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Prehistoric Van Goghs: Artists Used Pointillism 38,000 Years Ago | Video

Nineteenth-century artists, such as Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh, weren't the first to use pointillism, according to a discovery of 38,000-year-old decorated limestone tablets in France.

The repeal of China’s one-child policy isn’t mattering very much

Crude birth rates in Guangxi and Gansu edged down in 2016 from a year earlier. Both poor, western provinces have a large share of ethnic minorities, who were already exempt from the one-child policy, but are now assimilating the low-birth habits of the richer ethnic Han majority. Show More Summary

Princeton-Intel collaboration breaks new ground in studies of the brain

(Princeton University) Princeton University and Intel researchers have collaborated to develop software that allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time during an fMRI brain scan.

How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Today

Far from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed

These Fins Are Made For Walking

The sea robin looks nothing like a robin -- or anything else, really. -- Read more on

The greatest danger asteroids pose to us is not from the impact

If an asteroid hits a major city, only 3 per cent of the casualties will be from the crater it forms – most will be from overheated air and high winds

Radar in Earth and Planetary Science: An Intro

Heather Hunter explains how radar works and what it's used for on Earth and beyond.

Red carpets and deadly toxins go hand in hand

Awards season demands complexion perfection: no wonder some stars turn to a toxin seven million times more poisonous than cobra venom Awards season is fast accelerating towards its glamorous peak, the Oscars. It will be a fabulous evening of gorgeous gowns and flawless complexions. Show More Summary

Study shows ancient humans arrived in South America in multiple waves

(University at Buffalo) The findings published Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2017) in the journal Science Advances suggest that Paleoamericans share a last common ancestor with modern native South Americans outside, rather than inside, the Americas...Show More Summary

13 Badass German Words We Really Need in English

You know that moment when you can’t find the word to describe what’s happening. Or how you feel. It can be a pretty frustrating, right? Learning a new language opens the doors of communication in more ways than one. The word that describes...Show More Summary

The Damage Intelligence Leaks Can Cause

A case study from 1979 shows how leaks of misleading information can damage national security

Hawking's Aliens --"I Am More Convinced Than Ever That We are Not Alone" (WATCH/LISTEN)

"As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. After a lifetime of wondering, I am helping to lead a new global effort to find out," Hawking said in a video. "The Breakthrough Listen...        

How Travel Can Benefit Our Mental Health

Ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Taking a vacation and having a change of scenery, even if it is just a couple of hours down the road, can work wonders, and it has been scientifically proven that travel provides a number of […...

Study catalogs the complex flavors of American-made goat cheese

(Kansas State University) Researchers generated a flavor lexicon that lists the 39 flavor attributes in cheeses made with goat milk. Flavor lexicons are important tools for cheesemakers because they help with development, product benchmarking and quality control.

NSF Law and Social Sciences program issues new awards

(National Science Foundation) Grants support research into crucial social issues.

The culture of culture that is French

A French artist is preparing to be entombed for a week inside a 12-tonne limestone boulder in a modern art museum in Paris, after which he will emerge and attempt to hatch a dozen eggs by sitting on them for weeks on end. …He once spent a fortnight inside a stuffed bear, was buried under […] The post The culture of culture that is French appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

US Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise: Here Are the Numbers to Know

The rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States continues to rise, with a particularly sharp spike in heroin-related deaths in recent years.

Friday assorted links

1. Are female doctors really better? 2. “There’s a saying in Haiti that Haitians will come together to oust a president but not to elect one.” 3. “Workers in Sweden could soon be allowed to take paid “sex breaks” during the day – in a bid to improve low birth rates and promote healthy relationships.” […] The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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