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April 19 2015

Unbiased computer confirms media bias


Hillary Clinton’s announcement last weekend that she is officially running for president set pundits spinning on both sides of the aisle. Released via a video on Clinton’s campaign website, the announcement featured only 92 words from the candidate, which were variously quoted by media outlets of all stripes.

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April 19 2015

Unmotivated at school? Your genes could be to blame


A study of nearly 13,000 twins from six countries around the world has found that up to 50 percent of their differences in motivation at school could be down to the genes they inherited from their parents.

The team assumed that the twins wouldn’t differ much at all in their motivation at school, seeing as they shared the same environmental factors, such as parental attitude towards education, teachers, and facilities, and that these factors would have a greater influence on an individual’s school experience than genetics.

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April 19 2015

Your pain reliever may also be diminishing your joy


Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported less strong emotions when they saw both very pleasant and very disturbing photos, when compared to those who took placebos.

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April 19 2015

18th-Century Sex Toy Found In Ancient Latrine


Polish archaeologists digging an ancient latrine in the Baltic city of Gda&#324;sk have stumbled upon a 250-year-old sex toy.

The phallic object is "large, thick, made of leather filled with bristles, and has a wooden tip," the Regional Office for the Protection of Monuments in Gdansk said in a press release.

Dating from the second half of the 1700s, the artificial penis was found "preserved in excellent condition.".

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April 19 2015

Ancient Mummy found in cardboard box by cleaners in Peru


Workers cleaning in Peru discovered a mysterious mummy inside a cardboard box outside an archaeological site.

The mummy was found Tuesday morning in a fetal position, tied with a rope, in a cardboard box near trash outside an archeological site in the Pre-Incancity of Chan Chan.

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April 19 2015

Egypt archaeologists find ancient prayer space built by King Nectanebo I


Archaeologists excavating an ancient temple site in Cairo have discovered part of a chapel used by a pharaoh about 2,300 years ago, Egypt’s antiquities ministry said on Tuesday.

The discovery was made at a site in the ancient Pharaonic capital of Heliopolis, today a sprawl of working and middle class districts in Cairo.

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April 19 2015

Evidence of Pre-Columbus Trade Found in Alaska House


Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house in Alaska suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Columbus.

Archaeologists found the artifacts at the "Rising Whale" site at Cape Espenberg.

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April 19 2015

Is this a 300 million-year-old screw?


An object that appears to be a screw fixed inside a rock has captured the world's attention since it was found in the 1990s, but the debate rages on about what it really is.

Russian researchers believe the unusual object is 300 million years old, leading some people to claim that it may be proof of a highly advanced lost human civilisation, or even the work of aliens. However, experts suggest that there may be a more earthly answer – that the ‘screw’ is in fact a fossilised sea creature.

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April 19 2015

Tools found near Lake Turkana in Kenya are world's oldest


The world’s oldest tools – made by ancestors of modern humans some 3.3 million years ago – have been found in Kenya.

Stones had been deliberately “knapped” or flaked to make a sharp cutting edge, researchers said, according to Science magazine.


Alt: Archeologists believe they have found the oldest example of tool use

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April 19 2015

10,000-Year-Old Stone Tool Site Discovered in Suburban Seattle


Archaeologists surveying the waterways of suburban Seattle have made a discovery that’s likely the first of its kind in the region — an ancient tool-making site dating back more than 10,000 years.

The find includes thousands of stone flakes, an array of bifaces, scrapers, and hammerstones, plus several projectile points, some of which were fashioned in a style that experts describe as “completely new” for this region and period in its history.

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April 19 2015

Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe


The ability to make a Lower Paleolithic hand axe depends on complex cognitive control by the prefrontal cortex, including the 'central executive' function of working memory, a new study finds. The results knock another chip off theories that Stone Age hand axes are simple tools that don't involve higher-order executive function of the brain.

"For the first time, we've showed a relationship between the degree of prefrontal brain activity, the ability to make technological judgments, and success in actually making stone tools,".

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April 19 2015

Somerset cannibals: Early Britons ate each other's remains and turned their skulls into cups


Scientists investigating a system of caves in Somerset have found new evidence that shows our human ancestors engaged in cannibalism in Britain – and that no part of their victims was wasted.

A research team from the Natural History Museum and University College London have used modern carbon-dating techniques to establish that remains in Gough’s Cave at the mouth of Cheddar Gorge were all left there over just a few seasons around 15,000 years ago.

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April 19 2015

Oldest evidence for the use of mushrooms as a food source


Analyses of old dental calculus show that humans consumed plant foods and mushrooms as early as the Upper Palaeolithic

The human diet during the Magdalenian phase of Europe’s Upper Palaeolithic between 18,000 and 12,000 years ago is poorly known. This is particularly a problem regarding food resources that leave little trace such as plant foods.

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April 19 2015

Is super-diverse Amazon microbiome something to strive for?


The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it matter?

Hunter-gathering in the rainforests and mountains of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela, the Yanomami eat a high-fibre diet based largely on cassava. For thousands of years, some groups have lived without contact with the rest of the world and are thought to be some of the few remaining communities never to have been exposed to antibiotics, which can wipe out the microbes in your gut.

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April 19 2015

Monkey Presumed Extinct Appears in Congo Forest


An African monkey thought to be extinct has been spotted again by researchers, who returned from a remote Congo forest in March with the first-ever photos of the rare red primate.

Until this year, scientists hadn't seen the Bouvier's red colobus monkey in the wild since the 1970s. The small primate lives in groups in swampy forests along the Congo River, in the Republic of the Congo. Hunting and logging decimated its population, leading some scientists to suggest the monkey was extinct.

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April 18 2015

Neanderthal chefs may have spiced up menus with wild herbs


THE image of a Stone-Age man grasping the bony end of a bloody mammoth leg and chomping down on it with powerful gnashers is taking a bit of a battering. We already know that Neanderthals were partial to delicacies such as fish and small birds, with a healthy helping of plants. Now some are saying they might have flavoured their meaty feasts with wild herbs, too.

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April 18 2015

Homo erectus footprints hint at ancient hunting party


A long-past hunting party left a permanent sign of its outing — and it was not empty beer cans. Dozens of 1.5-million-year-old human footprints in Kenya may be evidence of an early antelope hunt, offering a rare look at the lives of ancient humans, researchers reported at a conference in California this week.

Footprints are the rarest of human relics.

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