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Ancient DNA reveals the origins of the Philistines
6th July 2019 | | Humans

These mysterious people may have fled collapsing societies in southern Europe for Israel.

Ultimate cold case? 33,000-year-old murder mystery discovered in cave in Transylvania
6th July 2019 | | Humans

Simulations show left-handed killer smashed victim over the head twice in quick succession.

Bust of Tutankhamun sold at auction for £4.7m despite Egypt protests
6th July 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The ‘rare and beautiful’ 3,000-year-old sculpture goes under the hammer in defiance of claims it was stolen.

Illinois set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions
4th July 2019 | Humans

The bill, known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, permits the state to automatically grant clemency to residents who were convicted for possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis.

The Cannabis Debate: 63 per cent of Londoners think UK should follow Canada and make drug legal
4th July 2019 | | Humans

Londoners overwhelmingly support the legalisation of cannabis for adult recreational use, according to a poll.

Space miners race to an asteroid worth quintillions
4th July 2019 | Humans, Space, Tech

Could 16 Psyche make every person on Earth a billionaire? The space mining race is heating up.

‘Hear us, see us’: a plea to the UN for Indigenous women
1st July 2019 | | Humans

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women represent 2% of Australia’s female population but make up 34% of all women in prison, June Oscar told the Human Rights Council on Friday.

How many people are in prison on marijuana charges?
1st July 2019 | | Humans

2.3 million Americans are behind bars — the largest prison population on the planet. Many are there for possession of marijuana when more than half the states have legalized or decriminalized it.

A Genetic Ghost Hunt: What Ancient Humans Live On In Our DNA?
1st July 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Our DNA today is speckled with contributions from ancient hominin groups who lived alongside us, but did not survive to the present day.

Queen’s Brian May Outlines Asteroid Deflection Mission
1st July 2019 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

A famous astrophysicist (and guitar player) tells all about an ambitious mission to save humanity from asteroids, should one ever threaten Earth.

How Historians Can Now See Invisible Text on Ancient Manuscripts
1st July 2019 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The sophisticated tech requires specialized training and expensive equipment, but researchers have recently been trying to make its use more widespread.

Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.

Neanderthal groups more closely related than we thought
28th June 2019 | Ancient, Humans

DNA coaxed from 120,000-year-old Neanderthal fossils suggests that early Neanderthals from Western Europe and later Neanderthals from Siberia were closely related.

Switzerland aims to legalise medical marijuana
28th June 2019 | Earth, Humans

The Swiss government has proposed to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions.

Illinois Governor Signs Law Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana
28th June 2019 | | Earth, Humans

Illinois has become the 11th state in the country to legalize the recreational use and purchase of marijuana.

A Pre-Inca Technology Could Answer Lima’s Water Woes
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Lima, Peru’s capital, is running dangerously low on water, but archaeology may provide an answer in the form of a system of water storage developed by the area’s indigenous people 1,400 years ago.

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