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July 03, 2015
UNESCO chief warns about jihadist 'culture cleansing'
London (AFP) July 1, 2015
The head of the UN cultural organisation on Wednesday called for a campaign against the "culture cleansing" being carried out by Islamic State jihadists. "Extremists don't destroy heritage as a collateral damage, they target it systematically to strike societies at their core," Irina Bokova said in a speech at the Chatham House think tank in London. "This strategy seeks to destroy identities by eliminating heritage and cultural markers," she said. Several archaeological sites have been attac ... read more

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An early European had a close Neandertal ancestor
Neandertals became extinct about 40,000 years ago but contributed on average one to three percent to the genomes of present-day Eurasians. Researchers have now analyzed DNA from a 37,000 to 42,000-y ... more
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Climate change may wipe out the last 50 years' gains in global health by ramping up heatwaves, flood, drought, hunger and disease, an expert panel said Tuesday. ... more
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Tool use is 'innate' in chimpanzees but not bonobos, their closest evolutionary relative
Chimpanzees and bonobos are the two closest living relatives of the human species - the ultimate tool-using ape. Yet, despite being so closely related on the evolutionary tree, wild chimpanzees and ... more
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Humans' built-in GPS is our 3-D sense of smell
Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows. While ... more
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Kennewick Man: Solving a scientific controversy
An 8,500-year-old male skeleton discovered in 1996 in Columbia River in Washington State has been the focus of a bitter dispute between Native Americans and American scientists, and even within the ... more
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Baboons decide where to go together
Researchers have found evidence of shared decision-making among a troop of wild baboons, providing insight into how animals that live in socially complex, hierarchical societies reach consensus on d ... more
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400,000-year-old dental tartar provides earliest evidence of manmade pollution
Most dentists recommend a proper teeth cleaning every six months to prevent, among other things, the implacable buildup of calculus or tartar - hardened dental plaque. Routine calculus buildup can o ... more
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Cell density remains constant as brain shrinks with age
New, ultra-high-field magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago provide the most detailed images to date to show that while the brain shrin ... more
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Stone tools from Jordan point to dawn of division of labor
Thousands of stone tools from the early Upper Paleolithic, unearthed from a cave in Jordan, reveal clues about how humans may have started organizing into more complex social groups by planning task ... more
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Technology offers bird's-eye view of foreclosure affects on landscape
Contrary to popular belief, foreclosed properties do not always lead to unkempt lawns. University of Illinois researchers used remote sensing technology to observe rapid change in U.S. urban setting ... more
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Manuela's Madrid: a pretty, gritty city
Tourists love it, locals are proud of it, but beyond Madrid's tree-lined boulevards, pavement cafes and world-class museums lies a world of inequality that its new mayor vows to fight. ... more
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Chimpanzee flexibly use facial expressions and vocalizations
Chimpanzee may be able to use facial expressions and vocalizations flexibly, notably during physical contact play, according to a study published June 10, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by ... more
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Cooking up cognition
These days, cooking dinner requires no more thought than turning a knob on a stovetop, but for early humans the notion that - simply by applying heat or fire - foods could be transformed into someth ... more
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World's last tribes on collision course with modern society
Threatened by disease and deforestation, the world's last isolated tribes in the Amazon are on a collision course with modern society like never before, experts say. ... more
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Lethal wounds on skull may indicate 430,000-year-old murder
Lethal wounds identified on a human skull in the Sima de los Huesos, Spain, may indicate one of the first cases of murder in human history, some 430,000 years ago, according to a study published May ... more
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Out of Africa via Egypt
New research suggests that European and Asian (Eurasian) peoples originated when early Africans moved north - through the region that is now Egypt - to expand into the rest of the world. The finding ... more
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A new relative joins "Lucy" on the human family tree. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 ... more
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Greenery on city rooftops can boost concentration levels
A University of Melbourne study shows that glancing at a grassy green roof for only 40 seconds markedly boosts concentration. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, gave 15 ... more
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The Bronze Age Egtved Girl was not from Denmark
The Bronze Age Egtved Girl came from far away, as revealed by strontium isotope analyses of the girl's teeth. The analyses show that she was born and raised outside Denmark's current borders, and st ... more
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Our bond with dogs may go back more than 27,000 years
Dogs' special relationship to humans may go back 27,000 to 40,000 years, according to genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 21. Ea ... more
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To make new friends, simply smile
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Scientists discover world's oldest stone tools
Scientists working in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts ye ... more
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Google aims to patent child toy that pays attention
Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices. ... more
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