A new study theorizes that in 540 CE, a small and until recently seemingly unremarkable volcano in southern Mexico, El Chichón, was responsible for plunging the Maya civilization into a hundred years of chaos.
The Ancient One, also known as Kennewick Man, was reburied early Saturday in the high desert of the Columbia Plateau, ending 20 years of legal battles and scientific study.
The face of a Pictish man who was “brutally killed” 1,400 years ago has been reconstructed by Dundee University researchers.
Archaeologists found the man’s skeleton buried in a recess of a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire.
Some South Americans, a new report finds, share a last common ancestor with modern populations in Asia – a result that suggests multiple waves of migration into the Americas.
Listening to five minutes of West African or Indian pop music can give the listener more positive attitudes towards those cultures, research from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter has found.
At the end of a stressful day, you pop on a pair of headphones, hit “play” on your favorite song—and your mood instantly improves. This emotional response occurs, a new study suggests, because music activates a chemical reward system in your brain: the same system that makes yummy food, vigorous exercise, and opioid drugs feel good.
Fascinating study suggests treating “psychache”
The idea that suicide is caused by psychological pain may seem self-evident, but recognizing this was a departure for psychiatry.
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Soldiers could be cured of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by erasing the individual memories of disturbing events, scientists believe.
Three people with paralysis have learned to type by thought alone using a brain implant – at the fastest speeds recorded using such a system.
Two have motor neurone disease, also known as ALS – a degenerative disorder that destroys neurons associated with movement – while the other has a spinal cord injury.
Drivers in a restive Chinese province will be required to install GPS trackers on their cars, the Associated Press reports, as part of a public safety measure that the government announced this week.
A team of researchers has developed a facial recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild with high levels of accuracy.
The plan is to use the technology to help radically improve the way the endangered species is tracked.
A taste for reddish young leaves might have pushed howler monkeys toward full-spectrum color vision. The ability to tell red from green could have helped howlers pick out the more nutritious, younger leaves, researchers reported February 19 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. That’s a skill their insect-eating close relatives probably didn’t need.
Chimps with little social status influence their comrades’ behavior to a surprising extent, a new study suggests.
In groups of captive chimps, a method for snagging food from a box spread among many individuals who saw a low-ranking female peer demonstrate the technique, say primatologist Stuart Watson of the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, and colleagues.
Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new University of Utah study
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PEOPLE in a south American desert have evolved to detoxify potentially deadly arsenic that laces their water supply.
For settlers in the Quebrada Camarones region of Chile’s Atacama desert some 7000 years ago, water posed more than a bit of a problem.
Before they disappeared in 1130, the Chacoans of New Mexico were a society on par with the Mayans.
Without a writing system to speak of, they maintained complex trade partnerships with nearby populations.
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More than a century after the great sandstone monuments of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon were first studied, archaeologists are finally learning about the Ancestral Puebloan leaders who built them.