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Bonobos Are Closest Humans Can Get to a 'Living Ancestor'

A study published this month in Scientific Reports found bonobos have more in common—anatomically speaking—with human ancestors than they do with common chimpanzees. And that's pretty interesting for modern humans. "They are the closest we can get to having a 'living' ancestor," professor of human origins Bernard Wood...

Researchers study Scythian horse breeding

A new study reveals the suite of traits that Scythian breeders selected to engineer the type of horse that best fit their purpose.

New technique extracts DNA from hominids preserved in sediments

A new technique allows the remains of groups of hominids in sediments to be traced, even in caves or strata with no skeletal remains.

“Three Divergent Election-Law Decisions in the Early Trump Administration”

Derek Muller has written this piece for an Illinois Law Review symposium on President Trump’s first 100 days. See also this student symposium piece on the voter fraud myth. … Continue reading ?

“Voting Rights on Trial on the Bayou”

The Atlantic: In the half-century since the parish moved to an at-large system, only one black judge, Juan Pickett, has ever been elected to the 32nd District Court. That he ran unopposed has been taken by state officials as proof … Continue reading ?

This Posture Doubles Dating Success On Tinder And Face-To-Face

22 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

The posture that makes both sexes look more attractive. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.

Climate March April 29: A few video tweets

The #ClimateMarch in front of Trump's DC Hotel. "Shame, shame" pic.twitter.com/7XACSbTJzG — Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) April 29, 2017 Leading the #ClimateMarch in Washington: @LeoDiCaprio, waiving a "climate change is real" sign. #Resist...Show More Summary

San Francisco fact of the day

Today, San Francisco is one of the great capitals of the information age, yet from 1980 to 2010, that city’s population grew by only 4200 people per year. That is from Ed Glaeser, there is more of interest on building restrictions at the link, via Ben Southwood. The post San Francisco fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The New Perfection: Pretty Good

Welcome to the University of North Carolina or, more apropos, the University of No Chance. At least regarding my likelihood of graduation. A self-conscious freshman, I remember the red ink coating my first Chapel Hill exam. As I replayed the exam, those latent doubts about […]

Taking The Axe To The Environmental Movement: Resolute v. Greenpeace

A major Canadian logger appears to be using a pair of law suits to end the existence of Greenpeace and to stop or curtail pro-environmental activities by other organizations operating in North America, or perhaps, generally. This activity is being carried out by Resolute Forest Products. This is a rapidly developing story. Aside from the…

Meadow pipit – Anthus pratensis

A meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis) being all pretentious and abandoning the fields in favour of a tree from which to view the photographer. There were at least three or four of them larking about on the lode about half a mile upstream from the Rampton bridge. It is mainly a bird of open habitats, uncultivated … Continue reading "Meadow pipit – Anthus pratensis"

Saturday assorted links

1. Mark Zuckerberg at the Ford Rouge Plant.  It is one of America’s great sights. 2. Jacques Derrida interviews Ornette Coleman (pdf). 3. Profile of the new AfD leader. 4. Jill Lepore and writing. 5. Massive wind tunnel for Shaolin monks to do their exercises there is no great Shaolin stagnation.  Designed by Latvian architects. Show More Summary

Why are major broadcast networks turning away from coverage of the climate disaster?

From MMFA: Broadcast networks are decreasing their climate coverage at a time when the case for reporting on the issue is become more and more compelling. By ignoring this serious matter, media are failing to inform audiences about pressing impacts on human migration patterns, women, and the economy. In 2016, media had no shortage of…

This Week's Top Space & NASA Headlines --"From Saturn's Mysteries to a Sign of Another Universe"

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Completes 1st Dive Through Gap Between Saturn and Rings --"Beams Back Images of a Colossal Swirling Storm" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream) 'Cold Spot' of the Cosmos Billions of Light Years Across --"Was Caused By a Collision With...        

Watch SpaceX Launch a Super-Secret Payload for the Feds

Cough cough spy satellite cough cough. The post Watch SpaceX Launch a Super-Secret Payload for the Feds appeared first on WIRED.

Climate Science Removed From EPA Site: WaPo

The EPA has removed climate science from its site in order that the site contents better reflect Donald Trump’s perspective. From Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin at the Washington Post: The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening that its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering…

Psych Central Attends HealtheVoices 2017 Patient Advocacy Conference

This past weekend, a group of over 100 online health advocates gathered in Chicago to attend the third annual HealtheVoices conference. I attended because of the work I do as a mental health activist. Psych Central’s founder, Dr. John Grohol, sat on the advisory panel, […]

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