of cancer treatment, photodynamic therapy - where light in is used to destroy malignant cells – might have one of the strangest side effects: patients are often better able to see in the dark. Now researchers have figured out why this happens: rhodopsin, a light-sensitive protein in the retinas in our eyes, interacts with a
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Worrying about what other people think at work is something women have to contend with far more than men, a small new study suggests. The experiment included only 32 participants, but economists in Germany say their “clear and consistent” findings are thorough evidence of a newly-identified gender discrepancy. Experiments have found that when people are
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The typefaces you see on yard signs and bumper stickers might hold a hidden meaning for voters. A new psychological study suggests some typefaces read more conservative, or right-leaning, while others come across as more liberal, or left-leaning. In two different surveys, the authors identify four font changes that seem to convey ideological qualities. Gothic-looking
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They look amazing. All across the internet, you can find them: images of rocks, stones, and pebbles assembled into elaborate, sometimes gravity-defying stacks. These eye-catching photos, usually framed against stunning natural backdrops, evoke an almost mystical sense of calmness when we see them. But there’s a dark side to their contrived wonder, researchers warn. “It’s
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Canadians throughout the Province of Ontario received an emergency push alert early Sunday morning about a nuclear “incident” in the city of Pickering, 30 minutes outside Toronto. The alert said it applied to people within 10 kilometers of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, and while it said “NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station,”
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