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  • Why modern humans have round heads

    12/13/2018 8:50:37 AM PST · by ETL · 52 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | Dec 13, 2018 | Ann Gibbons
    Ever since researchers first got a good look at a Neanderthal skull in the 1860s, they were struck by its strange shape: stretched from front to back like a football rather than round like a basketball, as in living people. But why our heads and those of our ice age cousins looked different remained a mystery. Now, researchers have found an ingenious way to identify genes that help explain the contrast. By analyzing traces of Neanderthal DNA that linger in Europeans from their ancestors' trysts, researchers have identified two Neanderthal gene variants linked to slightly less globular head shape in...
  • Artificial intelligence is racist, sexist because of data it’s fed

    11/19/2018 7:39:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | Nov. 19, 2018 | Alahna Kindred
    Artificial intelligence is “shockingly” racist and sexist, a study has revealed. Researchers looked at a range of systems and datasets and found examples where AI had provided inaccurate information for women and minorities.
  • Elizabeth Warren Releases Genetic Test Results With “Strong Evidence” Of Native American Ancestry

    10/15/2018 7:55:37 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 53 replies
    Red State ^ | October 15, 2018 | Joe Cunningham
    PDATE: Some math by the Boston Globe was wrong. See below. It should be 1/1,024. What do you get when you put Senator Elizabeth Warren and 31 other white people in a room? One whole Native American. Warren is gearing up for what appears to be a 2020 presidential run. Ahead of such a move, she has decided to settle the question of her ancestry once and for all. Despite her claims, however, I don’t think it’s actually the answer she really wanted. Via the Boston Globe: Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she...
  • Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test

    10/15/2018 8:21:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | By Annie Linskey
    Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. Warren, whose claims to Native American blood have been mocked by President Trump and other Republicans, provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years. She planned an elaborate rollout Monday of the results as she aimed for widespread attention. The analysis...
  • It’s simple: Global warming worsens wildfires

    08/20/2018 11:40:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 19, 2018 | by Associated Press
    As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled. Experts say the way global warming worsens wildfires comes down to the basic dynamics of fire. Fires need ignition, oxygen and fuel. And what’s really changed is fuel — the trees, brush and other plants that go up in flames. “Hotter drier...
  • Global warming can make extreme weather worse. Now scientists can say by how much.

    08/20/2018 11:36:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | August 19, 2018 | by James Rainey
    Researchers no longer hesitate to blame climate change for floods, fires and heat waves. Here's how the science works. When the heat waves, droughts, wildfires and deluges come - as they seem to with increasing regularity these days - the question inevitably arises: Did climate change play a role? The answer scientists gave for years was that greenhouse gases created by humans likely contributed to extreme weather, but it was hard to definitively tie the warming atmosphere to any single episode. But that cautious approach, repeated in thousands of news reports for more than a decade, has been changing in...
  • A Prolific Genghis Khan, It Seems, Helped People the World

    02/13/2003 1:47:34 PM PST · by vannrox · 17 replies · 871+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 11, 2003 | By NICHOLAS WADE
    February 11, 2003 A Prolific Genghis Khan, It Seems, Helped People the WorldBy NICHOLAS WADE remarkable living legacy of the Mongol empire has been discovered by geneticists in a survey of human populations from the Caucasus to China. They find that as many as 8 percent of the men dwelling in the confines of the former Mongol empire bear Y chromosomes that seem characteristic of the Mongol ruling house. If so, some 16 million men, or half a percent of the world's male population, can probably claim descent from Genghis Khan. The finding seems to be the first proof, on...
  • Napoleon was the Best General Ever, and the Math Proves it.

    01/05/2018 9:50:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 191 replies
    Towards Data Science ^ | December 4. 2017 | Ethan Arsht
    Like Hannibal, I wanted to rank powerful leaders in the history of warfare. Unlike Hannibal, I sought to use data to determine a general’s abilities, rather than specific accounts of generals’ achievements. The result is a system for ranking every prominent commander in military history.
  • The System Is About to Burst Open: TRILLIONS In Unfunded Pensions “Foreshadow A Bleak Future”

    For millions of public sector workers in the U.S., state-run pension funds are the only chance left for a comfortable retirement. In the hopes of providing a stable future for their families, an entire generation was duped into putting decades of their earnings into these supposedly ‘risk-free’ investments. Unfortunately, those who have entrusted the government to manage their life savings may end up destitute as a result. Budgetary shortfalls that have plagued Detroit for years are now spreading to other municipalities. Since 2008, six local governments have been forced to renegotiate their debts in bankruptcy court, with many others on...
  • Farming Invented Twice In Middle East, Genomes Study Reveals

    06/22/2016 11:55:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Nature ^ | June 20, 2016 | Ewen Callaway
    Study of 44 ancient Middle Eastern genomes supports idea of independent farming revolutions in the Fertile Crescent. Two Middle Eastern populations independently developed farming and then spread the technology to Europe, Africa and Asia, according to the genomes of 44 people who lived thousands of years ago in present-day Armenia, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Iran. ...the research supports archaeological evidence about the multiple origins of farming, and represents the first detailed look at the ancestry of the individuals behind one of the most important periods in human history — the Neolithic revolution. Some 11,000 years ago, humans living in the...
  • Moody's Analytics: Hillary Clinton Will Win Presidency

    05/23/2016 1:46:06 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 73 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 23, 2016 | Joe Crowe
    Moody's Analytics has released its election model and is predicting that Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.  Moody's Analytics has correctly predicted the winner of the presidency since 1980, basing its predictions on a two-year change in economic data in home prices, income growth, and gasoline prices, according to an NPR report.  Moody's analyst, Dan White, said that those three things affect a person's daily life the most.  "Things that affect marginal voter behavior most significantly are things that the average American is going to run into on an almost daily basis," White said.  The Moody's analyst told NPR...
  • Ancient DNA shows European wipe-out of early Americans

