Oldest Homo sapiens a “nothingburger”? Plus US health care policy approaches The End

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News about ancient humanity: Humans in California 130,000 years ago? Homo naledi find is much younger than expected

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Where was the dog born? Plus mammogram changes once again

ANIMAL GENOME OF THE WEEK: CANIS LUPUS FAMILIARIS So is this a trend, the animal genome of the week? Last week pigs. This week, dogs. First things first: dog origins. A perennial hot topic, the

First Americans mystery again plus $100 million search for extraterrestrials

DUELING PAPERS ABOUT THE FIRST AMERICANS Oh, goody. Dueling papers. Always a treat. And dueling papers in the same week in Science and Nature, an extra-special treat. The topic a hot one, as befits dueling papers: Based on genetic studies … Continue reading »

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Obamacare lives and Kennewick Man is a Native American

WHEW! The Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, aka Obamacare) subsidies to help people buy health insurance got saved by the US Supreme Court after all, with the somewhat unexpected help (unexpected by me, anyway) of Chief Justice John Roberts. Here’s … Continue reading »

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Baby moa bones: more than meets the eye

The name “moa” inevitably conjures up pictures of giant, lumbering bird-beasts, destined for extinction at the hands of humans. For fans of paleontological history, we usually recollect the grumpy looking Victorian era paleontologist Richard Owen, dwarfed by …

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Goodbye coal? Female hurricanes are more deadly?

 

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At Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait says President Obama’s proposed new plan for slowing down atmospheric carbon dioxide by reducing coal use for generating electricity is huge.

But is it huge? As a mind set, a psychological …

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