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People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing that the Rapanui people living on that most isolated of islands had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years earlier. The findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 23 lend the first genetic support for such an early trans-Pacific route between Polynesia and the Americas, an impressive trek of more than 4,000 kilometers (nearly 2,500 miles).
After 5 years of scouring the Andes mountains, two graduate students have found the oldest solid evidence that humans were living at extreme elevations by 12,800 years ago. These early settlers of the Americas, known as Paleoindians, camped in a rock shelter and manufactured stone tools in an open-air workshop almost 4500 meters above sea level, indicating that humans lived at least for part of the year at high elevations 1000 years earlier than previously thought.
Alt: Oldest High-Altitude Human Settlement Discovered in Andes
Remains of a 750-year-old city, founded by the descendents of Genghis Khan, have been unearthed along the Volga River in Russia.
Drinking coffee ó even decaffeinated coffee ó may protect your liver, a large new study has found.
Moderate cannabis use among teenagers may not lead to a lower IQ and poorer exam results, a large study of UK schoolchildren has found.
Related: How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place
Related: Why Oregon is about to be the poster child for how to legalize and regulate marijuana
A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of ó and ahead of ó its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. Within 40 minutes after a single infusion of ketamine, treatment-resistant depressed bipolar disorder patients experienced a reversal of a key symptom ó loss of interest in pleasurable activities ó which lasted up to 14 days. Brain scans traced the agentís action to boosted activity in areas at the front and deep in the right hemisphere of the brain.
Exposure to sunshine could slow down weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes, research on mice suggests.
Just as the US prepares to watch the partial solar eclipse today, nearly 100 million miles away on the sun a possible solar storm is brewing.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:24 PM - Venus may be known best for its sulphuric acid rain, crushing atmospheric pressures and hellish temperatures, but the planet is turning out to be even more bizarre, as researchers discover that its mountains are covered in heavy metal frost, and perhaps something even stranger, which is sparking a mystery about our sister world.
As Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moves closer to the Sun, it becomes more "active," as gases escape from its nucleus through cracks and pores. The Rosetta spacecraft's mass spectrometers have identified the chemical composition of these emissions. If you could smell them, you'd probably wish you hadn't.
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot which they plan to land on the Moon to act as eyes for Earth-bound space enthusiasts.
Scientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings ó so why not the price of Bitcoin?
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans.
Excavations at the 10,000-year-old Boncuklu mound have unearthed finger prints on kiln objects.
A fired-clay disk from the Second Millenium B.C. may finally have had some of its markings decoded.
Alt: The 'first CD-ROM': 4,000-year-old Phaistos Disk 'stores' a spiral-shaped prayer to a mother, expert claims
The Idol is the oldest wooden statue in the world, estimated as having been constructed approximately 9,500 years ago, and preserved as if in a time capsule in a peat bog on the western fringe of Siberian. Expert Svetlana Savchenko, chief keeper of Shigir Idol, believes that the structure's faces carry encoded information from ancient man in the Mesolithic era of the Stone Age concerning their understanding of 'the creation of the world'.
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