    04/02/2016 10:27:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | April 1, 2016 | University of Adelaide
    The first largescale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the Indigenous American populations of the time. Led by the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), the researchers have reconstructed a genetic history of Indigenous American populations by looking directly into the DNA of 92 pre-Columbian mummies and skeletons, between 500 and 8600 years old. Published today in Science Advances, the study reveals a striking absence of the pre-Columbian genetic lineages in modern Indigenous Americans; showing extinction of these lineages with the arrival of the Spaniards. "Surprisingly,...
  • First Ancient African DNA Sequenced

    10/08/2015 2:10:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Thursday, October 08, 2015 | unattributed
    Science reports that the first prehistoric genome from Africa has been sequenced. The DNA was obtained from the inner ear bones of a 4,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Mota Cave by John and Kathryn Arthur of the University of South Florida. Located in the highlands of Ethiopia, Mota Cave’s cool temperatures helped to preserve the hunter-gatherer’s rare genetic material. Andrea Manica and Marcos Gallego Llorente of the University of Cambridge found that the man, who has been dubbed “Mota,” had brown eyes, dark skin, and three gene variants associated with living at high altitudes. Mota’s genome was compared with samples from...
  • Danube Delta Holds Answers to ‘Noah’s Flood’ Debate [science]

    01/23/2009 8:15:56 PM PST · by Coyoteman · 56 replies · 735+ views
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ^ | January 22, 2009 | Media Relations
    Did a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions drown the shores of the Black Sea 9,500 years ago, wiping out early Neolithic settlements around its perimeter? A geologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and two Romanian colleagues report in the January issue of Quaternary Science Reviews that, if the flood occurred at all, it was much smaller than previously proposed by other researchers. Using sediment cores from the delta of the Danube River, which empties into the Black Sea, the researchers determined sea level was approximately 30 meters below present levels—rather than the 80 meters others hypothesized. “We don’t...
  • A Simple Truth; Computer Climate Models Cannot Work

    10/17/2014 3:59:00 AM PDT · by Rocky · 13 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | October 16, 2014 | Tim Ball
    The acronym GIGO, (Garbage In, Garbage Out) reflects that most working around computer models knew the problem. Some suggest that in climate science, it actually stands for Gospel In, Gospel Out. This is an interesting observation, but underscores a serious conundrum. The Gospel Out results are the IPCC predictions, (projections), and they are consistently wrong. This is no surprise to me, because I have spoken out from the start about the inadequacy of the models. I watched modelers take over and dominate climate conferences as keynote presenters. It was modelers who dominated the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), and through them,...
  • Can MIT Help Solve the Mystery of Bigfoot?

    03/27/2014 10:36:11 AM PDT · by Theoria · 68 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | 26 Mar 2014 | Steve Annear
    Matt Knapp thinks that Bigfoot research is a mess right now.“The facts are that in terms of progress, the Bigfoot research community has ultimately made none. We are no closer now to proving these creatures exist than we were 40 years ago,” Knapp told Boston. Knapp blames the setbacks on the digital age, and the amount of misinformation being spread in the form of photos and videos online. That, and the fact that more people seem to be trying to cash in on what they claim are legitimate Bigfoot sightings. “Self admittedly, up to this point, we have not had anything...
  • Climate Craziness ... : only the ‘cooler’ models are wrong – the rest say 4şC of warming by 2100

    12/31/2013 2:58:20 PM PST · by CedarDave · 27 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 31, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From the University of New South Wales and Dr. Steven Sherwood: “Climate sceptics like to criticise climate models for getting things wrong, and we are the first to admit they are not perfect,” said Sherwood. “But what we are finding is that the mistakes are being made by the models which predict less warming, not those that predict more.” Yeah…right:
  • Obama: I'd fix HealthCare.gov myself, "but I don't write code"

    11/08/2013 12:51:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 8, 2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    President Obama wanted to go in himself and fix glitches that have plagued HealthCare.gov since its rollout last month, he told a crowd Friday at the Port of New Orleans, "but," he added, "I don't write code." The president couldn't ignore altogether lingering dissatisfaction with the botched health insurance exchanges, despite that the crux of the speech was intended to move back on the offensive with other aspects of his second-term agenda - specifically, job growth through investments in infrastructure and increasing U.S. exports.
  • Southern Europeans More African Than Thought

    06/05/2013 9:10:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-3-2013 | Tia Ghose
    Southern Europeans get a significant portion of their genetic ancestry from North Africa, new research suggests. The findings are perhaps not surprising, given that the Romans occupied North Africa and set up extensive trade routes in the region, and the Moors, a North African people, ruled a medieval territory called El-Andalus on the Iberian Peninsula. But the findings, published today (June 3) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest the impact of these connections went beyond culture and architecture, and may explain why Southern Europeans have more genetic diversity than their northern counterparts. "The higher level...
  • HAHAHAHAHA Washington Post Swing State Poll was 161 People

    10/01/2012 4:25:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    I may just poll my comment section and pass that off as a Battleground State poll. The Washington Post explained that rather curious “Swing State” subsection in today’s national poll where Obama had an incredible 11-point lead relative to his national lead of only 2-points: The WaPo-ABC ‘swing state’ poll numbers, explained Monday’s Washington Post-ABC News poll adds to the evidence of an emerging, important dynamic in the presidential contest showing closer parity nationally than in key battleground states, where President Obama has had clear leads.