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On Thursday, 24 geoscientists officially announced that we’ve entered a new geologic era. Why? Because humans are “altering the planet, including long-term global geologic processes, at an increasing rate.” This means the end of the Holocene geologic epoch and the birth of the “Anthropocene.” Naomi Read more
Ancient Rome has long been praised for being pioneers in the field of toilets, establishing a healthier waste management system than their predecessors. But it seems it’s time we said deuces to that notion. Piers Mitchell, a paleopathologist at the University of Cambridge, recently published a paper Read more
We’ve all thought about it: What was dinosaur sex like? Was there foreplay? Did they talk dirty to each other? Did they cuddle afterwards, immediately fall asleep, or go on some murderous rampage in triumph? While we can’t be sure of most of these questions, a recent fossil discovery appears to give Read more
When it comes to pollen, dog hair, and the other everyday culprits of common allergies, there are few who don’t fall victim to sneeze attacks and itchy, red eyes. According to two papers recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, it’s because one of our early Homo sapien ancestors Read more
Back in December, The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine posted an isochronic distances map crafted by John G. Bartholomew, cartographer royal to King George V. Published in Bartholomew’s 1914 book An Atlas of Economic Geography, the map demonstrated how long it took to get from London to anywher Read more
In a rather controversial move, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, signed a temporary new law granting the country’s conservative government control over state media. His aid Małgorzata Sadurska said Duda signed the law because he wants state media to be “impartial, objective and credible” (which, li Read more